WARREN ELLIS is a graphic novelist and author of the NYT best-selling novel GUN MACHINE. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is being developed for television by Jerry Bruckheimer and FOX. He is the writer of the graphic novel RED, adapted into the film starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. His next book is NORMAL from FSG.
Bookmarks for 2011-05-02
FP Explainer: How Do You Hire Mercenaries? – By Joshua E. Keating | Foreign Policy "It helps to have friends in the right places. Al Jazeera has reported that advertisements have been appearing in Guinea and Nigeria offering would-be mercenaries up to $2,000 to come to Qaddafi's aid. The reports are vague so far, but if the Libyan strongman has indeed been shopping for mercenaries, West Africa would be a good place to start. Recent conflicts in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Ivory Coast have generated a steady supply of unemployed ex-fighters willing to move from conflict to conflict for the right price. Foreign mercenaries, often paid in diamonds, kept Sierra Leone's brutal civil war going for years…" (tags:war )
Full 3-D invisibility cloak in visible light In his talk at this year's Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO: 2011, May 1 – 6 in Baltimore), Fischer will describe the first-ever demonstration of a three-dimensional invisibility cloak that works for visible light—red light at a wavelength of 700 nm—independent of its polarization (orientation). Previous cloaks required longer wavelength light, such as microwaves or infrared, or required the light to have a single, specific polarization. (tags:techsci )
BLDGBLOG: Spacesuit: An Interview with Nicholas de Monchaux "From the fashionable worlds of Christian Dior and Playtex to the military-industrial complex working overtime on efforts to create a protective suit for U.S. exploration of the moon, and from early computerized analyses of urban management to an "android" history of the French court, all by way of long chapters on the experimental high-flyers and military theorists who collaborated to push human beings further and further above the weather—and eventually off the planet itself—de Monchaux's book shows the often shocking juxtapositions that give such rich texture and detail to the invention of the spacesuit: pressurized clothing for human survival in space." (tags:fashionspace )
Ian Holloway – Passing Through Occasionally "Ian Holloway’s Passing Through Occasionally is 37 minutes of sensitively constructed soundscapes, made up of natural and electronically-sourced material. Now, this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but despite having the attention span of a gerbil on Miracle-Gro, this reviewer really rates it. Gradual crescendos to textural climaxes provide great dynamic structure, whilst subtle, sparse guitar strums establish thematic movement…" (tags:music )