Friday, August 20, 2010

Near-Space Private Journey, Coming Soon?

Imagine traveling in a private spaceship and seeing the blue of the earth.  It can be a reality as early as in 2013. 

To be precise it is a near-space ship called "Bloon" being developed by a Spanish company (   It soars by balloon through the ozone layer and to the edge of the atmosphere, and flies at the altitude of 36km (118K ft.)   You don't have to do sit-ups or weight lifting in order to be qualified to get on board.  As long as you are fit to fly on an airplane, you are fit for Bloon.  

What is also unique is the privacy.  The ship has a capacity of  four passengers plus two crew members,  but it can be divided into two compartments for couples.  According to the company, you can have dinner and drink, listen to music and relax during the smooth cruise. 

Sounds fantastic!  They are taking reservation for 2013 and beyond.  It is 110K euros for a 3-hour flight.  Is that an early-bird special?   

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Unconcerned But Not Indifferent

A full scope collection of the Man Ray's Trust is on display at the National Art Center in Tokyo.  Entitled "Man Ray:  Unconcerned But Not Indifferent,"  the exhibition presents more than 400 works in chronological order, starting from early 1900's in New York, then Paris, Los Angeles and back in New York again in 1950's to 70's . 

Through his photographs, paintings, drawings and  sculptures,  Man Ray's sophisticated sense of beauty impresses us even today.  "Unconcerned but in different" was a quote of Man Ray's own words.  He was not just a dadaist or sur-realist, but was an artist who did not stick to one form. 

The exhibition is until September 13, 2010.  Closed Tuesdays.  Don't forget to drop by the shop at the exit of the exhibition room.  You may find nice design items.