AHHHHHHH. Disney just announced something that’s potentially so damned cool that I hardly need complete sentences here: Immersive. Star Wars. Hotel.

Details are still super light, but Disney just dropped this bombshell in the middle of its D23 expo down in Los Angeles.


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What if we come across aliens somewhere in the universe? Do we shake hands? Run? Set phasers to stun?

We’re not sure how the first encounter will go down, but the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Institute has a detailed plan for how to announce news of an extraterrestrial discovery.


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Pop culture apocalypse? That’s what digital artist and Prague-based 3D illustrator Filip Hodas had in mind when he created this unique twist on pop culture icons.

For the last two years, Hodas has dedicated an immense amount of time learning about creative programs like World Machine, Cinema 4D, and Octane in order to create these thrilling, foreign and creative alien universes into stellar illustrations.

You’ll find some of the most recognizable symbols centered in his work. Characters like Pacman, Gameboy from the 90s, Coca-Cola, Jenga, Tetris, and more.


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Have a look at the first trailer for the feature length documentary film AWAKEN, a work that beautifully observes the simple and complex relationships that humans from all over the world have developed with technology and the natural environment. Shot over the course of the five years, the film tracks the ceremonies, private moments, and daily rituals of citizens from over thirty countries, capturing each instance with beautiful panning shots or captivating time lapse visuals.

AWAKEN was directed, shot, edited, and produced by Tom Lowe, who previously created the short film Timescapes, and is set to open next year. (via Kottke)


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by Caroline Haskins

for Motherboard

This is a real-life X-File.

 

Human consciousness is nothing but an intersection of energy planes that forms a hologram able to travel through spacetime—across the universe, and into the past, present, and future.

I read about this idea in a CIA document about the USArmy. Yes, the US Army. The institution that painstakingly crafts an image of commitment to pragmatic and logical objectives. When I was reading through the documents, I was certainly a bit surprised.

According to the declassified CIA documents that I read, the US Army was extremely interested in psychic experimentation. From the late 1970s into the 80s, it even paid for intelligence officers to go on weeklong excursions to an out-of-the-way institute specializing in out-of-body experiences and astral projection.


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