Month: September 2010

James Burke and Connections

Jason Kottke posted a clip of James Burke from the BBC series Connections speaking about the history of rocket technology:

I hadn’t thought about the Connections series since the late 1970′s, early 1980′s when it was broadcast. I found the entire series and more on youTube in Burke’s area: James Burke Web. You can watch each segment there.

Connections is a history of science and technology by way of stories told in a fascinating way by Burke. Burke’s dress and some of the production values seem dated but the writing and ideas hold up beautifully.

Alain Delorme’s Totems

Alain Delorme’s Totems

The new Totems series by Alain Delorme plunges us into the core of contemporary China and its complexity. Under the blue sky of a highly colored Shanghai, men carry throughout the city unbelievable piles. These precarious columns made of cardboard or chairs appear as new totems of a society in complete transformation, both a factory for the world and a new El Dorado of the market economy.

I love these, as much for their informality as for their amazingness.

[via Coudal Partners]