The 1950 film Destination Moon, attempting to use the most realistic possible science and technology, dramatized an imaginary landing on the Moon. Science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein collaborated on the screenplay, and served as technical adviser; space artist Chesley Bonestell designed sets, spacecraft, and background paintings for the film.
A trove of unpublished photos, depicting the filming of Destination Moon, has turned up in Google's recently-added archive of photos from Life magazine. Photographer Allan Grant spent a lot of time on the soundstage. Four of his photos were used in the April 24, 1950 issue-- but Google has over 200 others, never before published.
Checking the film's production callsheets in the UC Santa Cruz archive of Heinlein's papers, I believe Grant shot these during the first two weeks of December 1949. Bill Leininger and I were cruising the archive and discovered this collection. It's a fantastically detailed look behind the scenes of a classic science fiction movie.
Studio North was commissioned to refit an old elevator shaft in a converted warehouse loft in Calgary; they built a tall, narrow library with climbable shelves whose hand- and foot-holds retract into the shelving.
Libretaxi is an open source project that lets anyone become a rideshare driver in less than a minute; it has more than 20,000 users worldwide, and is maintained by Roman Pushkin, who started the project in December 2016 and is now planning to quit his job and work on it full time.
Mister Alphabet is an action-figure designed to cleverly bend and contort into every letter of the Latin alphabet; the website is long on trademark warnings and arty Instagram photos, but short on details, like, “Is this an object of commerce?” and “If so, where does one buy it?” (via Kottke)
What could be more fun than a slingshot that shoots tiny airplanes? A slingshot that shoots tiny glowing airplanes of course! These toy planes are outfitted with ultra-bright LEDs, so you can fly all night without losing them in the trees.Whether you are a regular-sized child, or an overgrown adult one, these light-up flyers offer […]
You know the drill. You go to the dentist and they ask you how often you floss. You lie through your teeth and say, “every day!” (Bonus points if you have some cilantro or chives stuck in your gums from lunch). You don’t want to keep up the charade any longer, but rubbing that tiny strand […]
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has done outstanding work packing a fully capable desktop computer into a package the size of a deck cards—especially one that only costs $35. But if you already have a working laptop, why should you care? Oh, how much you have to learn. Besides operating well as a compact digital media hub, […]