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Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Having a permanent space station in orbit is all well and fine, but how to get people and materials on and off it?
It is time I picked up the thread of my series on art inspired by real existing space exploration.
Happy New Year from New Zealand!
I've come across quite a staggering amount of Boba Fett art considering that this is at best a secondary character.
What other trilogy has brought back the original actors, playing the same parts, 40 years on?
Best buddies in space.
So. Ya wanna be Darth Vader?
if I had been privileged to see this movie as an impressionable teenager, I would have been profoundly in love with Rey.
New Zealand has become a clean, green, and liberal Utopia to a lot of people. For the last thirteen years, I have experienced something very different.
Enjoy! And may the force be with you in the new year 2016.
I belong to a generation who have grown up in the knowledge that humans can fly to the moon.
A whole difference in cultural outlook, summed up in a slight difference in terminology.
Let's see if we can throw a ball into space so it stays in orbit, and attach some radio antennae!
If you thought baby rabbits were the pinnacle of cute, I recommend you try goslings.
George Lawlor has publicly posed the question. Maybe we should ask DeviantArt?
Satellite dishes aren't usually considered to have great visual appeal, but the collection of images I found is surprisingly poetic.
Who can resist a laser gun wielding blonde with a tattoo on her ass, riding a dinosaur? Not me.
Images have power. Nothing has shown that more clearly than the sudden turn of the tide in the current refugee crisis.
Stairway to Heaven, Highway to Hell – escalators symbolise glitzy promises of glamour, or the grunge of broken down technology.
So what’s the difference between a robot, an android (or droid), and a cyborg?
The photographers have been at work.
Space stations are a technological reality, but also a quintessential locus for projecting dreams about a bright technological future which might take humans to the stars.
Did you know there is a whole religion involving the worship of a cosmic peacock? You'd never know where poultry keeping could lead you!
Turns out there is a veritable sub-culture of Chickens in Armour.
I’ve been a bit stuck for a topic, so I punched “space rabbit” into DeviantArt's search field. This is the result: Enjoy!
New Zealand is an island of birds. So it is not surprising that birds feature in many Maori legends.
The Feng Huang is often referred to as the "Chinese Phoenix", but similarities between the two mythological birds are superficial: rather than death and resurrection, Feng Huang symbolises balance between yin and yang.
Continuing my survey of magical bird creatures from West to East, the next stop is India.
The Persian Simurgh – always a female – is known to be a defeater of poisonous snakes, and knowledgeable in the healing arts.