The Bible According to Google Earth

Scenes from the Bible have been imagined by countless artists over the centuries, but never quite like this. God’s Eye View portrays four key Biblical events as if captured by Google Earth. Above, The Crucifixion.

It’s the work of Sydney-based “creative collective” The Glue Society. The project was commissioned by Eric Romano of Pulse Art, New York for its Miami art fair. Romano had seen the group’s Hot with a Chance of a Late Storm installation (below), a comment on global warming in which a melting ice cream van oozed across the promenade and onto the sand at Tamarama in Australia last year as part of Sydney’s Sculpture by the Sea event, and commisssioned them to create this new work.

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Giant Spider Attacks Space Shuttle

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Ladies and gentlemen, uh, we’ve just lost the picture, but what we’ve seen speaks for itself. The space shuttle has apparently been taken over — ‘conquered’ if you will — by a master race of giant spiders. It’s difficult to tell from this vantage point whether they will consume the captive earth men or merely enslave them. One thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; the spiders will soon be here. And I for one welcome our new arachnid overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted blogging personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.”

Teen’s Secretly Tapes Interrogation Gets Detective Charged with Perjury

From the AP:

NEW YORK (AP) — A teenage suspect who secretly recorded his interrogation on an MP3 player has landed a veteran detective in the middle of perjury charges, authorities said Thursday.

Unaware of the recording, Detective Christopher Perino testified in April that the suspect “wasn’t questioned” about a shooting in the Bronx, a criminal complaint said. But then the defense confronted the detective with a transcript it said proved he had spent more than an hour unsuccessfully trying to persuade Erik Crespo to confess – at times with vulgar tactics.

Once the transcript was revealed in court, prosecutors asked for a recess, defense attorney Mark DeMarco said. The detective was pulled from the witness stand and advised to get a lawyer.

Perino, 42, was arraigned Thursday on 12 counts of first-degree perjury and faces as many as seven years on each count, prosecutors said. He was released on $15,000 bail.

His attorney did not immediately respond to a telephone message seeking comment Thursday. A New York Police Department spokesman declined to comment.

The Windless Kite

KOBE–Those who say a kite can’t fly without wind can, well, go fly a kite.

An experimental device maker here has produced a kite that looks just like a bird and can soar without wind.

It will be sold online starting Monday.

Without wind, it uses the same aerodynamic principles as aircraft to get aloft.

As it moves forward, the upward flow of the air lifts it, according to Morihisa Co., its developer.

The kite climbs higher even inside a windless room. All an operator has to do is flick a rod and reel that is connected to the kite’s body.

Daily Dose of Ingersoll

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Let it be remembered that all churches have persecuted heretics to the fullest extent of their power. Toleration has increased only when and where the power of the church has diminished. From Augustine until now the spirit of the Christians has remained the same. There has been the same intolerance, the same undying hatred of all who think for themselves, and the same determination to crush out of the human brain all knowledge inconsistent with an ignorant creed.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Heretics and Hericies”(1874)