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Bucky and Spaceship Earth

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Inventor, architect, ecologist, poet & mathematician – R. Buckminster Fuller was at the vanguard of all of these disciplines. The critics attacked this self-made thinker for his maverick style and disregard for accepted standards. Admirers hailed him as a man ahead of his time. “Bucky”, as he was known to all, was the first person to use the term “environment” and warned about the dangers of depleting the Earth’s limited resources long before the world became aware of these issues. This short film traces his tragicomic career, focusing on the milestones of his work, paving the way for the discoveries of future thinkers that affect our world today.

The Aokigahara Forest

This forest is the most popular site for suicides in Japan. After the novel Kuroi Jukai was published, in which a young lover commits suicide in the forest, people started taking their own lives there at a rate of 50 to 100 deaths a year. The site holds so many bodies that the Yakuza pays homeless people to sneak into the forest and rob the corpses. The authorities sweep for bodies only on an annual basis, as the forest sits at the base of Mt. Fuji and is too dense to patrol more frequently.

Excerpt from the episode “Vincent and the Doctor” (S05E10) – Doctor Who.

The Doctor: In a hundred words, where do you think van Gogh rates in the history of art?

Dr. Black: Big question, but… to me, van Gogh is the finest painter of them all; certainly the most popular great painter of all time; the most beloved; his command of colour the most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world… no one had ever done it before… Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind that strange wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.

I think this is my favourite scene ever in Doctor Who

(Source: allaboutvangogh)