Archives for the month of: October, 2010

This animation by Isao Hashimoto shows the number and spread of nuclear explosions carried out between 1945 and 1998. During that time, there have been 2053 nuclear detonations across the globe.

America conducted 1,054 nuclear explosions, between 1945-92. These tests took place mainly at the Nevada Test Site and the Pacific Proving Grounds in the Marshall Islands. There have been 10 other tests in the US at various locations, including Alaska, Colorado, Mississippi, and New Mexico.

The Soviet Union conducted 715 nuclear tests between 1949 and 1990, mainly at the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan and the Northern Test Site at Novaya Zemlya. Other locations include, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.

France conducted 210 nuclear tests between 1960-1996.

Britain has held 45 tests, mainly in Australian territories.

The People’s Republic of China conducted 45 tests.

India conducted 4 tests.

Pakistan conducted 2 tests.


Leonard Nimoy sings The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins. Hm…and, going by the picture above, Big Foot appears to be one of Spock’s adoring fans.

With thanks to Nick Zedd

Montgomery Clift was one of the leading actors of his generation, and was described as “the most beautiful man in movies.” This fascinating short documentary by Nicola Black, examines how the various illnesses, ailments, addictions and the after-effects of a near fatal car-crash shaped Clift’s life and career. With interviews from Kenneth Anger, Barney Hoskyns, Patricia Bosworth and Kevin McCarthy.

View Post Mortem – Beautiful Loser here.

John Lennon, 1966
Incredible footage of The Beatles from a 1966 concert at the Circus Krone in Germany. These four youngsters look young, unblemished, and at the cross-over between experience and knowledge. But even in these short clips its John’s band and he is their leader – the one who had the drive to get The Beatles to the “toppermost of the poppermost.”

With thanks to Thomas Barney Koester