A friend in fashion who has been involved in haute couture recommended 'Dior and I' as the best documentary on the art. It focuses on the period where Raf Simons came to Dior and focuses on the Dior's atelier at Dior. The caveat is I’m fascinated by the process of how things, particularly things that are difficult to make and/or involve serious craft, are made. In this case you see the dynamics of the core resource - the craftspeople in the atelier - as they work with a new person. $5 on iTunes .. probably similar elsewhere.
The test I use for sites like this is dex - a unit used mostly in astrophysics. Hydrogen and helium accounts for most of the physical matter in the Universe (there is a larger amount of dark matter and dark energy, but that's another things entirely). Astrophysicists call any other elements 'metals' - the metallicity of a star is the fraction a star's mass made of of these metals. These are expressed in decimal exponents with the Sun as the reference of 0 (100 = 1 for the Sun) - so a dex of -1 means the star has a metallicity of 10-1, or a tenth that of the Sun.
Escape Pod is a scifi podcast that presents about a story a week - some from scifi greats and others from new authors. This week's piece, The Semaphore Society, is by Kate Heartfield and is read by Christiana Ellis. on a handicapped young woman ... A printed version appears on the page, but go for the audio...
Naked ladies to the front is the third greatest line in world literature, and one of the top ten military orders in world history along with Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes (1775), England expects that every man will do his duty (1805), and Damn the torpedoes—full speed ahead (1864).
I came across this in a remembrance of Oliver Sacks by Atual Gawande:
Four weeks before Oliver Sacks died, I received a letter from him. In our all too brief correspondence, he never e-mailed. He wrote beautiful, longhand letters on heavy, cream-colored stationery with a blue fountain pen, the script slanting to the left. They were always peppered with cross-outs and insertions that gave a glimpse of his overflowing mind.
“I’m writing a piece on EYES—all sorts, from those of jellyfish and scallops and jumping spiders and octopi to our (vertebrate) eyes,” he reported. “I am also trying to write something about the (deadly) effects of ‘social-media’ when they absorb people, to the exclusion of everything else, throughout their waking hours.” He told of his delight in coming upon a century-old E. M. Forster short story called “The Machine Stops.” “Do you know it?” he asked. Forster, he said, had foreseen such possibilities.
I remember reading it in High School in English class - a class built around reading stories, short stories and poems about utopias and dystopias. Written in 1909, it is now free of copyright and worth reading.