Well.. considering as in some guy at the last Austin Music Commission meeting brought it up, and suggested it should be plated in gold with ruby eyes for the dragon. It’s unlikely that this will actually ever happen, which is sad, but I can dream. Time for everyone to get involved in local politics and suggest this at city council meetings across this great nation— somebody will do it.
Artist Diemut Strebe made a living replica of Vincent van Gogh’s ear, grown from genetic samples provided by Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo. They share about 1/16th of the same genes, including the Y-chromosome, passed down the male lineage.
So not actually Vincent Van Gogh’s ear if you want to get super technical about it— it’s a replica of his great-great-grandnephew’s ear, but that really doesn’t make it less badass.
Last night, SpaceX gave a long and detailed demonstration of the second version of its Dragon spacecraft, appropriately named the Dragon V2. The current Dragon is an unmanned supply ship that’s mainly been just used for testing and very limited use in resupplying the ISS, but the V2 is a human operated, human carrying little spaceship that can go into orbit, come back, land anywhere on Earth with the accuracy of a helicopter, refuel and hop right back up into space.
Watch the videos and see more pictures here. Try not to drool all over your keyboard.