Powers of Ten [Happy 10-10-10]

Happy October 10th, 2010, everyone!

Let’s celebrate this day of 10-10-10 by screening a truly kickass film made by Ray and Charles Eames, a wife-and-husband team that knew how to drop some serious knowledge.

This film, Powers of Ten, was made in the late 60s, but it retains all its vitality and awesomeness more than 40 years later.

I discovered it thanks to ROTI reader LA Nicholson, and it’s now here for all ROTI denizens to enjoy.

(I found that it’s kinda cool to put on a little Sleigh Bells in the background while watching this, in order to achieve maximum face-melting effect.)

A little additional info from my friends at Wikipedia:

The film depicts the relative scale of the Universe in factors of ten (see also logarithmic scale and order of magnitude). The film is an adaptation of the 1957 book Cosmic View by Kees Boeke, and more recently is the basis of a new book version. Both adaptations, film and book, follow the form of the Boeke original, adding color and photography to the black and white drawings employed by Boeke in his seminal work.

In 1998, “Powers of Ten” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

Here’s more Eames goodness from the Library of Congress site.

Enjoy this milestone date. None of us are likely to be alive when it comes around again.

To be continued on 11-11-11!

About Alpine McGregor
Just like you, man. I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase. All in the game, though, right?

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