Cocktail Astronomy | Wiesn Nebel

Oktoberfest from Space. Image Credit: 2014 WorldView Satellite-2, DigitalGlobe

Here at Future-ish, we love astronomy and we love cocktails. So to prep our fans (and ourselves) for those stellar weekend cocktail conversations, we are pleased to offer our Cocktail Astronomy post each Friday.

In honor of Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich and around the world, we're happy to share with our fellow beer aficionados that yes, there is indeed a 'Wiesn Nebel', which would translate as 'Oktoberfest Nebula' or for some, it is the giant space stein known as the 'Beer Nebula'. Well, the cosmic keg is actually an interstellar gas cloud, but we're going with Wiesn Nebel...because it's Oktoberfest.

In Munich, Oktoberfest is known as "Wiesn" after the fairgrounds where the event takes place, Theresienwiese. Add that fact to the well known gas cloud near the Aquila constellation which is made up primarily of ethyl alcohol - the same alcohol found in beer, wind, and liquor - and you get what we're calling the "Wiesn Nebel".

Located 10,000 light-years away and over 1,000 times the diameter of our solar system, the nebula could serve up over 400 trillion pints of beer. Intergalactic alcohol was first discovered in 1975 by UCLA astronomer Ben M. Zuckerman. Our massive Wiesn Nebel was later discovered in 1995 by British astronomers Tom Millar, Geoffrey MacDonald and Rolf Habing.

Try remembering that after several Maß at Munich Oktoberfest!

Cocktail Pairing: easy...your favorite Oktoberfest beer!
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Cocktail Astronomy | Pluto's Sexy New Profile Pictures

Image credit: Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Here at Future-ish, we love astronomy and we love cocktails. So to prep our fans (and ourselves) for those stellar weekend cocktail conversations, we are pleased to offer our Cocktail Astronomy post each Friday.

It's official...Pluto is back on the planetary dating scene with humanity and according to NASA, the dwarf planet's new profile pics are 'Over the top'. In fact, close up images of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft released in September 2015 indicate incredibly diverse surface features suggesting a very interesting past. Given Pluto's new multi-faceted personality, what do these new images mean for our long term relationship with Pluto? As the NASA announcement states: "it's complicated". One thing is for sure...we expect a full-on love fest for Pluto.

>> Read the full announcement for more juicy details.

Cocktail Pairing: given our up and down relationship with Pluto, a Bitter Crush

Cocktail Astronomy | Prawn Nebula

Here at Future-ish, we love astronomy and we love cocktails. So to prep our fans (and ourselves) for those stellar weekend cocktail conversations, we are pleased to offer our Cocktail Astronomy post each Friday.

Few things are more ubiquitous at any good happy hour than a prawn cocktail. So we are pleased to share one of our favorite nebulas located 6,000 light years from earth in the Scorpio constellation that goes by the same name, the Prawn Nebula (aka IC 4628 and Gum 56, named after Colin Stanley Gum). Whereas the prawn cocktail is simple recipe of shrimp and Mary Rose sauce, the Prawn Nebula has many more cosmic ingredients to spice things up. In fact, the mixture of elemental dust and gas clouds from collapsed stars makes the Prawn Nebula quite the active nursery for baby stars.

A new image of the nebula published by the ESO's Gems program in September 2015 used the MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert to create stunning detail of nebula and its ability to recycle the materials from old stars to create new ones.

Cocktail Pairing: French 75
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RobotWatch | Robot Preschool

Image credit: Molly Matalon and Damien Maloney for Bloomberg Businessweek

Great multimedia article on Bloomberg Business by Jack Clark featuring a lab at Berkeley that is giving robots the opportunity to learn like little humans, "This Preschool is for Robots". The teaser line reads "Want machines to learn the way human toddlers do? You need a “classroom” equipped with Lego blocks and plenty of patience", fascinating stuff for sure. When you think of Battlestar Galactica's Number Six, one can only wonder when the social elements of human preschool might come into play...when do robot 'clicks' start?

Cocktail Astronomy | Andromeda on the Rocks

Image credit: Chrisian Fattinnanzi

Here at Future-ish, we love astronomy and we love cocktails. So to prep our fans (and ourselves) for those stellar weekend cocktail conversations, we are pleased to offer our Cocktail Astronomy post each Friday.

This week's Cocktail Astronomy comes from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day and is titled Andromeda on the Rocks. Normally when cocktailing, one's sight tends to get a little on the short side...if not full on blurry. But in this photo, you can actually see at least 2.5 million LIGHT YEARS away. That's because the Andromeda galaxy appears in this photo as a small blurry oval in the top center area and it happens to be 2.5 million light years away. Andromeda is probably not an object you'll be able to see on the average night but it the little factoid on its distance from Earth, that can be offered up on any occasion.

Cocktail pairing: the Blue Lagoon

Conceptual Kitchen

IKEA recently asked IDEO London and students from Lund and Eindhoven universities to explore the social, technological, and demographic forces that will impact how we behave around food in 2025. The result is Concept Kitchen 2015 - Envisioning the Future, a unique exhibit that was showcased at EXPO Milano 2015. How will we behave around food in 2015? How will we forage, create, and consume in our homes in 2015? Find out by visiting the exhibit link above.

>> Green, D. 2015. Ikea has created the kitchen of 2025 — and there's no stove or refrigerator.

SeanChron | Book Review | Young Architects 16: Overlay

One of my favorite activities here at Future-ish is the opportunity to review products, restaurants, hotels, and books. I love, Love, LOVE that I get to review books.

I was recently contacted by Princeton Architectural Press to review a very unique book, Young Architects 16: Overlay that showcases the six winners of the 2014 Architecture League of New York's Architecture League Prize, an annual competition, series of lectures, exhibition, and publication (which make up the Young Architects series that this book is part of). The 2014 theme, Overlay, challenged participants to demonstrate how iterative, incremental processes inform and direct their work.

Though I very much wish I could have attended the Overlay exhibition, this post is focused primarily on the book review. What is obvious from the book about the competition and exhibit is that it is truly an amazing, creative, and innovative challenge and event that elevates both the designers themselves and the concepts presented by the designers in a way that truly indicates how future-shaping the winning projects are.

I have to begin by saying that any book on architecture and or design is bound to be appealing to the eye. Young Architects 16: Overlay falls right in line here. From the compact size of the book and the oversize font on the cover to the thousands of stunning photographs throughout and the detailed graphics of the projects, Young Architects 16: Overlay is a book that you want to carry with you all the time, just in case you need some design candy with detail for an energy boost during the day.

Villa at Al-Mezhar - by winner Young & Ayata

What is unique about Young Architects 16: Overlay is that it provides an opportunity to explore the designers and projects in a much deeper way than most design books offer. From the thorough introductions of the designers and project winners to the detailed descriptions of the designer's multiple projects highlighted in the book and path that the designers took to find inspiration and find their final designs, Young Architects 16: Overlay far surpasses what many design books or magazines offer.

Mirror Mirror - by winner SIFT Studio

The other unique thing about Young Architects 16: Overlay, is that the designers and projects truly do provide a glimpse into the future. The book had me with Scott Cohen's opening sentence of the forward:
The Architecture League Prize for Young Architects + Designers invariably forecasts the future state of the art, the discipline, the academy, and the profession of architecture.

All in all, Young Architects 16: Overlay is a great addition to any design geek's library. As I mentioned, I've actually been keeping it in my bag for a quick look and/or read for several weeks now. It would make a great gift for a design enthusiast as well.

2014 Competition winners were:

SeanChron | Restaurant Review | Brigit & Bernard's Garden Cafe

Mahi Mahi meets the Matterhorn

I've been wanting to go to Brigit & Bernard's Garden Cafe for years during my visits to Maui but could never make it happen. Finally made it and am SO glad I did!

The location is as authentic Hawaii as it comes...smack in the middle of industrial area. From outside its not all that impressive but once inside, the fusion of alpen and aloha begins. From the mounted mahi mahi to the rafters lined with steins, you definitely get that you are eating Swiss/German/Alpen food in Hawaii.

The service was island time, but that's a good thing in my opinion. The food...SCHMEDKT auf Deutsch, ONO in Hawaiian. Really, I was blown away. I don't eat farmed meat so I'm a bit limited on choices but my food was amazing the the appetizers and entrees that went buy looked pretty darn tasty...which was confirmed by the other diners.

If your looking for change up from the usual island fair, try Brigit & Bernard's out...its the best of alpen food with a lot of aloha.

Alpen Aloha

Cheesy Mushroom Bread