Earthlings Can Finally Listen to Voyager Golden Record—for 98

first_imgStay on target In 1977, two NASA spacecraft rocketed into the great unknown, each carrying a golden record with a message to any alien species that may encounter it.Now, for the first time, that message will be made available to the people of Earth.To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Voyager launches, Ozma Records is preparing to ship playable replicas of the iconic album next month.A successful Kickstarter campaign helped drum up interest ($1,363,037 worth) in what the California-based studio called “the historic interstellar message for extraterrestrials.”Conceived by Boing Boing co-editor David Pescovitz, Amoeba Music record store manager Timothy Daly, and graphic designer Lawrence Azerrad, the Voyager Golden Record represents different things for different people.Two original golden records launched in 1977 on the Voyager shuttles (via NASA/JPL-Caltech)“As an exquisitely curated music compilation, the Voyager record is an inviting port of entry to unfamiliar yet entrancing sounds from other cultures and other times,” the Ozma Records website said. “As an objet d’art and design, it represents deep insights about communication, context, and the power of media. In the realm of science, it raises fundamental questions about who we are and our place in the universe.“At the intersection of those three perspectives,” according to the team, “the Voyager record is a testament to the potential of science and art to ignite humanity’s sense of curiosity and wonder.”Listen online to an audio sampler online, or order your own copy, featuring greetings in 55 languages, Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” concertos by Mozart and Beethoven, a Peruvian wedding song, and “the sounds of Earth.”Collectors can snag a three-LP box set, complete with translucent gold 140-gram vinyl records, a softcover book presenting images from the original record, and a $98 price tag.Those who still own a CD player, meanwhile, can save a few bucks with the $50 two-disc compilation, plus a hardcover version of the image gallery.Each version comes with a full-color, 96-page book (via Ozma Records)The first batch of U.S. orders hit postal trucks in early September—only a month late (a win in most Internet crowdfunding books). Nearly 10,770 backers contributed to last year’s campaign; it remains unclear how many records in total were sold at the time.Pre-order now for delivery by Christmas.“We may never know whether an extraterrestrial civilization ever listens to the golden record. It was a gift from humanity to the cosmos,” Ozma said. “But it is also a gift to humanity. The record embodies a sense of possibility and hope. And it’s as relevant now as it was in 1977. Perhaps even more so.“The Voyager Interstellar Record is a reminder of what we can achieve when we are at our best—and that our future really is up to all of us.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System last_img read more

Celebrate Girl Power With This Wonder Woman Gift Guide

first_imgKeep warm under this plush 46″ x 60″ throw blanket. Fits a twin sized bed just fine, as well as being great for a couch, guest room, futon, or just snuggling up while you read some Wonder Woman comics!DC Stars KnapsackEven the best warriors need a place to store all their keepsakes when on the move. Grab this catchy Wonder Woman backpack for all your wonderful needs!Wonder Woman Lamp For decades Lynda Carter was THE live-action Wonder Woman. To this day fans spin around pretending to transform into Wonder Woman just like Lynda Carter did. Celebrate her legacy with this beautifully crafted statue from Sideshow Collectibles, one of the best in the business!The Secret History of Wonder Woman This wonderful art print from FamouStars is available in all sorts of sizes from 5″ x 7″ all the way to 24″ x 36″ so you can get the right size for your decorating needs! This beautiful Wonder Woman tiara based on the one Gal Gadot wears in the movies is perfect for a cosplay or a costume party! Plus, 10% of the proceeds go to benefit the American Breast Cancer Foundation.Wonder Woman PerfumeEver wonder what Wonder Woman’s signature scent would be? “Wonder” no more, because it’s already bottled up for you to smell just like her, and not in a creepy way!Wonder Woman Art Print 11 Groundbreaking Female Comic Book ArtistsToy Tuesday: 11 Coolest Toys of 2018 Since premiering in All Star Comics #8 in 1941, Wonder Woman has been a pop culture icon. Though her powers and origin have changed a little here and there, she’s always stood for justice and empowerment. For some, she’ll always be a triumphant comic book hero. Others remember her from being in Super Friends or from when Lynda Carter played her on the small screen. While he popularity has ebbed and flowed over the years, she has made her mark this generation being played by Gal Gadot in three major blockbuster films since 2016. Her rising popularity means more people are looking for Wonder Woman gift ideas than ever before, and we’re here to help!Wonder Woman: The True Amazon Stay on targetcenter_img Last year saw the release of the film Professor Marston and the Wonder Women about the creator of Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston, and his polyamorous relationship. This book details his life, his relationship, as well as going into the important role feminism of the time played in crafting the character of Wonder Woman. This is the perfect gift for your nonfiction fans you’re trying to get into Wonder Woman!Wonder Woman Through The Years MugCelebrate the legacy of Wonder Woman from the Golden Age of Comics to today with this mug that every Wonder Woman fan will be jealous you have! Keep it at home for your favorite guests or keep it in the office kitchen and make your co-workers wish they had one!Wonder Woman Throw Blanket These officially licensed, gold-plated Wonder Woman logo cufflinks gives you the perfect excuse to let your geek flag fly at even the fanciest of occasions. These are no mythical bracers though, so please do not attempt to deflect bullets.Replica Tiara Light up your home with this Wonder Woman themed lamp! Blue with stars at the best, the iconic logo on the shade with the lasso of truth connecting the two. Perfect for a nightstand or end table!Wonder Woman Cufflinks Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. This gorgeous modern retelling of Wonder Woman’s origin is just what you or a loved one need to dive into the mythos of this beloved character. Written and illustrated by Wonder Woman veteran Jill Thompson, this spellbinding book highlighting the fantastical elements of Themyscira is brought to life with brilliant watercolors in this award-winning graphic novel!Wonder Woman Lynda Carter Statuelast_img read more