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This is my variable collection of things I’ve read, seen and heard on that internet.

The weather’s turned (see above) so we have gone straight to autumn here in the UK but it does mean we get to have fires and other autumn delights.

Most of this post is automated so it doesn’t take long to assemblt once I have bookmarked things.

Hope it’s of use.

News

Bookmarked

  • BBC – Radiohead and Hans Zimmer announce unique collaboration to introduce the world to Blue Planet II – Media Centre
    “Radiohead, one of the world’s most acclaimed rock bands, and Hans Zimmer, one of the planet’s most successful movie and TV composers, are joining forces to produce an exclusive track for the forthcoming BBC One natural history landmark Blue Planet II.”
  • Käthe Kollwitz: Portrait of the Artist review – a brooding tableau of trauma | Art and design | The Guardian
    “A dead child lies, bone white and fine-featured, between its mother’s thighs. The mother is a hulking creature, something from a nightmare, caught in what is every parent’s worst nightmare. Her body has the heavy muscles of Mary in Michelangelo’s marble Pietà, but here grief has turned her into an animal rather than a saint. Shadows of sorrow spread across her naked limbs. Her mouth is fixed on her child’s chest. She seems to want to suck her offspring back inside her.”
  • Interview with Sarah Andersen of Sarah’s Scribble’s
    “As one of the most relatable webcomics on the internet, Sarah’s Scribbles is more than a comic; it’s a way of life. It speaks to us for the same reasons that it’s hilarious: everyday occurrences and opinions put into the cute, LOL framework of a well-illustrated, no frills set of squares to which we react by uttering the Real McCoy of all assertions: “that’s so true!” Sarah took the time to share some insights into her webcomic, processes and person, so read on and discover why we rightly hold a place for these scribbles in our hearts.”
  • Get Ready to Launch Your ARKit App on iOS11 – Unity Blog
    “Since the original announcement of ARKit at WWDC and the launch of our Unity ARKit plugin back in June, we’ve seen an incredible response from the community. We have worked side-by-side with developers, listening and making constant improvements to our plugin based on their feedback. We have been inspired by the apps and experiences that you have started to create. In fact, some apps made with Unity were shown at the Apple Event today, such as Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade by Pixel Toys, an action-packed sci-fi game rendered in the real world.”
  • Moving Performances: 50 Outdoor Mini-Plays Staged for Passing Trains | Urbanist
    “Turning the local landscape into an outdoor theater set, hundreds of volunteers in Germany’s Saale Valley staged a series of live performances for the viewing pleasure of train passengers zipping by.”
  • Scientists observe largest solar flare in 12 years
    “The sun’s largest solar flare in more than 12 years – and the eighth largest since modern records began in 1996 – has been captured in high detail by a team of researchers from the University of Sheffield and Queen’s University Belfast.”
  • Cassini: The Grand Finale: Last Enceladus Plume Observation
    “This movie sequence of images is from the last dedicated observation of the Enceladus plume by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The images were obtained over approximately 14 hours as Cassini’s cameras stared at the active, icy moon. The view during the entire sequence is of the moon’s night side, but Cassini’s perspective Enceladus shifts during the sequence. The movie begins with a view of the part of the surface lit by reflected light from Saturn and transitions to completely unilluminated terrain. The exposure time of the images changes about halfway through the sequence, in order to make fainter details visible. (The change also makes background stars become visible.)”

  • Mobile Micro-Lending: 17th-Century Book-Shaped Library Hides 50 Tiny Books
    “Back in the 1600s, long before science fiction authors dreamed up digital e-readers, this Jacobean traveling library was making the rounds, housing dozens of small books in a larger book-shaped case. Bound in leather like a large folio volume, it is thought to be one of the first of its kind.”

  • Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem?
    “People want health care and education to be social goods, not market commodities, so we can choose to put public goods back in public hands. People want the fruits of production and the yields of our generous planet to benefit everyone, rather than being siphoned up by the super-rich, so we can change tax laws and introduce potentially transformative measures like a universal basic income. People want to live in balance with the environment on which we all depend for our survival; so we can adopt regenerative agricultural solutions and even choose, as Ecuador did in 2008, to recognize in law, at the level of the nation’s constitution, that nature has “the right to exist, persist, maintain, and regenerate its vital cycles.””
  • If I asked you to take your Flair pen and write on your fingers  the letters of the alphabet and punctuation marks they type on a keyboard, could you do it? 
    “It’s hard to believe our hands and fingers know things the top of our minds don’t know, but after we work together for awhile you’ll find there are unexpected drawings and stories that are in your hands and fingers in the same way the keyboard knowledge of letters and punctuation are indicated in the illustration above are unexpected. Your hands know things! They want to do your homework for you. “
  • Ten Things You Might Not Know About Mark Rothko | AnOther
    “Rothko’s iconic colour field pictures are strikingly monumental. They provoke quiet reflection and contemplation and yet embody what Rothko’s psychologist son Christopher describes in his foreword to this book, as articulating “the language of the sublime”. Rothko’s work is elemental. It possesses the beauty and horror of New York City’s concrete caverns, the vast canyonscapes of the American West and the distant lunarscapes of the Moon. In this sense, Rothko’s painting is so American. Confronting his work in the flesh very nearly requires the resolve of an early pioneer.”
  • Study of Uranus suggests some of its moons are on a collision course
    “Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and the third largest. Prior research has suggested that it is, like Neptune, an ice giant (as compared to gas giants). It has also been found to have the chilliest atmosphere among all the planets in the solar system. And it has both a ring system and multiple satellites—27 in all. The satellites orbiting the planet are believed to be very low mass compared to the moons of the other planets, and some of them, according to this latest research, are on a collision course that will shatter them into small bits.”
  • The Secret History Of Disney’s ‘Gemini Man’ And The Quest To Make A Convincing CG Human
    “Director Ang Lee’s Gemini Man, in which actor Will Smith will star as a retiring NSA agent facing off against a younger clone of himself, is set for an October 2019 release date from Paramount. It’s likely to be made possible with advancements in de-aging visual effects techniques, the kind seen in films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Captain America: The First Avenger, and other recent Marvel releases.”
  • Spatial Calligraphy: Projected Light Animates Picturesque Japanese Landscape
    “Their driving idea: create new immersive interactions with nature without doing any damage, using an array of lighting techniques to facilitate a unique nighttime experience. In some places, abstract lighting patterns contrast with or highlight natural elements, like koi fish swimming in a lake — in other instances, projections of scanned nature illustrate the cycle of seasons in underground caves.”

  • Jupiter’s aurora presents a powerful mystery
    “Scientists on NASA’s Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter’s polar regions that contribute to the giant planet’s powerful aurora – only not in ways the researchers expected.”
  • Framestore Ups Mathieu Bertrand to Head of CG
    “Montréal local served as CG supervisor on films including BAFTA-nominated ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’ Denis Villeneuve’s BAFTA-nominated ‘Arrival,’ Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’ and the upcoming ‘Geostorm.’”
  • Becoming Dangerous: Coming Soon! – Fiction & Feeling
    “BECOMING DANGEROUS is a nonfiction book of deeply personal essays by marginalised people operating at the intersection of feminism, witchcraft, and resistance to summon power and become fearsome in a world that would prefer them afraid. With contributions from twenty witchy femmes, queer conjurers, and magical rebels, BECOMING DANGEROUS is a book of intelligent and challenging essays that will resonate with anyone who’s ever looked for answers outside the typical places.”
  • Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals
    “Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health.”
  • The Late Show – Face to Face: Jeanette Winterson
    “First transmitted in 1994, Jeremy Isaacs talks to award-winning writer Jeanette Winterson, who discusses her love of writing and reflects on the ways in which her upbringing and sexuality have influenced her work. Winterson also explains her desire to avoid being categorised, either in terms of her work or her life, and the ways in which her non-conformist style of writing and ‘taboo’ subject matter reflect this and have, perhaps, contributed to her success.”
  • Every Page of Depero Futurista, the 1927 Futurist Masterpiece of Graphic Design & Bookmaking, Is Now Online
    “You can try to dismantle your e-reader, but you can’t unscrew an eBook. Despite having cast his artistic mind, as did his fellow 20th-century Italian Futurists, forcefully into the world to come, could Fortunato Depero have imagined that such a question would arise in the 21st? The Trentino-born painter, writer, sculptor, and graphic designer, led a highly creative life, producing no work more enduring than the instantly recognizable Campari Soda bottle. But just last year, a group of enthusiasts successfully raised more than $250,000 on Kickstarter to bring back into print Depero’s second-best-known creation: Depero Futurista, also known as “The Bolted Book.””
  • The Pizzagate Polity | Melissa Gira Grant
    “Trump started his day defending himself against charges that he had appeared sympathetic to white supremacists when he retweeted a claim about black crime from a man who was once ejected from a Washington, D.C., restaurant for covertly livestreaming his attempts at uncovering a Satanic child sex slavery ring. The President closed out the afternoon with remarks before a podium in his own gilded New York tower, in which—as if there had been a doubt just hours before—he openly sympathized with white supremacists. Meanwhile, over on Pizzagate Twitter, when the president extended conventional both-sides-ery to anti-fascist demonstrators for bringing violence on themselves, his words were applauded and echoed.”
  • Hints of Trigonometry on a 3,700-Year-Old Babylonian Tablet
    “Suppose that a ramp leading to the top of a ziggurat wall is 56 cubits long, and the vertical height of the ziggurat is 45 cubits. What is the distance x from the outside base of the ramp to the point directly below the top? (Ziggurats were terraced pyramids built in the ancient Middle East; a cubit is a length of measure equal to about 18 inches or 44 centimeters.) Could the Babylonians who lived in what is now Iraq more than 3,700 years ago solve a word problem like this?”

  • Art Has No Boundaries: Saptan Stories – Wild City
    “Most creatives would agree that art, as a whole, has no boundaries. It’s always had a singular ability to bring together those on opposite sides of the same fence; it tends to transcend the idea of so much that politicises and separates society while, in fact, discussing the very issues it’s eclipsing. Having artists, especially ones from nations fraught with a weighted history, come together over a project can show commonalities and is a good way to start communication between them. Oscar winners Aardman Animations, of Wallace and Gromit fame, are leading such a project with the British Council. Named Saptan Stories, it is bringing together artists and whole communities from two countries whose recent history revolves around colonialism and its after-effects: Making small strides, but strides nonetheless, towards reconciliation of some kind, art is helping break down the boundaries between the UK and India. Saptan Stories may well be an interesting chapter in the story between the two countries.”
  • Kelly Sue on Bullet Journals
    “What are your limiting factors? Time and courage. It takes courage to put your thoughts down and face their imperfections. It takes timeto craft them into something worth sharing. If you manage it? Even when the product isn’t quite what you want it to be, you’re a Creator. If that idea lives forever in your head? Well… you’re just a Dreamer. For me? I’d rather have a shitty book I gave my all to and die a writer, than a perfect idea I never did a damned thing with and die a dreamer. “
  • In Praise of Writing Letters: Sam Shepard on the Irreplaceable Splendors of the Epistolary Art
    ““A letter should be regarded not merely as a medium for the communication of intelligence,” advised a nineteenth-century guide to the art of epistolary etiquette, “but also as a work of art.” Virginia Woolf made a beautiful case for letter writing as “the humane art” and Lewis Carroll proposed that it be governed by a set of rules which, if applied to today’s dominant communication media, would make the whole of modern life kinder and more humane.”
  • How Real-time Rendering Is Changing VFX And Animation Production
    “Over the past few years, there’s been a lot of discussion about the convergence of video games and visual effects. Both mediums tend to rely on the same – or similar – tools these days to generate cg assets and animate them, and the quality of video games is certainly approaching the level of photorealism that can be achieved in vfx, even though games need to render things in millisecond.”
  • What Do We Mean When We Say “Toxic Masculinity?” – by Luke Humphris
  • Censorship on Climate Scientists
  • Deep View of Antares
    “Red supergiants are stars more massive than 9 times the mass of the Sun, a late stage of stellar evolution in which the stars’ atmospheres become expansive, while lowering in density. Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius, is about 12 times as massive as the Sun, but its diameter is 700 times larger. Its mass was once thought to be 15 times that of the Sun, with three solar masses of material being shed during its lifetime. If located in our Solar System, its outer edges would reach somewhere between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.”
  • How Skull Island built a bigger, better Kong
    “ILM has shared a cool little visual effects breakdown of how it brought Kong to life for Skull Island—including how it took inspiration from both the original movie suit from the classic King Kong movie, and the real-life gorillas of the San Francisco Zoo.”
  • Stuart Hall and the Rise of Cultural Studies
    ” Culture, after all, is a matter of constructing a relationship between oneself and the world. “People have to have a language to speak about where they are and what other possible futures are available to them,” he observed, in his 1983 lectures. “These futures may not be real; if you try to concretize them immediately, you may find there is nothing there. But what is there, what is real, is the possibility of being someone else, of being in some other social space from the one in which you have already been placed.” He could have been describing his own self-awakening.”
  • The Levitz Paradigm Grid
    “Basically, the procedure is this: The writer has two, three, or even four plots going at once. The main plot—call it Plot A—occupies most of the pages and the characters’ energies. The secondary plot—Plot B—functions as a subplot. Plot C and Plot D, if any, are given minimum space and attention—a few panels. As Plot A concludes, Plot B is “promoted”; it becomes Plot A, and Plot C becomes Plot B, and so forth. Thus, there is a constant upward plot progression; each plot develops in interest and complexity as the year’s issues appear.”
  • Facebook’s Oculus patents lightweight smart glasses
    “Facebook-owned Oculus has patented a lightweight smart glasses concept that would be able to “augment views of a physical, real-world environment with computer-generated elements.”
  • Scientists create ‘diamond rain’ that forms in the interior of icy giant planets
    “In an experiment designed to mimic the conditions deep inside the icy giant planets of our solar system, scientists were able to observe “diamond rain” for the first time as it formed in high-pressure conditions. Extremely high pressure squeezes hydrogen and carbon found in the interior of these planets to form solid diamonds that sink slowly down further into the interior.”
  • Stop erasing socialist women—abuse happens across the political spectrum
    “It’s hard to know how to respond, except by repeatedly asserting the simple truth: that sexism permeates every part of our society, and leftwing organisations and institutions are no exception. The existence of socialist feminists might be inconvenient for anti-left narratives—but rest assured that we exist. And we see what’s going on.”
  • ‘Most bizarre dinosaur ever found’ is missing evolutionary link – study
    “An unusual vegetarian dinosaur with the silhouette of a flesh-ripping velociraptor, whose fossilised remains were unearthed in southern Chile 13 years ago, is a missing link in dinosaur evolution, researchers have said. A revised assessment of the kangaroo-sized Chilesaurus diegosuarezi , reported in the journal Biology Letters, bolsters a theory unveiled earlier this year that threatens to upend a long-standing classification of all dinosaurs.”
  • 11 legends offer wisdom on how they made it
    GHOSTFACE KILLAH “If you really want to do this you have to work hard. You gotta really wake up, sleep, be in the shower doing it. Just thinking of it. When I came in back then (the early 90s), we had a thing saying, ‘Your sword has to be sharp,’ meaning you really had to rhyme and say something that’s really gonna make somebody go, ‘Oh shit, you heard that?’ I like substance. Tell me what you like about yourself. What you grew up in. So for a person coming up I would tell them to be creative and original. Once you’re original, no one can take that from you.”
  • Distrust (feat Denzel Curry, JK The Reaper
    “Music video for track by Lunice put together by @samrolfes​ mixes realtime performance and motion tracking, rendered in the Unreal Engine gaming platform, mixed with surreal 3D forms with textures of alt-right memes and fake news: Animated inside a game engine similarly to how I did videos for Amnesia Scanner, Danny L Harle, etc.I motion tracked this brilliant Brooklyn dancer Aarron Ricks inside a DIY venue in Queens and used that footage to drive all the deformation and fight against the regressive alt-right imagery pinning him down. Used an experimental process to get the fabric simulations into the engine, and had to sync everything super carefully to be driven and reacting to the dancer; then going back in and performing parts of it live after the fact.”
  • Shiva: to protect or destroy?
    “Shiva is a young girl living in an abandoned, woodland village in this opening volume of Nagabe’s masterfully paced folk-fantasy. Her sole companion is a tall, black, meticulously-dressed creature, whom she addresses as ‘teacher,’ and who serves as Shiva’s guardian. Semi-humanoid in shape, with a head that is a cross between bird and ram, a beak that is not a beak; long, curling elegant horns, fur, and a tail, Teacher and Shiva are close (despite their coming together indicated to have been a fairly recent turn of events), each unperturbed by the other. Due to unspecified reasons, the two are forbidden to touch. Shiva appears unaware of much, apart from that used to have an aunt, whose fate is unclear, and whose return she eagerly awaits although Teacher knows such a turn of events is unlikely…”

Playlist

“Rock On” by T Rex

“Time’s Been Reckless” by Marika Hackman

“LUCKY PENNY” by JD McPherson

“Out the Way” by Nadine Shah

“Leap Of Faith” by Mr Jukes, De La Soul, Horace Andy

“Beatnik” by The Clean

“Plastic Soul” by Mondo Cozmo

“I Wished I Were In Heaven Sitting Down” by Mississippi Fred McDowell

(As always playlist regularly updated at the Listening Booth)

Reading

The Fortune Of The Rougons by Emile Zola

A Clash Of Kings by George R R Martin

Split edited by Katie West (purchase)

Dubliners by James Joyce

Drawn and Quarterly: 25 Years of Contemporary Cartooning

The Essays of Montaigne Book One

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel