NOTEPAD-2018-WEEKS-03-04

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  • She Has Seen The Future And It Is — Weblogs (from 1999) – “Weblogs are — well, let’s back up a bit. If I define a Weblog, I’m not being true to the fluid, floating, idiosyncratic spirit of the enterprise. Definitions are boundaries, and boundaries are anathema to Webloggers. Moreover, the best Weblogs are always shifting and evolving, always on their way to being something else.”
  • How to give yourself a Trumpectomy –“You might think that “exposing” his corruption or idiocy is some kind of public service, but it’s not.”
  • A VR Movie Set in Space Just Landed a 7-Figure Deal at Sundance. This Is Huge – “As part of the deal, Spheres, which was executive produced by Protozoa Pictures’ Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel and supported by Oculus and Intel, will premiere on Oculus Rift this year. After that, CityLights—itself a newly formed company—will expand distribution elsewhere. The first episode, Songs of Spacetime, premiered last weekend as part of Sundance’s New Frontier programming. Directed by relative newcomer Eliza McNitt and narrated by Jessica Chastain, it’s a rich, slightly disorienting look at what it’s like to be there when two black holes collide. (It also features a score from Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of Survive, who performed Stranger Things’ theme song.) “The ambition and generative nature of the vision for Spheres perfectly fits with our mission to bring content to broader audiences and showcase the types of experiences only VR can deliver,” CityLights co-founder Joel Newton said in a statement announcing the deal. So that’s the news. What it means, exactly, is yet to be determined. Virtual reality has been strengthening its toehold in the larger film world since before anyone had heard the term “Oculus Rift”—and each year, as the VR projects available at film festivals continue to multiply, they’ve gotten a little bit more juice, a little bit more attention. This acquisition will likely gain them more. But a VR experience being acquired by a venture looking to back VR is one thing; getting that same buy-in from a traditional studio or other entity is another. Seven figures, even if they’re low seven figures, is still a major buy—and it could mean even bigger ones aren’t very far behind.”
  • Men Only: Inside the charity fundraiser where hostesses are put on show  – “Auction items included lunch with Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, and afternoon tea with Bank of England governor Mark Carney. “
  • What does Momentum really want? –
  •  “The excitement following Corbyn’s unexpected victory in 2015 meant that local unofficial Momentum groups popped up before the organisation actually existed. But since no one expected Corbyn’s triumph, there was no agreed strategy, no principle for unity, and no structure of governance. The emerging organisation was improvised, and there were tensions between different perspectives.”
  • What it’s like to live with epilepsy – “I felt the ‘frightful clearness’ two days ago, leaving the cinema after experiencing a seizure as the credits rolled. Every colour seemed a thousand times brighter than it should be, every person’s face appeared fascinating and flush with a deep meaning I couldn’t grasp, and every conversation and sound sounded clear as a bell and urgent. In theory, I know I could die from a seizure tomorrow, but in the meantime I’ve learnt to live with epilepsy. I’ve made peace with the irritations.”
  • A classic: Tango, an inventive time-looping animated film –“Tango is an experimental animated film made by Zbigniew Rybczyński in 1980. It takes place entirely in one room with an increasing number of characters cycling through it repeatedly. It’s the kind of thing you can’t stop watching once you start. (It’s also mildly NSFW.) Tango won The Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1983. (via @neilcic)”
  • 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B Peterson review – a self-help book from a culture warrior – “What makes this book so irritating is Peterson’s failure to follow many of the rules he sets out with such sententiousness. He does not “assume that the person he is listening to might know something he doesn’t”. He is far from “precise in his speech”, allowing his own foundational concepts (like “being” and “chaos”) to slide around until they lose any clear meaning. He is happy to dish out a stern injunction against straw-manning, but his “Postmodernists” and Marxists are the flimsiest of scarecrows, so his chest-thumping intellectual victories seem hollow. He appears sincere, and in some ways admirable in his fierce desire for truth, but he is much less far along his journey than he thinks, and one ends his oppressive, hectoring book relieved to be free of him.”
  • Two planets in unusual star system are very likely habitable, scientists say –“Scientists have identified two planets circling round a dim dwarf star as especially likely candidates to have habitable conditions, with probable water and a source of heat, attributes thought necessary for life beyond Earth. Since their discovery last year, the seven planets and their star, called Trappist-1, have thrilled astronomers hunting for a world resembling Earth. Never before had scientists found so many Earth-sized planets around a single star, or in a zone where the extreme temperatures of space would not obliterate the chances of life.”
  • AUD KOCH — Recent sketchbook pages.“Ongoing anatomy practice & color/texture exploration.” Tip Aud
  • DO NOT LET THIS WORLD CAUSE YOUR STEPS TO FALTER –“I am here for all you motherfuckers that never made it onto the 30 under 30 list and are still secretly not okay about that. I see you who got to be the responsible one with all that entails, or who just got dealt bad cards and now you’re taking care of kids or parents or siblings or hell maybe all of them and when you rush into the coffeeshop because you’re already late doing things for someone else you see all the young faces in there tapping away at their macbooks and you think, I used to write. You can still. There is no expiration date. I am here for you who started 100 stories and haven’t finshed one yet. You will. Keep walking.”
  • Listening clearly –“That’s what great design and great copy do. They speak clearly so that people don’t have to listen so hard.”
  • A Deep Dive Into the Brain, Hand-Drawn by the Father of Neuroscience – The New York Times “It’s not often that you look at an exhibition with the help of the very apparatus that is its subject. But so it is with “The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal” at the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, one of the most unusual, ravishing exhibitions of the season.”

Santiago Ramón y Cajal

  • Haunting 3D Projections on Trees of Paris and Cambodia –“French photographer Clement Briend set off to explore the reality through photography by creating haunting 3D projections on trees of Paris and Cambodia. “I always wanted to photograph the world without it being too faithful to what it is,”  says Clement, who is also a photography teacher at the University of Valenciennes.”
Clement Briend

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