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A Modest Guide to Productivity
It’s me! That ideal Frank you wish you could more regularly be! I’ve taken a moment away from my self-actualized, perfect state to jot down some advice that you may find handy as you trudge through your inharmonious slog of a life! I think you will find this timely, relatable, and actionable, because I have made the effort to form-fit these tips just for you—er, me! (The arrangement is all very confusing, really, so never mind!)

Art That Breathes: 17 Living Creations Made with Plants, Bacteria & Insects
Alternately beautiful and disgusting but nearly always fascinating, works of art that use nature in place of more traditional media raise questions about the power and responsibility of human dominance over our natural surroundings and the other species living on Earth. These living, breathing works of art might be innocently pretty, like modified flower petals or arrangements of colorful mushrooms, or they might feel a little more sinister, making controversial use of living mice, insects or bacteria swabbed from human orifices.

Low-carb fish & seafood – in 30 minutes or less
What do tuna, salmon, anchovies and mackerel have in common besides their aquatic lifestyle? They are a great source of high-quality proteins, vitamins (D), essential fatty acids (omega-3) and are generally considered very healthy foods, probably for good reasons.

BBC drama Tenko to get repeat run
Based on real-life experiences, it follows the harrowing ordeal endured by a group of British, Australian and Dutch women who were captured after the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1941 and interned in a prisoner-of-war camp. One of the most critically acclaimed BBC dramas of the 1980s, Tenko was praised for its bold storylines and superb acting.

Kate Bush makes second tribute to Emily Brontë with art installation
Kate Bush is to make her second tribute to Emily Brontë, providing words for a permanent art installation on the wiley, windy moors that inspired Wuthering Heights.

FIRE & BLOOD : On The Way | Not a Blog
“No, winter is not coming… not in 2018, at least. You’re going to have to keep waiting for THE WINDS OF WINTER.
You will, however, be able to return to Westeros this year, as I suggested back over on Live Journal.
Archmaester Gyldayn has at last completed and delivered the first half of his monumental history of the Targaryen kings of Westeros, FIRE & BLOOD, and Bantam Spectra and HarperCollins Voyager will be releasing the hardcover on November 20, I am thrilled to say.”

Philip Glass: “I expected to have a day job for the rest of my life”
I enjoyed reading Lolade Fadulu’s interview with Philip Glass about the composer’s early life and how he made a living in NYC before being able to fully support himself with his music (which didn’t happen until he was in his early 40s). As a boy, his mother made sure he got a musical education and his job at his father’s record store exposed him to the idea that people paid money for art:

“More people watched other people play videogames in 2017 than all NFL regular-season games combined”
How Professional Video Gamers Train for a World Championship :
The Philadelphia 76ers’ practice facility is one of the largest and most expensive in the NBA—an $82 million, 125,000-square-foot behemoth that boasts a hydrotherapy room, a recording studio and a full-service restaurant. It’s the morning of a home game versus the Miami Heat, and the 76ers have just finished a light practice on one of two regulation-size basketball courts.

You can remap color with any texture, not just a ramp
Hi all. I have a tip for those of you who like procedural texturing, and I hope this is news to at least some of you, or I’ll feel silly =)
As I was learning World Machine and Substance Designer lately, I really liked their ability to create and use image based ramps to remap colors. I was wondering if Maya can do this as well, and I experimented a bit. This is what I came up with:

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Among BAFTA Crafts Honorees | Animation World Network
LONDON — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the winners of this year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards, celebrating the very best behind-the-scenes talent working in television. HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones received its first BAFTAs: in the Costume Design category for Michele Clapton and in the Production Design category for Deborah Riley and Rob Cameron.

📷 Femme dansant et jouant du tambourin (Françoise) [Woman dancing and playing a tambourine (Françoise)], Pablo Picasso
(Spanish, 1881-1973),
Femme dansant et jouant du tambourin (Françoise) [Woman dancing and playing a tambourine (Françoise)],
1946.
Pencil on paper, 66 x 50.5 cm.
drawing

📷Building a Robot to replace you by David Fullerton
(@highjanus) davidfullerton.com Fear of Monkeys

“my current scanning process” – by @nijomu
It’s one thing to draw in pen-and-ink, but quite another to reproduce it. Back when I was photocopying everything, I had little control over what I got. I would go to the copy place, try a sample on each available machine, and then use the best one. But that was a long time ago. Since then, it’s all been about scanning.

📷 Carl Grossberg

(German, 1894-1940), Marktbreit, 1931. Oil on canvas, 71 x 61 cm.

The Art of Brett Northcutt
Brett Northcutt joined ILM in September of 2001 as a digital matte artist. Prior to this, he spent 5 years as a matte artist working under former ILM alumni Craig Barron and Christopher Evans at Matte World Digital. He received a BA degree in Fine Arts and Painting from the Art Institute of Chicago and quickly put his paint brushes aside and adopting instead digital tools, which landed him his first job in the visual effects industry.

Dear Bashar al-Assad Apologists: Your Hero Is a War Criminal Even If He Didn’t Gas Syrians
Sorry to interrupt: I know you’re very busy right now trying to convince yourselves, and the rest of us, that your hero couldn’t possibly have used chemical weapons to kill up to 70 people in rebel-held Douma on April 7. Maybe Robert Fisk’s mysterious doctor has it right — and maybe the hundreds of survivors and eyewitnesses to the attack are all “crisis actors.”

Eminent Philosophers Name the 43 Most Important Philosophy Books Written Between 1950-2000: Wittgenstein, Foucault, Rawls & More | Open Culture
Faced with the question, “who are the most important philosophers of the 20th century?,” I might find myself compelled to ask in turn, “in respect to what?” Ethics? Political philosophy? Philosophy of language, mind, science, religion, race, gender, sexuality? Phenomenology, Feminism, Critical theory? The domains of philosophy have so multiplied (and some might say siloed), that a number of prominent authors, including eminent philosophy professor Robert Solomon, have written vehement critiques against its entrenchment in academia, with all of the attendant pressures and rewards. Should every philosopher of the past have had to run the gauntlet of doctoral study, teaching, tenure, academic politics and continuous publication, we might never have heard from some of history’s most luminous and original thinkers.

BBC Sound Effects – Research & Education Space
These 16,016 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license.

📷 Elina Merenmies (Finnish, b. 1967),
Who Are You?, 2017. Ink on handmade paper, 51 x 37 cm.

The 100 Most Influential Pages in Comic Book History
From Superman to Smile, Mickey to Maus: Tracing the evolution of comic books by looking at the pictures, panels, and text that brought them to life.

Kendrick Lamar just won a Pulitzer Prize for ‘DAMN.’ – The Verge
Kendrick Lamar has become the first non-classical, non-jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2017 album DAMN.
The prize listing describes Lamar’s record, which documents the complexities of growing up in his hometown of Compton, as “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”

Blogging is most certainly not dead
A few weeks ago, I asked the readers of the Noticing newsletter to send in links to their blogs and newsletters (or to their favorite blogs and newsletters written by others). And boy, did they! I pared the submissions list down to a representative sample and sent it out as last week’s newsletter. Here’s a smaller excerpt of that list…you can find the whole thing here.

Cell Phone Novels
Japanese cell phone novel (keitai shousetsu, ケータイ小説, literally keitai = cell phone, shousetsu = novel, sometimes mistakenly called mobile novels) phenomenon began almost 20 years ago and landed in the English-language world in 2008, beginning a new literary movement among thousands of young writers and readers globally first on Textnovel.com and now also on Wattpad. The cell phone novel is a remarkably unique new form of writing, fusing serialized online storytelling with simple haiku-like poetic technique and with prose narrative. Each chapter or page is at most 200 words, but usually averaging around 50-100 words, using white space, line breaks, fragments, free flow poetry, deeply personal thoughts, emotions, and onwards. As it is about the literary culture, form and style, there is no restriction of genres or content.

Nasa to launch Tess on hunt for 20,000 new worlds | Science | The Guardian
If the vagaries of weather and rocket science do not intervene, the most ambitious search for alien worlds around the brightest stars in the sky will begin on Monday with the launch of Nasa’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft.
After final preparations at the weekend, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or Tess, is on course for take off as early as 6.32pm local time (11.32pm UK) from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the first opportunity mission controllers have to launch in a window that remains open until June.

Post-Authenticity and the Real Truths of Meme Culture
Reality’s been having a tough time of it lately. From fake news to fake video to the utter charade of our Instagram personas, ‘authenticity’ seems to be over. When everything is an ironic meme, what are the new vectors for talking truth?


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