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  • Young people flock to Snap, flee Facebook - Axios
    "Teens overwhelming prefer Snapchat to any other social media platform, according to Piper Jaffray's 34th semi-annual Teens research survey. 47% of teens indicated that Snapchat is their favorite social platform, while only 24% of teens indicated Instagram was their favorite platform."
  • Slipping and Recovering on the Keto Journey - Diet Doctor
  • Free Python Scripts for Maya
    Double Negative senior TD Erik Lehmann has shared 3 python scripts for Maya that can drastically optimize your workflow. The best thing here is that the scripts are free.
  • Visualizing nonlinear stories | FlowingData
    "Story curves visualize the nonlinear narrative of a movie by showing the order in which events are told in the movie and comparing them to their actual chronological order, resulting in possibly meandering visual patterns in the curve."
  • Protanopia
    "Protanopia is a digital comic for Ipad and Iphone. Created as an experiment into the possibilities of digital comics. Using elements from 3D and 2D animation in a realtime game engine, it creates an unique visual style, whilst still having a familiar feeling."
  • ‘We are with you Catalunya’ – the revolt in Spain is bigger than flags and language | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian
    "The first group that tried to build the barricade were schoolkids. They linked the crash barriers together across the alleyway and tied them with an inch-thick cable. The next group, young men with wispy stubble and girls in hoodies, expressed contempt: they wanted to heap the barriers on top of some bags of cement instead. As they discussed the options, a third group arrived, dismantled the original structure and rebuilt it as a 20ft-deep fascine."
  • ‘We are with you Catalunya’ – the revolt in Spain is bigger than flags and language
  • "One Scotch One Bourbon One Beer" by Amos Milburn
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s Visionary Notebooks Now Online: Browse 570 Digitized Pages
  • How To Start
  • How To Overcome Failure
    “In the midst of failure when you’re feeling so shitty and so awful, how do you actually gain positivity and move forward?”
  • Spike Drew This. • This Is Everything I Know: A 24-Hour Comic About Comics.
    "Hey, all. This is a comic I started on 24 Hour Comic Day, but I only managed to complete 12 pages on that day. That makes it a technical failure, but I decided it was worth finishing regardless of that. I sold copies at APE, but I didn’t anticipate the demand and ran out of them pretty quickly. So, I promised to re-post the mini on tumblr when i got home, and here it is."
  • How To Start
    "There’s no reason in today’s world not to be creating content online. Whether that’s your vlog on Youtube, pictures on Instagram, articles on Medium, or a podcast on iTunes. My friends, the key to content success online is you’ve got to start doing. Let me tell you how. Just Start."
  • The Milky Way as an Outlier
    "How ‘normal’ is the Milky Way? It’s an interesting question because as we look out into a visible universe filled with perhaps 100 billion galaxies, we base many of our models for their behavior on what we know of our own. That this may not be the best way to proceed is brought home by a much smaller study, the comparison between our Solar System and what we’ve been finding around other stars. Finding Solar System analogs has proven surprisingly difficult, although older models assumed outer gas giants and inner rocky worlds as a common pattern."
  • Seth Abramson on Twitter
    "(THREAD) This is a thread about Donald Trump. If what it says conforms with how you feel, I hope you'll consider sharing it with others."
  • Blooms: Hypnotizing 3D Printed Sculptures Come Alive Under Strobe Lights | Urbanist
    "It’s really easy to lose a chunk of your day getting lost in the hypnotizing effects of these trippy 3D-printed sculpture animations by artist John Edmark. Drawing from spiral patterns and numerical sequences often found in natural objects like pine cones, cacti, sunflowers and seashells, the objects seem to shift and change before your eyes when spun under a strobe light. Watching the videos of the sculptures in motion, it’s hard to believe these aren’t digital animations."
  • Iran's Animation Industry Holds First-Ever Tehran Cartoon Sessions
    "The animation community in Iran’s capital city, Tehran, came together last week for Tehran Cartoon Sessions, a unique artist-driven event that took place over three evenings on September 17-19. Organized by Hoorakhsh Studios and the art space Darbast Platform, the event offered six case studies of Iranian-produced animation projects: three professional films and three student films."
  • Aardman Launches New Youtube Hub Aardboiled
    "Aardman Animations has launched a new Youtube channel called Aardboiled, which it wants to turn into a “hub for creators of original, off-beat animated comedy.” " The Bristol, U.K. studio envisions it as a solution for independent producers and creators who want to distribute their content online.
  • Lush Life: 12 Verdant Architecture Projects Making Plants a Main Priority
    "Not all architecture incorporating lots of living greenery is doomed to remain an unrealistic rendering, depicting buildings that can’t structurally support the weight of all the soil and water needed to keep full-sized trees alive. Architect Thomas Heatherwick built ultra-strong concrete pillars into his 1000 Trees design, for example. Other buildings take a subtler approach, choosing ivy, potted plants or existing trees rooted in the ground. All of these projects attempt to meld urban architecture with lush gardens in the hopes of cleansing the air, storing CO2 to mitigate climate change and providing enhanced access to green spaces in cities."
  • Penguin-mounted video captures gastronomic close encounters of the gelatinous kind
    “Footage from penguin-mounted mini video recorders shows four species of penguin eating jellyfish and other gelatinous animals of the open ocean, a food source penguins were not previously believed to partake of, scientists report this month in the Ecological Society of America's peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The article, part of the October issue of the journal, is available online ahead of print.”
  • Vintage Voyager: Online Video Resources
    "With Voyager on my mind because of its recent anniversary, I had been exploring the Internet landscape for archival footage. But Ioannis Kokkinidis made my search unnecessary with the following essay, which links to abundant resources. The author of several Centauri Dreams posts including Agriculture on Other Worlds, Ioannis holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the Department of Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Engineering of the Agricultural University of Athens. He went on to obtain a Mastère Spécialisé Systèmes d’informations localisées pour l’aménagement des territoires (SILAT) from AgroParisTech and AgroMontpellier and a PhD in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis from Virginia Tech. Now a resident of Fresno CA, Ioannis tells us in addition how a lifelong interest in space exploration was fed by the Voyager mission and its continuing data return. "
  • Interactive Comic - NAWLZ
  • What it's like to live with borderline personality disorder - BBC Three
    "Katy has BPD. However describing the condition to others can be difficult. So, here she uses Google’s Tilt Brush tool in virtual reality to draw and explain what it's really like to live with the disorder day in, day out and also give advice to others who think they may have the mental health condition."
  • Five ways ancient India changed the world – with maths
    "It should come as no surprise that the first recorded use of the number zero, recently discovered to be made as early as the 3rd or 4th century, happened in India. Mathematics on the Indian subcontinent has a rich history going back over 3,000 years and thrived for centuries before similar advances were made in Europe, with its influence meanwhile spreading to China and the Middle East."
  • iOS AR experience app by cabbibo turns your viewpoint into an iridescent psychedelic aquarium:
    ARQUA! is creative toy for bringing fantasy to life. You can create your very own rainbow aquarium by painting kelp, hatching fish, drawing coral, and much much more. Once your aquarium is created, you can explore with your new world; teasing fish, tickling kelp, and twisting crystals. The next day, in a new place, begin again, creating a another unique psychedelic wonderland.
  • 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."
  • "Leap Of Faith" by Mr Jukes, De La Soul, Horace Andy
  • 6 minutes for the next 60 Yeats of your life.
  • "Beatnik" by The Clean
  • Judge Dredd: Mega-City One TV series on Netflix starring Karl Urban – release date, cast and everything you need to know
    "The excellent Dredd movie (no, not the Sly Stallone one) might not have done massively well at the box office, but that doesn't mean comic book fans aren't clamouring for more live-action tales from Mega-City One. So, thank goodness, then, for, well, Mega-City One, the new Judge Dredd TV series, which hopes to take everything that was great about the movie and turn it into the best goddamn telly show since Big Bad Beetleborgs. And there's been plenty of news and rumours about the show, so here's everything you need to know about Judge Dredd: Mega-City One. We'll be updating this page as and when new information comes to light, so bookmark it and come back."
  • 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."
  • Keto Salmon and Spinach Plate
    ¾ lb salmon, in portion pieces 2 tablespoons butter for frying 3 oz. room tempered butter, for serving ½ red bell pepper 2 oz. baby spinach salt and pepper
  • 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."
  • Upcoming Animated Series 'Zafari' Is Being Rendered Completely With The Unreal Game Engine
    "Zafari is a cg animated children’s television series created by David Dozoretz in which animals are magically born with the skin of other creatures. The show is notable as the first animated television series being rendered entirely with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine."
  • "Sports Spootnicks - Remastered" by Lizzy Mercier Descloux
  • 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."
  • Landsat Viewer | GeoNet
    "The lab has just completed an experimental viewer designed to sort, filter and extract individual Landsat scenes. The viewer is a web application developed using Esri's JavaScript API and a three.js-based external renderer."
  • 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."
  • Why RSS Still Beats Facebook and Twitter for Tracking News
    "You’d be forgiven for thinking RSS died off with the passing of Google Reader, but our old friend Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary) still has a role to play on the web of 2017. It’s faster, more efficient, and you won’t have to worry as much about accidentally leaking your news reading habit to all your Facebook friends. Whether you’ve never heard of it before or you’ve abandoned it for pastures new, here’s why you should be using RSS for your news instead of social media."
  • NASA's fleet of satellites covering powerful Hurricane Irma
    "NASA's fleet of satellites have been continually providing forecasters with data on Hurricane Irma. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a look at the wide-eye of Irma and if you think about the area of maximum sustained winds around the eye, it's similar to a wide F2 tornado."
  • Get Started in Unity with Interactive Tutorials – Unity Blog
    "The new Tutorial panel in Unity 2017.2 guides you and responds to your actions, leading you through a series of tutorials for absolute beginners to help you understand the interface and basic Unity concepts. Each tutorial gives you the opportunity to interact with Unity, fixing parts of a ready made game as you try and get the player character to the goal. We know that many people struggle when first arriving in Unity, and that others find it cumbersome to juggle switching between Unity and a web browser to watch a video or read parts of an article – we aim to make this far simpler by teaching you inside Unity itself in a fun and responsive way."
  • "Plastic Soul" by Mondo Cozmo
  • Superman’s most amazing special effect didn’t require computers or a green screen
    Christopher Reeve was magical.
  • "#53" by Weaves "#53 is the first single from our sophomore LP "Wide Open" out October 6, 2017 via Buzz Records, Kanine Records, & Memphis Industries." Pre-order Vinyl/CD/Digital at
  • Making of A Monster Calls (Animation Sequence)
    "More than two years ago, Glassworks Barcelona teamed up to direct and craft the two animated stories embedded in “A Monster Calls”, J. A. Bayona’s new movie, based in the homonymous novel by Patrick Ness. Two metaphorical fables that help understanding episodes of reality that are difficult to explain through traditional narrative. After all this time, and despite the research work done, it’s also very complicated for us to put in words what this experience has meant. This project enabled us meeting wonderful artists, with whom we had never collaborated before; people more fantastic than the tales we all made possible. Thanks everyone for putting all your love and a little bit of your life in these stories. We hope you enjoy!"
  • "I Wished I Were In Heaven Sitting Down" by Mississippi Fred McDowell
  • The west’s wealth is based on slavery. Reparations should be paid | Kehinde Andrews | Opinion | The Guardian
    "In many ways the calls for reparatory justice do not take go far enough. Caricom includes a demand to cancel third world debt, and the Movement for Black Lives for free tuition for African Americans. Both of these are examples of removing the knife from our backs, rather than healing the wound. Third world debt was an unjust mechanism for maintaining colonial economic control and; allowing free access to a deeply problematic school system will not eradicate the impacts of centuries of oppression. In order to have racial justice we need to hit the reset button and have the west account for the wealth stolen and devastation caused. Nothing short of a massive transfer of wealth from the developed to the underdeveloped world, and to the descendants of slavery and colonialism in the west, can heal the deep wounds inflicted."
  • 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.”"
  • HANGING: An Animated Documentary
    "An abstracted animated documentary based off of Nick LeDonne's personal struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts after a near attempted hanging in November 2014. His feelings of depression are personified through a dark luring fog and a loving mother desperately trying to keep her son alive. "HANG ON" - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 - Trevor Project LGBTQ Lifeline: 866-488-7386"
  • 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. "
  • Elements - Art film by Maxim Zhestkov on Vimeo
    “An experimental art film nature, physics, art, and love. More than 2 billion elements/particles governed by tensions and forces of nature were used to tell stories and show emotions through the motion of collective behavior. The film is a trial to explore the idea that everything around us and inside us is made from simple elements/blocks which can be arranged in complex relationships and become compound structures. We could project this idea into emotions, behaviors, thought processes, relationships, life, planets, and the universe.”
  • 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."
  • How to Make a Hobo Stove
    "The humble hobo stove traces its origins back to the Great Depression. No. 10 tin cans had become a standard package of food stuffs like coffee and fruit before the Depression and so were plentiful. Short on resources, hobos improvised the cans into suitcases, water containers, and stoves. Today, the hobo stove is used by, well, hobos, but also campers on a budget. The can’s light weight makes it a perfect backpacking stove."
  • 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.’"
  • North Somerset social services at 'breaking point'
    "The stark warning comes at a time when there has been a 70 per cent rise in the number of neglected and abused children being put on council protection plans, which are drawn up to keep them safe, over the past 10 years."
  • 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.""
  • How to create and render 620 million Poly Forest in Maya
    "In this video, Marcel DeJong show us how to use MASH and Arnold in Maya 2018 to create and render a 620,000,000 poly forest of trees in a matter of minutes."
  • MASH Dynamics: Basics - YouTube
    "In this tutorial we show you how to use MASH dynamics to simulate falling dominoes, then render that animation in Arnold."
  • Aaron Blaise Explains The Essentials Of Animal Drawing [Exclusive Video]
    "I am a big believer in the concept of a “Visual Library.” That is the visual record and knowledge that you accumulate over your life that you can call upon when sketching and drawing. There is no better way to build your own visual library then by getting out into nature and observing real animals in a real environment. Over time it will make you a better, faster, and more well rounded artist."
  • 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."
  • Dust, Fingerprints and Stains Texture Pack
    "Clément Feuillet has created two fantastic textures packs for surfaces; and they come with 60 high-quality textures and 76 high-resolution brushes/stamps. Everything is available in 4K and manually tiled (tiling based on shots continuity, no stamp used). These textures work best for adding dust, damage, fingerprints, stains, large stains, wiping, dirt."
  • 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."
  • Basic Dynamics in Mash.
  • What the Latest North Korean Nuclear-Test News Looks Like from Seoul
    “We’ve got to dispel the idea that North Korea is crazy. The leaders are very logical; they navigate diplomacy well—that’s how they’ve been able to survive this long. North Korea is not suicidal. Even if you look at it from a very cynical point of view, of regime survival, war with the U.S. is not an endgame."
  • 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."
  • Maya 2018 Review | UV Editing Improvements
    "Maya 2017 Update 3 made a big improvement on the UV editing to make it easier for users, however Maya 2018 features loads of more improvement in the UV aspect. Watch as Trevor Adams, a Product Designer at Maya Modeling walk us through this comprehensive review of all of the UV Editing improvements included in Maya 2018. The video has no sound, so please bear with us."
  • What Do We Mean When We Say “Toxic Masculinity?” - by Luke Humphris
  • Censorship on Climate Scientists
  • See Jello Biafra Join Dead Cross for 'Nazi Trumps F--k Off' - Rolling Stone
    "Former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra joined the supergroup Dead Cross Wednesday night for a revised version of the pioneering hardcore group's 1981 single, "Nazi Punks Fuck Off." This time, though, it was "Nazi Trumps Fuck Off" and each of the band members wore T-shirts with that phrase emblazoned on it and a photo of Trump's head crossed out."
  • 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."
  • An Interview with José Muñoz | The Comics Journal
    "Yes, it was a paradise. There were different languages, backgrounds, cultural viewpoints that were circulating around and trading funny and/or tragic stories with each other. The stories mixed together fluidly, spontaneously, through films, historietas, literature, and radio. There, reality and imaginative fiction and other fantastical stories came together to produce an intimate mix that, it seems to me, encouraged us greatly. We lived near, and in, the wide open spaces of the Argentine pampa lowlands, something that needed us to fill it with stories. I and others believed that everything that we read, watched, and listened to was happening to us, was happening there. Parallel realities leapt out from the pages and the screens into our surroundings, into our souls. Argentina tried, but did not fully succeed, in making immigrants forget their pasts. And Buenos Aires was infused with a cosmopolitan atmosphere; we were and we could be, anywhere. Calé, Arlt, Ferro, Borges, Solano López, Hudson, Dickens, Bradbury, Monicelli, Bergman, Bioy Casares, Oesterheld, Breccia, Pratt, Roume, Chandler – they all spoke to us of Buenos Aires, of Argentina, and of the world that surrounded us from the pampa to Irkutsk, being everywhere all at once. I suppose it was the same in New York. I imagine it that way as well, feverish."
  • 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."
  • Anatomy of an Effective Product Page
    "We’ve put together a handy checklist for you to optimize your product page. Each of these 8 points is geared towards converting your visitors into customers by removing uncertainty and building trust in your product."
  • 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."
  • The Myth of the Alt-Left
    "The words “alt-left” sounded strange coming from Donald Trump’s mouth, but then most words do. After a weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three dead, including an anti-fascist activist murdered by the far right, Trump has refused to unequivocally condemn the “alt-right” neo-Nazis responsible for the violence. Instead, he complains that his exterminationist supporters have been treated “very unfairly.” What about the violence of the anti-fascists, he wants to know: “What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem?”
  • 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.”
  • I lost £1,165 to eBay fraudster when selling my electric guitar
    "Can you help with an eBay/PayPal disaster. In June I decided to sell my Fender Stratocaster electric guitar on eBay, which went for £1,165. I posted it to the buyer’s address, and it was fully insured through a local Manchester firm which uses Parcelforce to deliver."
  • I was caught in the Barcelona attacks: Now Tommy Robinson and trolls call me an Islamic extremist - The i newspaper online iNews
    "Last Thursday I was a tourist strolling down Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas. I decided that rather than sit down in one of the many crowded street cafés, I would buy my nine-year-old son Qais, whom I had left behind in Glasgow, his Barcelona FC kit."
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  • 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."
  • Is Your Sunscreen Poisoning the Ocean? -
    "One of the perks of being a Californian is that Hawaii is a quick, often affordable getaway: Without the need to escape frosty weather, we’re free to visit during summer, when the surf lays down flat and the price of hotel rooms plummets."
  • BBC braces for backlash over North Korea service | Media | The Guardian
    "Francesca Unsworth, the director of BBC World Service, said the corporation was wary about launching the new North Korean service next month due to the likely opposition from the government but insisted the fragile political situation vindicated the move."
  • 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."












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