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Animation

  • EDIFICE Short film from Ash Thorp
    difice is an experimental short film inspired by personal beliefs of who we are, where we come from, and where we are heading; it’s a journey from stardust to singularity. This purely cinematic film is intended to stimulate your mind and senses, while provoking further thought about our passage and presence in this world.
  • Going Fishing, an amazingly fluid stop motion animated film
    Animator and sculptor Guldies has combined his passions and made this short stop motion animated film out of 2500 still photos. The result is remarkably fluid, particularly in the scenes with the human hand.
  • 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)
  • Colour My World by Mike Hoolboom
    The cinema audience reimagined as a collective colour project.
  • Mikey Please takes us behind the scenes, and the backlash, of the Bake Off trailer
    Making the Great British Bake Off trailer, it turns out, was a sweet and sour experience. At Nicer Tuesdays, Mikey Please – one half of animation studio Parabella – told how the team created the entirely edible stop motion that got a mixed reaction from the public. “We were tasked with cushioning the public’s transition from the warm cosy bosom of the BBC into the edgy commercial talons of Channel 4 for the most loved show on British telly. We did this massive baking extravaganza,” he says, remembering his positive outlook. “What could possibly go wrong?”
  • The Gendered Past of Animation: Exploring the Historiography of Women in Animation | animationstudies 2.0
    According to a 2015 Los Angeles Times article, the majority of animation production students in the US are female, yet they comprise less than a fifth of the workforce in creative roles in the American animation industry. This situation is reflected in the UK where a 2012 census conducted by Creative Skillset revealed that women make up only 20-30% of the animation workforce in creative roles. Research carried out by organisations such as Animated Women UK [AWUK] indicate that women working in animation and visual effects in the UK industry face systemic obstacles to their success and progression in creative and leadership roles.
  • Build Your Own 3D Zoetrope With This Desktop Animation Kit | Colossal
    Inspired by the pre-film animation devices of the 1800’s, company 4-Mation has created a DIY kit that allows users to produce their very own tabletop animations. Unlike historic zoetropes, the kit is built for 3D objects. Using synchronized strobes and carousel rotation, the machine animates objects placed on its circular base, giving life to ravenous fish or leaping frogs.
  • 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.
  • 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!"

Art

  • maria kreyn
    Maria Kreyn is a Russian born figurative artist. Deeply indebted to the western tradition of painting evident in the Baroque and Romantic periods, Maria reframes these techniques to tell a story of human intimacy and ceremony, investigating the liminal state of simultaneous connection and detachment.
  • Mapping the Journeys of Syria’s Artists
    “Last year, as I began to map where Syrian artists had gone, a sculptor friend of mine who is based in Berlin insisted that I speak to Khaled Barakeh, who was engaged in a similar but much more ambitious project of his own: the Syria Cultural Index, “an alternative map connecting the Syrian artistic community around the globe and showcasing their work to the world.” A global Yellow Pages that any curator or film director can use to find and hire Syrian talent, the index also connects artists to one another.”
  • The Cursed Paintings of Zdzisław Beksiński
    During his long career, Zdzisław Beksiński worked in many fields of art: sculpture, photography, graphic art, drawing, and last but not least, painting. All of Beksiński’s paintings are untitled – he wanted to avoid any metaphorical interpretation of his paintings. As an artist, Beksiński was fascinated with death, decay and darkness. But those weren’t his only fascinations. He was also known his interest in eroticism, abstractionism and Eastern mysticism. From the mid-60s onwards, he was very popular in Poland. In the 80s and 90s Beksiński’s paintings were exhibited abroad, amongst others in France and Japan, and he became an internationally recognized artist. His style is sometimes compared to that of Hans Giger, the Swiss painter who designed the extra-terrestrial creatures for the famous 1979 film Alien.
  • 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.
  • Planetary Textiles: Carpeting Rooms with Organic ‘Sea Floor’ Landscapes
    These designs convey all of the diverse wonder of coral reefs without having to walk along an actual sea floor (and presumably slice open a foot in the process.
  • Rare, Candid Photos Show Louise Bourgeois in Her Home and Studio
    When French photographer Jean-François Jaussaud asked an 84-year-old Louise Bourgeois for permission to photograph her at her New York home and studio, she gave him an intimidating stipulation: He would have to show her every single image he took, and if she didn’t like them, he would have to destroy them. The fierce French-American sculptor, painter, and printmaker wouldn’t have it any other way.
  • Omoshiro Block: A Paper Memo Pad That Excavates Objects as It Gets Used
    Produced by Japanese company Triad, whose main line of business is producing architectural models, the Omoshiro Blocks feature various notable architectural sites in Japan like Kyoto’s Kiyomizudera Temple, Tokyo’s Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Tower. The blocks are composed of over 100 sheets of paper and each sheet is different from the next in the same way that individual moments stack up together to form a memory.
  • The Scottish Sisters Who Pioneered Art Nouveau
    Most people have heard of Art Nouveau, but few remember two of the most influential figures in its conception. (No, not Gustav Klimt.) They were a pair of sisters named Margaret and Frances MacDonald, who, along with their Glasgow School of Art classmates Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Herbert MacNair, comprised the Glasgow Four. Art Nouveau wouldn’t be what it is without them.
  • Artist of the Day: James Chia Han Lee
    James Chia Han Lee LOCATION: Toronto, Canada PRIMARY MEDIA: Graphite, charcoal, oil paint, pencil, crayon EDUCATION: Humber College [Advanced diploma, graphic design, 2013] MAJOR PROJECTS: Large-scale charcoal drawing for Journeyscapes 2017 in Chicago WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF ARTISTIC ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED, AND FROM WHO? “My mom told me, ‘有一點像您亂畫的’ (‘Kinda looks like you just drew whatever’). Don’t draw things like whatever; mom will call your bullshit and you’ll feel bad.” MORE: Website/Instagram/Tumblr/Facebook
  • How Instagram is breaking the careers of female artists

360

  • How virtual reality is magical, ridiculous, and not figured out yet
    "First of two parter from Nat
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu Brings VR to Cannes With ‘Carne y Arena’ | IndieWire
    "As filmmakers, none of the grammar tools apply. A film is about frame, the length of a take, the juxtaposition of edited images. A film without a frame is to film as a car without tires. It’s not a car anymore. It’s a leap forward. With cinema, that little hole you see through, I give you 20% as director and you figure out the other 80%. That’s the dialectic.”
  • VR is telling deeper, more important stories
    At the Tribeca Film Festival this year, filmmakers displayed a mastery of virtual reality with a series of emotional, meaningful stories. It's an encouraging sign, considering previous efforts to produce coherent, non-game VR experiences have floundered, mostly due to the medium's infancy and a lack of widely available technology. Finally, though, we seem to have moved beyond the novelty of virtual reality and are starting to see it used to tackle various important issues.
  • Valve’s Face of VR Chet Faliszek Quits – VRFocus
    HTC Vive collaborator Valve is a fairly secretive company by most standards. Its CEO and co-founder Gabe Newell makes the odd appearance at events but in terms of virtual reality (VR) it’s been Chet Faliszek who’s become the main spokesperson for the firm. Today it’s been revealed that Faliszek has now left Valve.
  • Facebook closing 200 Oculus VR Best Buy pop-ups due to poor store performance
    The scaling back of Facebook's first big retail push for VR comes after workers from multiple Best Buy pop-ups told BI that it was common for them to go days without giving a single demonstration. An internal memo seen by BI and sent to affected employees by a third-party contractor said the closings were because of "store performance."
  • Oculus' 'Dear Angelica' VR film debuts at Sundance Film Festival | VentureBeat | AR/VR | by Dean Takahashi
    VR films are getting serious and artistic. That’s what we’ll discover with the launch of Dear Angelica, a new virtual reality film from Oculus Story Studio, the VR film division of Facebook’s Oculus.
  • Why the future of VR is all down to touch control | Technology | The Guardian
    In 2016, 21st-century virtual reality really arrived. From cheap mobile experiences to exuberant desktop machines, if you wanted to dive into a virtual world, there was a way. But while the headsets opened up possibilities, the new breed of touch controllers are the virtual hands drawing you in.
  • Blend Shapes in Stingray
  • VR-Plugin for Autodesk Maya
    About VR-Plugin We are building a highly needed toolchain for professional Virtual Reality creators. With VR-Plugin you are prepared to enter the world of 360 degree production in VR. Now you can directly see the 3D environment in Autodesk Maya™ in your HMD (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive).
  • Journey to VR: Rendering VR content for mobile devices on Vimeo
    Daryl talks about rendering VR content in Max and Maya, and how to publish your results to YouTube so that you can view your experience on a mobile device. Follow along on the Journey to VR blog as Daryl builds his first VR experience: autode.sk/J2VR

Brainfood

  • Born to paint?
    “It's not too late for you to be a genius. It comes at a price, but it's not based on your DNA.”
  • Weather is Dark Magic -Keller Easterling | Deterritorial Investigations
    “WEATHER IS DARK MAGIC. But human constructs are real. Weather threatens the stability of things like buildings and infrastructure. These solids are not supposed to fly around, burn up, or float away. The air, water, and atmospheres in which they are suspended should even seem to be invisible, so that the objects can be more palpable as property. Banks may surround the same objects with obscure mathematical calculations that render them worth less than nothing, but in the end, what could be more reliable than the rational, sensible endeavors of global finance?
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Campaign launched to save South London's 'stretcher fences' once used to carry wounded civilians in the Blitz | London Evening Standard
    "A campaign has been launched to protect metal fences in south London made from WW2 stretchers once used to carry thousands of wounded civilians in the Blitz. The so-called ‘stretcher fences’ can be found on estates in Peckham, Brixton, Deptford, Oval and East London."
  • Avian Palaces: Traditional Ottoman Bird Houses are Miniature Masterpieces
    "Istanbul takes bird houses very seriously, and always has – seriously enough to attach palatial digs for feathered residents to their own human-sized buildings. In fact, the oldest known bird house in Istanbul can still be spotted on the side of the Büyükçekmece Bridge, dating back to the 16th century. The charters for new mosques often included provisions for feeding the birds, and sometimes even allocated huge amounts of gold to look after them. The practice was thought to attract good luck."
  • Top 10 Skills With Huge Demand in Future | Born Realist
    "Being competent is very important for standing out in the crowd. Having a set of emotional and intelligence skills along with technical skills is equally important to survive in the future. As digital advancements are taking over the world and some skills expire with time, research suggests that technical skills will be very useful for the emerging industries. In this article we discuss the skills categories required by people who are most likely to start a new job or recruit new employees."
  • Ideas for Work
    17 Ideas for the modern world of work
  • 61 Glimpses of the Future – Studio D – Medium
    "The most interesting places have map coordinates, but no names."
  • Do You Read Differently Online and in Print?
    There’s no question that digital technology presents challenges to the reading brain, but, seen from a historical perspective, these look like differences of degree, rather than of kind. To the extent that digital reading represents something new, its potential cuts both ways. Done badly (which is to say, done cynically), the Internet reduces us to mindless clickers, racing numbly to the bottom of a bottomless feed; but done well, it has the potential to expand and augment the very contemplative space that we have prized in ourselves ever since we learned to read without moving our lips.

Broadcast

  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker announced as 13th Doctor | Television
    "She is the first woman to take on the role, playing the 13th Doctor in the BBC1 drama. Whittaker, who rose to fame in ITV’s crime drama Broadchurch, had been touted as one of the contenders. Debate has been whirring over who would play the Doctor ever since Peter Capaldi announced in January that he was leaving the programme."
  • I exposed the Rochdale scandal – Three Girls should be a catalyst for progress | Sara Rowbotham | Opinion | The Guardian
    I cried when I first saw Three Girls. The girls’ brave struggle to bring these criminals to justice is told with sensitivity and insight. It’s ultimately a story about childhood that ought to spark a national debate about the protections every child should be entitled to.
  • How fake are nature documentaries?
    When you’re watching a nature documentary, you notice it right away: there’s something odd about the sound effects. They seem a little too…Hollywood. When Vox did their series on how the BBC made Planet Earth II, they didn’t mention the sound:
  • Sesame Street welcomes Julia, a muppet with autism - BBC News
    Its much-loved muppets Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch have been charming viewers for almost 50 years. And now the children's TV show Sesame Street is introducing a new muppet character with a simpler name, and a tougher brief. Julia, a little girl, has orange hair, a toy rabbit - and autism. She will make her Sesame Street TV debut in April on US channels HBO and PBS.
  • Snapchat's next move into TV: Planet Earth II
    Snapchat is teaming with BBC Worldwide to bring an exclusive version — in vertical viewing format — of Planet Earth II. There will be 6 episodes beginning February 17th, a day ahead of the TV launch in the U.S. and Canada. It will feature binaural recording, an audio design technique used to create a 3-D stereo sound.
  • Tabloids, brands and the government are out of touch with UK adults
    Despite the perceived power of tabloids in Brexit Britain, a study earlier this month by Crispin Porter
  • Sharon Horgan: ‘Carrie Fisher was so real it was dangerous’
    Rob Delaney and I were desperate to get Carrie in our show. Even three series in, we could still barely believe it. To begin with, we treated her like everyone else did: as an icon, not a real human. Which is why, I think, it took a while to become pals. And because she mostly turned down my invitations, with charming, poetic and hilarious texts. Sometimes she was tired; sometimes it was just not the right night for her. I invited her to a dinner where I thought (knew) she would like the other guests and they would (of course) like her. She messaged to say that she wasn’t in the right frame of mind for new people, that she would be better off with people who already knew her madness, so she could relax and be as crazy as she fancied. She turned down the invitation, but she made me promise never to stop asking. And I didn’t.
  • 2016: The Year the Media Broke
    Rupert Murdoch’s bid for a full takeover of Sky TV demonstrates graphically that the extreme concentration of media ownership has not yet run its course. It also yet again underlines the extent to which the Leveson Inquiry was barking entirely up the wrong tree. There is no question to which the correct answer is increased government control over free speech. Any inquiry into the media should look first and foremost at its highly concentrated ownership and how to instil more pluralism. It is probably now too late to expect that a vibrant, diverse traditional media is achievable. We can however be cheered by the continuing decline of the political influence of the mainstream media, as illustrated by its “Fake News” panic.

CGI

  • Geometry of Intelligence — BIOGENIC
    I designed this for Ash Thorp's "Edifice". The intention was to show how a digital thought evolves, how AI becomes self aware and re-structures its physiology, constructs layers of digital consciousness, creating a tapestry, architecting a new law of physics. 
  • STAR WARS: A FORCE FOR INNOVATION
    When George Lucas formed Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in 1975, the director’s aim was for the company to deliver the ambitious visual effects for his space opera, Star Wars. Of course, ILM went on to revolutionize the way effects and story meet in that film, and across nine other Star Wars saga movies, plus scores of other releases. Many of the innovations in visual effects that ILM has developed for the various Star Wars films shaped the industry, and continue to do so. VFX Voice takes a look back at just some of these leaps and bounds over the past 40 years.
  • Ten things I learned from ILM about ‘The Last Jedi’s’ space battles
    Space battles are synonymous with Star Wars films. The original trilogy is fondly remembered for ILM’s use of motion control and miniatures. These days, like on The Last Jedi, digital ship models, photorealistic rendering and simulated crashes and explosions are of course the norm. But to ensure the space battles in this latest Star Wars adventure echoed those memorable scenes from the first films, ILM employed several ways to bring them to life, even starting an in-house project to copy – at least to some degree – the look and feel of the original motion control miniature movements. vfxblog recently visited ILM London to find out more on that process, plus a whole bunch of other things about the scenes in which Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) takes on the Dreadnought, and when Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) launches his spinning attack on the Resistance cruiser.
  • Actors Shouldn’t Take All The Credit For Performance Capture, Says ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Director
    Without mentioning Serkis by name, Vogt-Roberts addressed the overall issue head-on, saying that despite the work that actors do, the credit for animated characters created through performance and facial capture does not belong solely to an actor.
  • Thor: Ragnarok finds its true hero in Korg - Polygon
    "From the time director Taika Waititi began conceptualizing Thor: Ragnarok, he knew Korg was going to be a part of the movie, he just wasn’t sure how big of a role the character would play. Korg, a member of the alien Kronan species, is a refreshing presence in Thor: Ragnarok. The film moves away from the Shakespearian dramatics that plagued the first two movies — it’s the hardiest comedy in all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) — and Korg is a standout newcomer ushered in with the franchise’s refreshed voice."
  • 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."
  • Superman’s most amazing special effect didn’t require computers or a green screen
    Christopher Reeve was magical.
  • 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."
  • 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.’"
  • 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."

Comics

  • How to write a comic book by Greg Pak
    1. Outline the whole thing. 2. Break the outline down into pages. 3. Write from the beginning, but if I get stuck, skip around and write the easier scenes first. 4. Go back and write the harder scenes, which are easier now that I’ve done the rest. 5. Rewrite the easier scenes now that I’ve written the harder scenes and know my story better. 6. Go through and edit everything multiple times. 7. Turn it in when I run out of time. 8. Enjoy that fourteen minutes of calm you get after turning in a script. 9. Work on revisions. 10. Figure out what it’s REALLY all about and make the subtle dialogue tweaks that bring out that deeper theme/emotional thread.
  • Katzine: The Guatemala Issue – Katriona Chapman’s Autobio Series Continues to Display an Understated Charm and Make a Profound Connection with Its Audience
    Over the last couple of years Katriona Chapman’s amiable and beautifully crafted autobiographical series Katzine has fast become one of the most respected mainstays of the UK indie scene combining, as it does, its author’s welcoming on-page presence and her gorgeously shaded illustrative tones. Comprising gentle social commentary, addictive trivia and small insights into her everyday routine, it’s almost a sequential art Sunday supplement version of Chapman’s life.
  • Where Has This Amazing Comic Book Art Been All My Life?
    François Schuiten, like the creator of Tintin, is Belgian, and he’s best known for his drawing in the series Les Cités Obscures, a collaboration with his childhood friend, Benoît Peeters. They first worked together at the age of 12 on a school magazine; Benoît wrote the fictional stories, Fançois made the imaginative drawings, and pretty soon the faculty tried to stop them from publishing it, preferring Latin translations and moralizing anecdotes as more appropriate subject matters.
  • The Best Comics of 2017
    We asked a wide array of our contributors and other comics figures to share their favorite comics from the past calendar year. In the interests of keeping things individual and unpredictable, we let our listmakers choose their own criteria for inclusion, decide for themselves whether or not their selections needed explanation, and stop their lists at whatever number they felt was appropriate.
  • A Spine-Tingling New Book Collects Artist Brian Coldrick's Single-Panel Ghost Stories
    A year back, we spotlighted the excellently spooky work of artist Brian Coldrick, creator of webcomic Behind You. Now, his illustrations have been compiled into a book from IDW, titled Behind You: One-Shot Horror Stories. We’ve got a peek at some of the gorgeously-rendered nightmares within.
  • Interactive Comic - NAWLZ
  • 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."
  • What Do We Mean When We Say “Toxic Masculinity?” - by Luke Humphris
  • 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."
  • 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..."

Drawing

  • Art observation skills can transfer to the medical lab
    If you’re unfamiliar or uncomfortable with how art and science can mingle to produce something clinically beneficial, it’s a study premise that might seem far-fetched — but it didn’t seem that way to Gurwin, an ophthalmology resident at Penn, in part because she’d already seen the benefits of art education on a medical career firsthand. “Having studied fine arts myself and having witnessed its impact on my medical training, I knew art observation training would be a beneficial practice in medical school,” she said. “Observing and describing are skills that are taught very well in fine arts training, and so it seemed promising to utilize their teachings and apply it to medicine.” Gurwin and Binenbaum’s findings, published in the journal Ophthalmology in September: The medical students who’ve dabbled in art just do better. It’s a glimpse at how non-clinical training can and does make for a better-prepared medical professional. Not only does art observation training improve med students’ abilities to recognize visual cues, it also improves their ability to describe those cues.
  • Practice Tools for Artists - Line of Action
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Sans titre by Hans Bellmer
  • A thousand ways to draw a thing | FlowingData
    Google released the Quick, Draw! dataset, so the closer looks at the collection of 100,000 sketches are coming in. This fun piece by Yannick Assogba uses principal components to arrange doodles in some organized way
  • Daily Ink Drawings Detail Death, Life, and Memory - Creators
    This past December, YouTube interaction designer and illustrator Arman Nobari made the decision to create one drawing per day for an entire year, often from subjects found on Instagram and other social media. These minimalistic, cross-hatched illustrations all came about because he and his family were grieving over the death of his grandfather, Feridoun. Upon his passing, Nobari immediately dropped what he was doing and headed to his hometown to participate in the Muslim funeral ritual known as Ṣalāt al-Janāzah.
  • An evocative sketchbook traces one soldier's journey through WWII
    Born in New York City in 1923, Victor A. Lundy began developing his artistic talents at an early age. His parents recognized his unique aptitude for drawing and draftsmanship, and with their encouragement he attended New York University to study architecture, specializing in the Beaux Arts style.
  • Quick, draw! Dataset.
    Interactive online viewer from Google displays collection of doodles people input in their online game experiment Quick, Draw! as well as making the data freely available online:
  • In Our Time - Hokusai
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), the Japanese artist whose views of Mt Fuji such as The Great Wave off Kanagawa (pictured) are some of the most iconic in world art. He worked as Japan was slowly moving towards greater contact with the outside world, trading with China and allowing two Dutch ships to dock each year. From these ships he picked up new synthetic colours and illustrations with Western compositions, which he incorporated in his traditional wood block prints. The quality of his images helped drive demand for prints among the highly literate Japanese public, particularly those required to travel to Edo under feudal obligations and who wanted to collect all his prints. As well as the quality of his work, Hokusai's success stems partly from his long life and career. He completed some of his most memorable works in his 70s and 80s and claimed he would not reach his best until he was 110. With Angus Lockyer Lecturer in Japanese History at SOAS University of London Rosina Buckland Senior Curator of Japanese Collections at the National Museum of Scotland And Ellis Tinios Honorary Lecturer in the School of History, University of Leeds Producer: Simon Tillotson.

Film

  • Directing Daniel Day-Lewis: ‘I know. I’ve killed off the world’s greatest actor’
    There is no Hallmark card or self-help brochure that says “so you’ve ruined Daniel Day-Lewis”, but if there were I’d be handing one over to Paul Thomas Anderson right about now. The American auteur slinks down into his chair, and half-jokingly – though only half, mind – hides behind his fingers.
  • "Just Wait": On the 35th Anniversary of John Carpenter's The Thing (1982)
    Carpenter also deliberately avoids giving us a full and clear forensic timeline. Much like MacReady investigating the decimated Norwegian base, we’re often left to our best guesses about the Thing’s handiwork. We don’t always know if the characters have reasoned things out correctly, which makes The Thing both that much spookier and eminently rewatchable. Who sabotaged the blood bank? When did the Thing assimilate the character who is outed by MacReady’s blood test? Was one character’s apparent suicide really a suicide? And what about that ending? There’s a cottage industry of internet theorists dedicated to answering these questions, and even the likes of Russell and Cundey have not been able to resist participating in all the speculation. However, there’s something really quite rattling about The Thing’s intentionally inconclusive qualities.
  • 'Black Panther' breaks Marvel's pre-sale record on Fandango
    Black Panther is the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry that looks like it's going to blow our minds and it seems the general movie-going audience agrees as the film has set a new advanced ticket sales mark at Fandango for Marvel films. 
  • Darkest Hour portrays the wartime prime minister as a flawed leader. But we shouldn’t forget how he worked with Labour to defeat the pro-fascist sympathies of large sections of the British elite
    “For days past there has been no real news and little possibility of inferring what is really happening,” wrote George Orwell in his diary, on 28 May 1940. “Last night, E[ileen] and I went to the pub to hear the 9 o’c news. The barmaid was not going to have it on if we had not asked her, and to all appearances nobody listened.” That was the second day of the Dunkirk evacuation, and just hours after Churchill had made his speech to the Cabinet, which said: “If this long island story of ours is to end, let it end only when each one of us lies choking in his own blood upon the ground”.
  • Anti-empire, pro-activist … The Last Jedi is as left wing as Jeremy Corbyn
    What have The Last Jedi and Jeremy Corbyn got in common? There’s the penchant for silly hats, and a love of cuddly critters – but that goes for any of the series’ previous entries too. No, what the new Star Wars film and the Labour leader really have in common is that they’re both as red as Kylo Ren’s lightsaber.
  • 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Will Be Too Inclusive for Some People. Good. | WIRED
    There is a scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi—I won’t say too much, but you'll see it yourself—where a young Asian woman does a brave, selfless thing to help the Resistance. It’s a very sweet, very Star Wars Hero Moment, but it's also an important one. Los Angeles Times film writer Jen Yamato called out its significance for fans of color on Twitter, noting “films like these leave their mark on entire generations—representation matters.” She woke up the next morning to a stream of mentions telling her to “stop making everything about race.” Her reply? “I hope you all enjoy the new Star Wars.” The implication was obvious: They won't. The Last Jedi isn’t here to appease the old guard.
  • The undersung middle act of the first Star Wars
    Speaking of digging up weird old stories from the pulps — I don’t know if we always appreciate how good the middle of 1977’s Star Wars is. “Middle” is a vague concept, so let’s nail it down to all the parts where Luke, Han, Obi-Wan, R2-D2 and C-Threepio are sneaking around on the Death Star.
  • Original Godzilla suit actor Haruo Nakajima dies - BBC News
    "The man who first bought the beloved and feared monster Godzilla to life has died, the film company behind the monster says. Haruo Nakajima, who wore the Godzilla suit in 12 movies, died on Monday from pneumonia at the age of 88, it said."
  • 142 Behind-The-Scenes Photos Reveal Blade Runner's Miniature World 
    "A massive gallery of behind-the-scenes Blade Runner slides has been uploaded to the internet, revealing a teeny, tiny world of space blimps and flying cars, all crafted with special care and beautiful attention to detail."
  • This 55-Second Video Might Explain David Lynch's Entire Career - VICE
    In 1995, David Lynch was given something he rarely had: rules. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Lumiere brothers' first "motion pictures," two filmmakers—Sarah Moon and Philippe Poulet—invited 39 directors from around the world (including Wim Wenders, Spike Lee, and Peter Greenaway) to participate in an experiment. Filmmakers were given a reconstruction of the old camera that the Lumieres used, with the only difference being the coating on the film was acetate instead of nitrate, as well as three rules: The short could be no longer than 52 seconds, there could be no synchronized sound or unnatural light, and filmmakers had only three takes.

Maths

  • 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."
  • 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?"
  • Trippy 3D-printed spheres that help conceptualize 4D / Boing Boing
    We briefly review the distinction between abstract groups and symmetry groups of objects, and discuss the question of which groups have appeared as the symmetry groups of physical objects. To our knowledge, the quaternion group (a beautiful group with eight elements) has not appeared in this fashion. We describe the quaternion group, both formally and intuitively, and give our strategy for representing the quaternion group as the symmetry group of a physical sculpture.
  • Artistic Expressions of Math Over Seven Centuries
    Picturing Math at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has prints dating back to the 15th century, all expressing the beauty of mathematics.
  • IOT: Euclid's Elements
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Euclid's Elements, a mathematical text book attributed to Euclid and in use from its appearance in Alexandria, Egypt around 300 BC until modern times, dealing with geometry and number theory. It has been described as the most influential text book ever written. Einstein had a copy as a child, which he treasured, later saying "If Euclid failed to kindle your youthful enthusiasm, then you were not born to be a scientific thinker." With Marcus du Sautoy Professor of Mathematics and Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford Serafina Cuomo Reader in Roman History at Birkbeck University of London And June Barrow-Green Professor of the History of Mathematics at the Open University Producer: Simon Tillotson.
  • How much math should kids learn in school? | Public Radio International
    After the blackboard's been erased: Educators are hotly debating what students gain from curriculums that focus on high-level math like algebra and calculus
  • An ode to clouds
    Clouds are a glimpse into the mighty power of fluid dynamics, complicated equations made real and actual and gorgeous, painted across the sky.
  • Some rather strange history of maths
    Scientific American has a guest blog post with the title: Mathematicians Are Overselling the Idea That “Math Is Everywhere, which argues in its subtitle: The mathematics that is most important to society is the province of the exceptional few—and that’s always been true. Now I’m not really interested in the substantial argument of the article but the author, Michael J. Barany, opens his piece with some historical comments that I find to be substantially wrong; a situation made worse by the fact that the author is a historian of mathematics.
  • Is zero a number? Was it always a number?
    Today, zero has two roles: First, as a placeholder within our number system, representing an absence of a value. It allows us to create huge numbers without extra digits. Its second role is as a number in its own right, in between -1 and 1. We can subtract, add, multiply by 0… but dividing gets tricky. I mean, you can’t divide 1 chicken by 0 chickens:
  • The 17 equations that changed the world
    In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World."

Maya

  • Colour Variation with the Instancer and Arnold
    Using Arnold, it’s extremely easy to add colour variations to particle/ MASH instances. This works in a similar way to the MASH Colour node, which is only available when using MASH in Repro mode (when the output is a mesh). When you’re working with instances, the job of colour variations is down to the renderer.
  • 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.
  • 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."
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  • 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."
  • Polymesh to Volume
    "Polymesh objects can be rendered as volumes. This gives many creative opportunities for rendering solid objects in varied and interesting ways. This short 'making of' tutorial shows how to combine a polymesh with a volume by combining their shading using the displacement attribute of a Standard Volume shader."
  • Maya Python 101: Making Your Own Presets Tool and Settings Database
    When I made the V-Ray Tuner Presets feature of V-Ray Tuner, it became apparent that one of the handiest things you can do in scripting is give people a personalized method of storing commonly-used settings. So I thought I’d make a post to show how easy it is to do in Python in Maya. As an example, I managed to make a decent little pose Manager in under 150 lines of code:
  • Arnold to Nuke
    Aton is Arnold Interface-compatible display driver and Nuke plugin for direct rendering into the Nuke interface.
  • Live Tutorial: Working with Arnold 5
    This video is about creating a lighting and shading scene from a to z with Arnold 5. I am using an arnold learning scene with a fishbowl. Creating shaders and mixing them together. Result: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fnj5s7u690j... Result: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ds23od6u7a6...

Mind Maps

  • A Beautiful Map of Boston's Sewers
    "EVERY CITY NEEDS SEWERS. After all, they’re vital for piping human waste far, far away from where people live. You might say that Boston especially needs them, though. For example, one of the area’s best-known residents, the football quarterback Tom Brady, apparently drinks up to 37 glasses of water a day. (And sometimes that still isn’t enough, I guess!)"
  • Eleven Kinds of Blue: Werner’s Pioneering 19th-Century Nomenclature of the Colors, Beloved by Darwin
    “Finding the words is another step in learning to see,” bryologist Robin Wall Kimmerer wrote in her lyrical love letter to moss. And so it is: Description and observation entwine in the consecrating act of paying attention — the act that swings open the gates of perception and allows us to know the world as it really is, not as we have been conditioned to see it by our narrow frames of reference. Our frames of reference broaden only as we enrich the vocabulary by which we describe, label, and classify what we see — in science, in art, in life.
  • Cyclographic Transformations, Crystal Morphologies & The Paths of Mars’ Moons
    Selected tweets from Twitter:@MrPrudence combined with a few short posts taken from the Dataisnature Facebook page.
  • Interactive Musical Hexagons
    A two-dimensional spatial arrangement of the chromatic musical notes
  • The Vibrant Color Wheels Designed by Goethe, Newton & Other Theorists of Color (1665-1810) | Open Culture
    Maybe it’s the cloistered headiness of Rene Descartes, or the rigorous austerity of Isaac Newton; maybe it’s all the leathern breaches, gray waistcoats, sallow faces, and powdered wigs… but we tend not to associate Enlightenment Europe with an explosion of color theory. Yet, philosophers of the late 17th and 18th centuries were obsessed with light and sight. Descartes wrote a treatise on optics, as did Newton.
  • The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel: A Compendium of Colorfully Rendered 19th-Century Biological Illustrations | Colossal
    German biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel dedicated his life studying far flung flora and fauna,  drawing each of their peculiar specificities with an immense scientific detail. Haeckel made hundreds of such renderings during his lifetime, works which were used to explain his biological discoveries to a wide audience. In addition to these visual masterpieces, Haeckel also discovered many microbes, and coined several scientific terms commonly known today, such as ecology, phylum, and stem cell.
  • John Coltrane Draws a Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music
    Physicist and saxophonist Stephon Alexander has argued in his many public lectures and his book The Jazz of Physics that Albert Einstein and John Coltrane had quite a lot in common. Alexander in particular draws our attention to the so-called “Coltrane circle,” which resembles what any musician will recognize as the “Circle of Fifths,” but incorporates Coltrane’s own innovations. Coltrane gave the drawing to saxophonist and professor Yusef Lateef in 1967, who included it in his seminal text, Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns. Where Lateef, as he writes in his autobiography, sees Coltrane's music as a "spiritual journey" that "embraced the concerns of a rich tradition of autophysiopsychic music," Alexander sees “the same geometric principle that motivated Einstein’s" quantum theory.
  • Four Centuries of Mapping the Subterranean World
    Only in recent centuries have cartographers visualized what’s underground. Early mapmakers employed mythology to explain the volcanic eruptions and earthquakes that seemed to erupt from some dark force, and sometimes swallow whole communities, like Pompeii or Herculaneum. Even now, our ability to delve below the thin crust on which we’ve built our civilization is limited by the intense pressure and molten magma that churns within the planet.
  • Classical music scores as colorful data visualizations
    Nicholas Rougeux, who describes himself as a “designer, data geek, fractal nut”, designed a process to turn musical scores into ultra-colorful images. He outlined his process here.
  • The various approaches to time travel in movies & books
    Using a number of hand-drawn diagrams, minutephysics goes over the various types of time travel featured in books and movies like Primer, Harry Potter, Back to the Future, and Looper. The video covers free will, do-overs, alternate timelines, multiple selves, time machines within time machines, and many other things.

Music

  • Stewart Lee on the 'nerveracking thrill' of being a fan of the Fall
    Tributes to artists often end up being more about the person writing them, but MES provided me with an alternative education, looping me into Camus, and Arthur Machen, and William Blake, and Can, and dub and old garage punk and rock’n’roll. I saw the Fall 52 times and without MES my life would have been utterly different and nowhere near as much fun. What on earth are we all going to do with ourselves now?
  • SotD: Troy
    I bought Sinéad O’Connor’s de­but, The Lion and the Co­bra, be­cause Mandinko was on the ra­dio and I liked it. The first time I played it, not hav­ing looked at the track list­ing, I no­ticed some med­i­ta­tive croon­ing about “Dublin in a Rainstorm”; the next time, a gut-grabbing throaty chan­t: “You should have left the lights on”; and then an­oth­er time a howl­ing dec­la­ra­tion about ris­ing, a phoenix from the flame. It took me a while to no­tice that all of these were from the same track: Troy. It’s a hell of a song.
  • 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."
  • Three synched performances of Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
    Radiohead has performed Fake Plastic Trees at the Glastonbury Festival three times: in 1997, 2003, and 2017. This video synchs all three performances into one, with the audio switching between the three.
  • Music For An Uncommon Era – The Awl
    The record is a beautifully imperfect monster — a zombie of a former arena rock band. You recognize it and want to invite it in, but you’re afraid it might eat your neck. This is the Pet Sematary version of Queens of the Stone Age that would launch Homme and a cast of legends, unknowns and in-betweens on an artistic journey that keeps unfolding in astonishing and unexpected ways.
  • Alice Coltrane’s Ashram Recordings Finally Have a Wide Release
    Surya Botofasina, 39, a keyboardist who lives in Brooklyn, has fond memories of growing up at the Shanti Anantam Ashram in Agoura, Calif., which was established in 1983 by Alice Coltrane, the jazz pianist, harpist and widow of the saxophone immortal John Coltrane.
  • Josh Homme on Iggy Pop: ‘Lemmy is gone. Bowie is gone. He's the last of the one-and-onlys’ | Music | The Guardian
    Josh: That notion of talismans, to have a touchstone of your own mortality… so much of today’s world is about not focusing on what’s beyond. Stay focused on buying something! Or something to that effect. To live while knowing it’s close, and you can be young or old, it doesn’t matter. Being able to keep it there, even at arm’s length… I think you live better because of that awareness. Awareness is worth a lot.
  • Steve Lacy Produced That Hot Kendrick Lamar Track Using Only His iPhone | WIRED
    A FEW MINUTES after Steve Lacy arrived at a dingy, weed-clouded recording studio in Burbank, the 18-year-old musician flopped down in a plush leather chair in the control room. Vince, one of the studio’s proprietors, came in to show Lacy how the mixing boards and monitors worked. Lacy didn’t care; he was just in it for the chair. He picked up his new black-and-white Rickenbacker guitar, then reached into his Herschel backpack and yanked out a mess of cables. Out of the mess emerged his iRig, an interface adapter that connects his guitar directly into his iPhone 6. He shoved it into the Lightning port and began tuning his instrument, staring at the GarageBand pitch meter through the cracks on the screen of his phone.
  • Mica Levi’s Intensely Unconventional Film Scores - The New Yorker
    The musician Mica Levi has observed that in the world of film music, there are two schools of thought. “Some people see it as about doing something new and different, something very ‘felt,’ ” she told me when I met her at her manager’s office in North London earlier this month. “And some people are very respectful of the craftsmanship of writing an articulate score that uses the variety of the orchestra and moves very fast to picture, like you’d see in a children’s adventure film—which is an amazing skill, like watching martial arts. The two sides are quite stark.”
  • Advice on how to play a gig by Thelonious Monk
    In 1960, saxophonist Steve Lacy wrote down a list of advice from jazz pianist Thelonious Monk on how to play music. Among the items on the list: Just because you’re not a drummer, doesn’t mean you don’t have to keep time. Don’t play the piano part, I’m playing that. Don’t listen to me. I’m supposed to be accompanying you! Always leave them wanting more. What should we wear tonight? Sharp as possible!

Notebooks

  • Where Old, Unreadable Documents Go to Be Understood
    ON ANY GIVEN DAY, FROM her home on the Isle of Man, Linda Watson might be reading a handwritten letter from one Confederate soldier to another, or a list of convicts transported to Australia. Or perhaps she is reading a will, a brief from a long-forgotten legal case, an original Jane Austen manuscript. Whatever is in them, these documents made their way to her because they have one thing in common: They’re close to impossible to read.
  • Has Artificial Intelligence Cracked the Voynich Manuscript's Mysterious Code?
    An emotional investment in the Voynich manuscript offers little in the way of return. For hundreds of years, this 15th-century document full of indecipherable writing and cryptic illustrations has sat dark and inscrutable. Attempts to figure out its code tend to be swiftly debunked by the scholarly community, whether they’re as sensible-seeming as “It’s a woman’s health manual!” or as outlandish as “I think an alien did it.” Alan Turing and the Bletchley Park team’s attempts to decode it were unsuccessful. Now, at the University of Alberta, Canada, researchers have taken a new tack to try to illuminate the manuscript, named for 19th-century Polish bookseller Wilfrid Voynich. Where humans have failed, artificial intelligence is attempting to pick up the slack. It’s a predictably vexing development to medievalists and other experts.
  • AUD KOCH — Recent sketchbook pages.
    Ongoing anatomy practice & color/texture exploration.
  • Mattias Adolfsson’s Wildly Intricate Sketchbook and Doodle Artworks
    Like a mad hybrid of Where’s Waldo meets Dr. Seuss—with healthy doses of absurdity and science fiction—Swedish illustrator Mattias Adolfsson (previously) fills his sketchbooks and canvases edge to edge with his manically dense drawings of… well, just about anything you can imagine. Around the framework of a known destination such as a small village or the interior of a church, the artist populates nearly every square inch with bands of unruly characters, Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions, and overly complex spacesuits. The purpose of everything seems to be a mystery, but the time spent trying to understand it all is always rewarding, a first-glance view can turn into minutes of exploration as each piece slowly unravels like a story.
  • Warm-ups, test prints, and selling your by-products
    While visiting our stunning new library, I popped down to the second floor gallery space to see collage artist Lance Letscher’s Books exhibit. It’s an interesting show because all of the pieces started as studies, or warm-ups: Letscher begins his day in the studio by collaging and experimenting on a book. Sometimes he’ll incorporate what he comes up with into a larger or more involved piece, but sometimes the book itself becomes a finished piece. (To learn more about his process, check out the new documentary, The Secret Life of Lance Letscher.) These aren’t your typical Letscher works. They’re rougher, more miniature. They’re beautiful in a more intimate way, like looking inside a Van Gogh sketchbook or listening to a Prince demo.
  • Notebook of Leonardo da Vinci ('The Codex Arundel')
    "A collection of papers written in Italian by Leonardo da Vinci (b. 1452, d. 1519), in his characteristic left-handed mirror-writing (reading from right to left), including diagrams, drawings and brief texts, covering a broad range of topics in science and art, as well as personal notes. The core of the notebook is a collection of materials that Leonardo describes as 'a collection without order, drawn from many papers, which I have copied here, hoping to arrange them later each in its place according to the subjects of which they treat' (f. 1r), a collection he began in the house of Piero di Braccio Martelli in Florence, in 1508. To this notebook has subsequently been added a number of other loose papers containing writing and diagrams produced by Leonardo throughout his career. Decoration: Numerous diagrams"
  • Visual Thoughts III – Anja Uhren’s Charming Slice-of-Life Comics Are the Highlight of this Bumper Sketchbook Showcase
    One of our 2017 ‘Six Small Press Creators to Watch‘ at Broken Frontier, Anja Uhren has a lyrical artistic style that lends itself to all manner of genres and subject matter. Visual Thoughts is her bumper annual collection of sketchbook pages and shorter work which reaches a third edition this year. And when I say bumper I really do mean bumper! This thick volume comprises almost 200 pages and is not so much a taster of her gorgeously rendered illustrative style as a sumptuous visual banquet.
  • Dig Through the World's Largest Sketchbook Library
    There’s an art library in Brooklyn where anyone and everyone can be a contributor to the collection. It has existed for almost 10 years and yet it’s fittingly one of those wonderfully and unusual things that few New Yorkers know about.
  • How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book” | Thought Catalog
    “We should hunt out the helpful pieces of teaching and the spirited and noble-minded sayings which are capable of immediate practical application–not far far-fetched or archaic expressions or extravagant metaphors and figures of speech–and learn them so well that words become works.”
  • Getting Started - Bullet Journal
    "Note-taking and traditional journaling take time; the more complex the entry, the more effort is expended. The more effort expended, the more of a chore it becomes, the more likely you’ll underutilize or abandon your journal. Rapid Logging is the solution. Rapid Logging is the language in which the Bullet Journal is written. It consists of four components: topics, page numbers, short sentences, and bullets."

Photography

  • Looking at the World Through Wim Wenders’ Polaroid Camera | AnOther
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  • MASS PATHS | Caitriona Dunnett - Inside the Outside
    Mass Paths is a series of handcrafted photographs, landscapes of the Irish countryside embedded with absence. They portray the traces of paths walked by Catholics to reach illegal mass during penal times. The Penal Laws were imposed on Catholics in Ireland in 1695 and religion was prohibited. The Church was kept alive by operating under great secrecy. My aim is to visually unearth the history behind these paths and the people who walked them. The locations of these sites were passed on by word of mouth. This local knowledge was handed down through generations. The oral tradition in Ireland disappeared gradually around the 1960s alongside land exchange and redevelopment. I spent years researching mass paths and other penal sites, piecing the information together, scouring through word searches on the Internet, finding little snippets posted by schools, regional newspapers and walking clubs. These fragments led to maps, hunting for locations, hidden in the landscapes. I followed in the footsteps of the thousands of people who walked to penal sites across Ireland. Then recorded these reenactments in an attempt to capture their stories of resilience, courage and commitment so that they are not lost.
  • Street-Level Photographs Capture the Citizens and Signage of Postwar NYC
    Todd Webb didn’t come to photography directly. The Detroit-born Webb first worked as a stockbroker, then the Stock Market Crash of 1929 left his finances in ruin. He prospected for gold in California and Panama, with little success, and spent some time as a fire ranger for the United States Forest Service. Returning to Michigan, he worked for Chrysler. Then World War II broke out, and he was deployed to the South Pacific with the United States Navy.
  • Vera Marmelo on Keeping Your Day Job
    "It might also be a cultural thing here in Portugal. We are used to seeing our parents working the same job for years and years and years. We are used to this idea of buying yourself a house, and buying yourself a car, and all of that. And even though I’m not really that interested in the possession of things, I’m still interested in that idea of not having to be always thinking about money. I’m surrounded with amazing, creative friends from different areas that are always struggling and worried about money. Often they spend all of their time working bad jobs just to keep themselves going and end up exhausting themselves, unable to do anything else. The struggle to make money can actually interfere with their ability to make art."
  • Entire films condensed into single photographs using ultra-long exposures
    For his Photographs of Films project, Jason Shulman condenses entire movies into single photos using ultra-long exposures. Some of the resulting photos are just shape and color, but for films that use longer shots of static sets, you can make out some identifying features, as with the war room and Ripper’s office in the Dr. Strangelove still above. And the Dumbo still I could almost drop in as a new header image for kottke.org.
  • Thana Faroq: The Streets Are Not Empty
    When war broke out in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, in September 2014, Thana Faroq was accustomed to walking freely through the city. Until then, Faroq, in her mid twenties, had been working as a street photographer. When the bombs began to drop six months later, she resolved to show the world there was still life on Sana’a’s streets.
  • My Blade Runner Eyes – Folks
    My Blade Runner Eyes Photographer Nadya Lev was the toast of the fashion world, but it was only when she started going blind that she really learned how to shoot.
  • Ellen von Unwerth: ‘Let’s photograph girls enjoying life’ | Art and design | The Guardian
    Blending old-world charm with a uniquely provocative eroticism, Ellen von Unwerth’s photographs are a riot of fun and sly subversion. Richard Godwin hears why we need to take ourselves less seriously
  • introducing vicki king
    Tell me a bit about yourself and where you grew up? I'm from a small village on the outskirts of Leicestershire, three generations of my family have lived there. Its pretty but most of the time there I was planning some sort of escape. I didn't particularly get on well with the structure of school and left quite young. I had a succession of weird jobs as a teenager, one of them in a pathology lab in a hospital. After taking some night classes and putting together some work I applied to study in London and I've been here since.
  • Melbourne, 2016.
    @of-saudade photographed on taped together scrap photo paper, in camera, in Melbourne, 2016. By me.

Process

  • Art Cycle
    Edit:3/2/2017: THE ORIGINAL ARTIST / GRAPH IS FOUND!! Check it out here: http://www.marcdalessio.com/self-port… Please leave them a note of thanks! Edit 4/7/2015: Updated the image to make it hopefully slightly easier to understand. Still lots of info crammed into it but oh well... Apologies for how messy this is.. I know this is uploaded at night but i scribbled it in the morning.. really early in the morning >_>
  • David OReilly on making sure you keep going
    "Everything you’re feeling is ok."
  • 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.
  • GIF Tutorial: Animate Your Artwork And Mesmerize Your Fans (Photoshop) - Society6 Blog
    Grow your follower counts and increase conversions by making content every customer, fan and follower can appreciate–an animation of your artwork. Society6 Artist and GIF-maker, Cassidy Rae Marietta, shed some light on her animation process so you can do the same. You’ll get a step-by-step guide on how she takes her illustrations to the next level with animation, while stirring up new life on your social platforms.
  • 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."
  • 6 minutes for the next 60 Yeats of your life.
  • 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."

Reading

RealTime

  • Facebook Introduces Free Animation Tools For Quill
    Facebook as a maker of animation tools? It happened today. The company just announced a major upgrade to its virtual reality drawing tool, Quill, introducing animation capabilities into the software.
  • Smart glasses are coming this year, and I'm not ready
    Roughly five years after the unveiling of Google Glass, it looks like hardware brands are getting close to bringing a consumer-friendly pair of smart glasses with an augmented reality display to the market.
  • 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.
  • Nintendo reveals Labo, a DIY ‘build-and-play experience’ for Switch
    Nintendo unveiled what it calls a “new interactive experience” for Nintendo Switch today that’s unlike anything else on the console. Called Nintendo Labo, it’s a “new line of interactive build-and-play experiences that combine DIY creations with the magic of Nintendo Switch,” according to Nintendo.
  • Breathing Frame - Installation by Ryo Kishi
    breathing frame is a projection device dedicated to transmit not information, but expression such as colors and movement. The color hue of displayed image changes by breathing on, So viewers become part of projection device as a actuator. They breathe new life into the device. The more viewers, the more attractive projection device becomes.
  • It's Nice That | The future of clubbing: Shoom 30 will feature VR artwork that responds to your dance moves
    It also means the viewer can dance freely. “The next extension, which we’re working on, is to sync the software with any audio track, picking up the BPM, mood and melody, which could then be calibrated to suit their taste, so that eventually the viewer may be able to remix the track depending on how they move – so their body shapes their own audio/visual experience.”
  • How virtual reality is taking dementia patients back to the future
    View more sharing options Shares 2,130 Comments 104 Giulia Rhodes Monday 20 November 2017 06.00 GMT Last modified on Saturday 25 November 2017 01.40 GMT In a comfortable armchair, glass of sherry at her side, Elspeth Ford is getting to grips with her 3D goggles. “Maybe I’ll go another other way now,” she says, looking left, right, up, down. She breaks into a cheery rendition of the Lambeth Walk.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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."

Webtech

  • Embedding a Tweet Can be Copyright Infringement, Court Rules
    “Nowadays it’s fairly common for blogs and news sites to embed content posted by third parties, ranging from YouTube videos to tweets. Although these publications don’t host the content themselves, they can be held liable for copyright infringement, a New York federal court has ruled.”
  • Exclusive: Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses actually look good
    Exclusive first look at Vaunt, which uses retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball
  • Bitcoin’s Inconvenient Truth
    It’s hard to imagine Chia eclipsing Bitcoin. It’s one of more than 1,300 cryptocurrencies developed to suit different needs (there’s a cryptocurrency pegged to the dollar for use on eBay as well as a cryptocurrency to trade virtual items in video games). Some cryptocurrency experts, like Eric Voskuil, a former principal architect at Microsoft, wonder what’s to stop Chia farmers from buying thousands of cheap hard drives and running them 24 hours a day, burning electricity just like Bitcoin miners. That will only be an issue, Cohen says, if the currency Chia issues annually becomes worth more than a trillion dollars. “And, uh, it’s a little weird to criticize something by saying that it will start to encounter problems if it becomes a trillion-dollar-a-year industry,” Cohen says.
  • Don't feed the troll
    It's so important a lesson, learned so many times by so many people, through so much pain, that it has been codified into a mantra, so we never forget. Don't feed the troll. Don't feed the troll. Don't feed the troll. Don't feed the troll. Don't feed the troll. Etc.
  • 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.
  • Facebook chooses friends over publishers
    Facebook announced yesterday that it will begin to prioritize posts in the News Feed from friends and family over public content and posts from publishers. It will also move away from using "time spent" on the platform as a metric of success and will instead focus on "engagement" with content, such as comments.
  • You are what you share
    s we move away from the top-down regime of promoted movies, well-shelved books and all sorts of hype, the recommendation from person to person is now the most powerful way we have to change things. It takes guts to say, "I read this and you should too." The guts to care enough about our culture (and your friends) to move it forward and to stand for something. We'll judge you most on whether you care enough to change things.
  • How I set up an automatic weekly blog digest
    Earlier this year someone asked me why my blog didn’t have an email newsletter. My instinctive reaction was “I don’t have time to do that every week!! I won’t remember!”. But then I realized that I could automatically generate a weekly blog digest! Now I’ve had it for ~6 months (https://jvns.ca/newsletter).
  • Text-only news sites are slowly making a comeback. Here's why. | Poynter
    A few days before Hurricane Irma hit South Florida, I received a query on Twitter from a graphic designer named Eric Bailey. “Has anyone researched news sites capability to provide low-bandwidth communication of critical info during crisis situations?” he asked. The question was timely — two days later, CNN announced that they created a text-only version of their site with no ads or videos.

Politics

  • Jess Phillips, Lena Dunham and White Feminism
    "White Feminism also, and inevitably, creates blind spots where white men are concerned. For example, non-judgemental care is extended to Jacob Rees Mogg who Phillips considers to be a ‘real gent’. This is the same man who believes abortion even in the extreme instances of incest and rape should not be permissible. Would she describe a Muslim man with similar views in similar terms?"
  • Neoliberalism has destroyed social mobility. Together we must rebuild it
    “That means: replace growth driven by asset price inflation with growth driven by productivity. If, in the process, it has to rely on growth driven by expanding the workforce or catch-up growth with more advanced economies, or even further monetary expansion, it shouldn’t flinch from that. But Labour will have to wean consumers off cheap money; wean the elite off tax evasion and rent-seeking; wean entrepreneurs off the creation of low-wage, low value businesses; and wean the private sector off reliance on outsourcing and on rent-seeking activities like PFI.”
  • The female price of male pleasure
    Women have spent decades politely ignoring their own discomfort and pain to give men maximal pleasure. They've gamely pursued love and sexual fulfillment despite tearing and bleeding and other symptoms of "bad sex." They've worked in industries where their objectification and harassment was normalized, and chased love and sexual fulfillment despite painful conditions no one, especially not their doctors, took seriously. Meanwhile, the gender for whom bad sex sometimes means being a little bored during orgasm, the gender whose sexual needs the medical community rushes to fulfill, the gender that walks around in sartorial comfort, with an entire society ordered so as to maximize his aesthetic and sexual pleasure — that gender, reeling from the revelation that women don't always feel quite as good as they've been pressured to pretend they do, and would appreciate some checking in — is telling women they're hypersensitive and overreacting to discomfort? Men's biological realities are insufficiently appreciated?
  • Top academy schools sound alarm as cash crisis looms | Education | The Guardian
    The revelation will worry Tory MPs, many of whom blame pressures on school budgets for the party’s disastrous election result last year. It comes with the prime minister already under intense pressure over NHS funding and facing internal criticism over a lack of focus on domestic issues.
  • 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.
  • Exposed: London’s eugenics conference and its neo-Nazi links – London Student
    A eugenics conference held annually at University College London by an honorary professor, the London Conference on Intelligence, is dominated by a secretive group of white supremacists with neo-Nazi links, London Student can exclusively reveal.
  • Free speech works both ways – as Toby Young is finding out
    Some have argued that free speech is under threat at universities, but the bigger issue is the mental health crisis engulfing campuses across the country. Students are financially stretched and terrified of poor employment prospects in a grim labour market post-graduation, while all the fanfare around vice-chancellors’ pay obscures just how many younger academics are essentially employed on zero-hours contracts, flitting between multiple jobs and expected to work unpaid outside of their meagre contracted hours. Both of these factors severely impinge on the teaching and learning experience and are a far bigger threat to the sector, than whether or not speakers are no-platformed.
  • 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."
  • 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.”"
  • 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."

Songs

World

  • Bullet points on the Iranian revolt – Mosquito Ridge
    …on the basis of limited evidence and sparse independent journalism for now
  • Saudi Arabia, like the Nazis, uses 'hunger plan' in Yemen | Middle East Eye
    Last month, Saudi Arabia expanded its repertoire of ludicrous antics by bestowing citizenship upon a robot named Sophia - a move presumably meant to augment the veneer of modernity and progress the tyrannical Saudi authorities strive to maintain.
  • The Guardian view on Yemen: a catastrophe that shames Britain | Editorial | World news | The Guardian
    Twenty years ago, Tony Blair acknowledged the British government’s responsibility for the Irish famine that killed one million people: a healing gesture needed because, even after a century and a half, pain and anger endured and the responsibility of “those who governed in London” remained glaring. Now we are on the brink of another famine – perhaps the worst for decades, says a UN aid chief – and Britain must again bear blame. The UN called Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis even before Saudi Arabia decided to blockade the country a week and a half ago, shutting out food and medicine. Now the heads of three key agencies have warned that millions are on the brink of starvation. Unicef fears that 150,000 children could die by the end of the year. A cholera outbreak that has already affected 900,000 is expected to flare up again, as the lack of fuel shuts off water and sewage systems. Twenty million people, more than two-thirds of the population, are in urgent need of humanitarian supplies.
  • ‘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."
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Deescalate Hate
    Jello addresses how to properly resist the Neo-Nazi movement.
  • Three deaths now linked to Virginia white nationalist rally, say police | National Post
    "CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing one person, hurting at least two dozen more and ratcheting up tension in an increasingly violent confrontation."
  • Vice chair of Trump’s voter fraud commission wants to change federal law to add new requirements for voting, email shows
    The day after Donald Trump was elected president, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, now the vice-chair of Trump's commission on voter fraud, told Trump's transition team of a proposal to change federal law to allow stricter requirements on voter registration. Kobach's team was "putting together information on legislation drafts for submission to Congress early in the administration," Kobach wrote to transition team member Gene Hamilton in an email. "I have some already started regarding amendments to the NVRA [National Voter Registration Act] to make clear that proof of citizenship requirements are permitted (based on my ongoing litigation with the ACLU over this)."

Writing

  • Here’s Your Chance To Read This Year's Oscar-Nominated Screenplays
    As you watch an Academy Award-nominated film, you can clearly notice the acting, editing, set design, and a variety of other categories that end up getting nominated. However, as you watch the film, there’s one thing you can’t judge – the screenplay. Sure, you can listen to dialogue, and understand the story’s structure, but for the most part, the screenplay is a mystery.
  • Him Too? How Arthur Miller Smeared Marilyn Monroe and Invented the Myth of the Male Witch Hunt.
    If the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements were actual witch hunts, the accused might be jailed in basement cells and kept from physical contact with other prisoners. They might be stripped naked and examined for evidence of third nipples. If they had moles, or physical “abnormalities” they would be pricked with needles. They might be tied to chairs and submerged in water, to see if they could float. They might be put on trial. They might be executed, in an American trial by hanging, not burning, as is more usual in the popular imagination. The accused would not be witches. None of them. Without exception, they would be innocent.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Poet Jane Kenyon’s Advice on Writing: Some of the Wisest Words to Create and Live By – Brain Pickings
    Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours.
  • Stock and flow / Snarkmarket
    I was an economics major in college, and I’ve been grateful ever since for the few key concepts it drilled into me: things like opportunity cost, sunk cost, and marginal cost. I think about this stuff all the time in my everyday life. Sometimes I consider the marginal cost of, like, making myself another sandwich. But one of the biggest takeaways was the concept of stock and flow.
  • Seth Godin Explains Why You Should Blog Daily
    Seth Godin wants you to read more blogs: "Other than writing a daily blog (a practice that's free, and priceless), reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what's going on. The last great online bargain."
  • A few notes on daily blogging
    I’ve been wanting to write about the habit of daily blogging I’ve taken up since Oct. 1st this year, but I’ve avoided it, because 1) there are so many other interesting things to blog about 2) I’ve worried that blogging about blogging is too recursive and it will open up some sort of evil dimension or will just jinx the good mojo I got workin’. Still, I want to give it a (hopefully quick) spin.
  • 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."
  • 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. "

Friends, Fiends and Followees

  • Natural History Museum & UCL unveil face of 'Cheddar Man' in C4 doc
    A brand new Channel 4 documentary, First Brit: Secrets of the 10,000 Year Old Man, has followed pioneering research carried out by a crack-team of Natural History Museum Human Evolution and DNA specialists, University College London scientists and the world’s foremost prehistoric model makers, to reveal - with unprecedented accuracy - the striking and surprising face of ‘Cheddar Man’, Britain’s oldest nearly complete skeleton.
  • Gav Strange shares his thoughts on why we never have enough time
    In his latest column for Inkygoodness, designer Gav Strange says we need to take responsibility for how we spend our time - or risk wasting it.
  • The Making of the Deep Ocean Episode in 'Blue Planet II'
    The producer Orla Doherty talks about malfunctioning submersibles, toxic lakes at the bottom of the ocean, and being literally out of her depth.
  • A Lover's Discourse | Bright Wall/Dark Room
    On their first date, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) sponges the makeup from Alma’s (Vicky Krieps) lips. He wants to see what he’s looking at. This is no ordinary seduction, for though he persuades the young waitress to go back to his country house and to remove her dress, he desires only to remake her. He prompts Alma to jump onto a table so he can slink a muslin sample onto her body. His sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) arrives, surprised to find this new guest, but somehow also unsurprised, and gamely opens her notebook. She underscores Alma’s name and takes down the young woman’s measurements. When Reynolds informs Alma she has no breasts, she sputters an apology. Reynolds smiles. “I can give you breasts. If I want to.” He is creating a second skin—and what he loves is what he’s created.
  • How to Turn a Malignant Tumor into a Digital Self-Publishing Project
    I've been a freelance journalist for seventeen years. I've written for magazines and websites, appeared on TV and radio shows, and self-published a 10,000-word investigation of the Great Recession's impact on the adult movie industry, "They Shoot Porn Stars, Don't They?" I've published short stories, and Future Tense Books published a collection of those short stories, You're a Bad Man, Aren't You? I've blogged for Forbes and for Time Warner. At one point, I became a digital copywriter and wrote Facebook updates for a bottle of stomach medicine. But today marks the first time I'm selling one of my original digital short stories on my personal website. It is "The Tumor."
  • ‘Like running a marathon – with 100 sharks on your tail’: behind the scenes of Blue Planet II | Television & radio | The Guardian
    "I’ve spent more than 500 hours in submersibles 1,000 metres under the sea – the maximum depth technology can take us. You can’t go to the toilet the whole time you’re down there, so you have to hold it for 10 hours. The comms come and go, too. You’d always rather be in constant radio contact – it’s not great when somebody goes quiet. But I’ve spent long enough down there to not get flustered, and to keep faith. Most people say they could never go down in a sub, but it doesn’t bother me at all. If someone could figure out how to make a submarine I could live in and just drive around on the sea floor, I would."
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • It's Nice That | Chris Shepherd’s new animation celebrates playwright Joe Orton with star studded line up
    "Renowned animator and director Chris Shepherd has released a new short in tribute to English playwright Joe Orton, on the 50th anniversary of his death. Yours Faithfully, Edna Welthorpe (Mrs) animates complaint letters the playwright wrote wreaking “havoc on the unsuspecting”, under his female pseudonym Edna. Joe’s pseudonym would complain about the smallest of things, using the letters as an opportunity to play pranks or even complain about his own plays."
  • What the Blog by @susannahbreslin
    "Maybe that's where blogging is. A few of us have hunkered down to wait out the storm. We watched from the sidelines when the clowns showed up and hijacked the show. As the masses move on to the next hot thing, we are finding there is a little elbow room in blogging again, and we are stretching ourselves -- tentatively, at first, to see if these muscles of ours still work -- and we are trying to figure out what it is we have to say. I'm still here. I know you are, too. I am setting out on a journey that is the unfolding story of my life. Will you come with me?"

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