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Recent

  • 📷 Carl Grossberg (German, 1894-1940), Marktbreit, 1931. Oil on canvas, 71 x 61 cm.
  • Dr. Weil's 60-Second Technique for Falling Asleep
    Give Dr. Andrew Weil three minutes, and he can teach you a 60-second technique for falling asleep. Above, the alternative medicine guru walks you through the 4-7-8 breathing method. As he demonstrates, it "takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere." And once you master it, you can use the 4-7-8 breathing technique (explained and demonstrated in greater detail here ) to lower your anxiety levels (useful these days!), navigate tension-filled moments, and deal with food cravings.
  • The Art of Brett Northcutt
    Brett Northcutt joined ILM in September of 2001 as a digital matte artist. Prior to this, he spent 5 years as a matte artist working under former ILM alumni Craig Barron and Christopher Evans at Matte World Digital. He received a BA degree in Fine Arts and Painting from the Art Institute of Chicago and quickly put his paint brushes aside and adopting instead digital tools, which landed him his first job in the visual effects industry.
  • Dear Bashar al-Assad Apologists: Your Hero Is a War Criminal Even If He Didn’t Gas Syrians
    Sorry to interrupt: I know you’re very busy right now trying to convince yourselves, and the rest of us, that your hero couldn’t possibly have used chemical weapons to kill up to 70 people in rebel-held Douma on April 7. Maybe Robert Fisk’s mysterious doctor has it right — and maybe the hundreds of survivors and eyewitnesses to the attack are all “crisis actors.”
  • 🎵 "Elisa" by Yuki Ame
  • 🎵 "Let it Burn" by Goat
  • Eminent Philosophers Name the 43 Most Important Philosophy Books Written Between 1950-2000: Wittgenstein, Foucault, Rawls & More | Open Culture
    Faced with the question, “who are the most important philosophers of the 20th century?,” I might find myself compelled to ask in turn, “in respect to what?” Ethics? Political philosophy? Philosophy of language, mind, science, religion, race, gender, sexuality? Phenomenology, Feminism, Critical theory? The domains of philosophy have so multiplied (and some might say siloed), that a number of prominent authors, including eminent philosophy professor Robert Solomon, have written vehement critiques against its entrenchment in academia, with all of the attendant pressures and rewards. Should every philosopher of the past have had to run the gauntlet of doctoral study, teaching, tenure, academic politics and continuous publication, we might never have heard from some of history’s most luminous and original thinkers.
  • BBC Sound Effects - Research & Education Space
    These 16,016 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license.
  • 🎵 "Warrior" by Air Waves, Kevin Morby
  • 📷 Elina Merenmies (Finnish, b. 1967),
    Who Are You?, 2017. Ink on handmade paper, 51 x 37 cm.

Animation

  • 🎥 ЛЕНЯ ФЕДОРОВ - film by Dmitri Frolov, 2018
    «Зимы не будет» — альбом лидера рок-группы «АукцЫон» Леонида Федорова и участников «Волковтрио»: контрабасиста Владимира Волкова и гитариста Святослава Курашова. Сергей Старостин — жалейка, флейта Оригинальная звуковая дорожка: альбом "Зимы не будет" Автор фильма Дмитрий Фролов
  • 🎥 Miles From Anywhere - Gary Carpenter
    Dir. Gary Carpenter (1997) On the surface, an exploration of environment and landscape. Hand-held photography close up on textures in a detailed examination of the real. From stone to sky, material to air, framing is all and holds the answers. Shot on Super 8.
  • Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata dies at 82 - BBC News
    Japanese anime director Isao Takahata, co-founder of the famed Studio Ghibli, has died at the age of 82.
  • Fly
    Music video for track by imai featuring Kaho Nakamura put together by Baku Hashimoto uses stop motion method with Japanese confectionery:
  • Isle of Dogs: Wes Anderson stop-motion magic revealed in new video
    It’s not everyday that we get a stop-motion film because stop-motion anything takes a heck of a long time to produce — but the end results are usually worth it. With Wes Anderson‘s highly anticipated Isle of Dogs hitting theaters on March 23, EW has an exclusive look behind-the-scenes of how a unique team of 25 animators and 10 assistants brought the vision of a canine-only island off the coast of Japan to life.
  • The Forgotten Witch - Barbara Zdunk
    My influences have always been the old surreal films, the dream like quality of animations like ‘Inspiration’ by Karel Zemon to the impeccable detail and quality of the Betty Boop black and white animations. However, I have also always been a big fan of paintings, in particular the old masters and the Pre-Raphaelites. I really wanted to test out these different styles, like realism mixed with the surreal and bring it into the 21st Century with the different techniques I tried.
  • Producing Animation: Julie Roy
    Having worked at the National Film Board of Canada for over twenty years, Julie Roy redirected her attentions in the late-2000s from marketing to production, ultimately leading her to the position she holds today as Executive Producer at the NFB’s French Animation Studio.
  • Why is there a lack of women in animation, and what can we do about it?
    Where are all the women? It’s a question that comes up time and time again in conversation with animators and animation studios alike. According to advocacy group Women in Animation, 60% of animation students in the US and Europe are women, but the drop off rate as they move into industry is staggering, with only 20%–40% of professional roles held by women. But why exactly is there a lack of females in animation, and more constructively, what is the industry doing about it? To find out, we spoke to a variety of important voices in the sector, from educators and leading animation studios to female animators themselves (they do exist) about their experiences, and what actions are being taken to redress the balance.
  • Wes Anderson, 48, won the best director prize for his stop-motion film Isle of Dogs, which also made history as the first animated film to open Berlin.
    Anderson was not present to accept the award on Saturday night, but one of Isle of Dog’s voice actors, Bill Murray, accepted in his place, telling the audience: “I never thought I’d go to work as a dog and come home with a bear. I’m glad I was deputized to watch the house here in case anything like this broke out… I’d like to be one more person from America to say ‘Ich bin ein Berliner Hund.'” (‘I am a Berlin dog.’)
  • 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.

Art

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

  • Behind the Magic - Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Creating Supreme Leader Snoke - YouTube
    Take a look behind the magic at the Oscar nominated Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In this clip we get a closer look at the motion capture performance by Andy Serkis and the incredible work by ILM Artists to bring Snoke to life.
  • 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.’"

Comics

  • The 100 Most Influential Pages in Comic Book History
    From Superman to Smile, Mickey to Maus: Tracing the evolution of comic books by looking at the pictures, panels, and text that brought them to life.
  • Love and Rockets' Jaime Hernandez Creates Graphic Novel for Kids
    Children’s publisher Toon Books is marking its 10th anniversary with the release of The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America, a bilingual graphic novel for young readers by Jaime Hernandez, co-creator of the acclaimed Love and Rockets indie comics series.
  • Cartoon Clouds
    What’s the point of making art in a technological era? This question, and variations of it, make up the heart of Joseph Remnant’s first longform graphic narrative, Cartoon Clouds. Clouds follows freshly minted art school graduate Seth Fallon through insecurity, uncertainty, poverty, and the pretentious Cincinnati art scene. A small nexus of art grads trying to “make it” as serious artists in an increasingly pop-culturized contemporary market succeed to various degrees — or get stuck in the cogs of unrelenting capitalistic machinery. The tale focuses on the humdrum futility of this post-grad life and the very real choice perhaps all young adults must make: to either follow or abandon their idealistic dreams
  • Vacation
    Blexbolex has cracked the code. The French cartoonist with the name that sounds like a friendly robot has worked in a wide variety of styles, from the simple interlocking blocks of bright color seen in his kid's books People and Seasons, to the whirls of limited-palette decoration in his very not-kid's books No Man's Land and Dogcrime. His most recent book, the truly all-ages fable Ballad, added a profusion of neon dot screening to the mix. Through it all, the constant is that his imagery bypasses people's critical faculties and hits them right in the pleasure centers, from page directly into eyes and usually from there to the wallet. Putting a Blexbolex book right by the tiller was a great way to grab add-on sales when I was working comics retail. He makes stuff that people want before they even know what it is, just because of how good it looks.
  • International Women's Day 2018
    Those familiar with Doodles know that we frequently celebrate extraordinary women throughout history such as prominent inventors, scientists, writers, artists, activists, philanthropists, and so on. Today, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the stories and voices of another group of extraordinary women—the everyday women living all over the world.
  • A Digital Archive of Heavy Metal, the Influential "Adult Fantasy Magazine" featuring the Art of Moebius, H.R. Giger & More
    In making a time capsule of the late 20th century, one would be remiss if they did not include at least an issue or two of Heavy Metal magazine. Yes, it specialized in unapologetically turning women in metal bras into sex objects. The gleeful amount of T&A on its covers, surrounded by spaceships, swords, and sorcery, mark it as a relic of its era that appealed to a specific demographic. But Heavy Metal was much more than sexy sci-fi mascots drawn in lurid pulpy styles. Along with its share of erotica, the “adult illustrated fantasy magazine” provided a vivid showcase for some of the most interesting artists and storytellers working in the mainstream and in various subgenres of fantasy and sci-fi. (It continues to do so.)
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates: Why I'm Writing 'Captain America'
    "Two years ago I began taking up the childhood dream of writing comics. To say it is more difficult than it looks is to commit oneself to criminal understatement. Writers don’t write comics so much as they draw them with words. Everything has to be shown, a fact I knew going into the work, but could not truly know until I had actually done it. For two years I’ve lived in the world of Wakanda, writing the title Black Panther. I’ll continue working in that world. This summer, I’m entering a new one—the world of Captain America."
  • 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.

Drawing

  • Edinburgh: Built on bones and ruins
    [Guest post by Aud Koch in Edinburgh, Scotland] Edinburgh is a gorgeous city built on bones and ruins: it is a mad god's dream. This I learned on a recent sojourn to the British Isles.
  • 18 tips for comics artists by Moebius "brief manual for cartoonist"
    1. when you draw you must clean yourself of deep feelings (hate, happiness, ambition, etc) 2 it's important to educate the hand, attain obedience, to full fill ideas. but careful with perfection, to much, as well as too much speed, as well as their opposites are dangerous. to much looseness, instant drawings,aside from mistakes, there's no will of the spirit, only the bodies. 3. perspective is of sum importance, it;s a law of manipulation in the good sense, to hypnotise the reader. it;s good to work in real spaces, more that with photos, to exercise our reading of perspective.
  • Dramatic Anatomical Drawings Comprised of Complex Hatched Colors by WanJim Gim | Colossal
    Seoul-based artist WanJim Gim illustrates the form and gesture of the human body using complex hatched layers of color and dramatic lighting. He adds intrigue to poses that could be considered traditional figure drawing studies by adding abstracted lines and watercolor washes that integrate the fragmented body parts into a larger visual field. In an interview with Trending All Day, the artist describes his inspiration and process:
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  • 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

Film

  • An animated "music video" of similar satellite imagery
    Arena is a video created by Páraic & Pearse McGloughlin constructed from different structural forms (roads, stadiums, center-pivot irrigation circles) in satellite images of the Earth animated together into a kind of music video. (It’s hard to describe it. Just watch and you’ll see what I mean.) The first part of the video, with the roads, reminded me of the screensaver on a computer or DVD player where a ball or logo bounces around the screen.
  • Molly Ringwald Revisits “The Breakfast Club” in the Age of #MeToo
    Revisiting the movies of my youth in the age of #MeToo.
  • How 50 Female Characters Were Described In Their Screenplays
    How do you create a memorable female character? It helps if you get it right from the very beginning, as Joseph L. Mankiewicz did in his screenplay for All About Eve when he introduced the woman who would be played by Bette Davis. “The CAMERA follows the bottle to MARGO CHANNING,” wrote Mankiewicz in his stage directions. “An attractive, strong face. She is childish, adult, reasonable, unreasonable — usually one when she should be the other, but always positive.”
  • O homem com uma câmera (1929), de Dziga Vertov.
    Uma aula de cinema, este talvez seja o expoente máximo do esforço soviético em criar através da montagem uma linguagem própria à sétima arte que a tornasse autônoma da literatura e teatro. Filme experimental, foca nas possibilidades de se fotografar e filmar momentos cotidianos.
  • Spike Jonze and FKA twigs Made a Jaw-Dropping Short Film for Apple’s HomePod
    Spike Jonze has long been deeply embedded in the dance world. He explored movement in everything from the Fatboy Slim videos he helped to choreograph in the late ’90s, to Levi’s “Crazy Legs” commercial a few years later, all the way up to the famous 2016 Kenzo film he directed starring Margaret Qualley—which was a collaboration with Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, who also happen to run the design label Opening Ceremony, for whom Jonze recently directed another stunning dance project, “Changers,” starring Lakeith Stanfield and Mia Wasikowska.
  • ‘Black Panther’ Is Marvel’s First Genuine Masterpiece
    Ryan Coogler’s highly anticipated superhero movie is even better and richer than could have been imagined, thanks to a fantastical world that evokes real questions about history.
  • 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”.

Maths

  • This is the ‘dance’ of Venus, as viewed from earth.
    The magical geometry that exists between the cycles of the planets has been a source of fascination and mystery for centuries. Lately, the adoption of the heliocentric viewpoint has caused many of these marvels to pass by the interest of astronomers. The pattern of Venus around the Earth portrays a 5-petalled rose when viewed from the geocentric position. Every 8 years, when the Earth and Venus ‘kiss’ to form another petal, Venus presents the same face to the Earth. The dance of the planets: their retrograde motions, synodic periods, distance and orbits present us with patterns that resonate to their essence. Kepler understood such patterns as a mathematician aware of the mystical qualities of the universe. The patterns of Venus are extremely beautiful - the heart and the rose. They reveal the essence of Venus in her role of celestial guardian of love and beauty to those of us here on Earth.  Each planet has its own dance pattern and the cosmos takes on a beauty beyond words.  God is the artist who creates the universe.“
  • 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:

Maya

  • Polynomial Optics to Arnold [POTA] - zeno pelgrims
    POTA is an implementation of Sparse high-degree polynomials for wide-angle lenses [2016]. It renders images with high-order aberrations, at a fraction of the cost of tracing rays through lens elements. It is done by pre-calculating fitted polynomials, which serve as a black-box to transform the rays on the sensor to rays on the outer pupil. All credit goes out to the authors of the paper, I only wrote the implementation for Arnold.
  • 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."
  • Basic Dynamics in Mash.
  • 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.

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

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

Notebooks

  • Notebook Turducken
    I carry the pocket notebook all day, scribble stuff in it, take notes. It’s basically a scratch pad. Then, every morning after breakfast, I open up the pocket notebook, check my notes, then I fill out my logbook, which is sort of like an index of my days and a memory refresher. Then, I write and draw 3-10 pages in my diary, based on my notes and my log. I cross off things in my pocket notebook after I write about them. The diary then becomes a place I go to when I need new writing and blog posts. It might sound like a lot of work, but using this method I am never lost for something to write about. Also, my job is to write, so, there you have it. (By the way, I stole most of this method off David Sedaris.)
  • 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.”

Photography

  • Photographs of Palm Trees to Transport You to Sunnier Shores
    For most people, palm trees evoke daydreams of exotic holidays in sun-drenched locations. For Belgian photographer Bruno V. Roels, they’ve been the focus of much of his life’s work, and his latest show at New York City’s Howard Greenberg Gallery, A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree (a play on poet Gertrude Stein’s oft-quoted “a rose is a rose is a rose”), depicts the extent of Roels’ fascination with his uncommon inspiration.
  • AIPAD 2018 – Todd Webb, presented by Todd Webb Archive  
    Sam Walker, Todd Webb Archive, Portland: Todd Webb composed Sixth Avenue Between 43rd and 44th Streets, New York, 1948 from eight separate images. It depicts the west side of Sixth Avenue between West 43rd and 44th Streets, taken on the afternoon of March 24, 1948. Realizing he had to work fast to retain the same light, Webb plotted the shoot beforehand, lining up the edges of each photo with chalk marks on the sidewalk. The image was exhibited at the 1958 Brussels Worlds Fair, and he became internationally recognized as the “historian with a camera.”
  • On Tania Franco Klein's "Our Life in the Shadows"
    In Tania Franco Klein’s photo series “Our Life in the Shadows”—on display last month at Mexico City’s Material art fair and San Francisco’s Photofairs—women stare blankly at static television screens, mirrored toaster ovens, and hazily lit window curtains. A sense of ennui permeates the images, which depict domestic life in rich cinematic detail. Each subject is cropped so that her face is never fully in view. Often, the women are distorted by a reflection or an obfuscating prop. In The Waiting, one of the fifty images that comprise the series, a bowl of lipstick-marked cigarettes is perched ceremoniously atop a pillow. The living room is saturated with a moody cobalt blue. (Other images are steeped in jewel-toned reds and deep emerald greens.) Unpeopled and static, the photo is, conceivably, a portrait; the alluring mise-en-scène bears only traces of the person out of view.
  • Joli Livaudais: The States Project: Arkansas | LENSCRATCH
    Lastly, on Day Five, I end my job as the Arkansas Lenscratch’s State Project Editor with Joli Livaudais. I have only known Joli for a couple years and every time I see her I learn so much. Joli not only has a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography but also has two other degrees in experimental psychology. She has used both historical photographic processes and contemporary alternative methods, including gum bi-chromate printing, photo sculpture and installation. The project I chose to feature is And then I will See. This body of work is so multi-faceted for me I get lost in every image. I hope you do too!
  • Kristen Spickard: The States Project: Arkansas | LENSCRATCH
    "Making + Sharing is a near-daily image-making project that is shared and cataloged on Instagram. (instagram.com/kristenspickard) The frequency and format of Making + Sharing provides an opportunity to explore and define my creative process and to push deeper into my favorite subjects. Making + Sharing fits into my ongoing portfolio of work, which has explored topics of our relationship with the natural world as well as ideas about making things by hand. Through these two lenses, I experience and contemplate the world around me and my place in it. Working at my day job as a graphic designer for the past several years began to inform my fine art practice. At first, I was resistant to this change, but just as my work as a photographer-artist has informed my graphic design practice from day one, it only makes sense that my design process now also comes full circle to inform my fine art practice as well. I am now enthusiastically accepting that I enjoy making work on a computer, something I’ve often avoided in favor of analog processes (which I am also enthusiastic about)."
  • Looking at the World Through Wim Wenders’ Polaroid Camera | AnOther
    photography
  • Why is narrative such a difficult concept for young photographers to master?
    "I believe it is essential to encourage students to step away from the digital screen as a primary editing environment. They should print their work cheaply and quickly at a size that allows it to be viewed clearly. They should lay out their images on a floor so they can begin to see them as a developing body of work." via @havizmakamalam
  • 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."

Process

  • The Third Self: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Artist’s Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life – Brain Pickings
    “The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”
  • Writing by hand on paper is becoming a revolutionary act.
  • Twenty.
    I had a personal realization recently: kottke.org isn’t so much a thing I’m making but a process I’m going through. A journey.
  • How to Photograph Your Artwork for Reproduction on Society6 Products - Society6 Blog
    If you are an artist using a traditional medium, and especially if you are working with larger formats, you may have been a bit stumped on how to properly digitize your artworks for Society6 art prints and products. While there are professional options available in many cities, this is not always an option for everyone as it can be costly. Learning to do this at home or in a studio can save both time and money while still producing extremely accurate results.  Let’s learn how to do it right!
  • 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?”

Reading

RealTime

  • Gloomy Sunday
    Latest addition to Memo Akten’s ongoing ‘Learning to See’ project demonstrates a neural network powered realtime image translation framework, presenting possibilites for visual poetry
  • Video from Marcin Nowrotek presents a performance of Jazz using captures taken with a Kinect depth sensing camera
    The aim of this project, besides examining the links between record and creation based on non-figurative forms, is also the exploration of the new volumetric filmmaking technique (picture recorded by a Kinect sensor).
  • 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."

Webtech

  • Blogging is most certainly not dead
    A few weeks ago, I asked the readers of the Noticing newsletter to send in links to their blogs and newsletters (or to their favorite blogs and newsletters written by others). And boy, did they! I pared the submissions list down to a representative sample and sent it out as last week’s newsletter. Here’s a smaller excerpt of that list…you can find the whole thing here.
  • Scripting News: Where we're at with Facebook
    Here is my summary of what I've been writing on my blog for the last few weeks while the CA/FB controversy was brewing.
  • Maria Popova on Evergreen Ideas and Rethinking the Meaning of Content
    To create work that touches people’s lives in ten, a hundred, or a thousand years from now is both a humbling and unexpected reward of one’s effort. But we do not determine whether something is timeless or not; we simply create from the heart, telling the truth about what we see and why it matters, and we ship. You might not be around for the praise, but the choice to be present while enjoying the process is available daily.
  • Choice: Break up Facebook – or Take It Into Public Ownership? I Am Not Kidding
    Facebook let a firm called GSR scrape 50 million user profiles and sell the data to another firm, Cambridge Analytica, whose express purpose was to manipulate electoral behaviour in favour of Donald Trump. That’s the one-paragraph summary of a story that will unfold with increasing complexity this week.
  • Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent 'weaponised' web | Technology | The Guardian
    “What was once a rich selection of blogs and websites has been compressed under the powerful weight of a few dominant platforms,”
  • Automation and the use of multiple accounts
    Keeping Twitter safe and free from spam is a top priority for us. One of the most common spam violations we see is the use of multiple accounts and the Twitter developer platform to attempt to artificially amplify or inflate the prominence of certain Tweets. To be clear: Twitter prohibits any attempt to use automation for the purposes of posting or disseminating spam, and such behavior may result in enforcement action.
  • 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.

Politics

  • Futile air strikes on Syria won’t defeat Assad and Putin
    Kilometres matter. If you’ve been anywhere near war, you will know that one kilometre away is better than 100 metres away. Two kilometres is much better than one. Ten kilometres away and your can smoke a shisha pipe while your shaking hands stroke the stray cats, who also understand the power of distance.
  • How Labour can fight back against the British establishment's attempt to destroy it
    Over the past two months the Conservative establishment in Britain has managed to convince itself that a left-wing government under Jeremy Corbyn would be illegitimate; that it has to be stopped; and that - even if they don’t want to do the dirty work themselves - someone has to.
  • Teachers have sounded the alarm – it’s time to listen
    For many children, the Easter holidays are in full swing. But spare a thought for the more than 4,000 children who have learning disabilities. They won’t be taking a break from school: they’re stuck at home for the long-term, as no local schools can take them.
  • A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Diaries with Tony Benn from 2013 - Audio
    To celebrate the publication of this final volume of his diaries, Tony Benn, in conversation with author, columnist and commentator Owen Jones, reflects on both the public and personal events of the last five years. Covering the fall of New Labour, tireless campaigning against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and passionate commitment to encouraging public debate and demonstrations, A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine also provides a highly personal insight into the challenges of old age, failing health and widowhood. Finally, we share in Tony Benn's hopes for the future based on his experiences, insight and his natural optimism. Tony Benn is the longest serving MP in the history of the Labour Party. He left Parliament in 2001, after more than half a century in the House of Commons, famously saying that leaving would give him more time to devote to politics. He is the author of many books including nine volumes of diaries and the childhood memoir Dare to be a Daniel. This event was organised in partnership with Newham Bookshop.
  • On Being a Dissenting Voice in 2018
    It is very difficult to understand what is happening in the UK today, but when the BBC on its flagship news programme holds a discussion of the Salisbury attack under a huge photo-shopped picture of the leader of the opposition in a Russian hat standing outside the Kremlin, it is plain a fundamental shift has happened in society. The Salisbury attack has perhaps taught us something massively more important than any of the stuff about chemical weapons, and that is that Britain is further along the road to becoming an authoritarian state than we had realised.
  • ‘I created Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower | News | The Guardian
    For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in order to target the US electorate
  • The three mistakes of centrism
    A government of centrists will only take us back to where we were before all this kicked off in 2010. We need to do better than go back to the normal that gave us austerity and Brexit. We need a radical government that can begin the process of reforming our economy so that it works for all working people, that can tackle extreme inequality at the top and reform the press so that it is not a mouthpiece for a wealthy few. A government led from the left are our only real hope of achieving that. Centrists will be an important voice during that government, but they must not stop us ensuring the likes of austerity and Brexit will not happen again.
  • Gas shortage highlights challenge for Government - ECIU
    The events of last week will likely be referred to for years. Warnings that ‘the gas is running out’ has ignited a fire under groups calling for greater energy efficiency, beneath the fracking lobby and across UK heavy industry that relies on a secure supply of energy.
  • 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.”

Songs

World

  • Dear Bashar al-Assad Apologists: Your Hero Is a War Criminal Even If He Didn’t Gas Syrians
    Sorry to interrupt: I know you’re very busy right now trying to convince yourselves, and the rest of us, that your hero couldn’t possibly have used chemical weapons to kill up to 70 people in rebel-held Douma on April 7. Maybe Robert Fisk’s mysterious doctor has it right — and maybe the hundreds of survivors and eyewitnesses to the attack are all “crisis actors.”
  • Israel’s drive to ethnically cleanse Tel Aviv of Africans must be fought
    What’s the price of freedom in Israel? $3,500 dollars according to the country’s government, which is the amount of money being offered to thousands of people of African descent, in exchange for their ‘voluntarily’ leaving Israel by the end of March. If they refuse the ‘offer’, they will face the prospect of permanent imprisonment, in Israel.
  • We Need Courage, Not Hope, to Face Climate Change
    “ There is now no weather we haven’t touched, no wilderness immune from our encroaching pressure. The world we once knew is never coming back. I have no hope that these changes can be reversed. We are inevitably sending our children to live on an unfamiliar planet. But the opposite of hope is not despair. It is grief. Even while resolving to limit the damage, we can mourn. And here, the sheer scale of the problem provides a perverse comfort: we are in this together. The swiftness of the change, its scale and inevitability, binds us into one, broken hearts trapped together under a warming atmosphere. We need courage, not hope. Grief, after all, is the cost of being alive. We are all fated to live lives shot through with sadness, and are not worth less for it. Courage is the resolve to do well without the assurance of a happy ending. “
  • 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."

Writing

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

Friends, Fiends and Followees

  • The Amazing - Rewind (Official Video)
    Rewind is the second single taken from the forthcoming album by The Amazing, titled 'In Transit'. Released on 6th April 2018. Pre-order 'In Transit' now: https://theamazing.lnk.to/intransit
  • 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."

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