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  • Corbynism or barbarism, part II | Idiot Joy Showland
    But the final collapse of liberalism is a situation in which liberalism seems perversely comfortable. Anti-fascism is only one half of what the world needs; it also needs a positively articulated vision of how it can be improved, and the centrists have nothing: lower business rates, softer racism, friendlier faces. Of course it’s necessary – urgently, frantically necessary – to defeat the Nazis, not least because it buys us more time. But it’s not enough, it’s a stopgap for the symptoms. Almost all the advanced capitalist societies are tilting in the same direction, and these Nazis didn’t come from nowhere. They are entirely immanent to the liberal political order as it stands; their racism and violence and hatred comes from a society which is already racist and hateful and violent. The fascists gain their energy from the failure of liberalism, and liberalism gets to stave off its failure thanks to the threat posed by the fascists. Both are the living undeath of the other. The whole order is monstrous, decrepit, shambling, and lifeless; it has to go. To struggle for a better world isn’t a luxury in a time of rising fascism, it’s the only thing that can save us.
  • Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations
    ncient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations. Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to find out if they could be linked to constellations.
  • It’s time to see things differently… to improve your life | Beau Lotto | Life and style | The Guardian
    When you open your eyes, do you see the world as it really is? Humans have been asking themselves this for thousands of years. From the shadows on the wall of Plato’s cave in The Republic to Morpheus offering Neo the red or the blue pill in The Matrix, the notion that what we see might not be what is truly there has troubled and tantalised us. In the 18th century, the philosopher Immanuel Kant argued that we can never have access to the Ding an sich, the unfiltered “thing in itself ” of objective reality. Great minds have taken up this perplexing question again and again. They all had theories, but now neuroscience has an answer.
  • ‘Everything’ Creator David OReilly On The Hard Truths Of Moving Away From Animation
    I became fed up with animation for several reasons. Even though my work had a big impact, I kept going broke making film after film, and even doing high profile jobs was not very sustainable for the kinds of projects I wanted to do. In animation you tend to always be getting shafted by people. People just love shafting animators all day long for some reason. And very few really appreciate what you’re doing.
  • Why on earth would I use a pencil
    I’ve always been in love with the technology behind the act of writing. Given a pen, pencil, eraser, paintbrush, notebook or other piece of scribomechanica, I’d play with it for hours. My grandmother used to sit me down and let me try out her manual typewriter; a 1970s-era Underwood speckled with white-out flecks and a dual-colored ribbon loaded in. We played with her fountain pens, and one of my favorite possessions is an old, 70 year-old dusky blue Esterbrook Dollar Pen that I inherited after she died. It still works like a champ.
  • Teenager to support charities which helped her through cancer treatment
    A teenager recovering from bone cancer is determined to raise awareness of her rare condition and boost funds for the charities which supported her.
  • Make This Toxic Election Blow Up in the Tories' Faces - Vice
    Without warning, without any good reason, it's election time again. Most of us – those of us, at least, who can't just see it as some fascinating little game – are already shellshocked from wave after wave of politics, the scummy tide bursting through our walls and depositing more dead things in greasy piles around our feet. Can't it all just stop? Can't we be left in peace, for a single moment? 
  • 3 habits of successful language learners | TechCrunch
    Roughly 1.2 billion people worldwide are currently learning a foreign language. If you are one of them, this article is for you. Whether you are learning to improve your job prospects, do better in school, get ready for a trip abroad or even just for fun, there are three common habits that all successful language learners share. We analyzed data from millions of Duolingo users and, in the process, discovered what it really takes to grasp a foreign tongue.
  • Facebook F8: Mark Zuckerberg on augmented reality
    It's no secret Mark Zuckerberg is pinning Facebook's prospects on augmented reality — technology that overlays digital imagery onto the real world, like Snapchat's signature camera filters.
  • Gabriel García Márquez’s Formative Reading List: 24 Books That Shaped One of Humanity’s Greatest Writers – Brain Pickings
    The most reliable portal into another’s psyche is the mental library of that person’s favorite books — those foundational idea-bricks of which we build the home for our interior lives, the integral support beams of our personhood and values. And who doesn’t long for such a portal into humanity’s most robust yet spacious minds? Joining history’s notable reading lists — including those of Leo Tolstoy, Susan Sontag, Alan Turing, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Stewart Brand, Carl Sagan, and Neil deGrasse Tyson — is Gabriel García Márquez (March 6, 1927–April 17, 2014).
  • "Sunrise" by Cool Company
    "Sunrise", the first track off our feel good 'Summer Daze EP', available now. Like/Follow Cool Co: http://www.facebook.com/Coolcompanymusic twitter.com/We_Cool_Company instagram: @cool_company_music
  • "U-RITE" by THEY
    THEY. "U-RITE" (c) Mind of a Genius Records 'The New Religion Tour' Tickets: https://THEY.lnk.to/webAY
  • Found in a Junk Shop: Secrets of an Undiscovered Visionary Artist
    His story is one shrouded in mystery, almost lost forever, intertwined with secret societies, hidden codes, otherworldly theories and seemingly impossible inventions before his time. Unseen for decades and salvaged by a junk dealer in the 1960s from a trash heap outside a house in Texas, his entire body of work would later go on to marvel the intellectual world. But during his lifetime, Charles Dellschau had only been known as the grouchy local butcher.
  • 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.
  • Nasa announces alien life could be thriving on Saturn’s moon Enceladus - The Telegraph
    It might look like a frozen wasteland, but beneath the inhospitable surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, life could be thriving in warm underground seas, scientists believe. Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has picked up the first evidence that chemical reactions are happening deep below the ice which could be creating an environment capable of supporting microbes
  • Finally, a breakthrough alternative to growth economics – the doughnut | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
    So what are we going to do about it? This is the only question worth asking. But the answers appear elusive. Faced with a multifaceted crisis – the capture of governments by billionaires and their lobbyists, extreme inequality, the rise of demagogues, above all the collapse of the living world – those to whom we look for leadership appear stunned, voiceless, clueless. Even if they had the courage to act, they have no idea what to do.
  • 13 games that will change the way you think about gaming | Technology | The Guardian
    Now Play This is a festival of experimental games. Spread throughout several rooms of the New Wing of Somerset House, and running as part of the London games festival, it reflects what happens when we stop worrying about the artistic or commercial validity of the medium. Curated by game designers Holly Gramazio and George Buckenham, it’s about collecting experiences that offer something interesting, meaningful or special.
  • 4 Ways Comic Books Are Losing Touch With Their Audience
    Recently, when asked about falling comic sales, Marvel's senior vice president of print, sales, and marketing remarked, "What we heard was that people didn't want any more diversity." He'd later go on to attempt to clarify his statements, but that desperate cover-up was like trying to fix a stab wound with a bandage made of knives. The damage had been done.
  • Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist | openDemocracy
    No one can deny it: economics matters. Its theories are the mother tongue of public policy, the rationale for multi-billion-dollar investments, and the tools used to tackle global poverty and manage our planetary home. Pity then that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet still dominate decision-making for the future.
  • Low-Carb Fish n'Chips - Diet Doctor
    Diet Doctor We make low carb simple. Diet Doctor is the world’s #1 low-carb site, with over 150,000 daily visitors.   Our goal is empowering people everywhere to revolutionize their health.
  • Catastrophe and flow. No control. / ∞
    ∞ “Catastrophe and flow. No control.” - Anaïs Nin, from a diary entry featured in The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 3: 1939-1944 (via violentwavesofemotion)
  • London's VFX Race To The Bottom - VFX Forum
    From its early small but ambitious beginnings in the 1990’s, London has grown into an incredible world leading vfx powerhouse. That the four latest Visual Effects Oscars in a row have all gone to London teams attests to that fact.
  • Why Authoritarians Attack the Arts - NYTimes.com
    In 1937, ascending leaders of the Third Reich hosted two art exhibitions in Munich. One, the “Great German Art Exhibition,” featured art Adolf Hitler deemed acceptable and reflective of an ideal Aryan society: representational, featuring blond people in heroic poses and pastoral landscapes of the German countryside. The other featured what Hitler and his followers referred to as “degenerate art”: work that was modern or abstract, and art produced by people disavowed by Nazis — Jewish people, Communists, or those suspected of being one or the other. The “degenerate art” was presented in chaos and disarray, accompanied by derogatory labels, graffiti and catalog entries describing “the sick brains of those who wielded the brush or pencil.” Hitler and those close to him strictly controlled how artists lived and worked in Nazi Germany, because they understood that art could play a key role in the rise or fall of their dictatorship and the realization of their vision for Germany’s future.
  • Thread by Summer Brennan on Victorine Meurent, "forgotten art star of 19th Paris"
    Here's a little story: 13 years ago, I became fascinated by & started researching this artist's model from the 19th century. This is her: pic.twitter.com/QyBD9Ow7qz
  • In Our Time - Hokusai
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), the Japanese artist whose views of Mt Fuji such as The Great Wave off Kanagawa (pictured) are some of the most iconic in world art. He worked as Japan was slowly moving towards greater contact with the outside world, trading with China and allowing two Dutch ships to dock each year. From these ships he picked up new synthetic colours and illustrations with Western compositions, which he incorporated in his traditional wood block prints. The quality of his images helped drive demand for prints among the highly literate Japanese public, particularly those required to travel to Edo under feudal obligations and who wanted to collect all his prints. As well as the quality of his work, Hokusai's success stems partly from his long life and career. He completed some of his most memorable works in his 70s and 80s and claimed he would not reach his best until he was 110. With Angus Lockyer Lecturer in Japanese History at SOAS University of London Rosina Buckland Senior Curator of Japanese Collections at the National Museum of Scotland And Ellis Tinios Honorary Lecturer in the School of History, University of Leeds Producer: Simon Tillotson.
  • The Lost Art of Library Card Catalogues
    The art of writing card catalogue entries may be dying, but they still tell us a lot about our data past.
  • My Blade Runner Eyes – Folks
    My Blade Runner Eyes Photographer Nadya Lev was the toast of the fashion world, but it was only when she started going blind that she really learned how to shoot.
  • The Long, Lucrative Right-wing Grift Is Blowing Up in the World's Face
    If you want to understand intra-GOP warfare, the decision-making process of our president, the implosion of the Republican healthcare plan, and the rest of the politics of the Trump era, you don’t need to know about Russian espionage tactics, the state of the white working class, or even the beliefs of the “alt-right.” You pretty much just need to be in semi-regular contact with a white, reasonably comfortable, male retiree. We are now ruled by men who think and act very much like that ordinary man you might know, and if you want to know why they believe so many strange and terrible things, you can basically blame the fact that a large and lucrative industry is dedicated to lying to them.
  • Is There Any Love by Trevor Dandy
  • Tears of Rage by The Band
  • Beehive by Mark Lanegan
    Mark Lanegan announces details of his new album 'Gargoyle.' Out on April 28th, 2017 via Heavenly Recordings. Pre-order 'Gargoyle' on vinyl or CD: heavenlyemporium.com/buy/gargoyle-4/
  • 10 Reasons Why “There Will Be Blood” Is A Modern Masterpiece of American Cinema | Taste Of Cinema - Movie Reviews and Classic Movie Lists
    Written and directed by cinematic great Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood is loosely based on Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel ‘Oil’. Following the rise and rapid decline of self proclaimed “oil man” Daniel Plainview, whose fall from grace is less than noble, this film is known for the haunting, Oscar winning performance of Daniel Day-Lewis in the leading role. Undeniably epic, there is never a dull moment. At 158 minutes you’re in for the long haul, but even the slow, scenic panning shots are unlike no other, especially since they’re accompanied by Johnny Greenwood’s incredibly memorable score.
  • Mastodon.social is an open-source Twitter competitor that’s growing like crazy - The Verge
    Eugen Rochko was annoyed with Twitter. The company had made a series of changes that he thought eroded the value of the service: limiting how big third-party applications could grow, for example, and implementing an algorithm-driven timeline that made Twitter feel uncomfortably similar to Facebook. Most people in Rochko’s situation fired off an angry tweet or two and moved on. Rochko set about rebuilding Twitter from scratch.
  • The Tarkovsky legacy: Andrei Tarkovsky and his arthouse impact | Sight
    The slim body of work produced by the great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-86) – seven transcendent, spiritual films marked by exquisite visual imagery, mesmerising long takes, a near-pantheistic reverence for landscape and nature, and a seamless blending of real time, dream and memory – helped redefine the possibilities of arthouse cinema.
  • Marvel boss says diversity's killing sales - BBC Newsbeat
    A boss at Marvel has blamed a fall in sales on its move towards more diverse characters. David Gabriel, who's vice president of sales, claims readers are "turning their noses up" at diversity and don't "want female characters out there".
  • Top 15 Packed Low-Carb Lunches - Diet Doctor
    Bringing a packed lunch to work is great for many reasons. Here are three of them: Not having to make quick decisions about where or what to eat for lunch on an empty stomach can make it easier to stick to your chosen diet. Home-made lunches often cost a fraction of buying lunch at a restaurant. Less household waste. Left-overs make for the best packed lunches.
  • Shakespearean notepad stuns Antiques Roadshow expert ❤️
    A 17th century Shakespearean notebook with "enormous scholarly value" has been described as one of the most remarkable items to ever feature on the Antiques Roadshow.
  • Ellen von Unwerth: ‘Let’s photograph girls enjoying life’ | Art and design | The Guardian
    Blending old-world charm with a uniquely provocative eroticism, Ellen von Unwerth’s photographs are a riot of fun and sly subversion. Richard Godwin hears why we need to take ourselves less seriously
  • ‘Dark money’ is threat to integrity of UK elections, say leading academics | Politics | The Guardian
    An urgent review of “weak and helpless” electoral laws is being demanded by a group of leading academics who say that uncontrolled “dark money” poses a threat to the fundamental principles of British democracy
  • The next great newsletters are going to be bots.
    In November, I joined Octane AI to help build the future of bots. Four months have sped by and I believe now more than ever that bots are an incredibly powerful way to reach your audience. There are more people on Facebook Messenger than Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram combined, yet it’s amazing how few businesses are engaging them.
  • Split - a review | Comic Book Blog | Talking Comics
    I’ve been thinking about divorce a lot recently. My partner of the last four years has yet to finalise his, mine came through almost three years ago, and yet there is still a taboo that stops us talking about it. His children don’t even know that I was married before we met, because society tells us that to be a divorced woman in her thirties is wrong, somehow.
  • Will Self: I was no fan of New Labour – but Brexit requires original thinking Corbyn can't provide
    Devolution and Brexit require inspiring ideas – not tired retreads of ideological stances for social formations long since melted into air.
  • To win power, Labour needs to start talking about giving it away
    The signs were there in 2010. The British electorate failed to give any single party a majority in the Commons, delivering what amounted to a vote of no confidence in Westminster. Since then, voters have taken every opportunity to inform to those sitting on the green benches that they are not content.
  • Free your mind: the underground comics of Skip Williamson – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian
    The US comic artist Skip Williamson has died, leaving behind hilarious work that pokes fun at the hypocrisies on both sides of the political spectrum
  • The Little Gray Wolf Will Come - MTV
    A talking cat lives outside his door. Every night, when he is falling asleep, it comes. If he opens his eyes he can almost catch its shadow, pacing along the gap where the light shines in through the door. The light is magical, he thinks; it holds enchanted things. He thinks of the cat, and happiness, and bread sprinkled with sugar.
  • Everything | Gameplay Film
    my new game Everything is out on PS4!📍https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-u... PC+Mac coming soon - wishlist it - http://store.steampowered.com/app/582270 Everything is narrated by the brilliant British philosopher Alan Watts. More info - http://everything-game.com Music © Ben Lukas Boysen 2017 Alan Watts recordings used with permission © Alan Watts 1973 http://www.alanwatts.org/ https://twitter.com/davidoreilly https://www.facebook.com/thedavidoreilly
  • Create an Iridescent Thin Film Effect in Arnold - Lesterbanks
    Optical phenomenon has always had a history of complexities in 3D. Some initially can be difficult to reproduce. Take for example the colorful iridescence that happens when looking at a single soap bubble in real life. The swirls of colors, reflection and refection is a complex mix of elements to get right in 3D. Especially if you are trying to “fake” it. Most rendering applications these days will have a specialized shader that can make the thin film effect easy.
  • Henry Rollins on defining success
    Creative Blocks I don’t know if I’ve ever had one. I’m not trying to say I’m somebody with a volcanic output coming out of me all the time, but if somebody ever says, “Well, what do you do about writer’s block?” I’m like, “I don’t think I’m a writer.” I don’t put any of those titles on myself, so I don’t acknowledge those pressures. Some days I got stuff, some days I don’t, and some days I write about the fact I got nothing to write about. But, I do try to write 1,000 words a day. It’s just like going to the gym. Some workouts are better than others. I think the less pressure you put on yourself, the better. In my opinion, it’d be hard to sit in a room and go, “Okay, damnit. Be creative.”
  • Why the Character Animation in 'Kong: Skull Island' Was Done Differently Than You Think
    In past outings, the famous ape has been achieved with stop motion, full and partial scale animatronics, and via motion capture and cg. But in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ new Kong: Skull Island, Kong is a 100-foot-tall keyframed cg creature with very specific design features.
  • Yoshitoshi - 100 Aspects of the Moon
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) is a pupil of Kuniyoshi's. The first designs of his popular Tsuki hyakushi (A Hundred Views of the Moon) are published in 1885. The subjects are taken from Indian and Chinese legends, famous musicians and poets, and heroes of classic novels and plays. This is a complete online reference for collectors and lovers of the Moon Series. Do you have a question? Do you want to use any of the copyrighted material? Do you want to be a contributing author? Contact us at yoshitoshi at verwoerd dot info

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