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  • 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
  • Axis Group announce launch of Axis Studios and upcoming art book - Skwigly Animation MagazineSkwigly Animation Magazine
    This past week saw animation and VFX collective Axis Group announce the official launch of Axis Studios, uniting their three main UK branches – Axis Animation, Flaunt Productions (Glasgow) and axisVFX (Bristol) – under one identity. Based in the UK, Axis – whose recent projects include Shaun the Sheep: The Movie (Aardman), the RTS-nominated VFX for Doctor Who (BBC) and the Emmy Award-winning Lost In Oz (Amazon) – boast a global clientele as well as one of the largest CGI production staffs in the country.
  • 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.
  • Framestore Helps “Guardians of the Galaxy” Characters Return to the Big Screen - article | CGSociety
    Delivering VFX for a sequel to a beloved franchise is never easy, but Framestore handled it with ease, tackling more than 1,000 VFX shots and CG assets for Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” We got the opportunity to chat with Framestore CG Supervisor Sylvain Degrotte and VFX Producer Sophie Carroll about their work on the film.
  • Mary Lavin’s “In The Middle of The Fields,”
  • Michael Rosen: A firefighter who attended Grenfell tower has written this:
    I'm not sure if this is something that I should vocalise or whether or not it should be shared with the world but as I sit at home thinking about the other night the Grenfell Tower I feel like people might want to know how the incident went from the point of view of a firefighter who was sent inside, while the tower burned all around us and how after years of cuts to the service I work for, how I feel about what we do and how the past few years have been for us.
  • Joss Whedon's 'Wonder Woman' Screenplay Is a Sexist Nightmare
    Joss Whedon‘s unproduced Wonder Woman screenplay leaked online last month, appearing on sites like and Screenrant. Due to Whedon’s vocal love of Wonder Woman, many fans viewed it as a tantalizing Hollywood “what if” story. But for some reason, few people mentioned how catastrophically, awe-inspiringly terrible the screenplay actually is.
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  • Debt bubble returns millions to days of 2008 crash | Money | The Guardian
    Charities and financial advisers are calling on the government to use the Queen’s speech to address the “bubble” of unmanageable debt that households are rapidly accumulating. Unsecured consumer credit – including credit cards, car loans and payday loans – is this year expected to hit levels not seen since the 2008 financial crash.
  • 'He took sex to the point of oblivion': Tracey Emin on her hero Egon Schiele | Art and design | The Guardian
    This is a tale of two artists. One is an Austrian expressionist in Sigmund Freud’s Vienna at the start of the 20th century, who managed to shock even its refined erotic sensibilities with the stark sensuality of his images. The other is a teenager in 1970s Margate, whose first encounter with said artist, Schiele, was one of the most inspiring events of her life.
  • Brain images display the beauty and complexity of consciousness | New Scientist
    THIS is what consciousness looks like – but these aren’t brain scans. Neuroscientist-turned-artist Greg Dunn created the art, aided by artist and physicist Brian Edwards, largely by hand, and using a special etching technique. “The piece was designed to be an unprecedented image of the brain,” says Dunn of his project, titled Self Reflected.
  • WoodSwimmer: A New Stop-Motion Short Made Entirely by Tediously Cutting Through Wood | Colossal
    WoodSwimmer is a new short film by engineer and stop-motion animator Brett Foxwell, who has built armatures for films such as Boxtrolls and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Created in collaboration with musician and animator bedtimes, the work follows a piece of raw wood through a milling machine, capturing its unique growth rings, knots, and weathered spots through a series of cross-sectional photographic scans. Due the speed at which the images are animated, the log’s grains begin to flow like granules of sand—shifting, mixing, and flowing in a vibrant dance that seems completely removed from its rigid material.
  • Britain: The End of a Fantasy | by Fintan O’Toole | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
    But to be fair to May, her wavering embodied a much deeper set of contradictions. Those words she repeated so robotically, “strong and stable,” would ring just as hollow in the mouth of any other Conservative politician. This is a party that has plunged its country into an existential crisis because it was too weak to stand up to a minority of nationalist zealots and tabloid press barons. It is as strong as a jellyfish and as stable as a flea.
  • Weekly comic fromclassmate, Marceline. Earth name: Hallie Funk University of Wisconsin-Madison Making Comics 2
  • Mary Adams And Other BBC Female Pioneers Who Inspired My Love For Natural History
    If you ask someone to describe what a wildlife filmmaker looks like, I suspect they’d paint a portrait of a man with a beard and a big camera wearing camouflage gear. But I’m a wildlife filmmaker - I’m a petite, 38-year-old woman, and there are plenty of others like me.
  • Jeremy Corbyn Is Leading the Left Out of the Wilderness and Toward Power
    Thank you, Jeremy Corbyn. It is no exaggeration to say that the British Labour Party leader has changed progressive politics in the UK, and perhaps the wider West too, for a generation. The bearded, 68-year-old, self-declared socialist has proved that an unashamedly, unabashedly, unapologetically left-wing offer is not the politics of the impossible but, rather, a politics of the very much possible. Last Thursday’s election result in the UK is a ringing confirmation that stirring idealism need not be sacrificed at the altar of political pragmatism.
  • Star Wars Battlefront II: will the sequel have the force the original lacked? | Technology | The Guardian
    Standing on the bridge of a Star Destroyer, Imperial squad commander Iden Versio does her best not to look too visibly shaken. After the Empire’s recent defeat at the Battle of Endor, its forces have been left scattered and leaderless, sending her elite commando unit to wait for orders on a nearby planet. Now, it looks like those orders have arrived. Slowly walking across the Destroyer’s intimidating deck, Versio finds herself face to face with an imperial commander – her father.
  • Antarctic explorer’s 118-year-old painting discovered among penguin poo | World news | The Guardian
    A 118-year-old painting by a celebrated south pole explorer has been discovered in a historic Antarctic hut hidden by penguin poo. Dr Edward Wilson, who died with Captain Robert Scott and three others in 1912 as they battled to return from their trip to the south pole, painted the watercolour of a small bird.
  • For those saying "yeah but Labour didn't win"
    People mocking Labour supporters for celebrating a loss simply don’t understand the shift that has occurred.
  • An amazing online collection of 40,000 vintage film posters
    Posterati is a New York movie poster store/gallery that also has an online store featuring more than 40,000 posters. You can view posters by director, year, country of origin, genre, size, and more. Some of the posters are very old, rare, and valuable: Some Like It Hot ($3,000), Lolita ($1,200), and Star Wars ($1,500). And wow, a 1933 Argentinian poster for King Kong for $75,000.
  • How we report elections: time for a new agenda for a new political journalism after the 2017 shock?
    There was a lots of excellent journalism during this campaign and a vibrant range of commentary on social media. But it seems to me that while the news media is adapting well to new technologies, it is not coping with a fundamental structural shift in politics, ideology and political communications.
  • The Qatar spat exposes Britain’s game of thrones in the Gulf
    Great. Just what we need. Our self-styled key ally in the so-called war on terror – Saudi Arabia – just closed the airspace, land and sea borders with our other ally, Qatar, accusing it of supporting Isis. What’s that about?
  • In an artistic league of its own - Medieval manuscripts blog
    No matter how long you’ve worked with medieval manuscripts, there's always one that completely surprises you. One manuscript that has astonished many scholars, and still inspires debate, is the combination of music, texts and images in the mid-11th-century portion of Cotton MS Caligula A XIV, known as the Caligula Troper or Cotton Troper. The Caligula Troper has been described as ‘completely unexpected in a mid-eleventh-century English context’ (T.A. Heslop, ‘Manuscript illumination at Worcester, c. 1055–1065’, in The Cambridge Illuminations: The Conference Papers ed. by Stella Panayotova (London: Harvey Miller, 2007), p. 69). Not only is it illustrated, which is unusual for surviving early English musical manuscripts, but the style of its illustrations is unparalleled elsewhere.
  • Corbyn catches the spirit of Brexit, then terror strikes.
    When it was called, it looked like the greatest foregone conclusion in election history. Prime Minister May’s standing among the public could hardly have been higher while Labour under Jeremy Corbyn appeared divided and archaic. The unassailable would crush the unelectable as the Conservatives were set to sweep to a majority of even 200. Theresa May had called her ‘snap’ election deceitfully. Her true aim was to cover up the EU’s confounding of her plans for Brexit, as I explained immediately she made her announcement in Why is she Frit? Despite this, even the Labour leadership thought the outcome was a foregone conclusion. Tory domination was confirmed in the local election results on 4th of May. It was not just that Labour did badly and the Tory polling lead was humongous. UKIP collapsed. Should most of its 4 million Brexit-lovers swing behind Theresa May, as seemed inevitable, a tremendous victory for May was assured, thanks to Britain’s winner-takes-all electoral system. Eventually, it would turn out badly for her, I predicted, but her immediate triumph seemed certain.
  • THE ADAM BUXTON PODCAST - EP.46 - SHARON HORGAN: Adam talks to Irish writer, and actor Sharon Horgan about Motherland, Catastrophe, Carrie Fisher, Divorce, nice smells and sexy massages. Music and jingle
    Adam talks to Irish writer, and actor Sharon Horgan about Motherland, Catastrophe, Carrie Fisher, Divorce, nice smells and sexy massages.
  • Hourly comics for 6/2/2017, a very bad day!!
  • 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:
  • “The Amphitheater of Eternal Knowledge,” Hamburg, 1595.
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  • Enceladus: Evidence for Asteroid Impact?
    How to make sense of Enceladus? The moon’s famous jets of water vapor, mixing with organic compounds, salts and silica, first revealed the possibility of an ocean beneath the icy surface, and the Cassini orbiter has treated Enceladus as a high priority target ever since. But why the asymmetry here? After all, while the south polar region includes the active ‘tiger stripe’ fractures associated with the plumes in a geologically young area, the northern pole shows much more cratering, evidence for a considerably older surface and, obviously, no plumes at all.
  • John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction -
    There is nothing original about this list. It has all been said before by writers much smarter than me. I’ve just arranged things differently, and I keep changing them as the years go by. There’s nothing binding here. All suggestions can be ignored when necessary. I do it all the time. However, I write each day with these habits ingrained. — J.G.
  • Daily Ink Drawings Detail Death, Life, and Memory - Creators
    This past December, YouTube interaction designer and illustrator Arman Nobari made the decision to create one drawing per day for an entire year, often from subjects found on Instagram and other social media. These minimalistic, cross-hatched illustrations all came about because he and his family were grieving over the death of his grandfather, Feridoun. Upon his passing, Nobari immediately dropped what he was doing and headed to his hometown to participate in the Muslim funeral ritual known as Ṣalāt al-Janāzah.
  • 10 work skills for the postnormal era – Work Futures
    Dion Hinchcliffe tweeted out a graphic (not exactly the one below, but essentially the same) listing skills for 2020 in contrast to 2015 offered up by the World Economic Forum. He got me to thinking. I think the World Economic Forum (WEF) — or their contributors on the report, Till Alexander Leopold, Vesselina Ratcheva, and Saadia Zahidi — are at least five years out of date. I think the set of skills they list for 2020 are the sort that CEOs and HR staff would have picked for new hires in 2010, or even 2005. I don’t hear the future calling in this list.
  • U.K. Breaks Solar Power Record on Expected Hottest Day of Year - Bloomberg
    Britain’s fleet of solar panels generated a record amount of electricity on Friday, which is expected to be the hottest day of the year. U.K. solar power rose to a record 8.75 gigawatts at 12 p.m. London time, according to data compiled by National Grid Plc and Sheffield University. That satisfied 24 percent of electricity demand and broke the previous record of 8.49 gigawatts reached earlier this month.
  • How Transcendental Meditation (TM) Works - YouTube
    Learn why the TM technique is so effective for stress and anxiety, how it works, how it improves brain function and memory, and more. Find a certified Transcendental Meditation teacher near you at or by calling 1-888-532-7686 (888-LEARN-TM) In this video, TM teacher Bob Roth explains: - Why TM is so effective for stress and anxiety - How TM improves brain function and memory - Why TM is absolutely effortless - Why TM works from the start - Why personalized one-on-one instruction is needed
  • Nasa's Juno probe captures dramatic first close-up images of Jupiter | Science | The Guardian
    The first close-up observations from Nasa’s Juno spacecraft have captured towering clouds, swirling cyclones and dramatic flows of ammonia that drive giant weather systems on the largest planet in the solar system. The $1.1bn probe swung into orbit around Jupiter in July last year on a mission to peer through the thick clouds that shroud the planet and learn how the alien world, and ultimately all of the planets in the solar system, formed around the nascent sun 4.5bn years ago.
  • Have a lover, have friends, read books. Montaigne was right about one thing | Germaine Leece
    Stories have been around since time began; they tell us what it is to be human, give us a context for the past and an insight towards the future. A narrator’s voice replaces our stressed, internal monologue and takes us out of our life and into the world of a story. Paradoxically, we think we are escaping ourselves but the best stories take us back deeper into our interior worlds. Freud, who believed the “reading cure” came before the “talking cure”, once wrote that wherever he went he discovered a poet had been there before. It is difficult to access emotional language and this is why we have writers. They remind us of the universality and timelessness of emotions, helping us better understand our own.
  • First, Emil Ferris Was Paralyzed. Then Her Book Got Lost at Sea.
    Like many of the best monster stories, Emil Ferris’s true-life horror tale starts with a bite. But more about that in a moment. First, a word concerning Ms. Ferris’s blood-tingling debut graphic novel, “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters,” which oozes with the secrets and hungers that shadow childhood. Set in turbulent, late 1960s Chicago, it braids vintage monster imagery with the preternatural curiosity of a 10-year-old named Karen Reyes, who fancies herself a wolf girl. According to Art Spiegelman, creator of “Maus”: “Emil Ferris is one of the most important comics artists of our time.” Now, about that bite. It came 15 years ago when Ms. Ferris, who is 55, contracted West Nile virus from a mosquito. “I woke up in a hospital room three weeks after being admitted,” she recalled in a phone interview. “I was paralyzed from the waist down. I couldn’t speak. And I’d lost the use of my right hand, so I couldn’t draw.”
  • That Critical Threat - Craig Murray
    The news from Manchester continues to horrify as each individual tragedy gets confirmed in all its heart-rending detail.
  • Arnold to Nuke
    Aton is Arnold Interface-compatible display driver and Nuke plugin for direct rendering into the Nuke interface.
  • A Korean Illustrator’s Existentially Damaged Illustrations
    "living in such a remote town meant there was not much to do, so books and drawing became her biggest pastime enjoyment." She describes her connection with nature as integral to how she developed as an artist: "Being at one with Mother Nature also allowed [my] imagination to run wild. The environment had a critical impact on her decision to be an artist.""
  • District 9 director to release experimental short films on Steam | PC Gamer
    Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9, Elysium, Chappie, and that really weird shoe commercial said today that he'll be releasing experimental short films on Steam under the banner of Oats Studios. They're not exclusive to Valve's platform though. In a tweet shortly after sharing the teaser trailer, he clarified that the films will also be coming to YouTube, and probably for free. Some Steam releases will have a price, but only because Blomkamp wants "to see if the ecosystem works for film." 
  • Live Tutorial: Working with Arnold 5
    This video is about creating a lighting and shading scene from a to z with Arnold 5. I am using an arnold learning scene with a fishbowl. Creating shaders and mixing them together. Result: Result:
  • Titan’s riverbeds show a terrain built more like Mars than Earth | New Scientist
    By Leah Crane Rivers run through Titan, and they take a different type of path than those on Earth or ancient Mars. Comparing riverbeds on the three worlds in our solar system that have them show that Earth is the odd world out.
  • Best Images Yet of Fomalhaut Debris Disk
    The ongoing dimming of Boyajian’s Star will result in a flood of new data from a wide variety of instruments worldwide, excellent news for those trying to piece together what is happening here. I hope you saw Tabetha Boyajian’s interview with David Kipping over the weekend, but if not, you can see it archived here. I tracked the story on Twitter all weekend, and as I did so, I was reminded of the recent news about Fomalhaut, where massive comets may explain what we are seeing in the star’s debris disk. You’ll recall that early in the work on Boyajian’s Star, comets were one explanation for its anomalous light curves, and it will be interesting to see whether the cometary hypothesis can stand up to the influx of new information.
  • 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.
  • This Is You When You're Alone Missing Somebody - Creators
    Like most lovers of fashion, Sarah Maxwell decided to go to Paris to fully immerse herself in all the colors, textures, and designs that she could find. But unlike most people interested in fashion, she used that passion to create a hybrid style: fashion illustration mixed with a comic book aesthetic.
  • On Indie Comics, Women and Korean Ghosts - The Wizardry of Artist Hellen Jo — Giant Robot Media
    As an adult, I've always been a pretty political person and by extension, my art is also inherently political and feminist, but I also tended to avoid any explicit discussion of my principles and beliefs in my work directly. However, given the now-daily assault on the rights of all marginalized people, I've been a little more outspoken on my raging discontent. I've realized how important it is for people who view my work to know how I feel about intersectional feminism (it's the only feminism) and the patriarchy (fuck it). So far, it seems like only a few people who've been following my work have been surprised by where I stand, and even then, I'm surprised by their surprise; I mean, all I draw are powerful, mean girls who have no respect for authority so how they have possibly not known?
  • 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies Of the 21st Century, From Children of Men to Her | IndieWire
    Sci-fi isn’t easily defined, but in determining the top 25 sci-fi movies of the last 17 years, we’ve done our best. No fantasy-super hero movies here; for an action, horror, or animated movie to be on this list, it needed to firmly rooted in sci-fi origins. And let’s get this out of the way: While we adore these films and consider them among the very best of the century, we decided they didn’t qualify or were better suited for a different list: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Gravity,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Holy Motors,” and “Battle Royale.”
  • An evocative sketchbook traces one soldier's journey through WWII
    Born in New York City in 1923, Victor A. Lundy began developing his artistic talents at an early age. His parents recognized his unique aptitude for drawing and draftsmanship, and with their encouragement he attended New York University to study architecture, specializing in the Beaux Arts style.












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