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.)”

 

“If you read, you’ll judge” – The Journals of Kurt Cobain

“I like to calmly and rationally discuss my views in a conformist manor even though I consider myself to the extreme left.

I like to infiltrate the mechanics of a system by posing as one of them, then slowly start the rot from the inside of the empire.”

— Kurt Cobain

via BrainPickings & BlackSocialistsOfAmerica

 

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Forms – From concert programmes to chocolate wrappers – The Manuscripts of Emily Dickinson

 

“The way hope builds his house”, Amherst Manuscript # 450 – Source.

 

“Although Dickinson did lead an active life outside the home in her youth, her increasing reclusiveness in her later years give the very notion of house and home a special resonance in her work. As such, the unusual piece pictured below is of particular interest, just one of Dickinson’s many “envelope poems” – the focus of a recent book, The Gorgeous Nothings by Marta Werner and Jen Bervin. In this instance, Dickinson has cut apart an envelope so all that remains are the flap and a portion of the body. She orients the paper so the point of the flap is at the top then she fills that peak with words: “The way hope builds his house…” Or, to phrase it more directly, she writes a poem about a house on a piece of paper that looks like a house.”

Mike Kelly 

“Necessitates celerity”, Amherst Manuscript # 540 – Source.
“Alone and in a circumstance”, Amherst Manuscript # 129 – Source.

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The Schrift-Landschaften drawings by Herbert Pföstl

“The Schrift-Landschaften drawings are composed of a single text-fragment, written in Herbert Pföstl’s distinctly small script, inscribed upon a page from a nautical traverse table. One is reminded of the particularities of calligraphic expression and the meditative processes required to create needlework samplers, chronological tables, weather diaries, or even telegraphic code. Pföstl’s landscapes of script, however, come from a deep reading of and reliance upon literature; these lines are fragments from books gathered over many years and transformed into a landscape of incantations for the artist. What at first appears a wilderness of words on paper soon resolves into a garland of vows concealed within the text. These works are a meditation on the artist’s abiding interest in the liminal space which often exists between drawing and writing.”

Epidote Press

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Dostoevsky: the drawing as writing


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 “Indeed, Dostoevsky was not content to “write” and “take notes” in the process of creative thinking, he moved in the space and time of the particular artistic universe of his notebook, where the meaning and significance of words interact reciprocally with other meanings expressed through visual images, a method of work specific to the writer.”

from Dostoevsky: the drawing as writing by Konstantin Barsht


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represent that key moment when the accumulated proto-novel crystallized into a text. Like many of us, Dostoevsky doodled hardest when the words came slowest.” Some of Dostoevsky’s character descriptions, argues scholar Konstantin Barsht, “are actually the descriptions of doodled portraits he kept reworking until they were right.”

Konstantin Barsht


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Project Ethel (27.05.14 – 07.01.16): Pages 40-47

This is the last set of pages from Notebook Ethel. Now they’re all up I’ll have to update it’s homepage.

It’s been really interesting going through an old book like this and systematically posting everything I can. I have more, so after a short break I’ll begin again on Myrtle.

Notebook Ethel, spread forty. Garbage writing, Cornish undergrowth, and office dog drawings (three varieties). 🌿🐕✍️
CoatandWindowPage
Notebook Ethel, Spread forty-one. Kitchen still life in biro, Clifton windows, garbage writing (obscured) and @3dtimmy’s coat. 🥛 🏠 🧥
GlassAndListPageNotebook Ethel, Spread forty-two. Kitchen still life in biro, Clifton windows, garbage writing (obscured) and @3dtimmy’s coat. 🥛 🏠 🧥
BeachPage
Notebook Ethel, Spread Forty-Three. Drawing of sandcastles, Cornish life guard hut and people on the beach. Also notes and a small diagram doodles whilst explaining UV layout to son. 🏖 🏰 🏊‍♀️
LightHousePageNotebook Ethel, spread Forty-Four. More Cornish drawings, Godrevy Ligjthouse, garbage writing and stables. ✍️ 💡 🐴
FanPageFBNotebook Ethel, spread forty- five. To do lists, mini mind maps, drawings of family shoes and desk fan. 👞 🕷 🗺
Notebook: Ethel, spread forty-six. Horse and rider drawings from life, went on to become the animation I have in my current pinned tweet. About 40 mins. Pencil and fountain pen. 🐎 🖊 🎞
Notebook Ethel: Spread Forty-Seven. It’s the last page from Ethel!! Classic work page. I do not usually share work stuff but this is all non-descript information on creating landscapes from DEM data. 🕸 🏔 ✏️

Project Ethel (27.05.14 – 07.01.16): Pages 33-39

Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Two. Early dinosaur choreography for what was to become “Dino Death Match”, full CG prehistoric animal project. 🦖 💃 📓
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Three. Early dinosaur choreography for what was to become “Dino Death Match”, full CG prehistoric animal project. 🦖 💃 📓
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Four. More workings for “Dino Death Match”, render planning, lists, visualisations etc. 📓 🦖 ✍️
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Four. More workings for “Dino Death Match”, render planning, lists, visualisations etc. 📓 🦖 ✍️
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty Five. Mind map and storyboard for Dino Death Match, here referred to as NanoTrex as the programme focused on a fossil discovery of a “baby” Tyrannosaurus which some contested was actually a new species named the Nanotyrannosaur. Storyboarding behaviours, deciding render settings and shot timings. etc 🕷 🦖 🔬
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty Five. Mind map and storyboard for Dino Death Match, here referred to as NanoTrex as the programme focused on a fossil discovery of a “baby” Tyrannosaurus which some contested was actually a new species named the Nanotyrannosaur. Storyboarding behaviours, deciding render settings and shot timings. etc 🕷 🦖 🔬
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Six. Website planning. During the last few years I have been “gardening”(?) my blog, more building a record of thoughts, art, work, notes and personal history than for actual self promotion. I have been doing this using WordPress with the intention that I can go self hosted at some point when I have the spare energy and resources to make that happen.  This mind map is a plan of this process from a few years ago. I still work on this as many time in a week as I can manage. Hopefully it can become something that will survive the too and fro of Sofia media silos. It’s still a work in progress. It’s not finished and it’s not perfect, but it’s very much mine and become more mine the more time I have a chance to put in.  #isleofblogging #linkinbio ✍️🕷🗺
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Six. Website planning. During the last few years I have been “gardening”(?) my blog, more building a record of thoughts, art, work, notes and personal history than for actual self promotion. I have been doing this using WordPress with the intention that I can go self hosted at some point when I have the spare energy and resources to make that happen. This mind map is a plan of this process from a few years ago. I still work on this as many time in a week as I can manage. Hopefully it can become something that will survive the too and fro of Social media silos. It’s still a work in progress. It’s not finished and it’s not perfect, but it’s very much mine and become more mine the more time I have a chance to put in. #isleofblogging #linkinbio ✍️🕷🗺
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Seven. Garbage writing stories with bad illustrations. 📓✍️🖼
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Seven. Garbage writing & stories with bad illustrations. 📓✍️🖼
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm7-N80BmCL/?taken-by=burningfp
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Eight.
Mind map, notes, doodles and lists for the graphics and CGI in what was to become “Countdown to Life”, then called 9 Months., which followed the development of the human foetus through the 9 months of gestation.
🗺 👶 📓
Notebook Ethel: Spread Thirty-Nine.
Garden chair, ornamental bush and garbage writing. Ornamental bush is a bit hidden in the mess, but it is there.
🌳✍️🛋

Project Ethel (27.05.14 – 07.01.16): Pages 27-32

Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-Seven. Notes and workings for particle interactions on a surface in Autodesk Maya. 🌊 🔬 💥
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-Seven. Notes and workings for particle interactions on a surface in Autodesk Maya. 🌊 🔬 💥
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Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-Eight. Mind map in rigging, to help understanding of animation process ahead of projects with prehistoric reconstruction. 🕷 🦕 📓
Notebook Ethel, Spread twenty-nine. Garbage writing, cars in car parks and the view from the rear window at South Parade. 🚗 ✍️ 📓
Notebook Ethel, Spread twenty-nine. Garbage writing, cars in car parks and the view from the rear window at South Parade. 🚗 ✍️ 📓
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty. Garbage writing, unfinished Fudge story with thumb nail illustrations. ✍️🖼💀
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty. Garbage writing, unfinished Fudge story with thumb nail illustrations. ✍️🖼💀

Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-One. Garbage writing, short stories and illustrations. 👹 ✍️ 📓
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-One. Garbage writing, short stories and illustrations. 👹 ✍️ 📓
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Two.
Mind map on rigging models in Maya and drawing of snacking child (artist included).
🧒 🕷 📓

Earliest known drawing found on rock in South African cave

Researchers believe the pattern on the fragment of rock is 73,000 years old, but are perplexed as to what it might represent

“Archaeologists found the marked stone fragment as they sifted through spear points and other material excavated at Blombos cave in South Africa. It has taken seven years of tests to conclude that a human made the lines with an ochre crayon 73,000 years ago.

“The simple red marks adorn a flake the size of two thumbnails which appears to have broken off a grindstone cobble used to turn lumps of ochre into paint powder. The lines end so abruptly at the fragment’s edges that researchers believe the cross-hatches were originally part of a larger design drawn on the cobble.

“This is first known drawing in human history,” said Francesco d’Errico, a researcher on the team at the University of Bordeaux. “What does it mean? I don’t know. What I do know is that what can look very abstract to us could mean something to the people in the traditional society who produced it.”

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