atmospheric photos captured from hot air balloons and airplanes
from the basket of a hot air balloon, zoe wetherall photographs intimate, yet out of context scenes with no horizon lines or reference points. from the seat of a commercial airline, ashok sinha somehow captures landscapes with more colors than we thought existed in nature. both artists will feature their aerial photography at front room gallery’s upcoming exhibition, STRATA.
phtotography  bffr 
11 hours ago
c.1930.Tamara de Lempicka. 
Oil on panel
11 hours ago
Behind-the-scenes on the BBC World Cup film
To promote its coverage of the forthcoming football World Cup, the BBC has made an animated trailer created entirely in embroidery. We talk to BBC Creative and director Nicos Livesey about how it was made.
Lando Calrissian is pansexual, says Solo co-writer (correction)
Lando Calrissian, one of Star Wars’ most popular characters recently reimagined by actor Donald Glover, is pansexual. Jonathan Kasdan — the co-writer on the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story and son of legendary Star Wars writer, Lawrence Kasdan— told Huffington Post that Lando is “pansexual,” meaning that he’s “not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity,” according to one definition.
2 days ago
📷 George Grosz
(German, 1893-1959), Akt mit Strümpfen [Nude with stockings], 1922. Black ink and grey watercolour on paper, 28.1 x 39.4 cm.
2 days ago
App by Planeta uses Augmented Reality and Spatial Audio to turn your space into a sound installation, letting you experience compositions by others or creating your own:
2 days ago
Colorful Animation Expressions: 10 Years of Blogging and 30 Years of Fireflies
I've just realized that I started this blog ten years ago! The very first post appeared April 9, 2008. I have certainly been more productive during the first half of this decade. Nevertheless, colorful animation expressions (despite its overlong name) is still active.

So in order to commemorate the anniversary, here are some reconstructed pan backgrounds from my favorite film by Takahata Isao who sadly passed away on April 5, 2018 at the age of 82. Co-incidentally, HOTARU NO HAKA (GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES) was originally released almost exactly 30 years ago in Japan (April 16, 1988).
3 days ago
Optimism #animation #poetry
When Kelli Anderson and Maria Popova collaborate, magic happens. How beautiful is this stop motion illustrating a poem by Jane Hirshfeld?
blg  animation  links  bffr 
3 days ago
Nuke 11.2 New Features | CG Daily News
[ #Nuke ] At FMX 2018Juan Salazar from Froundy shares us about what’s coming up for Nuke 11.2. Check it out!    More about Nuke
bffr  cgi 
3 days ago
How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds
The craze for the third-person shooter game has elements of Beatlemania, the opioid crisis, and eating Tide Pods.
realtime  twt 
4 days ago
A Wake-Up Call for Dems? 4 Women With Socialist Platforms Win PA Primary to Replace Male Incumbents
Four Pennsylvania state House candidates backed by the Democratic Socialists of America won their Democratic primaries Tuesday: Summer Lee, a lawyer and labor organizer; Elizabeth Fiedler, a former public radio reporter; Sara Innamorato, the founder of a women’s advocacy group; and Kristin Seale, who works at an energy conservation nonprofit. Two of the women unseated male incumbent state representatives in Tuesday’s primaries. For more, we speak with Ryan Grim, D.C. bureau chief for The Intercept.
4 days ago
The Moat Map – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
A subtext to last week’s article, Tech’s Two Philosophies, was the idea that there is a difference between Aggregators and Platforms; this was the key section:
webtech  bffr 
4 days ago
Myriad Editions to Publish Olivier Kugler’s Graphic Journalism Depicting the Plight of Syrian Refugees in ‘Escaping Wars and Waves’ in July
Olivier Kugler’s series of brilliant drawings of refugees from Syria establishes this award-winning artist as one of the most important graphic reporters of our day.
comics  bffr 
4 days ago
Watch Hayao Miyazaki's Eulogy For Isao Takahata
On Tuesday, Studio Ghibli held a memorial service at the Ghibli Museum for director and studio co-founder Isao Takahata, who passed away last month at the age of 82.
animation  bffr 
4 days ago
10 habits to improve your #art
3D character artists André Castro & Gabriel Bona take an in-depth look at 10 habits to implement in your life to improve your art...
twt  process 
4 days ago
Garry Shandling and Ricky Gervais’s Epic Sparring Match
"Judd Apatow’s two-part documentary on Garry Shandling, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, was released this week on HBO and it is, in a word, beautiful. In several more words, it attempts to paint a complete picture of a man who seemed to refuse to allow anyone to ever see the whole thing. It digs deep into Shandling’s extensive diaries and seems to leave no stone unturned, interviewing friends, former lovers, family, and employees, and scraping every project the man touched for insights, whether it’s as his alter ego Larry Sanders or the voice of a turtle in the 2006 animated film Over the Hedge. Judd clearly loves his late mentor but isn’t afraid to present Garry Shandling the man, warts and all." via @ironspike
5 days ago
Inside the Process and Workbooks of Photographer Nigel Shafran | AnOther
London, 1994, from Work Books 1984 – 2018Courtesy of Nigel Shafran
bffr  notebooks  links 
6 days ago
Photographs of Artists in Their Studios in the 1960s and 70s | AnOther
From Cosey Fanni Tutti operating heavy machinery to Bridget Riley painting circles, a glimpse into the spaces, and processes, of a generation of British artists
6 days ago
Caligula – Ada Price Re-Imagines History and an Emperor’s Descent into Madness in an Exceptional Piece of Visual Storytelling
One of the most interesting things about the comics medium is that how a story is told is perhaps more important than the story being told. In Ada Price’s Caligula, she extrapolates the little known legend of said Roman emperor’s horse being made a member of the senate to such a degree as to become fantasy, creating a work that while non-functional as a history lesson is deeply evocative as a piece of historical fiction. Price’s control over the language and the craft of visual storytelling is exceptional here, wringing out from a fragmentary story a host of emotions, from pathos to disgust.
6 days ago
Fasting by Émile Zola.
Fasting (Le Jeûne) is a short story by Émile Zola that first appeared in 1870, just before the first of the Rougon-Macquart series, The Fortune of the Rougons. Anyone who is familiar with Zola will know that the Catholic church was frequently a target of Zola's, and he criticised them in novels such as The Conquest of Plassans (1874), The Sin of Abbé Mouret (1875), and the 'Three Cities trilogy': Lourdes (1894), Rome (1896), Paris (1898), even going as far as wish to establish a new and better religion in his 'Four Gospels' series (which begins with Fruitfulness; I've still not read the others yet).
6 days ago
Inside the biggest comic book collection in the world
A few weeks ago, on Free Comic Book Day, Bob Bretall came back from his local indie comic shop with about 480 new comics. It was a monster haul, sure, but you have to see it from his perspective. When you own the world's largest personal comic book collection, with well over 100,000 individual issues, no purchase, short of maybe buying an entire comic book shop, is going to seem particularly monumental.
6 days ago
Ebb and Flow - Conversations on the recent momentum of Japanese...
Forty minute documentary from Archipel talks to various developers on the subject of recent critically and commercially successful collection of video game releases from Japan over the past couple of years, including the lastest Zelda, The Last Guardian, Resident Evil 7, Nier: Automata and more.
7 days ago
Scripting News: The Internet is going the wrong way
Click a link in a web browser, it should open a web page, not try to open an app which you may not have installed. This is what Apple does with podcasts and now news.#
link  webtech 
7 days ago
An online collection of high-res scans of M.C. Escher’s prints
Traveling to Spain in 1936, Escher visited the Alhambra for the second time and visited the mosque in Córdoba. The renewed exposure to Arabic design occasioned an important change in his work — he became fascinated with geometry and symmetry and how those abstract design elements could be incorporated into his representations of the natural world. The images in his later prints are created from within his mind rather than representations of the physical world. He explored how to represent people, animals, and objects rising from the flat page and then returning, as well as how to represent the endlessness of infinity.
8 days ago
How to get a metaball-like effect from MASH geometry?
I have a MASH network with a bunch of spheres moving around (and intersecting with each other).
Is there a way to like make them into metaballs or somehow make the clump of spheres look like one, solid mesh?
8 days ago
📷 Max Beckmann
(German, 1884-1950),

Weiblicher Kopf in Blau und Grau (Die Ägypterin)

[Female Head in Blue and Grey (The Egyptian)],


Oil on canvas, 60 x 30 cm.
Art  bffrfll 
8 days ago
Draw the Line: Bringing Comic Artist together to Create Effective Political Change.
“In response to the political climate around the world, Myfanwy Tristram wanted to give voice to people feeling hopeless and powerless. The result? Draw The Line, a project that brought together over 100 comic artists sharing practical ways to take positive action. The site is a toolkit for people who want to make a difference, big or small, and offers resources for engaged organizations and campaigns. Myfanwy tells us how the website came to life, and the crowdfunding effort to make the printed version of Draw The Line a reality.”
9 days ago
“…like birds in the air and fish in the sea.”
In popular accounts of the transition from geocentric to heliocentric cosmology and astronomy it is often stated that in Aristotle’s geocentric cosmology the orbs of the planets were solid crystalline spheres, the existence of which were disproved when Tycho Brahe demonstrated that comets were not sublunar meteorological phenomena, as claimed by Aristotle, but supralunar astronomical objects. ‘Tycho’s comet of 1577 shattered Aristotle’s crystalline spheres’ is a common trope in such writings, but how true is it?
9 days ago
📷 Medieval Doodles

Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève,

MS 95 (Missal, 12th century).
bffrfll  notebooks 
10 days ago
I've been writing newsletters for years but struggled with the friction and unpleasantries of other tools.

Each time I wanted to send out a new email, I had to do so much stuff:
10 days ago
Hannah Kozak: Survivor: My Father’s Ghosts
Hannah Kozak, photographer, film maker and writer, retraces her father’s footsteps of his stays in eight Nazi forced labor camps in Germany from 1943 until liberation on May 8, 1945 with a new series shot on film owith a 1961 Rolleiflex 2.8F, created as printed silver gelatin prints. The project, Survivor: My Father’s Ghosts, opens at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in Los Angeles on May 20th, 2018 at 3pm, with a film screening at 4pm. The exhibition runs through August 20th.
10 days ago
How The Stand-Out Character in 'Avengers: Infinity War' Was Made By Two Separate Studios
These days, Marvel movies are so big and so complex, that it’s not unusual for more than a dozen visual effects vendors to be contributors to the final film. It’s also not unusual for multiple vendors to even share the delivery of the same character. This happened with Rocket Racoon (four vfx vendors) on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Hulk (two vendors) in Thor: Ragnarok.
cgi  bffr 
10 days ago
The Stradivarius Of The Synthesiser: Fifty Years Of The Moog
Fifty years since the introduction of Bob Moog's first modular synthesiser, Robert Barry explores the history of this revolutionary instrument, and discusses its legacy with Bernie Krause and Will Gregory of Goldfrapp
music  link 
10 days ago
My name is Wil Wheaton. I live with chronic Depression, and I am not ashamed.
I’m about to go speak to NAMI Ohio’s statewide conference, Fulfilling the Promise. These are the remarks I prepared for my speech.

Before I begin, I want to warn you that this talk touches on many triggering subjects, including self-harm and suicide. I also want you to know that I’m speaking from my personal experience, and that if you or someone you know may be living with mental illness, please talk to a licensed and qualified medical professional, because I am not a doctor.

Okay, let’s do this.
11 days ago
World Machine 3021 - Terrain-generation tool is now available | CG Daily News
Developed by Stephen Schmitt – World Machine is the popular terrain-generation tool for CG Artist. The latest update World Machine 3021 is now available with support for the JPEG and HDR file formats, updates the Output Manager, and addresses a number of longstanding workflow issues, including standardising viewport navigation.
11 days ago
Avengers: Infinity War - Wizards vs. The Prophet
L ast week, I was under the rock that everyone talks about and didn’t get to see Avengers: Infinity War until a couple of days ago. (Mild spoilers follow.) There’s a lot to like about the movie — I personally loved watching it — but the thing that surprised the hell out of me was how closely the motivations of Thanos and the Avengers echoed the subject of Charles Mann’s The Wizard and the Prophet.
13 days ago
‘Avengers: Infinity War’: Joe Russo on How Marvel Changed Storytelling – Variety
“I think all of this — Netflix, Marvel, ‘Star Wars,’ this massive moment of disruption we’re in — is really a function of audiences craving new kinds of storytelling,” Russo says. “I think we had a really nice run for 100 years of two-hour, two-dimensional storytelling, but I think over the next decade, decade-and-a-half, you’re going to see a radical shift in how stories are told.”
14 days ago
The UK – and the left – are badly unprepared for a war between Iran and Israel
"No support for Iran. No support for Saudi Arabia. No support for Israel. It means depriving them of arms and ammunition, and refusing to share intelligence with any combatant. British involvement should be limited to humanitarian support to their beleaguered populations. A left foreign policy towards the Middle East, in Britain, means, above all, promoting democratic, secular and progressive forces against religious sectarianism on all sides, activating the UN and pursuing people who break the laws of war through the International Criminal Court."
politics  link 
19 days ago
📷 Heptagon from Ten Equal Lines
National Museum of American History,

Washington, D.C.
19 days ago
📷 William Heath Robinson (1872 ~ 1944).
“A Song of the English” by Rudyard Kipling.

Published by Doubleday ~ 1909.
20 days ago
WhatsApp founder plans to leave after broad clashes with parent Facebook
The billionaire chief executive of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, is planning to leave the company after clashing with its parent, Facebook, over the popular messaging service’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption, according to people familiar with internal discussions.
webtech  twt 
20 days ago
VR’s Inflection Point | Animation World Network
The evangelical fervor of tech entrepreneurs is understandable. The belief and willpower required to bootstrap is significant, and the proselytizing necessary to convert investors and consumers is daunting. Among the Technorati, Steve Jobs’ famed “Reality Distortion Field” is more often regarded as an admirable attribute than a cautionary quality. But the single-minded drive of unicorn breeders can drift into myopia if left unchecked, resulting in a technology’s champion becoming its worst enemy (*cough* Zuckerberg *cough*). The VR ecosystem is unfortunately not immune to this syndrome.
20 days ago
A Cartography Nerd's Guide to Custom Map-Making | ideo.com
My wife and I are city people, and our only family car is a Vespa that is much too slow to cross any bridges. So most weekends, if it’s nice out, we’ll chart an urban hike through San Francisco, targeting a different neighborhood and a different park. This has kept us occupied for the last few years. But they don’t call it the 7x7 for nothing—San Francisco is actually a small city. So my wife and I have started to play tennis. 
mindmaps  twt 
22 days ago
EU agrees total ban on bee-harming pesticides | Environment | The Guardian
The world’s most widely used insecticides will be banned from all fields within six months, to protect both wild and honeybees that are vital to crop pollination
environment  twt 
22 days ago
A Modest Guide to Productivity
It’s me! That ideal Frank you wish you could more regularly be! I’ve taken a moment away from my self-actualized, perfect state to jot down some advice that you may find handy as you trudge through your inharmonious slog of a life! I think you will find this timely, relatable, and actionable, because I have made the effort to form-fit these tips just for you—er, me! (The arrangement is all very confusing, really, so never mind!)
24 days ago
Art That Breathes: 17 Living Creations Made with Plants, Bacteria & Insects
Alternately beautiful and disgusting but nearly always fascinating, works of art that use nature in place of more traditional media raise questions about the power and responsibility of human dominance over our natural surroundings and the other species living on Earth. These living, breathing works of art might be innocently pretty, like modified flower petals or arrangements of colorful mushrooms, or they might feel a little more sinister, making controversial use of living mice, insects or bacteria swabbed from human orifices.
art  bffr  link 
25 days ago
Low-carb fish & seafood – in 30 minutes or less
What do tuna, salmon, anchovies and mackerel have in common besides their aquatic lifestyle? They are a great source of high-quality proteins, vitamins (D), essential fatty acids (omega-3) and are generally considered very healthy foods, probably for good reasons.
25 days ago
BBC drama Tenko to get repeat run
Based on real-life experiences, it follows the harrowing ordeal endured by a  group of British, Australian and Dutch women who were captured after the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1941 and interned in a prisoner-of-war camp. One of the most critically acclaimed BBC dramas of the 1980s, Tenko was praised for its bold storylines and superb acting.
25 days ago
Kate Bush makes second tribute to Emily Brontë with art installation
Kate Bush is to make her second tribute to Emily Brontë, providing words for a permanent art installation on the wiley, windy moors that inspired Wuthering Heights.
25 days ago
FIRE & BLOOD : On The Way | Not a Blog
"No, winter is not coming… not in 2018, at least. You’re going to have to keep waiting for THE WINDS OF WINTER.

You will, however, be able to return to Westeros this year, as I suggested back over on Live Journal.

Archmaester Gyldayn has at last completed and delivered the first half of his monumental history of the Targaryen kings of Westeros, FIRE & BLOOD, and Bantam Spectra and HarperCollins Voyager will be releasing the hardcover on November 20, I am thrilled to say."
writing  link 
25 days ago
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