A transforming river seen from above
The Padma River in Bangladesh is constantly shifting its 75-mile path. Joshua Stevens for the NASA Earth Observatory shows what the shifting looked like through satellite imagery, over a 30-year span.
link  science 
2 days ago
Johnson has created a moment more decisive than ‘rivers of blood’
I think – no, I insist – that this is nothing short of deplorable, and that this confrontation poses greater long-term dangers than Powell’s speech in 1968. It is a founding principle of any pluralist society that in our permanent negotiation with one another we strive to be decent and dignified.
link  politics 
7 days ago
Know thyself… by writing your first novel
Write from your stomach, not your head or heart. When you have an idea, wait. The longer you do, the more fully formed your story will come out.
The necessity of writing comes before its beauty. Imagine listening to Chopin. Then imagine playing it; the approach is completely different. Think about where you place your fingers, not about its beauty.
Twist your plot like a screw, don’t hammer it like a nail. Events have to be spread out evenly along the narrative so that the story is sustained and developed over the whole narrative.
If a character wants to become rich, rob them first. You need to put obstacles in your characters’ way. Characters must pay some kind of price for what they desire and that cost is our investment in their story.
Dialogue is more like two monologues that only sometimes connect. Your characters should talk ‘at odds’ with each other, addressing their own issues instead of each other’s.
essays  link  writing 
7 days ago
The Visual Patterns of Audio Frequencies Seen through Vibrating Sand | Colossal
Youtube user Brusspup (previously here and here) who often explores the intersection between art and science just released this new video featuring the Chladni plate experiment. First a black metal plate is attached to a tone generator and then sand is poured on the plate. As the speaker is cycled through various frequencies the sand naturally gravitates to the area where the least amount of vibration occurs causing fascinating geometric patterns to emerge. There’s actually a mathematical law that determines how each shape will form, the higher the frequency the more complex the pattern.
science  tmblrlnk 
11 days ago
The 5-Hour Rule Used by Bill Gates, Jack Ma and Elon Musk
When you make learning a habit, you’ll be more successful and productive in life. By investing in a reading habit, you can ensure you're growing yourself -- and your company -- every day.
link  process 
15 days ago
📱 2 min 30 non-continuous extract
re-)discipline in [redacted], 2018
Written and directed by Fette Sans
35 min, HDV, sound

Composer: Andreas Reihse
Live editor: Pfadfinderei
Editor: Fette Sans
Producer: Frank Hauschildt
mediadiet  Art  toblog 
15 days ago
📺 Stewart Lee: Content Provider (2018)
Stewart Lee's 2017/18 touring stand-up show, recorded live at the Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, in April 2018.
18 days ago
How Labour’s Dreadful Antisemitism Debate Has to Change | Novara Media
The standard of debate around Labour’s antisemitism saga has been dire from the start, and both Corbyn’s critics and his supporters on the left have been to blame.
politics  essays  link 
21 days ago
📽 Barnacle Bill (1957)
Barnacle Bill (released in the US as All at Sea) is a 1957 Ealing Studios comedy film, starring Alec Guinness. He plays an unsuccessful Royal Navy officer, and six of his maritime ancestors. This was the penultimate Ealing comedy as well as the last film Guinness made for Ealing Studios. By coincidence, his first Ealing success was Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), in which he also played multiple roles.[2] The film was written by the screenwriter of Passport to Pimlico.[3]
21 days ago
Know thyself… by writing your first novel | Life and style | The Guardian
Dig deep inside, battle self-doubt and become the person you know you can be. Richard Skinner on the healing powers of writing a novel
writing  link 
21 days ago
Yes, graphic novels are thriving. (Well done, Booker) | Rachel Cooke | Opinion | The Guardian
omic book Sabrina by Nick Drnaso is on the longlist for the prize, but it’s just the latest in a fine tradition
link  twt  comics 
21 days ago
Fake News UK style
"So yesterday Jeremy Corbyn gave a speech which journalists can been given advance notice of. The Independent tweeted “Jeremy Corbyn to highlight economic 'benefit' of Brexit as he demands UK stop relying on 'cheap labour from abroad'” and referenced an article by their political correspondent Jeremy Kentish. As you might expect, the great and the good piled in to condemn the speech as anti-immigrant and pro-Brexit...."
politics  link  fb 
26 days ago
7 Hollywood Gatekeepers on What They Look for in a Script
As part of our ongoing investigation into how movies are written now, Vulture talked to some of Hollywood’s most powerful executives and producers about what exactly they’re looking for in a script in 2017. Below, find out what drives these gatekeepers nuts, why they do (or don’t) care about spelling and grammar, why page length matters, how Trump has changed their tastes, and what goes into the oft-forgotten art of saying “no.”
link  writing 
27 days ago
Earth's resources consumed in ever greater destructive volumes
Humanity is devouring our planet’s resources in increasingly destructive volumes, according to a new study that reveals we have consumed a year’s worth of carbon, food, water, fibre, land and timber in a record 212 days.
environment  links 
28 days ago
Can Reading Make You Happier?
For all avid readers who have been self-medicating with great books their entire lives, it comes as no surprise that reading books can be good for you.
reading  links 
28 days ago
Be left. Be radical. Be Zen…
This is a short document about the current political situation — the Tory meltdown and the potential move to create a centrist party. If you agree with it please share it with other left-wing and progressive people, discuss it and act on it.
links  politics 
29 days ago
“I have some updates”
I'll be honest: my favorite kind of blogging is dumb blogging. Not dumb as in "idiot" (although I enjoy that, too), or silent, but dumb as in...nonessential, I guess. I'm crafting my own definition to suit my needs, but it falls somewhere along the lines of this entry I just stumbled across in my trusty Merriam-Webster app:

5 : lacking some usual attribute or accompaniment ; especially : having no means of self-propulsion • a dumb barge
links  webtech 
4 weeks ago
Salmon with olive-pistachio tapenade and tomatoes
A foolproof trio loaded with flavor: moist and flavorful salmon dressed up with a juicy olive and crunchy pistachio tapenade. This simple, but elegant, dish can be whatever you want it to be: a perfect easy meal for busy weeknights or a festive main course for your starving guests.
4 weeks ago
Low-carb and keto hamburgers
Everybody loves a good burger. So do we! Such a deliciously easy way to feed a family with little effort and big taste. Savour all the twists and turns a low-carb and keto burger can take, there is really no limit to creativity when you’re assembling these juicy bites — with or without the bun. Lose the bun if you like and go heavy on the mayo!
4 weeks ago
Google launches a DRM-free audiobook store: finally, a writer- and listener-friendly Audible alternative! / Boing Boing
A decade ago, when Amazon acquired Audible, the two companies promised that they'd phase out their DRM, which locked listeners into using their proprietary software and devices to enjoy the books they purchased. Audible never made good on that promise, and stonewalled press queries and industry requests about when, exactly, this fairtrade version of their industry-dominating audiobook store would finally emerge.
reading  links 
4 weeks ago
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter partner for ambitious new data project
Today, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter joined to announce a new standards initiative called the Data Transfer Project, designed as a new way to move data between platforms. In a blog post, Google described the project as letting users “transfer data directly from one service to another, without needing to download and re-upload it.”
webtech  links 
4 weeks ago
SDCC 2018: 12 Things We Learned from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Panel | StarWars.com
Today’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars 10th anniversary celebration at San Diego Comic-Con will be, to paraphrase a certain Sith Lord, long remembered. The panel, moderated by Amy Ratcliffe and featuring Dave Filoni (supervising director), Athena Portillo (line producer), Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano), Matt Lanter (voice of Anakin Skywalker), and Kevin Kiner (composer), was filled with fun stories, emotional reminiscing, and some really, really huge news. Here’s our full report from inside the room where it all happened — along with a collection of never-before-seen Filoni sketches shown throughout the discussion, as well as photos from the panel.
link  Broadcast 
4 weeks ago
What’s Liam Fox been up to? Clearing the way for chlorinated chickens | Nick Dearden | Opinion | The Guardian
The trade secretary is busy pitching Britain into a global race to the bottom after Brexit. But there’s still time to stop him
politics  link 
4 weeks ago
Labour’s task is to arm its working class supporters with a narrative of hope
There were three, mass political events last weekend. Around 250,000 people marched in London against Trump. The next day more than 50,000 marched against him in Edinburgh. The third event was, on a population basis, the biggest: “upwards of 200,000” reported the Mirror, drawn mainly from a region of just 2.5 million people.

What was its name? If you only watch the national news you won’t know, because it wasn’t covered. The answer is, the 134th Durham Miners Gala.
politics  link 
4 weeks ago
Labour’s antisemitism code is the gold standard for political parties | Jon Lansman | Opinion | The Guardian
The new code makes clear that discrimination against Jewish people is unacceptable while allowing for legitimate criticism of Israel
4 weeks ago
Fintan O’Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full flow
Babies in cages were no ‘mistake’ by Trump but test-marketing for barbarism
politics  link 
4 weeks ago
The conventional wisdom about not feeding trolls makes online abuse worse
“According to the conventional wisdom of the internet, there’s one simple guideline for responding to trolls: don’t feed them. Ignore them, don’t react to them, don’t give them the attention they want. The axiom has become such a reflexive piece of advice and assumed knowledge that it can often be difficult to see the misperceptions and dismissiveness at its heart, the four hideous lies that perpetuate the cycle of misunderstanding, and the grim, cruel reality it has helped to enable in online culture.”
- via @newsmary
webtech  fb  link 
5 weeks ago
New South African Telescope Releases Epic Image of the Galactic Center
This image shows filaments of particles, structures that seem to exist in alignment with the galaxy’s central black hole. It’s unclear what causes these filaments. Maybe they are particles ejected by the spinning black hole; maybe they are hypothesized “cosmic strings;” and maybe they’re not unique, and there are other, similar structures waiting to be found, according to a 2017 release from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics….’
link  science 
5 weeks ago
Ross 128b: Analyzing a Planet by the Light of its Star
What we know about Ross 128b is that it orbits 20 times closer to its star than the Earth orbits the Sun, but receives only 1.38 times more irradiation than the Earth, with an equilibrium temperature estimated anywhere between -60 degrees Celsius and 20°C, the host star being small and relatively cool. But bear in mind that what we get from radial velocity is a minimum mass, because we don’t know at what angle this system presents itself in our sky. Now a team led by Diogo Souto (Observatório Nacional, Brazil) is attempting to deduce more about the planet’s composition using an unusual method: Analyzing the composition of the host star.
tmbllnk  bffr  science  link 
5 weeks ago
Salad in a jar, oat bites and pot pie: food hacks for busy people
Nutritionist Rosie Mansfield’s new book aims to help more people make good food fast
link  recipes 
5 weeks ago
The Blog Garden
In some ways this would be a return to what I did a few years ago with my Gospel of the Trees site, which arose because what I wanted to say about trees just couldn’t be made to fit into a book, in part because it refused to become a linear narrative or argument and in part because it was so image-dependent and book publishers don’t like the cost of that. But the advantage of a tag over a standalone site is that each post can have other tags as well, which lead down other paths of reflection and information, in a Zettelkasten sort of way.
webtech  twt  toblog  link  quotes 
5 weeks ago
MayaToHoudini - cgwiki
I did a first version of this page after working on Happy Feet 2 in 2011, using Houdini in a very limited context in the lighting department. In 2014/2015 I've been lucky enough to use Houdini in a broader context on Insurgent and Avengers at Animal Logic, learning from some of the best Houdini artists around.

As such it seemed time to update this little tour. I'm hardly an expert (hell, it took me years to feel halfway competent in Maya, and I've been using it since maybe v2 in 2001 or so), but I'm now fairly confident of what Houdini is and isn't good at. And while it shouldn't be a competition, I imagine folk reading this will be like I was several years ago; sort of intrigued by what Houdini offers, but wary of a big scary jump from the safe Maya waters. As such, this is a competition, and I'll try and point out why it's worth learning.

It's also a big wall of text, sorry about that.
Maya  houdini  cgi 
5 weeks ago
More Recycling Won't Solve Plastic Pollution
The only thing worse than being lied to is not knowing you’re being lied to. It’s true that plastic pollution is a huge problem, of planetary proportions. And it’s true we could all do more to reduce our plastic footprint. The lie is that blame for the plastic problem is wasteful consumers and that changing our individual habits will fix it.
environment  link 
5 weeks ago
Kids as young as 1 in US court, awaiting reunion with family
PHOENIX (AP) — The 1-year-old boy in a green button-up shirt drank milk from a bottle, played with a small purple ball that lit up when it hit the ground and occasionally asked for “agua.”

Then it was the child’s turn for his court appearance before a Phoenix immigration judge, who could hardly contain his unease with the situation during the portion of the hearing where he asks immigrant defendants whether they understand the proceedings.
world  link 
5 weeks ago
#Comicsgate: How an Anti-Diversity Harassment Campaign in Comics Got Ugly—and Profitable
In July of 2017, five days after the death of groundbreaking comics publisher Flo Steinberg, a group of Marvel Comics’ female staff went out for milkshakes to celebrate her legacy. One of them, Heather Antos—at the time an assistant editor at the company working on The Unbelievable Gwenpool—snapped a selfie of the group holding their sweets and posted it on Twitter.
comics  comic  link  Comicsgate 
5 weeks ago
General election - Norway-style deal - second referendum
When the facts change, you have to ask whether it is appropriate to change your mind. Labour has “won” the political battle that opened up in June 2016. By standing firm on the implementation of the referendum result; pushing consistently for a soft-Brexit deal short of Norway; refusing to support or rule out a second referendum; opening strong communication lines with Brussels and the European capitals, Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer have forced May into a position she cannot carry with her own party. But in the process, Labour has sacrificed its appeal among the FBPE crowd; people so viscerally opposed to Brexit that when Labour’s Rosena Allin-Khan demanded publicly-funded screenings of the World Cup semi-final on Saturday, the FBPE-ers denounced her for creating a “distraction” from Brexit.
politics  link 
6 weeks ago
Davis resigns. My part in his downfall.
“It is possible that you are right and I am wrong,” David Davis writes to Theresa May in his resignation letter.  The phrase was in a draft that I saw just over a month ago on the evening of June 6.  Earlier in the day, he had been asked, after delivering a speech at RUSI, whether or not he would resign if the Prime Minister did not offer a date by which, in the event of a Brexit deal, the backstop arrangement over the UK-Ireland border would end.  “That’s a question, I think, for the Prime Minister, to be honest,” he replied.  This was less of an evasion than a confession.  The Brexit Secretary was trying to think through, using the logic tree methods that he loves to deploy, what to do for the best – and what the range of outcomes of a resignation might be.  He hadn’t made up his mind what to do.
politics  link 
6 weeks ago
How to treat Morrissey? Stop listening to him | Stewart Lee | Opinion | The Guardian
It’s hard when our idols disappoint us. But as it happened, my break from the former Smiths frontman came easily…
politics  link  twt 
6 weeks ago
Wikipedia Italy Blocks All Articles in Protest of EU's Ruinous Copyright Proposals
Last month, members of European Parliament voted to move forward with a sweeping overhaul of the European Union’s copyright laws that critics say will impede the spread of news, kill memes, bolster tech giants, and stifle innovation. Ahead of the final vote this week, Wikipedia Italy has joined protests across the continent by blocking users from viewing its pages.
tmblrlnk  webtech  link  twt 
6 weeks ago
The Oxygen of Amplification | Data & Society
The Oxygen of Amplification: Better Practices for Reporting on Extremists, Antagonists, and Manipulators Online draws on in-depth interviews by scholar Whitney Phillips to showcase how news media was hijacked from 2016 to 2018 to amplify the messages of hate groups.
media  link 
6 weeks ago
London’s Brexit time bomb is about to blow – POLITICO
The emergency siren is whirring, but few are taking much notice.

The most fundamental Brexit truth right now is this: Unless there is a concession from Brussels over the next few months, a full-blown political crisis in the U.K. is inevitable.
politics  link 
6 weeks ago
Use Arnold Color Jitter to Randomize Colors Quickly - Lesterbanks
Arnold Render and maya and maya rendering tutorials and maya texturing tutorials and maya tutorials and tutorials
maya  tutorial  link 
6 weeks ago
Coalition education reforms ‘fuelled inequality in schools’
Sweeping education reforms appear to be fuelling inequality in the schools system, according to a major analysis that shows high-performing and improving schools are accepting fewer children from poor backgrounds.

In a stark assessment of the impact of controversial measures introduced since 2010, the study warns that an original pledge to set schools free and give them more power has actually led to a system that is causing high levels of stress among teachers.
education  link 
7 weeks ago
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