McSweeney’s: Turn Your Life Into the Story You’ve Always Known It Could Be.
“Ever wish you could invent your own dogma?” Tongue-in-cheek.
Paris Review: The Art of Fiction No. 21, Ernest Hemingway.
“I always rewrite each day up to the point where I stopped. When it is all finished, naturally you go over it. You get another chance to correct and rewrite when someone else types it, and you see it clean in type. The last chance is in the proofs. You’re grateful for these different chances.”
A List Apart: Initiation to Code.
Synchronicity. I just mentioned the importance of mentoring yesterday. Speaking of which, I’d surely like to see an ALA Guild.
The Bookseller: Median author advance under £6,600.
~$9,700. Our culture still loves the archetype of the ‘starving artist.’ Rice and beans, that.
AE Scripts/Plugins: Tickler.
Could be very handy when you don’t have time/budget to do a full-on animation.
NY Times: Islamic State Destruction Renews Debate Over Repatriation of Antiquities.
I used to be pro-repatriation. I suppose Zahi Hawass made such a strong case for Egyptian artifacts to be best appreciated in their country of origin, I was convinced. The Bamiyan Buddhas, Arab Spring, etc. have convinced me otherwise now. Spread cultural treasures widely throughout the world - with liberal travel/touring displays. Humanity’s art and history belong to no individual nation, region or political system.
NY Times: Grown-Ups Get Out Their Crayons.
Past Horizons: Rare first edition of ‘The Map that Changed the World’ unearthed.
“Since then, its ‘disappearance’ means it has rarely been exposed to light, preserving the incredibly bright original colours.” Again, the frequency of finding ‘lost’ original works simply makes me believe forgers are having a field day. Perhaps I’m wrong, but the near-weekly occurrences are beggaring my belief system.
Nautilus: How to Make Art That Withstands the Test of Time.
“Wood, rabbit-skin glue, and oil paint have certainly stood the test of time.” Making an inkjet-style device that spits those compounds onto wood planks. My next billion-dollar idea.
ArtDaily: Bound to please - book-making machines star at French fair.
Forget 3D printing for the moment. Is this a paradigm-breaker?
I think I felt the Earth shake a little.
Collectors Weekly: Sex and Suffering: The Tragic Life of the Courtesan in Japan’s Floating Wor
Surprising, how much of this I already knew just from reading James Clavell’s Shogun.
Youtube: ASTROBOY Reboot Teaser.
Some things should stay cartoon.
Youtube: Showing IKEA print to art experts.
Like putting oenophiles on the spot.
Italian Ways: The mixed beauty of Villa della Pergola’s Gardens, in Alassio.
A vision for your Monday morning.
Medium: How Terry Brooks Saved Epic Fantasy.
Not quite. I was a big fantasy guy, and I couldn’t stomach Shannara. Cloyingly copied from Tolkein; the cover was so cutesy, we fantasy-buffs couldn’t stand to be seen with it. I got caught up in a darker series, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the original trilogy, rather than Shannara. After Covenant depressed the hell out of me, I dove into Moorcock and The Eternal Champion. In other words, spare me the Brooks encomiums. Fantasy was not a wasteland in the 60’s or 70’s.
Atlas Obscura: Airstream Ranch.
On the one hand, this is so cool ... on other other, why WASTE them? I want one! To USE.
OpenCulture: “Wife of the Master Mural Painter Gleefully Dabbles in Works of Art”.
Frida Kahlo. She certainly got the last laugh over this, I think.
Xinhuanet.CH: Weird train lands on Beijing’s 798 Art Zone.
Working very hard to see this as ‘art’. Perhaps I need some backstory, but you know about ‘the joke that has to be explained’ ...
500px ISO: A Designer Shares 6 Tips for Getting More Out of Your Licensable Images.
Good advice. The images you post may not be great standalone photographs, but if text and graphics can be overlaid without losing the essence, they can be great for licensing. I have to physically restrain my right index finger from cropping ...
NY Times: Michael Graves, Prolific Architect, Dies at 80.
I never cared for his architecture ... the Dutch Reformed building he redid after a catastrophic fire in Princeton is a user-unfriendly/eyecatching mess IMHO. I also didn’t like the way he allegedly used grad students to further his design work (in a sort of Dumas manner). However, he was a fellow Princetonian and many consider him iconic. RIP, sir.
500px ISO: Watch Eight Photoshop Masters Try to Use Photoshop 1.0.
What they miss ... besides skilled work with channels ... is that PS 1.0’s “Save as ...” allowed us to move art from better creative programs to other creative programs, on other platforms. The market wasn’t a one-stop-shop as it is today. PixelPaint 8, for instance. Rio (on Targa/Vista/NuVista systems). Macromedia Director. My beloved TVL. And more. We’d use the early macro programs [Quickeys or earlier software] on top of the early PSs to do the channel work to create nice drop shadows quickly.
Youtube: Guardians of the Galaxy ‘Knowhere Reel’.
“We built Knowhere, our most complicated environment to date, for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and then staged a dog-fight that explored every inch of it. Here we’ve linked up all our shots in the 4-mile wide and 1.2 billion polygon world.” Holy crap. I used to be impressed at a hundred thousand polygons, in Strata days.
MessyNessyChic: And now, a Catalogue of Crazy Customized Coffins.
Good choice, leading with the Airstream. But check out the crab, further down. Gravediggers probably *hate* these things.
OpenCulture: Download The Newly-Discovered Sherlock Holmes Story as a Free Audio Book.
Have at it, folks.