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30 Sep 20:52

Jumping spider (North America - Discovery Channel)

Jumping spider (North America - Discovery Channel)

26 Sep 13:57

"Inside us there is a word we cannot pronounce and that is who we are."

“Inside us there is a word we cannot pronounce and that is who we are.”

- Anthony Marra
21 Sep 02:05

bonus poza numeracja

by pani od rysunkow
18 Sep 14:16

tofu-sama: wow~ This is exhibiting one of many properties of...



This is exhibiting one of many properties of water, this picture in particular demonstrates that water is wet. 

19 Sep 11:47



03 Sep 15:07

TED: Adam Spencer: Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers - Adam Spencer (2013)

by TEDTalks
They're millions of digits long, and it takes an army of mathematicians and machines to hunt them down -- what's not to love about monster primes? Adam Spencer, comedian and lifelong math geek, shares his passion for these odd numbers, and for the mysterious magic of math.
17 Sep 02:30

bonus poza numeracja

by pani od rysunkow
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04 Sep 14:59

TED: Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend - Kelly McGonigal (2013)

by TEDTalks
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
05 Sep 10:09

Lewa półkula mózgu nie odpowiada za zdolności artystyczne?

Do powszechnej świadomości i niezliczonej ilości mniej lub bardziej profesjonalnych testów psychologicznych przeniknęło przekonanie, że w zależności od tego, która z półkul mózgowych dominuje u danej osoby, ma ona albo zdolności analityczne, albo artystyczne. To jednak kompletna bzdura
10 Sep 01:56

the-absolute-best-posts: tastefullyoffensive: How grapes are...

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03 Sep 13:24

uispeccoll: Follow up from our post last week featuring Autumn,...










Follow up from our post last week featuring Autumn, the art and design blog Colossal asked to see all four volumes and posted about them today. These are scientific books on the seasons by Robert Mudie from 1837 and were donated by Charlotte Smith. See it in the catalog:

See the post on Colossal! “Secret Fore-edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa”

02 Sep 13:13

Szturchaniec Pawłowa - sposób na uzależnienie od Facebooka?

Dwaj doktoranci z MIT-u, Robert R. Morris i Dan McDuff, opracowali porażające prądem urządzenie, które ma "wyleczyć" ludzi z uzależnienia od serwisów społecznościowych. Szturchaniec Pawłowa (Pavlov Poke), bo o nim mowa, wymierza karę za pośrednictwem umieszczonych na podkładce pod nadgarstki metalowych przewodzących pasków (elektrod).
29 Aug 02:54

"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”

- Paul Valery
26 Aug 21:30

128. BILL WATTERSON: A cartoonist’s advice

by Gav

128. BILL WATTERSON: A cartoonist’s advice

Bill Watterson is the artist and creator of (in my humble opinion) the greatest comic strip of all time, Calvin and Hobbes. I was a bit too young to appreciate it while it was originally published from 1985-1995, but I started devouring the book collections soon after. I think my brother had a few of the treasury collections and I must have read those dozens of times. I was hooked, and I remember copying Watterson’s drawings relentlessly as a kid (Calvin’s hair was always the hardest to get right).

To me, Calvin and Hobbes is cartooning perfection – that rare strip that has both exquisite writing AND gorgeous artwork. A strip that managed to convey the joy of childhood, absurdity of humanity and power of imagination all through the relationship between a boy and his stuffed tiger. And most importantly, a strip that was consistently laugh-out-loud funny. I flick through my Calvin and Hobbes books a few times a year, not to read them cover to cover anymore, but just to get lost in Calvin’s world for awhile and to remind myself what comics are capable of.

Besides the fact that Calvin and Hobbes is the comic I cherish above all others, Bill Watterson is my biggest creative influence and someone I admire greatly as an artist. Here’s why:

• After getting fired as a political cartoonist at the Cincinnati Post, Watterson decided to instead focus on comic strips. Broke, he was forced to move back in with his parents and worked an advertising layout job he hated while he drew comics in his spare time. He stayed at this miserable job and submitted strips to comic syndicates for four years before Calvin and Hobbes was accepted. About this period Watterson wrote: “The only way to learn how to write and draw is by writing and drawing … to persist in the face of continual rejection requires a deep love of the work itself, and learning that lesson kept me from ever taking Calvin and Hobbes for granted when the strip took off years later.” (Also see the Advice for Beginners comic.)

• Watterson sacrificed millions (probably hundreds of millions) of dollars by never licensing and merchandising Calvin and Hobbes. He went through a long and traumatic fight with his syndicate over the licensing rights, and although he eventually prevailed, Watterson was so disillusioned with the industry he almost quit cartooning. “I worked too long to get this job, and worked too hard once I got it, to let other people run away with my creation once it became successful. If I could not control what my own work was about and stood for, then cartooning meant very little to me.”

• Luckily Watterson didn’t quit and took a sabbatical instead. Eager to reinvigorate his creative mojo on his return, Watteron proposed a radical new layout for his colour Sunday strips. For those not familiar with comic strip lingo, each week a newspaper comic will have six ‘daily’ strips (usually black and white, one tier, 3-4 panels) and one ‘Sunday’ strip which is larger and in colour. Previously, the Sunday strip was comprised of three tiers of panels and looked like this. The layout was restrictive and the top tier had to be completely disposable because a lot of newspapers would cut it and only run the bottom two tiers in order to save space so they could cram in as many comics (or puzzles, or ads) as they could.

Watterson was sick of the format restraints and wanted more space to experiment and push his storytelling ability so he (with his syndicate’s support) gave newspaper editors a ballsy proposition. They would have to publish his Sunday comics at a half-page size with no editing, or not publish it at all. By this time Calvin and Hobbes had been running for over five years and was extremely successful so Watterson had the clout needed to pull this move off. Despite fearing many cancellations, he was pleasantly surprised that most newspapers supported the change. Free of the shackles of tiers and panel restrictions, Watterson gave us visually exciting and beautiful strips that hadn’t been since the glory days of newspaper comics in the 1920s and 30s. He was free to create strips like this, and this and this. “The last few years of the strip, and especially the Sundays, are the work I am the most proud of. This was close as I could get to my vision of what a comic strip should be.”

• After working on the strip for 10 years, when Calvin and Hobbes was at the height of its popularity and was being published in over 2,000 newspapers, Watterson stopped. He had given his heart and soul to one project for 10 years, had said all he wanted to say and wanted to go out on top. “I did not want Calvin and Hobbes to coast into half-hearted repetition, as so many long-running strips do. I was ready to pursue different artistic challenges, work at a less frantic pace with fewer business conflicts, and … start restoring some balance to my life.” Since retiring the strip, Watterson has pursued his interest in painting and music.

It’s pretty incredible when you think about. Could you say ‘no’ to millions, I repeat, MILLIONS of dollars of merchandise money? I don’t know if I could. Would you stop creating your art if millions of people admired your work and kept wanting more? I don’t know if I would.

Reprints of Calvin and Hobbes are still published in over 50 countries and the strips are as fresh and funny as they were 20-25 years ago. It has a timeless quality and will continue to entertain comic fans for generations to come. Great art does that.

- The quote used in the comic is taken from a graduation speech Watterson gave at his alma mater, Kenyon College, in 1990. Brain Pickings has a nice article about it. The comic is basically the story of my life, except I’m a stay-at-home-dad to two dogs. My ex-boss even asked me if I wanted to return to my old job.
- My original dream was to become a successful newspaper comic strip artist and create the next Calvin and Hobbes. That job almost doesn’t exist anymore as newspapers continue to disappear and the comics section gets smaller and smaller, often getting squeezed out of newspapers entirely. I spent years sending submissions to syndicates in my early 20s and still have the rejection letters somewhere. I eventually realised it was a fool’s dream (also, my work was nowhere near good enough) and decided webcomics was the place to be. It’s mouth-watering to imagine what Watterson could achieve with webcomics, given the infinite possibilities of the online medium.
- My style is already influenced by Watterson, but this is the first time I’ve intentionally tried to mimic his work. It’s been fun poring through Calvin and Hobbes strips the past week while working on this comic and it was a humbling reminder that I still have a long way to go.
- The quotes I’ve used in the write-up above are taken from the introduction to The Complete Calvin and Hobbes collection, which sits proudly on my desk.
- Thanks to Marlyn, Emily, Joseph, and Suchismita for submitting this speech.

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19 Aug 07:00

WTD 1431

by Aaron
16 Aug 10:52

Gmail to sekretarka czy listonosz?

Organizacje broniące praw konsumentów i prywatności są zaskoczone oficjalnym stanowiskiem Google'a dotyczącym prywatności poczty elektronicznej. W toczącej się sądowej sprawie Google złożył właśnie dokument, w którym czytamy: Wszyscy użytkownicy poczty elektronicznej muszą spodziewać się, że będzie ona automatycznie przetwarzana
13 Aug 20:59


11 Aug 16:10

»dance of life« by anatol knotek this was my first visual...

»dance of life« by anatol knotek

this was my first visual poetry attempt (about 13 years ago)


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05 Aug 21:03


04 Aug 19:30

These beautiful portraits of fire are by Rob Prideaux. If...

These beautiful portraits of fire are by Rob Prideaux. If you’re wondering how he shot these, here’s a little background!

“I can open the huge rollup door [of my studio’s loading dock] on one side, and the giant rollup door on the other, and get plenty of ventilation. People get all uncomfortable once you mention gasoline explosions. However, the volume of fuel I’m using is in the milliliters. I guess without more explanation people imagine the kind of stuff you see in action movies. Which would be AWESOME, don’t get me wrong.”

Smoke & Fire

via anythingphotography