I know it’s trendy to fight the system and cry that we are all becoming slaves of technology, but this attitude overlooks that computers and phones are tools for communicating. When someone thinks I’m an idiot smiling at a machine, I’m actually smiling at my girlfriend who is 10000 miles away and whom I would have never met if not for these newfangled electronics. As they say: when the wise man points to the moon, the fool looks at the finger.
This is a topic that I’ve been wanting to tackle for a while now; much credit to this excellent post for bringing it to the front of my brain.
Fuck artists who can draw.
I love drawing so much!
Featuring Tom having a meltdown.
Some more random animal selfies. Elephant who was a sweetie and waved at me, sadly those photos were blurry.
Cute little Kestrel.
And random lemur contemplating his life.
The Maryland Zoo 2013.
(From the Toronto Star)
Artist Mathew Borrett has imagined the future of Toronto and it’s a wet one.
The eye-popping illustration — titled A Future Toronto — appears in the new 10th anniversary edition of Spacing Magazine and is creating a flurry of interest on social media for its detailed portrayal of a flooded, post-apocalyptic city of decaying landmarks including the CN Tower and Rogers Centre.
“I’ve been sketching and doodling along this theme for many years. It’s just something I’m into. I love ruins and I like to think far into the future and imagine how our familiar landmarks might fare,” said Borrett, a visual effects artist for film and television.
“It seems to have gone a little viral. It’s always great to get feedback,” he said. “Because it’s familiar landmarks, it’s very accessible to a lot of people.”
Matthew Blackett, publisher and art director of Spacing, agreed the reaction to the illustration is “fantastic.”
“It’s really hard to put a finger on why people like it, because quite honestly, it’s about destruction, it’s about a future of Toronto that’s not very nice,” Blackett said.
Blackett’s own take? “It’s a bit of commentary on global warming and our collapsing economy.”
Borrett points out the illustration is not all doom and gloom. Look closely and one can see birds in the sky, plenty of lush greenery, a pier and floating house extending from the Rogers Centre, and nearby, a cool sailing ship.
There are more pictures on the artists site here.
Rear Admiral Grace Hopper would have been 107 today, and is being honored with a great Google Doodle. It’s quite literally impossible for us to imagine, as we sit here reading about her on the internet, but people used to use things like paper and pencils and chalk and slide rules to solve (and often not solve) complicated problems. Grace Hopper quite simply helped usher in the modern age, her impact, I think, is no less than the steam engine or the cotton gin.
Some awesome stuff she did: Grace Hopper developed first compiler, allowing computer calculations to move beyond simple arithmetic and into more complex problems. She also developed first standardized computer language, COBOL, which laid the groundwork for all the languages we use today.
One day she found a dead moth disrupting one of the electronic relays in the Mark 1 computer, and upon removing it (and fixing the computer), the term “debugging" was popularized (although the idea of computer "bugs" had been around before). Here’s her daily log from that day, with the offending moth taped to the page:
Beyond that, she was a charming scientific communicator, and she possessed a marvelous ability to make people, and mind you this was in a time when almost no one owned their own computer, truly appreciate both the importance and the complexity of computing technology.
She famously carried around a bundle of nanoseconds in her purse for illustrative purposes. Here she is charming the socks off of David Letterman, and giving him a nanosecond of his very own (don’t miss the picosecond joke, either) :
Was very confused when I opened SoundCloud and saw that my account had 4 likes on it.
People were liking the lame-ass 10 second poetry reading I did for class, what