Day: March 5, 2017

Makers: enter the Share Festival's ARTMAKER Prize competition for sincere electronic art

An all-star jury composed of Arduino inventor Massimo Canzi, Arthur C Clarke Center director Sheldon Brown, tech artist Motor Comino, activist Jasmina Tesanovic and OG Cyberpunk Bruce Sterling are judging the Artmaker prize for the tenth annual Share Festival: this year’s theme is “Sincerity” and the prize goes to “art works with the virtues of lucidity, honesty and clarity. Our theme for 2017 asks for self-evident truth and heartfelt emotion, and scorns all slyness, demagoguery and deceit.”
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Arkansas wants to ban all classroom mentions of Howard Zinn (teachers, get your free books!)

The Arkansas legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit “any books or other material authored by or concerning Howard Zinn” in its schools, on the grounds that Howard Zinn says means things about America, like, “It has the kinds of censoring, undemocratic state governments that ban all books by and discussions of critics of America and its actions.”
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Sci-Fi Sundays: Galaxy, February 1965

Looking at the cover above, you might be tempted to assume that my scanning skills are waning. While it is true that sometimes an edge lifts, or the warped pages produce a muddy scan (especially when I’m worried about completely destroying the spine), this is not one of those cases. The little halos that you can see particularly well around the tiny astronauts, are actually there in the print. This is fairly common for this era of magazine, and a good reminder that these weren’t very costly, or at least the printer didn’t spend for high quality printing.

I really like the design of the ship on this cover, it is a bit different that what we usually see in this time period. The alluring poses of the obviously feminine tentacle creatures seems like a fairly clever way of using sex to sell the issue while skirting the stigma of having naked women on the cover.

Publication:Galaxy

Issue: February 1965, volume: 23 No. 3

Cover art:Wright from Planet of Forgetting

The inside cover advertisement. Interesting to me that even in 1965 cheap cameras were not as valued as the film itself.

Finlay for On The Storm Planet

Finlay for On The Storm Planet

This is probably my favorite from this issue. The submarine, on treads, but also having oars, is an odd vehicle, but I’d drive it.

Finlay for On The Storm Planet

Finlay for On The Storm Planet

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This art work is a somewhat generic collage of “science” items. Some of it stands out and makes sense to me, there’s a rocket, some waveforms of some kind that could be spectrographs, a ceolcanth, and a steam engine. What I’m curious about though, is the significance of that beetle. 

I know it is just a small drawing, but it really appears to be a Glorious Scarab, which has two scientific names; Plusiotis Gloriosa or Chrysina Gloriosa. Oddly, when I decided I wanted to try to learn to paint, this was the subject I chose.

I can’t seem to find any historical scientific significance though. Does anyone know of a reason it would have been included? Is it possibly some other beetle? (doesn’t look like a Darwin beetle at all)

The article itself sheds no light on the subject. As I said, this appears to be a generic opening piece because the article is about an orrery and the history of armillary spheres.

Orrerys are fascinating machines. Ever since the movie The Dark Crystal, I’ve wanted to make one. Machining an orrery is a lot of work though, as you can see in this video of someone doing exactly that.

Lady on the left? Man on the right? I only see one thing in this illustration that could be a person and they are located in the bottom left area, sitting in front of the armillary sphere.

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Morrow for The Man Who Killed Immortals

Morrow for The Man Who Killed Immortals

Morrow for The Man Who Killed Immortals

I generally try not to criticize the illustrations. After all, they’re all better than what I could produce. However, all I see when I look at this woman is that it would appear she’s wearing someone else’s face as a mask.

Gaughan for Planet of Forgetting

Gaughan for Planet of Forgetting

 

I scanned the story and found no mention of the ship being upside-down. It is possible that I missed it. It is possible that the artist was simply bored. It is also possible that the layout was accidentally placed incorrectly.

Gaughan for Planet of Forgetting

Gaughan for Planet of Forgetting

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Kate McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway will sit and text just about anywhere on 'SNL'

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If a meeting with representatives from historically black colleges wasn’t important enough for Kellyanne Conway to get off her damn phone and take her feet off the couch, an hour and a half of live television ain’t gonna do it either. 

Conway has been a fixture on Saturday Night Live this season, with Kate McKinnon playing the president’s advisor in increasingly erratic fashion as the weeks go by. 

But tonight, instead of a whole sketch dedicated to the photo that broke Twitter (this week, anyway), McKinnon popped up in character throughout the episode, sitting in the now iconic pose.  Read more…

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Kate McKinnon plays Jeff Sessions as Forrest Gump in 'SNL' cold open

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In the immortal words of Mr. Gump: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

So if you’re Octavia Spencer, you just might serve a very special kind of pie to Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions on Saturday Night Live

Spencer made an unusual host cameo in tonight’s cold open. She showed up as her Oscar-winning character from The Help, Minny, all to deliver a hot slice of “chocolate” pie to Kate McKinnon’s Sessions in a hilarious Forrest Gump send-up.

For those who haven’t been following recent events, the attorney general is in a spot of bother right now over meetings he had with the Russian ambassador. Meetings Sessions apparently failed to disclose during his Senate confirmation hearing.  Read more…

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Forget Facebook and Google: The ad world thinks this tech giant is 'terrifying'

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The mad men and women of the ad industry have plenty of reasons to toss and turn at night.

Money is increasingly trickling from television commercials to digital media — a market that Facebook and Google currently have in a duopolistic chokehold. Inter-agency competition is at a fever pitchUnconventional upstarts are eating their lunch. If Don Draper were around today, there’s a good chance he’d work at Facebook.

But it’s not internet advertising giants that keep the industry’s top chief up at night. Nor is it his three-month-old daughter.

It’s…Amazon?

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What happens when Sydney's LGBTQ community celebrates? A 24-hour party and great photos.

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The streets of Sydney ran rainbow with plenty of sequins and leather on show Saturday night as the city hosted the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The parade, which celebrates LGBTQ culture and activism, began as a march and protest in 1978. Met with police violence at the time, the annual event now draws crowds from around the world. 

Getty Images has covered the event since 2000, and this year, photographer Brendon Thorne chose his top 10 images of the night for Mashable.

“Sydney’s Mardi Gras is one of the most thrilling and enjoyable events to photograph,” he said. “Everyone is ecstatic to be involved in the celebration, and the atmosphere is truly alive and buzzing. A highlight of the night is definitely seeing everyone express themselves, whether it be through the breathtaking wardrobe choices or an unforgettable drag queen look.” Read more…

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Obsessed with the Trump-Russia drama? You're doing it right.

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Maybe your spouse is worried about you. Perhaps it’s your employer. They’ve noticed marked declines in your attention in recent weeks. Just stop refreshing the New York Times and Washington Post, they say. Turn off CNN. Or if you’re into the harder stuff: Stop. Checking. Twitter

Maybe you too have started to wonder whether you’re getting too obsessed with the Trump-Russia storyline right now. The news is coming so thick and fast, it can be hard not to stare slack-jawed at each new development. 

But do you absolutely have to read every new drop of information about Jeff Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? Did you really have to watch that whole mad-ass Carter Page interview, instead of just the edited bit, where the Trump associate admitted meeting that same gentleman from Moscow at the GOP convention?  Read more…

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