Tuesday, March 20, 2018

TWIC: a job in arts, paleoart, cliche, Johnny Cash, telling stories

Considering a job in the arts field? Ryan North has some words for you:
This is half the comic. Follow this link for the rest.
The scientific Paleoart of Dr Mark Witton. A screen shot (click to embiggen):
Greeting cards and cliche.
Greeting cards serve as a reminder that it is often with the clichéd and the ordinary that the fabric of language starts to unravel, and the pulse of life – that which will always remain beyond words – begins to bubble up from beneath
I have long been shy about my voice. When speaking something I think important, I deliberately deepen it. I very much suspect it sounds silly but it seems less silly than my normal reedy tones. Here is an article about Johnny Cash's voice just appeared.
Ani Alexander interviews Dr Tom Curran about telling stories.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Humble bundle has a Bob Ross painting bundle available

Humble Bundle has monthly book and game bundles; you pay what you want to get a set of ebooks on a theme or mobile games or computer games and the theme changes each month or so (it might be every two weeks).

I have bought many bundles of ebooks and one of phone games and one of computer games and been satisfied.

They currently have a pretty cool bundle of books and software to help you paint. I am not sure but I think the programs are Windows specific. In addition to Bob Ross ebooks on how to paint, there are a few programs -Corel Painter Essentials 6 and some addition stand out - and even some art-themed games. I will buy this bundle. The minimum price is $15 (US) so it seems like a good entry point if you are interested in learning or playing around.

Bob Ross is more popular now as a meme than he was as a late-night weirdo drawing his 'happy trees' that no one watched. Now he is cool.

Monday, March 12, 2018

TWIC:Bizarro, colonial India, regulating design, pay equity

An artist named Wayno now helps Dan Piraro with the Bizarro comic, one of my favorites.
An archive of images of colonial India.
Design's lost generation
[W]e enjoy regulations. When they’re in our interest.
This roomful of designers, however, was quite taken aback by the idea that our industry, an industry which now regularly designs devices that go inside human bodies, or control our medication, or is writing logic for putting driverless tractor trailers on the street, should need professional licensing.
Who’ll decide who gets licenced, they asked.
Adam Hochschild's secret to good writing
Susan Sarandon on Paul Newman on pay equity.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Gimhae Animals: Takydromus species

My family now lives at my parents-in-law's home until we move to Canada in a few months. While here, I help out a little with farm work - my 75 year old father-in-law often finds me too slow for his liking. We recently dug up 'pig potatoes' tubers and I found this lizard that had managed to survive being buried by the plow - or maybe it was in a tunnel that was cut open - and was hesitant to move. I carried it off the field and took a few pictures.

I think it is Takydromus amurensis but chose not to abuse it further by cleaning it off to examine its scale colours and pattern.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

TWIC: id theft, end of elfquest, japanese woodcut archive

I had never considered the money laundering value of fake Kindle books.  Criminals made a fake book - filled with random words but, crucially, using the name of a real author - and then bought it themselves with stolen credit cards. The book's price was set at over $500.  Clean money for the criminal but now the author has to prove he didn't get that money to the IRS or he'll have to pay income tax. Story was twice on Boingboing: one, two.
I have only read a few pages of Elfquest now and then, probably from Boingboing links. The 40 year old comic is coming to an end.
2500 Japanese woodcut prints available from the Library of Congress. That link goes to a discussion of the art and a few examples. LoC link to the archive.
Dazzle camouflage; a creative way to confuse your enemies.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

TWIC: The Dinkus,


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

TWIC: creature building on Quora, Quillbot, imagination vs knowledge

On Quora, I answered a question about animals with both lungs and gills. Frances Dougherty, the questioner, is trying to write a story about mer-folk and wanted to somewhat realistic creatures in it.Some excerpts or explorations of his story are here.
Quillbot is a grammar and thesaurus app.
I like the increase and decrease option
I answered the following question on Quora: “If it is true that imagination is infinite? Can you imagine a new color and what is the name of that new color?” Some of my answer:
I don’t know if imagination is infinite but it is large. I like this question because of the contrast between knowledge and creativity.
I think a physicist could not answer this question, or at least could not offer an imaginary colour. They might state that the three primary colours we see are all elements of light and reflection and new colours would break the physics of light. They might offer something like vantablack. Or perhaps a difficult colour like the purple of ancient royalty that could only be achieved using a specific mollusc around Egypt (Why Is the Color Purple Associated With Royalty?).
A less knowledgeable person, like me, could more easily say, yes, I am imagining a colour between red and blue which you can only see when you wake up and have, uh, sleep-sand in your eyes. Once you rub the sand from your eyes you cannot see it. Ghosts and magicians use it to leave messages while you sleep so when you awaken, only you can see it. ...
Since I mentioned a conflict between intelligence or knowledge and creativity, here are some examples on Quora. I don’t think these are questions I have answered although I might have done so with one or two of them.
Is creativity intelligence?What is the relationship between intelligence and creativity?How do I raise children without limiting their creativity and intelligence?What do you admire more: Intelligence or Creativity?\
How is creativity better than knowledge?Does knowledge limit creativity?
The rest of my answer is on Quora.