Star Wars films Rogue One, and A New Hope, as one film, by Barre Fong

Friday, 24 March, 2017

Spoilers follow, don’t say you weren’t warned.

This had to happen sooner or later. The ending frames of the Star Wars “spin-off” movie Rogue One, have been cut together with the opening scenes of the Original Trilogy title, A New Hope.

Now we can actually see how both films connect to each other, even though we already knew.

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Cameron Trudgian, Australian travel and landscape photographer

Friday, 24 March, 2017

Photo by Cameron Trudgian

Cameron Trudgian is a Brisbane, Australia, based travel, lifestyle, and landscape photographer. He says his next stop is to be Tasmania, but some of his recent photos are taken in Scotland. Such is the life and work of a travel photographer?

I had a little trouble selecting one of his photos to feature here, but this wedding shot, stood out. Taken on what was clearly an overcast, damp day, the joyful mood of the occasion nonetheless shines through.

And here be a lesson in why choosing the right photographer for a wedding is vital, they can make the day look amazing, even if the weather refuses to cooperate.

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Simon Birch’s recreation of the hotel suite from 2001: A Space Odyssey

Friday, 24 March, 2017

2001: A Space Odyssey hotel suite recreation, by Simon Birch

The hotel suite from 2001: A Space Odyssey, were astronaut David Bowman (Keir Dullea), ended up after his epic journey through the star gate, has been recreated in intricate detail by Simon Birch, a Hong Kong based British artist, at the 14th Factory, in Los Angeles, an arts project he opened earlier this month.

In something of an intriguing coincidence, Birch collaborated on the project with Paul Kember, and architect, whose uncle, and great uncle, had worked with Stanley Kubrick, on designing the very same hotel room, for the film.

If there’s such a thing as a bucket-list for fan of “2001”, then seeing this, is now on that list.

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Fernando Barrios Benavides, Spanish fine artist and illustrator

Friday, 24 March, 2017

Artwork by Fernando Barrios Benavides

Fernando Barrios Benavides is an illustrator and fine artist based in Madrid, Spain. This image is from a series of works created with graphite, titled Pequeñas Tragedias. See more work on his Behance page.

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Classic, and iconic, graphic design from the last six hundred years

Thursday, 23 March, 2017

Graphic: 500 Designs that Matter

Graphic: 500 Designs that Matter, published by Phaidon Press, is a collection of iconic and classic graphic design from the last six hundred years.

It looks, to me, like it would be a great source of inspiration.

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Sotiris Tsakanikas, Athens based portrait and wedding photographer

Thursday, 23 March, 2017

Photo by Sotiris Tsakanikas

Sotiris Tsakanikas is a portrait and wedding photographer based in Athens, Greece. His work also gives him the opportunity to take some beautiful photos of his native Greece, such as this image at Hydra, and other places around the world.

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Make Pluto great again, but not every other dwarf planet there is

Thursday, 23 March, 2017

Nearly eleven years after losing its status as a fully-fledged planet of the solar system, dwarf planet Pluto stands to be reinstated to the big league. But it won’t be alone. Another one hundred bodies, orbiting the Sun, many of them likewise dwarf planets, stand to be upgraded.

Were this to happen, the size of the solar system, in terms of the number of planets it has, would swell. Instead of the current eight planets, there would be one hundred and two. I don’t know about you, but that seems excessive.

When Pluto was relegated to dwarf planet status, I, like many others, wasn’t happy about it. But now it seems quite reasonable. Pluto, for instance, is only seventy percent the size of the Moon, and just under twenty percent the size of Earth. Referring to it as a planet seems absurd.

On the other hand, dwarf planet isn’t much of a designation either. Perhaps we need to rethink the way bodies of the solar system are classified all together? My suggestion, keep the eight planets of the solar system as they are, and consider anything smaller than Mercury, a “member”.

On reflection though, that will probably only create yet more problems, and disagreement. Instead, let’s reinstate Pluto as a planet, a honourary planet, since for a long time it was always regarded as such. Then reserve labels like dwarf planet to bodies discovered after Pluto.

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Nicky Davis, Texas based visual artist and illustrator

Thursday, 23 March, 2017

Artwork by Nicky Davis

Nicky Davis is a Houston, Texas, based visual artist, illustrator, and mural painter. He has an interest in the way people and nature interact, and influence each other, which he expresses through his work.

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The source of some of Daft Punk’s samples

Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

I don’t know how much trouble I’ll get into for saying this, but French electronic music act Daft Punk are masters of the sample. If you’re a fan, chances are you will enjoy this clip, a selection of sources, songs and music, from where they have drawn samples for their compositions.

And here’s the video clip to Lose Yourself To Dance. What do you think? It likes like they may have sampled some video as well, for the production of this track.

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Weronika Izdebska, Polish photographer and filmmaker

Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

Photography by Weronika Izdebska

Weronika Izdebska is a photographer and filmmaker based in Lodz, Poland. Her photography has featured on album covers, and she also produces music videos. But aren’t these photos, this one above as a case in point, stunning?

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