Learn about film production and storytelling from Pixar, online, free

Tuesday, 21 February, 2017

Pixar in a Box is an online series of tutorials in the making of animated films, compiled by US computer animation film producers, Pixar, in partnership with Khan Academy. The course looks quite extensive, and would make for a good grounding for anyone interested in film production.

Here is the introductory video to The Art of Storytelling segment. An art not to be under-appreciated. As Pete Docter, director of Up, and Monsters, Inc., says, it takes years to make a movie, but it all starts with a story.

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Jeremy Luther, Kansas based letterpress printmaker

Tuesday, 21 February, 2017

Artwork by Jeremy Luther

Kansas based letterpress printmaker Jeremy Luther has in the past worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, art director, and production director.

This image, titled “FAUNA III”, was drawn with an oil pen, and was intended to be a letterpress print. But it may yet become a linocut, which he also does a lot of.

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Speed reading tips to help you become as well read as Tyler Cowen

Tuesday, 21 February, 2017

Anyone who reads Marginal Revolution, the blog of US economist and writer, Tyler Cowen, will know he is an avid reader. The lists of books he publishes every month or so, suggest he chews through five or six titles a month.

That may not seem like much to some people, but it’s a pace I’d have no hope of matching. Unless I stopped working all together, and devoted myself solely to reading.

In the last two years, I’ve picked up five books. That’s right, five books in two years. And unfortunately, I didn’t finish reading all of them, either. Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen, and Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, were in that category.

Perhaps it was because they were books – even if they are classics – that were written for another age. I had more success with Fruit of the Lemon, by Andrea Levy, and Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.

I’ve just started in on The Lake, by late Argentinian author and neuroscientist, Paola Kaufmann. That might push the book rate up to six in two years.

Anyone trying to boost the amount of reading they do, may benefit from these tips by Lifehack writer Erica Wagner. This advice will only be helpful though, if you really want to read more. That is key, I keep reminding myself.

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Our quirky world, as illustrated by Ronan Lynam

Tuesday, 21 February, 2017

Illustration by Ronan Lynam

If I could only use one word to describe the work of Ronan Lynam, an illustrator based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, it would have to be “quirky”, and this image, that I found on his Instagram page, is a case in point.

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Photos of the old city of Chongqing, China, by Maciej Leszczynski

Monday, 20 February, 2017

Photo by Maciej Leszczynski

Polish photographer Maciej Leszczynski recently visited China, and spent some time in the south west city of Chongqing. The city, together with the surrounding municipality, is home to some thirty-two million people. No surprise then to learn it is also China’s most populous municipality.

Check out his Chongqing: Old City photo collection though, for glimpses of a side of the city that perhaps only locals are familiar with.

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All sorts of small ideas and innovations that are likely taken for granted

Monday, 20 February, 2017

Avocado, with label

Where would we be without BuzzFeed, and their enticing, clickbait titled, listicles? How else would we know about the existence of these sorts of things?

Colour coded shopping baskets, that let the sales staff at a store know whether you need help or not. A credit card tip jar that allows you leave one dollar gratuities. Elevators with buttons near the floor, in case your hands are full.

Or, microwave ovens with mute buttons, so you won’t wake anyone when fixing a midnight snack. Or stickers that indicate how ripe an avocado is, according to its colour, as pictured above.

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Women, and their tattoos, illustrated by Laura Bernard

Monday, 20 February, 2017

Illustration by Laura Bernard

Laura Bernard is a Melbourne based freelance illustrator who has a penchant for painting watercolour pictures of women, many of who sport tattoos.

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Aggregator of all things, things magazine

Monday, 20 February, 2017

The publishers of London based aggregator of all things, things magazine, have spent the last little while trawling through links on their extensive blogroll, which includes disassociated.

Blogrolls. Remember those? For the uninitiated, blogrolls are collections of links favoured by the author of a website. They were preceded by links pages. Bonus points if you remember them.

I’m stoked to see they swung by this way in the last week or so, and rate disassociated as “recommended”. Thank you. If have a taste for, well, anything, then I suggest you check them out, and better still, subscribe to their RSS feed.

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Slightly creepy figurines and models, by Adeena Charlotte Grubb

Monday, 20 February, 2017

Models by Adeena Charlotte Grubb

Adeena Charlotte Grubb is a stop motion animator who hand crafts figurines and models, that are sometimes of a rather creepy disposition, for use in her productions. The guy you see here may not seem all that off-colour, until you learn that he is actually a fiddle player with four arms. Weird, or what? Watch the animations on her Vimeo page.

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Trailer for Before I Fall, a story a little like Groundhog Day

Monday, 20 February, 2017

Samantha (Zoey Deutch), a popular, well off, high school student, is fated to relive the day of her death, repeatedly, until she untangles all that is wrong with her life, in Before I Fall, the fourth feature of US director, Ry Russo-Young.

Based on the 2010 novel of the same name, by US young adult author Lauren Oliver, the trailer conjures up thoughts of Groundhog Day, though there seems to be a little more mystery to this story. “Before I Fall” opens in Australian cinemas on 2 March.

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