Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman, Los Angeles based surrealist figurative artist

Thursday, 30 March, 2017

Artwork by Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman

Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman is a surrealist figurative artist, based in Los Angeles. This work is titled Orphic Egg Girl, a wood panel painted with oil and egg tempera. Tempera is a painting medium, often consisting of, yes, egg yoke.

As a painting medium, egg tempera is long lasting, very long lasting. Artworks painted with egg tempera in the first century survive to this day. You learn something new every day.

And who knows, people may still looking upon “Orphic Egg Girl” two thousand years from now.

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Spiders, eating the same as 7 billion people in prey each year

Thursday, 30 March, 2017

Just after tossing another huntsman spider (don’t click if you don’t like spiders) that was in the house, out into the garden, I read this. The spiders of Earth, the numerous spiders of Earth, eat the equivalent of seven billion people in the prey they snare, each year.

Martin Nyffeler and Klaus Birkhofer published their estimate in the journal the Science of Nature earlier this month, and the number they arrived at is frankly shocking: The world’s spiders consume somewhere between 400 million and 800 million tons of prey in any given year. That means that spiders eat at least as much meat as all 7 billion humans on the planet combined, who the authors note consume about 400 million tons of meat and fish each year.

So that’s why they’re always looking at us. Be thankful though, imagine what the world would be like if they weren’t doing away with all 400 to 800 million tons of that prey they capture.

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A Ghost Story, a film by David Lowery, with Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck

Thursday, 30 March, 2017

A woman who leaves notes, in concealed places, when she moves out of a house she has been living in. A mysterious figure, robed in sheets, the archetypal representation of a ghost, who makes regular appearances.

US director David Lowery blends some intriguing elements in his new feature, A Ghost Story, starring Rooney Mara, and Casey Affleck. See the trailer here.

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Marco Grassi, travel and landscape photographer

Thursday, 30 March, 2017

Photo by Marco Grassi

Marco Grassi is a self-taught travel and landscape photographer from the north west of Italy, who now travels the world for his work. This photo was taken in the north of Utah, at sunrise, and shows the first light of the day reaching a vertical rock face.

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Are these the most beautiful black and white shots in movie history?

Wednesday, 29 March, 2017

The Solomon Society, who I can’t locate much information about, but I’m guessing they’re fans of film, have put together a collection what they believe to be the most beautiful black and white shots in movie history.

That’s sure a big call, so take a look at their selections, and see if you agree.

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Samuël Avril, freelance French photographer

Wednesday, 29 March, 2017

Photo by Samuel Avril

Samuël Avril is freelance French photographer, and art director. Like many of the photographers whose work I find on Instagram, he seems to spend a fair amount of time travelling the world, if his work is anything to go by, that is. Am I in the wrong career? I continue to ask myself.

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What’s better than sliced bread? Advice on how to actually slice bread

Wednesday, 29 March, 2017

Gallager's cigarette card

Earlier last year, the New York Public Library made a huge number of digitised images freely available. Included were cards like the one above, once sold with packets of cigarettes, that offered all sorts of useful tips.

Some of the advice these inserts dispensed may still be useful today. For instance, even in this age of sliced bread, by warming a bread knife in hot water, you should be able to slice bread like a pro, should you encounter an unsliced loaf.

See the rest of the set, there’s one hundred, I think, and useful tips from another age, here.

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Daniel Millington, Cornwall based landscape photographer

Wednesday, 29 March, 2017

Photo by Daniel Millington

Daniel Millington is a landscape photographer, and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguard, based in Cornwall, England.

Despite once living the United Kingdom, it’s a part of the country I didn’t see. Unfortunate, because it looks like a region that would keep a photographer ceaselessly occupied, in that there is so much to take in.

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The Iconic Women, an illustration collection by Sebastian Onufszak

Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

Illustration by Sebastian Onufszak

Sebastian Onufszak is a designer and illustrator, based in the German city of Augsburg. This work is a depiction of French actor Marion Cotillard, and is one of six illustrations from his series titled “The Iconic Women”.

Also featured are other iconic French women Gabrielle Chanel, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot, Simone de Beauvoir, and Catherine Deneuve. See the full set of illustrations on his Behance page.

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The true size of the solar system, seen with an animation

Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

A proposal to reclassify what a planet is, may see the planet count of our solar system jump from eight, to one-hundred-and-two bodies. The latter number would certainly make the Sun’s family sound large. But what is the size of the solar system in terms of the amount of room it occupies in interstellar space?

From a human’s perspective, the answer again would be big. Enormous, most likely. An animation, by Imgur member Disclaimered, depicts the solar system as the crew of a departing starship might see it on their way out of it. It offers some sense of scale. The clustering of white lines, visible at about the ten second mark, are dwarf planets.

According to one estimate, there may be ten thousand such bodies, situated beyond the orbit of Neptune, in orbit around the Sun. Ten thousand dwarf planets. That’s a staggering number. The solar system is big, no matter what way you look at it.

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