If you thought that living on Mars was expensive, try the Moon

Friday, 30 September, 2016

There’s been a little bit of talk in recent days about sending people to Mars.

While it’s an exciting prospect, it’s not exactly inexpensive. To get an idea of the cost, plus an outline of what else is required, which isn’t insignificant, lets dial things back, and consider establishing a four person base, for a year, on the Moon.

While it’s the sort of thing we need to consider, living elsewhere, either in the Solar System, or beyond, it’s not without its challenges. To say the least.

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Sillon 672 by Bastien Dupriez, vinyls go hypnotic and kaleidoscopic

Thursday, 29 September, 2016

“Colours and animations drive you deeper and deeper into vinyls”, that’s the way French filmmaker and animator Bastien Dupriez, describes his latest work, Sillon 672. I’d also go for hypnotic and kaleidoscopic.

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Thirty GIF animations inspired by a visit to Los Angeles

Wednesday, 28 September, 2016

I’m as much a fan of GIF animations as the next person, but I do think that video is the best way to view them. To that end, London based animator and designer James Curran, obliges with LA Gifathon, a clip containing thirty animations that were inspired by a recent visit to Los Angeles.

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The Junebugs, this is what happens when poetry is animated

Tuesday, 27 September, 2016

The Junebugs is a poem about an incident from the life of a well known US President when he was young, written by West Virginia based poet, writer, and cabinetmaker Steve Scafidi.

Here, it is animated, brought to life, by California based design studio, Oddfellows.

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Mind Frame, animation powered by the medium of coffee

Monday, 26 September, 2016

Mind Frame is a hand drawn animation, prepared with ink, and a little coffee, by Boston based painter turned experimental animator, Jake Fried. The coffee, however, doesn’t power Fried’s effort as such, rather it is one of the mediums he works with, “to generate hallucinatory vistas.”

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Lakisha, a look – in less than ninety seconds – at a life lived

Friday, 16 September, 2016

Lakisha, a short, sweet, and perky take on life. Animated by South Korean illustrator and visual artist YongOh Kim.

And that’s me out of here for today, and also next week. I’ll be back on Monday, 26 September. See you then.

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I must not fear. Words to live by when you work as a highliner

Friday, 16 September, 2016

I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. These are the words of Utah based athlete and professional highliner Hayley Ashburn, who you can see here crossing a fifty-two metre highline, between the Vajolet Towers in Italy. Those are words to live by for all us, but especially for people in her line of work.

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Film cameos featuring the rich and the famous

Thursday, 15 September, 2016

Setting up a cameo appearance in a film is probably no small task, especially when it comes to the higher profile actors. It must take a miracle of scheduling to have such people in the right place, at the right time. Still, it happens, and seems to happen often, so that means that someone is pretty good at scheduling.

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Had to happen eventually, Tame Impala remix 2001: A Space Odyssey

Wednesday, 14 September, 2016

The video for Eventually, the latest single from Perth based band Tame Impala, consists of selected scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s 1967 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I’m not sure what Kubrick would have made of this, or fans of 2001, for that matter, but I think it works quite well. Tame Impala aren’t called a psychedelic rock act for nothing, you know.

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The rise and fall of a triple spiral domino structure, by Lily Hevesh

Wednesday, 14 September, 2016

Lily Hevesh is a full-time domino artist, who, among other things, spends her days creating elaborate structures with dominoes, only to tip them over. Both processes, construction, and deconstruction, are recorded, which is probably a good idea.

Here is a clip of the building, and destruction, of a triple spiral structure. It is made up of some fifteen thousand domino blocks, and took twenty-five hours to make, over an eight day period. But watch them dominoes fall…

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