My spoiler free thoughts on Star Trek into Darkness are that it had some good moments and decent performances. Unfortunately they get drowned out in Abrams's dance between having fun with Star Trek and making fun of Star Trek. All of this gets wrapped in a comboy-cartoonish romp that's more Science Action than Science Fiction... going with the low-cal science dressing option.
I have a thing for volcanos. I've never been near one and they sorta fascinate me. Make me tremble with awe and all that stuff. I would love to see one. If anyone is interested, my birthday is this summer. That's still enough time to get me a volcano. I'll worry about where to put it. Bayonne maybe? Nobody's using that space ;-)
The two-faced media demonizes hipsters yet lauds those middle-aged corporate executives who parachuted (or were thrown under the bus) who now pursue a simpler lifestyle to run a non-profit creative firm, become teachers, run an organic farm or help inner-city kids read. Ironically hipsters are doing the same thing and are doing what most people always wanted to do from the get go.
I like this new layout quite a lot. It follows the card trend seen on other social networks and even Google properties. However I think the G+ design team did a nice job of improving on what other site's like Pinterest have done by making the stream more accessible, clean, all while showing me more posts.
I love the new font being used. It feels more unique to the network and performs well in this new design. The kerning of the bold typeface on the buttons to upload photos should be improved but overall it looks good knocked out and in posted text.
As much as is made about images and photos on G+, text is what shows up most and it's so fantastic to see the team work hard on this type treatment.
The Greatest Thing I Found On The Internet This Week: Penthouse Mirror Tube Slide While the entire home is a Wonka Factory for modern interior design geeks with a scifi fetish, this slide… this slide is like having your own wormhole/interdimensional portal exiting to the foyer. Not like. IT IS!
I have the special treat later this month of seeing this film at the Art Directors Club. This is a unique instance where there are several great stories in addition to this movie. The film itself is about a 13 year old autistic boy from Rockaway Beach who decides to run away using the subways.
He's played by Jesus Sanchez-Velez who is also autistic but when you watch this prequel below, you'll see he decided to play the part strikingly different to himself. The third arc of this film's story came as they were just set to shoot the last stretch. Sandy hit. Rockaway was devastated and director Sam Fleischner had to rewrite the movie to include the storm.
It's for New Yorkers that are displaced, forced to move for some reason. The article provides a list of different places in North America and the area of NYC they most resemble.
Me? Right now I would choose Montreal. It's a lot like New York but the people enjoy life a lot more while still getting things done. If I wanted something with a faster pace than Montreal, I would choose Madrid. For something more laid back, San Juan. But if forced to choose today, it would definitely be Montreal even with my little to no French skills.
This segment on Bloomberg from Friday was within the context of the U.S. government's jobs numbers inaccurately counting all the freelancers out there (of which I'm one).
That part of the discussion doesn't interest me as much as the question posed to Freelancer's Union head, Sara Horowitz: Are these temporary and smaller jobs enough to sustain… family, quality of life, overall standard of living etc.
Sara didn't really answer that question, sort of simply asking it right back. I think that may be the hardest part of her role. How can you define/predict the economic stability of a large segment of the workforce when many are completely new to freelancing?
The entire video is edited in front of the camera and has some unbelievable recursive transitions. This is a fun piece you'll end up watching over and over, pausing to study frames, scratching your head the whole time.
Yesterday we had 10 people over from both our families. It was sort of last minute so I got this 18" wide, 6" deep cazuela and made arroz con pollo. There was enough for us and everyone in our building to come for seconds.
I think guys are hot, gorgeous, beautiful. All kinds of men but I certainly have preferences just as I do with women. I'm not bisexual or even lean in that direction. I'm pretty straight in my sexual preferences. I still think Khal Drogo is one steaming hot bottle of man sauce.
I can still enjoy it when a man flirts with me or asks me out as I can when women do the same. It's flattering. I feel good and let people know I appreciate it. Yes, I'm married. Yes, I will tell my wife. Yes, we're fine with it. Yes, we're monogamous. …and, yes, all those things apply equally with her. No, it shouldn't matter. These are healthy, good things that are some of the best of what makes us human.
When ComiXology finally released a statement saying that it was they and not Apple who decided to keep Saga's 12th issue out of their store, it still wasn't clear why they did so. What they did want to make clear was that it was in no way related to the fact that there are two small depictions of male, gay sex on the first pages. Color me skeptical being a reader of the series who has been seeing material just as explicit (if not more) up until last week.
I don't know what makes gay, male sex more offensive to some people. Is it just seeing two men together? Is it two men showing affection in an intimate way? Is it seeing men enjoying sex with one another?
In this specific case, I think it may be that last one. With attractive females kissing on main stream TV being deemed acceptable and attractive, I think we still have big gaps of willful ignorance when in regards to male sexuality. I think we have issues with men being vulnerable in that way. Many are still uncomfortable with men exposing their genuine urges honestly without pretense or machismo with other women but DEFINITELY with another man. (Though I think a show like True Blood has helped challenge that thinking even if it's limited to premium cable.)
You shouldn't read Saga because of the nudity and sex it contains. While I think it does it in a very healthy and honest way with a good dose of humor, that's not what makes the series so damn good. It's taking one of the oldest stories (Romeo & Juliet), flipping it on it's head and saying: "What if these two lovers from rival races decided to live and fight to stay together." Read Saga because of the imaginative worlds and races. Read Saga because of the art and fantastic characters. Just go pick issue one and keep going. But whatever you do, even if you don't like comics, go read Saga.
The decision to take a life is so final. How it has been made over and over throughout human history will never make sense to me. To run is to celebrate humanity, all we have and can accomplish through one of the first activities we engaged in as a species. I didn't have a run scheduled for today but now I'm taking an hour at sunset to put on my shoes and celebrate the people who didn't get to finish today.
Launch of the New Google Member's Lounge at the Art Directors Club I haven't had a chance to go to an ADC event this year but I just saw this in my inbox and am excited about the new lounge for members. I'm not sure about the obstacle course at 8am with the talking shoe but it should be interesting to meet with Google's Chief Creative Officer and Director.
RESHARE: I guess I have a lot to say about the subject. In some ways my critique isn't fair. It's a lot to ask of a community where you didn't know anyone going in… but being fair can't factor into my decisions on how I participate here as both a professional and enthusiast of the visual arts.
Here's my original reply. For anyone interested, read P E's post and a number of the comments. Understand these critiques are coming from people who want(ed) to make time to be here and have this be a successful community of professional artists:
I've said this before but will again here and it is brutally honest: Google+ lacks the diversity and developed taste that is easier to find on other networks. I'm not saying there is a single, strict type that the average user fits but more a limited set of types that one meets more often than not. The former heavily influences the latter and it's why far less attention is given to good work whether it's your own or something you are sharing.
I simply don't think this network provides the tools or context for independent, professional visual artists focusing on the work vs. the branding of an online personality. We have plenty of people who have been doing well at selling an overall brand from cooks, to photographers to writers. But if you look closer, the work is nothing special no matter how many people here say so within the vacuum.
That does happen on other networks but those (I'm not simply comparing to Facebook but Twitter, Wordpress, Tumblr etc.) have a few things that Google+ STILL does not have for me:
- Plenty of good professional art and design from excellent sources. - Those sources coming here FIRST rather than posting a summary of what has already been shared elsewhere a week or two later. - Access to the people driving that content - Conversations and interactions that help make one another better, especially when it comes to critiquing but also speaking the language. - An honest love for good art and design
That last one is important to define. Too many times I see this resentment/disdain/whatever for professional designers and artists here. People talking about making their own rules because those communities are closed and elitist (this perspective goes back to the issue of diversity). That is true in some ways of the art world but not for the reasons some people here think.
IOW: Professional artists aren't being snobs about your work, you are just not good. And you know what? People need to hear that. That artist needs to hear it and others listening in do as well. Because if you continue to celebrate the mediocre, that is all you will ever be and see here. Good taste begins by tossing out what doesn't work and a desire to always be better.
Good taste takes a long time to develop. Spotting talent is a career on its own. This place simply doesn't have the mind share and framework (at least not yet) to facilitate that and the few who have stepped up either get ignored or called an [sic] elitist.
It's not my job to help teach the population of a social network good taste or add great content. Those both took me a long time and continue to be an ongoing process for me to add another huge task of being some kind of evangelist for it on a social network.
Reshared text: GOOGLE PLUS IS NOT SOCIAL
Stop pretending. Google Plus as a whole is a LIBRARY with benefits. It's not designed to be social in the same way as other social networks, so stop trying. Google is a research/search engine, remember? It's in the business of information gathering and exchange, G+ is an extension of that same formulation of thinking.
That being said, Hangouts, as part of GPlus, are social. They are where you go to have a snack or a beer and hangout with your research buddies; the last thing y'all want to talk about is work unless you are using them for work purposes, in which case SUCKS TO BE YOU.(j/k). Hangouts On Air are a voyeur's paradise. Use your manners when entering any hangout for the first time, never show your genitals without being asked, mute yourself if you're gassy or making other kinds of noise and things should go swimmingly.
How do I use G+? I show up and talk to other people instead of waiting for replies to my posts. If what I post is of interest to others, great. If not, I've built my own resource centre using my own interests as the motivator.
G+ is not a waiting room, it's a library, so get up off your virtual chair and make the effort to plus a post or make a comment on someone else's profile. Without making an effort there will be no reward in the form of interaction. Hint: you are not the only introvert in town hiding behind your keyboard. Your intellect and how you use it to discuss the things that are important to you is your primary introduction to others on G+.
C'mon over. If you talk to me or respond in some way to my posts either here or on someone else's post I'll notice, I'll go see what you bring to the network I've built and if your posts are of interest I'll circle you back. If you haven't filed out your 'about me' page or posted a recent photo of yourself you will never end up in my circles.
I came here with 0 connections, 0 followers, my sole ambition was to build a network of art-related like-minded people with whom I could have a conversation. Now I have a surfeit of all kinds of interesting things to read and comment on in my streams any time of day or night from the people I've circled, and I've hung out with all kinds of people I would never have met otherwise, and my interests have grown beyond my initial agenda. I've learned so much about so many interesting things from others.
If I can do it, so can you. It's really that simple.
Terrible Framing By the New York Times: "With Vouchers, States Shift Aid for Schools to Families"
Read the article but, aside from the headline, there is quite a bit of context missing from this story lost with the 'Blow by Blow' type sports coverage of Left and Right taking shots at each other.
A few points on [sic] Giving aid to families vs. public schools
1. These funds are actually being pulled from public education after they have already had their budgets cut (This is mentioned in the Times article.)
2. The myth of school choice is that a parent can send their child to another school (ie: charter or Catholic) but if and when the child is turned away for poor scores, that money doesn't go back with them to their local public school. So public schools are being stripped twice.
3. While state governments continue to raise certification standards for public school teachers, these corporate schools do not require a teacher to be licensed. The overall standards to be hired are lower from student teacher hours in the classroom to undergrad curriculum.
4. Even while public officials work toward removing the competition for these corporate run charter schools with taxpayer dollars, public education STILL outperforms them nationally.
It amazes me that in order to rank higher globally in education, we're creating these cookie cutter publicly funded companies to teach students how to score high on some standardized test instead of giving them a complete education. Worse, this actually isn't a party issue as conservatives overwhelmingly are pushing this and so is the Obama administration along with his allies in cities across the country.
The piece should read: "With Vouchers, States Shift Aid for Schools to Corporations"
I'm looking forward to the season premier but that is not why I shared this piece along with two others by the incredibly talented Vania Zourabliov. I shared it because it is one of his less disturbing, non-adult rated works. The poster is actually one of his less impressive illustrations… by far in my opinion. His work is mesmerizing, often painful to view and all executed with great skill.
It would be selfish to not encourage the art lovers in my circles to go take a long look but… Be warned: His images are often, violent, sexualized and simply blur the lines of taboo.
Test Sketches for Vector Pattern Program Ink and Pencil on Craft Paper (5' x 3') Over the last week I've started work on a pattern generator algorithm executed with the Cairo vector graphics library and written with the Perl binding. Computer science is not exactly my area of expertise despite years designing and art directing specialized web applications for internal corporate use. The large sheets of craft paper help me see where I'd like to go. What I would ideally like to see made possible with this program. To produce non trivial, custom randomized patterns for things like painted backgrounds, shading and data visualizations.
What I enjoy most about this process is the possibility of these test sketches becoming their own artworks, able to stand on their own. This particular drawing is almost halfway done. The density shown at the one end needs to fade in, out then flow back and dissipate.
I'm always interested to see someone take a trend like the "double vision" effect in video, do something different and execute it well. I think Danny Yount accomplishes that and all while keeping the tools he used very simple. (Nothing more than himself, a 5D MarkII and After Effects)
Group Show at Joshua Liner Gallery To celebrate their new location, the New York City gallery will be showing the work of various artists including some featured in Hi Fructose magazine. It's definitely worth taking a Friday off even if just to see this piece by SWOON.
Swissted Book Launch It's a big night for my good friend Mike Joyce who's new book launches tonight at The Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Mike sent a few friends and myself a PDF about two years ago with dozens of redesigned posters from rock, hardcore and punk shows dating back to the 1970's in a Swiss Modern style. We all loved the work and he kept creating more posters. Swissted.com launched, hundreds of different prints from the series began to sell and the press coverage followed leading up to tonight.
October 1978 Using 8x10 Polaroid instant film that expired the same month, 34 year old actress/model Liina Brunelle was born, photographer Edouard Janssens accomplishes what can be described as a portrait dipped in hot caramel.
Latin@ Justice League Batman, A-Fucking-Dorable Wonder Woman and El Chapulin. The only way I can describe Chapulin is he's part Tick, Gallagher and Charlie Chaplin. Nice to see I wasn't the only kid in a bilingual home watching both the Superfriends and El Chapulin Colorado.
The Armory Show 2013 Today is the last day of the 100th anniversary Armory Show. We spent yesterday afternoon in both piers. The enormous art exhibition is divided between Modern and Contemporary. The roughly 120 photos in this album reflect the fact we spent more time looking at the contemporary works but there is a good number of art from the other pier.
Aside from being able to view so much art in such tightly packed spaces (even for New York City), it is interesting to overhear all the buying and selling of multi-million dollar pieces. The Armory Show is a unique experience.
RESHARE: Following the Wall Street Journal's Panel Discussion, Meet the Web's New Celebrities: Teachers (http://on.wsj.com/166djBU), the MoMA will be part of +Google Art Project 's first #ArtTalk series. The live hangout happens later today and they'll be discussing how teacher's can create engaging video courses to improve student outreach, classroom skills as well as grow their own status on campus.
Reshared text: This Wednesday, 6th March at 8pm EST, to kick off our #ArtTalk series, learn how to create engaging online courses from the experts at The Museum of Modern Art. Guest speakers include Deborah Howes, Director of Digital Learning, Pablo Helguera, Director of Adult and Academic Programs, Doug Brannon, artist and Corey D'Augustine, online course student and artist and MoMA educator.
Have a question you'd like to ask? Just add them to the comments on this event page.
Jennifer thought of me reading this passage in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina:
A man could not be prevented from making himself a big wax doll, and kissing it. But if the man were to come with the doll and sit before a man in love, and begin caressing his doll as the lover caressed the woman he loved, it would be distasteful to the lover. Just such a distasteful sensation was what Mihailov felt at the sight of Vronsky's painting: he felt it both ludicrous and irritating, both pitiable and offensive.
Pixel is the Chromebook for Creatives on Google+ A week ago I wondered why would I ever want to drop well over $1,000 for a netbook. I already own two laptops and a tablet, one of those being a new Acer Chromebook. So why think of getting a Pixel?
One of the problems with Chromebooks up until now has been the inability to count on them as a photo production tool of any kind. If you're like me and take hundreds of photos each day when you travel then a Chromebook wasn't really for you. On my most recent trip, each time I plugged in my camera with all its files the Acer would either crash or freeze up. It was frustrating.
The Pixel's more powerful processor gets around that but with the new Photos App, it also assists you each time you upload your files by setting aside blurry photos, leaving you with fewer images to sort through.
And with the pixel density, this Chromebook makes for a great on location laptop to review images with clients. I'd consider it as a portfolio for presenting my designs or illustrations to new clients.
Last week I though "Absolutely NOT!" as I've learned more and now taken a look at this new Photos App, I'm thinking I just might.
To Create or Troll: Is that the question? A few of my friends here might find this to be a helpful insight on creating despite trolls. Everyone can learn something about themselves and the social psychology behind comments. Most importantly, I am not here. I don't know who is posting this but I am off creating... stuff. You did not see me. You only see this lovely time-lapse video that encourages creators and content makers to breathe, relax and ignore the negative comments.
The various hairpieces work off the woman's hair color well from accenting the part with a string of beads, matching the smaller flowers to the lighter gradation and the gold complementing the pattern. Nice image to wake up to on a Sunday morning. :)
We all use fonts. Designer or not, we all use fonts. Massimo Vignelli was criticized in the 1990's during the Desktop Revolution for having such a strict, limited typeface palate. It's interesting that this career long philosophy spanning decades seems so fresh in a world where an obscene amount of fonts exist from print and for a while now online. The quality decreasing from one medium to the next. Each leap in technology resulting in a watering down of quality font usage.
Creativity is born from restrictions, limitations. 12 typefaces? Personally, I could work with just Akzidenz, Didot and Frutiger.
US High Speed Rail System Proposal Map Design by Alfred Twu
There is currently a petition for the White House to implement a national high speed rail system connecting all of the major metropolitan areas, as well as surrounding localities with additional, albeit slower, lines.
Some of the highlights include: - New York to Boston in 60 minutes - New York to Los Angeles within a day - Various connections to Canada and Mexico
"the galaxies projected within and without: absolute space and absolute time. I want to share with you the stars contained by the new souls of my race, humanity, in its infancy. Let me show you something electromagnetic. Let me take you to the place where Their dreamscapes and Our reality exchange glances. Let me help you remember."
How many people per bodega within four blocks East and West of Bergenline avenue?
Pulling local data from the U.S. Census Bureau for a visualization piece is proving more difficult than I imagined. The closest I've been able to drill down for an area is by zip code when what I want is by avenue and the surrounding blocks. The business section also categorizes more broadly than I'd like. A coffee shop, for example, gets lumped under Retail and Food Services.
I'm hoping I'll have better luck at the local libraries.
This is a fun project that reminds me of all the great educational shorts I watched as a kid during Sesame Street or Electric Company. It's also a great example of taking a simple idea and rewarding yourself with a fun body of work at the end of a year.
David Choong Lee Solo Show at 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco For those lucky enough to live in the Bay area, there's a dynamic solo show of Lee's work until February 23rd. His 2D paintings extrude from the walls throughout the space as if compelled to do so.