Welcome to the first episode in an on-going series about Augustus Gladstone, created from footage not used in the motion picture The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, Boing Boing's first movie, written and directed by Myst co-creator Robyn Miller!
Having belatedly discovered the Electro Swing genre, I'm enjoying the hell out of it. My wife brought home a link to Caravan Palace's "Clash" (from their 2012 album Panic), which is pretty much perfect in its ability to hit all my sweet spots: Django/Grapelli-ish picking, megaphone singing, Andrews Sisters harmonies, Herbie Hancock glitch-tunes, and just enough dubstep to be interesting (but not enough to be annoying).
I've bought Panic, and I'm giving it a few listens before moving on to the band's other album, their 2008 self-titled debut. The Wikipedia entry on electro-swing is full of eye-watering detail on the many sub-genres and early precursors, but a little short on next steps.
Any electro-swing fans out there? Post your recommendations in the comments.
Can you believe that this is not a photograph but a finger-painting made on an iPad?????
The piece was created by UK-based visual artist Kyle Lambert on his iPad, using an app call Procreate. Although it maintains the crisp details of a photograph, the work is actually a painting made with an estimated 285,000 brush strokes across a screen.
The creative process, which took more than 200 hours, is captured in this time-lapse video. Viewers can watch as Morgan Freeman emerges from a group of blurry streaks into a realistic portrait.
Im personally a huge fan of Alexa Meade and I've posted about her work before. While many artists seek to replicate reality through three-dimensional paintings, Los Angeles-based artist Alexa Meade goes the opposite route and paints on three-dimensional subjects to make them seem two-dimensional.
The artist covers real-life figures in acrylic, transforming them into a seemingly flat work of art. Meade manages to not only paint live models into believable 2D renditions of themselves, but also integrates them into walls covered in multi-hued graffiti. She merges her fine art skills with street art and photography to produce these remarkable images of stencil-like monochrome urban youths against colorful spray painted murals.
How cool is this?
Five incredible young people with super powers!
Battle of the Planets is a late 70s/early 80s reworking of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, and was one of my earliest introductions to anime and sci-fi cartoons! Classic in its camp, join the adventures of Mark, Jason, Princess, Key-op, Tiny and the incredible 7-Zark-7 as they defend space from things beyond space.
One of the first, that I am aware of, US adaptations of a Japanese anime series (Robotech being my favorite,) watch and enjoy as Sandy Frank Productions draws on all the popular sci-fi memes of the day, and brutally rips off R2-D2, to create a fast, fun and confusing series. Five young, highly-trained, agents who dress like birds and fly like gravity doesn't exist, defend the Earth from Zoltar, the Luminious One and planet Spectra.
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman has been recut several times over the years, not just into BotP but G-Force and the Eagle Riders as well. 7-Zark-7 and 1-Rover-1 make Battle of the Planets my favorite.
Alan writes, "In a formal response to a motion by shareholders to get a vote requiring AT&T to publish a transparency report the telecom giant has said, essentially, it's none of your business."
The response claims that the decision (not) to publish a transparency report is a matter of normal business operation and so should not be the subject of a shareholder vote. Oh, and anyway they would only disclose what they've given to law enforcement. Cooperation with the three-letter-agencies still wouldn't be in the report. So, nyah!
AT&T Responds to Shareholders’ Concerns on User Data [Brian X Chen/NYT]
I think this is a fairly noteworthy statement from Newt Gingrich on Mandela's passing that should get some airing. Gingrich is addressing the rather disgraceful response to Mandela's passing that we've seen in some quarters:
Some of the people who are most opposed to oppression from Washington attack Mandela when he was opposed to oppression in his own country.
After years of preaching non-violence, using the political system, making his case as a defendant in court, Mandela resorted to violence against a government that was ruthless and violent in its suppression of free speech.
As Americans we celebrate the farmers at Lexington and Concord who used force to oppose British tyranny. We praise George Washington for spending eight years in the field fighting the British Army’s dictatorial assault on our freedom.
Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
Thomas Jefferson wrote and the Continental Congress adopted that “all men are created equal, and they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Doesn’t this apply to Nelson Mandela and his people?
Some conservatives say, ah, but he was a communist.
Actually Mandela was raised in a Methodist school, was a devout Christian, turned to communism in desperation only after South Africa was taken over by an extraordinarily racist government determined to eliminate all rights for blacks.
I would ask of his critics: where were some of these conservatives as allies against tyranny? Where were the masses of conservatives opposing Apartheid? In a desperate struggle against an overpowering government, you accept the allies you have just as Washington was grateful for a French monarchy helping him defeat the British.
I think it's important to note that Gingrich's position here is not particularly new. This is not an attempt to rewrite history, or claim someone in death whom Gingrich opposed in life. Newt Gingrich was among a cadre of conservatives who opposed the mainstream conservative stance on Apartheid and ultimately helped override Reagan's unconscionable veto of sanctions. At the time, Gingrich was allied with a group of young conservatives including Vin Weber looking to challenge Republican orthodoxy on South Africa. "South Africa has been able to depend on conservatives to treat them with benign neglect," said Weber. "We served notice that, with the emerging generation of conservative leadership, that is not going to be the case."
Something else: There's a video attached to the post in which Gingrich gives his thoughts on Mandela's passing. When Gingrich compliments Mandela on his presidency he doesn't do so within the context of alleged African pathologies, but within the context of countries throughout the world. It's a textbook lessons in "How not to be racist," which is to say it is a textbook lesson in how to talk about Nelson Mandela as though he were a human being.