Professor Lynda Barry has been on a roll of late. First, she published her astonishing and inspired writing-workshop-in-a-book, What It Is. She followed that up with Picture This: The Near-sighted Monkey Book, which covered drawing in much the same way that What It Is approached writing. In Syllabus, Barry has published her actual hand-drawn lesson plans from her popular college class entitled “Drawing the Unthinkable.”
There is something profoundly dream-like in Syllabus – in all three of these books – like you’re mainlining Barry’s bizarre and fertile imagination, and tapping into your own via a kind of contact high. There are visual invitations on every single page of this composition-styled, hand-drawn notebook to get out your own crayons, pens, and notebook and get to work. There are a series of lessons in the book, class announcements, examples of student work, and related class notes. Where I loved and was inspired by Barry’s first two workshop books, Syllabus finally pushed me to start doing a daily art journal, one that grants me permission to play, to “draw the unthinkable” (i.e. just do it, don’t overthink it, and do it for the process, not the product). I’m 19 days in and absolutely having the time of my life.
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I thought that water was already burnt. But I just learned we could have all been driving water-burning cars, if not for the oil cartels who suppressed this amazing invention, introduced in the May 1950 issue of Popular Science.
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Michelle Vandy gets severe arm pain when she uses her hands to do design work. She solved the problem by putting a trackpad on a small tripod and using her nose and lips to make her designs. Read the rest
The CDC announced yesterday that this year's flu has officially become an epidemic. One reason: the vaccine being used is not working.
This year's most dominant strain is the H3N2, a type of flu that causes more hospitalizations and death. The CDC warned in early December that this year's flu season would be particularly bad because the vaccine it built for this season isn't tough enough to fight against the H3N2 strain.
The problem was caused by a "drift," when the flu mutates to something else that the vaccine wasn't built to protect against. Although these kinds of mutations are common, this year's drift wasn't detected until it was too late to make a new vaccine.
Medical experts like Trish Perl, who heads up the Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention, have told the Post that "the most concerning thing about the flu season this year there is a mismatch between the predominant strain that is circulating and what was put in the vaccine."
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On December 5, Heather Cho, head of in-flight service at Korean Air Lines, was a passenger on Flight 86 from New York to Seoul. As the plane was sitting on the runway, ready for takeoff, an attendant served Cho a bag of macadamia nuts without asking. Cho was infuriated. She “screamed and scolded” the attendant, then ordered the pilot to return back to the gate, where the head of the service crew was kicked off the plane. Read the rest
That tell-tale wedding of relentless hostility and ethical affectation is a peculiar youth subculture spilling out into the open web. Get ready for more of it.
This is basically me but with tacos. Read the rest
Shown here, illustrations of Eastern Europe and LA Neighborhoods, two series from her expansive body of fanciful work.
Jennifer Jenkins writes, "What could have been entering the public domain in the US on January 1, 2015? Under the law that existed until 1978 -- Works from 1958. The films 'Attack of the 50 Foot Woman,' 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' and 'Gigi,' the books 'Our Man in Havana,' 'The Once and Future King,' and 'Things Fall Apart,' the songs 'All I Have to Do Is Dream' and 'Yakety Yak,' and more -- What is entering the public domain this January 1? Not a single published work." Read the rest
Adorable furry rodents participating in their own versions of sporting events that test their strength, will, and "furry power."
One of the most beautiful books to come out in 2014.
The hotel chain petitioned the FCC for changes that could let venues shut down personal networks. Microsoft, Google, and the cell industry are opposed.
Friedrich van Schoor and Tarek Mawad's "Projections in the Forest" brings to life a glowing plant and animal otherworld. Behind-the-scenes video below. (via Laughing Squid)
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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the News of the Times presents the story, "Oregon Woman Gives Birth to Hindu Baby"
Patrick writes, "The NSA dumped its IOB reports on Christmas Eve, except that it was
short 15 files, I pointed that out, next dump was silent but an
additional 12 files, I pointed out the three missing files, and as of
today, the three extra files were added, but the extra 3 files have a
different naming convention." Read the rest
Laurie Penny weighs in with an important addition to the discussion about privilege and pain, making the important point that privilege is not the absence of pain, discrimination or hellish conditions -- but that doesn't mean that the nerds who suffered through school bullying are without it. Read the rest