Three months ago Kevin Kelly gifted me with a 3-month subscription to The Browser daily newsletter. I got hooked and paid for a subscription as soon as my gift sub ran out. From today's newsletter, I learned about" Transfiguration," a 6-minute animation of a walking figure that slowly changes into different kinds of matter (plastic, rock, water, fire, plants) over time.
German film director Lotte Reiniger (1899-1981) was a pioneer of silhouette animation, a form of stop motion animation created with cardboard cutouts moved frame-by-frame. Her glorious 1926 film above, "The Adventures of Prince Achmed," is thought to be the oldest surviving feature-length animations. Below is The Met's short documentary about Reiniger's process. (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!) READ THE REST
You're held captive in an enclosed space, only able faintly to perceive the outside world. Or you're kept outside, unable to cross the threshold of a space you feel a desperate need to enter. If both of these scenarios sound like dreams, they must do so because they tap into the anxieties and suspicions in… READ THE REST
Pyramid schemes endure because victims are often too embarrassed about being scammed to warn others. That's why this animated first-hand report by Domics is so important, especially at a time when many people are desperate for money. Here's another good 5-minute explainer on the main warning signs: Image: YouTube / Domics READ THE REST
Even in the age of COVID and working from home, your world is likely still spinning 100 miles an hour at all times. That's rough enough for the ultra-organized planner, but it's just murder on those of us who might be considered…how can we say this gracefully…and little less focused. You know…the people who can… READ THE REST
Knowing when to make a move is almost as important as the decision about whether to make a move at all. Strike too early or two late, and you might miss a better opportunity. Right now, it's time to make moves and get a lifetime subscription for training in 14 different languages from Babbel Language Learning… READ THE REST
"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." – Richard Bach Without drive, you'll never reach the top rung of any profession. That truth stretches from concrete pourers and bartenders, to athletes and artists. Talent is unquestionably a powerful asset, but without the determination to make something of that talent, it remains just raw,… READ THE REST