Saturday, December 28, 2013

For last year's words belong to last year's language...

From Animation Scoop's best and worst of animation in 2013 comes two films I'd like to see: Disney's short Get a Horse (preview), shown in theaters prior to Frozen; and Hiyao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (preview), a fictionalized bio of the designer of the WWII Japanese Zero aircraft.

You can learn about Bezier curves through these interactive animations.
With shades of Mondrian comes Taschen's reprint of the classic Euclid's Elements by Oliver Byrne. Read about it on Brain Pickings. Buy it on Amazon .
If I had been thinking yesterday when I wrote about nuclear explosions and art I would've tossed this into the mix: a trailer from the animated film Gloria Victoria. Canadian filmmaker Theodore Ushev has made what appears to be a beautiful film about war and given that he's originally from Bulgaria I could've used that to somehow tie him and the USSR to nukes. Regardless, watch the trailer.

And let's put this to bed with a photo tour of the Museum of Nuclear Weapons in Sarov City, Russia.

What's coming in social media marketing in 2014? It seems Google+ is on its way up and mobile will continue to pose a challenge. Read 6 more trends at the link.

Wow. Interactive and animated earth wind map.
Got a Raspberry Pi? Get Wolfram Language and Mathematica free.

Do you even program? Find out the difference between college and professional programming. Learn Haskell with this short and dense tutorial.

Design, Design, Design

Josef Albers' classic book Interaction of Color has been turned into an award-winning iPad app.

And now I'll ask you to spend 40 minutes watching this Edward Tufte produced video of Inge Druckrey's work called Teaching to See, a great insight into design.

Even NASA weighs in on design issues with this 6-part series on Subtleties of Color.

Moving On

Using WebMD's Cold & Flu Map you can see the frequency of cold and flu reports in your area. Texas isn't looking so good. Should I finally get my first flu shot ever?
Find out what new words were coined in your birth year using the Oxford English Dictionary's birthday word generator. For me, it was blag. For my sons it was emoticon and Dadrock.

The Cubeli - you gotta see this. A cube that can walk and balance itself.

Just a collection of WWII photos I hadn't seen before. 

Video of water-bombing a truck fire in the Canadian wilderness.

It's like, how much more round could an electron be? And the answer is none. None more round.

What's the number 1 food doctors won't eat? Ice cream. (The article from which I found that list placed a death sentence on me when a doctor was quoted as saying the things killing this country are sleep, stress, and sugar. It's a medical miracle that I wake up each morning.)

The iconic earthrise photograph taken by Apollo 8 almost didn't happen.
Although it's tarnished by the statement "Science mattered more than ever in 2013." (science always matters), Nat Geo shares the year's biggest scientific discoveries. Of the ones they cite, the entry into interstellar space of Voyager I seems pretty damn significant.

Don't look at these animated background images if you suffer from motion sickness.

...and next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~T.S. Eliot

Bonus Section

The top 4 posts on this blog of all time.
  1. How do you know when you're finished painting? 03 Oct 2009
  2. Black Paintings by Stephanie Rosenthal 11 Apr 2010
  3. Those who realize their folly... 19 Oct 2013
  4. A man growing old... 14 Apr 2012

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