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New to Our Home: Solar Panels!
For a long time, one big action item on my 'to do' list for our home has been to consider going solar. Now, as Spring arrives, we've got solar panels on our roof, from . For the next 20 years, we'll be making our own clean energy, and cutting utility costs dramatically. I'm irrationally excited about this.
Mirror by Tigran Tsitoghdzyan on Saatchi
Day or night, whenever you search art on Saatchi Online, you are going to stumble on many incredible contemporary works..._
Tigran Tsitoghdzyan was born in 1976 in Yerevan, Armenia. Since he was very young, he passed his days painting and drawing. He found his universe when he discovered oil paints at the age of 5.
Very soon he was noticed by Henrik Iguitian, an art critic, founder and director of Modern Art Museum and Children Art Museum in Yerevan. He organized Tigran's first personal exhibition with one hundred works when Tigran was ten years old. The exhibition started in Yerevan, and then continued to cities in Spain and the USA. In the following years Tigran had numerous exhibitions in Armenia, Russia, West Europe and the United States.
He won awards by different governmental organizations and foundations in Armenia and Russia. Hundreds of articles were written, interviews were given, and 2 documentaries were made. His paintings were included in the catalogues of the modern Armenian artists.
From 1993 to 1999 Tigran studied in the Fine Art Academy of Yerevan, and also worked as a decorator in the Pantomime Theater. In 1999 he continued his studies and got his diploma in 2002 in Switzerland, at ECAV. The education continued and in 2005 Tigran got the degree of a Master of Art in the Public Sphere (MAPS). During that period he was also working at the same school as an assistant, and did Artist Residences in England and South Africa.
At present the majority of his works are in private collections, galleries and museums.
#art #artist #oilpainting #contemporaryart #saatchiart
Fundamentalism, of any Kind, Religious or Political, Reduces the Possibility for Reality to Enter the Scene
Man, I hope the Tea Party is over. They're scary.
Zombie Apocalypse Playlist
What would your ten songs be? Here's a sample. Let's see who can come up with the PERFECT list. Add links!
Sample Playlist by chaosoutoforder - a creepy/ horror playlist
1. Reverend Horton Heat - "It's A Dark Day*
Reverend Horton Heat - It's a dark day
2. Johnny Cash - "God's Gonna Cut You Down"
Reverend Horton Heat - It's a dark day
3. Sisters of Mercy - "This Corrosion"
The Sisters Of Mercy - This Corrosion HQ
4. Gov't Mule - "John The Revelator"
Gov't Mule - John The Revelator
5. Faith No More - "Epic"
Faith No More: "Epic"
6. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - "Do You Love Me"
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds "Do you love me?"
7. The Rolling Stones - "Sympathy For The Devil"
The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil -HQ
8. Kanye West - "Power"
Kanye West - POWER [FULL ORIGINAL HQ SONG]
9. The Cranberries - "Zombie"
The Cranberries - Zombie (Official Video) 720p HD
10. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - "East Hastings"
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - East Hastings [HD, full song]
#zombieapocalypse #twd #zombies #musicplaylist #music #zombieapocalypseplaylist #tensongs
Ray Harryhausen: The Special Effects King of Hollywood
When it comes to motion picture special effects, there is only one name that personifies movie magic - Ray Harryhausen. From his debut films with George Pal to his final film, Harryhausen imbued magic and visual strength to motion picture special effects as no other technician has, before or since.
Born in Los Angeles, the signature event in Harryhausen's life was when he saw King Kong (1933). So awed was the 13-year-old Harryhausen that he began researching the film's effects work, ultimately learning all he could about Willis H. O'Brien and stop-motion photography - he even contacted O'Brien and showed an allosaur short he made, which caused O'Brien to quip to his wife, "You realize you're encouraging my competition, don't you?"
Harryhausen tried to make a stop-motion epic, titled "Evolution", but the time required to make it resulted in it being cut short. The footage he completed - of a lumbering apatosaurus attacked by a belligerent allosaurus - made excellent use as a demo reel, and as a result Harryhausen's first film job came with George Pal, working on Pal's Puppetoon shorts for Paramount. A stint in the army utilized Harryhausen's animation skills for training films.
After the World War II, Harryhausen acquired over 1000 feet of unused military film and made a series of Puppetoon-flavored fairy tale shorts, which helped him land a job with Willis H. O'Brien and Marcel Delgado on Mighty Joe Young (1949). Although O'Brien received credit for it, 85% of the actual animation was done by Harryhausen.
Harryhausen's real breakthrough, however, came when he was hired by Warner Brothers to do the special effects for The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953). The film's $200,000 budget meant that Harryhausen would be forced to improvise to get the kinds of quality effects he wanted, and to that end he learned a technique called "split-screen" (rear projection on overlapping miniature screens) to insert dinosaurs and other fantastic beasts into real-world backgrounds. The result was one of the most influential sci-fi films of the 1950s.
From there Harryhausen went over to Columbia and teamed with producer Charles H. Schneer, the teaming becoming synonymous among sci-fi and fantasy film aficionados with top-notch special effects work the remainder of their respective careers. After three sci-fi monster films and work with Willis O'Brien on an Irwin Allen documentary, Harryhausen did the effects work for The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), his first split-screen film shot entirely in color, which was highlighted by Harryhausen's mythological monsters interacting with Kathryn Grant, Torin Thatcher's flavorful performance as the villain and the rousing score of Bernard Herrmann.
Because Harryhausen worked alone on his stop-motion animation sequences, the filming of these could often take as long as two years, the most famous example of the kind of patience required being the exciting skeleton sword fight sequence in Jason and the Argonauts (1963) (his most popular film) in which Harryhausen often shot no more than 13 frames of film (one-half second of elapsed time) per day.
The 1960s were Harryhausen's best years, among the highlights being his reunions with dinosaurs in Hammer Films' One Million Years B.C. (1966) and The Valley of Gwangi (1969). His pace slowed in the 1970s, but he produced three of his masterworks during that period: The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973); Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) and Clash of the Titans (1981). It was not until 1992 that Harryhausen finally achieved film immortality with an honorary Oscar, a long-overdue tribute to the one name that personifies visual magic.
#specialeffects #rayharryhausen #filmmaking #Hollywood #movies #stopmotionanimation #stopmotion #scifi #splitscreen #dinosaur #beasts #moviemagic
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Bio by Michael Daly
Got a ride in a BMW prototype in Austin, futuristic
Psychology Has Proven What Motivates Us
It is not getting prizes for reading books; that kind of thing is a disincentive. (You can see the science in this also very entertaining RSA video:
RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us
But you can read what lack of such understanding is doing to our education system (et tu )?
If I were king of education I'd have one rule: get kids to love books. After they love books? There's no going back.
BMW prototype gets us around in the Austin rain, futuristic
Physical knowledge management at sxsw
L' ingresso della casa di Diocleziano (vestibulum) Spalato, Croazia - Canon eos 400D ef-s 17-85mm
"You can't eat beauty, it doesn't feed you ... Beauty was not a thing I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be ... You can't rely on how you look to sustain you ... What actually sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful, is compassion - for yourself and for those around you ... Get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside; there is no shade in that beauty." ~ Lupita Nyong
A school dropout from a poor family in southern India has revolutionised menstrual health for rural women in developing countries by inventing a simple machine they can use to make cheap sanitary pads. Arunachalam Muruganantham's invention came at great personal cost - he nearly lost his family, his money and his place in society...
Some devotion there…
3D scanners and 3D printing of people.
Flipping our perception of life in universe - maybe the habitable epoch occurred billions of years ago
Building a taxonomy of the collaborative economy -
New painting: Four crows alight over the water.
Let's hear it for bossy little girls - we need to avoid the negative and female connotation that bossy brings
Mozilla's Persona retired
Link below is the most genuine post-mortem for Persona you'll read. It's a shame Persona didn't work as it's a great concept, but was always going to be a vast challenge for Mozilla, especially in the middle of launching a competitor to Android+iOS.
tldr; we couldn't get it to work.
Persona was never close to being shippable on desktop. It's true that we spent effort trying to make Persona work for Firefox OS, and that effort did not result in a fantastic on-device experience. Sign-in to web? Yes. Sign-in to device? Not so much. Federated login is really hard, unsurprisingly, for UX reasons as much or more than raw technology reasons. This is difficult stuff, and changing user expectations about how an "account" works is very, very difficult.
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