TinTin by Georges Rémi

[Paragraph excerpt from Stoner by John Williams with a h/t to Biblioklept…image of TinTin via Awesome People Reading…]

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this photo of Earth from Saturn at 1:41 a.m. EDT April 13 (0541 GMT, or 10:41 p.m. PDT on April 12) from 870 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) away. The Cassini spacecraft spotted Earth as a bright speck between Saturn’s broad rings as the craft prepares for its final dive into the ringed planet’s atmosphere.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

[via Space.com…h/t to thisisn’thappiness for the lead in…]

Seen in The New Yorker…yes, The New Yorker

BTW – the baristas aren’t happy either

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Just had to post this:

Starbucks is hopping on the unicorn-craze with its limited edition “Unicorn Frappuccino” blended drink.

The colorful drink is available April 19 through April 23 at participating stores across the country. In what either sounds like a dream come true or truly disgusting, the beverage is made with pink powder blended into cream Frappucino with mango syrup and layered with a sour blue drizzle.

“Like its mythical namesake, the Unicorn Frappuccino blended crème comes with a bit of magic, starting as a purple beverage with swirls of blue and a first taste that is sweet and fruity,” Starbucks said in a statement. “But give it a stir and its color changes to pink, and the flavor evolves to tangy and tart. The more swirl, the more the beverage’s color and flavors transform.”

Hmmm…the more you swirl, the more it changes colors and changes flavors.

Draw your own conclusions…or unicorns…

From the post, Fail Safe: Debbie Millman’s Advice on Courage and the Creative Life:

Excerpted from designer Debbie Millman’s book, Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life & Design

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Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but ­essentially you’re on your own. ­Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine.

– Margaret Atwood, from Ten Rules for Writing Fiction



For all artists – ways to improve your artistic vision – from photographer and teacher, Robert Rodriquez, Jr.:

Let go of identification and labeling. Learn to see the world as color, masses, values, shapes and edges.

 Develop a curious mind. Cultivate a childlike awareness and freedom, as if you have never seen nature before.

 Understand your own personal visual biases, those objects and colors that you notice and those that you tend to ignore.

 Study the art of others, especially painters. Try to understand their compositional choices and how they establish their focal point.

 Practice developing a vigilant eye. Always look for artistic potential wherever you are.

 Study light and all it’s variations; warm, cool, side, front, back, reflected, and diffused.

 Work to improve and sharpen your visual literacy. Learn to identify what separates a captivating image from a technically proficient image.

 Forget making masterpieces, learn to value practice.

Excellent advice from an incredible artist…

Robert Rodriguez, Jr.Robert Rodriquez, Jr.

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Last weekend, a fascinating act in the history of humanity played out on Reddit.

For April Fool’s Day, Reddit launched a little experiment. It gave its users, who are all anonymous, a blank canvas called Place.

The rules were simple. Each user could choose one pixel from 16 colors to place anywhere on the canvas. They could place as many pixels of as many colors as they wanted, but they had to wait a few minutes between placing each one.

Over the following 72 hours, what emerged was nothing short of miraculous. A collaborative artwork that shocked even its inventors.

– excerpted from When Pixels Collide

Go see – Orwell was onto something…

bizarro-10_26_16Bizarro comic by Dan Piraro

*Marx Brothers version here

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