Oh My Gosh, It’s Covered in Rule 30s!—Stephen Wolfram Blog. A British Train Station A week ago a new train station, named “Cambridge North”, opened in Cambridge, UK.
Normally such an event would be far outside my sphere of awareness. (I think I last took a train to Cambridge in 1975.) But last week people started sending me pictures of the new train station, wondering if I could identify the pattern on it: And, yes, it does indeed look a lot like patterns I’ve spent years studying—that come from simple programs in the computational universe. Yeats’s “Second Coming”—Our Most Thoroughly Pillaged Poem. Fractal patterns in nature and art are aesthetically pleasing and stress-reducing. Humans are visual creatures.
Objects we call “beautiful” or “aesthetic” are a crucial part of our humanity. Even the oldest known examples of rock and cave art served aesthetic rather than utilitarian roles. Although aesthetics is often regarded as an ill-defined vague quality, research groups like mine are using sophisticated techniques to quantify it – and its impact on the observer. We’re finding that aesthetic images can induce staggering changes to the body, including radical reductions in the observer’s stress levels.
Breaking down the glorious first scene of Inglourious Basterds. “Tyler, you’re fucking Marla”: A perspective on Fight Club to piss off its devotees – Another angry woman. Content note: there’s a lot of discussion of sex and violence in this post.
Also, spoilers for Fight Club, if somehow you’ve made it without watching it or knowing “the twist” for almost twenty years. Aren’t Fight Club fans the fucking worst? Talking Heads 5.1 Downmix. Originally titled Eclectic Remain In Light Downmix Mojique sees His Village from a nearby HillMojique thinks of Days before Americans Came Mojique buys His Equipment in the Market PlaceMojique plants Devices through the Free Trade Zone Mojique smells the Wind that Comes from Far AwayMojique waits for News in a Quiet Place Intro BEING A FAN of the MiniDisc, I enjoy experimenting with new equipment, techniques and manipulation.
Downmixing. Download All 8 Issues of Dada, the Arts Journal That Publicized the Avant-Garde Movement a Century Ago (1917-21) Surrealism, Discordianism, Frank Zappa, Situationism, punk rock, the Residents, Devo… the anarchists of counterculture in all their various guises may never have come into being—or into the being they did—were it not for an anti-art movement that called itself Dada.
And like many of those anarchist countercultural movements and artists, Dada came about not as a playful experiment in “disrupting” the art world for fun and profit—to use the current jargon—but as a politically-charged response to rationalized violence and complacent banality. In this case, as a response to European culture’s descent into the mass-murder of World War One, and to the domestication of the avant-garde’s many proliferating isms. The explicit tenets of Dada, in their intentionally scrambled way, were ecumenical, international, anti-elitist, and concerned with questions of craft.
Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation. Haunting Emotions: Visualizing Hamlet's Melancholy for Students in Two Recent Graphic Novel Adaptations Marina Gerzic and Helen Balfour, University of Western Australia Abstract The study of emotion and Shakespeare and, in particular, emotion and Hamlet, is well established.
Shakespeare's work enables us to experience emotions and their transformations as we try to understand them. From the opening of the play, Hamlet's emotions are all too clearly present; Shakespeare defines him as a passionate and emotional man plagued by melancholy. Akira’s secret weapon is its clever use of lighting. Akira is generally recognized as a masterpiece of animation, and it’s highly regarded for a number of elements—including its mature storyline, its gorgeous animation, and the iconically emphatic performance of Kaneda’s English voice actor.
One of the film’s greatest strengths that is rarely highlighted, though, is (ironically) its use of light. This video from YouTube page The Nerdwriter looks to change that by breaking down the way Akira uses light and how the very idea of light impacts the story. The Limitations of Punching Up – Electric Literature. Let’s All Obsess Over This Intricate Map of Alt Music History. It started with The Sex Pistols.
Abandoned places: the worlds we've left behind – in pictures. This Reissue of the Scientists Is Some Riveting, Disruptive Rock 'n' Roll. @gene70 @realDonaldTrump. Mulholland Drive leads the pack in list of 21st century's top films. David Lynch’s surrealist masterpiece Mulholland Drive, which even its most ardent fans admit is as maddeningly baffling as it is mesmerising, has been named the greatest film of the 21st century.
A poll by BBC Culture of 177 film critics from 36 countries aimed to find the best films of recent memory. The resulting top 100 list has Mulholland Drive (2001) at No 1, followed by Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love (2000); There Will Be Blood (2007); Spirited Away (2001); and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (2014). The most popular directors in the list, all with three films each, were Wes Anderson, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Christopher Nolan, Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson and Joel and Ethan Coen. Matthew Anderson, the editor of BBC Culture, said greatest film polls often looked right back into the past. “But we wanted to find out about the best films in recent memory. Each critic was allowed to submit 10 films which resulted in a total of 599, then sorted into the top 100. 29. 49. Inside the World's Only Surviving Tattoo Shop For Medieval Pilgrims.
Wassim Razzouk tattooing the classic Jerusalem Cross motif known to look exactly like this since at least the early 1600s.
(All Photos: Anna Felicity Friedman) In Jerusalem’s Old City today, you can find a uniquely obscure historical relic—the sole surviving pilgrimage tattoo business, Razzouk Ink. It’s a place where ancient artifacts meet contemporary machines, rich history intersects with modern technology. All Mapped Out. All Mapped Out It may not have set the charts alight when it was first released in 2003, but it’s entirely possible that Maps by New York art-punk outfit Yeah Yeah Yeahs has been the single most influential song of the 21st century so far. How? Let’s look… There’s always a story connected to classic songs. Hollywood has ruined method acting. Of all the stories surfacing about the new DC Comics film Suicide Squad—from the dismal reviews to the box-office reports—the most disconcerting are the ones that detail how Jared Leto got into his role as the Joker.
Leto was reportedly so committed to the part that he gifted the cast and crew with a litany of horrible items: used condoms, a dead pig, a live rat. To get into the character’s twisted mindset, he also watched footage of brutal crimes online. “The Joker is incredibly comfortable with acts of violence,” he told Rolling Stone. “I was watching real violence, consuming that. There’s a lot you can learn from seeing it.” Watching Leto tell one disturbing tale after another makes one thing abundantly clear: Method acting is over. The 50 podcasts you need to hear.
Alice Isn’t Dead The creepy podcast from the Welcome To Night Vale gang The makers of the gloriously weird Welcome To Night Vale are behind this eerie podcast. Those concerned that they might have to get up to speed with that series’ labyrinthine backstory, fear not: this is not a spinoff, nor a tie-in, but a completely new serialised drama.
Elvis Costello’s 500 Must-Have Albums, from Rap to Classical. You will see that some very famous names are missing completely. There is nothing at all by Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Michael Jackson, or Sting. You may love them. They just don’t do it for me. The Inner Object: Seeing Kandinsky. That it was a haystack the catalogue informed me. I could not recognize it. This non-recognition was painful to me. I considered that the painter had no right to paint indistinctly. I dully felt that the object of the painting was missing. And I noticed with surprise and confusion that the picture not only gripped me, but impressed itself ineradicably on my memory. Frank Cottrell Boyce: what's the point of culture in Brexit Britain?
The Meaning of Studio Ghibli's 'Spirited Away', the Best Animated Film of All Time. (Spirited Away still via YouTube) There's a quote on Tumblr somewhere that says "Disney movies touch the heart but Studio Ghibli films touch the soul. " The Way of Being Lost. 45, John Steinbeck. John Steinbeck, ca. 1966. Photograph by Yoichi Okamoto [John Steinbeck had agreed to a Paris Review interview late in his life. My art belongs to Dada. Game of Thrones: Season 6 Episode 5 – The Door. Inside the Rainbow: Russian children's literature 1920-1935 - in pictures. Jim Jarmusch Interviewed - Film Comment. You’ve often said that your approach to writing is that you accumulate material and ideas in notebooks, and find the story through the development of characters. Critic's Notebook: Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Is a Masterpiece of Black Feminism. Is Beyonce’s new visual album, Lemonade, a feature film?