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Nautilus. Watercolor by techgnotic on deviantART. Depression Part Two. I remember being endlessly entertained by the adventures of my toys.

Depression Part Two

Some days they died repeated, violent deaths, other days they traveled to space or discussed my swim lessons and how I absolutely should be allowed in the deep end of the pool, especially since I was such a talented doggy-paddler. I didn't understand why it was fun for me, it just was. But as I grew older, it became harder and harder to access that expansive imaginary space that made my toys fun.

I remember looking at them and feeling sort of frustrated and confused that things weren't the same. Adventures in Depression. Some people have a legitimate reason to feel depressed, but not me.

Adventures in Depression

I just woke up one day feeling sad and helpless for absolutely no reason. It's disappointing to feel sad for no reason. Sadness can be almost pleasantly indulgent when you have a way to justify it - you can listen to sad music and imagine yourself as the protagonist in a dramatic movie. You can gaze out the window while you're crying and think "This is so sad. Amazing Underground Art In Stockholm’s Metro Station. EmailEmail A casual underground ride in Stockholm becomes quite a treat for the eyes of the passengers, as most of the stations in the capital of Sweden are showcasing some amazing underground artwork.

Amazing Underground Art In Stockholm’s Metro Station

Russian software architect Alexander Dragunov must’ve really enjoyed his rides as well, and made some stunning shots of the underground artwork. Teaching to See. Sign Painters: What a Disappearing Art Teaches Us About Creative Purpose and Process. By Maria Popova “It is at the moment o f a craft’s disappearance that its cultural value suddenly becomes plain to see.”

Sign Painters: What a Disappearing Art Teaches Us About Creative Purpose and Process

As a lover of exquisite hand-lettering, elegant vintage-inspired typography, and vibrant storefront signage, I was instantly smitten with Sign Painters (public library) — a stunning companion to Faythe Levine and Sam Macon’s documentary of the same title, exploring the disappearing art through interviews with some of its most prominent masters amidst a lavish gallery of extraordinary hand-painted signage, with a foreword by Ed Ruscha. Coding as a Liberal Art. February 5, 12:30pm ETBerkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd FloorRSVP required for those attending in person via the form belowThis event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.

Coding as a Liberal Art

What is the purpose of a liberal arts education? Commencement speakers have assured generations of college graduates that the real value is less in what they've learned than in how they've learned to think. This talk will present a personal case study in learning to think through code. MAN. FIELD. Tattly™ Designy Temporary Tattoos — Welcome. About. LeftKeep Shopping Tattly cartCart (0) Mission Our Product » Designed by professional artists who get a cut of every sale. » Safe & non-toxic, printed with vegetable-based ink. » Made in the United States and shipped out of Brooklyn, NY. » FDA-compliant and fun for all ages.

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Individual Tattlys. The crayola-fication of the world: How we gave colors names, and it messed with our brains (part I) “Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins?

The crayola-fication of the world: How we gave colors names, and it messed with our brains (part I)

Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity.” —Herman Melville, Billy Budd Spectral Rhythm. Screen Print by Scott Campbell. In Japan, people often refer to traffic lights as being blue in color. Blue and green are similar in hue. Water Light Graffiti by Antonin Fourneau, created in the Digitalarti Artlab. The Best Art Books of 2012. By Maria Popova.

The Best Art Books of 2012

Kirby Ferguson: Embrace the remix. Artists in their studios. Robert Rauschenberg 381 Lafayette Street Photo: Henri Cartier-Bresson Robert Rauschenberg and Brice Marden Beverly Pepper Todi, Italy Photo: Ban Budnick George Grey Barnard Upper West Side ca. 1916.

artists in their studios

When Lorraine Bracco was a teenage model in Spain,... Tchaikovsky on Work Ethic vs. Inspiration. By Maria Popova “A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.”

Tchaikovsky on Work Ethic vs. Inspiration

I recently stumbled upon a recurring theme articulated by both Jack White and Nick Cave, a concept that flies in the face of our cultural mythology about how creativity works — the idea that just showing up and doing the work, or what Jonah Lehrer calls “grit,” the same quality that Ira Glass says separates mere good taste from great work and Anne Lamott believes is the secret to telling a good story — is just as important as the notion of “inspiration” in the creative process. Rebecca J Coles. Yayoi Kusama, Japan's Most Celebrated Contemporary Artist, Illustrates Alice in Wonderland. By Maria Popova Down the rabbit hole in colorful dots, twisted typography, and strange eye conditions. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass endure as some of history’s most beloved children’s storytelling, full of timeless philosophy for grown-ups and inspiration for computing pioneers. The illustrations that have accompanied Lewis Carroll’s classics over the ages have become iconic in their own right, from Leonard Weisgard’s stunning artwork for the first color edition of the book to Salvador Dali’s little-known but breathtaking version.

Now, from Penguin UK and Yayoi Kusama, Japan’s most celebrated contemporary artist, comes a striking contender for the most visually captivating take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland yet. Since childhood, Kusama has had a rare condition that makes her see colorful spots on everything she looks at. Anna tekent ervoor. Flying People in New York City. Tale of the Floppy Disks: How Jonathan Larson Created 'Rent' Mind-Blowing Installation Makes You Feel Like You’re Walking On A Cloud. I waited in line for two hours Saturday to slip on a pair of hospital booties and spend a few minutes, maybe 5 minutes tops, milling around a white room. And you know what? It was totally worth the wait. That’s because Doug Wheeler’s new installation at the David Zwirner gallery in New York is the closest I’ll ever get to satisfying a desire I’ve had since childhood: to float on a puffy white cloud.

The installation is called rather unromantically SA MI 75 DZ NY, and it’s precisely what I’ve described--a white room and little else. That “little else,” though, makes all the difference. The 11 Best Art and Design Books of 2011. By Maria Popova From the Periodic Table to Craigslist, or what the greatest graphic designer of all time has to do with Moby-Dick. After last week’s look at the 11 best illustrated books for (eternal) kids of 2011, this year’s best-of series continues with a look at the finest art, design, and creativity books of 2011 — tomes that capture your imagination and encapsulate the richest spectrum of what it means to be a thoughtful, eloquent visual creator. Marie Curie is one of the most extraordinary figures in the history of science.

Handmade Portraits: The Sword Maker. Salvador Dalí Illustrates Alice in Wonderland, 1969. By Maria Popova What the Mad Hatter has to do with one of the most inspired collaborations in Western culture. Last week, we marveled at Leonard Weisgard’s stunning illustrations for the first color edition of Alice in Wonderland, circa 1949. But it turns out they might not be the most culturally intriguing. As reader Varvn Aryacetas points out on Twitter, exactly two decades later a collaboration of epic proportion took place as the Lewis Carroll classic was illustrated by none other than Salvador Dalí.

(And let’s not forget what a soft spot I have for obscure children’s illustration by famous artists.) Greek Girl Reaches for Euro Stars. A Greek street artist, under the name of Bleeps.gr, has created this artistic statement in the street of Athens. “I aim at questioning the maturity of European union, which is depicted as a young girl trying to reach between the stars,” he says of this piece. The European Union flag has precisely 12 stars, but a starfish has been added to criticize the fact that each country, starting with Greece, is weakening, facing devastating impacts due to the credit crisis. The ANTHROPOLOGiST. Everything is a Remix: The Matrix.

A special treat to tide you over until Part 4 arrives (it's running late): Rob G. Watch. Blog Archive » Classical Manhattan. Inininoutoutout. One way to characterise what I’ve been interested in so far with making games is that it’s at least partly about asking questions, mostly about games themselves, though sometimes something else as well. The Artist Is Present. Posters - A Bunch of Crock. The series consists of 12 posters.

Cute Creta. Vimeo, Video Sharing For You. Graffiti Exhibition Sets Attendance Records at Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Who stole the Mona Lisa? Kostis Vassiliadis. SuperSIGHT. Frank Chimero - The Shape of Design. Book lists and commentary from esteemed designers and architects. Studiomates. Le pool Studiomates. iPad Desk. Seagull 1963 Air Force Watch Sapphire Crystal and Leather Strap - Seagull 1963 Air Force Military Watch. Making books is fun! (to watch) The lost art of editing. Reach for the current issue of Private Eye and you will find "Bookworm", the anonymous author of the magazine's Books & Bookmen column, indulging his or her fondness for schadenfreude by rounding up the worst reviews of this season's crop of new books.

The writers mentioned will no doubt simply shrug – or perhaps grimace – to have readers' attention drawn to less than ecstatic comments, especially when numerous glowing reviews are ignored.