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September 26 2017

September 22 2017

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boringkids:

How to Look at Art, Arts & Architecture, Ad Reinhardt, January 1947

September 01 2017

August 25 2017

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nickel-bolas:

cosplayinamerica:

“As an Asian Pacific Islander, representation matters. Seeing a character that resembles me in appearance and culture inspired me to pursue portraying Maui. When I first saw the marketing for Moana, I instantly felt a connection to Maui, and I just knew that with my craftsmanship skills and performance abilities, I’d be able to breathe life into this character.


I spent months searching for stretch fabric that matches my skin tone as close as possible, with respect to adapting Maui to me, rather than putting on a cultural costume. I spent over 50 hours meticulously hand-inking all of the tattoos based on the designs in the book The Art of Moana, using fabric inks. I sewed two wigs together to create Maui’s voluminous hair, and used natural clay and twine to replicate his bone necklace. His magic fish hook took over 30 hours of work, from foam fabrication, carving and painting. To create that Disney magic, I learned to program and wire around 1,000 lights through Arduino to give Maui’s hook that powerful glow. I source and painted the leaves and sewed them with my Singer Heavy Duty sewing machine.

The response from Disney fans of all ages has been incredible, with parents Skyping their children and having me sing “You’re Welcome” to them. To be able to take folks out of the ordinary and have them experience the extraordinary is very fun. To compete in the Crown Championships of Cosplay, and be recognized with a 2nd Place win by a panel of special effects artists and industry figures simply topped off the experience.

Cosplay is a blend of science and art, and being able to develop my craftsmanship skills and partner them with my performance abilities creates a magical experience. I thrive in these little pockets of shared sunshine where we can step outside of our ordinary lives and create the world we’ve imagined. In addition, being a plus-size cosplayer has encouraged many to be more body-positive and accepting of themselves and others.“

Canvas Cosplay

Maui from Moana / Photo : Jason Laboy Photography

THIS IS AMAZING

hey reblog this if you think girls can study and excel in computer science

August 05 2017

August 04 2017

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kradeelav:

AHAH anon, you sure know the fastest way to my heart. :P   it is physically impossible for me to refuse alutegra is2g

Let’s not get too comfortable with the requests (as much as I’d like to, agh!), but here, have a semi-cleaned-up doodle i posted on my twitter a while back!  

August 03 2017

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charmsey:

Did some Clopin studies from some concept art. Then I found an old drawing I did when I was fifteen and redrew it too, so… yeah. Fun to see!

July 17 2017

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studylou:

winterazalea:

CLASSICAL

The old masters. I tried not to include most opera composers, since singing/lyrics interfere with concentration. Most of these playlists are at least an hour long:

Baroque (prancing through the flowers with royalty):

  • Albinoni
  • Bach
  • Corelli
  • Handel
  • Guerre
  • Purcell
  • Scarlatti
  • Telemann
  • Vivaldi

Classical (sipping tea with royalty while listening to their woes and gossip):

  • Beethoven
  • Haydn
  • Mozart
  • Paganini

Romantic (watching a heartfelt, teary-eyed scene in a soap opera):

  • Berlioz
  • Bizet
  • Borodin
  • Brahms
  • Bruch
  • Bruckner
  • Chopin
  • Dvorak
  • Field
  • Franck
  • Gade
  • Grieg
  • Liszt
  • Mendelssohn
  • Rachmaninov
  • Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Rubenstein
  • Saint-Saëns
  • Schubert
  • Robert Schumann
  • Clara Schumann
  • Smetana
  • Strauss II
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Wagner
  • Weber

Impressionistic (stargazing in an open field at midnight):

  • Debussy
  • Ravel

Late Romantic/Early Modern (dramatically confessing your love in the pouring rain):

  • Albéniz
  • Beach
  • Chaminade
  • de Falla
  • Dukas
  • Elgar
  • Fauré
  • Glazunov
  • Mahler
  • Respighi
  • Satie
  • Sibelius
  • Strauss
  • Vaughan Williams

Modern (these get sub-categories because they’re so different):

  • Emotional and moving
    • Barber
    • Bartok
    • Glass 
    • Holst
    • Ives
    • Kabalevsky
    • Kodaly
    • Poulenc
    • Schoenberg
    • Trimble
  • We’re off on an epic adventure!
    • Copeland
    • Grofe
    • Prokofiev
    • Tailleferre
  • Dramatic theme for every super villain ever
    • Adams
    • Musgrave
    • Shostakovich
    • Stravinsky
    • Tower
  • Curious and off-putting, but hypnotic
    • Cage
    • Higdon 
    • Rodrigo
  • Jazz hands and big city lights
    • Gershwin
    • Joplin
    • Milhaud
    • Still

Long, random playlists: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)

Youtube Channels:

  • Classical Music
  • The Spirit of Classical Music
  • TopClassicalMusic
  • naxosorchestral
  • Classical Music11

There’s also playlists on Spotify (just go to Browse > Genres & Moods > Classical).

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CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL

Sometimes the old masters are too stuffy. I get it. Have some more long playlists from a few of my favorite contemporary artists:

Piano

  • Yiruma
  • Michael Nyman
  • Ludovico Einaudi
  • Brian Crain
  • Jim Brickman
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • Joe Hisaishi
  • Yann Tiersen

Violin

  • Itzhak Perlman
  • Vanessa Mae Storm
  • Emilie Autumn (electric)
  • David Garrett

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EDM

Maybe you don’t like classical at all. That’s fine, too. Here’s some wub-wub to get your mind on track:

Aggressive & Intense (dubstep, deathstep, metalstep, etc)

  • Long, random playlists: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
  • Youtube Channels:
    • Glitch Mob
    • Excision
    • TheSupremeKronus

Chill & Melodic (chillstep, deep house, melodic dubstep)

  • Long, random playlists: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
  • Youtube Channels:
    • Pulse8Music
    • ChillYourMind
    • Fluidified

Upbeat & Dancy (electro house, club music, more chillstep)

  • Long, random playlists: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
    Youtube Channels:
    • Madeon
    • Paul van Dyk
    • Omnitica

There are countless other Youtube channels and mixes. You can also find some playlists on Spotify (Browse > Genres & Moods > Electronic).

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INSTRUMENTAL COVERS OF POPULAR SONGS

Here are a few channels to check out if you’re starting from nowhere:

Piano

  • Miri Lee 이미리 Pianistmiri -  pop, r&b, rap, some classical, rock, and k-pop
  • David Sides - pop, r&b, rap, some rock
  • oysterlovers - pop, r&b, rap, some classical and rock
  • The Theorist - pop, r&b, and rap
  • TheUnsungHeroine - pop & electronic/dubstep
  • YourPianoCover - mostly pop, a few rap
  • Steve Siu Piano - pop, country, classical, some rock and rap
  • Yoonha85TV - pop, rap, r&b, some k-pop
  • Brooklyn Duo (piano & cello) - pop
  • ThePianoGuys (piano & cello) - pop, r&b, classical, rock

Hour-long, yearly pop playlists by oysterlovers:  2013, 2014

Yearly pop medleys by AlexTanMusic:   2012, 2013, 2014

Violin

  • The Mad Violinist & SCO - pop, r&b, rap, dubstep
  • Lindsey Stirling - pop, r&b, rap, soundtracks, classical
  • Momento - pop & rock
  • Josh Vietti - pop, r&b, rap, rock, classical
  • JuNCurryAhn - pop, k-pop, classical, soundtracks
  • David Wong - pop, r&b, rock, rap
  • Bryson Andres - pop, r&b, rock, electronic
  • JasonYangViolin - pop, rock, rap, soundtracks

Of course, there are countless people who don’t have huge channels and maybe only a cover or two. The search bar is your friend. And don’t forget to make a playlist!

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VIDEO GAME SOUNDTRACKS

Think about it, there are tons of people whose only job is to get the atmosphere of a game right by carefully composing the right music. And there are plenty of games with beautiful music. I love these playlists:

  • Remember Me (brilliant mix of electronic and classical)
  • Papo & Yo (relaxing and tropical)
  • Rayman Origins (springy, lighthearted, and amazing)
  • Rayman Legends (energetic, goofy, and wonderful)
  • Dark Cloud 2/Dark Chronicle (beautiful, bouncy, heart-racing)
  • To The Moon (dreamy and moving)
  • Kingdom Hearts (gorgeous, epic, breathtaking)
  • Mirror’s Edge (soothing and mechanical)
  • Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite (adorable 8-bit)
  • Alice: Madness Returns (odd, creepy, and carnival-esque)
  • Journey (peaceful and atmospheric)
  • Child of Light (melancholic and powerful)
  • Trine (epic and mystical)
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (mysterious and haunting)
  • Valiant Hearts (pretty and heartbreaking)
  • Walking Dead Season 1 (depressing and beautiful)
  • Braid (relaxing, Celtic vibes)
  • Botanicula (breathy, vibrant, playful)
  • Machinarium (earthy, futuristic, energetic)

Long, random playlists:  (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)

Youtube Channels:

  • VGameOSTs
  • SoundtrackVideoGame
  • Video Game Soundtracks

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MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS

Just like video games, movies rely heavily on music to set the mood for the audience. Here are some of my favorite playlists:

  • Studio Ghibli
    • Spirited Away
    • Howl’s Moving Castle
    • Princess Mononoke
    • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
    • Kiki’s Delivery Service (x)
    • Castle in the Sky
    • My Neighbor Totoro
    • Ponyo
    • Porco Rosso
    • The Wind Rises
    • Grave of the Fireflies
    • random playlists: (1) (2) (3)
  • Classic Disney piano covers (1) (2)
  • Lord of the Rings
    • The Fellowship of the Ring
    • The Two Towers
    • The Return of the King
  • Amelie
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Coraline
  • The Secret of Kells
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya
  • The Piano
  • Schindler’s List
  • Harry Potter
    • Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone
    • Chamber of Secrets
    • Prisoner of Azkaban
    • Goblet of Fire
    • Order of the Phoenix
    • Half-Blood Prince
    • Deathly Hallows pt 1
    • Deathly Hallows pt 2

You can also view a full list of Grammy Award-winning soundtracks here

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ANIME SOUNDTRACKS

You’ll look like weeaboo trash, but at least you’ll be concentrating. You might need to skip a few tracks here and there if they have lyrics (that messes up my concentration, at least). That said, here’s some recommended playlists:

  • Elfen Lied (flowy and pretty)
  • Tokyo Ghoul √A (powerful, electronic, heart-wrenching)
  • Samurai Champloo (funky, hip-hop, soothing, amazing)
  • Hellsing Ultimate (epic, funky, aggressive, but also sad and moving)
  • Death Note (emotional, edgy, rock n’ roll)
  • Attack on Titan (sometimes emotional & harrowing, sometimes epic & gritty)
  • Ghost in the Shell (hollow, lonely, mysterious)
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (gritty, funky, upbeat)
  • Blue Gender (funky, badass, intense)
  • Mnemosyne (jazzy, upbeat)
  • Cowboy Bebop (sometimes smooth jazz, sometimes wild & funky)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion (more smooth jazz)
  • Fishugi Yuugi (emotional, romantic)
  • Sailor Moon (happy & upbeat)
  • Cardcaptor Sakura (lighthearted, bubbly)
  • Inuyasha (epic, emotional, inspiring)

Long, random playlists: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)

Youtube Channels:

  • Dolan Zoldhost
  • EpicAnimeRequiem
  • Epic San
  • MrAnimeSoundtrack
  • Erolox OST

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Like I said, this isn’t a complete list but hopefully a good jumping-off point. Feel free to add to areas with your own suggestions. Have fun listening and go be productive!

July 10 2017

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shokugekis:

That’s right. We are…idols!

July 06 2017

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abby-studies-art:

When you are balancing classes, homework, extracurriculars, and a full/part time job, it can be hard to find the necessary time to look after yourself. The important thing is to make good use of the small chances you get during the day! I’ve broken it up into time chunks, to make it easier.

Two Minutes

  • Brush your teeth/hair etc
  • Wash your face, or splash cold water on it
  • Drink a glass of water
  • Stretch! (especially if you've been sitting down for awhile)

Five Minutes

  • Take the stairs!
  • Jumping jacks/squats (I do them all the time behind the counter at work!)
  • Take a break and eat a piece of fruit

Ten Minutes

  • Walk instead of bussing
  • Reapply sunscreen if needed
  • Take a power nap if you need one
  • Do a short meditation

Twenty Minutes

  • Find a short yoga routine on youtube
  • Go for a quick run
  • Take a longer nap
  • Write in a journal/ Notebook if that's your thing

Thirty Minutes

  • Workout
  • Do a full yoga routine
  • Run/walk around your block a few times
  • Take the time to prepare a special, healthy snack for yourself!

One Hour or More

  • Workout weights or cardio
  • Tidy your room/ office space
  • Catch up on other duties (to relieve stress)
  • Prepare a meal and make enough for a lunch the next day

As its summer in half of the world, I’d like to remind my friends in the northern hemisphere that health in the heat means drinking cold liquids to stay hydrated, wearing sunscreen to prevent burns and skin damage, and spending time in the shade throughout the day! 

Take Care of Yourselves! 

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archatlas:

Garden Igloo

Garden Igloo is both weatherproof and rust resistant, 100% recyclable, can be used all year round and is set up without tools in two hours.

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ohgodsabove:

this is the most realistic queer dialogue ive ever seen

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babyanimalgifs:

CUTEST BLACK CAT I HAVE EVER SEEN

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July 03 2017

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amidstsilence:

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owls-parliament:

eliciaforever:

The Fighting Cholitas, Bolivia’s indigenous petticoat wrestlers

Holy crap

leadhoovesies:

freckledoctopus:

glitchmeow:

anime:

why do anime girls from the 80s and 90s look so much better than anime girls today

Three factors: Color, personality, and realism.

First, color and shading.

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vs.

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The predominant style of the day in anime employs very crisp cell shading and eye-watering colors. Both female and male hair and eye coloration comes in any range of colors, from neon to pastel to white (although female characters most often display this). The typical color for skin in anime has gradually lightened to almost pure white over the years. Additionally, modern anime has a very specific, hard method of shading and highlighting that makes hair and skin look unnaturally shiny and often gross, lowering the realism value and throwing the texture of the skin into uncanny valley territory.

Secondly, anatomical proportions. Besides the shading, female character body and facial proportions have degraded so much that they are barely caricatures of human anatomy. Here are some examples of female anatomy in early anime:

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and some in modern anime:

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The biggest changes have been to the breast to waist proportion. For some reason, anime producers believe that an E-cup is the appropriate cup-size for an average 14 year old Japanese female. Bodies have also lost all of their depth (that come from an illusion of thickness necessary to two dimensional media) in favor of being skinny and flat (except for voluminous breasts, of course) and many normal, attractive parts of ladies (ribcages, stomach pooches, and natural folds) are simply smoothed over. Another noticeable change has been to the eyes and facial shape. Anime noses and mouths are apparently inversely proportional to eye shape, size, and distance apart. As the size of the eye increases, shape becomes more prominent, and distance towards the ears increases, the size of the nose, mouth, and chin decrease, contributing highly to the uncanny valley effect many modern any girls have.

Take these faces:

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vs these

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Thirdly, anime girls have lost much of their visible personality over the years due to moefication. This has happened to male characters also, although to a lesser extent. Anime girls are often not allowed to make cartoonish expressions (deemed unattractive) or generally change their expressions at all barring blush lines. In producers’ efforts to make the girls attractive to the audience in every frame, they sacrifice any personality that they might have. Anime girls look increasingly similar to one another, differentiated only by their hair style and eyes. Granted, there has always been a problem with female character same-face syndrome since the conception of anime (actually, in all drawn media) but as the number of female main characters in anime has grown, ironically, the problem has only increased.

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Wow! Anime girls with the same hair color that you can actually tell apart!

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And somehow, girls with all different colors that you can’t.

The screenshots in this post were taken from Urusei Yatsura, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, Ranma ½,  Kimagure Orange Road, Ping Pong Club, One Piece, Angel Beats, Higurashi When They Cry, Sword Art Online, Shakugan No Shana, and Chobits. The examples above were not used to bash any anime, but merely to demonstrate the evolution of anime art tropes from the 1980s to now. The writing and plot of each anime were not taken into account at all.

So i definitely agree with some of these points for sure! but it also rubs me the wrong way just how biased some aspects of this post is because its blatantly comparing the best examples against the worst examples?

Ultimately its a style shift, just like how theres been a shift with western cartoons as well, meaning some stuff has gotten better and some worse.

I agree with the critique on body types, but your examples for expressiveness and same-face I think is rather unfair. Plenty of 90s anime also suffered from giant eyes tiny face syndrome, like Saber Marionette or Slayers 

while 2000s+ have lots of examples that break this mold too, like Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood and Mob Psycho 100

however i do agree that there has been a trend in more of the needs-to-be-cute-all-the-time thing which is valid criticism

i think the greatest misleading aspect to this post specifically is the last part about expressions, because its comparing frames from in-motion animation to promotional art. Take promo art of Sailor Moon and anyone would admit its very same-face-syndrome, yet there’s lots of examples of these characters expressiveness in the anime itself

stills of anime like Konosuba and NIchijou are also very expressive despite the promo art too —and dont adhere to the “not allowed to make cartoonish expressions” rule. i feel recent anime has been moving away more from that trend

Modern anime is also producing great stuff like Your Name, so I guess it’s also a matter of taste as well because i found this movie to be beautiful and the character design/style very appealing. technology has come a long way!

idk i guess my point is, i agree with part of the message of this post, but anime on this site so often gets painted with broad strokes in a bad light, to the point where jokes like Anime Was A Mistake get dropped often and earnestly, at least from what i’ve seen. Theres bad examples out there, but a lot more good examples too than what I think a lot of people would expect ^_^

Also imo Trigger diversifies their cast very well from Satsuki-sama’s eyebrows to Sucy’s everything.

The recent Pokemon anime season that’s based on sun & moon shows better facial animation and facial structure diversity than the early seasons.

Even attack on titan shows great diversity of its cast.

I feel that there was a trend of cookie cutter anime for the past decade, but I also think that there’s always been people trying to break out of that.

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masterofivy:

rittie:

libertarian-lady:

Sweet, free printer

chaotic neutral

FTW

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steampunktendencies:

Illuminating Installation Features “Floating Whales” with Entire Worlds in Their Bodies by Isana Yamada 

(via My Modern Met)

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