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cropRemember when I mentioned Artemis was to launch, way back in 29Aug? Well, it finally lifted off, and you can see a replay of it on NASA's youtube channel.

In my world a 2.5 month delay is nuthin, so congrats Artemis and team.

Frex, this piece was made—and photographed—5 years ago, and I'm just now putting it up, mostly because someone asked me to make some more....Enjoy.


cropAaaaaaaaand it's time to tidy up a buncha links again:

  • I love videos of moths and butterflies—really any kind of insects—flying in slo-mo —especially the way their wings twist and flex.
  • And here's humans doing ballet in slow motion, also lovely.
  • Michelin approved gyoza are made in a little shop evidently located in Tokyo (which only is 8 million people or so...) but still, it would be awesome to try them!
  • Via Pocket? how to judge whether you're doing enough: I've figured out/tried/explored most of these strategies, (with varying levels of success). Covid malaise has made them ever more important.
  • To go with: dealing with that 3pm slump (Short answer: figure out that you're doing enough, instead of running yourself ragged....)

Or perhaps this beautiful piece by my friend will perk you up.


cropUm, I guess today's links have a Japanese theme?

  • Hayao Miyazaki’s Shuna’s Journey (is) [f]inally [t]ranslated Into English. The NYT won't let me cut off all that referrer crap from the link, but really, I think the title is ’nuff said. Just have to wait for the library to order this 1983 illustrated novel...
  • The Times also has a nice overview of two sorts of resist dyeing (more commonly known as “tie-dye” in English—the Nigerian adire, with which I'm not at all familiar, and the Japanese shibori, for which I at least have the manual and a touch of experience.

Or I have some mixed media.


cropSince today's entry is graphic designer adjacent, it seems only apropos to cite, via FTB, this punny title which illustrates (heh) a very real problem: Semple solution to corporate greed—see, the teal deer is that, awhile back, Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop went to a subscription model, which means all your work done in these programs is in the cloud—and once you stop paying, pfft, gone. Now Pantone has horned in the act (possibly—probably—in collaboration, or perhaps they just saw a super easy grift) and now are also charging a monthly fee, or the pantone-specified colours in your work go black. I loathe these kinds of corporate shenanigans, but if it causes a tipping point level of graphic artists to switch over to krita and gimp, good. In the meantime, Mr Semple et al have a workaround, freetone.

Or you can check out this old-skool (compared to computer graphic design, anyway) mixed media collage.


cropHideho, tomorrow is the last day to vote in the USA (for the 2022 midterms: though there seem to be more than a few folks who would like it to be the last day ever...Scary.) If you haven't already, please do so.

Wild horses once roamed the US continent, and now do again, though many are rounded up (mostly to protect the grass for cattle?) —but they could reduce the grass and starve wildfires, that is, improve the health of our prairies. Sounds like a win-win to me, but then I've loved the idea of mustangs since childhood, somewhat re-ignited by insta streams of photos of them—so many lovely painted patterns...

And someday there will be (more) horsie beads on this website. But this week's posts are gonna be mixedmedia.


cropOh, time to clean up the linkies that have been piling up...(aka more of the same ole, same ole sylvus-y rants, e.g. noise, sexism, etc...you've been warned!)

  • To go with the foggy conditions that made today's pix possible, here's Iceland rendered in unreal engine 4... and it's got a bit of that foggy vibe going on too. Pretty cool! (Via bb)
  • Smithsonian documents the now-forgotten Polk sisters, who wrote popular gothic romances around the time that mostly-unknown, Jane Austen, was publishing; alas, seeing their success an even more popular male author hopped on over from poetry to horn in on this new medium and swipe their plots & characters. They were ok with that, they just wanted a bit of acknowledgement from him, which he privately conceded, publicly refused to do, aaaaaaaaand when one sister called him on it, did he acknowledge his childhood friends and sources? Yeah, no, she got pilloried, in all the ways women calling out more powerful men routinely do. And now they're mostly forgotten—they died poor, their papers were lost for decades and are now scattered. There is, however, now a history of them: Sister Novelists: The Trailblazing Porter Sisters, Who Paved the Way for Austen and the Brontes by Devoney Looser. Ending on a slightly hopeful note, it's way cool to see another bit of women's history unearthed.
  • In the ‘well, the actual horror is’ department, way too many kids die or get hurt on Hallowe'en—but not from poisoned candy; from being hit by cars while trick or treating. Reducing speed limits to, say, 30KPH (about 18MPH) would not only make residential areas way safer for the pedestrians living in them (e.g. kids) but also reduce the tire noise...I sometimes feel like I'm the only person who loathes all the human produced noise pollution, which to be fair is not just cars —leaf blowers, leaf grinders (someone across the street is making hella noise with one across the street as I type this) commercial power generation also contribute...but it's just awful.
  • This sort of racket can be controlled—it is in the Netherlands, frex—but we need the political will to address it. But how can we address such (to me, anyway...) basic questions that ought to appeal across a broad political spectrum when (in the US especially) we're so polarized? I was discussing this with the wizard and a friend last night (in the context of a flareup over pronouns, i.e. trans rights) and none of us really had good answers. (Noise makes people less kind and understanding, tho’: it really is a public health issue!)
  • But here's Contrapoints and some dude I never heard of (who just happened to be Obama's speech writer...?) discussing cancel culture. Teal deer: they don't really come up with any answers, excepting that I think the way it's depicted in media has a lot more to do with what gets the outrage going (par for the course) than reality; and that patience, empathy and especially humour (which, alas, is rather stunted in me—even when I attempt it, most people assume—with justification, I suppose!—that I'm being serious) are the best tools for combatting the isolation, rage and polarization.
  • Anyway, another thoughtful convo on the internet—the sort of thing people who listen to Ezra Klein might enjoy.

Well. That's it for this week's fridayfuglies—hoping your weekend is pleasant, if you actually made it down here, well, here's the link for today's posts of jewelled spiderwebs. Enjoy.