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the various and sundry creations of sylvus tarn


cropI had some cool linkies lined up for this week, which I'm too tired to dig up out of my history, so here's an article about why animating eyes is so difficult —I remember Scalzi saying Cameron paying extra for animating the eyes in Avatar (beautiful blue kittycats wearing beads be still my beating heart, tacky colonial-imperalist themes and all) was a good decision. (I remember when animating blonde—that is, transparent—hair was considered a challenge. Times, they are a-changing.) Oh, and speaking of colonialism, trusting you had a nice Indigenous Day yesterday...what, I wonder, are we supposed to call these beautiful, relatively warm sunny October days, now?

Or if you like your art old-fashioned and made by hand (if a bit mediated by flame) have a dead mouse.


cropHaven't been doing much posting—I have all kinds of fall related garden & home improvement chores, and they have been keeping me busy. (And tedious as I know many people are finding the current focus on the (USA) election cycle, it surely beats that unending litany of bombings, shootings etc earlier this year that had me so down I really couldn't contemplate posting. And yes, I'm sure all that horror is still going on for many people...)

But despite the lack of recent arting on my part, I do have a series of 5 dead mice shot, so I figured I could feature those. And for those of you tired of those, well this blogger—who's quite impressed me with his computing/sysadmin knowledge—is featuring an amazing programmer who deserves more notoriety

Or you can check out a would-be jewel-toned dichro'n’shards dead mouse.


cropEveryone knows the internet is for looking at cat pictures, and while trawling Jim Hines’ site, I found a couple of cute links—snow leopards chewing on their tails and via that, another page of cats shot from underneath—quite fascinating, because cats technically walk in a crouch, (which is evidently not very mechanically efficient) and these pix really show that. Hines’ other link was a town without roads, (spoiler: they have canals) and the fact that it's quiet just made it soooooo appealing (assuming they don't allow gas-powered lawnmowers, leaf-blowers, edgers, hedge shears...honestly, how do people not notice how appallingly polluted our soundscape is?

Anyway. Here's today's offering, in red.


cropTwo gifts for you: another giftwrapping post, since that seems to be the theme this week; and this vimeo depicting a practice of gorgeous (& very accessible) modern ballet, First Love.



cropThis talk about optimism and pessimism by a sf&f/futurist is pretty interesting:. The teal deer version is that pessimists (because they're always trying to avoid the worst) tend to be careful planners who allow for contingencies. That's actually kind of useful. Of course (ahem) they also drive average folk nuts with their constant refrain of, ‘But what if this $unlikely|horrible thing happens?’

Along sort of the same lines, Whatever's Big Idea for the Week explores Star Trek economics in an interesting looking book, which in turn inspired a panel about it with Paul Krugman & Brad Delong at Wiscon—now that is something I'd be happy to watch, (since the article only skims the surface of the topic) so I hope it gets posted.

Or, since today is the birthday of one of my favourite people, it seems appropriate to do a giftwrap post.


cropHappy Memorial Day, for those who celebrate it.

Sorry about the no-posting. This time only, the lapse isn't entirely my fault, as (filtered through my vague understanding) the SQL bundled with the latest incarnation of ubuntu was none too thrilled with the date strings on my pix—at any rate, the mismatch broke the (custom) software used to create this site, till the wizard got around to fixing it.

Today's post features a test shot of beads based on dogwood. Or if you can't get too excited about a decade-old necklace, here's a cool link about visualizing martial arts—would be fabulous as a starting point for some fresh new ways to depict combat in comics. At least, that was its primary interest for me.