Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wanderers

"Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars." - Carl Sagan


Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

SS: Awesome Disney Fan-art with a Twist

I'm a humungous fan of Disney, and one of my favourite things to see on the web is a twist on Disney characters by talented artists.



-- There's steampunk Disney:







-- Stained glass Disney:




-- What Disney princesses may look like in real life:

 


-- And Disney princesses in modern day clothes:







Damn, I wish I was even one-fourth as good as these artists.

Friday, August 22, 2014

FF: 5 Movies to Procrastinate With

I am an excellent procrastinator.  I've happily been binge watching different tv shows and movies.  I thought I'd spread the procrastination by sharing some of the movies that struck my fancy.



 1) The Man From Earth. An absolute must-watch for anyone who loves books, history, and artistic films.  You should experience it the way I did -- I had no idea what it was about, I just put it on. This is the only movie I suggest you don't look up before watching. I think the plot itself is a big spoiler. This is one of my favourite movies now. Watch it continuously, as it consists of a long conversation. So don't let anyone disturb you!

2) In Bruges. Refreshing and twisted. It's dark drama ribboned with comedic relief.

3) The Grand Budapest Hotel. It's again refreshing and twisted, but in a very popular sense, and with well-known actors. But don't let it's popularity turn you off before you give it a shot.

4) Chocolat. The Johnny Depp movie that makes you crave chocolate like a bitch. It's very artsy. Also Dame Judy Dench is in it and I LOVE her!

5) Primer. Sci-fi, but not the blatant space travel kind. It's about four entrepreneurs and an invention.

I'm open to more recommendations.  No one can get enough of this stuff!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

O Captain My Captain

I'm very deeply affected by the suicide of a prominent childhood figure of mine: Robin Williams.  For a while I wondered why, because I normally don't have such reactions to actors. 

And then it hit me.  Robin Williams was one of the most funny, dynamic, colourful personalities out there.  And he was depressed.  It makes me so sad, and almost sick to think that the collective love directed towards him by people all over the world wasn't enough to protect him from depression. Depression's hold is too strong.

What's worse is that it's still a taboo today.  Depression is incredibly underrated, and wrongly considered a weakness. People feel the need to hide behind masks of humour and cheerfulness.  I don't blame them. The world is harsh and judgmental.  

This picture that's making its way around Twitter is so true:



There's a great article on Cracked.com about funny people battling depression: Robin Williams and Why Funny People Kill Themselves.  It's well worth a read.

One particular comment to this article really stood out:


"They're afraid that the moment the laughter stops, all that's left is that gross, awkward kid everyone hated on the playground, the one they've been hiding behind bricks all their adult life."

You couldn't have put it any better, man. If you stop and think about it, how many times is the "funny guy" in the room the one that doesn't want the party to end? The one who convinces you to have one more beer, listen to one more song, play one more hand of cards? It's because we know that once the party's over, once everyone goes home and goes on with their lives, we have to be alone with ourselves, and for a lot of us that's scary as hell. I was wondering why I was taking a celebrity death so hard when I normally don't give them a second thought, and now I think I know. Thanks for this.

There are so many people even in my own life to whom I wish I could explain that mental stress and troubles should not be looked as scoff-able weaknesses, but as something to be handled with understanding, love and support.  Way too many think that depression means craziness.  

The only thing I can say to them is: Look out for the people who open up to you.  If someone exposes their vulnerabilities, treat them with care not condescension.  And lots of love!





Rest in peace, dearest Genie.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

SS - Kiddie Arts

There's an artist in the Netherlands with a fantastic idea.  Telmo Pieper picked up creatures he drew in his childhood and brought them to life.



These two are my favourites. I can't get over how awesome they are.  

More of his 'Kiddie Arts' can be found here.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Science and Cats and Shenanigans, oh my!

As much as I enjoy blogging, I am a terrible blogger. My last post was in November, about my acquiring a cat. Arya came into my life, and I promptly disappeared (at least from this place on the web).  So, I completely blame her. Not that I'm going to tell her, of course. She spends way too much time complaining about me on the web anyway, on her own little humour blog: Catomic Theory


It's her diary of sorts, and it's been keeping me busy.

Apart from all things cat, I've been writing science articles on Function Space.

I've begun a series on soft computing, which has so far touched fuzzy logic and evolutionary computing.

Soft Computing: Introduction to Fuzzy Set Theory
Soft Computing 2: Fuzzy Rules
Soft Computing 3: Fuzzy Systems
Soft Computing 4: Introduction to Evolutionary Algorithms

There's an ongoing series on quantum computing too.

Quantum Computing: Introduction to Qubits
Quantum Computing: Concepts and Multiple Qubits
Quantum Computing: Entanglement and Non-locality

There are a couple of general ones as well, with which I hope to pique your interest in science:-



On the Black Hole Firewall Paradox - If you were to fall into a black hole, would you be crushed or burned?

The Nano Brain - A powerful conceptual device inspired by the parallel processing our own brains perform.

Apart from all things science, I've been devouring Doctor Who and stationery.  I made a little Tardis for Arya:


Moved to a new apartment and promptly set up my notebook collection among other things, before any of the other necessities: