I’ve waited five long years for this. Finally!!!
I’ve long thought that watercolors could make for beautiful animation, and I’ve even messed around a bit with them myself, but I’ve never really seen them done right. Until now. More importantly, this is some of the best cartoon fucking I’ve ever seen.
Wish I knew who animated this! The only credit is “Mute Records 1999.”
its good/weird to be home
Awesome animation featuring wonderful motion, trippy yet innocent imagery, believable (if not entirely original) characters, and math-inspired exclamations like “algebraic!” Reminds me a bunch of a certain pair of brothers from back home…
This actually aired on Nickelodeon in January, as a short in a show called Random! Cartoons, a revival of Oh Yeah! Cartoons. Oh Yea! featured 3 animations each episode and by the end of its run had produced 99 different 7-minute cartoon shorts by a variety of animators. If Adventure Time is any guide, this present incarnation is something to be excited about. Maybe even a reason to start watching TV again.
But perhaps even more exciting, especially for those of us who would prefer to keep the tv off, is that the same producer, Frederator Studios, does a weekly internet cartoon show/podcast called Channel Frederator. The cartoons are submitted by animators from all over the world and each week they choose the ones they like the most. The downloads are high-quality, free (as in beer), and have no commercials (at least the few episodes I’ve watched). You can watch it in iTunes, but I prefer DemocracyTV. So far, I haven’t seen anything as rad as Adventure Time, but I’ve only watched maybe 4 of the 72 and counting episodes. 72 episodes! That’s a whole lot of animation. So ditch your homework, watch some cartoons, and let me know if you find anything good!
Why’s (Poignant?) Guide uses cartoon foxes and pure silliness to teach (hipsters and pre-teen girls?) how to program in Rubyâ€” the sleek, simple, and much hyped about scripting language from Japan. Perhaps not the best choice if you’re used to O’Reilly, but for those more familiar with Achewood and Cat and Girl, the Poignant Guide could be a fun way to pick up some skillz.
FOUR YEARS IS ENOUGH!
STOP THE WAR!
Harvard Day of Dissent
Today, Tuesday, March 20
Over 3,200 U.S. troops and 655,000 Iraqis have died as a result of violence since the beginning of the war on March 20, 2003.*
This Tuesday, students all across the country are speaking out on the 4th anniversary of the war. You can be one of them.
Schedule of Events:
10:00-1:00 – Science Center – Stop by the display to pick up anti-war patches and posters. Wear/post/spread your dissent.
12:00-12:45 pm – Vigil for Peace at the Harvard Divinity School.
1:00 pm – RALLY & SPEAKOUT at the SCIENCE CENTER. Come voice your opinion and hear faculty, students, and veterans speak out.
2:00-9:00 pm – CANDLELIGHT VIGIL on the steps of Memorial Church. Reading of the names of 3,000 US soldiers and 3,000 Iraqis dead.
All day – WEAR RED to protest the continuing bloodshed in Iraq.
And get ready for another big protest March 24th in Boston Common
*Figures from Iraq Coalition Casualties (icasualties.org/oif) and the Johns Hopkins study of Iraq mortality published in The Lancet:
Brief documentary by Mika about the problems with DRM and iPods, and how to “liberate” your iPod with Rockbox. Much of the footage is from Freeculture‘s iPod Liberation Party back in the fall, some of which I may have shot. Also, you can see me for a couple seconds towards the middle of the film. Check it out, and then consider freeing your own ipod.
Free Culture talk this Wednesday:
Governments worldwide invest billions of dollars in research every year. Yet the results of this researchâ€” a treasury of medical knowledgeâ€” are mostly privately owned and sold only to those who can afford the costly article fees or journal subscriptions. While there have been several movements in the scientific community to fix this problem, solutions for the social sciences and humanities have not been explored in depth.
Opening Up to Open Access
A Discussion with Gavin Yamey, Public Library of Science
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
7:30 – 8:45 PM
Sever 202, Harvard University
Cookies, brownies, and drinks will be served.
For more information about PLoS, please see http://www.plos.org
My friend & roommate, the lovely Karen Adelman, has an installation up this weekend. If you’re in or around Cambridge, you should check it out. I hear there will be tunnels.
an installation by karen adelman
in adams art space
OPEN Friday, March 9: 3-7pm
Saturday, March 10: 5-9pm
Sunday, March 11: 12-3pm
Adams Art Space is on Linden Street, but the gate is closed on the weekends so you have to enter through Adams House.