Sunday, June 22, 2014

Facebook and your privacy

Found this on Digital Village on KFPK. It seems Mark Zuckerberg has to know your business, even after you have logged out of Facebook. Anything to make an extra buck.

The procedure to keep Facebook off your back is listed here:

http://www.zdnet.com/facebook-turns-user-tracking-bug-into-data-mining-feature-for-advertisers-7000030603/

http://digitalvillage.org/audio/dv14062101.mp3


Did you ever have the feeling you were being watched?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tove Jansson

I stumbled across a copy of "Who will comfort Toffle" while on an expedition to Hi-De-Ho Comics in Santa Monica last week. I had seen some of the Moomin books before, but it never quite clicked in my head that it was all written and drawn by Tove Jansson.
 
Anyway, there were some interesting characters in Jansson's work, besides the Moomins. Earnest, yet surreal at the same time, Jansson's characters grapple with the mysteries of life, along with the humdrum chores that go with it. And also some very strange neighbors:
 
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Something about the work made me feel young again, as corny as that sounds. It took me back to when I was little, and all ladies were lovely, mysterious giants.
(all artwork copyright Tove Jansson)
Sorry I didn't find these books sooner. But it made sitting on the 405 with an overheating radiator worth the trip.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Wander over Yonder - Sylvia

Okay, this will get me in trouble: I gave Wander's dino-horse-friend Sylvia a "makeover", and turned her into a torch song singer. From what I've seen of Sylvia's character, I'm sure she would hate it.
Maybe it's her sister, or a close cousin. For what it's worth, someone on deviantART liked another one of my Sylvia drawings SO much, he gave my makeover a makeover.

http://brandonultimate.deviantart.com/art/Sylvia-the-Zbornak-in-a-one-piece-Swimsuit-441460045

Ain't the internet grand?


(artwork copyright Craig McCracken/Disney Corp.)


Here she is with some slapdash Photoshop coloring. I picture her here singing "What's new"
(With apologies to Craig McCracken and Linda Ronstadt)

Monday, June 02, 2014

The Time Bomb Clip - Wander Over Yonder

(copyright Disney Corp.) I like this show, especially the stories about Sylvia. Sylvia is Wander's "Mighty Steed" on the Disney show "Wander over Yonder. In this episode, we see just how much trouble Sylvia's temper can cause.

Napoleon Dynamite Avengers Mashup

June 3rd 204 California elections-
I know who I'm for...


(Artwork copyright Disney/Marvel; Fox-Searchlight Pictures)

More screwing around with Photoshop; I'm surprised no one hasn't done this before.

With apologies to John Byrne, Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess, and all those fine folks at Disney/Marvel/Younameitweown Corporation.

Update: MY GOOF-Quicksilver's first name is Pietro, not Pedro.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Snake in the Garden

Don't know how I got this idea, but I wanted a cobra punching through a juicy tomato...



Rough sketch colored in Photoshop.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Net Neutrality‏

I've been trying to educate myself on the net neutrality issue, but I'm not clear on the whole story yet.
It seems that the FCC would allow the large corporations to PAY to have their content go through faster, higher capacity connections, and allow them to slow down "non-profitable" content, or content they don't agree with. Or block it all together.

( my artwork done in Maya, modified in Photoshop)

The large corporations claim that regulations would hold back innovation. I don't see how.
Consumer groups say the big ISP's already have enough advantages, and these tweaks would limit free speech to the average person.

Emails from various consumer advocate and pro labor groups I follow recommend emailing FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and President Obama to keep a "free and open internet".

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-fcc-chairman-revising-net-neutrality-proposal-20140512-story.html

http://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-101

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/15/us-usa-internet-neutrality-idUSBREA4C0SF20140515

Sure, we can trust big, unregulated businesses. Right?

http://www.cooperpointjournal.com/2014/04/10/net-neutrality-now/

http://www.techpolicydaily.com/communications/fccs-open-internet-order-cant-ensure-real-net-neutrality/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/31/net-neutrality-petition_n_4702779.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-IOUuIxejA

http://www.thenoisecast.com/2011/09/net-neutrality-rules-challenged-by-net-neutrality-supporters/

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Cleveland Orchestra presents the Cunning Little Vixen

Heard this on NPR this morning: It's good to hear that my old stomping grounds (Cleveland) is keeping up with culture, and taking some risks as well.



Directed by Yuval Sharon, Franz Welser-Most will lead the Cleveland Orchestra in this latest production of Leos Janácek 1924 opera, The Cunning Little Vixen. And rather than have the performers dress up as animals, the production uses animation projected on large screens.

The unusual foundation of this version of opera requires performers to stick their heads through holes in the screens. This will allow them to line their faces up with the animated character bodies. Director Yuval Sharon's idea goes back to the old sideshow photo stands where you could stick your face through a cutout, and you could have your picture taken as a circus strong man, or even a pretty ballerina.

http://www.cleveland.com/musicdance/index.ssf/2014/05/cleveland_orchestra_aiming_hig.html

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2014/05/16/313165716/the-cunning-little-vixen-pokes-her-head-into-an-animated-forest

From what I can gather, the animation was produced by the L.A. based Walter Robot studios. The art looks like good old hand drawn designs, and hand made models. The art is animated in After Effects.

http://www.walterrobot.com/index.html

I hope this is a success.