Kacper Kieć | On Tumblr: Bionica
First they were divided, their flesh from their thoughts, their knowledge from their being.
And then we reassembled them, we made them new, we made them less, and more.
They are bird and man and gear.
Now they can play the French horn.
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You can only have a lot of power,
the strength to lift
rivers from their beds
one drops after another up,
millions spirited heavenward
lifted in the giddiness of sunstroked days
above the drought and dead cattle
the mud and fester made
not from their leaving
but their failure
And in your long absense too
you can paralyze the flow,
ice the brooks,
You can also return late,
stay too long,
come to tempt
This we know,
we who eat what will grow,
rise and sleep, and leave
—Alan Nadel, “To Summer”
Art Credit Rhiannon Adams.
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I drew this. I also made a shirt of it, sold at Skylight Books in Los Feliz.
Shirt = $10.00 All proceeds go to Library Funds.
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No more spoon-fed technology: How to cope with iOS 7’s final nail in the coffin of “lifelike” effects
Today is a big day for drop shadows and the shutter sound your phone makes when you take a picture. These features are what someone one day dubbed “skeuomorphic.” They’re designed nostalgia, and after today’s Apple Event they’ll be closer to extinct—for now. But this change is about so much more than design. Read this Eulogy to Skeuomorphism before you get too caught up in the plastic, parallax and fingerprint scanners.
Skeuomorphism brought with it the overly familiar comfort of those holey sweatpants you’ve had since high school that you still wear in public. You think you need them, but they’re not doing you any favors.
As it leaves us, gone will be the days of handwritten fonts on sticky notes that look like you could peel them from the screen. Now, your camera icon may not look quite as reflective, and when you push a button it may not look like it’s sinking into the screen. Still, we’ll always have a soft spot for those features that Jony Ive and his parallax will never fill.
But instead of mourning, let’s celebrate the life of skeuomorphism with our last days of drop shadows and dog-eared page corners that you can swipe. Shoot away as you watch the “shutter” of your camera close and open, so you know it’s taken the picture. And as we move on to a digital realm with more simplicity and less shadow effects, stay humbled by the past and remember from whence we came.
Imagine yourself in twenty years driving alongside a newly-licensed teen whose trunk is mistakenly bobbing open. You pull up beside them at a traffic light to alert them, and wind your fist in a circular motion—the universal signal for them to roll down the window. They’ll drop the window with the push of a button, probably never knowing how that winding gesture earned its meaning. But you will.
Catch some more pieces on Medium about WWDC that go beyond the bullet points.
If you don’t like where you are, move on. You are not a tree.
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Better Late Than Never: PULP FICTION
I started a blog about movies I should have seen, but I haven’t. Check it out!
The poster for Pulp Fiction [Fig. 1] is an art school dorm room classic. Uma seductively lays on a bed, clad in all black, bangs, hoes, and stilettos and a pop of red on her pout. She holds a cigarette, a book, and a gun. She obviously likes reading, smoking, and shooting people….
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