La Chevelure - Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scevola
#Emily what is this style called #I like this style #hey #hey Emily (via pyrrhicomedy)
Symbolism! Ish. Mostly. No, oh my God, you will get such a kick out of this guy. So Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scevola was this WWI-era French Symbolist-ish painter (meaning that most of the works of his that people like were his Symbolist paintings), but what really makes him interesting is that he, along with two other painters, is one of the undisputed inventors of military camouflage! Early on in the war, he was a gunner for the French, and in his spare time sat around and figured out a way to make his gun almost invisible to the naked eye, using a painting he’d done on a canvas cover. It caught on so well that an official camouflage department was set up at Amiens the next year, with de Scevola at the head of the French camouflage corps. He recruited dozens of other artists to help him out, most notably a cubist named Andre Mare, who had been camouflaging lookout posts on his own for years. Eventually the team grew to some ridiculous number of artists, many of them quite famous at the time. Cubism was their favorite tool, and was by far the most effective artistic method of deceiving the enemy, due to how it broke up light, and forced the viewer to doubt their own eyes. de Scevola once said that he was able to perform this deception by “employing the means the cubists use to represent an object.” So you know, even if Cubism isn’t everyone’s bag, it’s sure helped thousands of men and women through history keep from getting shot.
But no seriously, how great is that?
“ You have to surrender to your mediocrity, and just write. Because it’s hard, really hard, to write even a crappy book. But it’s better to write a book that kind of sucks rather than no book at all, as you wait around to magically become Faulkner. No one is going to write your book for you and you can’t write anybody’s book but your own. ”
Cheryl Strayed (via dejsong)
Yes! This is up there with the Amy Poehler thing about doing things right now, before you’re ready, because great people do things before they are ready.
“ When we write we offer the silence as much as the story. Words are the part of silence that can be spoken. ”
Jeanette Winterson (via mttbll)
I know I talk about Janelle Monáe so much, but I’m just in love with what she’s doing: Black, queer sci-fi rock operas (if that’s the right term) and they are amazing. There’s a running story (possibly time-traveling, possibly messianic, definitely funky android tries to teach love to a society that has forgotten it), but you can jump in on any CD with no problem.
“ Writers end up writing about their obsessions. Things that haunt them; things they can’t forget; stories they carry in their bodies waiting to be released. ”
Natalie Goldberg (via middecember)
A friend just pointed us towards this incredible web comic that we are 210% behind. Follow Ada Lovelace (inventor of the algorithm, pretty much) and Charles Babbage (inventor of the difference engine) in the thrilling adventures of early computing. It’s all done by Sydney Padua.
Ada Lovelace was the only legitimate child of mad, bad, and dangerous to know poet and nutcase Lord Byron.
Her mother Anabel fled
the exploding planether husband yet worried that Ada had inherited his wild blood.
ANABEL: Ada must be saved from becoming poetical! Only one thing can subdue poetry…
(a wide-eyed baby Ada reads a book titled “ADVANCED CALCULUS”)
Ada’s mother hired the finest mathematicians and scientists of the age to turn her into a human calculating machine!!
Meanwhile, in his
secretlaboratory, Charles Babbage is working on the radical non-human calculating machine…
CHARLES: No one has the intellect to grasp the genius of my difference engine!!
CHARLES: Short-sighted fools!!!
MINION: Didn’t they give you that huge grant that you then used for a totally different machine that you also didn’t build?
CHARLES: Silence, minion!
Then, at a party in 1833, fate intervened…
CHARLES: Nobody understands me…
ADA: In enabling mechanism to combine together general symbols in successions of unlimited variety and extent, a uniting link is established between the operations of matter and the abstract mental processes of the most abstract branch of mathematical science!!!
ADA: A new, a vast, and a powerful language is developed for the future use of analysis, in which to wield its truths so that these may become of more speedy and accurate practical application for the purposes of mankind than the means hitherto in our possession have rendered possible!!
CHARLES: Yes, yes exactly!!
OTHER PARTYGOER: Hey look, we’re present for the invention of the geek.
ADA: This must be twittered!
(she prepares to tap out a 140-character message on her paper fan)
ADA: Wait, this is a fan.
ADA: Suddenly, there is a gaping hole in my life of which I was hitherto unaware.
In collaboration with Babbage, Ada produced, in theory, the first computer programme…
Some sort of math thing for the next-gen analytical engine which I don’t understand.
Unfortunately, Ada died at only age 36, and Babbage never did build any of his calculating engines…
The next steps in computing were not taken until the 1930s. Babbage’s engine was finally built in 1991, you can see it at the Science Museum in London.
(switch to steampunk art style occurs here)
OMG, that’s so boring! What actually happened was, Babbage and Lovelace successfully developed the computer in the mid-1830s (giving humanity the necessary technological advantage to repel the alien invasion of 1898), and used their combined powers to fight crime and have adventures!!
Although they did have a somewhat idiosyncratic view of what constitutes “crime”.
CHARLES: Street music!!!
only one of my favorite webcomics ever