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Inspired by the exotic nature of her new home, French paper artist Marine Coutroutsios depicts in her works the vibrant richness of birds flying across the Australian sky. Rosellas, gang gang cockatoos and parrots are revealed in a display of paper feathers, catching our eyes with vibrant colours and geometric patterns.

There’s a kind of reverse situation that I have when visiting the library. 
I see a book that looks interesting, and I pick it up to browse, only to realize I’ve already read it. Then I say to myself ” I wish I hadn’t read this already, because it’s so good that I wish I could read it for the first time.”
Or is that just me?

There’s a kind of reverse situation that I have when visiting the library. 

I see a book that looks interesting, and I pick it up to browse, only to realize I’ve already read it. Then I say to myself ” I wish I hadn’t read this already, because it’s so good that I wish I could read it for the first time.”

Or is that just me?

Don’t you find that apps kill your battery life? They slaughter my Samsung tablet.

~ I haven’t noticed battery drain to be honest. I do make sure to not have dozens of apps open in the background, and I try to keep a reasonable amount of space free.The luxury of a 64GB iPad, I guess :)

Another trick is to periodically let the battery drain completely and then recharge it with wifi off and in airplane mode, with the screen brightness turned right down. If you do this three times in a row it seems to ‘re-set’ the battery to give it more juice and make it run cooler. I do this every few months and I’ve recommended it to others, who’ve found it really makes a difference. I’m not sure if it works with a Samsung, but it’s worth a try…

How gorgeous are these gifs? Look at the detail within them; they’re mesmerizing!

Rafael B Varona is a very gif-ted illustrator:

"Impossible bottles" is the title of an ongoing series showing worlds kept in what appears to be a vessel. As for the original impossible bottles they show objects that don´t really seem to fit through the mouth of the bottle. I found them to be an amazing inspiration to show animated worlds that are somehow limited or finite yet to include figures that observe their surroundings and experience it, maybe got lost but see the bottle, the boundaries and ask themselves how they ever got into it…"

Clown faces by Steven Quinn.

Clown faces by Steven Quinn.

vox03:

classicpenguin:

A very happy birthday to the inimitable Dorothy Parker, in her day called “the wittiest woman of our time.” And indeed she remains the wittiest woman of our time as well.

"Wit," isn’t always easy when you’re writing; the clever bon-mot or humorous phrase that make us a darling in public can show up comatose on the printed page.  It dawns on me, thanks to the folks at penguin,  that I might learn something from Ms. Parker, but which of these should I open first?  Suggestions, anyone?

~ To wit, my cunning linguistic heroine.

(via Airbnb Lets You Sleep in Ikea for the Night)
I’m tipping that there won’t be much sleeping happening. Being part of an event with media coverage AND the fact that you’re SLEEPING IN AN IKEA STORE, is the stuff of nightmares for some people.

(via Airbnb Lets You Sleep in Ikea for the Night)

I’m tipping that there won’t be much sleeping happening. Being part of an event with media coverage AND the fact that you’re SLEEPING IN AN IKEA STORE, is the stuff of nightmares for some people.

I needed an excuse to try a couple of new apps, and what better occasion than finding I now have 800 followers.
Rather than go into the kind of detail about the whole process that I know makes most people’s eyes go glassy (I witness it every day with adults) I’ll just say that the text was created with Ampergram, then imported into DoInk  (tumblr blog here) and the animation created before being turned into a gif in Vinyet.
Layering, or ‘App Smashing’ is something I do a lot with students. Each step teaches different skills, and those skills can be applied across the various apps we use. I’m about to embark on green screen video, which will extend the creativity of the kids who are already amazingly proficient in iMovie. The app I plan to use is another DoInk product called Green Screen, and from the test runs I’ve done ( in front of a few metres of green fabric I bought), they’re going to love it.
One of my iPads has over 300 apps on it, mainly for educational evaluation purposes, and though I don’t use all of them, I can’t bear to get rid of any of them. I’ve turned into an app rat :)

I needed an excuse to try a couple of new apps, and what better occasion than finding I now have 800 followers.

Rather than go into the kind of detail about the whole process that I know makes most people’s eyes go glassy (I witness it every day with adults) I’ll just say that the text was created with Ampergram, then imported into DoInk  (tumblr blog here) and the animation created before being turned into a gif in Vinyet.

Layering, or ‘App Smashing’ is something I do a lot with students. Each step teaches different skills, and those skills can be applied across the various apps we use. I’m about to embark on green screen video, which will extend the creativity of the kids who are already amazingly proficient in iMovie. The app I plan to use is another DoInk product called Green Screen, and from the test runs I’ve done ( in front of a few metres of green fabric I bought), they’re going to love it.

One of my iPads has over 300 apps on it, mainly for educational evaluation purposes, and though I don’t use all of them, I can’t bear to get rid of any of them. I’ve turned into an app rat :)

Yeah, I know - pics or it didn’t happen.
I’m going to get some odd looks when I drive to work this morning :p
# IronJen

Yeah, I know - pics or it didn’t happen.

I’m going to get some odd looks when I drive to work this morning :p

# IronJen

GPOY ——>  Enthusiastic but not good at math.

I sit here dressed in full Ironman costume, ready for my school’s annual Book Week book parade. You can’t get more dedicated than that.

iheartapple2:

Did you know there is a famous Steve Jobs speech hidden on your Mac?

~ I love finding easter eggs :)

"Consumption is seldom as conspicuous as the excesses of David and Jackie Siegel who, through Lauren Greenfield’s documentary, become the Botoxed faces of American greed gone wild. Then the bottom falls out, their smugness disappears, and at least 99 percent of the audience can feel good about it.

The Queen of Versailles is a repetitive exercise in schadenfreude, and the Siegels don’t do much to alter that. Mostly they cry poor, which is tough to sympathize with after continued shopping sprees and dinner parties while lenders bang on their door.

The Siegels conditioned themselves to be clueless about how real people live through economic woes, and it’s tough not to think they’re getting what they deserve. Greenfield doesn’t have much else to present in her movie, and patience gets tested waiting for another twist to occur that never does. Perhaps that’s the point, that there’s no way out when up goes down for people who never dealt with down before, and dubiously earned their up.

The Queen of Versailles leaves viewers with one feeling about the Siegels: Let them eat stale cake.”

~ For a family surrounded by live-in help, they sure lived like white trash. Their mansion was an utter pigsty and they ate crap food, all the while stepping around the turds left by an interchangeable parade of small yapping dogs. Obviously, even billions of dollars can’t buy class.

I spent most of this movie in disgusted incredulity, and I was definitely not laughing uproariously as some other reviews would have you believe.

#need more schadenfreude

Reminder to self: buy new sports bra.

Reminder to self: buy new sports bra.

"“Irony is wasted on the stupid”  ― Oscar Wilde

"“Irony is wasted on the stupid”
Oscar Wilde

If politicians are supposed to represent the people, then our species is doomed.

If politicians are supposed to represent the people, then our species is doomed.