Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not “you.” The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato.
The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Living on the shore of Lake Ontario, just east of Toronto, photographer Matt Molloy has daily encounters with brilliant sunsets and cloudscapes that he’s been taking photographs of for over three years. One day he began experimenting with time-lapse sequences by taking hundreds of images as the sun set and the clouds moved through the sky. Molloy then digitally stacked the numerous photos to reveal shifts in color and shape reminiscent of painterly brush strokes that smeared the sky. You can learn more about his “timestack” technique over at Digital Photo Magazine and prints are available here.
Holy $hit yes
So Cyan launched their Obduction Kickstarter today, and I’ve been lucky enough to be helping them out behind the scenes for the past couple of months. This is the first piece of mine that’s been released publicly and, seeing how apparently EVERYONE IN THE MYST FANDOM positively identified this as my work, I figured I might as well just post it outright. :P
Go support the Kickstarter if you can! It’s going to be a pretty amazing project to keep tabs on.
The Reality of Nude Photos
Alright, so this is a little bit of an unrelated note to my regular posts, but I feel like it’s important. I want to take just a quick minute to explain the difference I see between a naked body that’s posed and a naked body that is just that: a naked body.
When we look at naked people on the internet (be it Porn Stars, “selfies” taken by internet-famous bloggers, or professional freelance models), they are almost always in these poses that elongate the body, stretch out the muscles, show off the ribs, push the breasts forward and hide all of those squishy rolls that happen when we relax. I am not attacking them, so please don’t feel defensive if those are the kinds of photos you are a part of. They’re beautiful, I have no problem with them. I just feel called to point out that a body that looks so “sexy” or “slender” or “desirable” in one picture, can look squishy, vulnerable and saggy in the next just by letting go of a pose. No one wants to post those pictures, those are the ones you delete before they’re even out of the camera. No one wants to say, “Hey! Here’s a selfie of how my tummy puffs out and look, can you see the stretch marks on my breasts!?”
I took both of those pictures this morning, minutes apart. They’re both me. They’re both completely unedited. They are simply meant to show the difference between a body that is carefully designed to be sexy and well-received, and a body that is just sitting there being a naked body on a bed in the morning.
I’m not saying that people shouldn’t pose in photos, or that photos designed to look sexy are bad whatsoever, so please don’t think that’s what I’m getting at. I just felt like sharing a picture of what a body really looks like sitting on a bed, instead of an image of what a body looks like carefully posed on a bed.
Praise be. I can be squishy and I can be sexy. Sometimes both. Frequently both.
|Batman film:||I think some parts of the Batman mythos are a little too silly or outlandish to work on film, like the themed, superpowered villains, Robin, and the fact that he has a Bat-everything|
|Warner Bros:||Okay, well, let's construct a more realistic, grounded world, limit ourselves to unpowered villains, have people who represent Robin's role in the story without actually wearing red and green tights, and get rid of the "bat" prefix on everything and just let the audience infer that his car is the batmobile and his cave is the batcave.|
|Superman film:||A lot of people are put off by the fact that Superman is so powerful as to be undefeatable, and they think Kryptonite is a cheap shortcut to get around that. Also, it bothers people that the only things the films show him doing are flying and lifting stuff, and they have a hard time believing everyone just accepts that he's an alien without making a big deal out of it.|
|Warner Bros:||Okay, we can work around that. Let's make Superman less omnipotent, match him against an equally powerful villain. Instead of making "he can't use his powers because of Kryptonite," we'll put him in a situation where even his superpowers can't solve everything, and maybe make an ending that's not so morally black-and-white, so you can't really call it a loss or a win, that way he's not undefeatable. Oh, and we'll make it a first contact story, and show the freakout that would happen if a superpowered alien really arrived on Earth!|
|Green Lantern film:||Green Lantern doesn't really have a very big fanbase, and there's four different Green Lanterns. Everybody who loves Green Lantern has their favorite, and most of them don't really like the other three.|
|Warner Bros:||Let's fast-track this thing, and pour lots of money into it. Maybe if the movie does well, we can make other movies that introduce the other Lanterns, and then it will have a huge fanbase!|
|Flash movie:||There's been like a hundred different Flashes and they all have different origins and variations on their powers, and a lot of them have a different source for their powers. Also, the flash has very few popular villains.|
|Warner Bros:||Can you have it ready by 2016?|
|Wonder Woman movie:||Wonder Woman's pretty much always been Diana, an Amazon princess who left her ancient Greek-inspired, all-female homeland. She's a skilled warrior, brilliant in hand-to-hand combat, and is one of DC's most iconic and popular characters. She's got an invisible airplane, but a lot of people think that's silly, so a lot of interpretations show her as just able to fly, or turn it into a plane that can turn invisible, or an invisible projection like the ones made by Green Lantern's ring. Her rogues gallery is also largely mythological, which the popularity of Thor proves is popular with audiences. Because she's a superpowered woman who leaves an all-female utopia to enter our incredibly unequal patriarchal society, her triumph will be all the more satisfying because society doubted her because of her gender. Seeing as half our fans are women, but we always act like none of our fans are women, it would really get us a lot of money to show a movie where the message is that it's wrong to underestimate women, as well as launching a new franchise and building hype for a Justice League film. Plus, Wonder Woman is a fan favorite among both men and women, especially people who watched the "Justice League" cartoon. She's almost universally loved, and the Wonder Woman animated film was one of our best sellers, everybody loved it!|
|Warner Bros:||Invisible Plane, you say? There's no way to make that work on screen, and people would be mad if we didn't have it. Besides, there isn't a huge market for a Wonder Woman movie! She doesn't have a clear origin story, not many people are familiar with her. Men won't buy tickets to a superhero movie with a female lead, and we just don't have that many fans who are women! Besides, she's too mythological, it would alienate people! Let's keep saying we're going to make a Wonder Woman movie, but then shelf the project before anyone can actually start to make it.|
|Fans:||But we really all want a Wonder Woman movie! Please make one, I don't see why you can't have both a Superman/Batman movie and a Wonder Woman movie! We're begging you, you've just launched the second cinematic Superman franchise, and you're about to launch the third Batman cinematic franchise. Can we at least have the FIRST Wonder Woman franchise?|
|Warner Bros:||Pshhh, a Wonder Woman movie is tricky! There's too much stuff we would have to work around, and besides, nobody wants to see one!|
|Fans:||It would take no effort to work around those things, and we really want to--|
|Warner Bros:||--NOBODY WANTS TO SEE ONE.|