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The Big Round Cubatron

by Trevor May | 12th September 2006 | Art | 1 comment

Big Round Cubatron

The Big Round Cubatron: “is the world’s largest 3-dimensional full color dynamic light sculpture. It is an array of lights 40 feet in diameter and 10 feet high. It consists of 28 spokes, each of which is 24 lights wide by 9 lights high. Each light is independently controllable to display any color and brightness level and the entire display can be updated 50 times per second. There are 6048 total lights (28 * 24 * 9) made of 18,144 LEDs.”

If you didn’t make it to Burning Man in person, you can see it in action here and make it youself (if you’re rich).

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One Million Ways to Die

by Trevor May | 12th September 2006 | Asides Humour | Comment on this

One Million Ways to Die: your appendix is more likely to kill you than al-Qaida is.

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The bitter legacy of 9/11

by Trevor May | 12th September 2006 | Asides Miscellany | Comment on this

The bitter legacy of 9/11: The Independent.

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The evolution of Mickey Mouse

by Trevor May | 10th September 2006 | Animation Asides Disney | Comment on this

A Biological Homage to Mickey Mouse: “He has assumed an ever more childlike appearance as the ratty character of Steamboat Willie became the cute and inoffensive host to a magic kingdom. By 1940, the former tweaker of pig’s nipples gets a kick in the ass for insubordination (as the sorcerer’s Apprentice in Fantasia). By 1953, last cartoon, he has gone fishing and cannot even subdue a squirting clam.”

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Overheard in New York

by Trevor May | 10th September 2006 | Asides Humour | Comment on this

Overheard in New York: “Yeah, it made fun of Hitler, but it was in, like, a positive way.”

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Testing aside posts

by Trevor May | 9th September 2006 | Asides | Comment on this

If you can read this, then in-line “asides” now work! This means that when I want to post something which I don’t feel warrants a full article of it’s own I can class it as an “asides” category and it’ll show up like this. Thanks to this article at Photo Matt it was a lot less painful to set up than I thought!

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New World Trade Center towers unveiled

by Trevor May | 8th September 2006 | Architecture | Comment on this

New World Trade Centre Towers

Three new WTC Towers were announced yesterday to compliment the Freedom Tower. From BBC News:

“The tallest of the skyscrapers, and the last to be built, will be topped by four diamonds that will point towards the memorial park from any vantage point in the city, architects say.

Designed by Lord Foster, the diamonds will light up lower Manhattan at night.

Lord Rogers’s building will be more slender and designs show it featuring four 100ft (30m) spires – one at each corner.

Fumihiko Maki’s minimalist fourth tower will be covered in perforated aluminium, making it the lightest of the skyscrapers, according to its designer.

The landmark buildings are intended to complement Freedom Tower – which at 1,776ft (541m) is set to become the tallest building in the United States.

All building work on the site is due to be completed by 2012.”

Detailed information about the towers can be found on the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation site.

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September 11: The price we’ve paid

by Trevor May | 8th September 2006 | Miscellany | Comment on this

I try to avoid politics here, but I read an interesting statistic over at The Independent today:
“In the most recent polls, the number of Americans who believe that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the September 11 plot, which stood at 80 per cent in 2002, and 64 per cent early in 2005, has now slipped to the high twenties – roughly the same numbers, give or take a percentage point, as those of the conspiracy theorists who believe that the Bush administration planned the atrocities, or at least allowed them to happen, in order to further its imperial ambitions in the Middle East.”

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Ed Benedict RIP (1912 – 2006)

by Trevor May | 1st September 2006 | Animation | Comment on this

Animation legend Ed Benedict, the original character designer for The Flintstones, sadly passed away on Monday, aged 94. John K has a great article over at his blog today in respect.

Update: Amid at Cartoon Brew has another nice article on Ed.

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Animation Blast

by Trevor May | 30th August 2006 | Animation Books Disney Miscellany | 1 comment

Animation Blast #9

It’s always a delight when fun stuff arrives in the mail, and yesterdays delivery was an unexpected treat! I’d pre-ordered a copy of Animation Blast #9 a month ago and had, for the most part, forgotten I’d done so. When I opened the package I was surprised at the size of it! 108 pages of good quality printed stock, chock full of fantastic articles and artwork.

A complete run-down on the book’s content can be found here on the website, but it includes gems such as an article on Disney’s “Tenth” Old Man, John Sibley, on Disney in the 50s, bawdy wartime cartoons, The Three Cabelleros, Korty Films and writer John Dunn.

If you’re in any way interested in cartoons or animation — or even art — history, do yourself a favour and buy a copy!

The top quality of this book, and the tantalising sneak peek over at The Blackwing Diaries, has really made me wish that I’d pre-ordered a copy of Amid’s other new book, Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation, as well. It’s out of stock everywhere!

Update: Jenny has just brought to my attention Amid’s posting on the Cartoon Modern blog (I have too many blogs to read and missed this one today!). Amazon should have stock in within the next day or two and will them ship out then. So go buy that too!

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