How to Be at Home (2020)

In 2010, the poet, musician and my dear friend, Tanya Davis, wrote the beautiful poem, How to Be Alone, and from this we collaborated to make the film which you can see here

Ten years later, Tanya has written the gorgeous and poignant poem for these times, How to Be at Home, and we found ourselves collaborating again! This animation was created in my home studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia, while in social isolation through the spring and summer of 2020.

How to Be at Home is one of thirty films created through, The Curve, a National Film Board of Canada series of films created within and about our pandemical times. You can see more of these wonderful and affecting films if you visit this link


A National Film Board of Canada Production
Poem written by Tanya Davis
Directed, animated and edited by Andrea Dorfman
Produced by Annette Clarke
Original music by Tanya Davis and Daniel Ledwell
Sound designed by Sacha Ratcliffe

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The incredible – and still quite mysterious – way trees trade information via their roots

While researching her doctoral thesis, Suzanne Simard, now a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia, made an astounding discovery – trees in forests seem to possess complex information superhighways in their root systems that allow them to share information. Her 1995 doctoral thesis on the topic has been part of a revolution in how scientists view plants, leading many to suggest that they possess cognitive abilities, and even intelligence. […]


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The Case For Hydrogen – With Matt Ferrell | Answers With Joe

Big thanks to Matt Ferrell for guest hosting this episode!
Much has been made about hydrogen fuel cells and their use in cars, but there are many other uses for hydrogen that make more sense. We examine those in today’s video.


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Pink Oyster mushrooms at home

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Epic Anime Flipbook Is So Long It Should Should Be Its Own Show | My Modern Met

By Arnesia Young on April 19, 2021

This flipbook is like an episode of the greatest anime you could hope to see.


Flipbooks are one of the coolest and simplest ways that anyone can get into animation. While one can be as simple as some stick figure drawings on a few short pages, they can also become pretty complex and detailed. Stop-motion animator and YouTuber Andymation, who has been making flipbooks since he was a kid, tells entertaining stories through his animations. He even pushes the boundaries of the art form by creating interesting challenges for himself. One of those said challenges resulted in him producing one of the biggest flipbooks he has ever made titled The Return of Grumpy Cloud.

The massive flipbook is so thick it can barely fit into one hand, but that isn’t the most impressive part—the art inside is even more incredible. The anime drawings recall a style and fight scene similar to something you might find in the popular anime series from the early 90s, Dragon Ball Z. The unnamed heroine musters up all her power to banish the gloomy cloud from the face of the earth and, in the end, she stands triumphant as the fog clears. This epic scene could definitely be the pilot for its own huge flipbook miniseries. […]

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They Did It! NASA’s Helicopter Actually Flew on Mars!

Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about the uncredible success of NASA’s Perseverance mission – the helicopter actually flew!
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Sean McGrath from Saint John, NB, Canada Derived image: Black Rainbow, CC BY 2.0
82-25 DOE photo by Frank Hoffman , public domain
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Data Processing

Self-initiated visual research by Media.Work studio, in which we look for new ways to show computing processes. Instead of traditional high-tech images that treat digital technologies as something abstract and intangibly futuristic, we referenced bold shapes from industrial and graphic design and mixed them with realistic materials to create a more friendly approach to technology visualization and to accentuate the connection between humans and devices that help us move through our daily lives.

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The Secret Behind the Mysterious Girl in ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Posters | Spoon & Tamago

the original poster art for My Neighbor Totoro, created for the 1988 theatrical release and still used to this day


My Neighbor Totoro was created by Hayao Miyazaki and released as a film in 1988. It’s one of our favorite movies that we’ve watched over and over, each time making new discoveries. However, one of those discoveries was not even in the film: it was staring right at us all this and we never even noticed it. In the poster from the original theatrical release, which continues to be used on DVDs and even on streaming sites, a small girl holds an umbrella in the rain next to Totoro. This girl is neither Satsuki nor Mei, the two protagonists of the film. In fact, she does not even make an appearance in the film.

Above is the famous scene from the film, which shows Satsuki and Mei next to Totoro. But neither of them are the girl in the poster, who appears to be wearing Satsuki’s clothes and has Mei’s pigtails. It’s as if the girl in the poster had somehow been divided into two characters. An interview with producer Toshio Suzuki, later transcribed by journalist Kenji Ando, helps explain what happened.

My Neighbor Totoro was originally a picture book for kids, which was then made into a movie. And the cover reveals that it featured just one young girl. This would become the basis for the film. But as plans progressed, it was decided that My Neighbor Totoro would air as a double-feature alongside Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies. Miyazaki and Takahata are known to have been friendly rivals who motivated and inspired each other. When Miyazaki learned that Takahata’s film was going to be longer than his, he went back to his storyboard in search of ways to make his film equally long. It was this sense of competition that split his original single character and gave birth to the sisters: Satsuki and Mei.

But when it came time to create the poster art for the film, Miyazaki just couldn’t find the right composition, recalls animator Hirokatsu Kihara, in a book he published about his time working on the production of the film. The poster went through several revisions and at the end, Miyazaki had reverted to his original character from the picturebook.

So why did the poster, which doesn’t even feature a character from the film, end up sticking for all these years? Kihara goes on to explain that, at the time, My Neighbor Totoro wasn’t a huge success. It wasn’t until the film was repeatedly broadcast on television that it became a sleeper hit. […]

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Wildflowers, Cerrado, Mato Grosso, Brazil

#Wildflowers, #Cerrado, #Mato Grosso, #Brazil

Wildflowers, Cerrado, Mato Grosso, Brazil
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The world is poorly designed. But copying nature helps.


Japan’s Shinkansen doesn’t look like your typical train. With its long and pointed nose, it can reach top speeds up to 150–200 miles per hour.

It didn’t always look like this. Earlier models were rounder and louder, often suffering from the phenomenon of “tunnel boom,” where deafening compressed air would rush out of a tunnel after a train rushed in. But a moment of inspiration from engineer and birdwatcher Eiji Nakatsu led the system to be redesigned based on the aerodynamics of three species of birds.

Nakatsu’s case is a fascinating example of biomimicry, the design movement pioneered by biologist and writer Janine Benyus. She’s a co-founder of the Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit encouraging creators to discover how big challenges in design, engineering, and sustainability have often already been solved through 3.8 billion years of evolution on earth. We just have to go out and find them. […]

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