Richard Williams- Animating Movement

In a world where live-action and animation are growing closer and closer to one another, Richard Williams was and still is one of the last remaining members of the old guard who wanted to push animation in the exact opposite direction, to do what no other medium can, and that’s perhaps most evident in the masterful way in which his films move. Let’s dive in and see what we can learn.

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Bears vs Birds: the dispersal debate


Hello everyone! Today I wanted to write about a paper that came out recently in Ecosphere. The study looked at salmon-bear ecosystems and the effect that bears had on seed dispersal.

It’s long been believed that birds were the best seed dispersers. They eat the berries, seeds included, and when the seed had come through their system, it had a nice little lump of bird poo to help get it started in growing. However, the team behind this paper may have shown that the birds might not be so important for the Devils Club flowers.

To explain this hypothesis better, some background information is needed. In South-East Alaska, where this study took place, there are two species of bear. The black bear and the brown bear. Typically, when these two species compete for a food source the brown bear is more dominant so will win. And when the salmon that…

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On the Buses


I’ve started a little project to look at availability of public transport across Manchester. To keep things easy to follow I’m going to split up the different elements of the project between blog posts.

First off, I want to know all the bus routes in Greater Manchester and I want to know which ones go where.

There are two elements to where: (1) where are the bus stops for each route and (2) which administrative ward of Manchester are they in. That’s what I’ll work out in this post.

The end product looks like this:

manchester_map Administrative wards of Manchester colour-coded by number of bus routes

Pulling Out All the Stops

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) show all the bus routes in Greater Manchester on this webpage. It looks like this:


I’m going to pull the information from it using the Requests library and interpret that html information using…

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DIY Electronic Wings – pt.1 Frame & Electronics | Hawkgirl Cosplay Series

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It’s Carnival in Sweet T&T



It’s Carnival time in Trinidad & Tobago (T&T), “the land of steelband oil and music” according to Calyposonian David Rudder the country is buzzing with excitement and our creative expression is at its peak.  During Carnival, the people of this great nation come alive from the “laissez-faire” posture which often describes a “Trinbagonian” a Trinidadian and Tobagonian.  We are full of life, fueled by the “vibes” that permeate the air (which you can literally feel) in the country.  Why, because “It’s Carnival” echoed by Soca artiste Machel Montano and Destra Garcia.

I was born on Ash Wednesday morning, just eclipsing the close of Carnival and growing up I have always had a love hate relationship with the festival. I like many aspects of it, but for someone who prefers tamer forms of entertainment, when the season is at its high point, you either get in, get out or lay low…

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Arendonk Street Art Timelapse 2 Desert Eagle Valkenhof

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The Museum of Four in the Morning

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New England Clam Chowder

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My mum made this for us while we were celebrating…what I wasn’t sure but I never forgot that clam chowder! I’ve been trying to recreate my mothers recipe and this is the closest I’ve gotten. I think many restaurant chowders are too thin, skimp on the clams or the chowder is dominated by potatoes. They clearly ignores the star of the show…..CLAMS!

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Marshall McLuhan on the Cool Medium of Comics

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Superman, Supergirl & Krypto (Art by Curt Swan, 1962)

McLuhan’s Cool Comics

by Guy Leshinski   –   Sept. 28, 2005

In his first book, 1951’s The Mechanical Bride, McLuhan reproached the Man of Steel, calling Superman’s crime-fighting tactics “the strong-arm totalitarian methods of the immature and barbaric mind.” He was more favourable a few years later when surveying the medium as a whole. He devoted an entire chapter of his seminal book Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man to unpacking the intangible ways comics ape and infect our culture. (Marymount Manhattan College professor Kent Worcester and Toronto writer Jeet Heer include this chapter in their erudite anthology
Arguing Comics.)

 Superman Cover, Oct. 1967

McLuhan saw comics as extensions of the woodcut and photographic media, “a world of inclusive gesture and dramatic posture.”

“[T]he modern comics strip and comic book,” he wrote, “provide very little data about any particular moment in time, or aspect in space, of an…

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