Exchange Square

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Thursday 18th May 2017, 7.40am (day 2,093)

Next, as usual, 18/5/17

Now that Manchester’s new Exchange Square tram stop is finished it gives you a whole new place to sit and feel depressed about the day to come. I am sure we have all felt like this on occasion at 7.40am on a Thursday.

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Fun Typographic Metaphors Animated on a Vintage Typewriter by Greg Condon | Colossal

One of the first assignments in a beginning typography course is the creation of visual metaphors, where letterforms are somehow modified or manipulated to represent a word. In this ingenious short film by Greg Condon titled “Disillusionment of 10 Point Font” the metaphor exercise is brought to life!

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27 Medicinal Plants Worth Your Garden Space

156 views Playful as kids are, accidents happen. And the accident that befallen me at 7 years old was the feeling of the hot exhaust pipe of a motorcycle kissing the skin of my leg. Grandma was around and saw it. Immediately, she took out a knife and slice the thick lower part of the … Continue reading 27 Medicinal Plants Worth Your Garden Space

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They’ve replaced the iconic portrait of Bowie in Manchester !!!

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At first i thought it was a joke when i heard that the Iconic portrait of David Bowie by Akse P19 in Manchester had been covered by a new artwork.
I’m well aware that street art is by nature temporary. It’s the spirit and  soul of Urban Art and I’m not judging this new piece of artwork . This is not the subject!
But this portrait of David Bowie  was one of the most important tributes to the legendary English pop artist alongside artists JimmyC, Otto Schade …
Seen here in my  David Bowie Street Art Tribute 
In replacement of Bowie, artist Qubek created a huge image of Sloth, from the popular 80’s children’s movie The Goonies. He was the only artist who accepted to cover Bowie’s portrait.  Was this the right decision?

This Bowie portrait had attracted thousands of tourists and locals who had visited the area especially to snap a picture…

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Zika: where are we now and where is it going?

Brazil, Zika and Neurology

I’ve previously written to give a brief general overview of the Zika virus and to tell the story of where it came from. In this article I’ll described where the virus is now and what we expect it to do next.

Zika: where is it now?

There’s been less fuss about Zika in the news since 2016, partly because our improved understanding of the virus means there’s less of a threat from the ‘unknown’ and partly because the number of new cases already seems to be dwindling away as the populations exposed to it have developed ‘herd immunity’.

In November last year, the WHO dropped their classification of Zika as a ‘public health emergency of international concern,’ and transferred responsibility for response to the outbreak from an ’emergency committee’ to a committee with a more long-term outlook. Just last week, Brazil also announced the end of an official ‘state…

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A Giant Lion Sculpture in China That Took Three Years to Complete

This wood sculpture carved out of a single giant tree trunk by artist Dengding Rui Yao and a team of twenty sculptors in Myanmar took three years to complete.

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L3 Games Design: FMP: Research – History of Animation

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Animation before film

There were many different types of animation that was used before film. With the spread of the Industrial Revolution in Europe and North America in the 18th and 19th centuries came experimentation with machines that would make images appear to move.


The magic lantern first appeared and the magic lantern is an image projector using pictures on sheets of glass. Since some sheets contain moving parts, it is considered the first example of projected animation.


The Thaumatrope was introduced and it is a rotating mechanism that has different pictures on each side and when rotated you would combine both pictures (known as persistence of vision).


The phenakitoscope featured spinning disks reflected in mirrors that
made it seem like the pictures were moving.


After the phenakitoscope came the Zoetrope. The zoetrope was a hollow drum that housed images on long interchangeable strips that would spin and…

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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben

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Each Boxing Day, during the 2am walk home from our family gathering, we Turners cut through our local park to give the trees a festive hug. We refuse to believe that the resultant warm feeling is solely founded on the consumption of a crate of Spitfire and two bottles of Captain Morgan, and have longed for an explanation that will ensure our tales of yuletide tree-hugging are met with understanding, rather than a frown which threatens a tip-off to Channel 4 and the Turner clan starring in a documentary about strange nighttime proclivities.

So, we are most grateful for German forester Peter Wohlleben’s book about the ‘daily dramas and moving love stories’ that take place in the tree world, as it proves that the wonder and spiritual connection many of us feel towards trees is based on science rather than one too many rum ‘n’ cokes at Christmas.


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