The Distillery

 The ratio between a circle’s circumference and its diameter, named π, is a mathematical constant of crucial importance to science, yet most scientists rely on precomputed approximations of π for their research. This is problematic, because scientific progress relies on information that will very likely disappear in case of a cataclysmic event, such as a zombie apocalypse. In such case, scientific progress might even stop entirely. This motivates the need for a robust, yet easily applicable method to estimate π.

By Aki Inomata, quite literally taking the hermit crabs ability for carrying their home on their back, the Japanese artist crafts architecturally inspired shells from plastic for the crabs, with miniature cities on them. I think another fantastic aspect is the transparency, how you can see the anatomy of the crab even when they withdraw is just fascinating.

(Source: designboom.com)

All right,” said Susan. “I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need… fantasies to make life bearable.”

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

"They’re not the same at all!"

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME…SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what’s the point—"

MY POINT EXACTLY.

Terry Pratchett, Hogfather (via alyseofwonderland)

I think Pratchett has possibly informed my moral philosophy more than anyone…

This had me choking on my lunch…

DESIGN: Time in Motion by Fong Qi Wei

Singapore-based artist Fong Qi Wei produced these mesmerizing animated GIFs as a follow-up for his photography series “Time is a dimension“, combining different “time slices” into a single print.

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Mapmakers have always claimed objectivity, and cartographers always imagine they’re creating maps from some omniscient God-like position. When it comes to Google Maps, however, the reality is that they’re being produced on the west coast of America.
Jerry Brotton, historian of cartography and the author of A History of the World in Twelve Maps, quoted in Why Google Maps gets Africa wrong | theguardian.com (via wjt)

The Tea Song - by Yorkshire Tea (by YorkshireTeaBrewTube)

Note: I don’t even drink tea. But most of my friends drink it in large quantities.

It’s important for little girls to know not every story has to be a love story and for boys to know that soldiers aren’t the only ones to triumph in war.
Guilermo Del Toro - How Pacific Rim saved his life

“I wanted to show that men and women can be friends without having a relationship,” says del Toro of the relationship between the two main characters Mako (played by Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi) and Raleigh (“Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam). “Theirs is a story about partnership, equality and a strong bond between partners. It’s important for little girls to know not every story has to be a love story and for boys to know that soldiers aren’t the only ones to triumph in war.”

Nice article, worth a read. (via pacificrimbrinkrp)

Even though I will concede that, yes, there are some slight differences between the Frozen girls and Rapunzel, there are zero changes in the faces of Anna and Elsa. Zero. They have the same facial structure, the same eyes eyes, the same nose, the same mouth…and while we’re at it, the same body too, with the exception of Elsa being a little taller. The only differences are in skin tone and surface details, such as freckles and makeup (which, as I’ll cover in a moment, don’t fulfill even the most rudimentary basics of good character design — but we’ll get to that). So, how did this happen? How did a design mistake that would get you called out in a beginning animation class end up in a major Disney release?

In my opinion, the answer isn’t necessarily limited time, which was certainly a factor in Frozen, or laziness, or the fact that they’re all CG characters (sorry, 2D animation advocates, but lots of 3D girls do not look identical). To me, this speaks to a disturbing trend in Disney’s general approach towards designing female characters.
But first, some context…

proofmathisbeautiful:

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Boundary Functions by Scott Sona Snibbe

This piece of interactive art dynamically draws Voronoi diagrams between people as they walk around. In the artist’s words: the lines describe each person’s personal space. As people move the tiles move and change to show their changing personal relationships. The piece reveals that personal space, though we call it our own, is defined by others and changes without our control.