Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Link Round-Up: May 27, 2015

Inspired by the illustration "絵空事の世界"

Interview: Tansy Rayner Roberts discusses masculinity and femininity, chastity belts and scold’s bridles, and how to interrogate genre with Mad Max: Fury Road.  You may have noticed that a certain madcap romp named Mad Max: Fury Road has captured our hearts. Here’s one of the many, many reasons why.

Empire Magazine has the first images of Matt Damon in The Martian, which sadly looks more Gravity than Interstellar. (More here!)

I'm not really great with math, but there's something about visual proofs that I find fascinating.  Here's an animated visual proof that, for any positive integer n, (1 + 2 + … + n)2 = (13 + 23 + … + n3) along with an unanimated version for people who hate gifs.  If you like color coded geometry, check out this 1847 version of The First Six Books of The Elements of Euclid where color is used instead of A/B/C for angle names.  Graphical arithmetic is also very cool.

In the summer of 1963 Jerry Gretzinger began drawing a map of an imaginary city. You can now use Jerry's Map to zoom in on any of the over 3,200 eight by ten inch panels of the original paper map, executed in acrylic, marker, colored pencil, ink, collage, and inkjet print. This short film by Greg Whitmore takes a fascinating look at the project and the artist's process, which "is dictated by the interplay between an elaborate set of rules and randomly generated instructions." Via: Google Maps Mania

Studied by the Greeks, the Golden Ratio is pretty much everywhere and is common accepted as aesthetically pleasing, and now it has been found to exist down into the nanoscale level, as a byproduct of investigating the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. We may not be able to nail down both position and speed, but it appears the macro ratio is an echo of the micro one. Its natural occurrences are often associated with beauty and health. But naysayers think the Golden Ratio is myth or even a scam.  Here's an interesting response to the "scam" article.
Whether you are a professional photographer or an avid Instagrammer, chances are that food is a frequent subject of your pictures—the Serious Eats team has recently put together a serious guide to food photography that could help you to up your game.

You know, sometimes life can be rough. We all got hard things to deal with, right? Sometimes we lose people. Sometimes people hurt us. And some days we're just not feeling it and we don't even know why. When I'm feeling down one thing I like to do is play a game. I feel like games can really bring us together. - Life got you down? Play a relaxing game of Dungeons & Dragons with action star Vin Diesel

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