Chuck Jones: The Evolution of an Artist

I grew up on these cartoons and even at a young age, knew that the Chuck Jones-directed ones were the best. This video explains why Chuck was the best at what he did. Spoiler alert: it’s because he understood characters.


ALL DAY by afroye

I HAD to put the title in all caps. The song deserves it. I can’t wait for a new Yeezy album. He is at the top of his game and it’s just straight up silly how much I love everything I’m hearing and seeing. I love how hard he goes on this song. I love how aggressive the performance is. It’s like Ye took Fox News’ demographic’s worst nightmare and threw it on stage. I love the looming giant ominous square. I love the drifting ethereal vocals that float throughout the song. The flame thrower? You kidding me? I even love how dorky and in awe Taylor Swift is. Everything is just so bold and confident and striking. Kanye, more than just about anyone else working right now, understands how visuals and audio belong together. Yeezy season approachin’.

Lord of the Rings explained

Everyone that knows me in any kind of intimate way knows that I love hobbits more than people. I read The Lord of the Rings at least once a year 1. Tolkien has been an important part of my life, but I understand why others might find the literature and lore daunting. There are wonderful themes woven throughout the books, but they can be overlooked when faced with all of the languages and names and places—as well as the prose itself. And as much as I love the movies for what they are, they don’t do a great job at making these things easier to understand. Fortunately, CGP Grey is here for that very purpose.

  1. Sometimes I listen to it. I really recommend this fan-made recording. He uses music and other sounds from the movies, making it more of an old radio show than an audiobook.

Saver Screensson

Siggie Eggertsson is one of my favorite artists/designers. His style is so complimentary to a digital, vector medium. Why wouldn’t he make a screensaver? We all have computer boxes now. It’s so obvious! The website says it best:

Saver Screensson creates unique patterns on your display by randomly stacking vector stencils to create a virtually infinite, but aesthetically consistent set of possible outcomes. Screensson contains 340 individual images and 19 predefined color palettes, generating countless multilayered compositions.

But describing this is not as much fun, you should really see it.

What he said. Go get it at this place. Gotta have that Mac OS X doe.

Big ups to TFIB for the heads ups.

Rag & Bone FW15

For their fall/winter 2015 collection, Rag & Bone produced a wonderful little video. They paired ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov with street dancer Lil’ Buck, which turns out to be a perfect personification of their brand1. The constant movement and change in speed really plays up the relationship between the two dancers. In fact, it’s like watching a ballet itself, but without the snooty ushers. Those guys need to relax. My candy wrappers aren’t that loud.

  1. I love how they pair progressive and classic. They use these really urban silhouettes and textures with mature colors and tailoring.

Kanye West ft. Paul McCartney // Only One

For all the memes and internets about Yeezy never smiling in pictures 1, he sure does do it a lot in this video of him playing with his daughter. The song is beautiful and the video is perfect in how restrained and personal it is. Good job, Spike Jonze. And Kanye. And North.

Also this post was a total excuse for me to mess with a new footnotes plug-in. You know, because my posts are usually so long that reference tools like footnotes are necessary.

  1. However, he is pretty self-aware, judging by his tweet.

Twist! Ghostface was the alien, not ODB

I like this music video because it’s the nicest. Joint is grandma-knit-you-a-sweater-cuz-you-cold nice. Also because it’s like blaxploitation meets Dr. Who.

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