Born Of An Atom Bomb

Image and thought dump for the various projects of Jared Axelrod

Author of The Battle of Blood & Ink and The Cockroach Strikes

Battle of Blood and Ink

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“We also live in an era where a lot of the old, supporting institutions are either opening up or crumbling, so I suggest that people don’t try to distort who they are to fit notions of what’s professionally viable, because that paradigm is over. I suggest you focus in on your weirdness, your passions, and your fucked-up damage, and be yourself as truly as you can.”

– Molly Crabapple’s advice to young artists. Well said.

dynamicafrica:

For many African communities, markets still play a pivotal role in our daily lives. Markets are not only a center of activity - from bustle to hustle - but are a place for people to shop, socialize and have stimulating interactions. Located in the country’s capital city, Mozambique’s Xipamanine market is one such place.

Let lovely ladies at Nzualo Na’ Khumalo introduce to a place that’s much more than the negative search results it gets.

If you Google the word “Xipamanine” a lot of references might be thrown at you. Some words will pop right up: “Crowded”, “ disorganized”, “cluttered”, “filthy”, etc.

"Don’t let it fool you, Xipamanine is unique business center.  Like most informal markets, it is a world of its own. It is famous for its supersize, but in our opinion it is all the noise and excentric organization that make it unique.

People scream, dance, yell, do anything to get your attention. They’re here to sell. You’re there to buy. Here you can purchase anything from clothing, to construction material, school supplies, food, traditional medicine and even live animals like goats.

The people here are brave. This is people who weren’t afraid to take the little they had to build an empire. People who dared to put themselves out there. People who took the shot.

From mothers to grandfathers, everyone here is striving for something better.

People just like us. That’s why it made sense for us to go there, to trace our inspiration and bring that piece of our soul into Back to the roots.

This is where our grandparents and parents purchased their goods before the existence of Shopping malls with defined infrastructures. It is also where young folks like us come to buy the latest fashion or food to feed their families.

We wanted to showcase in a more honest way the unique feeling and vibe of the market. Our pictures are not edited, for this reason.

We wanted to bring the rawness of its beauty; the texture of its environment; the loudness of people and animals.

FEEL IT, SEE IT, SMEEL IT!!!

This is Xipamanine!”

ted:

Slime mold: It’s smarter than you think

This gooey, gelatinous amoeba might look pretty gross, but it’s changing the way we think of intelligence. Despite not having a brain, this slime can solve mazes, make healthy food choices and carefully navigate its environment. Amazingly, the 600 million-year-old organism has developed systems to remember, anticipate and make decisions without any central intelligence system.

More on the eukaryotic microorganism »

asylum-art:

"Head" Naum Gabo               

Russian-born American sculptor Naum Gabo (1890-1977) was a pioneer of the Russian Constructivist art movement. His work utilized what is known as “stereometric construction,” by which form is achieved through the description of space rather than mass. In explaining the method he once stated, “We take four planes and we construct with them the same volume as four tons of mass.  He felt his Head  sculpture created in 1916.

archiemcphee:

Here’s some electrifyingly awesome fashion design that would’ve made Nikola Tesla proud. Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht created (and modeled) this stunning Faraday Cage Dress, a metal garment capable of conducting nearly one million volts of electricity. The dress is made of metal plates, 600 rings of chain mail, plasma ball epaulets and a helmet covered in metal spikes with a protective face grill.

To construct and successfully model the dress Wipprecht collaborated with ArcAttack, an Austin, TX-based performance art group who use Tesla coils and Faraday suits as part of their act. Wipprecht modeled her Faraday Cage Dress in a dazzling performance at the 2014 Bay Area Maker Faire in May:

"Standing stalwartly between a pair of Tesla coils, electricity arcing around her to the strains of In the Hall of the Mountain King by ArcAttack, Wipprecht remained safe in the confines of her homemade Faraday cage, which distributed the electrical charge around its exterior while shielding the contents within.”

Click here for video footage of the performance, including Anouk Wipprecht’s perspective from inside the suit.

If you’re interested in knowing more about how this phenomenal garment was made, Wipprecht wrote all about it in a detailed Instructables post entitled “How to Get Fashionably Struck by Lightning.” However she cautions amateurs against trying to reproduce the dress one their own:

"If the arcs raise through your heart, you might not live to tell, so if anything, this process was done very carefully," she said. "ArcAttack have been doing this for over 12 years and are specialists in their field."

Head over to Instructables to learn more about this astounding project.

[via Inhabitat and ecouterre]

dieselfunkblog:

Greetings DieselFunkateers!   BIG NEWS Matty’s Rocket will be a Comicbook and Graphic Novel Series published by Rosarium  Publishing!  Series due to begin Fall 2014.  

I’m obviously very excited about Matty’s Rocket transitioning to a more immediate form.  I still love animation and will continue work on the animated variant as I can.  But this opportunity, offered to me by Rosarium Head Honcho Bill Campbell was too great to pass up.  

READY TO BLASTOFF…INDEED!

agreda:

The other day, waiting on a queue, I drew several elephants making faces, like emojis. So I have inked and colored them in Manga Studio 5 with DAUB brushes by Paolo Limoncelli.

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”

– Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (via jamesadomian)

art-of-swords:

Yatagan Sword with Scabbard

  • Dated: mid-18th century
  • Culture: Ottoman
  • Measurements: overall length 84cm; blade length 70cm

The sword has a single-edged, lightly curved watered steel blade. The ivory hilt features decorative studs and an atypical guard in the shape of a dragon head. The wooden scabbard is covered with leather with brass plate fittings.

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