Dozens of protesters gathered in the Commons on Thursday evening in response to President Donald Trump “violating the independence of the [Russia] investigation,” according to the event description. The demonstration mirrored protests in over 1,000 U.S. cities, which converged on Thursday at 5 p.m. to call for the protection of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump-Russia ties.Read More
Morgan Hubbard ’20 knows zero Spanish. Yet after hearing about the MEDLIFE program from a physics discussion session, the junior biology major decided to spend part of her winter break in Peru to support local low-income communities. After a 14-hour flight from Chicago via Panama City, Hubbard arrived in the hostel that would act as the MEDLIFE group’s base for the week in Southern Lima.Read More
Digna Romàn had one child. She had him when she was 40. He got stuck in the birth canal because her hips were too narrow, forcing the hospital to perform an archaic, torturous procedure through which they broke the bone of her hips to pull him out.Read More
After realizing that the only way to force myself to continue drawing was to dangle my fear of disappointing others in front of my own face, I've decided to start a webcomic.
I've been drawing these little skeletons in notebooks, on my tablet, in the margins of textbooks, for as long as I could hold an ink pen. I have developed a genuine love for them and their pun-filled shenanigans, and so I thought it best to share that joy with the world.
The comic is titled "Just Skeletony Things" inspired by the popular "Just Girly Things" inspirational photo quotes-styled images. Don't skeletons deserve to revel in their own enjoyments, too? While previously confined to lined paper and dotted grids, the skeletons now have free roam of the infinite open whiteness that is digital space.
The road to actually promoting and spreading the love for skeleton antics has only just started. I have created an Instagram page and a Tumblr page, and have mentioned it on my other social media as well as in person to friends. Posting in school-related panels in a Facebook group has also been suggested as a way to spread the word, as well as posting on Reddit, just to test the waters. I also realize that I need to find a way of actually signing the comics.
So far, reviews have been pretty good. The direction of the jokes seems to be a mix of more absurdist, bizarre humor and regular skeleton/bone-related puns, hopefully with more of the former in the future. This is an exciting start!
Zombie films first came to American shores in the 1940s. At this time of war anxiety, zombie films centered around mind control and invasion from afar. Themes like those in Revenge of the Zombies, in which a mad Nazi scientist, Dr. Max Heinrich von Altermann (John Carradine), uses technology to secure power over Lila’s mind. In films such as these, fears of loss of individuality and loss of control over the self are predominant, mirroring the changes in suburban America at the time as expansion into suburbs and mass production led to new forms of consumption and conformation.Read More
I don’t remember exactly what national park I visited first. I have vague memories of a road trip on Route 66 through the Grand Canyon, mingled with the sound of a geyser in Yellowstone. As far back as I can remember, I have visited no less than one national park, protected area, or wilderness zone a year, usually during the summer. I have gathered eight Audubon field guides (New England, Florida, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain, Night Sky, Southeast, Southwest, and California), 25 lapel pins (two each from the 12 national parks that I’ve visited and one commemorating the centennial of the National Park Service), and six photo albums over the duration of these short 17 years. Yet the significance of these trips and adventures has never laid in the collection of collectibles or the pictures taken, but in the stories that our family has accrued to recount to each other.Read More
I recently visited the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT. I was surprised to find that they had finally decided to exhibit their 1000-object collection of Japanese art, in a special exhibition entitled "Utamaro and the Lure of Japan." I was even more surprised to see two wall-sized scrolls hanging across from each other, each more graphic and vivid than any other ancient scroll I had ever seen.Read More
Recently, I've become interested in facial recognition algorithms while trying to write a little live image modification code.
While looking into the way that these algorithms work, I stumbled upon a project by Adam Harvey: CV Dazzle.
The website provides 6 essential tips for avoiding recognition by surveillance systems and computer vision:
- Avoid enhancing facial features
Here we go. Gouache is officially a thing. I'm especially happy with the organic shapes and the incorporation with the embroidery in each of these. It is good. Other ideas below.Read More
I admittedly struggled with this still life, maybe a little too much. I spent multiple weeks on it, though a good chunk of that time was spent staring blankly at it wondering why it didn't look right. I was finally able to "let it go," though I still don't know if I'm satisfied with it.Read More
The portrait project is ongoing, and as it moves along, some of the processes involved in the making of each portrait have changed, for better or for worse. This post is a brief process rundown, mostly as a reminder for my future self on what went right and what went wrong. It focuses on Cece, shown above.Read More
Jane didn't know yet. Jane didn't know anything yet. Sam hadn't worked up the nerve to tell her that morning before she had gone to work, and now looking at her stressed face (those fine lines hadn't been there yesterday, had they?), he couldn't stand being the one to cause her more pain and confusion. She deserved so much better. He drew in a sharp breath. There was nothing left to do but tell her.Read More
Grayson wouldn't get up. His eyes were open, but Jenna knew he wouldn't get up again. She kept saying it to herself quietly as if that would make it easier to acceptRead More