|the artist acts like a mediumistic being who, from the labyrinth beyond time and space, seeks his way out to a clearing.|
|I want a trouble-maker for a lover,|
Blood spiller, blood drinker, a heart of flame,
Who quarrels with the sky and fights with fate,
Who burns like fire on the rushing sea.
From Rumi’s Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
|Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.|
--W. H. Auden
|Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face|
Do You Realize - we're floating in space
Do You Realize - that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize - that everyone you know someday will die
And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round
Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
|The best things in life are not things.|
There’s a new Fantastic Four trailer and oh em gee does it look good. It’s so well-cast, and looks to have the balance of witty humor and emotional gravity we’ve come to expect from Marvel films. This could just be the low-key best blockbuster of the summer. What do you think? What summer hit are you most looking forward to?
After clearing $1.15 billion worldwide, Furious 7 is the number seven highest-grossing film of all time without adjusting for inflation. Congratulations to everyone who had points in the project, for making so much money just now! And we’ll go ahead and add a presumptive congratulations for the Academy’s Best Picture nod that Vin Diesel believes the film is a shoo-in for. Even if the film doesn’t get the award, we’re sure everyone involved can take solace in the aforementioned $1.15 billion dollars their film grossed.
An artist made a mosaic of Jennifer Lawrence’s face using just shy of 10,000 planters peanuts. Make of it what you will, but the mosaic was commissioned by Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and measures 78 inches tall by 55 inches wide. The artist who created it is named Mateo Blanco, and we’ll just go ahead and mention that he’s from Florida. This nothing inherently weird about this, J-Law is the best obviously, and it’s a really well-done tribute to her. But it still kinda seems weird, right? Why is that? Discuss.
This weird bit of news comes out of Japan, where there’s a spa in business that allows its patrons to bathe in bowls of ramen broth and noodles. Supposedly the collagen in the broth is good for the skin and can help increase metabolism, but this seems like pretty bizarre territory just for good skin. Like, couldn’t they just make a cream or a scrub of some kind? We are feeling a mixture of hunger and disgust about this. Who here has tried this? Please report all relevant details in the comments section.
After his plan to build a studio in Marin County, California — one of the wealthiest counties in the US — was scrapped, George Lucas is now planning to bring affordable housing to the 1,000-acre Grady Ranch location. The plan includes 224-units, a community center, a farm, and a bus stop for the residents. It’s not totally unfair to speculate that the impetus for this project was revenge on the Marin County residents who protested Lucas’s proposed studio, and if that’s correct, it’s working brilliantly, as residents are now more concerned than ever about the potential decrease in property values they believe the housing unit will cause. However, George Lucas has a long, tested track record of benevolent philanthropy, and he routinely makes large-scale donations to charity. He’s also signed a pledge to will half of his fortune to charity. All we can say is that we hope the housing units provide a nice place to live for its residents, who otherwise couldn’t swing the prices in this prohibitively expensive county. If some affluent residents get their feelings hurt over the project, who cares?
This is not a drill. According to a report from UPI, worms “rained” down in Norway and nobody is quite sure why. This phenomenon has been recorded before in literature, but apparently this is the first time it’s been documented by modern scientists. Some believe that worms could have been lifted into the air by a weather system and blown throughout widespread areas. While the case is still open, let’s speculate wildly about the cause of this worm-storm in the comments section. What do you think caused this?
Bobby Burns remade the Batman v Superman trailer using old-school Superman and old-school Batman, and it’s markedly better. The pure silliness of Adam West’s Batman running in front of the green screen set to the serious voiceover and music from the actual new trailer is just the best.
The concept of Astrology or “study of the stars” has been around since the ancient world and can be traced as far back as the first dynasty of Mesopotamia.
For some, the stars are a portent of the future that can and help inform you of the best course of action to take based on their alignment. If born under a specific “star” or month during the year you may have certain characteristics and mannerisms that correspond to a horoscope sign. There are 12 different horoscope signs which make up the zodiac with each sign representing a different animal or other totem. Those born between late April through late May fall under the 2nd sign of the Zodiac: Taurus.
The are many tales of how this sign of the zodiac originated, the one that makes the most sense revolves around seven beautiful maidens known as the Pleiades, daughters of Atlas and Pleione, who were attendants of Artemis. The great hunter, Orion, was obsessed with all seven sisters pursuing them relentlessly. The poor maidens were not able to defend themselves from his advances and prayed to Jupiter for help. He turned them into doves so they could fly away and make a new home among the stars, but Orion was not deterred from seeking out the fair maidens and followed them into the heavens. Jupiter sent the bull Taurus to protect them and ’til this day Taurus stands between Orion and the Pleiades in the night sky with Jupiter forming the bull’s twinkling eye.
Taurus is ruled by Venus the planet of love and beauty and as such those born under this sign are generally charming creatures who enjoy the finer things in life. An Earth sign, Taurus enjoys being surrounded by nature and is as solid as the ground they stand on valuing stability and organization in their life. Taureans love the arts and can be gifted artists in their own respects driven to produce, grow things, create art, or build things. They are dependable, practical, hardworking individuals with a fierce determination continuing to plow forward when others would have given up, their sheer will ensures they succeed at anything they set their minds too. Taureans are extremely loyal making them excellent friends though they choose to have a small tight circle of friends. Those born under Taurus are generally easy going and patient souls, but make no mistake, the temper of a raging bull lies below the surface for anyone foolish enough to provoke them. Some of the bull’s less favorable traits include being stubborn, jealous, self-indulgent and lazy. Taureans can thrive in the farming, arts, banking, medical, or constriction fields and make great photographers, interior designers, bankers, real estate agents, art dealers, musicians, filmmakers, or actors. At end of the day Taurus just wants to be comfortable moving forward at their own slow and steady pace toward a good life surrounded by all types of beauty.
Hey everyone, welcome to “Watch The Throne”, a weekly feature in which we talk about Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones from the season premiere to the finale. As usual, we offer a heartfelt thanks in advance for not sharing any spoilers from beyond the plot of this episode in the discussion section.
When we watch Arya get dropped off outside of the House of Black and White for which season five’s second episode is named, we’ve all got some reasonably high expectations. The building is tall and domineering, with no windows, and seemingly nothing and no one nearby. A place that produces men like Jaqen H’ghar commands a certain amount of stateliness just from the implied notions viewers have about what’s inside. So it’s almost a little comical when Arya approaches the door and, unsure of what to do, gives an unceremonious knock.
Arya’s attempt to enter the mysterious hall — which we assume is full of assassins — is rebuffed. After hanging around outside for an unspecified but extended period of time, Arya does what Arya does best, and moves on (until the episode’s end, that is).
Meanwhile back in Westeros, Sansa and Little Finger cross paths, coincidentally, with Podrick and Brienne. This is the second time in memory that major characters have a chance in encounter inside of a tavern on the road. Perhaps it isn’t too much of a stretch, but there was an inescapable sense of here-we-go-again when Podrick points out Sansa Stark and Brienne tells him to go get the horses ready.
Bronn and Jamie Lannister are such an unlikely duo, but this reviewer was almost giddy with excitement to see them converge once more. Who would have guessed this is what Jamie meant when he told Cersei he wasn’t going to travel to Dorne to save their daughter alone? Their reunion scene is pretty inspired, with Bronn looking hilariously uncomfortable as a lord, and a palpable sense of relief washing over his face as the promise of adventure looms on his horizon.
Just in passing it has to be mentioned that Jon Snow gets elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch after Maester Aemon settles a dead-heat election between Jon, Ser Alliser Thorne, and some ranger from a western outpost along the wall whom we’ve never met before. But it doesn’t happen before Stannis Baratheon offers to legitimize Jon as Ned Stark’s son, and make him lord of Winterfell. Even though our dreams for House Stark and the north in general were thoroughly crushed at the red wedding, this is an enticing proposition, but it’s one that, predictably, Jon Snow is too principled to accept.
The brunt of the episode’s arc was filled with Daenerys continuing to determine what kind of ruler she wants to be. This week, she is learning the value of laws that transcend the whims of their enforcers. That is to say, when Daario and Grey Worm catch the assassin from Sons of the Harpy who killed one of The Unsullied in the last episode, she chooses to grant him a fair trial rather than a summary execution. The matter is complicated when a band of former slaves kills the imprisoned assassin and leaves his body as a warning. Daenerys must oversee his killer's execution, but not without a degree of hesitance. Dany has made plenty of hard choices during her tenure as a leader, but seeing her up on a pavilion overseeing a beheading in front of a large crowd — very much the same way that newly-crowned King Joffrey was in season one — is a viscerally uncomfortable experience.
Dany’s evolution into a true ruler has always been, among other things, a platform for other characters in the show to put forth their own ideas about how a person should govern. That’s true in this episode when Ser Barristan points out the importance of even-handed justice, using Dany’s late father, the mad king, as an example of how things can go wrong. Reluctantly we have to grant that killing the assassin’s slayer was probably the just thing to do, but Dany didn’t do herself any favors by conducting it in such a public setting.
All of us got a little surprise when Drogon, Daenerys’s most unruly dragon, returned from doing whatever he’s been up to since he fried that little boy to a crisp last season. He extends his head as Dany reaches up to touch him, and mother and dragon have a heartwarming little reunion before Drogon takes flight over the city. Whatever type of ruler Daenerys is, and whatever claims to the throne she possesses, the image of a black dragon flying out over Meereen is a reminder of her most distinctive feature as a ruler, and also of her most solid claim to any throne.
There’s an official trailer for the new Star Wars: Battlefront game, and it looks pretty amazing. We’re seeing a lot of what we expected: classic battles from the original trilogy as well as a few landscapes we don’t recognize. We know that the game will include a downloadable level from the new film, The Force Awakens, but otherwise we’re not entirely sure how much of the game will take place during the new era. What we do know is that the game will be released in November.
It’s been about fifteen years since the incarnation of DeviantArt. DA’s very own spyed takes you back to the beginning and gives you a look at where we’re heading.
This was taken by photographer Thierry Legault, who specializes in photographing astrological events, and has taken a great deal of ISS transits (including one across the sun). This is one of those holy-cow-this-can’t-be-real photos, but we assure you, it is.
Cezanne’s work inspired some of art’s most important and well-known movements, and helped found modernism as an artistic school. Get to know the man himself, in our birthday tribute to Cezanne from earlier this year.
These wine glasses from Periodic Tableware are a fusion of beakers and wine glasses that are classy enough for a dinner party but still super unique. We can’t guarantee that this shape is the best for experiencing all the floral notes of a vintage pinot noir, but they’re certifiably cool-looking.
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The runaway animal madness is continuing on strong and we are not one bit unhappy about it. Apparently some rascally Zebras got loose in Brussels this week and went romping about the streets for a few hours before they were contained by authorities. What kind of exotic animal is going to get loose next? And in what quantity? Let’s speculate about this in the comments below.
In the wake of yesterday’s...anticlimactic teaser-of-the-teaser trailer debut, the actual first look at Batman v Superman has been released. The trailer does a pretty good job setting up the film’s premise, and gives us some hope for Ben Affleck as Batman — just listen to that classic one-liner at the end.
Did your eyes get a little misty while you watched yesterday’s Star Wars trailer debut? We’re willing to bet you weren’t feeling half as sentimental as Matthew McConaughey in this reaction video.
That’s right everybody, per a report from Bleeding Cool, this summer will see the release of an Archie vs. Sharknado comic, which might be the most inspired crossover of all time. We can’t wait to pick up a copy of this.
NASA announced yesterday via a press release that its faithful Mercury probe, Messenger, which has been orbiting the first planet from the sun for about a decade now, will run out of propellant and crash into Mercury’s surface on April 30.
BB-8 is threatening to steal the hearts of audiences the world over this Christmas when The Force Awakens is released, but in the mean time audiences at Star Wars Celebration got to meet the actual droid used while filming the movie. Take a look for yourself. Does R2D2 have some competition?
So this story kind of flew under our radar, but apparently back in March David Lynch spoke at a gallery exhibition in Australia that featured his work, and, among other things, made the casual and not at all overblown statement that “Graffiti to me has pretty much ruined the world.” To give Lynch the benefit of context, he was speaking in terms of the street art form sullying architecture and making it difficult to film in certain locations, but even then, this statement caused us to raise our eyebrows. What’s your opinion? Do you see graffiti as a valid artform or nothing more than vandalism?
We want to wish the happiest of birthdays to Hyung86!
Deadline is reporting that Ryan Gosling, star of Drive, is in negotiations to star in the upcoming Blade Runner sequel. We’ve got mixed feelings about the idea of this classic and near-perfect film getting a sequel, but Gosling’s involvement, along with director Denis Villeneuve and Harrison Ford — reprising his role from the first film — all give us reason to be optimistic.
People love donuts, people love space — this was bound to happen sooner or later. We’re both proud of this donut and also strangely jealous of it. Do you think donuts taste better after having been to space? Let us know in the comments below.
There’s nothing we can say about this video that can describe the magic of watching it. Enjoy.
Muddy Colors is a Fantasy Art Collective that posts regular blogs and their latest entry lists out the aspects of painting in order of priority.
Well this is pretty cool. Doctor Mix has created a video showing how you can recreate the Game of Thrones theme song using the Cubase program. How do you think they did?
Ceridwens-gallery is an artist living in Germany. We’re having a hard time putting her work into words, which we consider a good thing. See her gallery here, and find out about more Project Porkchop artists here.
This new trailer for the Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains game, which is coming to 3DS later this year, highlights specific game features.
Put on your party hats everyone, because today is Bluefley’s birthday!
Current Residence: A Peaceful State|
deviantWEAR sizing preference: L
Print preference: As Big As Possible.
Favourite genre of music: Rock. Jazz(Hard Bop). Blues. 80's Metal. Tribal(Aboriginal thru Electronic). Classical.Troubado
Favourite photographer: Sebastio Salgado. Richard Mapplethorpe. Walker Evans. Weegee.
Favourite style of art: Post-impressionist. Abstract-expressionist. The New Digital Vanguard. Contemporary fantasy.
Operating System: OSX
MP3 player of choice: Shuffle
Shell of choice: Any Conch will do.
Wallpaper of choice: French Louis XIV Rococo Style
Skin of choice: Thick enough to persevere and thin enough to feel.