Building The Next Pixar

Fast Company spoke with more than a dozen executives, entrepreneurs, and storytellers from all eras of Pixar’s three-decade history, all of whom have moved on but attest that Pixar’s influence over their ongoing work is invaluable and profound.

via Building The Next Pixar | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

Terrific read.

Thanks to Shawn Blanc.

Write to your MP about censored exam questions, creationist nurseries and more » British Humanist Association

The Government has been clear that young earth creationism and intelligent design are not scientifically valid theories and should not be taught as such.

via Write to your MP about censored exam questions, creationist nurseries and more » British Humanist Association.

And remember a previous link I posted.

Photo Painting: Waterlogue

Since writing about photo painting apps some time ago—see these posts—I’ve been keeping an eye open for other interesting painting apps. I recently stumbled across Waterlogue. Waterlogue shares some of the DNA of Popsicolor as it’s a collaboration between John Balestrieri, Tinrocket and Robert Clair ChromaticBytes. This is what the authors have to say:

We wanted to come up with an easy and fast way for people to create images based on the kinds of aesthetic decisions an artist makes when he or she is painting.

The technology we developed for Waterlogue transforms your photos into spontaneous, unique, and brilliant watercolor sketches that look like real paintings. Waterlogue distills your environment down to its essence—just the way an artist would—and turns even an on-the-fly snapshot into something luminous and sublime.

We designed Waterlogue to create the most authentic and aesthetically true watercolor interpretations available, and we hope that as soon as you start using the app, you’ll start seeing the world differently.

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The Universe of a Single Task

Bow when you’re done

via The Universe of a Single Task : zenhabits.

This post particularly resonated with me.

Bowhat

Doctor Who: 50 Years of Humanism

Stumbled across a link to this while reading about Humanism—very surprised that it has such a low number of views.

Apple Designer Jonathan Ive Talks About Steve Jobs and New Products

“So much has been written about Steve, and I don’t recognize my friend in much of it. Yes, he had a surgically precise opinion. Yes, it could sting. Yes, he constantly questioned. ‘Is this good enough? Is this right?’ but he was so clever. His ideas were bold and magnificent. They could suck the air from the room. And when the ideas didn’t come, he decided to believe we would eventually make something great. And, oh, the joy of getting there!”

via Apple Designer Jonathan Ive Talks About Steve Jobs and New Products – TIME.

Fascinating interview.

Chi Lin Nunnery

We’re visiting Hong Kong. The other day CJ took us out for some dan-dan-mien (noodles), which seems to be a comfort food for her and Gia. After lunch, CJ suggested that we visit Chi Lin Nunnery. The nunnery is not terrible old—founded in 1934—but was rebuilt in the 1990’s using traditional methods. It has beautiful gardens that are open to the public with no charge.

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Sarah Palin CPAC 2014 – CPAC Bonus Saturday — The Princess In Excelsis – Esquire

McCain should pay a heavy price for unleashing this ignorant, two-wheeled bilewagon on the country’s politics. If you think she’s a legitimate political leader, you’re an idiot and a sucker and I feel sorry for you.

via Sarah Palin CPAC 2014 – CPAC Bonus Saturday — The Princess In Excelsis – Esquire.

Threes!: The Best Single Swipe Puzzle Game on iOS

Threes!: The Best Single Swipe Puzzle Game on iOS – App Reviews by Geeks With Juniors – Geeks With Juniors.

Since I haven’t played every single swipe game on iOS, I can’t confirm Eric Pramono’s judgement, but I do agree with him that it’s a damn good game. If you haven’t yet played the game, you should. Eric’s suggestion for strategy is pretty sensible—slightly out-of-date because the latest version of the game does give an indication that the next tile will be higher than 3, but that doesn’t affect the advice significantly.

Currently, my high score is 29,142, which apparently means I’m 2,369th of 497,184 players.