Monthly Archives: May 2016

What Facebook Live and Periscope need is a waiting room — TechCrunch

Livestreams start boring because broadcasters don’t want to begin the real action until more people have tuned in. That can take a few minutes, even with streams being rapidly distributed via push notifications, tweets, and the News Feed. But by that time, the initial audience may have bounced, and the recorded replay won’t entice viewers…

via What Facebook Live and Periscope need is a waiting room — TechCrunch

The EU has proposed making all publicly funded science papers free by 2020 — Quartz

Open-access advocates have long called for scientific research—often trapped behind expensive science-journal paywalls—to be more freely available to the public. Now, European Union science chiefs have proposed making all publicly funded science research papers published in Europe free to access by 2020. The European commissioner for science, research and innovation, Carlos Moedas, called the move…

via The EU has proposed making all publicly funded science papers free by 2020 — Quartz

The One That Got Away…

Suzie Speaks

The one that got away

In 2010 I was lucky enough to supervise a trip to America. With 58 students and 7 other staff, we visited three cities – New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. and as we were only there for a week our itinerary was jam packed with as many sightseeing opportunities as we could possibly could manage. (We actually ended up being stranded in D.C. for an extra week after the volcanic explosion in Iceland grounded all flights, but that’s another story).

In New York, we went to the Museum of Modern Art, which I was really excited about. During our visit we saw that there was a retrospective taking place, during which Marina Abramović, a Serbian artist performed a thought-provoking piece named ‘The Artist is Present.’ Sitting in silence, she invited viewers to sit directly opposite her at a table. Anyone and everyone could participate, but nothing would be said…

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The Roots remake is a reminder that yes, America needs more movies about slavery — Quartz

When I told my friends that the History Channel was doing a remake of Alex Haley’s Roots (premiering on Monday, May 30), I heard a lot of groans. “Do we really need another film about slavery?” my friends said. In a word: yes. 40 years since Roots debuted, most of my students have never seen…

via The Roots remake is a reminder that yes, America needs more movies about slavery — Quartz

Anne-Laure Jacquart demos a perfect use of negative space

Citizen Sketcher

I’m always talking about using negative space when painting. (Say for instance, this example). I often call it The Three Big Shapes: Sky, Ground, Subject.

In this short video, watercolor sketcher Anne-Laure Jacquart gives you a *perfect* example of cutting a negative shape.

You’ll see her deftly cut her subject out of the sky and ground in only a few moments work. She makes it look easy!

This is exactly the kind of direct drawing with the brush that makes watercolor the ultimate travel sketching medium.

And – just a reminder – Anne-Laure is the sketcher who is replacing me as the lead sketcher on our planned travel sketching workshop to India.

I hope if you’ve ever wanted to travel and paint in such an exotic location, you’ll consider signing up with her! There’s only 15 total spaces <update: Only 8 spaces left as of May 17 > in the…

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Tesla has 780 million miles of driving data, and adds another million every 10 hours — Quartz

Tesla’s customers are also test drivers amassing an unprecedented dataset that the company hopes to use to design its self-driving cars. And it hopes to do this before other car companies test their own self-driving technology with paying customers. So far, the strategy seems to be working. Sterling Anderson, director of Tesla’s Autopilot program, told…

via Tesla has 780 million miles of driving data, and adds another million every 10 hours — Quartz