J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore and Grindenwald had ‘Incredibly Intense' sexual relationship

J.K. Rowling earlier declared wizarding headmaster Albus Dumbledore a gay man. Much discussion centered on why it wasn't on the page or the screen. Once again, she highlights a sexual dimension to her characters that surely motivates them, yet—for reasons unexplained—remains unspoken and unseen. “So I’m less interested in the sexual side – though I believe there is a sexual dimension to this relationship – than I am in the sense of the emotions they felt for each other, which ultimately is the ...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Sexuality, Harry Potter, Rowling, J K Rowling, Albus Dumbledore, Dumbledore, Daniel Ogren, Grindenwald

Nintendo Switch TV

Flat panel 65 inch television styled to look like giant Nintendo Switch video game console. Giant Nintendo Switch TV created by Suprman9 for his “Nerdvana” room. Also check out: Super Mario Sweater Vest
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When Your World Spins Too Fast

It's an ugly time in our culture. I see pundits on cable news trying to explain why it's ugly and what we can do about it. But almost all of them miss the central point.America is changing in big ways, very quickly, and to a substantial minority, that is terrifying. And right now, for those folks, fear motivates everything in them. These people fear losing power (that they never really had), fear losing social status (that they never really had), fear losing their culture (which was never as Whi...
Tags: Gender, Musicals, Theatre, America, Gay, Broadway, Fear, Theater, Lgbtq, Joy, Drag, Scott Miller, La Cage aux Folles, Harvey Fierstein, Zak, Jean Michel

Not So Scary Monsters exhibit

Here's the official flyer, designed by the amazing and lovely Kris Loya for my upcoming solo art exhibit at Artists & Makers Studios! The exhibit, called "Not So Scary Monsters" will take place from April 5th, through April 24th, with the opening reception happening on Friday night, April 5th, from 6-9 PM. There are two Artists & Makers Studios locations, both in Rockville, MD, about a mile away from each other. Not So Scary Monsters will be on display at the Parklawn location (aka Artists &...
Tags: Art, Comics, Steve, Rockville, Art Exhibit, Cartoon Art, Artists and Makers Studios, Monster Art, Splotch Monsters, Kris Loya, Artists Makers Studios

My Sketchbooks in a Stranger’s Hands

When my old drawings resurfaced, so did the joy they first brought to my life.
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The Wearing (and painting) of the Green

Redemption24" x 30"oil on canvas Green is one of those colours that a lot of artists have trouble coming to grips with.  Me included.  Maybe it's not so much the colour but the subject as I think of landscape frequently when I think of greens and the vastness of landscapes can be daunting.I can't give you a precise formula for mixing greens, as I use so many small amounts of other colours when creating a colour which is specific to the subject and light.  But I can share the basic colours that...
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This Star Wars Celebration Poster Is a Breathtaking Commemoration of the Beginning of the Rebellion

Star Wars Celebration is almost here, which means it’s time for some fantastic art. And this print, by Michael Pasquale, is one of the best I’ve seen. Read more...
Tags: Art, Star Wars, Science, Disney, Rogue One A Star Wars Story, Movie Posters, Michael Pasquale, Star Wars Celebration

The Twist Pen is all about creating an unforgettably satisfying user-experience

“What we experience, and what we remember about what we’ve experienced are two totally different things.” – Jeremy Finch.That’s what the Twist Pen is all about. Creating a UX that’s so good it instantly gets etched in one’s memory. Whether it’s the pen’s satisfying twist-and-click actuation, or the textures around the grip and the twisting knobs, or even the pen’s weighted, cool metallic feel. The Twist is a modern classic. It isn’t edgy, it doesn’t over-innovate, and it isn’t disposable. It’s...
Tags: Deals, Japan, Design, US, Popular, Pen, New England, Dlc, Product Design, Random, Edc, Parker, Jeremy Finch, Adam Ryan, Machine Era, Twist Pen

How a wee Scottish village is shining a light — literally — on rising seas

Lochmaddy is a seaside village sitting at the encroaching edge of the North Atlantic. Artists dazzling lights depict the town's submerged future as the oceans continue rising. It's an unsettling visualization of global warming's impact. None The Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre sits in a hauntingly beautiful place, at the sea's edge in a tiny Scottish village. The name of this Outer Hebrides place is Lochmaddy, and it can be found, for now, in the low-lying archipelago of Uist off the ...
Tags: Art, Climate Change, Scotland, Water, Sustainability, Earth, Oceans, Innovation, Anthropocene, Rising Sea Level, Outer Hebrides, Uist, Prediction, Lochmaddy, Timo Aho, Pekka Niittyvirta

Art and Authencity

On the way to the studio this morning, listening to BBC/Melvin Bragg's In Our Time episode Authenticity. Notes on the fly: 1. I thought of Ryman when the discussion turned to Heidegger, about how the singularity of his brushstrokes...
Tags: Art, Bbc, Heidegger, Melvin Bragg

New Cyberpunk Maid Cafe Opens In Akihabara, Tokyo

Japanese maids in thigh-high stockings are ready to take you to the year 2045. With so many maid cafes in Tokyo it can be hard to pick just one to visit if you’re pressed for time and on a tight itinerary. Now, though, the choice is easy, as Japan’s most popular maid cafe, Akiba Zettai Ryoiki, has just opened their fourth branch in Akihabara, and this one boasts a cyberpunk-kawaii fusion theme... Source
Tags: Japan, Design, Cyberpunk, Tokyo, Cafe, Akihabara, Akihabara Tokyo, Maid, Akiba Zettai Ryoiki


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Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Farewell to two cultural pioneers, debunking myths about women's bodies, our co-founder at SXSW and more Four New Statues of Women for NYC While NYC is scattered with statues of notable men, there are very few of women—just five, in fact. She Built NYC is commissioning four new statues of historical and influential women: Billie Holiday, Dr Helen Rodríguez Trías, Elizabeth Jennings Graham and Katherine …
Tags: Art, Books, Games, Gender, Space, Spacex, Design, Interviews, NYC, La, Nasa, Auctions, Board Games, Icon, Sxsw, Linkaboutit

The Weirdest Monuments Of The Communist Era That Are Still Standing

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many Communist statues and sculptures were destroyed, while others were moved to statue parks or museums. But many of them remained in the same place for the last 20 years, while the former Soviet areas were transformed into modern countries. Here are thirteen of the most incredible ones. h/t: gizmodo Lenin’s giant head, Ulan-Ude... Source
Tags: Design, Weird, Architecture, Communist, Soviet, Monument, Giant, Soviet Union, Lenin, ERA

Owner of Artist Network, Wet Canvas & North Light Books files for Bankruptcy Protection

I've just caught up with the news which broke earlier this week that F&W Media have filed for bankruptcy protection.  F+W Media, the multimedia company that publishes books, magazines, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
Tags: Art, Artists, Fine Art, Art Books, Art On Television, North Light Books, Art Magazine, Making A Mark, Newspapers and Magazines, Wet Canvas

“Wind Of Memories”: The Striking Art Of Corrado Vanelli

Corrado Vanelli is an extremely talented digital artist living and working in Italy. He discovered computer graphics around the mid 90′s. After some experiments with 3D modeling he decided to work only with 2D painting because its the best way for him to expand and concretize his ideas. His artwork are really brilliant. Don’t pass by and make sure to check them. It’s worth it! “. Source
Tags: Art, Design, Fantasy, Digital, Italy, Illustrations, Inspirations, Corrado Vanelli

Godzilla And Fellow Kaiju Monsters Apologise At Japanese Press Conference For Acts Of Destruction

The world of gachapon vending machine capsule toys just got even weirder with a new lineup of figurines from top Japanese toy producer Bandai. Called the “Godzilla Toho Monsters Press Conference”, the series depicts Godzilla, along with three other kaiju monsters from the acclaimed movie production and distribution company Toho, all appearing at fictional press conferences... Source
Tags: Toys, Japan, Design, Toho, Press, Monsters, Godzilla, Bandai, Kaiju

Bizarre Scotch Tape Portraits By Wes Naman

Photographer Wes Naman was wrapping Christmas gifts with his assistant and started goofing around with the scotch tape. He immediately had an idea that after a year developed into the scotch tape portrait series, where volunteers put the tape around their faces to create terrifying and just absolutely hilarious expressions. More: Wes Naman h/t: Source
Tags: Design, Bizarre, Portraits, Inspirations, Expressions, Tape, Scotxh, Wes Naman

“Electric Dreams”: Amazing Portraits Of ’80s Geeks

In computers and the Internet, a geek is a person who is inordinately dedicated to and involved with technology. As computer technology becomes less frightening to larger numbers of people, society seems to be developing a more tolerant, even benevolent view of the geek. In some circles, it is considered a compliment to be called a geek because the term implies a high level of competence. Source
Tags: Design, Technology, Computer, Retro, Nerds, 1980s, Geeks

Millclock company plans to mass-produce Nixie Tubes for designers and hobbyists

This year is, for all intents and purposes, the year of the retro wave. The Moto Razr is relaunching, Disney is practically remaking all their glorious movies, and nixie tubes may just be making a full comeback too!The use of Nixie tubes dates back to the 50s, being used as light-up numeric indicators in various technical equipments. These tubes were hand-crafted, and required a great deal of technical expertise to manufacture. Needless to say, the tubes were soon replaced by flipboard display...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Disney, Stationery, Product Design, Nixie Tubes, Millclock Company

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