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Some Drawings of the Inky Variety March 9, 2010

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I’ve managed to do some scans of some old-ish and some recent drawings for my drawing portfolio. There’s something for everyone.

Drawings of dogs & drawings of nudes.

Your choice. Nobody is watching. Or simply see everything at Boundless Optimism.


The Very Special Report March 1, 2010

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It seems every cool web curator I’ve bumped into in the last week is on Tumblr. Here is one of my favourites with a few select images to whet your appetite. Very Special Report.


Wooden Techno Video February 25, 2010

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It took me a moment to understand why someone would spend months building a video out of wooden blocks and stop animation instead of just doing the thing in 3D.

Check out the Making Of.
Via It’s Nice That

Saul Bass Explains The Price Of Excellence January 27, 2010

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Another sage once told me that if you just concentrate on the work, the money will follow. Which, to be frank, has worked for me just fine.
(Okay, back to work.)

The Natural Girl January 24, 2010

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Chris Craymer does a lovely job of capturing the softness in his models. No schmaltz, just a wonderful optimism (which is a lot tougher than it sounds). I’m not sure who does his styling, or if it’s all his own, but it’s inventive and matches the photos brilliantly.

Enjoy. Click here.

The TV Show December 12, 2009

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The channels get mixed up in a wonderful, gaming, anime, smorgasbord. The track suits the subject and the experience gets dizzy after a minute. A fun diversion for the whole family.

Laura Laine And The Wandering Line November 27, 2009

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Laura Laine has a remarkable rhythm to her drawings. They seem to meander into elegant shapes. I find them highly entertaining and quite lovely. I’m quite jealous really.

Click here to see Laura’s portfolio.

Emmanuelle Walker Makes Splashes November 2, 2009

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I’m a big fan of French (via Montreal) illustrators and Emmanuelle is no exception to that rule. Her work at Gobelins and character designs are full of charm and wit. The wallpaper on her homepage is worth the visit: EmmanuelleWalker.com. (Emmanuelle draws a cute girl.)

Her Vimeo page has the “making of” of the animation above if you’re interested. And Blog.

via Drawn!

Life Lessons From An Ad Man October 16, 2009

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Rory Sutherland gives a great, funny talk about perceived value at TED. (I especially enjoy his Diamond Shreddies example.)

BBC Doc About Breeding Dogs For Aesthetic Hell October 11, 2009

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If you love dogs this will be incredibly tough to watch, but if you have, or you’re thinking, of getting a pedigree quality dog, watch this documentary from the BBC. It’s a shocking analysis of fashion overwhelming common sense.

Of course the people in this documentary love their dogs, however I’m sure most reasonable people would admit that love is no excuse for responsible adults to breed unhappy, unhealthy dogs generation after generation to match a diagram in a book.

The genetic malfunctions some breeders are baking into dogs is criminal and the concept of “Breed Standards” are literally killing healthy dogs: A woman at 19:24 cheerily talks about putting Rhodesian Ridge Back puppies down because they don’t have ridges (which is a spine aberration by the way). “Without a ridge, they aren’t a Ridge Back.”

In order to match an aesthetic ideal dogs are being bred with skulls that are too small for their brains, breathing problems, eye problems, heart problems and incredible joint pain and atrophy. All of this is well-documented and could easily be avoided. You don’t wish this on any creature let alone a pet. Worst of all, the UK has a nice history of the most extreme genetic mutations winning prizes at dog shows thereby condoning the entire practice.

It is far better that our breeding occasionally engender a dog deficient in breed type, than that we should consistently produce large numbers of dogs guaranteed to lead lives of suffering, creating anxiety, large veterinary bills, frustration and unhappiness for their owners. That is what we are doing now. Over sixty percent of Golden Retrievers, for example, will suffer from hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis or osteochondritis in their lifetimes.
– J Bragg

At the heart of the documentary is the most taboo of all breeding practices, incest, and the complicity of registration authorities in this DNA wasteland. The 10,000 Pugs in the UK have the genetic variation of 50 individuals, which is worse than Giant Pandas and there aren’t 10,000 Pandas (there are about 1,600). It doesn’t take a genetic scientist to figure out where this is headed.

Population geneticists insist that limited populations under strong artificial selection, subjected to high levels of incest breeding — such as our own Canadian Kennel Club purebreds — simply cannot maintain genetic viability and vigour in the long term without the periodic introduction of new and unrelated genetic material.

Watch this documentary. Click Here.

For the record, fixed dog breeds are a specifically human creation, requiring a Founder Event (the original stock), Isolation (no new genetic material), Inbreeding (stabilising traits) and Artificial Selection (removing unwanted traits). There’s nothing natural about them.

Note: The quotes are from an interesting paper from 1996 by J Bragg called Purebred Dog Breeds into the 21st Century – Achieving Genetic Health For Our Dogs that deals with the mechanics of the Canadian dog registry, breeding programs and what makes a healthy, well-bred Purebred dog.