TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard is a documentary directed by Simon Kose following the lives of The Pirate Bay's three Founders, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Gottfried Svartholm at the time of their trial and appeals. The title hints at the fact that AFK is preferred by the "characters" of the documentary to IRL (in real life) as an acronym meaning "not on/through the internet" as they feel the internet is part of real life. The film was backed through crowd funding having received further funding by the Swedish government's Arts Grants Committee Konstnärsnämnden. It was released in 2013 under a a Creative Commons license (free to share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) onto The Pirate Bay and other BitTorrent sites.
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Things SIRI says

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Noodoll are creators of happy monsters - toys and accessories. The brand was created as part of designer YiYing Wang's MA in communication design at the Central Saint Martins, London in 2010.
Noodoll is based in London where they claim each toy is made

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Dibbern is a German manufacturer of porcelain, glass and textile products for household use. The company was founded in 1972 by Bernd T. Dibbern, who had previously worked as an importer of Scandinavian porcelain brands in Bargteheide. In 1982 Dibbern designed the product range Solid Color, which is based on elements of the Bauhaus school. 

Known customers include the Lufthansa First Class, the Federal Chancellery of Germany, various German embassies and several international luxury hotels and star restaurants.

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Atelier Takagi

Atelier Takagi is based in Washington DC.
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Today's Random Wikipedia Fact #2


Populus tremulardes is a species of deciduous tree, one of several species referred to by the common name Aspen, of the genus Populus belonging to the Salicaceae family. It is native to cooler areas of North America. The species often propagates through its roots to form large groves based on a single rhizome.
A clonal colony of Populus tremulardes designated as Pando is the oldest known living organism.
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Sou Fujimoto x COS

COS has just launched a new T-shirt stemming from a collaboration with Sou Fujimoto - a "transformation (…) of that indispensable basic". He will also be collaborating the fashion line in an interactive installation title "Forest of Light" for the 2016 Salone del Mobile.

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Rjd2 VS Timber Timbre

I can't help but thing about one song when I hear the other. Maybe it's the dissonant saxofones, the bass line and piano chord progression (specialy the outro for Timber Timbre's "Do I Have Power"); maybe they just bring the same atmosphere alive.
Besides that, the videos I post below for these songs are both amazing. Rjd2's is the official one for its "Work It Out" and feature a choreography by Bill Shannon in a circular narrative. Born with a degenerative hip condition, Shannon developed a unique expression based on dance and skateboarding on crutches.
The second one is a video spontaneously directed by Carlos de Carvalho.

Rjd2 - Work It Out

Timber Timbre - Do I have Power

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Dissecting Mickey Mouse

Nychos' take on dissected Mickey Mouse

Nychos is an austrian street artist and illustrator, creator of the Rabbit Eye Movement. He is best known for his depictions of wild animals, as well as fantasy characters, in an exploded vivisected way.

Ever since I discovered Nychos' work I have stumbled upon some other depiction of a dissected Mickey Mouse. We just can't get enough of the mouse's insides.

 Unknown artist - Cover of the portuguese cultural magazine & etc nº18, December 1973.

Jason Freeny's anatomical model sculpture (interesting video on his process in the link)

Skinned Mickey Mouse by Alessandro Conti.

As a side note, I would like to point out that Rabbit Eye Movement's documentary called The Deepest Depths of the Burrow is now available for rent and sale. Trailer below:

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blue and red pencils

There seems to be somewhat of an obsession with these double ended red and blue bicolor pencils. I can't find the specific reason they were created for, but they seem to be used for editing or correcting purposes (an editor can correct with one color and comment with another). These are also used in animation - sketching is done with red and cleanup in blue and, by holding a red gel to the drawing it would filter out the red and keep the blue. Even nowadays this process is used by photoshopping one of the colors out. Red and blue pencils are also used in construction or woodworking for its... usefulness!  They are apparently also called Postal pencils.
Because of its overuse in dictatorships and other totalitarian regimes, they are also associated with censorship. Despite that, they seem to seduce to the point that some people will even collect them. 

The most impressive collection of red and blue pencils I came upon is in Fred's Pencils blog. He has collected pencils for more than 30 years. Go on and lose yourself in his entire collection - it is quite impressive.

You may also like Bob Truby's Brand Name Pencils website. It's boasted as "the largest, most comprehensive pencil website in the world" currently having 175 Pencil manufacturers, 4,000+ different pencil images.


If you really like pencils be sure to check out David Rees' Artisanal Pencil Sharpening. Is it a joke? Does it matter?

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John Wick or Material Objects as a Means of Portraying Characters’ Personality

So, I saw John Wick some days ago. It seems he likes architecture. In this picture we see Alvaro Siza on par with an Armani Lambskin Jacket or a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 as symbol represented by the book Alvaro Siza, Complete Works 1952-2013. So, judging by some adjectives extracted from Alvaro Siza's wikipedia page, John Wick, the character is european, renowned, unobstructed, reconstructed, poetic, giving, cultural, accessible, honored, special, natural and complex.
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