A Letter to Examiners

Dear Examiners,

I know that often, marking exams is just your way of getting some extra income and I have nothing against that. I’m sure you have no great passion for examinations, because, well, who does? However, I have a few requests that I’d be grateful if you could bear in mind as you’re marking our exams. 

Please remember that the exam you’re marking is not computer generated, it is not written by someone who is simply a four-digit number on a page. It is written by a human being, a scared human being, a human being who’s suffered panic attacks in the night worrying about the exam that you’re marking, a human being who has sacrificed months of their life to revise for the exam that now sits on a table in front of you. So please, all I ask of you, is that you do the human thing as well and read the exam. I know you’ve got lots of exams to mark, but you’ve been entrusted with and paid for this job, so please mark sensitively, because the exam you’re marking was written by someone who is placing all their trust in you, albeit not by choice. 

Please don’t laugh at us. Anything can happen on the day of that exam. Don’t laugh at students missing words out of sentences, or spelling the odd word wrong, or writing a lot because we want to get all of our thoughts onto that piece of paper. You don’t know what is going on in a student’s life - their handwriting might be shaky for any number of reasons. Please just mark the content you see and, linking back to what I already said, remember that we are human and not perfect.

Lastly, I ask you to think of it like this. Imagine you have a son or daughter taking exams - you’d want the complete strangers marking their papers to take the time to read the paper and mark it based on what they have actually written, rather than how many times they’ve used an author’s name, or how many times they’ve used a scientific term. So please, do the same for the exams you mark, because up and down the country students and their families are sitting anxiously worrying about their results, and they want only the best they can manage, and most of all they want to be adequately credited for what they wrote on the day of that exam - no more, no less. 

Thank you. 


Amazing Digital Art

Born in Poland in 1972, digital artist Adam Martinakis currently lives and works in in Cannock, United Kingdom. His computer-generated artworks employ aspects of photorealism and surrealism to explore the human condition which he says results in a “mixture of post-fantasy futurism and abstract symbolism”.


Bursting Bubbles

Two UC Berkeley researchers have now described mathematically the successive stages in the complex evolution and disappearance of foamy bubbles (the images above are based off of a computer-generated video that uses their equations).

What purpose does this serve (besides making for some very mesmerizing GIFS…)?  The work has applications in industrial processes for making metal and plastic foams (like those used to cushion bicycle helmets) and in modeling growing cell clusters, which rely on these types of equations.

The problem with describing foams mathematically has been that the evolution of a bubble cluster a few inches across depends on what’s happening in the extremely thin walls of each bubble, which are thinner than a human hair.

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Matter by Quayola

Quayola on his project:

Matter is a time-based digital sculpture; a celebration of matter itself, the substance of all physical things. It describes a continuous dynamic articulation of a solid, pure block of matter, from the simplest primitive forms to the highest details of geometric complexities, and vice versa… from the unpredictable grace of geological processes to the perfection, beauty and precision of man made crafts. The subject of this piece is Rodin’s sculpture Le Penseur (The Thinker), a masterpiece born as the avant-garde that has since become a universal classical icon, and now considered the bridge from classical to modern sculpture.

See the dynamic piece in this video:

Matter - (excerpt) from Quayola on Vimeo.


Some of the many configurations of Infinite Sunset by Joseph Gray

About the project:

Created after visiting Kauai and staring West into the Pacific quite a bit during sundown […] It intentionally uses simple graphical elements to visually describe a sunset seascape ever changing in its sameness. The piece is meant to be viewed with various devices/contexts and is therefore a “responsive” composition. Aesthetically the piece pursues the reductionist purity of certain mid-century modernist perspectives but using the contemporary, generative, medium of code.