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‘Get lost!’
‘You’re the one who asked me to do it in the first place! What is it? What are you saying I can’t do?!’

The James Webb Space Telescope: A Story of Art & Science

Artists of all kinds were invited to apply for the chance to visit our Goddard Space Flight Center to be inspired by the giant, golden, fully-assembled James Webb Space Telescope mirror.

Art/Photo Credit: Jedidiah Dore

Webb has a mirror that is nearly 22 feet high and (to optimize it for infrared observations) is covered in a microscopic layer of actual gold.

Art/Photo Credit: Susan Lin

Because of Webb’s visually striking appearance, the project hosted a special viewing event on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.

Photo Credit: Maggie Masetti

There was an overwhelming response to the event invitation and ultimately twenty-four people were selected to attend. They represented a broad range of artistic media and styles, including: watercolor, 3D printed sculpture, silk screening, acrylics, sumi-e (East Asian brush technique), comics, letterpress, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry making, fiber art, ink, mural painting, kite-making, tattooing, scientific illustration, poetry, songwriting, and video making.

Art/Photo Credit: Sue Reno

Project scientists and engineers spoke with visitors to give context to what they were seeing and explain why Webb is an engineering marvel, and how it will change our view of the universe. 

Among other things, Webb will see the first stars and galaxies that formed in the early universe and help us to better understand how planetary systems form and evolve. It will help us answer questions about who we, as humans, are and where we came from.

Art Credit: Jessica Lee
Photo Credit: Maggie Masetti

The artists spent several hours sitting right in front of the telescope, where they sketched, painted, took photos and even filmed a music video.

Art Credit: Joanna Barnum
Photo Credit: Maggie Masetti

While some of the pieces of art are finished, most of the artists went home with their heads full of ideas and sketchbooks full of notes. Stay tuned for more info on where you can see their final works displayed!

Art/Photo Credit: Susan Lin

Finished art from the event continues to be added HERE.

The James Webb Space Telescope is finishing environmental testing at our Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Next it will head to our Johnson Space Center in Houston for an end-to-end test at cryogenic temperatures. After that, it goes to Northrop Grumman to be mated with the giant tennis court-sized sunshield and the spacecraft bus.  The observatory will launch in October of 2018 from a European Space Agency (ESA) launch site in French Guiana, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket.  Webb is a collaboration of NASA, ESA, and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

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Storm in the Room thoughts

I’m about to go to sleep but I wanted to share a few thoughts on Storm in the Room!

I loved it. Easily one of my favorite episodes of the series (maybe even like, top ten). This meeting between Rose and Steven is something people have been thinking and theorizing about since literally episode one, and I just felt like the payoff was so good.

The thing that cements it as great in my book is the last couple of minutes, when the storm starts. First of all, the storm is so visually striking and the animation is stunning!! Rose’s hair looks great, Steven’s expressions and the framing of everything felt totally perfect. I really, really liked the way the colors of the room changed to a darker pallette that was still colorful. Normally depicting storm clouds in cartoons is so dull, because the only thing that changes is the clouds turn gray. For this, we got a beautifully animated and colored scene that definitely sticks out. The visual of Rose in the center of a storm with Steven kneeled down in front of her was really heavy hitting. And I feel like making peace with his role with regard to Rose will help Steven move forward, for sure.

It seems like he has to come to terms with the fact that he will never *actually* know or have a relationship with his mom. But then, the ending really tied it together by showing that despite not having his mom in his life, he still has a *great* support network and a loving family that will ALWAYS be there for him, so he’s never truly alone. Plus oh my gosh it was adorable seeing them all roll in and cheer Steven up, even though they had no idea what had just happened–it was exactly what he needed. And you know what I need? More adorable fluff, slice-of-life type stuff that includes the Gems. Cuz this pizza party is just so cute?? I also need sleep, so I’m gonna head out. Love you guys!

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Splitting of The Breast is remarkable for its striking, supersaturated visuals. It’s no accident that the episode is marked by such high contrast, light and dark, when the subject matter involves Shinji embarking on a psychoanalytical voyage within the surrealist confines of a shadow. The “angel of the week”, Leliel, is a massive floating behemoth in black and white – diametric opposites – and likewise the entire episode is built upon complementary inter-textual contrasts: the rational vs emotional, parent vs child, boy vs girl, physicality vs the soul. After 15 episodes of relative tame and exposition, Episode 16′s harsh colors, formalist diagonal structure, and oppressive shadows allow the more arcane Freudian undertones to finally take their command.

anonymous asked:

Myungsooooooooo please ^^ - squishymyungsoo

Okay @squishymyungsoo and @blacksuffering your request has been heard and here I am to fulfill it!

And by happy circumstance, this concides with Myungsoo’s 26th birthday!

Let’s start out with full honesty here: When people hear INFINITE, people think of Kim Myungsoo. Everyone knows INFINITE’s L, usually for his striking visuals. But I really want to show the different sides of him that others might sometimes miss.

1. VOCAL IMPROVEMENT

Myungsoo debuted in 2010 as INFINITE’s visual member, and it’s not hard to see why. The boy has all-natural, flower boy good looks as if he has stepped out of the pages of a manga. But what may often be overlooked is his vocal ability. He may not have the most lines in songs, but especially in recent albums he’s proven that he’s more than just INFINITE’s visual. He even appeared on King Of Masked Singer and shocked everyone with how good he was. Watch the grand reveal and revel in his lovely voice below:

Then there is his special solo stage from INFINITE’s concert, the Korean version of Love of My Life:

What I’m trying to say here is this: look how much Myungsoo has worked on his voice!! Coming from debut when he was often overlooked as ‘just handsome’; he has overcome all of the negative comments regarding his abilities as a performer and proved to everyone that he can sing, and boy does he do it well!

2. ACTOR L

Where to begin, where to begin? Myungsoo has been acting in dramas since 2011, where he made his acting debut over in Japan. This drama - Jiu - gave us the still iconic line “I’M HERE!”. Since then he has been cast in Shut Up Flower Boy Band, The Master’s Sun, Cunning Single Lady, My Lovely Girl, The Day After We Broke Up/One More Time and more. Not only does he slay everyone with his visuals, he’s proven to be a talented actor, able to portray many different characters with ease. My personal favourite drama Myungsoo has starred in is Shut Up Flower Boy Band, and if you haven’t seen it then pleeeeease do yourself a favour and watch it! 

3. STRANGE LITTLE CUTIEPIE

Myungsoo may have this ‘cool city guy’ ‘chic man’ image, but those of us who’ve followed INFINITE closely for a while know that there is a difference between his L Cosplay and the real Kim Myungsoo. Although he has incredible charisma and stage presence, he’s still a little strange, let’s be honest here. Just a few examples I can think of are as follows: all of this mess on Sesame Player, these clips of him falling over, the time he hit Dongwoo with a water bottle, when he fell over on Birth of a Family, changing from L to Myungsoo and just this incredible image-ruining moment on INFINITE Showtime:

4. AND EVERYTHING ELSE!

There were three main points about Kim Myungsoo, INFINITE’s amazing, strange and talented visual. But what else? Well, let me tell you:

  • Myungsoo plays guitar and he’s good at it and it makes everyone’s hearts flutter tbh
  • He has a really pretty cat called Byul who looks like him
  • Myungsoo does a lot of charity work, but usually keeps it pretty lowkey. Here he is at a home for disadvantaged children
  • His love of photography!!! Myungsoo has released two photo essay books so far, L’s Bravo Viewtiful 1 & 2. They’re full of all his own photos and doodles and comments and they’re absolutely gorgeous. He really has an eye for photography and you can even see that from the arty shots on his instagram
  • He went through a lot of hardships in the past, including a dating ‘scandal’ in 2013 which he spoke about in INFINITE’s movie Grow. Thankfully the other members and the fans stood by him at this time and he got through it
  • He chose the stage name L because of the character in the manga/anime Death Note - he looked a little like him when he had longer hair

And so we have reached the end of this little post full of love for Myungsoo. Hope you guys enjoyed it and #Happy26thLkimDay !! Please give Myungsoo lots of love, ‘cause he’s a precious button who needs it. 

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Having seen Pacific Rim and Mad Max: Fury Road multiple times, I think that they have hit upon the perfect formula for a fantastic action movie.

*Show me some of the action that I paid to see within the first ten minutes. I think the first Kaiju-Jaeger fight is three minutes into Pacific Rim. If this is an action movie, show me the goddamn action. 

*Complex, realistic characters with backstories that are hit upon but not overly dwelled upon. Imperator Furiosa’s story was a good use of this technique as it didn’t rely on flashback after flashback to explain her character and motivations, but rather integrated it nicely into the main plot. I have a rule for movies: the majority of flashbacks are lazy writing by people who have no idea how to write good characters. My exception is Mako Mori’s backstory because it pushed her character forward while also being tied tightly to the main plot. 

*Special effects: go practical or go balls-to-the-wall with GOOD CGI and striking visuals. MM:FR went the practical route and delivered truly astonishing and realistic-looking action sequences. Pacific Rim did the exact opposite, opting instead to get excellent CGI for the Jaegers and Kaiju, but had unique and fun design concepts that made it stand out from other CGI-heavy features. Actions have consequences in both worlds, which makes both techniques impressive to the viewer.

*If you have side characters, please develop them. Pacific Rim balanced a pretty big cast that put the main three characters first (Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi,, and Idris Elba) but still managed to find time for the comic relief (Burn Gorman and Charlie Day) to have a non-stupid side plot and various supporting characters to be unique and identifiable. MM:FR focused on its two leads (Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron) but still gave each of the Wives a distinct character and made Nix, The Many Mothers, and Immortan Joe interesting characters in their own right. 

*Don’t shoehorn in a love story unless you have time to give it a proper treatment. Just don’t.

*Play your action straightforward. Yes, monsters fighting robot mech-suits is kind of silly, but since the film treats it seriously, the audience treats it seriously. We don’t need some self-aware jackass character snarking about how unrealistic and terrible this all is (looking at you, Hawkeye).  

*DON’T FORGET TO WRITE A GOOD STORY. BOTH OF THESE FILMS WERE MASSIVELY SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE OF THE NEAT STORIES THEY WERE CENTERED AROUND. IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW GOOD YOUR VISUALS ARE, IF YOUR STORY IS BORING AND SHITTY, YOUR FILM WILL BE BORING AND SHITTY. 



(If you would like to watch a film that fails at every point on this list, may I recommend Jurassic World?)

Someday, I’d really like a pet kingsnake. I’ve seen them at reptile shows and they’re so visually striking… they come in a ton of color morphs, but I really like the black and white banded ones. Unlike boas or pythons, they don’t grow to be impractically huge. Their size and prettiness probably makes them more appealing to people otherwise afraid of snakes, so it could be a good educational pet.

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  • With hundreds of quests in store, there are tons of challenges to tackle in a solo adventure, and also via local or online play with up to three other hunters.
  • Co-op online multiplayer - For some of the best online multiplayer the Nintendo 3DS has to offer, join up and hunt online with up to three other hunters, or meet-up and play together via local play
  • Face a roster of brand new monsters like Glavenus of the Fated Four in addition to plenty of returning fan-favorites like the sly Nargacuga
  • Previously only available as custom support AI partners called “Palicoes,” Felynes are now playable in “Prowler” mode with their own questlines and rewards, unique gameplay mechanics and gear.
  • Choose from four Styles and many powerful, visually striking Hunter Arts for a truly customized gameplay experience

I just watched ‘Horror Europa’, a documentary by Mark Gatiss made in 2012 for BBC4. You can watch it on youtube if you are so inclined: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brEzdZnoMzY

Anyway, MG talks about the history of European horror films and lists his favourites. One is by the legendary Italian horror director Dario Argento. It’s called  The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Italian: L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo), made in 1970. In the documentary, there’s one specific scene MG emphasises:

Watch the documentary or the original film to get the context (the man is a helpless witness to a brutal murder).

It reminded me heavily of these shots from THoB (Henry Knight’s conservatory):

When I remember the THoB commentary correctly, MG even crouched behind that counter, directing Tovey in this scene.

I think the visual parallels are striking. Quoting Argento in the most scary episode of Sherlock is a nice touch (and a tiny bit geeky…)

Always learn from the best!

Sharon & Andy:  The Proposal

My extensive thoughts and Meta on “The Proposal”

Since my review of “Dead Drop” was so long and I really wanted to get in depth into the proposal. I decided to make a separate post just for it. Since talking about how disappointed I was (and many others) about being shut out. I really wanted to go back and just talk about the things that I really loved about that scene. It’s such a wonderful, beautiful scene and there are so many things there to just pick and pull apart.

Visuals and Cinematography

The first thing that I want to talk about is how very visually striking this scene is. It’s shot so beautifully. Because it’s such a pivotal moment between Sharon and Andy it has to be different and that was accomplished extremely well. The candles, the flowers, the very romantically set table, and even though we got shut out. That image of Andy Flynn as he shuts the door and turns towards the camera is really kind of mind blowing.

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On this day in music history: January 19, 1991 - “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” by Janet Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 1 week, also peaking at #3 on the R&B singles chart on January 12, 1991. Written and produced by James Harris III and Terry Lewis, it is the fourth number one pop single for the youngest member of the Jackson family. Wanting to show another side of her musically and vocally, Jam & Lewis record Jackson alternating between singing in a much lower register than normal and her regular higher range throughout the song. For the crowning touch, the producers have A&M Records co-founder Herb Alpert play trumpet on the record. Released as the seventh single from “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814” on November 2, 1990, it is another immediate smash. Another element in the records’ success is the visually striking music video made to accompany it. Directed by legendary photographer Herb Ritts, the clip shows Janet sporting a new look, and newly toned slimmed down body out in the California desert. Actors Djimon Hounsou and Anthony Sabato, Jr. also are also featured prominently in the video. Entering the Hot 100 at #89 on November 17, 1990, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. When “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” ascends to the top of the pop chart, Janet becomes the first artist in history to pull seven top five singles from one album, and also the only one to have four number one singles from the same album in three different calendar years. The others being “Miss You Much” (in 1989), “Escapade” and “Black Cat” (in 1990). “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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‘The Arrow’ is a striking visual representation of a simple story - two male artists who fell in love. From the first time our eyes met, the first embrace, to creating a bond and love that is unbreakable. The video shows two talented men who transform their personal story into an exciting performance to send a powerful message. That we are proud of who we are, the love that we share, and that all love is equal.

I think I’m getting quicker at this style. I wasn’t intending to finish this before I left town next week. 

Anyways, I’m playing with WPA travel posters and recently finished playing Dead Money. I seriously loved the scenario - the story - and the characters. The town as creepy as it was, was also very visually striking from the rest of the game. So I decided to take a swing at it. 

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