Draw and Fold Over by The Campaign for Drawings

I just got turned on to this fun, creative, and quite addictive site, Draw and Fold Over. I drew the head on the one above.

It’s basically the same idea as Exquisite Corpse: One person starts the drawing, then sends it on, via email to the next person. It takes four people to complete the drawing. Once done you’ll get an email confirmation so you can check out the final product.

There’s a method to their madness; actually there’s a a mission to their method: The Campaign for Drawing.

The Campaign for Drawing has one aim: to get everyone drawing!
Why? Drawing helps us to think, invent and communicate – regardless of age and ability.
The Campaign took its initial inspiration from the visionary Victorian artist and writer, John Ruskin.

The Campaign for Drawing sponsors the annual Big Draw, that takes place every month of October.

October 2011 is Big Draw month in twenty countries and on five continents. Launched in 2000, this annual initiative has grown from 180 events in the UK to over 1500 worldwide. The Campaign aims to use drawing to connect visitors with museum and gallery collections, urban and rural spaces – and the wider community – in new and enjoyable ways.

photo via Campaign for Drawing

Try Draw and Fold Over for yourself. You’ll find it’s a lot of fun. You can see previously done work in the galleries.

The Winners of the Pictures of the Year International Are Announced

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photo via New York Times

The winners of the 68th annual Pictures of the Year International have been announced, and they are seriously impressive. The list of awards can be found at the Missouri School of Journalism. Enjoy.

What is now Pictures of the Year International began in 1944 as the 50-Print Exhibition, sponsored by the School of Journalism “to provide an opportunity for photographers of the nation to meet in open competition.” When magazine photographers were invited to the party in 1948, the contest was renamed News Pictures of the Year. From 1957 to 2001, the contest was run jointly by the university and the National Press Photographers Association as Pictures of the Year. After the departure of the association, the contest was renamed Pictures of the Year International. This was the 68th competition.

The New York Times is featuring some of the first-place winners, which range from “on the spot” in war-torn Bangkok, to the “Global Vision Award” for a picture of a Bengal tiger in the Kaziranga National Park in India. From a first-place “Portrait” of Aung San Suu Kyi, to a first-place “Feature story” of people living near the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

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photo by Adrees Latif

Adrees Latif of Reuters won the ICP Infinity Award for Photojournalism for his coverage of 2010 flooding in Pakistan.

Noise Pop 2011 in San Francisco

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If you’re like me, then you’re always on the hunt for new music, that will challenge the popular, commercial dreck, not worth even mentioning. So I won’t. Also, if you’re like me, you probably get bored quickly after finding new music and you have to have even newer music. This is where Noise Pop comes in. Noise Pop returns to San Francisco this week, February 22-27.

I attended my first Noise Pop in 1996, and I still have the amazing Frank Kozik poster to prove it.

Here’s the Nose Pop 2011 line up and all the info you could ever need about the event. There are some great bands playing this year; many of them local. Many venues are selling out already. They have updates on the news page.

Some of the artists performing this week include:

Ted Leo (solo) with A B & the Sea
Aesop Rock
The Concretes
The Ferocious Few
The Fresh and Onlys
Wavves
NoBunny

There’s an iPhone/iPod Touch app that goes with the event this year.

National Broadband Map Shows The Fastest Connection In Your Area

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Check out this excellent page to determine the best broadband available in your area if you are in the US:

The National Broadband Map

The National Broadband Map (NBM) is a searchable and interactive website that allows users to view broadband availability across every neighborhood in the United States. The NBM was created by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), in collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and in partnership with 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia. The NBM is a project of NTIA’s State Broadband Initiative. The NBM will be updated approximately every six months and was first published on February 17, 2011.

From of all places FoxNews:

The first public, searchable nationwide map of broadband Internet availability has just gone live. Called the National Broadband Map, the website was released by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration Thursday afternoon, revealing which providers supply the fastest Internet connectivity — and which communities are the most in need.

From FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski:

“This cutting-edge tool will … provide consumers, companies and policymakers with a wealth of information about broadband availability, speeds, competition and technology, and help Americans make better informed choices about their broadband services,” Genachowski said in a statement released by the NTIA.

And here I thought I had the fastest available. I’ll be canceling my AT&T account post-whit!

via FoxNews

IBM’s Watson Supercomputer As A Challenger on Jeopardy Game Show

It was bound to happen. Ever since Deep Blue conquered Kasparov, in 1997, it was inevitable that the world of the machine would eventually lead to Terminator-like proportions. Well, we’re not there quite yet (though I hear told that Schwarzenegger is back on the Hollywood hunt), but this week, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the TV game show Jeopardy! will be featuring its to all-time best contestants against the IBM supercomputer Watson.

One of the contestants, all-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings, has a really well-written blog Confessions of a Trivial Mind.

I watched a great Nova special the other night about the making of this historic event.

Next week we will be able to see our downfall happen right before our very eyes.

Now, where’s this John Connor guy, I keep hearing about?

UPDATE: The first round ended in a tie game.

Bloodied But Unbowed, The Vancouver Punk Rock Scene 1977-1982

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I’ve been wanting to post to Laughing Squid for many years. I’ve always said “yeah, yeah, I’ll get to it when something strikes my fancy”. Well, this something is something else.

When we think of the late 70’s punk era, we usually think of San Francisco, London and LA. Yes, yes, NYC and Boston should have a nod in there as well. We don’t often think of Canada, or more specifically, Vancouver. Vancouver actually had quite a music scene going for many years before bands like D.O.A. with Randy Rampage and Joey Shithead, the Subhumans, the K-Tels, which became the Young Canadians after they were threatened by the marketing company of the same name; and U-J3RK5 (pronounced you jerk (the 5 is silent) came around. Even Tommy Chong had a local soul group “Little Daddy & The Bachelors” in the early 60s.

A new film, Bloodied but Unbowed, by Vancouver director-writer and former radio DJ, Susanne Tabata tells the story of how a scene can emerge from essentially nothing, with musicians that had practically nothing but the guitar straps across their backs, raise the crowds to their feet, beat down upon the souls of these musicians, many of whom wouldn’t survive past the age of 25, and be on its way like a massive Canadian ice storm.

Tabata takes the survivors of this scene (and unfortunately there aren’t many), which include members of D.O.A., The Pointed Sticks, Subhumans, the Modernettes and Young Canadians, and tells their story using archival footage, music, photos and interviews. Along the way American punk legends Jello Biafra, Penelope Houston and Henry Rollins share the influence of the Vancouver scene on their own music.

Bloodied But Unbowed chronicles the late 1970s/early 1980s Vancouver punk rock scene. Vancouver filmmaker Susanne Tabata’s documentary tells a tale of rebellion and music — a fiercely independent scene created from nothing and played out in a microcosm of urban squalor. Told by its surviving stars whose accounts are suffused with both humour and gritty realism — a distinctly Vancouver vibe. A brutally honest story from the streets and stages of the West Coast through interviews, music, photos, and archival performances. Overarching those halcyon days of poverty and excess is the MUSIC — that moved its audience to their feet and seemed to validate their very existence.

Vancouver was a scene, isolated from the rest of its nation, that shouldn’t be forgotten. With Bloodied but Unbowed it won’t be anytime soon. It’s playing at the Roxie during the SF Independent Film Fest on Friday February 11th and again on Valentines Day, Monday, February 14th.

You can buy tickets for the screenings through Brown Paper Tickets.