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cartoon life: Oil, our secret God…

Oil! Our secret god, our secret sharer, our magic wand, fulfiller of our every desire, our co-conspirator, the sine qua non in all we do! Can’t live with it, can’t — right at this moment — live without it. But it’s on everyone’s mind.Back in 2009, as fracking and the mining of the oil/tar sands in Alberta ramped up — when people were talking about Peak Oil and the dangers of the supply giving out — I wrote a piece for the German newspaper Die Zeit. In English it was called “The Future Without Oil.” It went like this:

It’s not climate change, it’s everything change.

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cartoon life: #deepdreamer images

Flickr grabs whatever image I save and uploads it. Here is my Deep Dreamer image album at Flickr. I suspect I will periodically add whatever nightmares this Deep Dreamer app generates to that album.

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cartoon life: A more accurate nightmare I’ve never seen

You won’t recognize Canada when I’m done with it

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cartoon life: This #deepdreamer cat is all eyes

The Mac app Deep Dreamer public beta has produced this terribly sad and frightening portrait of a black cat looking at something. A pretty remarkable interpretation of a funny little drawing I made turned into a vision of some kind of existential despair.

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cartoon life: Black #cat does downward dog

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cartoon life: Vocalist from Saltarello

The girl with the long braids from Saltarello singing. Saltarello is a Quebec band using a mix of instrumentation and vocalizations. Hurdy-gurdy, didgeridoo, native drums, keyboards, guitar, violin and stringed instruments, throat singing and chants, musical drone tones, and did I mention powerful and melodic drums?

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Things Are Good: Using Comics to Explain Complex Economics

Economix Comix is a series of comics that looks at, you guessed it, economics. Using comics is a great way to translate really complex economic ideas into something which is more relatable and understandable. Late last year the artist (and brain) behind the series of comics released a look at the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Above is one of the pages from the comic looking at the chaos of a deal the TPP really is. It’s worth a full read if you’re new to learning about the TPP and you can read it all for free here.

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cartoon life: Portrait of a Calico

The princess approached and sat long enough in a way similar enough, basically a left side view, that I could get enough reference. Sometimes you can make up stuff. Sometimes you want to be reasonably true to the patterns.

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cartoon life: The ideal self-driving car

For me, the ideal self-driving autonomous automobile would be peddle powered to charge the battery.

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cartoon life: Too many filters and apps to mention. #cats

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cartoon life: Final thoughts

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Things Are Good: A Futuristic Conclusion to HIGHRISE

HIGHRISE is back with another look into how we humans live in our built environments. We’ve looked at HIGHRISE before (Out My Window and One Millionth Tower) and this last iteration is just as captivating.

We are becoming a vertical—and digital—species. Billions of us live in highrises, and three billion of us are connected to the Internet. Universe Within takes us into the apartments, hearts, minds and computers of vertical citizens around the world to reveal the digital human condition in the 21st century. Trapped in our highrise units, can we find love, hate, peace, God, community—or a (Read more…)

cartoon life: #retromatic Happy Canada Day from milk in bags.

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cartoon life: Painted in #Waterlogue. Photo overlooked from a few days ago. Nice bit of auto painting.

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cartoon life: Made with @EtchingsApp. #etchings Water lily from today. Day 5 for this bloom.

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cartoon life: Made with Paper and Vintage Design Creator. Had a couple of things sitting around awaiting judgement.

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cartoon life: Made with Paper, something else and Vintage Design Creator

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cartoon life: Water lilies in my small garden pond. Made with #waterlogue and #etchingsapp

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wmtc: what i’m reading: fallingwater rising, biography of a building

In the prologue to Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America’s Most Extraordinary House, author Franklin Toker writes, “Put this book down now if you can’t live without the old myths about Fallingwater. But take comfort in the fact that a Fallingwater history shorn of miracles can still be thrilling.”

Toker examines those old myths, and one by one, he uses his extensive and impeccable research to dismantle them. The truth, for me, was far more interesting.

I visited Fallingwater in 1999, and although I have a great interest in architecture and am captivated by (Read more…)

cartoon life: Tiger lilies again

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cartoon life: Tiger lilies

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cartoon life: #Draw4Atena

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cartoon life: I have gone retro psychedelic.

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cartoon life: Extreme goofiness. Hammers. Chains. Pain and drama. I’m sure it has meaning.

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PostArctica: Fictional Characters in Public

For me Literature always tells us more about the human condition than does our history books so there is something wonderful and enlightening about bringing the great characters of fiction to life in local ways such as the Bloomsday celebrations in Dublin or the statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in the Plaza de Espana in Madrid. And while there is Bonnheur d’occasion subtly inscribed in a wall in the Place Saint Henri Metro station it would be great to see a sculpture on street level that brings the novel to life, or a Fennario scene in Verdun or (Read more…)