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If there are any fans out there of filmmaker Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, School of Rock, Bernie, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight, among others), there is a nice little write-up/interview with him in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.  Linklater is a former jock and I liked this little passage from the RS article:

He has a batting cage out at his Bastrop ranch, but is not a sports fan, he says, because that’s “a pathology” as toxic as a cheeseburger and as depraved as conservative politics:  “The GOP is a football team that’ll do anything to win.  To me, I’m a film fan.  It’s life-giving.  Affirming.”


I’m really looking forward to seeing Boyhood, his latest film.  He used the same actors while filming over the course of 12 years.  The main character, Mason (played by Ellar Coltrane) ages over the course of the movie from 6 to 18.  He literally grows up right in front of the audience.  It’s such a simple idea.  I wonder why no one has done it before.


Think of a hobby or interest and odds are good you can now find a convention just for folks into that particular thing. Comic-Con, Gen Con, Dragon Con, Anime Expo, the official Star Trek Convention, Brickworld, Pax Prime, BronyCon, we’re barely scratching the surface. But what about people who love nothing better than making balloon art? Do they have a place to get together and share their mutual appreciation for blowing up balloons and twisting them together to form whatever their hearts’ desire? They sure do.

It’s called the World Balloon Convention and, thanks to the Pioneer Balloon Company, it’s been taking place since 2010. Balloon artists from around the world gather to show off their creations, compete against each other, and offer classes on balloon sculpture. This year’s convention took place in Denver, CO, where over 800 balloon professionals (decorators, twisters/entertainers, artists, retailers and instructors) from over 54 countries participated in the events.

All of the awesome balloon sculptures seen here were created for the convention’s most anticipated event, the Festival of Balloons. More than 75 artists displayed their balloon art at this year’s festival, which was attended by over 6000 people.

Click here to view more photos from the Festival of Balloons

[via Design Taxi and Neatorama]

Just an observation

I was over at my dad’s place and he had CNN going in the background. Just a parade of utter doom and gloom, alternating between coverage of the downed plane and Gaza. Honestly, if I sat there watching this stuff for any period of time I’d just want to jump off a bridge.

Humans are capable of so many amazing things. And so many terrible things. People killing innocent men, women and children they don’t even know over absolutely nothing at all.

This is one messed up world we inhabit, folks.


Malaysian artist Monica Lee says she’s addicted to details. Her photorealistic pencil drawings are so intensely detailed that they could easily trick us into believing they were photos were it not for the art supplies photographed nearby. Some of these complex pieces take Lee 3 to 4 weeks to complete, yet she makes it look effortless. After working as a digital artist for 12 years, she’s decided to pursue her dream job working as an illustrator and by the looks of things, she’s off to an awesome start.

You can check out more of Monica Lee’s astonishing graphite illustrations on her Facebook page and Instagram account.

[via Design Taxi and Scene360]


Artist and illustrator Dave DeVries takes children’s drawings of imaginary monsters and superheroes and uses a combination of acrylic paint, color pencils and an airbrush to render them with awesome realism. Part of his process includes interviewing the child artists to get an even better feel for what their creatures really look like. What begin as strange and cute doodles end up as truly terrifying, yet sometimes also hilarious, glimpses of a child’s imagination brought to life.

"It began at the Jersey Shore in 1998, where my niece Jessica often filled my sketchbook with doodles. While I stared at them, I wondered if color, texture and shading could be applied for a 3D effect. As a painter, I made cartoons look three dimensional every day for the likes of Marvel and DC comics, so why couldn’t I apply those same techniques to a kid’s drawing? That was it… no research, no years of toil, just the curiosity of seeing Jessica’s drawings come to life."

This ongoing project is called The Monster Engine. DeVries is currently accepting commissions for new pieces. He also published a book and limited edition poster of his Monster Engine illustrations, both of which are available here.

[via Lost At E Minor and Marvelous]


An FBI Counterterrorism Agent Tracked Me Down Because I Took a Picture of This

The government’s surveillance state has gone much too far, folks.  This is just ridiculous.

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