I am so proud to announce that the Katamari Collab is finished! After around 7 months since it started, the final piece features all 58 Katamari cousins and the King and Queen of the Cosmos, completed by 61 unique artists! All artists drew one Katamari character, and I did the Prince, background, and organized them all onto the final images.
I want to give a huge shoutout and round of neverending applause to all the artists who’ve participated in this collab. They have taken time out of their day to draw these characters out of love for the series and this project. Without them, this project wouldn’t have existed- all these amazingly talented artists are the heart and soul of this collaboration. I truly cannot thank you all enough!
I made sure everyone is included, but if I forgot you in any images or links, or would like me to link a different social media on the google doc, or anything else, please let me know right away!
Complete Masterpost of Artists and Image Files:
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Huffington Post article by Simone Collins of ArtCorgi
These are the book recs from the African Speculative Fiction panel I saw at Nine Worlds. The panelists said that these should be something that can be found at places like Amazon and Waterstones; I found A Tale for Blue Bird at Waterstones online but haven’t bought it yet. Most of the fiction discussed at the panel focused on utopian scifi, but some of these are fantasies.
* = books I remember I wanted to get.
Kwane Prize Anthology
The Hairdresser of [not finished]
Queer Africa - anthology
Fairytails for Lost Children
One Day I Will Write About This Place - Wainanga
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
The Palm Wine Drink [something I can’t read]
Wholewatcher: Ways of Dying
Haimbe - Mulimba
For the Mercy of Water - Karen Joyes
Nigerians in Space - Deji Oloutun
Hear Me Alone
The Book of the Dead - Kgebitli Maele [?] *
H. Oyeyemi - Boy Snow Bird *
A Tale for Blue Bird *
it’s “The Palm Wine Drinkard” iirc
This list is super helpful and thanks for typing it up! So many books to read~~
All of the post-9worlds stuff I’ve seen on tumblr and about the place has been so full of interesting responses and useful information - it sounds like it’s been an ideal of a convention.
"Withered Flower," by Faye Wong, from To Love
This is the Cantonese version of “Passenger,” Faye Wong’s excellent cover of Sophie Zelmani’s “Going Home.” No surprise that Faye Wong sings a completely different song in Cantonese than she does in Chinese; she does that pretty often. The Chinese version, which you can find subtitled here, seems to be about two ex-lovers or from the point of view of the xiao san of an affair being driven home — while it opens with an idyllic, peaceful drive home between two people who are “not unhappy” with each other, the last Chinese line is Faye Wong asking, teasingly, plaintively, “Where’s your lover?” When Faye Wong sings back Zelmani’s lyrics, “I’m going home, I must hurry home, where your life goes on / So I’m going home, going home alone,” there’s a little bit of an ambiguity. Did the narrator go home to her lover’s home, where their life goes on without her? And in the end, did they bring her home to her own, lonely home? Where her life goes on, alone, without them?
The Cantonese version seems to hew much more closely to the intent of Zelmani’s original. It’s more obvious that Faye Wong is singing as the ex-lover of “you”. “Life’s much to long to be shared with just you. Let me thank you for giving me unfulfilled happiness,” she sings. As the song goes on, she paints the picture of “you” — demanding, possibly monopolizing, a relationship that never fell to equilibrium, something Faye Wong is too exhausted to keep around. It’s an experience she might have been happy to have experienced, but it’s time, she seems to say, to grow out of dramatics and endless emotional upheaval, even if the ups are so sweet. ”It’s because I’ve settled down that I’ve grown weary of being harassed by happiness,” she murmurs, echoing Zelmani’s original lyrics — “We’re too old to make a mess.”
While the Chinese Faye Wong is the passenger, Cantonese Faye Wong and Sophie Zelmani are both driving their own cars. Perhaps the passenger is the “you”, who they drop off along the way. “I must hurry home,” they tell the “you”. “And our lives will go on, steady, not unhappy, as they already have all this time, without each other.”
(For an explanation of the referential meaning behind the line “flowering season’s over,” see this.)
Above are a series of tweets by Marc Andreessen, cofounder of Netscape, that he sent as a way of previewing his firm’s $50 million investment in Buzzfeed. In them, Andreessen makes the argument that trust in the U.S. media has declined over the last 50 years because of Watergate.
For those of us who research trust, this is a familiar argument. But it’s also an inaccurate one.
This town in Russia is called Zheleznogorsk.
Their flag and coat of arms is a bear splitting the atom.
That is all.
*kicks down door, knocks over end table, vase crashes to the floor*
No that is NOT all, because Zheleznogorsk is really interesting.
It was a secret city, established in 1950 in the middle of Nowhere, Siberia for the purpose of researching nuclear weaponry and producing massive quantities of plutonium, the facilities for which were hidden inside a hollowed-out mountain. It appeared on no maps and no census data. Although more than 100,000 people lived there at one point, satellite imagery would have shown only a fairly small mining town. The mountain complex contained 3,500 rooms and three plutonium reactors, which were kept cool by one of the mightiest river in Siberia. The space had been excavated by tens of thousands of gulag slave laborers, who removed more rock from inside the mountain than was used to build the Great Pyramids. Protected under the granite peak of the mountain, these facilities would survive a direct nuclear attack.
No one called it “Zheleznogorsk.” Officially, it was “Krasnoyarsk-26,” which is something like naming a city ‘Arizona-17.’ Residents traveling outside the city called it Iron Town, if they had to refer to it at all. They were under strict instructions never to reveal to anyone the actual business of Krasnoyarsk-26.
And life there was fantastic. People living and working in the secret city received some of the best wages in the Soviet Union. There were sports stadiums, public gardens, a movie theater, and the shortages notorious in the rest of the USSR were unknown. The best nuclear scientists in Russia lived in a sealed-off utopia.
A third of all the nuclear weapons produced in Russia during the Cold War were powered by fuel from Zheleznogorsk. At the time, the image of the great Russian bear ripping apart an atom with brute strength wouldn’t have seemed very funny at all.
the more you know about secret Russian utopias
(reblogged correctly, whyyy won’t the app let you pick)
Adrienne Rich, “Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law.”
Anatomy of A Tumblr Trend part 2: the semantic network map
So Tumblr’s got this cool feature where, if you search for a tag, it gives you 3 related tags that are (presumably) most commonly used in combination with your search term.
So I searched for the 2 Tumblr trends I’m currently interested in - street goth and health goth - and followed these links to see what they connected to. This creates a kind of semantic network, a way to diagram how people on Tumblr link different style subcultures, based on the top three most-associated terms neighbouring each term.
The result: my crude map above, scribbled on a piece of paper.
The interesting thing: street goth and health goth aren’t connected.
They link only at the second degree, through “fashion” - which is supergeneric. People aren’t connecting the two terms any more closely.
Instead they split off with their own sets of associations. Health goth gets associated with normcore (K-HOLE’s term that’s been bizarrely adopted by mainstream fashion) and seapunk, the Tumblr trend that broke out into brief celebrity with Rihanna et al last year. This then links up to a much more visually-oriented (i.e. non-fashion) set of concepts - vaporwave, pale - ending up at net art and web art.
Meanwhile street goth is all about Hood By Air and Pyrex (labels), then “blvck”, streetwear, then trill, dope & other street slang.
So it looks like we’ve got here is two separate communities.
What separates them? Funnily enough for two monochrome aesthetics, it’s kind of black and white.
While both tags are a long way from monoethnic, street goth connects into hiphop streetwear culture which draws most directly from black culture. Whereas terms around health goth - normcore, hipster, grunge - are much whiter.
That’s really interesting.
You know, this was a big question of mine for a while. So glad that’s cleared up. XD;
Soviet poster for MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Dziga Vertov, USSR, 1929)
Designers: Vladimir (1899-1982) and Georgii Stenberg (1900-1933)
Poster source: Christie’s
MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA was just voted the Greatest Documentary of All Time in a Sight & Sound poll of 340 critics, programmers and filmmakers.
(And this poster was sold for $176,000 at auction in November 2012, making it one of the ten most expensive movie posters of all time.)