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I love dinosaurs, especially the flying ones.
I love dinosaurs, especially the flying ones.

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A population cartogram of Swiss cantons

Here's a little old† project of mine that I just dusted off, hopefully the first of several that I'll share here.

The area of each circle is in proportion to the population of the canton. (St. Gallen's population is represented by the areas of the circle minus the areas representing the smaller 'half-cantons' of Appenzell AR and Appenzell IR.)

Each canton is represented by its distinctive flag (Switzerland sure does flags well; I don't think this would be as interesting for most countries).

†originally made in pencil 8 years ago
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Today's xkcd is about how dinosaurs are still portrayed in such an old-fashioned way in movies.

The rollover text (tip: always read this on xkcd)… "At this point, if we're going to keep insisting on portraying dinosaurs as featherless because it's "cooler", it's time to apply that same logic to art involving bald eagles." Yep, would we want this logic applied to any extant animals?

xkcd.com/1527
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Ah yes, biology the "soft" science, mere trivia compared to physics…
#xkcd  







I'M SORRY, FROM YOUR YEARS OF CONDESCENDING TOWARD THE 'SQUISHY SCIENCES', I ASSUMED YOU'D BE A LITTLE HARDER.

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Yes, these are real. This is what science looks like.
Top Ten Best Scientific Figures

This a really fun rundown. Seen below is #1 in the list, entitled Pressures produced when penguins poo – Calculations on avian defecation.

#illustrationart #graphicdesign  

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A happy Yule to you, one and all!
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You might have seen the news that Studio Ghibli is closing. It isn't really, and I wouldn't be sad, even if it was.

The news is that the studio is going back to how it used to be in the 80s, back when it made movies like Laputa: Castle in the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro. There won't be a full-time staff of animators; instead, there'll be freelancers brought in when opportunities arise. (thanks to ca-tsuka.tumblr.com for explaining this!)

Even if Studio Ghibli does close, it won't really be gone. Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata made great movies over their careers, which will continue to inspire and entertain children and adults alike.

Studio Ghibli's "fresh breeze" will still be felt many years from now. Did you know that Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion was inspired by his work on Nausicaä? Or that some of the people behind today's rich TV anime art got their start as artists and animators for Ghibli's early movies? Or that when staff Pixar feel stuck they watch a Ghibli movie for inspiration? Whatever sort of animation from today you like (or maybe even video games or live-action movies), there's likely some influence from Ghibli.

And here's what Hayao Miyazaki himself had to say, in the new documentary about Studio Ghibli: "The future is clear. It's going to fall apart. I can already see it. What's the use worrying? It's inevitable…" (animationtidbits.tumblr.com/post/93138984801)

_Copied from a post I wrote on the Studio Ghibli Facebook fanpage fb.com/fansofstudioghibli _
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You might have seen the news that Studio Ghibli is closing. It isn't really, and I wouldn't be sad, even if it was.

The news is that the studio is going back to how it used to be in the 80s, back when it made movies like Laputa: Castle in the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro. There won't be a full-time staff of animators; instead, there'll be freelancers brought in when opportunities arise. (thanks to ca-tsuka.tumblr.com for explaining this!)

Even if Studio Ghibli does close, it won't really be gone. Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata made great movies over their careers, which will continue to inspire and entertain children and adults alike.

Studio Ghibli's "fresh breeze" will still be felt many years from now. Did you know that Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion was inspired by his work on Nausicaä? Or that some of the people behind today's rich TV anime art got their start as artists and animators for Ghibli's early movies? Or that when staff Pixar feel stuck they watch a Ghibli movie for inspiration? Whatever sort of animation from today you like (or maybe even video games or live-action movies), there's likely some influence from Ghibli.

And here's what Hayao Miyazaki himself had to say, in the new documentary about Studio Ghibli: "The future is clear. It's going to fall apart. I can already see it. What's the use worrying? It's inevitable…" (animationtidbits.tumblr.com/post/93138984801)

_Copied from a post I wrote on the Studio Ghibli Facebook fanpage fb.com/fansofstudioghibli _
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This is an outrage! How dare Steven Spielberg bring down this majestic beast!
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