Vadim likes using vectors for folder icons, but my current thing is using them with scenery pr0n to create desktop backgrounds.
@hanezawakirika saw I was stressed lately, so she drew this picture for me. I haven't had much time to blog lately owing to family commitments and other stuff, so I thought what better way to break the radio silence by posting it here for you all to see ^_^.
It's my anime waifu Mugi-chan's birthday! Yes I'm aware she's only into Yuri stuff, shaddup!
Bikinis aren't really my thing (this one by comparison made me HNNNNNNGGGG), but when I saw the rather fabulous Ikari Manatsu's illustration of Mugi doing the famous Star Trek Vulcan salute, I couldn't pass it up! Live long and prosper Mugi! It's the logical thing to do! :D
(Update: Michael P. emailed me saying the Zerochan links only work if you're logged in. Thanks for the tip!)
Aside from the technological significance of the DEC PDP11 computers, I'm also so thoroughly in love with their design, colours, fonts and advertising material.
Quintessentially 70s. I want that chair! The carpet! The red walls! A bank of dead PDP11s for hanging my clothes in, with a Mac Mini running an emulator inside it!
Scan by PanelswitchMan on Flickr.
One of the current memes surrounding Google Drive seems to be how their logo was copied from Vplayer. As a logo nerd, I felt it my duty to clear the air!
From TechInAsia, where the above mockup is from:
The Drive icon is essentially the Vplayer one with a bit of dimensional shading added, spun 90-degrees anti-clockwise, and then looked at from the other side. [..]
What do you think of the Drive logo? Perhaps Google got its inspiration elsewhere – maybe from the funky new tech blog The Verge. Let us know in the comments.
While copying isn't unexpected behaviour from Google necessarily, I find TechInAsia's claim that their new logo was a copy of Vplayer to be a bit of a stretch. As far as I can tell, both services are employing Möbius Strip-like designs in their logos.
In fact, if we really wanted to discuss which companies are copying off whom, it took me a minute of image searching to come up with these:
The latter should be of most concern to Android and Google users, for it's an application for iPhones! It's name also gives away the design device in question.
Still, perhaps the best known example of a Möbius Strip in use is the recycling icon. Perhaps it's making a comment that all these icons for all these services are merely reusing this same idea ;).
Here's my terrible mockup of the recycling icon, in the Google Drive colours.
So I suppose the case could be made that the Google Drive logo bears a resemblence to Vplayer, but to be fair to Google, they're icon is a derivative of many, many others which were all based on a single wondrous twist of a belt.
There are many legitimate technical and privacy concerns surrounding Google Drive. This isn't one of them.
Observe the above image by D宅 on Pixiv if you will. The stunning landscape. The ridiculously gorgeous and vivid colours. Hatsune Miku!
Full size, the image is 2500x1154. My primary monitor is 1920x1200. To be pixel perfect (as I insist with my desktop backgrounds) it's too short by 46 pixels.
1920x1080 images are perverse enough, but this is just out and out cruel!
My latest entry to the Anime@UTS blog, and the first about art! If you want to comment, do so over there :D.
It may be regarded as odd that I'm beginning a post discussing what it won't be about, rather than what it will be. It feel it is necessary however, lest anyone get the mistaken impression I know what I'm talking about when it comes to art. As such, this post will not be as insightful as what you may have come to expect from our resident artist, nor it will it be as eloquent as what you would expect from our resident Peruvian. Lima is five in Malay, isn't that funny? Don't answer that.
I'll cut to the chase. We all get off on different things, as it were. Some people need mountains of fan service, mandatory beach episodes and shower scenes showcasing their favourite characters in various stages of duress. Wait, undress. Both work. Personally, I'm a meganekko fan, for some reason. Well, I know the reason, its because I find glasses showcase people eyes better. The other thing is citypr0n, or "cityscapes" to use politically correct terminology.
I could perform an exhaustive history of the representation of cityscapes in anime starting with the earliest known examples, moving through to the 1990s, then to the present, but instead I'll focus on three specific series' which I thought best showcased cityscapes at the time.
Some in the club may groan at the sight of Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, but I had an unnatural obsession with the series growing up, and one of the reasons was for the art. Remove the boilerplate transformation scenes and Usagi being a klutz, and you get some beautiful visual interpretations of 1990s Tokyo. And some lesbians.
What the scenes lacked in detail they made up for in colour; they almost looked as though they were painted in watercolour. For all I know, they could have been. Like all the other series' from the time, Sailor Moon was hand drawn and painted. Pretty amazing to think about now.
One of my dreams as a kid was to have curtains for my bedroom with a blue Sailor Moon cityscape on it. No doubt my father was disappointed my dream didn't involve having short-skirted sailor scouts on my curtains instead. I think he was worried that my orientation was unusual. But that's for the psychiatrists office, not the world's greatest anime club and their blog. Haiyo!
Fly forward to 2008, and we get the series that arguably contained more citypr0n that any other. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun wasn't just a rare example of a spinoff that was better than the original (in the [correct] opinion of your humble [dashing, attractive] author), but it's artists at JC Staff seemed to spare no expense in creating breathtakingly detailed, immersive cityscapes for the characters to carry out their various deeds.
The style was realistic and fitting with contemporary architecture, but an entirely new Academy City afforded the artists a little creative licence to build up a new modern world from scratch. Wind turbines and expansive, tree lined streets contrasted with tall pale blue buildings that made the adventures of Misaka Mikoto and her compatriots that much more fun to watch.
Your author humbly admits he watched Railgun prior to Index, and he did so because he saw screenshots of the world in which their adventures took place. And Mikoto in a polka dot swimsuit thingy. Pity she didn't wear glasses. You didn't read any of that. Any of what? Exactly.
From the artistic to the realistic, we get to the downright surreal. With the broadcast of Nisemonogatari I'm reminded of Bakemonogatari, and how I painstakingly took screenshots from it while watching in 2009 to use as desktop backgrounds (or wallpapers, as you Windows and OS/2 folk seem intent on calling them). A warning in advance, my lack of artistic prowess will show through here!
The cityscapes in Bakemonogatari were some of the most detailed I'd ever seen, almost to a fault. As the quality of the animation of the characters themselves seemed to wane a little over the course of the series, the scenery continued to get the royal treatment. The shockingly bold colours and sharp lines even from a distance were used to great effect; the mood for a scene was often carried more by the colours than the music. At least, that was my impression. Visually, the effect was striking.
What I revelled in while watching though was the downright weirdness. You thought Penguindrum was weird with having pedestrian crossing figures as extras, Bakemonogatari eschewed (gesunteit) them entirely. The gigantic urban parks, imposing apartment buildings (that bore a curious resemblance to HDBs, as more than one Singaporean otaku observed at the time), expressways and tall buildings. We associate all these areas with swarms of people. Hives of activity. Buzzing with energy. These puns sweet or what? Get it, honey bees? I'll stop now.
Combine the abandoned state of these scenes with otherwise modern, pristine cityscapes, and you get an artistic style Dali would have scoffed at if I referred to it as surreal. Then again, he melted clocks and waxed pointed moustaches for a living. Waxed lyrical, as it were.
We've only just scratched the surface here. Pick any season, and chances are at least one or two of the showcased series' will have amazing urban landscapes, or citypr0n as I unabashedly refer to it as. It's a predictable as the one unashamed ecchi release each season, and I'd argue possibly for the same reason ^^;
So my sister wants the latest Punk Goes Pop CD. I'm thinking of printing this picture on A3 and giving it to her for Christmas. Flawless plan.
In other news, too cute. I disagree with the naysayers that the K-On girls couldn't pull off punk, I think they did it pretty well ^_^.