Merlin Mann walks through his redundant, automated back-up solution. If you’re reading this blog there’s a good chance you’re a working illustrator, which means you have plenty of files that are important to you — and important to your clients.
I use a combination of Apple’s Time Machine and Dropbox, but I know even that’s not enough to cover my butt in the long run. Are you backing up your work? And are you confident in your backup solution? From the linked article:
If it’s not automated, it’s not a real backup.
If it’s not redundant, it’s not a real backup.
If it’s not regularly rotated off-site, it’s not a real backup.
Former NYTimes.com designer Khoi Vinh on magazines formatted for iPads and tablets.
In a media world that looks increasingly like the busy downtown heart of a city — with innumerable activities, events and alternative sources of distraction around you — these apps demand that you confine yourself to a remote, suburban cul-de-sac.
Researchers at the North Dakota State University have confirmed what we’ve always always suspected: that letting go of adult inhibitions can allow us to make more innovative and creative decisions and boost our well-being. So go fly a kite with your imaginary friend.
Ottawa International Animation Festival - Short Competition 1
I’ve scoured the Internet for shorts played at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival. So if you missed the festival this year, you can have a mini-screening in the comfort of your home. Obviously not every film screened at the festival is available online (or even in its entirety), so next year you’ll just have to make the trip. Here are some selections from the festival’s Short Competition 1:
Logorama by François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy, Ludovic Houplain & Alexandrew Sauthier
I had a great time at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival. I managed to squeeze in more screenings than I had in the past, and managed to see just about everything, but still left wanting more.
My favourite film of the festival, David O’Reilly’s The External World took home the grand prize for short animation. It’s a shame there’s no preview or trailer available online, but you can check out David’s Vimeo account to see some of his other work.
Phil Mulloy's Goodbye Mister Christie nabbed the grand prize for best feature. I was less enthusiastic about this film. Here’s a look at its predecessor, 2006’s The Christies:
At an hour and a half, you can imagine how taxing this can be on one’s patience. By the end, the audience I was with let out exasperated laughs at every new scene as if to say, “it’s not over yet?” It’s bizarre, puzzling, and yet oddly hypnotic and funny. It touches on some interesting philosophical questions, but grand prize material? I’m not sure.
My choice for best feature is Keita Kurosaka’s Midori-Ko. The film takes place in a future Tokyo that is on the verge of starvation. Drawn with pencil, the film is equal parts Miyazaki and Cronenberg: