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Back to Work We Go: What Are the Costs and Benefits?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 12/06/2020 - 4:32am in


creativity, work

Are the habits and structure of working from home influencing our motivation, mood, productivity, and creativity? Having some balance may be the secret.

AI and Creativity

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 28/11/2019 - 1:20am in



How does AI interact with creativity? Watch this fascinating panel discussion with mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, composer Emily Howard and Sarah Ellis, the RSC's Director of Digital Development. Bringing together world leading researchers and industry professionals, this event explores how creatives are harnessing the power of new technologies to fashion new kinds of creative and artistic practice in theatre and music. How have they engaged in the AI revolution, and what implications does it have for creativity and the arts?

Marcus du Sautoy (Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science), Emily Howard (Professor of Composition, Royal Northern College of Music) and Sarah Ellis (Head of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company). Chair: Rana Mitter (Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China).

Tessellating in Time and Space

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 27/11/2019 - 2:12am in

I’ve been collaborating with Alex Gleason on a new social media website, and he proposed a background of the animated fish from Seder-Masochism:

But how to scale it up for a full background? The gif above is 1.6 MB, it can’t be any larger without significantly slowing loading times (and eating up data on mobile devices). I thought I could maybe make a tessellating animated gif tile, and so did Alex, but it turned out to be much trickier than I’d anticipated.

In a way, a looping gif is a tessellation of time: it seamlessly begins where it ends. That isn’t so hard:

I actually notice a little blip in the time-tessellating here. Can you find it?

But it doesn’t tessellate in space. If you tile the fish above, you’ll see “seams” at regular intervals. Making the fish line up seamlessly, while moving, required going “under the hood” of the original animation, re-sizing and retiming everything, and carefully positioning and scaling by eyeball. I won’t go into all the details and mistakes, but after some hours I eventually got something that works almost perfectly:

I changed the colors, obviously.

Now get this: it’s under 160 KB. That’s right, less than one-tenth the filesize of the gif at the top of this post; smaller than most jpegs of similar dimensions (360 x 360 pixels). But it covers an entire browser window, no matter how large. Here’s a screenshot showing it tessellating in space:

Yes, you can still find teeny-weeny seams, but at 12 frames per second they’re hardly noticeable.

To see it tessellating in space and time, click the image above or go to .

Update: I made a smoother version. Above is 12 frames per second, below is 24 frames per second. This makes it smoother and less headache-inducing, but doubles the number of frames and therefore file size, and the seams are more visible.

40 frames long, 24 fps, 268 KB.


Idea Generator for Bob

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 31/08/2019 - 5:16am in



Hundred Dollar Drawing. I drew a second one because I thought the first might be too explicit.

People's Landscapes: Creative Landscapes

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 17/05/2019 - 3:00am in

A roundtable discussion exploring the ways in which writers, artists and musicians have both responded to and created conceptions of 'place' throughout history. Thursday 16th May 2019. People's Landscapes: Beyond the Green and Pleasant Land is a lecture series convened by the University of Oxford's National Trust Partnership, which brings together experts and commentators from a range of institutions, professions and academic disciplines to explore people’s engagement with and impact upon land and landscape in the past, present and future.

The National Trust cares for 248,000 hectares of open space across England, Wales and Northern Ireland; landscapes which hold the voices and heritage of millions of people and track the dramatic social changes that occurred across our nations' past. In the year when Manchester remembers the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre, the National Trust's 2019 People’s Landscapes programme is drawing out the stories of the places where people joined to challenge the social order and where they demonstrated the power of a group of people standing together in a shared place. Throughout this year the National Trust is asking people to look again, to see beyond the green and pleasant land, and to find the radical histories that lie, often hidden, beneath their feet.

At the second event in the series, Creative Landscapes, panellists explore the ways in which writers, artists and musicians have both responded to and created conceptions of 'place' throughout history, considering the role of taste, nostalgia and imaginary spaces in our understanding of landscape today.


Alice Purkiss, National Trust Partnership Lead, University of Oxford (Welcome)

Helen Antrobus, Contemporary Arts Programme Manager, National Trust (Introduction)

Grace Davies, National Public Programme Curator, National Trust (Chair)

Kate Stoddart, Independent Curator, Project Manager and Mentor

Dr Rosemary Shirley, Senior Lecturer Art Theory and Practice, Manchester Metropolitan University

Craig Oldham, Designer and Creative Consultant

Professor Fiona Stafford, Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

For more information about the People’s Landscapes Lecture Series and the National Trust Partnership at the University of Oxford please visit: