This week’s newsletter is published later than usual. My apologies, I’ve not been feeling so well and am having difficulties focusing. Plus the US Masters are on and Tiger Woods is making a bold comeback, so sitting idly in front of this is more in line with my current IQ and stamina than scouring the interwebs to find interesting & intelligent things to report 😉 Nonetheless, onwards!
Ah, the joys of April Fools day …
We all love making them, and reader comments on the one published on DS filled me with joy. But falling for them is another problem. When the truth becomes evident, you feel so silly 😉 😉 Well, kudos to Hugh Brownstone, author of what is the most fun and believable joke video that I viewed this year. Few probably fell for it, but I wanted to believe it so badly, partly to feature it in this newsletter along with the title Canon Gets It! that my goodsense took a leave of absence. Ah, biases … 😉
DISCLAIMER: I haven’t had the time or focus to view any of the following posts and videos. But they all revolve around the concept of colour management. So there must be some gems in there. If you see anything cool, can you mention it for others in the comments?
And a little extra:
There’s so much to read into /r/place. So much elated creativity on one side, yet so much residual animal nature on the other. As streamers, online influencers and their communities coordinated to turn a blank page into a wall of collaborative pixel art, what we could see emerge from nothingness was a mosaic of cultures, living side by side. Along with national initiatives, such as France’s slightly cringeworthy flag, tower and heroes, attacked by Spanish troops seeking strategic alliances throughout the world with no intent of actually creating anything but only pissing on France’s work. Ego-driven destructive dick-swinging, albeit presumably light-hearted, leading to war. Sound familiar?
This reinforces my view that regional cultures are bonding agents that can coexist happily, whereas frontiers are unnatural constructs that create their own need for defense and vent the aggressivity of the more feeble-minded among our ranks.
I hesitated to share this here, and think that the videos somewhat defeat the point of the mandala-inspired beauty of the whole project. Towards the end, the only colour participants could chose was white. Noone was forced to add more pixels, yet the whole board was soon erased by a sea of white, starting from the pathetic Franco-Spanish feud bottom left corner. This shows how well the organizers understand human nature and highlights why Reddit is now the number one website on the planet.
Kudos guys, amazing work!
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