Time is essential for the human mind and for anyone's flow of ideas. Consequently you'll find in the mesmerizing grid and flow of time the sparkles and the flashes of what makes us human and thus unique.
Adam Elenbass (via mindovermatterzine)
20th Century Death, visualized by Information is Beautiful.
Death is an inevitable conclusion. This info graphic tries to summarize and categorize how people died in the last century.
It is interesting to analyze the breakdown of the various causes. Most people in the 20th century died of non-communicable diseases, with infectious diseases being the second most common cause.
Hopefully medicine will continue to evolve to reduce those numbers this century.
Francis Crick’s letter to his 12-year-old son Michael announcing the discovery of DNA’s double-helix structure 60 years ago this week. More at The New York Times.
Jim Watson and I have probably made a most important discovery. We have built a model for the structure of de-oxy-ribose-nucleic-acid (read it carefully) called D.N.A. You may remember that the genes of the chromosomes – which carry the hereditary factors – are made up of protein and D.N.A. Our structure is very beautiful…
Now we believe that the D.N.A. is a code. That is, the order of the bases (the letters) makes one gene different from another gene (just as one page of print is different from another)…
In other words we think we have found the basic copying mechanism by which life comes from life. You can understand that we are very excited. Read this carefully so that you understand it. When you come home we will show you the model.
Lots of love, Daddy.”
Today we’ve got the runner-up entry to this year’s Graphic Short Story Prize. Don’t know about you but I love this cute, furry yeti guy. He does seem quite lonely though…
Here’s a bit about the illustrator:
Though the standard for entries was perhaps a little lower than in previous years, it was still tricky to choose a runner-up. In the end, we went for “I, Yeti” by Steve Tillotson, a gorgeous tale of loneliness and ice, starring a very large, very hairy yeti. Tillotson never intended to be a writer of comics; having done an MA in print-making at the Royal College of Art, he always thought he would be what he calls a “proper” artist. Gradually, though, his work became ever more driven by narrative and in 2005 he started writing his Banal Pig comics. His influences include Daniel Clowes and Chris Ware, but also the comics that he grew up with: the Beano, the Dandy, Buster and Whizzer and Chips.
Like Wilkin, he has entered the competition before. “Twice. My plan was to keep entering every year until I won. [But even being runner-up] is surprisingly vindicating. A lot of cartoonists are extremely self-critical and I’m no exception; it’s quite a lonely business. This is a big morale boost and it’s nice to see how much I’ve improved since the first time I entered in 2009.”
He designed his story so he could play around with scale in his pictures: “I really like drawing mountains for some reason… my yeti character has been in my sketchbook for a while.” What’s his plan for the future? “I’ve got a few ideas for graphic novels bubbling away that I’m really excited about, and I’m involved in organising the Leeds Alternative Comics Fair. Comics events are a bit under-represented in the north.”
Check out the rest of the comic on the Observer website.