Passing the mic to the youngest generation

Young activist demonstrating in New Dehli

what we once took for granted,
became something we wish we had.
and just like a bird in a cage,
that is meant to fly in the first place,
we are instead unfree and unease.
some streets are now dead empty,
some others are filled with those who are angry.
and some people are also less lucky,
unlike those with a roof on their heads and a loving family.
. . .
we should be impactful to fix our reality.
work hand in hand,
for working together will bring us further.
reflect upon what’s happening,
and thus we shall recover.

— Naifah Uzlah, Youth Climate Activist, Indonesia, ‘Reflection for Recovery: A Letter about the Crisis’

 


 

Through poetry, art, storytelling and activism, young people across the globe continue to turn up the volume on the climate crisis. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re still finding ways to push for climate justice.

And not only that, they’re stepping up and demanding just solutions to the interwoven crises we face as a global community. They know that the choices we make today will shape our society, economy, health, and climate for decades to come.

This International Youth Day, we celebrate the massive contributions of the youngest generation. Their voices echo through the streets of our communities, across international digital spaces, and in the halls of some of the world’s most prominent buildings.

Here is a collection of stories from the new Youth Storytelling Hub. Check it out at globalclimatestrike.net/stories.

 

Life in an Urban Bubble

by Yuk Yi, Singapore

‘I’m playing with the hand I’ve been dealt. My cards are humble, but I’m fueled with a purpose.’ Read

Aerial view of green space in Singapore

 

The Hummingbird in Me

by Kaluki Paul Mutuku, Kenya

‘We cannot afford to go back to “normal” systems that were before this pandemic, based and rooted in historical, environmental, social and political injustices.’ Read

Youth activist Kaluki Paul Mutuku speaking into a microphone

 

Supporting Our Indigenous Communities in the Midst of a Pandemic

by María Teresa Fernández Pérez, Peru

‘This is why having a connected community is so important, everyone knows the truth and we get to know every member.’ Watch

Screenshot of a video by youth activist María Teresa Fernández Pérez

 

More Stories From Youth Climate Strikers

Take a look at the youth-powered storytelling hub for other stories of activism from young people.

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In Case You Missed It

Trendsetter: With a big thanks to people-powered campaigns, Kiwibank is the first bank in New Zealand to commit to being fossil free. And it’s the first bank in the world that has committed to denying coal, oil and gas companies their financial services altogether. How did the campaigns keep up the pressure? Read on

No one left behind: Indigenous territories and ancestral domains are considered bastions of ecologically sustainable ways of life, yet they continue to be the most marginalized and vulnerable communities in Asia. A just recovery means no one gets left behind. Read more

 

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Indigenous peoples in Brazil have been disproportionately devastated by the COVID-19 crisis. And the continued expansion and public funding of coal, oil and gas in the country is increasing inequality, forced displacement, and ultimately the persecution and murder of Indigenous peoples and communities of colour.

In honor of the lives of Indigenous peoples in Brazil and the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9, we draw attention to the injustices these communities face. Watch and share

The New Fuel Paraboots – Motorcycle Boots Inspired By US M43 Combat Boots from World War II

These are the new Fuel Paraboots, they’ve been in development for two years as a modern motorcycle boot with strong design influence from the iconic US M43 combat boots from World War II, with their distinctive buckled shin cover.

The team at Fuel Motorcycles are all avid motorcyclists themselves and as a result they work hard to ensure that their gear has true usability and wearability – both are critically important for gear you may use everyday. Each pair of Paraboots have an upper made from multiple sections of high quality leather and a wear-resistant, anti-slip rubber sole for longevity.

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The left boot has an additional leather flap over the toe cap area to protect it from being worn through on the gear shifter, and both the right and left side have ankle, heel, and toe cap polyurethane protection. The buckles used are all heavy duty and the boots feature a traditional lower lace up closure that extends up underneath the protective leather shin cover.

The leather used is a high quality vegetable tanned full grain calf leather, inside the boots you’ll find soft bovine leather for comfort paired with a comfortable latex insole for all-day wearability. Sizing ranges from 40 to 47 and there’s a handy size guide on the website to ensure you get the right fit first time.

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Have You Played… The Witcher?

Geralt from The Witcher knees on a grassy bank overlooking a huge lake, with a mountain in the distance. It's pretty, for 2007.

I almost forgot how much everyone raved about The Witcher 2. RPS founder-turned-fugitive Jim Rossignol said in his The Witcher 2 review that “This is one of the most significant games of 2011. Right now it looks like most significant PC-only game of 2011”. It’s a series that has since become a juggernat, helped made a billionaire, and even overcome the traditionally murderous adaptation to film media.

So I went and played the first one, and never got round to the rest. I really should though.

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A Little Ado about Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare in the Park: Much Ado About Nothing... is streaming live for free until early September courtesy of PBS. The play was performed live in Central Park last year. You can tell it's something special when it begins with the actors mashing together Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" with the "Star Spangled Banner". The play features "Danielle Brooks ("Orange is the New Black," Broadway's "The Color Purple") and Grantham Coleman ("Buzzer," "The Americans") as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick. Tony Award winner Kenny Leon ("American Son," "A Raisin in the Sun") directs with choreography by Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown ("Choir Boy")."

Puzzle

Last night C. and I sat at the kitchen table and did a jigsaw puzzle that depicted a hallucinatory American scene of hardware stores, red schoolhouses, saloons, and chapels. At first our work was half-hearted as we slowly sifted out the edge pieces, wondering if we wanted to commit to this project. An hour later, we were assembling the pieces in studious silence, like we’d been hired to do a job. There’s a special kind of pleasure in putting together what’s been broken.

This afternoon I went for an ugly and lonesome run along a rural road. The music cut out of my headphones for a moment, and I heard myself panting on an empty highway like something in a nightmare.

Now I’m parked at the gas station where I can pick up a signal. Received a message that a cousin down south has the coronavirus. Russia says they’ve created a vaccine called Sputnik V. The Democratic nominee for president selected his running mate: the confusing prosecutor who slit his throat during a primary debate last year. Everyone seems to have an opinion about this, and for a moment I feel like I should have one too. It’s an exhausting puzzle, trying to figure out which parts of this world to let into your head.

There’s beautiful heat lighting tonight.


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Tripp Mickle Profiles Tim Cook, Without Any Access, for the WSJ

Tripp Mickle wrote a long feature for The Wall Street Journal, “How Tim Cook Made Apple His Own” (News+ link):

After Steve Jobs’s death, Silicon Valley anticipated Apple Inc.’s business would falter. Wall Street fretted about the road ahead. And loyal customers agonized about the future of a beloved product innovator.

Today, Apple shares are at record highs. The company’s market valuation is $1.9 trillion — bigger than the GDP of Canada, Russia or Spain. And Apple, now the world’s largest company, continues to dominate the smartphone market.

That’s a good and mostly fair lede. But I don’t think it’s fair at all to say that “loyal customers agonized about the future”. Where’s the evidence of that? I’d say the group that’s missing after Silicon Valley (which believes strongly, justifiably in most cases, in the importance of founders) and Wall Street are business reporters. It wasn’t so much much investors as the business media who predicted “can’t innovate without Steve Jobs” doom for Apple.

The feature is largely fair though, and it does read like Mickle tried very hard to get people who know Cook to talk about him. But, well, very few of them did, and those who did don’t seem to know him all that well:

Mr. Cook is described by colleagues and acquaintances as a humble workaholic with a singular commitment to Apple. Longtime colleagues seldom socialized with him, and assistants said he kept his calendar clear of personal events.

Around Thanksgiving two years ago, guests saw him dining by himself at the secluded Amangiri Hotel near Zion National Park. When a guest later bumped into him, he said he came to the hotel to recharge after a hectic fall punctuated by the rollout of Apple’s latest iPhone. “They have the best masseuses in the world here,” he said, the guest recalls.

Here Mickle’s source is a random guest who recognized Cook at a hotel.

It’s sort of inside baseball, but this paragraph is my favorite from the whole piece:

Apple declined to make Mr. Cook or any of its executives available. Instead, the company helped arrange calls with four people it said could speak to areas of importance to Mr. Cook such as environmentalism, education and health. None of the four said they knew him well. One had never met him, another met him only in passing, a third spent half an hour with him and a fourth spent a few hours with him.

I mean just savor the passive-aggressive fuck you/fuck you too back-and-forth of Apple making available four useless sources to Mickle, and Mickle pointing out in the article just how useless the four sources Apple made available were.

But this one weird paragraph actually says a lot about the difference between Steve Jobs’s Apple and Cook’s. Jobs wouldn’t have participated in a profile like this, either, but I think Apple’s response would have been nothing more than the two-letter word “no”. With Cook, Apple still didn’t make him available, still didn’t make anyone who works at Apple available, and still didn’t make anyone who actually knows Cook available. But they offered Mickle and the Journal something rather than just telling him to go pound sand.

Though current and former employees say Mr. Cook has created a more relaxed workplace than Mr. Jobs, he has been similarly demanding and detail oriented. He once got irritated that the company mistakenly shipped 25 computers to South Korea instead of Japan, said a former colleague, adding that it seemed like a minor misstep for a company shipping nearly 200 million iPhones annually. “We’re losing our commitment to excellence,” Mr. Cook said, this person recalls.

25 computers mistakenly shipped to Korea would not make my list of signs that Apple is losing its commitment to excellence, but this anecdote actually buoys me.

Link: wsj.com/articles/tim-cook-apple-steve-jobs-trump-china…

Apple Signs Martin Scorsese to First-Look Film and TV Deal

Justin Kroll and Mike Fleming Jr., reporting for Deadline:

Two and one-half months after it stepped up to become the producers of Killers of the Flower Moon, Apple has inked a first-look deal with its director, Martin Scorsese. The master filmmaker will base his Sikelia Productions banner at Apple in a multi-year deal for film and television projects Scorsese will produce and direct for Apple TV +.

The relationship kicks off with Killers of the Flower Moon, the Eric Roth-scripted adaptation of the David Grann non-fiction book which will star Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro will star in. Apple won an auction with the $180 million+ film originally optioned by Paramount came back on the market. Deadline revealed on May 27 that Apple won a deal that has Paramount releasing the film theatrically.

The way to apply Apple’s “the best, not the most” mantra to Hollywood would be signing more deals like this. Apple TV+ will never have the most exclusive movies and TV shows, but it can have a large share of the best ones.

Link: deadline.com/2020/08/martin-scorsese-apple-first-look-deal…

Mozilla Lays Off 250 Employees, About One-Third of Its Workforce

Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for ZDNet Zero Day

Furthermore, Mozilla’s contract with Google to include Google as the default search provider inside Firefox is set to expire later this year, and the contract has not been renewed. The Google deal has historically accounted for around 90% of all of Mozilla’s revenue, and without it experts see a dim future for Mozilla past 2021.

I think that’s basically the whole story right there. Firefox was very popular, and Google paid Mozilla a small fortune to make Google search the default in Firefox because it was so popular. But then came Chrome. Why should Google fund Mozilla when Chrome is about 10 times more popular than Firefox, other than out of the goodness of their heart?

It is a very good thing for the world and the web that a truly independent browser exists from a privacy-minded company, but there’s not much of a business model for it unless it’s popular enough to get the dominant search engine to pay for placement.

“We must learn and expand different ways to support ourselves and build a business that isn’t what we see today.”

This most likely includes a bigger focus on Mozilla’s VPN offering, which Mozilla formally launched last month. Virtual Private Network (VPN) apps are one of today’s biggest money-makers in tech, and Mozilla, despite arriving late to the party, is set to become one of the biggest players on the market, primarily due to its reputation as a privacy-first organization and civil and privacy rights advocate.

I have no idea if a VPN offering can even come close to making up for the money Mozilla was earning from Google for default search placement, but it’s a great idea. If you’re going to use a VPN, you want to use one from a company you can trust, and Mozilla has a fortune of well-earned trust in the bank.

Link: zdnet.com/article/mozilla-lays-off-250-employees-while-it…

Oz...Ozzie's in a pickle!!!

25 years ago today, Chrono Trigger was released for the SNES in North America. An almost permanent fixture in the top of any Best SNES Games list, Chrono Trigger featured character designs of manga artist Akira Toriyama, an incredible (and interesting) score by Yasunori Mitsuda, and a sprawling adventure covering the dawn of civilization to the end of it and many points in between.

Time travel let the game tell some interesting stories within the story , and even once you beat it, a New Game+ feature let you dive back in and take advantage of bending time to get all sorts of different endings. Of course, like almost every SNES RPG, it was not without translation confusion.

Even if you never played it, it's never too late to try. So sit back, grab a Toma Pop, and beat up the best singing robot in gaming.

There's Some Whores in This House

"I'm an active participant. I'm not just a vessel. The reason you're having such a good time, sir, is because I am squeezing your dick." CW: Wet and gushy. While men have been musically aggrandizing their genitalia for, well, ever, Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion have conservative knickers in a (damp) twist over WAP, a paean to Wet Ass Pussy.

Twitter something-or-other Ben Shapiro cited his "doctor wife" in a concern troll tweet about medical issues.

VULTURE asked a gynecologist about the song and the science.

How to test patch 9.0.1 on the PTR

The Shadowlands pre-patch (9.0.1) is now live on Public Test Realm (PTR), with the level squish, revamped classes, new customization and transmog options, and the Scourge Invasion. If you want to check it out before it hits the live realms, here’s how to install the PTR and prepare yourself for the launch. Enable the PTR...

These Absurdly Contorted Animals by Bruno Pontiroli Will Leave You With a Backache

“Le Tigre Reversible” (2020), oil on wood panel,18”x 21 inches. All images © Bruno Pontiroli, shared with permission

The troupe of wild animals in Bruno Pontiroli’s paintings contort their bodies into backbends and handstands that would rival even the most accomplished gymnast. A wrinkly hippo balances on its tongue, a tiger arches its torso into a 90-degree angle, and a hyena rotates its hind legs in the air. The French artist (previously) notes that he begins the bizarre artworks with easily-recognized animals that he then shapes “like the way a child plays with modeling clay or a building set for instance,” morphing a simple depiction of a nimble lion or hare into a peculiar new reality. He explains by saying:

My aim is to turn the narrow vision that we have of the world upside down and disturb our imagination while shaking an accepted reality with images that are as incomprehensible as they are familiar. Distorting a symbol or mixing opposing universes allows me to question the identity of things so that I can reinvent them in a world with no logic. Everything is possible.

Pontiroli’s series A Rebrousse-Poil, or against the grain, will be virtually on view at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles starting August 22. See what the artist has been up to in the meantime on Instagram.

 

“Le rire jaune” (2020), oil on wood panel, 40 x 50 centimeters

Left: (2020), oil on wood panel, 40 x 30 centimeters. Right: “Le coup du lapin” (2020), oil on wood panel, 40 x 30 centimeters

“A rebrousse-poil”

Lyndsey Gallant

Lyndsey Gallant

Who are you, and what do you do?

Hey, I'm Lyndsey Gallant!

I'm an Art Director & Concept Artist with a decade of game industry experience. I'm currently in the VR space as the Heart Director (ha ha get it?) of absurd:joy, where we're making some ridiculous, wonderful, playful experiences.

My work is generally high level pre-production art on the visual development of games. Put simply: figuring out what a game should look like, based on what we want the player to do, experience, and feel. I achieve this through visual research, painting concept art, having lots of conversations while looking at those concepts, then creating and implementing art prototypes to test the visual theories. This process is iterative, cyclical, and will often be repeated multiple times, sometimes for many months, before the art direction of a game is finalized.

What hardware do you use?

Tablets

I have a Cintiq 27QHD that I've DIY velcro'd a Razer Tartarus to for faster and more ergonomic hotkey usage. My Cintiq (whom I've lovingly nicknamed "Monster") is mounted on the Wacom Ergostand. I've never liked dual-monitor setups, so I use the Cintiq as my only display.

I also have an Intuos Pro that I swap in when I don't need extreme drawing precision (like when I'm 3D modelling, making UI, etc). I find long sessions on the Cintiq are really uncomfortable so I try to alternate between the two as much as I can to stay healthy.


Computer & Peripherals

I built my own PC back in 2017, and she still does a really great job even with the intensive 3D & VR work I do. I also have a MSI Gaming Laptop (the GS43VR 7RE Phantom Pro) that I use when I'm travelling.

For a keyboard I use the Corsair K70 MK.2 and my mouse is a Corsair M65 PRO. Honestly I used to scoff at the rainbow light-up hardware but now I've really come around and now I think they're so fun and cool! Why not live your most colourful neon cyberpunk fantasy?

I'm a true believer in the idea that our bodies aren't designed to be in any position for 8+ hours straight, no matter how ergonomic, so in addition to my nice chair, I use a standing desk on and off throughout the day. The best part about a standing desk is that it also doubles as a dancing desk if your music is on point and the mood hits you!

VR

I have both an Oculus Rift and an Oculus Quest. Despite the lack of wireless option, I really love the Rift. I find it really cozy and the weight is nicely balanced.

And what software?

Photoshop has always been the most important piece of software in my creative work. I started using it when I was 13, and the very foundation of my art education is pretty intertwined with it.

For creating production art, I use Blender for 3D modelling work, and use the Unity engine. It's immensely useful as an art director to be able to test my own visual theories and designs in-engine and use that as a basis for my iterative concept work.

I'm also a huge proponent of using Dropbox for some light version control on art files, it's saved me a few times on corrupt files and accidental overwrites.

I've also been using Tilt Brush for creating concept art directly in VR. It's really useful for directly creating an immersive atmosphere, and building things to scale because you're occupying the environment as you create it, and using that as a base for cleaned-up Blender models.

I like to put on some jams, strap on the Rift, and immerse myself in my own art piece. It's a really new and exciting way to make concept art, I've been having a blast with it. It's reinvigorated, for me, some of that magic feeling of what it's like to make art when you're a kid.

What would be your dream setup?

I have the privilege and freedom of working from home with a remote team (and have for a few years now), but my huge, unwieldy Cintiq setup means I'm still desk-bound most of the time.

I'd really love to have a mobile workstation so I can have more workdays in cafes, parks, or travelling instead of always creating art in isolation. I haven't really found an option that I love yet, but I've heard great stuff about the iPad Pro + Procreate. Someday!


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How Roberto Rossellini read

From Mason Currey’s new newsletter, Subtle Maneuvers:

I don’t sleep much at night. I read in bed, always a number of books at the same time, often six or seven. I find it tiring to concentrate on a single book, to wait for the end… .

While reading, I have the courage to note on the books’ margin the ideas that come to me. Later, before shelving the books, I make up some bibliographic cards. I make signs with different colors so I know what’s most important, less important, what’s complementary, what’s basic, et cetera. And I also write down the thoughts that come to me, impressions absolutely virgin. I reread my notes on the books’ pages and I write them down in notebooks under headings divided by letters A, B, C, D. Then I write ‘human,’ ‘education,’ ‘thievery,’ et cetera. These cards, later on when I need them, will permit me to reconstruct a certain type of person.

It occurs to me that I would read a whole Daily Rituals-style book about reading rituals.

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