Obama nominated Murthy in November 2013, but his confirmation was delayed, party due to

Vivek Murthy confirmed as US surgeon general

Politico: The U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Vivek Murthy to be the nation’s surgeon general, 51-43.

President Obama nominated Murthy in November 2013, but his confirmation was delayed, party due to NRA opposition. Murthy is the first Indian-American to hold the post.

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There.  Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit, Chapter IXYou are invited to submit a drawing to

Her large eyes were limpid and almost colourless; they seemed to be very little affected by light, and to stand unnaturally still. There was also that attentive listening expression in her face, which is seen in the faces of the blind; but she was not blind, having one tolerably serviceable eye. Her face was not exceedingly ugly, though it was only redeemed from being so by a smile; a good-humoured smile, and pleasant in itself, but rendered pitiable by being constantly there.” Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit, Chapter IXYou are invited to submit a drawing to a collaborative indie zine with this theme:Great Works of Literature: Saturday Morning Toons.Read the journal I’ve linked to above for details and some helpful resources.This is a TRACE after a public domain illustration by Hablot Knight Browne. Legal tracing is encouraged for this project.I firmly believe legal tracing is a beneficial exercise so long as it does not impede an artist from practicing drawing underlying forms, and continues to be beneficial for more advanced technical artists.

Here is the short version of the drawing challenge invite (long, original version is on my DA journal):

Dear Fan Artists of the Internet,Draw an illustration of any work of literature with the cartoon characters of your choice.Your drawing WILL be included if you meet these four requirements:1. You have to illustrate a book.2. The characters are doing something which actually happened in the book (Please tell me what the book is and what chapter or page number the scene occurs in.)3. You have to include characters from an existing cartoon, and they should somehow be recognizable as characters from a specific franchise. (i.e. a generic “anime” style is not accepted, but the style of “Naruto” or “Dragon ball” or “One Piece” is accepted. You can choose obscure/secondary characters. I just need to be able to tell by looking who each character is supposed to be.)4. It is is scanned at 300 dpi or larger. You can draw smaller than 8.5” x 11”, but I don’t want excessive pixelation.You are allowed to:1. Use digital or traditional tools, so long as DRAWING is part of your creative process (e.g. don’t use Pony Creator to do an MLP submission)2. Reference and or trace public domain book illustrations and photographs.3. Choose the degree to which characters either look like their book counterparts or their Saturday Morning Cartoon counterparts.You are encouraged, but not required to:1. Push yourself beyond your comfort zone in drawing (don’t like detailed backgrounds? Include one. Don’t like hands? Draw a scene where hands are important to the action).2. Include accurate clothing, objects, geography, and other details from the original setting of the book’s world.3. Be inventive in how you combine characters.You must send it to me by:1. Uploading it here and allowing me to download it. OR2. Sending me the file through this email: joshthecartoonguy@gmail.com with the subject header RE: Literature with Cartoons.You are giving me permission to:1. Print an independent zine with your drawing included (send me the info you want to credit you, real name, internet name, website, etc.)2. Sell this Zine at the 2015 Milwaukee Zine fest, or another zine vest, (I’m only selling at the cost to make it.).In return, you get:1. A free copy of the zine, lovingly printed and put together with my own two hands, mailed to you.2. The satisfaction of being an artistic bad ass.3. Your work in a kicking, indie zine along with other fan artists.

Or the craft beer drinker in your life the gift that keeps on giving throughout the whole

12 Beers of Christmas at Franklin Tap and flights at Boundary

Here’s an opportunity to give yourself or the craft beer drinker in your life the gift that keeps on giving throughout the whole month of December.

From Dec. 1-31, drink from the menu that includes a dozen seasonal brews from respected craft breweries. Request a punch card from your bartender and if you get all 12 beers by New Year’s Eve, then you’ll receive a keepsake pint glass to mark the achievement.

Peche, golden ring, 1907/1927. Wiener Werkstätte Zürich. MAK Wien,

Dagobert Peche, golden ring, 1907/1927. Wiener Werkstätte Zürich. MAK Wien, via Europeana

The image and December on the right. What an awesomely geeky and beautiful project. Click here

This beautiful photo is actually slices of 3,888 photos that were taken by Norwegian photographer Eirik Solheim from a window inside his home in Oslo over the course of one year. He set up a camera to take one photo every 30 minutes for an entire year, which meant he ended up with 16,000 photos. After selecting 3,888 photos (corresponding with the 3888×2592 pixel resolution of his camera), Solheim then used a custom computer script to take the first line of pixels from the very first image, the second line of pixels from the second, and so on.

The resulting images reveals Solheim’s view of his year as the seasons changed, with January on the left side of the image and December on the right. What an awesomely geeky and beautiful project. Click here to view the image at full-resolution.

But wait, there’s more, Solheim also created a wonderful video in which one year takes place in a mere 40 seconds.

Redditor ITwitchToo used Solheims photos and a Python script and Solheim’s to create an enchanting rolling animation of the seasonal transition.

Click here to learn more about Eirik Solheim’s projects.

via Visual News

A pinhole camera, you have to use your eyes, says Kelly Angood @kellyangood , a

Pinhole Photography and the Power of Light with @thepopuppinholeco

To discover more pinhole photography browse the #pinhole and #pinholephotography hashtags and follow @kellyangood and @thepopuppinholeco on Instagram. To view more photos of the “Drawn by Light” exhibition, explore the Science Museum location page and browse the #drawnbylight hashtag.

“People are so used to taking a picture with their phone or a digital camera and using the viewfinder. But with a pinhole camera, you have to use your eyes,” says Kelly Angood (@kellyangood), a London Instagrammer who makes pinhole cameras for her business, The Pop-up Pinhole Company (@thepopuppinholeco).

“With pinhole photography it’s the light creating the image. You forget that light travels in straight lines,” she says. “It goes into the pinhole and refracts to create the image. Your eyes work in the same way.”

“When you’re in a park and you see the light falling through a tree, that’s essentially the same concept as pinhole photography. It’s light projection.”

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Southeastern tribes & Native American communities. It is a ceremony that contains

The Stomp Dance is performed by various Southeastern tribes & Native American communities. It is a ceremony that contains both religious and social meaning. http://bit.ly/Q6H2n9 Art by Marcine Quenzer

You will be able for once to lie down under the small fire of winter stars. And if it

"I think the minute we stop writing poetry, or reading it, we cease being human. Now, I can’t be held to that, because there are very wonderful human beings who never read poetry, but I think it’s one of the ways we understand ourselves, and know what it feels like to be alive, so that we don’t turn into machines." RIP #MarkStrand One of my favorite #poets. Hope you take some time to read his work one day…😌 — “Tell yourself as it gets cold and gray falls from the air that you will go on walking, hearing the same tune no matter where you find yourself— inside the dome of dark or under the cracking white of the moon’s gaze in a valley of snow. Tonight as it gets cold tell yourself what you know which is nothing but the tune your bones play as you keep going. And you will be able for once to lie down under the small fire of winter stars. And if it happens that you cannot go on or turn back and you find yourself where you will be at the end, tell yourself in that final flowing of cold through your limbs that you love what you are.”