BOOBIES

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SUBSCRIBE to RUG BURN Channel on YouTube for more animated shorts. Fifty amazing Titmouse artist unite for a divine purpose: to animate boobies.

Music By: Lucky Bajiljapops

Created by these Titmouse artists:

Allison Craig / Allison Fra / Alyx Jolivet / Angelo Hat / Anneli Stassler / Barry Kelly / Brian Kaufman / Chase Conlet / Chris Prynoski / Cody Walzel / Dave Gerhard / David Hernston / David Riley / Dik Pose / Doug Vito / Georgio Renna / Griffith Kimmins / Henrique Jardim / Howard Chen / Israel Sanchez / Jeremy Polgar / John Gutierrez / Johny Koester / Josh Howell / Jon Schnepp / Justin Ridge / Justin Voltz / Kat Ruzics / Maha Tabikh / Marina Gardner / Mark Taihei / Mike Maloney / Mike Roush / Nathan Aexander Rico / Parker Simmons / Phylicia Fuentes / Rachel Gitlevich / Robbie Robertson / Ryan Deluca / Ryan Magno / Sachio Cook / Sam Marlow / Samatha Gray / Stephanie Simpson / Tammy Chang / Todd Favela / Trevor Klueg / Victoria Lau / Zoë Moss

Cast: Rug Burn, Parker Simmons, mike roush, Doug Vito and Titmouse Inc.

Tags: Boobies, Rugburn, Music video, short film, animation, animated short, bouncing boobies, boobs, tits, breasts, Titmouse inc. and Lucky Bajiljapops

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By |julio 31st, 2014|animation, Art & Visual Culture, video|0 Comments

Donate to EMPTY KINGDOM

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Most of our faithful fans know that we here at EK do what we do simply for the love of Art. And if you don’t know, now you know. We originally started our site to share our love of Art with the world, but it grew quickly from a fun side project to an intense, all-consuming labor of love, and now, we have been blessed with this beautiful baby whose life it is our job to nurture and grow in a positive, impactful way.

Our dream is to be a 90/10 company, meaning we donate 90% of our company’s net income and keep only 10%.
Take a moment to think about how retardedly difficult that sounds. There isn’t a businessman in the world who’d invest in a business plan like that.

“Yes, ‘Sir Moneybags’, we plan on taking your money…making more money…and then giving away most of it to causes that benefit Art and our community. Hello? -Hello? Ummm, he must have hung up…”

We love Art, but do not want to evolve into some giant cog in the Art-world machine. We have dreams to change the world with Art, to educate, and inspire people on every part of the globe. Our dream is to grow our company to the point where someday we can throw down the gauntlet to all other successful businesses (not just Art), and force them to not just consider philanthropy as a part of doing business, but an integral part of the business model.

But to be perfectly clear, we are still far, far away from this. We are at the bottom of the mountain, looking up together.

Up to now, we’ve actually supported this site out of our own pockets…everything from the cost of hosting, to the redesign, and all the events and programs we’ve worked on so far.  While we do this with no complaints, we have definitely reached a tipping point.

We are all artists ourselves, and like loving parents of a growing child, we unfortunately do not have all the time in the world to do everything we want. Increasingly, we find ourselves spending time developing this site as opposed to creating our own art, which has been a rewarding challenge, but a challenge, nonetheless.

Now, we need your help you lovely people to keep this ship sailing in the right direction! We are asking for a donation of any amount to support the cause. Your money will strictly go towards helping us cover our increased hosting and server costs because this shit is getting expensive! We’re at the point where we won’t be able to fund this project on our own, so we need your help.

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a number of times when our site has gone down temporarily. This is because our servers have been overloaded, and the jump to the next level of hosting we need to keep up with all you dope fiends is simply too expensive for a bunch of starving artists to afford. So our desire to support the site has put us at a crossroad.

Instead of selling a stake of our company out to the “Man” for investment money to keep our ship upright (which means we lose our 100% control and have no guarantee of the long-term direction of our future), we want to do it our way because our way is for the love of art and humanity…created by the people and for the people.

We have grown quicker than we ever imagined we would, and now have volunteers working with us from cities all over the world, and more are arriving to our shores. They all come for the same reason that you do. Great art. Great artists. Great, well curated content.

Art is our addiction. That’s how the site started, it feeds our souls, and defines our existence in many ways.

So if you care enough, then please click on the button below, and spread the good word!

Thanks, we love you always…

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Hackers Can Control Your Phone Using a Tool That’s Already Built Into It

A lot of concern about the NSA’s seemingly omnipresent surveillance over the last year has focused on the agency’s efforts to install back doors in software and hardware. Those efforts are greatly aided, however, if the agency can piggyback on embedded software already on a system that can be exploited. Two researchers have uncovered such […]




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Finally, a Way to Teach Coding to the Touchscreen Generation

First came Generation X. Then the Millennials. And if you have kids under 10, you already know what they’re going to be called: the Touchscreen Generation. For these kids, who learned to walk and talk as smartphones and tablets were saturating the cultural landscape, a computer with a physical keyboard is archaic and distant, a […]




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Top Resources That Should Be In A Designer’s Toolbox

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Along with the uniqueness of each client’s project, comes the uniqueness of designers. They are naturally different, having distinct skills, tastes, styles and experience.

This leads to the fact that most web designers like to think that they’ve selected the best tools and services for their toolkit. While this could probably be true, some resources and services are still the best even if some don’t want to believe it.

While aware that opinions differ on these matters, I’m going to showcase in this article the resources that have helped me in the past and also some of their great competitors which should be taken into consideration.

Website Builders

ALLYOU

A proper website builder helps you channel your creativity without needing to actually know how to code. ALLYOU.net delivers professionally developed websites that involve minimum effort to create a website. This Swiss platform was developed to serve the needs of creative people from different fields of experience, like photographers, stylists, graphic designers and it can even be used by web designers to create websites for their clients.

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Simple is better, they say, and you should keep it that way when designing websites. ALLYOU knows this and makes it easy for you to select a template and use the drag-and-drop front end editor to customize it and create a great website as soon as possible. ALLYOU offers free services including cloud hosting, and for a monthly fee starting from $8 depending on your payment plan, you can upgrade your portfolio site and get a lot of interesting features.

Wix

Wix is impressive when you look at its power of gathering more users every day. It’s not surprising given that it’s a simple cloud service that it is used by people to build HTML 5 websites without a single line of code. It also has several apps that will make your experience better, like social plugins, ecommerce solutions, forums, contact forms and e-mail marketing options.

Wix

Moonfruit

We have to be honest, it takes a while before you grasp the components of this website builder, but once you do, you will have the chance to create great websites for yourself and even for your clients. You will see that there are a few advantages that Moonfruit presents such as SEO tools and well designed site templates.

Moonfruit

WordPress Themes

CrocoBlock

CrocoBlock is another awesome collection of themes for creating WordPress sites. Their database has over 80 responsive and top notch themes. This is a great chance to get top notch themes at a really low price, of as little as $0.65 per theme.

CrocoBlock

They are really thoughtful and care about their customers so much that they offer 3 free themes if you sign up for a trial. Also, the stock images that you see in the theme demos are available for free with the theme, which is a really cool thing. Think about it, when you get your theme, it will look exactly like in the demo.

X Theme

Creating a WordPress website is not an easy task, as many might think. You may need to create a blog, a portfolio for yourself or for your clients, company website, an e-commerce site, a photography site for a showcase or many other types of WordPress websites. X theme is a one of a kind theme which is so versatile that you can create almost any type of website with it, solving your problems that you face when having to create a WP website and don’t know which theme to base it on.

X Theme

Theme X is not just a WordPress theme, but also an astounding tool and once you get to see what it can do, you will see why they call it the only WordPress theme you will ever need. The “Stacks” are proof of that. The X theme, unlike other themes, offers you a wide range of unique designs and besides this neat thing, you also have the possibility of editing your site with a tool called site previewer.

Template Monster

TemplateMonster is a huge marketplace of website templates and it has more than 46,000 templates that will make selecting the proper one a sure thing. Since they started their business in May 2001, they have established partnerships with Drupal, Magento, WordPress, Joomla, PrestaShop, WooCommerce and many others. Since then more than 1 million people have bought templates from them. Their flexibility, 24/7 support team, and their multitude of themes make them a serious choice when wanting to buy a theme or template.

Template Monster

TemplateMonster offers a variety of services including web templates, customization, installation, hosting, copywriting, and SEO. Their blog is quite useful and you’ll find all the necessary information you need including promotions, freebies, web design updates and more. Their support team is ever ready to offer you help in creating your website with a template.

Hosting

Pixeno

Pixeno is also a great web hosting solution, especially if you are looking for reseller hosting solutions for small businesses, creative, freelancers or web designers. It is impressively fast and was even included in the top 3 hosting solutions in terms of speed.

Pixeno

If you create an account on their website, you will get a web host manager with the reseller account and you can add websites to your package, each having their own cPanel.

You can get 15% off using the coupon code DESIGN15. There’s no time to waste. Get it while it’s hot.

HeartInternet

HeartInternet is a great solution for web hosting, for emails, websites, and web apps regardless of how big or small your business is. It is also good to know that their support team is always available and furthermore, it is not outsourced but located in U.K.

HeartInternet

Design Deals

Mighty Deals

There are a lot of discounted items that a designer can get and if you don’t pay attention, you might miss the opportunity. Mighty Deals is a great place where you will find discounted resources for designers.

Mighty Deals

You should act fast and get their special offers while they are available. There are daily discounts even as high as 90% for a lot of cool stuff that you would need. Items like web development courses, toolkits, themes and templates and a lot more design tools are available for you at a great price.

Medialoot

Medialoot offers deals in a different way. In order to get their awesome resources you will need a membership which can cost $14 per month or $99 the entire year, which is a total bargain.

Medialoot

With one of their memberships, you can get top notch resources that are made by designers for designers. In this way, you have the assurance that these are amazing. Among the resources that you can get are UI kits, vectors and illustrations, icons, font families and many more.

Font Resources

WhatFontIs

I don’t know if it’s a designer thing or not, but it annoys me a lot to see a design with a font that I don’t recognize. I’m sure you have encountered this situation as well. Luckily, there’s a tool that can help you if you’ve been struggling to find out what font a certain design has.

WhatFontIs

WhatFontIs is an excellent tool for designers who don’t want to waste time and want to find out fast what font has been used by another designer in his work. The tool is quite straightforward and you can either upload an image with a font, or add the direct url to it and in the blink of an eye, you will have a list of the closest matches available for that font.

UrbanFonts

Displaying content in the right manner is of importance in website development. In a site design the typography needs to be attractive in order to transmit the proper message.

UrbanFonts

Therefore, it’s really important for you as a designer to find and use the proper fonts for the specific project you are working on. UrbanFonts offers you the best free collection of fonts that you can use. There are over 8,000 free fonts, and I’m sure that the ones that you need are among these.

Vector Resources

Vector Open Stock

If you don’t want to spend any money, than there’s always time to scan through websites that offer high quality free vector graphics. You may wish to consider Vector Open Stock above all others, as they have a fast growing collection of original vector art of great quality, just waiting to be snatched.

Vector Open Stock

Among their original stuff you might be attracted to their Cartoon Character collection, a huge amount of Flat Icons that are perfect for app designs, fantastic Abstract Backgrounds and also a large collection of silhouettes of all kinds, always useful for any design project. In addition, Vector Open Stock also has been updating and improving their site to make it more reliable and fast, we’d encourage you to give it a look.

Shutterstock

Shutterstock is among the best microstock agencies where you can get vectors from. You will see why a lot of designers like it for finding vectors. It’s a common marketplace and has a habit of promoting new items which makes it easy for you to find vectors that are following the latest trends in illustration design.

Shutterstock

Stock Images

PicJumbo

PicJumbo is a site with a lot of high quality stock images that are free. Neat looking images of 10 megapixels are continually being uploaded and the greatest thing that everybody appreciates is that they don’t look like the classic stock photos. The images are available at no cost and you can use them however you want.

PicJumbo

Unsplash

Unsplash prevents you from going through thousands of images to find your perfect image. It offers you top notch free stock photos which meet your desires. It also has an addition of ten new photos once in ten days which have a CCO license enabling you to download and use them freely however you want.

Unsplash

Project Management

Azendoo

Teamwork can easily turn to chaos without proper organizing abilities. Project Management is important in the web design and web development environment, therefore, using helpful software is always recommended.

Azendoo

Azendoo is a great tool and it can be used both on the phone and on the web. Its free version allows you to create a lot of workspaces, and also to set as many tasks and subjects as you want.
The free version is good, but the premium one is even better, coming with a lot of amazing features and capabilities.

Did I mention that it comes with integrations like Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote and many others?

Casual

Things should be simple for designers in terms of project management. After all, they already have a lot on their mind that they need to take care of. Casual.pm is a visual and not complicated at all solution for designers and an alternative to the regular project management tools.

Casual

It has a different structure than its competitors and probably that’s a good thing, because it makes every task really easy, switching from features like Gantt charts, for example, to MindMaps.

Icons

Picons.me

Picons contains some of the best hand-crafted and crisp icons that will leave an impression on anyone. With their great design they will be able to compliment your website, mobile app or other media where you would want to use them. The icons are created in Illustrator and are of course scalable.

Picons

A set of 80 sleek icons is also available for free and you should check it out. You should also follow them on Twitter for when they offer a new and interesting icon set.

Roundicons

It’s the biggest icons collection that you will find on the internet with over 5,000 icons and increasing, and all of these can be yours with a single purchase. Roundicons icons are unique and hand-crafted by their designers.

Roundicons

The icons are available in different styles flat, outline, glyphs and many more, and they are all available in PSD, SVG, Ai, PNG, and CSH formats. All newly released icons and also updates are available for free to clients who purchased their sets.

PSD to HTML Services

Direct Basing

Designing a website layout is great and seems fun if you’re a designer, but coding it is a daunting process, if aren’t used to it. This is where a PSD to HTML service is really useful. Direct Basing is a great choice, especially because of its fast turnaround of just 12 hours.

Direct Basing

They are very transparent with the process and you’ll see this as soon as you collaborate with them. You can select from the start features like custom fonts and Javascript plugins that you want to have in your finished template. And if that wasn’t good enough, your template will be SEO ready and cross browser compatible.

XHTMLized

XHTMLized is another best option for PSD to HTML services. It has over 10 years of experience in providing services to many organizations as back-end developers. When you collaborate with them, you will sign a non-disclosure agreement that is meant to protect your data and property.

XHTMLlized

People who will be contacting you will be doing so by first-name basis only, as XHTMLized believe in creating healthy relationships with their clients and they succeed in doing so not just with their friendliness, but also thanks to their great services. Beside this, the project Producer who was assigned to you can be reached at any time in case you have questions or suggestions.

E-commerce Solutions

Shopify

Shopify is the best place for people that want to create an online shop. If you’re a designer that needs to create a shop for one of your clients, this is the option that you need to use. This service enables you to easily manage orders, customize site design, accept credit cards many other features that are needed when selling online.

Shopify

WooCommerce

If you want to create an e-commerce platform based on WordPress, choosing WooCommerce should be a no-brainer. This plugin is free and comes with lots of new features with each update that it gets. Check it out and see for yourself.

WooCommerce

Conclusion

There are a lot of other services that could fit in this list, but I’m going to stop at just these. These are some of the best solutions in their categories and if you don’t believe me, you can check their competitors as well, but you’ll only waste time by doing so.


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By |julio 31st, 2014|Comunity, Freebies, oneExtraPixel, resources, tutorials, Web Designers|0 Comments

Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken

Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards. Although we know they often carry malware infections, we depend on antivirus scans and the occasional reformatting to keep our thumbdrives from becoming the carrier for the next digital epidemic. But the security problems with USB devices run deeper than you think: Their risk isn’t […]




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Buying Madbits, Twitter Wants Image-Search Super Powers

To understand why Twitter just bought an artificial intelligence company called Madbits, it helps to watch a video where a modern day computer learns to play a 35-year-old video game. Captured at a conference in Paris this spring, the video (see above) shows a machine coming to grips with a game called Breakout, something so […]




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Rhythmus 21, an Early Abstract Film by Hans Richter (1921)

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Hans Richter (April 6, 1888 – February 1, 1976), a German avant garde artist who had contacts with  “Der Blaue Reiter“, Cubism and Dada movements, was an early experimenter in abstract filming. Deeply involved in political militancy, he opposed war and supported the revolution. He co-founded in 1919, the Association of Revolutionary Artists (“Artistes Radicaux”) at Zürich.

Although not quite the first abstract film (as Richter claimed), his Rhythmus 21 (1921) was nevertheless an important historical experiment and the first development of a research he and Eggling began in 1918 with scroll paintings (in a dada rejection of traditional easel painting). After they took their drawings to the German Film production company U.F.A. the two artists received technical advice and in 1920 began using video cameras.

The language of Rhytmus 21 is characterized by simple shapes in motion. As explained by the author in 1927:

“It is not the natural movement of film that gives the objects their expression, but the artistic movement, that is to say, a rhythmical movement regulated by itself in which variations and pulsations form a part of the artistic design.”

-Hans Richter, “Mouvement”, (1927)

From 1923 to 1926, Richter edited, together with Werner Gräff and Mies van der Rohe, the periodical G. Material zur elementaren Gestaltung. Richter wrote of his own attitude toward film:

“I conceive of the film as a modern art form particularly interesting to the sense of sight. Painting has its own peculiar problems and specific sensations, and so has the film. But there are also problems in which the dividing line is obliterated, or where the two infringe upon each other. More especially, the cinema can fulfill certain promises made by the ancient arts, in the realization of which painting and film become close neighbors and work together.”

After his moving from Switzerland to the USA in 1940 Richter continued his work on avantgarde film, began teaching in the Institute of Film Techniques at the City College of New York and returned to painting since 1958.

 

 

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“In Rhythmus ’21, generally considered to be the first completely abstract film, Richter used these principles to create a work of remarkable structural cohesion. Completed by using stop motion and forward and backward printing in addition to an animation table, the film consists of a continuous flow of rectangular and square shapes that “move” forward, backward, vertically, and horizontally across the screen. Syncopated by an uneven rhythm, forms grow, break apart and are fused together in a variety of configurations for just over three minutes (at silent speed). The constantly shifting forms render the spatial situation of the film ambivalent, an idea that is reinforced when Richter reverses the figure-background relationship by switching, on two occasions, from positive to negative film.

In so doing, Richter draws attention to the flat rectangular surface of the screen, destroying the perspectival spatial illusion assumed to be integral to film’s photographic base, and emphasizing instead the kinetic play of contrasts of position, proportion and light distribution. By restricting himself to the use of square shapes and thus simplifying his compositions, Richter was able to concentrate on the arrangement of the essential elements of cinema: movement, time and light. Disavowing the beauty of “form” for its own sake, Rhythmus ’21 instead expresses emotional content through the mutual interaction of forms moving in contrast and relation to one another. Nowhere is this more evident than in the final “crescendo” of the film, in which all of the disparate shapes of the film briefly coalesce into a Mondrian-like spatial grid before decomposing into a field of pure light.

According to Richter, the original version of Rhythmus ’21 was never shown publicly in Berlin. At the behest of Theo van Doesberg, however, it was shown in Paris in 1921, with Richter introduced as a Dane due to anti-German sentiment. In May 1922, Richter travelled with van Doesberg and El Lissitzky to the First International Congress of Progressive Artists, where they formed the International Faction of Constructivism. In a group manifesto, written by Richter, they define the progressive artist ‘as one who denies and fights the predominance of subjectivity in art and does not create his work on the basis of random chance, but rather on the new principles of artistic creation by systematically organizing the media to a generally understandable expression’.”

– (Richard Suchenski, Hans Richter, read full text here : sensesofcinema.com/2009/great-directors/hans-richter/)

 

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Via: Rudy/Godinez

Images via Rudy/Godinez and Newrafael, Video via: Avant garde cinema


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Margriet Smulders

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Margriet Smulders’ intoxicating and smouldering flowers represent contradictions between the mind and the body, between science and intuítion, between dark and light, nirwana and  samsara, modesty and voluptousness maybe all brought together by the heart. Her photographs are exposed to particular canvases such as metallic, Cibachrome, as well as water color paper, which give off the reflected illuminated look of a painting. Be sure to check out Margriet’s previous feature from January 2013.

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Margriet Smulders - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog

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Golden Shower

We were given the opportunity to raise awareness for sexual minorities and fetishes. The film was to be displayed on a huge billboard in the thick of Stockholm’s posh city centre, right where all the fancy nightclubs are. So we played around with the idea of connecting to the upscale champagne dousing party culture of that scene, challenging them to think that there’s more than one way to party. Why not sparkling urine instead of champagne?

Made at Hyper Island together with Simon Appel, Bee Grandinetti, Vaibhav Pulekar, Carolina Grönholm and Alfie Banzola.

The song is “I Get a Kick Out of You”, borrowed by Frank Sinatra.

Cast: Jonas Mosesson, Bee Grandinetti, AlfhildBanzola, Carolina Grönholm, Simon Appel and Vaibhav Pulekar

Tags: fetish, stureplan, stockholm, golden shower, champagne, luxury, 2D, flat, sex, sexual minorities, party, sparkling urine, cel and cell

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By |julio 30th, 2014|animation, Art & Visual Culture, video|0 Comments