Thursday, August 1, 2013

Q A Caleb Neelon on Ed Emberley Friends..

Scion Presents: Ed Emberley and Friends from Scion ART on Vimeo.

One day last Spring, as my friend Caleb Neelon and I walked over the Mass Ave bridge in Boston, he told me about a show he was starting to piece together that would pay tribute to the children's drawing book illustrator, Ed Emberley. I loved it. As someone who was heavily influenced by Ed Emberley books as a child, it seemed like such a great homage and a brilliant idea. Those books were pivotal in my learning to draw and made it seem so accessible. Plus, who doesn't like to wax nostalgic about drawing as a child? It seemed like such a no brainer, and especially if Caleb was behind it. An artist and muralist, who spends a lot of his time encouraging inner city kids to draw, Caleb seemed like the obvious person to bring this idea to light.

It seemed obvious how quickly Ed Emberley & Friends came together over the past year. Opening this coming weekend, the show will feature Ed Emberley's original mock-ups, as well as on-site panels and work from six artists who were influenced by Ed Emberley books as children; Raul Gonzalez, Seonna Hong, Matt Leines, Christopher Kline, Saelee Oh and Ben Woodward. Each of the panels will be donated to various Children's Hospitals around the U.S. Amazing.

Caleb sat down and answered a few questions about his inspiration behind the show, getting to work with Ed himself and how such a humble and prolific illustrator helped shape his career. - meighan

Ed Emberley & Friends opens Saturday July 17, 7-10 pm at Scion Installation, LA 3521 Helms Ave (at National) Culver City, CA 90232. On view until August 7.


For those who didn't grow up with Ed Emberley books, can you give us alittle background on him, his drawings and the books.

Ed Emberley is an author and illustrator best known for hisstep-by-step drawing book series: Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book ofAnimals, Ed Emberley’s Make a World, Ed Emberley’s Big Green Drawingbook, Ed Emberley’s Big Purple Drawing Book, and so on – most of thesecame out in the 1970s and early 1980s. Inthe drawing books, he breaks down drawing into a very simple languageof squares, triangles, squiggles, dots, and lines. And these funnycharacters he taught – lions, faces, space creatures, etc – are sopervasive that even if you didn’t learn directly from his books as akid, the kid at the next desk over might have – and they showed youhow too.

Something one hears again and again about Ed – this is a quote from myfriend Anne, but I’ve heard it a lot in putting this show together isthat “Ed Emberley made drawing possible for those like me who have nosense of how to create anything but a few simple shapes!”


Tell us about your earliest memory using/reading an Ed Emberley book.

His Big Green Drawing Book is very near and dear to my heart. I stillhave my old drawings of Zorts and Wooflers (kinds of space creatures)to prove it!


Is there a certain animal you drew as a child (and perhaps inadulthood) that Ed Emberley books helped shape for you?

Well, my Lilman character, which I even ended up publishing achildren’s book about, grew out of an Ed Emberley beastie. The funnything was, I didn’t realize it until I was in my 30s. I never had hisBig Purple Drawing Book as a kid – I had looked over another boy’sshoulder as he had the book, drawn one of Ed’s characters, then afterthat I mutated it along until it was something my own.


Tell us about the show, Ed Emberley & Friends.

Well, enough time has passed that some of the kids who grew up on EdEmberley books are now accomplished artists in their own right. So Iwanted to put together something that showed this generationalconnection. And along the way I made the connect with Ed and his wifeBarbara. Turns out Ed and I are even from the same old neighborhoodin Cambridge.

So the show puts Ed together with artists Saelee Oh, Matt Leines, RaulGonzalez, Seonna Hong, Chris Kline and Ben Woodward. They’re all showing a bit oftheir artwork, but also, each one of them is painting a six foot bysix foot panel that is a happy mash-up of their style with Edcharacters and flavor. These big pieces are gonna be donated fordisplay in children’s hospitals in various U.S. cities.

And then there is Ed himself! He is showing the original mock-ups forseveral of his books, and they are so so rad….. He’s also done a smallamount of drawings for sale (also to benefit children’s hospital artprograms). They are going fast!


What was his reaction when you first contacted him about puttingtogether a show based on his work?

Curious to see what this would look like, I think.


I know you've spent time with Ed leading up to the show. Canyou tell us what that was like?

Ed and Barbara live in a million year old house on Boston’s NorthShore, it’s beautiful. Old wood beams and everything. He has a greatlittle studio upstairs with lots of his old stuff. And spending timewith him has of course been a treat. It’s inspiring to see someonewho has made a life out of encouraging millions of kids to draw.


Is he still drawing today?

Yes, and still is making books. They look different from the DrawingBook series that I grew up on, but they are no doubt influencing newgenerations of kids.


Each artist that you asked to be in the show has a pretty distinctstyle, can you briefly tell us what each artist will bring to theshow?

Everyone makes art that I love, that’s what! I wanted to bringtogether a group that would have fun together – everyone is painting abig fun happy panel on-site in the week leading up to it, and it’s EdEmberley, so it’s art camp!


You are an artist that frequently works with children in Boston, howhas Ed Emberley's work shaped your interactions with kids?

The spirit of Ed’s work is that it doesn’t take ‘I can’t draw’ as ananswer. No. Really. You can. Try it again. Then try it again.And have fun doing it.


Do kids nowadays now who Ed Emberley is?

Not in the way they know Elmo, but yes.


What do you hope people will take away from the Ed Emberley & Friends Show?

I want people to go home and lie on the floor and eat cereal and draw!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Lexar New USB Card Form Factor amp; FlashCard

Lexar Media today announced a new USB card form factor designed for universaland superior interoperability to bring next generation storage, connectivity andutility products to a broad variety of computing, consumer electronics andmobile electronics devices.

The new USB card form factor is based on the USB Type A connector as outlined inthe Universal Serial Bus Specification. A mere 12 millimeters wide, 4.5millimeters high and 31.75 millimeters long the card is no longer than thediameter of a penny. At half the width and a little more than twice the height,it is volumetrically similar to an SD card. The rugged, sturdy metal housing isintended to make the USB card suitable for use in a range of environments.

Lexar’s USB FlashCard will be the first product based on the new form factor.The USB FlashCard will offer universal plug and play connectivity with allmodern operating systems leveraging the ubiquity of the USB interface. Lexarplans to introduce Full-Speed USB versions in 16MB, 32MB and 64MB capacities aswell as Hi-Speed USB versions in 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB and 1GB capacitieswith a high performance 60MB/s interface speed in 2005.

“Lexar’s USB FlashCard will offer unparalleled ease of use by leveraging thepervasive USB interface”, said Petro Estakhri, Chief Technology Officer, Lexar.“Moving forward, our intent is to leverage the open standard to createtechnology that is feature rich in terms of security, provides an easy interfaceand is built on an environmental design that meets general standards for almostall of today's computing, consumer and mobile electronics devices usingnon-volatile storage."

The USB FlashCard is designed to fit into any industry standard USB Type Asocket. Lexar is working with connector manufacturers to offer an extended USBType A socket to be used in consumer electronics devices and mobile applicationssuch as digital still cameras and handheld computers. The USB FlashCard socketswould accommodate the USB FlashCard inside of a camera similar in use to otherforms of flash memory cards.

“USB flash drives have seen a tremendous success as external flash based storagedevices and are now the preferred medium of choice for a wide range ofprofessional and consumer users for transferring data, “said Steffen Hellmold,General Manager of OEM Products, Lexar. “This new form factor enables the use ofUSB flash drives beyond computing applications, realizing the dream ofconnecting the worlds of computing, consumer and mobile applications through auniversal USB FlashCard.”

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Invisible QR codes developed to combat counterfeit money and goods

Researchers have created invisible Quick Response (QR) codes that could help fight a growing battle with counterfeit money and goods.

The University of South Dakota and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology found that the codes, which have become popular as a means to download apps or access product information, could be utilised to help fight counterfeiters, with the complexity of the codes making them difficult to fake.They can be printed on paper, glass and a wide range of other materials in a mixture of nanoparticles and blue and green fluorescent ink, which makes it invisible to the naked eye, but can be seen under an infrared light.QR codes are becoming the standard in the industry, thanks to the fact that they can hold up to 100 times more information than normal barcodes. They have particularly become synonymous with smartphones, where they are widely used, but they could be as much a tool of security as marketing.The technique could be extended to be even more secure, with the potential for a microscopic message or symbol to be hidden in the QR code, potentially in different colours, which means even the infrared light wont show it without the use of a microscope.One setback to the idea is the fact that the initial process takes around 90 minutes, which is a long time to design and print a single code. However, once the original code is made it can be mass printed in just 15 minutes.Source: BBC

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Leica Camera Asia Pacific offers new rental program for Leica S2

The Leica S2 features a 37.5-megapixel sensor and coupled with Leica’s lenses that claims to deliver great detail rendition with high-speed and accurate autofocus in a compact form factor. Its weather-sealed body also lets photographers shoot even in extreme conditions. Leica Camera Asia Pacific has announced its new rental program for the professional system, the Leica S2 and its accompanying lenses, which are available for rent at Camera Rental Centre from today. Photographers who want to try or loan the Leica S2 can use the camera and two lenses at S$588 at the Camera Rental Centre. The available lenses are the Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8, Summarit-S 35mm f/2.5, Summarit-S 70mm f/2.5 and the APO-Macro Summarit-S f/2.5. Upon request, Leica lens adapters for the Mamiya 645, Pentax 67 and Hasselblad V system are available too. The Leica Camera Rental Centre offers the rental of Leica S2 on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information on the rental rates,you can email your queries to or call +65 9650 4158.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

AMD Turion 64 Strategy

With the introduction of its 64-bit enabled Turion 64 processor, AMD is looking to push its market share in the notebook-CPU segment to 12-15% in 2005, compared to the 5-8% share it had previously. AMD, together with a number of leading vendors, including HP, Acer, ASUS and PC distributors, will wage a promotional campaign worldwide on April 18 to promote the Turion 64-based notebooks. Vendors participating in the campaign will unveil new notebooks built using AMD Turion 64 2800+ and 3000+ CPUs, with power consumption averaging 25W or 35W, depending on models. Although AMD has set the prices of its Turion 64 CPUs about 13% cheaper, on average, than Intel’s Pentium M processors, some vendors have suggested that AMD needs to aggressively lower Turion 64 CPU prices to around 25% lower than P4 M CPUs, in order to gain market share from Intel. HP might raise the proportion of AMD-based notebooks to 50% of its total sales in 2005, from about 20-30% in 2004. Asustek plans to launch five or six AMD-based notebooks this year, compared to just one or two models launched a year previously.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Arctic Freezer 7 LP Cooler For HTPC Users

Most small chassis users find it difficult to buy a suitable coolerreplacement that fits the size of their PC case. As a leader in innovative, lownoise and high performance PC coolers, ARCTIC COOLING today unveiled the Freezer7 LP, a cutting edge Intel CPU cooler especially designed for media centre usersto fulfill their needs.

Slim Beauty
The revolutionary heatsink design of the Freezer 7 LP reduces the size of thecooler dramatically, leaving it only 42mm slim (to the air intake level) / 53mm(with fan holder) and 263g light, almost half the size of usual CPU coolers.With this ultra thin dimension, the Freezer 7 LP easily fits into any smallchassis with limited space.

Freeze and Breeze
Apart from its lightweight and low profile design, the Freezer 7 LP alsoperforms excellent cooling execution. Two heatpipes, 40 fins and an 80mm PWM fandissipate heat from the CPU core efficiently and rapidly. Together with thehighly thermal conductive pre-applied MX-2 thermal paste and voltage regulatorcooling, the Freezer 7 LP is 15% cooler than the generic low profile cooler,giving media centre users an unexpected cooling experience.

The Art of Silence
Like other ARCTIC COOLING products, low noise impellers and patented fan holderare used to minimize the noise level. Even though spinning at full load, theFreezer 7 LP generates only 0.3 Sone of noise – 66% quieter than the Intel lowprofile cooler.

The Freezer 7 LP is widely compatible with Intel Socket LGA775. It offers a6-year limited warranty and will be available by mid-May 2008. The MSRP is US$27.95 / 17,95 € (excl VAT).

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Assassin's Creed III launch trailer is here!

Assassins Creed III, one of the hottest games to hit shelves this holiday season, is but days from launch. The PS3 and Xbox360 versions hit stores tomorrow in North America and the day after in Europe, with the PC and WiiU versions following in about a month. As such, Ubisoft has released the games launch trailer.

Check out the video above, and youll find out a lot about the protagonist, Connor, and his origins; what he fights for, and youll even catch a glimpse of George Washington shaking hands with him. It is slightly odd to see a Native American fighting with the colonists; but I guess the British are the greater evil in this case.

At the very least, the trailer has me bubbly with anticipation, and I dont seem to be alone. Ubisoft stated on October 25th, that ACIII is the most preordered game in the history of the company.