The configuration we went hands-on with isn't available to buy: you can only get this model with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, not the 2070 as we tested.This one incorporates EyeSafe's blue-light reduction technology, which accounts for the somewhat low white point, but didn't induce any noticeable color shifts otherwise.The dark blacks make everything else pop, and nonphotorealistic graphics with saturated colors get dialed up to 11.The bright red scanners in Beholder 2's dreary brown, gray and black world seem even more chilling, while the other intensified splashes of color add contrapuntal surrealism.It pepped up Sinking City's relatively flat tonality almost enough to overlook its myriad flaws.The contrast compensates for its relatively low typical brightness.
Vincent van Gogh was onto something when he envisioned the landscape and the heavens pulled into taffy swirls of light.NASA astronaut Christina Koch shared her own artful view of a starry night with a composite image captured from the International Space Station."City lights, stars, lightning storms, even satellite flares.A composite of individual photos stacked on top of each other to show all the amazing things we see at night out our window," Koch tweeted on Wednesday.Koch has a lot of time to contemplate the wonders of orbiting Earth.She's on an extended stay on the ISS that will eventually earn her the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.
Vincent van Gogh was onto something when he envisioned the landscape and the heavens pulled into taffy swirls of light.NASA astronaut Christina Koch shared her own artful view of a starry night with a composite image captured from the International Space Station."City lights, stars, lightning storms, even satellite flares.A composite of individual photos stacked on top of each other to show all the amazing things we see at night out our window," Koch tweeted on Wednesday.Koch has a lot of time to contemplate the wonders of orbiting Earth.She's on an extended stay on the ISS that will eventually earn her the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.
The Gaewern Slate Mine in Ceredigion, Wales was once rich in slate, a purplish gray rock sought for its beauty and durability.But once humans had emptied the mine of everything they wanted, they filled it with everything they didn't: broken washing machines, shot microwaves, and dozens of rusty, old cars.He documented the surreal scene while visiting the mine a few years ago, capturing a mountain of metal junk that seemed to be tumbling toward its reflection in the murky water below."I don't know how long it's been going on," Friend says, "but I looked up one of the license plates, and it was 40 or 50 years old."Friend started exploring mines and quarries in northern Wales in 2008, drawn to the challenge of photographing in the dark.He's since visited more than 10, including the Manod slate mine, where Winston Churchill hid Britain's art from the Nazis, and the Cwmorthin Quarry, a famously sprawling labyrinth of tunnels that Friend has wandered more than once.
Sonic the Hedgehog doesn’t look promising.But it definitely has room to look… stranger.Because, as uncanny as the filmic Sonic may be (though not for long, possibly), he ain’t got nothing on the sheer power of internet content creators.Here’s the thing: the internet, channelling the capability of computers to create things that don’t look like real life at all, are excellent at producing creepy stuff.Stuff like surreal entertainment’s Improved Trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog, which takes the basic idea of, uh, Sonic the Hedgehog existing, and turns it into something that feels like it was produced by an unfeeling AI on its quest to understand, and then eradicate, humanity via pop culture.“I am speed,” declares a cameo character at the end of the trailer, with the same tone of voice as Lucifer will declare the end of all things.
Jordan Peele fans who go to his latest film “Us” hoping to find another “Get Out” may be disappointed: Where Peele’s directorial debut lent itself to straightforward political allegory, the follow-up feels murkier and stranger.“Us” is a nightmarish journey into a world invaded by sinister doppelgangers.The film does, eventually, offer a rationale for what’s happening, but the surreal imagery (and the unsettling work by the cast, led by Lupita Nyong’o) will stick with you in a way that the explanations do not.On this week’s episode of the Original Content podcast, we’re joined by Megan Rose Dickey to review the film.Now that it’s been a few weeks since “Us” hit theaters, it feels like the right time to argue about what actually happened, dig into the film’s symbolism and see which fan theories resonate.We also talk about our expectations after watching the first trailer for the next Star Wars film, “The Rise of Skywalker,” which is meant to wrap up the whole nine-episode story.
But in a historically male-dominated field, the women who influenced the art of photography often go unrecognized against the backdrop of the biggest, most well-known names.Yet, female photographers played a large role in the growth of the medium, from refining techniques like soft focus to publishing the first book with photographs.In honor of Women’s History Month, meet 14 women photographers hidden in the folds of photography’s history.Considered one of the first female photographers, Anna Atkins was a botanist who learned photography in order to include images in a textbook.After picking up photography while writing her dissertation about an architect, architecture continued to influence Ilse Bing’s work, which grew into a documentary style of photography.Her photographs of people and places appeared in several exhibitions.
A video of kids praising Chinese telecom Huawei through song reportedly went viral, and you can get the catchy tune stuck in your head too.The song, Huawei Beauty, was posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo Wednesday, according to Reuters, which cited China's state-run tabloid the Global Times.The kids are dressed identically, in white shirts with the character for China on them, aside from a brief section where some are dressed as a police officer, a soldier, a nurse, a waiter and a sassy racing driver.The lyrics center around how great Huawei phones and China are, according to a translation on the ResetEra forums, with lines like "All around the world, which phone is the most pretty?Everyone says it's Huawei" and "Huawei makes me smarter!Teacher teaches me to love my country, homemade phones, love Huawei."
Photos: exitsimulation and Brenda CardenasBrenda Cardenas, an augmented reality effects creator, remembers the filter that ignited the recent Instagram craze.Like all of a sudden, all of our [filter usage] numbers started going up.”A phosphorescent mask wraps around the face of anyone using the Beauty3000 filter, making it look like they just walked out of the shimmer in Annihilation.It also isn’t made by Instagram, but rather by one of a cadre of designers whose offbeat tastes are changing the reigning aesthetic of face filters.Beauty3000 comes from Johanna Jaskowska, a designer who participates in an Instagram beta program that allows people to create custom face filters and spread them to their followers.
Then again, there are probably people who are still puzzling over what, exactly, happened in Part I of this genre-busting show—is it science fiction?Part I opened with an adopted young woman, Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling), miraculously returning home after being missing for seven years.Prairie befriends several misfits from the local high school: four boys (Steve, French, Buck, and Jesse) and a teacher, Betty Broderick-Allen (Phyllis Smith), dubbed "BBA."Over the rest of the season, she tells them her story, beginning with a near-death experience (NDE) when she was a child, the same accident that left her blind.Prairie tells them she was missing all those years because she was being held captive with four others by a man named Hap Percy (Jason Isaacs), who was obsessed with NDEs.He routinely drugged them and performed weird experiments, hoping to trigger more NDEs that he believed were evidence of another parallel dimension.
Paul Klee was Swiss and German artist known for developing his own individual style, drawing inspiration from a range of artistic movements, including cubism, expressionism and surrealism.He was also prolific, creating about 10,000 paintings, drawings and etchings during his lifetime.To celebrate Klee's 139th birthday Tuesday, Google is paying homage to the artist's sometimes dry and sometimes child-like approach with a Doodle reminiscent of Klee's Rote Brücke (Red Bridge) -- a 1928 painting that uses a pattern of shapes and contrasting yet harmonious hues to represent the rooftops and arches of a European city.The painting reflects Klee's deep exploration of color theory -- the mixing of colors and the visual effects of specific color combination.An accomplished violinist at a young age, Klee received an invitation to play with the Bern Music Association at age 11 before turning his attention to the visual arts as a teen.In 1898, Klee began studying art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.
It makes weird things happening in weird times, and weirder places, with existential crises and battles with bonkers alien beings, about as regular as you and I would breathe.From the Celestial Toymaker’s realm, to E-Space, to the walled-off world where Peter Capaldi spent the entirety of “Heaven’s Sent” punching his way through, Doctor Who has always trafficked in approaching esoteric sci-fi ideas with a whimsical surreality.It is not, as we’re lead to believe in the beginning, a creepy mystery about a monster lurking in lush-looking Norwegian woods.It tackles such a huge idea through an alternate, sentient universe parallel to our own, while also keeping it rooted in the present of its characters by deftly dovetailing that story into Ryan and Graham’s ongoing character arc over losing Grace in all the way back in “The Woman Who Fell to Earth.”The idea might be presented in what is, on the surface, a completely bonkers way – between the Anti-Zone that blocks the gap between our universe and that’s filled with flesh-eating moths and one arsehole alien, and the mystery of why a blind girl named Hanne has been left abandoned to be stalked by monsters in a small house in the Norwegian wilderness, there’s a lot going on.When you start layering on the fact that the sentient universe (called the Solitract) is apparently one from Gallifreyan folklore – cast out at the dawn of creation due to its inherent incompatibility with the fundamental building blocks of our reality, and desperately seeking contact with the universe it was once part of – on top of that, “It Takes You Away” has a ridiculous amount of plot on its plate.
What did the makers of the exquisite Virtual Virtual Reality do next?Now out on Android, Tendar is an AR app that brings developer Tender Claws’ surrealist imagination into the world around us.In it, you look after Guppy, a virtual fish that wants to explore the big wide world with you.But you’re not simply making sure it gets fed on time and sending it off to the bathroom; Guppy is destined to evolve based on the everyday interactions you have out in the world.Check it out in the trailer below.We’d expect no less from the Tender Claws, who made a game in which you slap toast on a sentient slab of butter.
If your preferred metric for animated TV is "absurd but endearing," last night's ninth-season premiere of Bob’s Burgers may have broken your dial.After Tina Belcher’s family accuses her of being preoccupied with boys—“I’m not boy crazy, I’m boy-focused,” she tells them—she decides to dress up as a boy to follow another boy into a boy-band audition.(Hang on, we're only about halfway through the "boy"s.) The rest of the episode involves Tina meeting and fantasizing about other would-be boybanders, leading to a variety of musical sequences in which she portrays a) an astronaut caught in a outer-space love triangle with two boys who compete for her love, b) a high-powered executive on a work trip with an colleague boy in an opposites-attract rom-com, and c) an ’80s aerobics student who catches the eye of the boy leading the class.Since South Park emerged 21 years ago, the vast majority of adult-geared animated TV has followed its irreverent example, skewing either toward dorm-room surrealism (various Adult Swim series) or off-color edge-pushing (various Seth McFarlane series).But in recent years, the kind of animated content being produced for adult audiences has begun to shift and grow—and Bob’s Burgers, which manages to capture that boundless delight and joy like few others, has been instrumental in that change.A quick primer for those who have never seen the FOX series: Bob’s Burgers centers on the Belchers, a working-class family that owns a burger restaurant in a small beach town.
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It’s part of Toronto-based Secret Location’s plan to become an independent voice in the emerging market of virtual reality.Secret Location was founded in 2009 as a services company.Four years ago, it moved to doing more of its own projects.Secret Location won a Primetime Emmy Award for a VR project called Sleepy Hollow Virtual Reality Experience.Secret Location also created the Vusr suite of VR tools.Your goal is to power up an ancient machine and to use the three dimensions of virtual reality to access the fourth dimension, time.
The pastel puzzler is easy on the eyes and easy on the pocketbook.Its puzzles consistently capture the satisfaction of fitting a square peg in a square hole without much challenge to speak of.Every head is carved from soft-edged, chalk-bright colors.It’s a friendly, welcoming sort of surrealism that only gets more charming as you peel away each layer.That general pleasantness also applies to the manipulation of knobs, dials, switches, buttons, and various other devices that fill out each puzzle.Anyone familiar with The Room games or Amanita Design’s output (like Machinarium and Botanicula) will recognize the objective.
Jason Alexander is the newest incarnation of Colonel Sanders.Of course, given George Costanza’s career accomplishments via persistent deception, it’s worth asking, “Was he actually hired for the role, or did he just show up one day and refuse to leave?”Either way, Alexander brings his signature combination of grating impatience and idiosyncratic charm to the fast food chain’s ongoing campaign from Wieden + Kennedy.Previous celebrity colonels have included the likes of Rob Lowe, Reba McEntire and George Hamilton, with each iteration taking the marketing in a slightly different direction.This time around, Alexander brings a sitcom vibe to KFC’s ads, though the tone is a bit more early 1980s than hearkening to the Seinfeld heyday of the 1990s.In the anthem spot, Alexander is the Mr. Belvedere-esque star of a family sitcom where the intro rapidly escalates into the extreme, itself reminiscent of Adult Swim’s iconic sendup “Too Many Cooks.”
The first episode of Extreme Meatpunks Forever, a new visual novel by Heather Robinson, begins in a bar, with two gay men chatting.Chatting, that is, until a fascist—the game refers to them in faceless terms, usually just as "fash"—interjects and begins shouting slurs.Big, ugly suits of mechanized flesh that envelop the wearer, moving metaphors for perseverance and personal risk; these aren't just symbol, they're the core of the logic of the game's world.Extreme Meatpunks Forever is the tale of four alienated queer young people fleeing across the desert in a dystopia of surrealism and heat.There are personal conflicts to mend, a cruel wilderness to survive, and a seeming army of nameless fascist punks to fight against—in a meatsuit.The other half is spent fighting in meat mechs, which occurs via a two-dimensional brawler controlled with simple mouse and keyboard controls.
Design Army’s just given the Hong Kong Ballet, Asia’s premier ballet company, a visual refresh.Led by Septime Webre, formerly of the Washington Ballet, the “Never Stand Still” redesign stars dancers from the company’s 2018/2019 season, shot throughout the city of Hong Kong.“For great art direction to be seen, the key is to simplify elements so that creative can shine through,” Pum Lefebure, CCO and co-founder of Design Army, explained.“The Hong Kong Ballet has always had a reputation for excellence and tradition, but has been conservative in previous campaigns, with more classic images and palettes typical of ballets,” she said of the brand itself.This new campaign flips ‘classic ballet’ on its head, delivering a wildly fresh new look and creative experience far beyond anything the ballet has done before.”It’s also an effort to reach a new, more modern audience, and to change ideas about what ballet represents in the culture.