Moustache

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As part of my school project i chose to illustrate the entry about Moustaches from wikipedia,

Moustaches always have always made me smile, but this article explains in a serious manner. The difference between all the various types of moustaches, and their history.

My illustration:

This is an editable vector file (click to download the SVG)

 

Good Day 🙂

Yana.

"Shaving with stone razors was technologically possible from Neolithic times, but the oldest portrait showing a shaved man with a moustache is an ancient Iranian (Scythian) horseman from 300 BC."
wikipedia.org/wiki/Moustache

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Aug 13th, 2011

Intimate presentation at Wikimania 2011

Though the talk was not very well attended we did get a very interesting discussion going on at Wikimania 2011. We found this video documentation on YouTube and despite its low quality thought you might enjoy it after all.

Aug 10th, 2011

It’s done. Forget about it

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Zeigarnik effect, ink on paper

A waiter can serve on a large table remembering each and every dish ordered, starters, main, drinks, everything Try asking them about the order details a moment after it was served and they completely forgot it.

This phenomenon encouraged Soviet Psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik to research into it and find that what you don’t finish sticks longer and deeper in your memory. This revelation was very profound for cognitive studies and is extremely relevant for advertising, entertainment, communication and education.

It is very relevant to Wikipedia too, and it is something that illustration can provide. An image is never finite, its reading is unstable, uncontrolled. Yet this exact ambiguity can be the source of better learning, deeper understanding and further engagement. It is not unlike what Open Source hackers call “scratching an itch”. They are moved to do something because it itches, because it is unstable, unsolved. It is what makes Wikipedians go back to an article edit, reedit and then reedit again.

While the pursuit of factual representation of knowledge drives Wikipedia, not reaching this ideal is probably one of its greatest strengths. We don’t pretend to have collaborative image making figured out, but it itches us and we hope it itches you too.

In psychology, the Zeigarnik effect states that people remember uncompleted or interrupted tasks better than completed tasks.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeigarnik_effect
Aug 4th, 2011

#Wikimania 2011: Imagine Wikipedia Illustrated

As we mentioned before we will be presenting Wikipedia Illustrated at the 2011 Wikimania conference in Haifa, Israel. This is probably the greatest opportunity for us to directly expose our project to the Wikipedia community and to get some serious feedback from the hardcore Wikipedians (chills…).

Our session will take place on Friday, August 5th from 12:00-13:30 at the Tavor room (Haifa Auditorium).

Come say hi!

Aug 4th, 2011

Something happened earlier, so other things might happen later…

"Bad Rest", markers on paper

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”
—John Lennon

In the last few months you might have noticed a slowing in our publishing pace. This is due to some things that are happening in our personal lives which we thought we might address here.

In December 2010 we found out we were pregnant. While this came as a surprise, we felt the timing was good and that September is a good deadline for us to work with. The plan was to finish the work in time to launch the book in the Wikimania conference in August 2011, and to present it with a huge pregnant belly.

Well, these were the plans, but then life happened. Pregnancy proved to be a bit of a bumpy ride and we found ourselves spending months in and out of hospitals. And then, life happened, quite literally. Our son was born two weeks ago, almost three months earlier than planned.

We now spend most of our time going back and forth between home and the hospital where our beautiful preterm boy Yotam will be staying for most of the summer until it is safer for him to be exposed to the world. This obviously affects our priorities and hence our productivity working on the project.

But luckily we’re not alone.

We’ve been getting some exciting new submissions from the slowly growing Wikipedia Illustrated community with interesting pieces like Tal Stadler’s Utopia and Richard Loria’s Disturbing the Peace. We will try to extend the size of the guest gallery and to improve the submission workflow and its visibility on the site.

Beyond that, we will be participating in Wikimania afterall (though the belly might be smaller than initially planned). We will present the project and might also have some other exciting announcements (but we’re careful about over-planning at this point : ). Towards Wikimania we will also try to slowly get back to illustrating and publishing new works. There are some exciting sketches Galia has been working on in the hospital which we would like to post in the coming few weeks.

Thank you for your patience and support, ’cause it’s a long way to go, but in the meantime…

 

Jul 2nd, 2011

Utopia

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The word comes from the Greek: οὐ ("not") and τόπος ("place"). The English homophone eutopia, derived from the Greek εὖ ("good" or "well") and τόπος("place"), signifies a double meaning: "good place" and "no place".
wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia

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Jun 28th, 2011

Disturbing the Peace – Uploaded

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riot_Police.jpg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riot-police-knoxville-tn1.jpg

Riot Police

By Chris Brown (originally posted to Flickr as Riot Police)

Riot-police-knoxville

By Brian Stansberry (Own work)

Many local ordinances prohibiting disturbance of the peace exhibit a problematic degree of vagueness, occasionally to the point that courts deem them unconstitutional (in United States law) or violative of due process (in both United States and Commonwealth jurisdictions).
wikipedia.org/wiki/Disturbing_the_peace

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Jun 11th, 2011

Disturbing The Peace Update

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Rights Credit

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riot_Police.jpg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riot-police-knoxville-tn1.jpg

Riot Police

By Chris Brown (originally posted to Flickr as Riot Police)

Riot-police-knoxville

By Brian Stansberry (Own work)

Many local ordinances prohibiting disturbance of the peace exhibit a problematic degree of vagueness, occasionally to the point that courts deem them unconstitutional (in United States law) or violative of due process (in both United States and Commonwealth jurisdictions).
wikipedia.org/wiki/Disturbing_the_peace

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Jun 9th, 2011

“Disturbing the Peace”

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Disturbing the peace is a crime generally defined as the unsettling of proper order in a public space through one's actions. This can include creating loud noise by fighting or challenging to fight, disturbing others by loud and unreasonable noise (including loud music), or using offensive words or insults likely to incite violence.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Disturbing_the_peace

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Jun 4th, 2011

The problem with the walls surrounding the mind

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Markers on paper

Creative freedom is a tricky thing. As artists we maintain a love/hate relationship with communication—on one hand we want to reach people, on the other hand we are afraid to lose our autonomy in a futile attempt to be accepted and understood (also known as “selling out”).

This social anxiety is much discussed in communication theory. John Durham Peters describes two terms that were invented in the nineteenth-century and “reflect an individualist culture in which the walls surrounding the mind were a problem, whether blissfully thin (telepathy) or terrifyingly impermeable (solipsism).” These two extremes set the scale for communication, and as artists we try to strike the balance between them.

The Hakikomori phenomenon is an extreme attempt of protecting the walls of the mind from external intrusion by completely pulling away from social life. On Durham Peters’ scale this attempt to avoid exposure would be pretty close to complete solipsism.

Hikikomori (ひきこもり or 引き籠もり Hikikomori?, literally "pulling away, being confined", i.e., "acute social withdrawal") is a Japanese term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive people who have chosen to withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement because of various personal and social factors in their lives.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Hikikomori
May 31st, 2011