WASHINGTON — Like pubescent children, the oil paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe have been breaking out with “acne” as they age, and now scientists know why. Tiny blisters, which can cause paint to crack and flake off like dry skin, were first spotted forming on the artist’s paintings years ago. O’Keeffe, a key figure in the development of American modern art, herself had noticed these knobs, which at first were dismissed as sand grains kicked up from the artist’s New Mexico desert home and lodged in the oil paint. Now researchers have identified the true culprit: metal soaps that result from chemical reactions in the paint. The team has also developed a 3-D image capturing computer program, described February 17 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to help art conservators detect and track these growing “ailments” using only a cell phone or tablet. O’Keeffe’s works … [Read more...] about Why some Georgia O’Keeffe paintings have ‘art acne’
Deep dives into the lore of ancient Egypt are popular subjects for media, and Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is no exception. Originally released on GameCube, PS2, and Xbox, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy has had the longevity to continue to be ported onto a number of systems, now including the Nintendo Switch. It's a lesser-known 3D action-adventure with callbacks to games like The Legend of Zelda and Rare action platformers that will scratch that nostalgic itch for those who love that type of game but in an entirely new setting. See at Amazon Never heard of Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy? Here's a quick primer on what the game's about as it heads to the Nintendo Switch: What is Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy? Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is a third-person action-adventure set in ancient Egypt revolving around a demi-god hero named Sphinx. The game centers around ancient Egyptian lore, gods, and legends as you control Sphinx while he tried to save Prince Tutankhamen from being cursed as a mummy … [Read more...] about Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy: Everything you need to know
Best answer: Yes, the Alcantara on the Signature version of Microsoft's Type Cover is worth paying a bit extra for. It makes the keyboard cover feel much more high-end than the rubbery-feeling regular Type Cover and adds a touch of luxury. It also comes in more colors. To Alcantara, or not to Alcantara? Is there even a question? Microsoft offers only a couple different Type Covers for the Surface Pro: the regular ol' Surface Pro Type Cover and the fancier (and pricier) Surface Pro Signature Edition Type Cover, I bought both, to see which one I liked better. After using the two, these are my thoughts. To be clear, the two Microsoft Surface Pro Type Covers are exactly the same, except for two things: that Alcantara, and the price. The Alcantara version costs $160 compared to the $130 regular Type Cover. Both keyboards are solid. The Alcantara feels a lot like suede, but it's not made of any animal products, which I appreciate. For more details on this Italian-made fabric, read our post … [Read more...] about Is the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover with Alcantara worth the extra cash?
I'm writing this blog post from my phone. Well, not completely from my phone as there's a bit of formatting needed that's just too difficult to do without a keyboard no matter how much Zanax there is in the world. But I've written enough of it to say that I did it from a phone and not feel like I'm bending the truth. 60 minutes of working from a phone and I call uncle. I'm not cut out for it. Why I'm doing it from my phone is something I want to talk about this week because I just found someone who does the majority of their work from a Samsung Galaxy J7 they got free from Verizon when they signed up for service. She's a bright senior in high school with a great future in front of her who doesn't feel the need to have any sort of "regular" computer at home because her phone does everything she needs it to do. Crazy, right? That's what I thought too until I found out she's on track to be the graduating class of 2019's Salutatorian. And she did all of her at-home work on a phone. … [Read more...] about For some people, their phone is the only computer they need
We finally know when Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Dune will come out: November 20th, 2020, according to Variety. The film is the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 science fiction novel, set on a desert planet in a feudal galaxy. Villeneuve comes to the film with an impressive track record when it comes to science fiction, first with his first contact film Arrival, and with Blade Runner 2049. Last year, the director said in an interview that his goal was to direct two films, which Herbert’s son Brian backed up, saying that the first screenplay roughly covered the first half of the novel. Already, we’ve seen a steady drip of casting news, revealing a spectacular cast for the project. Villeneuve’s film is the latest take on the novel. David Lynch famously directed an adaptation in 1984 that’s gone on to achieve cult status, and the SCI FI channel produced a miniseries and a sequel in 2000 and 2003. The story follows a noble … [Read more...] about Denis Villeneuve’s Dune will hit theaters in November 2020