Paddington Bear was a refugee

Audrey Watters:

Bond created the character after buying a rather lonely looking teddy bear, so the story goes, and imagining what would happen if an unaccompanied bear turned up at a train station. At the time, Bond lived near Paddington Railway Station, which had been the site from which many London children were evacuated during World War II. Bond said that he had memories of those children with labels around their necks and all their possessions in a suitcase. And so Bond gave us a bear from Peru, found at Paddington Station by the Brown family, sitting on his suitcase with a note attached to his coat: “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” Paddington was a refugee, of sorts. He’d come all the way to London in a lifeboat, he told the Browns. He insisted hotly that did not make him a criminal. We should look after refugees, you know. We should take them in and feed them and care for them and protect them from unfriendly, prying neighbors.

William Blake: The Ghost of a Flea

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/blake-the-ghost-of-a-flea-n05889

John Varley —artista, astròleg i amic íntim de Blake— explicava en el seu Tractat sobre fisiognomonia zodiacal (1828) que Blake va tenir una vegada una visió espiritual del fantasma d’una puça i que “aquest esperit va visitar la seva imaginació sota una aparença que ell mai havia anticipat en un insecte”. Mentre el dibuixava, l’esperit va dir a l’artista que totes les puces estaven habitades per les ànimes dels homes que són “per naturalesa sanguinaris en excés”. En la pintura, sosté una tassa per beure sang i la mira ansiosament. La fusió d’home i animal que Blake va dur a terme suggereix un personatge humà arruïnat per trets bestials.

William Blake: The Ghost of a Flea (c. 1819–20)

The dream of Ara: Inside the rise and fall of the world’s most revolutionary phone

http://venturebeat.com/2017/01/10/inside-project-ara-googles-revolutionary-modular-phone/

Sea monkeys inside your phone, now cancelled.

Imagine the modules developers might dream up. There were the obvious ideas, like specialized cameras and high-end speakers. But modules could get stranger, wilder, too. One module idea, in particular, frequently derailed meetings inside ATAP’s walls, as studio leaders strained to picture a module gold rush akin to Apple’s App Store.

“One of the modules that we were working on was basically like a tiny aquarium for your phone,” said the source. “It was a little tiny biome that would go inside of a module and it would have a microscope on the bottom part, and it would have live tardigrades and algae — some people call them water bears. They are the tiniest living organism. We had this idea to build a tardigrade module and we’d build a microscope with it. So you’d have this app on your phone and you could essentially look at the tardigrades up close and watch them floating around.” Brooklyn-based art, design, and technology agency Midnight Commercial conceived the idea, and was commissioned by Google to build it, demonstrating the depth of what developers could create.

Sea-Monkeys