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Marvellous Disney

Amazing statistic: There are more than 5,000 Marvel characters.


Mind Mapping & Idea Generating Software

Mind mapping software won’t actually start breeding ideas for your essays on its own, but it will certainly help you to organise and structure your thoughts, and many other useful things besides.

thumbnail of FreeMind Free Mindmapping software
(Please click this image to enlarge it)

FreeMind is very highly thought of, because of its ease of use, and its ability to deal with many types of information input. Give it a go! It’s Free!

Here’s the FreeMind wiki, and there’s a good explanatory video to download here. Here’s the all important download link. Because it’s written in Java, it will run on Apple, Linux and Windows. (Check that download link for details).

Ideal essay writing tool.

Ideal essay writing tool.

If you prefer to share your mind maps with a group online, have a look at the web based MindMeister.

Get brainstorming!

25,000 Visitors

And still counting....

And still counting....

Some time last night, the twenty five thousandth visitor dropped by.

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Do schools discourage creativity?

This man thinks that schools discourage creativity...

It’s worth taking 19 minutes 24 seconds out of your busy lives and watching this video from TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) in which educationalist Ken Robinson argues that in the future, your future, creativity is going to be more important than academic attainment in education. He’s funny, too.
Here’s the link to his talk. Please take a moment to post your reactions to his ideas in the comment box, too.

Brush Up Your Typing Skillls

Make your fingers more productive.

Make your fingers more productive.

If you feel that your typing skills need a bit of practice (and I know mine are absolute crop), have a look at this highly commended typing tutor called: “TypingWeb”. If you register with TypingWeb, the site will record and measure your improvement each visit. Here’s the link.
Ready? fff jjj fff jjj fff ffj jjf ffj etc., etc…

Live Action Reference for Facial Expressions

Amelie and that bloke off the telly

Amelie and that bloke off the telly

Audrey Tautou (Amelie) and Mackenzie Crook (Gareth Keenan)

Sometimes it helps to have a variety of facial expressions to study when you’re looking for that “just right” pose. There’s a website (of course!) called Leave Me The White that contains thousands of sequential stills from feature films and television series, which might help if you don’t get overwhelmed by the sheer number of pictures. There’s also a really useful interactive facial muscle emulator at Artnatomy

Jane Horrocks as Bubbles in Ab Fab

Jane Horrocks as Bubbles in Ab Fab

The wonderfully elastic face Jane Horrocks, looking a bit gobsmacked in Absolutely Fabulous
Interestingly, she is now the voice of Fairy Mary in Tinker Bell

How to Make Things Stop

Getting things moving in CG is challenging enough, but how do you bring it all to a halt?

Just watch things stop in the next CG animation you see, and you’ll know it’s not right.

This might help you get started. It’s by the bloke who wrote Picasa (he was later snapped up by Google).