Erin L. M. McGuire | http://behance.net/erindesign
I’m a young graphic designer from Canada trying to build my portfolio and get out into the world of design. My dreams and goals are huge but my passion is even bigger.
Video: ‘100 Yen’ Trailer.
100 Yen is a historical documentary about the evolution of arcades and the culture surrounding it - from the birth of arcades to the game centers that still thrive today. With a predominant focus on the three major arcade genres, Shooting games, Fighting games and Rhythm games, 100 Yen explores the culture and evolution of arcades through the past and present. All filmed on location in Japan, Canada, and the USA featuring interviews with industry professionals, game programmers and designers, casual gamers and gaming icons.
100 Yen is currently seeking funding for the final stages of post-production. A minimum $15 donation gets you a digital copy of the film when it’s finished - check out the indiegogo page here to contribute.
Dinosaur Feathers Discovered in Canadian Amber
Today a group of paleontologists announced the results of an extensive study of several well-preserved dinosaur feathers encased in amber. Their work, which included samples from many stages in the evolution of feathers, bolstered the findings of other scientists who’ve suggested that dinosaurs (winged and otherwise) had multicolored and transparent feathers of the sort you might see on birds today. The researchers also presented evidence, based on the feathers’ pigmentation and structures, that today’s bird feathers could have evolved from dinosaur feathers.
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Two teenagers from Toronto sent a Lego man carrying a Canadian flag into the stratosphere. Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, both 17, attached four cameras to a balloon carrying the toy astronaut 24km above Earth. A week after launch they recovered their Lego man in a field, and discovered they had captured stunning space footage
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology sent out this beautiful video about Snowy Owls in their eNews letter. The birds, which are typically found in the arctic tundra (including Alaska, Canada, and Russia), are currently being spotted in the lower 48 states due to winter conditions. This is referred to as an “irruption”-when birds are found in an area where they don’t normally winter.
Hedwig, coming to a town near you!
Astronomers map the universe’s dark matter at unprecedented scale
For the first time, astronomers have mapped dark matter on the largest scale ever observed. The results, presented by Dr Catherine Heymans of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Associate Professor Ludovic Van Waerbeke of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, are being presented today to the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, Texas. Their findings reveal a Universe comprised of an intricate cosmic web of dark matter and galaxies that spans more than one billion light years.
University of British Columbia and University of Edinburgh astronomers have mapped dark matter on the largest scale ever observed, according to results released today at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, Texas.
The findings, presented by Dr Catherine Heymans of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Associate Professor Ludovic Van Waerbeke of UBC, reveal a Universe comprised of an intricate cosmic web of dark matter and galaxies that spans more than one billion light years.
An international team of researchers lead by Van Waerbeke and Heymans achieved their results by analysing images of about 10 million galaxies in four different regions of the sky. They studied the distortion of the light emitted from these galaxies, which is bent as it passes massive clumps of dark matter during its journey to Earth.
For the second year in a row, I had the honour of creating the poster for the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship.
Awarded by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, the scholarship gives $5000 to a promising student cartoonist every year. The scholarship is open to any student in the US, Canada and Mexico, and you do not need to be an art student.
More information is available at the NCSF website, and I encourage all students with cartooning in their blood to apply.
You can see the poster I did for last year’s scholarship.
EDIT: Here’s a high-res printable PDF of this year’s poster if you want to print it out for your school or comic shop.
A dazzling aurora light show amazed skywatchers across North America, from Canada to Arkansas, and other northern regions Monday night (Oct. 24), painting the sky with striking green and even rare red hues.
Credit: Shawn Malone
IF YOU DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW THIS
An estimated 75,000 to 100,000 black Americans left the 13 states as a result of the American Revolution. These refugees scattered across the Atlantic world, profoundly affecting the development of Nova Scotia, the Bahamas, and the African nation of Sierra Leone. They left for differing reasons. Some had supported the British in the war and had no future in the United States, while others were seized by the British from Patriot slave owners and then resold into slavery in the Caribbean.
The British recognized early on the opportunity to weaken the rebellion by encouraging the slaves of Patriots to run away. Tens of thousands of southern slaves entered the British lines and remained in the British-controlled coastal cities at the war’s end. Some were still serving the British as “Black Pioneers” in military units. When the British and their Loyalist allies began to make plans to evacuate in 1782, the African Americans were the last to be provided for. Between 400 and 1,000 free blacks emigrated to London, where they joined an existing Afro-British community of about 10,000. Another 3,500 African Americans and 14,000 whites left New York City in 1783 for the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. A small number of white and African-American Loyalists also reached Eastern Canada from Florida, which was given to Spain as part of the peace treaty ending the war.
It was British policy to provide allotments of land to Loyalists who settled in Canada. Whites got more land and better land than blacks; some blacks received no land at all. More than 1,500 of the black immigrants settled in Birchtown, Nova Scotia, instantly making it the largest free black community in North American. Without education or property, the black refugees in both London and Canada had a rough time of it. Philanthropists in Britain convinced the government to resettle some of London’s black Loyalist population in Sierra Leone on the west coast of Africa. In 1787, about 300 refugees took ship once more to found the new settlement. Planning was poor, supplies were inadequate, and the land not as good for farming as hoped. Still, despite defections, the community managed to survive.
In 1790, Thomas Powers, who had settled in Nova Scotia after serving the British as a sergeant in a Black Pioneer unit, carried a petition of protest to London from the Nova Scotia black Loyalists. The British government responded by offering free passage to Sierra Leone to blacks who wanted to leave Canada. With few options other than working as servants or tenant farmers, some 1,200 decided to make the journey in 1792. Entire church congregations emigrated, providing a strong institutional basis for the struggling African settlement. The “Nova Scotians” quickly came to dominate life in Sierra Leone, which was largely self-governing until 1801.
At times during the Revolutionary War, pro-British planters had left the American South with their slaves to start new plantations in the British Caribbean possessions. Additionally, British forces seized slaves from Patriot owners as contraband of war. Tens of thousands of these enslaved individuals were then sold to new owners in the islands. Most were sold in Jamaica, Britain’s largest Caribbean colony. Some also went to the Bahamas, St. Vincent, Bermuda, and Dominica. At the war’s end, about 2,000 white Loyalists, their 5,000 slaves, and 200 free blacks left Savannah and Charleston for Jamaica. Among the latter were at least 28 Black Pioneers who, as army veterans, eventually received half-pay pensions from the British government. The Bahamas was the destination for 4,200 enslaved African Americans and 1,750 whites from the southern states. This influx doubled the white population and tripled the slave population of these islands. As a result, the colonial legislature tightened the Bahamian slave code.
We will never have precise figures on the numbers of white and black Loyalists who left America as a result of the Revolution. The war lasted eight years, and not all Loyalists waited for the final British evacuation to leave. It is increasingly clear that at least one-third of the refugees were of African descent. Most of their individual stories are lost to history. Some information is available from pension applications, petitions, and other records. One thing is certain: the modern history of Canada, the Bahamas, and Sierra Leone would be greatly different had the Loyalists not arrived in the 1780s and 1790s.