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Mitochondrial Match-up

I can barely move a muscle. My body is stiff from head to toe. I had a long weekend tournament and I'm happy to say my team of strangers won! See it was a "hat" tournament where teams are semi-randomly drawn from a proverbial hat. But there's nothing quite like the fires of competition to forge the bonds of friendship with new acquaintances. After a tiring six hours of games, what started as awkward handshakes and introductions ended with hugs and cheers of triumph. Competition taps into our lizard brain. It focuses us, whether for good or ill, on a singular goal. Not only does it help bring us closer a good match off vies for our inspirational brain cells like nothing else.


When all else fails, humanity's ultimate competition is played out by soldiers on the battlefield. This week I colored an old sketch of a soldier.

The fight for life is a constant struggle. This is the very basis of evolution after all. Yet in the end, the oldest warriors in this fight remain some of the most effective: bacterium and viruses. Artist Luke Jerram turns these miniscule maladies into large works of glimmering glass, their splendid abstract forms hiding the lethality they are meant represent.

 E. Coli HIV

While we're all constantly involved in the biological battle, some showdowns have much much higher barriers to entry. One such exclusive club is that of the super rich. This fantastic interactive info-graphic from Bloomberg shows the top 100 Billionaires of the world stretching back almost a year. This is a prime example of the internet's fantastic ability to showcase information in a dynamic, interesting fashion. The site gives you the ability to refine the data to an incredible level of detail with multiple formats and a variety of filters. What strikes me most however is my complete lack of knowledge on most of these presumably influential people. Good thing there are short bios in  there for all of them!

Bloomberg Billionaires

Many fantasize about a time before competition but it's hard to imagine how such a place could be. It would be a veritable Garden of Eden, a place where the lion could lay down with the lamb. But as the tale goes, we long lost our access to such a paradise. The price of our knowledge was reality. Adam and Dog, an Oscar nominated short this year, gives a unique view on this Biblical classic relying heavily on scale to give Eden an appropriate sense of majesty. Catch it below and be ready for this year's awards.


The Sketching Mechanism is a series of weekly posts, published on Mondays, containing the artistic musings of Mobile Designer/Developer Ben Chirlin during our Monday morning meeting at the NY Creative Bunker as well as his inspiring artistic finds of the week.

Published by: benchirlin in The Internal Mechanism

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