The Farthest: Voyager in Space

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Over 12 billion miles from Earth, a gangly ship sails through interstellar space. It is, by far, the most distant object made by human hands. In 1977, NASA launched twin Voyager spacecraft. An emotional, cinematic documentary, The Farthest tells their story through first-hand accounts from the passionate men and women who built the ships and guided their journeys. Negotiating a series of perils on its Grand Tour of the outer planets, Voyager beamed back spectacular images of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. But their moons offered bigger surprises—volcanoes, geysers, and a liquid water ocean. On the chance of discovery by intelligent aliens, each spacecraft carried a Golden Record with music and spoken greetings. The mission has earned its place in the pantheon of human achievements. Long after our sun has flamed out, the Voyagers are likely to be sailing on, perhaps the only evidence that we ever existed.


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Koji Yamamura, Animator
Joshinji Temple, Kuhombutsu Area
Nekojarashi Park, Kuhombutsu Area
Au Praxinoscope, Jiyugaoka Area
Tokyo University of the arts, Bankokubashi Campus, Bashamichi Area
Au Praxinoscope、自由が丘周辺
Koji Yamamura is an independent animator known for his short films such as Mount Head, A Country's Doctor or more recently Muybridge's Strings.
After visiting his atelier, we will follow Yamamura in the Jiyugaoka area, where he set his atelier and opened the Au Praxinoscope store, which aspires to diffuse independent animation culture and sells DVDs, books and illustrations.
As a professor at Tokyo Arts University, Koji Yamamura was a founding member of the animation department where he supports post-graduate students in the creation of their worlds.
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Conan, the Boy in the Future

Mirai Shounen Konan (未来少年コナン) known as 'Conan, the Boy in the Future', the 26 episode animation series based on Alexander Key's novel The Incredible Tide is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Produced by Nippon Animation, the series premiered across Japan on the NHK network between April 4 and October 31, 1978, on the Tuesday 19:30-20:00 time slot. This science fiction epic is one of the first TV shows in which Hayao Miyazaki had a major role as director, crafting the storyboards and designing the characters and layouts among other tasks. 

The series has been released in multiple video formats over the years and many books have been also published in Japan where the series is a timeless classic:


Computer History Museum's Oral History Collection: Richard Williamson & Ken Kocienda

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Richard Williamson great up in Stafford, England, and moved to Arizona at age 11, when his father moved to the Honeywell mainframe factory in Phoenix. While at Swarthmore College studying the philosophy of language, he met Steve Jobs and joined NeXT, working on the Digital Librarian, the NeXT laser printer, and after graduation, the abortive NeXT RISC Workstation project, the AppKit and Foundation frameworks, the end-user environment and applications that shipped with NeXTSTEP. After leaving NeXT in 1994, Williamson co-founded InfoScape, which developed development tools for Java, and then worked as CTO at Resonate, a company which focused on internet server load balancing, before joining Apple. 
Ken Kocienda grew up on Long Island, New York in a Polish family, studied art history at Yale, pursued an MFA in fine art photography, and then discovered the World Wide Web in the early 1990s, and spent a number of years creating websites and writing Java, before joining Andy Herzfeld’s startup Eazel. After Eazel’s demise, Kocienda was one of a number of Eazel employees that joined Apple. 
In June of 2001, a few months after the initial version of Mac OS X 10.0 ships, Scott Forstall asked Don Melton to start the Safari/WebKit project to build a web browser and web framework for Apple. Melton hired Kocienda and Williamson, and the three of them built the initial version of Safari/WebKit from the open source Konqueror/KHTML project, after researching various open source options, including Mozilla, which was rejected due to its overly large and complicated codebase. Williamson wrote the initial OS X port of KHTML as a proof of concept in a few days, which convinced the team that it was the right choice. WebKit made it possible not only for Apple to ship the Safari browser, but also to embed web pages inside other applications as web views, as well as to create standalone apps using Web interfaces, which lead to the creation of Dashboard widgets. In a subsequent release of OS X, Kocienda added HTML text editing in WebKit to support editing rich text messages in Apple Mail using HTML. 
After several years of work on Safari, Williamson and Kocienda were recruited to join the iPhone team to work on WebKit and Safari for the iPhone. Again, the two of them were the initial engineers on the team, with Williamson eventually becoming the manager as the team grew. Williamson was a crucial voice in pushing the vision of the iPhone as a web browsing device. Beyond Safari, however, WebKit was important on the iPhone because it was used for all text display and input in iPhone 1.0, even in native applications. WebKit was also considered a contender as the API for all application development, in a way similar to Dashboard Widgets on OS X, until the decision was made to create the native UIKit framework, for reasons of internal developer productivity. The iPhone software team became divided organizationally between Williamson’s web team, which owned not only WebKit and the Safari browser but also apps implemented in WebKit, and Nitin Ganatra’s native applications team, which owned UIKit and native apps, such as Mail, that were implemented using UIKit, though there was collaboration throughout. Kocienda won an internal contest to design a workable software keyboard for the iPhone and became the engineer responsible for the keyboard for many years. Williamson’s team also built the original Maps and YouTube apps for the iPhone, implementing the native client applications in collaboration with Google’s server-side platforms and data. 
* Note: Transcripts represent what was said in the interview. However, to enhance meaning or add clarification, interviewees have the opportunity to modify this text afterwards. This may result in discrepancies between the transcript text and the video recording. Please see the transcript for further information: 
Visit for more information about the Computer History Museum's Oral History Collection. 
Catalog Number: 102740224
Lot Number: X8367.2018

Ken Kocienda has recently released a book about his days working for Apple:

Creative Selection:
Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release date: 2018-IX-4
Language: English
Number of pages: 304
Size: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
ISBN-10: 1250194466
ISBN-13: 978-1250194466

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BLUEPRINT | Todd McFarlane

Published on June 24, 2017

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Todd McFarlane opens up about his career as a comic book artist that includes making Spider-Man cooler and creating the Spawn character. He also shares his blueprint to launching Image Comics and McFarlane Toys.  
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Talks at Google | David Macaulay

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David Macaulay updates the worldwide bestseller The New Way Things Work to update us with the the latest developments in technology, from touchscreens to 3D printers. Each principle is captivatingly explained--with the help of a very endearing woolly mammoth. There is an illustrated survey of inventions, along with a glossary of technical terms, and an index. What possible link could there be between zippers and plows, dentist drills and windmills? Parking meters and meat grinders, jumbo jets and jackhammers, remote control and rockets, electric guitars and egg beaters?

The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay

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Release date: 2016-X-4 (Updated edition)
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Size: 8.4 x 1.3 x 10.9 inches
Retail price: $35
ISBN-10: 0544824385
ISBN-13: 978-0544824386

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Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary

Today we have received in the mail this Weekly Shonen Jump issue dated January 29, 1986 in which Goku was about to enter Red Ribbon's Muscle Tower. What makes us remember that the first issue of WSJ was published on August 1, 1968 and the magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. To celebrate the anniversary, this week issue, both the Japanese and the USA digital editions come full of bonus material such as a talk between manga authors Akira Toriyama and Takehiko Inoue. Toriyama has also contributed with a drawing of Goku and a note  congratulating the anniversary.

To celebrate the event, the publisher of the magazine, Shueisha has organized an exhibition divided in 3 volumes by periods of time. It started last summer and will last until September this year. The exhibition was divided in these phases:

Shonen Jump-Ten vol. 1: July 18, 2017  to October 15, 2017
Shonen Jump-Ten vol. 2: March 19, 2018  to June 17, 2018
Shonen Jump-Ten vol. 3: July 17, 2018  to September 30, 2018

A huge amount of merchandise featuring all the series that have been published in the WSJ all over the years was created for this events. Aaron visited Japan last sumer when the exhibition opened, so he managed to buy some cool stuff. For those like me that haven't been able to travel to Japan yet, the catalogues that come packed with lengthy interviews with the featured manga authors luckily are written in Japanese and English and are a great way to take a glimpse of what was exhibited.

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Most of the merchandise is available in the Jump Character Store:

WIRED | Quantum Computing explained in 5 Levels of Difficulty

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WIRED has challenged IBM's Dr. Talia Gershon (Senior Manager, Quantum Research) to explain quantum computing to 5 different people; a child, teen, a college student, a grad student and a professional. 
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ISLE OF DOGS directed by Wes Anderson

Director Wes Anderson's latest movie is a fest of stop motion animation and tributes to Japanese cinema. Humans in the movie talk in plain Japanese with no subtitles, and occasionally an interpreter translates what they say to English. For the Japanese release that will take place next May 25th, Japanese manga author and filmmaker Katsuhiro Otomo has drawn an exclusive poster. Here is what Otomo commented:

“When I first saw Isle of Dogs, I thought it might be difficult to make a poster that would add something to the movie...It is filled with homage to Japanese cinema, including music directly from Kurosawa, and seemed fully realized already, with all its details in place. It was its own complete world. Then I had an idea: to paint a very traditional Japanese dog to represent the island itself, and a very traditional Japanese wooden floor as the sea. I hope my drawing will be a meaningful way to help share this film with the world.”
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The Wes Anderson Collection: Isle of Dogs

Series: The Wes Anderson Collection
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Abrams (August 21, 2018)
Language: English
Dimensions: 9.4 x 11.2 inches
ISBN-10: 1419730096
ISBN-13: 978-1419730092

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Isle of Dogs: Screenplay

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (March 23, 2018)
Language: English
Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
ISBN-10: 0571336442
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Isle of Dogs: Soundtrack

Composed by Alexander Desplat
Vinyl (June 1, 2018)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: ABKCO

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EXHIBITION | Mario Romañach: "Do you love architecture?"

When: Monday, December 4, 2017— Monday, May 14, 2018

Where: Harvey & Irwin Kroiz Gallery, Architectural Archives | 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia

Introduction from Architectural Archives

A beloved teacher at the University of Pennsylvania and a visionary architect who transformed modern architecture in his native Cuba in the years before the Revolution, Mario Romañach (1917-84) saw architecture, not as an abstract phenomenon to be developed though analytical techniques, but rather, as a discipline which made full sense only when framed in terms of human experience. “’ve got to touch it,” he would say, and it was that sensuous, experiential connection to buildings, cities, and landscapes that animated his art and inspired his students. 

Marking the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Romañach’s birth, this exhibition presents a survey of his work, ranging from his groundbreaking residential designs in Havana to large-scale urban redevelopment plans for the West Side of New York City.

Born in Havana, Romañach, was educated in turbulent decades marked by prosperity, depression, war, and changing artistic sensibilities. His uncle, the painter Leopoldo Romañach, was a significant influence. Formal training in architecture came at the University of Havana. In the fourteen year period between 1945 and 1959, Romañach established a successful practice initially based on residential projects. These works, and his later large-scale urban planning, demonstrate his firm commitment to the ideals of the modern movement shaped and enriched by an understanding of local conditions and an interest in Cuban and Spanish culture. 

Exiled from Cuba, Romañach and his family arrived in the United States during the fall of 1959. The practice that had been the center of his artistic world collapsed, never to be fully regained. Teaching, at first, provided for his transition, but then became his life’s work. That energy - so tied to building - ultimately was channeled to his students; a love of architecture perpetuated.

ISAO TAKAHATA dies at 82

Animation director Isaho Takahata (高畑 勲) has passed away today at the age 82. Takahata co-founded Studio Ghibli together with Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿) in 1985. Here a filmography the works he directed linked to the various related DVD, Bluray and books available in Amazon Japan.

2012 | The Tale of Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語)
2009 | My Neighbors the Yamadas (ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん)
1994 | Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ)
1991 | Only Yesterday (おもひでぽろぽろ)
1988 | Grave of the Fireflies (火垂るの墓)
1987 | The Story of Yanagawa's Canals (柳川掘割物語)
1982 | Gauche the Cellist (セロ弾きのゴーシュ)
1981 | Jarinko Chie (じゃりン子チエ)
1973 | Panda! Go, Panda! The Rainy-Day Circus (パンダ・コパンダ 雨降りサーカスの巻)
1972 | Panda! Go, Panda! (パンダ・コパンダ)
1968 | Horus: Prince of the Sun (太陽の王子 ホルスの大冒険)

Before Founding Ghibli Takahata worked for TOEI animation where he started to collaborate with Hayao Miyazaki. He directed anime series such as Heidi, Girl of the Alps and 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother among many other.

MUSIC VIDEO | Los caminantes de Plaza

Puerto Rico | 2016 | 5 min | Color | 16:9 

AA&NN presents
A musical video reportage by Noelis Prieto
Photographed and edited by Ioannes Busca
Music: ‘Como nunca antes’ by Moreira

Shot in Puerto Rico on July 6, 2016

For over 25 years, a group of senior citizens of Puerto Rico known as ‘Los caminantes de Plaza’ have gotten together on a weekly basis in the biggest mall of the Caribbean before opening hours to workout and socialize.

It’s fascinating how while the stores are getting ready to open their doors, the mall’s common spaces are transformed by this group into a gym-like zone just before the mall gets packed with shoppers.

NEWS | AA&NN's State of the Union

WOW! the last post in this page is from September 2015. We have abandoned this blog for a while, not because we haven't been doing anything, but because we were working on some cool things and sharing then under their own brands and left this newsfeed aside.

Let's see what has been going on this past couple of years.

●The last post featured ARRIURDIN, a promising project in which our co-founder and tech master Aaron Busca has been working (in his free time, when he's not climbing or running or fixing a website for us) for a while now. The work has progress a lot since then, but due to his busy schedule is not going as fast as we would like. Nevertheless, the first prototype is almost ready. Designed in Basque Country with a 3D printed enclosure, wireless charging, waterproof, name it. We hope to have news about it soon!

●Our Ahabi independent publishing house finally took off during 2016 and jumped from the digital platforms to a more tangible good ol' book publishing. Beginning with EdFramed collection and following with Antxintxiketan a late 2015 comic book by Ian Nose, Ahabi comics are now available in paperback in Amazon, and in digital book formats in Amazon Kindle, Apple Books and ComiXology. To learn more check our recently launched website. We have designed the layout and the covers of all Ahabi editions to this day, as well as managed all the mess that represents making a book and everything that this entails, but we love it and we hope to keep on that for many years to come.

●During 2016 and 2017, we have been working with a bunch of directors in Nostrom Moving Images in Puerto Rico. We have learned a lot working with Fernando Vallejo, Carlos Larrieu, Federico Torres Fernández, Benoît Gabriel and Jochi Melero, Storyboarding their visions for commercial campaigns or assisting them for brands such as T-Mobile, Universal Group Inc., MCSPuertoRico, AT&T and Coors Light among others. Check some of the works in our website.

●Also in 2016, we have rescued from oblivion a couple of short films from the past. We re-mastered and re-edited for their fifth anniversary, DORRETXEKO PRINTZESA and URA, two collaborative short films created for Oñatiko laburmetrai rallya back in 2011 with the collective URTZI COOP. Who knows if a collector edition DVD version may come one of this days...

●Our co-founder Ioannes Busca finally graduated from college on May 2016, it was about time! We have also revisited and re-mastered a couple of short films from his student days. Some are already available on watch here. DVD and Blu-ray editions might follow.

ChronOtomo: Otomo Katsuhiro Chronology, a side project we started back in November 2012, with an innocent first post on Facebook has gained over 2,000 followers in Instagram alone. The main site has over 1,000 posts and over 1,500 single images. However, the project is far from been completed. We still have many surprises saved for all the Otomo fans out there!

●We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of AA&NN this year. We came up wih the name AA&NN on December 2007 after a mind-blowing, soul refreshing semester in the 'Grupo de Experimentación Proyectual' commanded by Andres Perea, Paula Montoya Saiz, Jose Luis Vallejo Mateo and Izaskun Chinchilla Moreno, in Madrid Architecture School. To celebrate this, during 2018 we hope to take out of the drawer many unedited things from the past, also from the collaborative work done with Atxu Amann Ya Lcocer, let's celebrate it with some great old memories.

●Revisiting old stuff makes us of course think on the 100x10 · Pedagogías Arquitectónicas Innovadoras days. Rodrigo Delso Gutierrez, Javier Argota Borja Gómez, Maria Luisa de Miguel and all, that was back in June 2011... an anniversary is coming soon: Let's meet at El Palentino!. But not all can be looking back, great projects are on the horizon, new stories, new collaborations, new stuff, whatever it is.

●As far as personal life concerns, our dad had a stroke on December 2015, from which he is recovering, our grandmother, his mom, passed away and we suffered one of the most devastating hurricanes that ever hit Puerto Rico last September, what made us move to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From here we will continue giving our best, now from The City of Brotherly Love and Oñati, to the world. We will be updating this site more frequently, and throwing back memories every Thursday on instagram and facebook, so, stay tuned!

I guess that's all for today.