Zachary Nichols

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I'm the co-founder and Creative Director of George & Elaine in New York City. This site acts as a collection of interests as well as ongoing experiments in web technologies and user interface design. For work references please visit George & Elaine.


The current layout explores WebGL, SVG filters and alternative layout concepts. Best viewed in Chrome as the content uses bleeding edge browser features not available cross-browser.

For the past year or so I have been working on a series of terrain visualizations of the coordinates where the greatest number of civilians were killed in US drone strikes.

This piece is Ladha, where roughly 37 civilians where killed by 5 drone bombs on an August afternoon in 2009.

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The universe is brimming with vexing, invisible dark matter — something we can’t identify, interact with or observe. However, solutions for the issue of its genesis are constantly being proposed. Most ideas focus on dark matter’s form or how it is birthed from gravity. A third new concept by Erik Verlinde reconsiders gravity entirely. Perhaps gravity is not a fundamental force, but an effect of some other fundamental interactions? This could explain dark matter.

Today, it’s important to remember that while devastation to our person, our home, our country, or our citizenship deserve every bit of acknowledgement, we are a species of thinkers, doers and problem solvers. We can, and will, find that gleam of imagination that allows us to interpret the existing conditions as new circumstances for progress.

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With the winter, my morning slog to preparedness has a new stage: turning myself into a layered clothes-lasagna. As Sinclair Lewis put it, “Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.” I’ve got a new part time job.

The lack of snow thus far, and the approaching Winter Storm Jonas, has me thinking doubly of our pallbearer’s lockstep to climate change and of tropic climates. Today the warmer thoughts are winning out — like the work by Elena Chiavi, Ahmad El Mad, Matteo Golden pictured.

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“I re-invented my image so many times that I’m in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman.”

RIP DB.

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Captivating new photos of our on-again-off-again planet neighbor, Pluto, combining blue, red, and infrared images into a serpentine composite.

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Short dance film “Fred Astaire with a stomach full of Corn Chips and Valium” by Phillip R Lopez. The director’s comments about the camera’s movement being entirely integral to a piece of this sort are exactly the reason this one’s worth a watch.

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Delight in simplicity. A short — only 70 frames short — little animation by Eran Hilleli. He calls it “just a place i hung out in last night.” Indeed.

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Future Feminism

Excerpt from the Future Feminism by Antony Hegarty.

“And then, what about the fact that we’re made of 70% water? And then the whole ocean reacts to the full moon? In a serious way. Everything’s ticking around that moon and if we’re 70% water I must be having some — at least homeopathic — relationship with the changing cycles of the moon.

I can’t escape my obsession with the idea that I’m made out of this place, because I was raised to believe that I fundamentally was constituted of spiritual matter that was from somewhere else like Heaven or from a Sky God. Like Gore Vidal talks about Sky Gods and I really picked up that language because in patriarchal monotheisms we all worship a God elsewhere who has a plan for us in a paradise elsewhere: After we die there will be a paradise waiting for us and this place is like a work station where we sort of get all our ‘T’s crossed and our ‘I’s dotted before we go off to a real spiritual dimension.

I’m worried that the ecology of the world is collapsing and that I won’t have anywhere to be reborn because I actually believe, like, where is any of us going? Where have any of us ever gone? We’ve come back here in some form. Did you know that whales were once land roaming mammals? And then they crawled back into the ocean trying to find something to eat? And then eventually they got rid of their hands and legs.

I’ve been searching and searching for that little bit of my constitution that isn’t of this place and I still haven’t found it. Every atom of me, every element of me seems to resonate, seems to reflect the great world around me. So, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is God’s best idea — that this manifest world is the frontier of his dream, or her dream in my opinion. So, that’s just my point of view from where I can start to establish a new way to value the world that I’m a part of. Cause if I’m not heading off to paradise elsewhere when I die then I have more of a vested interest in observing a sustainable relationship with this place.”

Antony Hegarty


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