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Grafitti Walls

In Art, Uncategorized on November 24, 2008 at 8:52 pm


“Art has been saying with more and more intensity: the nature of the painting has become less interesting than the nature of the relation of painting to society.”

– Norman Mailer, The Faith of Graffiti

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Boxtop Paintings

In Art on November 22, 2008 at 4:24 am
Boxtop Landscape. Guouche on cardboard. 8.5 x 6.25. Available from Durand Gallery.

Boxtop Landscape | gouache on cardboard. 8.5" x 6.25"

I pulled an empty Triscuit box from the recycling bin and used it to doodle with paints after dinner.

(See more paintings below.)

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A Visionless Future

In Ecology, Sustainability on November 21, 2008 at 2:05 am
Kevin Kelly, a sketch

Kevin Kelly, a sketch

No hiding it: Kevin Kelly is one of my heroes. As a dad, as a writer and as a Christian, Kevin is a tremendous optimist. Which is why I was struck by his recent post, The Missing Near Future, on The Technium, the feederblog for his book-in-progress.

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Aging in America

In Health on November 19, 2008 at 3:19 am

My grandmother broke her hip.

“Great Momma” Mary was going out to defrost the freezer in the garage and slipped on a step. Bump-bump-bump! Right down the three concrete steps. She knew right away that something bad had happened.

Life had just changed big time for her and her husband, Jimmy, aka “Big Daddy”.
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Design in Dubai @ WEF

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2008 at 4:48 am

Bruce Nussbaum of BusinessWeek describes the drafting of The Design Manifesto at the World Economic Forum in Dubai.

Throughout history, design has been an agent of change. It helps us to understand the changes in the world around us, and to turn them to our advantage by translating them into things that can make our lives better. Now, at a time of crisis and unprecedented change in every area of our lives – economic, political, environmental, societal and in science and technology – design is more valuable than ever. continue>

Joseph Coughlin, MIT’s AgeLab

In Health on November 12, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Aging is not about “Them” it is about “Us”. Aging is a proxy for living. Because if you are alive, you are getting older. This video smacks us in the face with the fact that we are going to age-out faster than our parent did when it comes to technology.

Director, Age Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Coughlin is founder and Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab – the first multi-disciplinary research program sponsored by government and business to understand the behavior of the 45+ population as decision-makers, consumers, patients, caregivers, advisors and technology users.
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Kevin Kelly: The Universe Is Conspiring to Help Us

In Travel on November 11, 2008 at 3:45 am

From a letter Kevin sent out for Christmas 2006. It was picked up by NPR’s This I Believe Project:

Man praying

When the miracle flows, it flows both ways. When an offered gift is accepted, then the threads of love are knotted, snaring both the stranger who is kind, and the stranger who is kinded. Every time a gift is tossed it lands differently – but knowing that it will arrive in some colorful, unexpected way is one of the certainties of life. Read the rest of this entry »

The Happening

In Health, Pop!Tech on November 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm
The Happening

M. Night Shyamalan: The Happening

My head is still swimming with the images from The Happening, an M. Night Shyamalan film about what could be described as the world’s immune system reacting to hostile invaders (aka. the human race).

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Alphachimp @ Pop!Tech

In Art, Design on November 10, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Peter Durand from Alphachimp @ Pop!Tech on Vimeo

VIDEO: Peter Durand from Alphachimp illustrates Stephen Badylak’s lecture on regenerative medicine.

From Pop!Tech Blogger Michelle Riggen-Ransom:

If you’re with us in Maine, you’ve probably noticed the colorful illustrations hanging on the walls of the third floor break room. If you’re not, you can take a look at them here.These illustrations are the work of artist Peter Durand of Alphachimp Studio. Peter has set up an easel on the balcony of the Opera House, where he busily creates illustrations that capture the key elements of each presentation. Read the rest of this entry »