Friday, December 27, 2013

Alain de Botton has good ideas, which he delivers so fast that you fear for his oxygen levels.

Alain de Botton has good ideas, which he delivers so fast that you fear for his oxygen levels. I enjoy his theories about art providing us with something we need to create a conceptual inner balance in this worthwhile, 47 minute lecture.
#alaindebotton #art #ideas #culture
http://www.phaidon.com/agenda/art/articles/2013/december/03/alain-de-botton-explains-how-we-should-use-art/

I enjoy his ability to capture tone while evading meaning (intentionally).

I enjoy his ability to capture tone while evading meaning (intentionally).
#reggiewatts #ted
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdHK_r9RXTc&sns=gp

A nice overview of the now famous "Mexican Suitcase" of Spanish Civil War photographs, and of the gal whose name is...

A nice overview of the now famous "Mexican Suitcase" of Spanish Civil War photographs, and of the gal whose name is too often dropped from reporting on that topic in favor of her longer-lived male partner.
#gerdataro #mexicansuitcase
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25108104

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Anti-copyright attitudes that try to justify the theft of music, photos, movies, and other media try to hide their...

Anti-copyright attitudes that try to justify the theft of music, photos, movies, and other media try to hide their selfishness behind anti-corporate attitudes... While happily shelling out for hardware to big corporations! They just don't care if your animator (or musician, or artist) friends can make their rent this month.
#piracyhurtsrealpeople #piracy #theft
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/26/film-music-christmas-creative-industry

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Now that I'm on holiday break, I can catch up on sharing photos from mybusiness trip weekends!

Now that I'm on holiday break, I can catch up on sharing photos from my business trip weekends!  Here are more buildings in Basel, Switzerland, a city I'm growing very fond of as I get to know it better.
#basel   #switzerland   #architecture














Oooooh!


Oooooh!
#saturn

Originally shared by Boing Boing

Happy holidays from Saturn and its moons (and the astronomers who study them): new imaging of the ringed planet and two of its most interesting moons, from NASA's Cassini imaging team. http://boingboing.net/2013/12/23/happy-holidays-from-saturn-and.html

Sometimes sharper, less experimental version: Bellevue BotanicalGarden's "Garden of d'Lights" (moan) holiday light...

Sometimes sharper, less experimental version: Bellevue Botanical Garden's "Garden of d'Lights" (moan) holiday light display.
#bellevue #lights










Sunday, December 15, 2013

Moveable type in the Korean exhibition about the Joseon period at theAsian Art Museum here in SF.

Moveable type in the Korean exhibition about the Joseon period at the Asian Art Museum here in SF.

The characters are 'hanja,' those Chinese characters the Koreans borrowed to use when writing Korean before Hangul (the Korean alphabet) was invented. Hanja remained in common use until relatively recently, despite the obvious fact that Hangul is really cool looking! :) Yes, they are backward here so they will print forward.

#hanja #korean #moveabletype




Have I mentioned that the Museum of Craft and Design here in SF isgreat? It is. (sfmcd.org)

Have I mentioned that the Museum of Craft and Design here in SF is great? It is. (sfmcd.org)

#sfmcd


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Saturday, July 6, 2013

If you're reading about today's crash at SFO, stop looking at the live footage, and look at this photo and tweet.

If you're reading about today's crash at SFO, stop looking at the live footage, and look at this photo and tweet.  This shows the passengers evacuating, with enough time to bring their carry on baggage (!) off the plane, while the plane was still largely intact, and includes a spontaneous report from a passenger.

#relief   #Asianacrash   #SFO  
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/10164727/Boeing-777-jet-crash-lands-at-San-Francisco-airport.html

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Berenice Abbott loved science, and her photographs of soap bubbles, camera-less wave patterns, and documentary...

Berenice Abbott loved science, and her photographs of soap bubbles, camera-less wave patterns, and documentary photographs of scientific equipment are an informative pleasure to behold.

The first image in this article is entitled "Wiring an early IBM computer," and it bears viewing at larger sizes.

#bereniceabbott   #art   #science   #wiring   #technology  
http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/berenice-abbott

Monday, June 3, 2013

"The Brave Crew of the Nautilus Battle the Monstrous Squid"

"The Brave Crew of the Nautilus Battle the Monstrous Squid"

Kate Beaton's version of the squid is so adorable!! 'Poor, misunderstood sea creature.

#katebeaton #harkavagrant #friendly
http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=253

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Of course whales are an excellent design basis for a plane. (Bonus: they confuse air traffic controllers.)

Of course whales are an excellent design basis for a plane. (Bonus: they confuse air traffic controllers.)

(Note: original video with narration is no longer on YouTube, so this is a substitute.)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Go, Cassini!


Go, Cassini!

#cassinihuygens #saturn

Originally shared by Colossal

This is a 2012 hurricane on Saturn measuring 1,250 miles wide (2,000km) photographed by Cassini. Learn more at the link:

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/04/a-hurricane-on-saturn

This is amazing. The view from the spire is incredible.

This is amazing. The view from the spire is incredible.

#oneworldtradecenter

Originally shared by Adafruit Industries

Spire WTC final segment lift gopro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZIKhS1ch8I

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This moved me deeply. By which I mean: do not try to eat or drink while watching this.

This moved me deeply. By which I mean: do not try to eat or drink while watching this.

#zefrank   #truefactsabout  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y4DbZivHCY

Monday, April 1, 2013

This description is almost as good as the one for Durian.

(This was a link to part of an April Fool's Prank by Google, which I'm now replacing with the video summary of the prank.)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I love the Onion.

I love the Onion.

Originally shared by The Onion
http://onion.com/X84rb4

:)

:)

Originally shared by Doug Savage

Happy Valentine's Day! Love takes over today's comic...
http://www.savagechickens.com/2013/02/love-hearts.html

Monday, February 11, 2013

I've been busy!

I've been busy!
#wetcollodion #blue

Originally shared by Malin Fabbri

Blue plate special: Wet collodion images on blue aluminum
Elizabeth Graves satisfies her curiosity about straying from black to explore wet collodion on deep blue plates.
http://www.alternativephotography.com/wp/open-blog/blue-plate-special-wet-collodion-images-on-blue-aluminum

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My prototype just popped up on a site in New Zealand!

My prototype just popped up on a site in New Zealand!  This encourages me to develop both field cameras, so I can share the results and encourage others to experiment with camera building (and wet collodion).
http://blog.protoneer.co.nz/openbeam-large-format-camera/

According to this article, rents are going up over 30% in the building with the best collection of art galleries...

According to this article, rents are going up over 30% in the building with the best collection of art galleries downtown... including the one I work with.  :(  
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2013/01/tech-boom-is-putting-the-squeeze-on.html?page=all

Sunday, February 3, 2013

For those of you who wonder what I do instead of watching corporate team sports on television: this. :)

For those of you who wonder what I do instead of watching corporate team sports on television: this. :)
#largeformatcamera #diy #openbeam #acrylic

Originally shared by AlternativePhotography.com

Here is some candy for all large format camera builders:
http://www.alternativephotography.com/wp/cameras-film/acrylic-and-aluminum-homemade-large-format-camera-preview
http://www.alternativephotography.com/wp/cameras-film/acrylic-and-aluminum-homemade-large-format-camera-preview

Friday, February 1, 2013

Brilliant research!


Brilliant research! If we see the outcomes of both negotiating and NOT negotiating, and realize that female hires are punished both ways, we know the problem is with the hiring process itself.

Originally shared by Women 2.0

Author of the studies that gave rise to the “women don’t ask” industry - Linda Babcock herself - has shown that women don’t negotiate for a very simple reason: they sense – correctly – that it will hurt them if they do.

Read more: http://www.women2.com/women-dont-negotiate-because-theyre-not-idiots/

This provides a new sense of scale.

This provides a new sense of scale.
#tulips #aerialphotography

Originally shared by Colossal
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/01/arial-photographs-of-tulip-fields-by-normann-szkop/

Thursday, January 24, 2013

This sounds familiar...

This sounds familiar...

Originally shared by Doug Savage

Well at least it's a significant increase...
http://www.savagechickens.com/2013/01/promotion.html

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wednesday morning before a rainstorm...




Wednesday morning before a rainstorm...
#clouds

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Now I want access to a giant rotator. Not right now, but I'm sure I can find a good use for one.


Now I want access to a giant rotator. Not right now, but I'm sure I can find a good use for one.
#sculpture #architecture

Originally shared by TECHNICS


Turning the Place Over, 2007-2011 engineering art

This consisted of an 8 metres diameter ovoid cut from the façade of a disused building in Liverpool, England, and made to oscillate in three dimensions. The revolving part of the façade rested on a specially designed giant rotator, usually used in the shipping and nuclear industries. When at rest the ovoid section of façade would fit flush into the rest of the building. As it rotates, the facade will not only become completely inverted but will also oscillate into the building and out into the street, revealing the interior of the building, and only being flush with the building at one point during its rotation. via • goo.gl/p8Q5t

Yes!

Know Your Meme Kindness Coin Image
Yes!

(There is a "zoning" term about men who expect all women to sleep with them, and it also begins with f, but that word is not 'friend.' On several levels.)
#meme #friendzone #bs

(Originally shared by Bobbi Jo Woods, later available at Know Your Meme)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

It was lovely out at Lans End today.

It was lovely out at Land's End today.
#landsend #goldengate #goldengatenationalrecreationarea



I love this. Love. It.

I love this. Love. It.

Originally shared by The Onion

NRA President: "What do you do if you're shooting your family and a criminal breaks into your house?"
http://www.theonion.com/video/nra-fights-legislation-that-would-ban-gun-sales-to,30927/

Look at all the damns I give.

Look at all the damns I give.

Originally shared by Doug Savage

Stupid computer...
http://www.savagechickens.com/2013/01/stupid-computer.html

These are lovely... And the lighting is tricky, since these delicate organisms move so much in current...

These are lovely... And the lighting is tricky, since these delicate organisms move so much in current...

Originally shared by Colossal
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/01/vibrant-macro-photographs-of-coral-by-felix-salazar/

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A pleasant use of paper!

A pleasant use of paper!

#sculpture   #paperart  

Originally shared by Colossal
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/01/origami-meets-projection-mapping/

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

I'm all about the Oxford comma.

I'm all about the Oxford comma.
#grammar #theonion #language

Originally shared by The Onion
http://www.theonion.com/articles/4-copy-editors-killed-in-ongoing-ap-style-chicago,30806/

I need this reminder.

I need this reminder.  (Yes, as a matter of fact, I do still write checks to those vendors who aren't sophisticated or who charge a service fee for electronic payments.)
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-01-03/new-years-typo-stop-writing-2012-on-your-2013-checks#r=hpt-tout

I love the planning that went into this (including roping someone else into assembling it ;)).


I love the planning that went into this (including roping someone else into assembling it ;)).
#igloo #color #ice

Originally shared by Colossal

The coolest igloo in the history of time. Click through to see how they did it...

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/01/how-to-build-a-rainbow-igloo/

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Ocean Avenue mural (where the bakery fire destroyed the middle of theblock).

Ocean Avenue mural (where the bakery fire destroyed the middle of the block).

#mural






Thursday, January 3, 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013