Saturday, February 15, 2014

Observe your enemies, for they first...

Programmer? Artist? Put the two together and you could be included in the Barbican's Digital Revolution exhibition later this year in London. And guess who'd be paying your way - Google, through their DevArt project, art made with code. Entry deadline is 28 March.

Callum Innes, Exposed Painting Grey/Violet, 1997. I have always been fascinated by the sensuality of Innes' work. You can find out more on his website.
Despite reading the WSJ for years I never noticed a column on floral arranging that often takes cues from abstract art. For example, Lindsey Taylor's valentine's bouquet is an homage to Josef Albers' Homage to the Square (Guarded), 1952. Her other inspirations include Brice Marden, Bonnard, and Balthus.

All high art is destined to be weird. Weird, Old English for "destiny." Which makes it a circular definition, but WTH.

A sunset view of the Earth and Moon from Curiosity on Mars.
Science solves the main challenges of our times, like letting a fish drive a car. And if a fish can be "out of water" so to speak, why not submerge a turntable in water? When you think about it, there's no reason why this shouldn't work. And for fans of environmental ambient music there's an odd parallel.

Audiobooks. I love 'em. Can reading versus listening alter how we absorb the material? Yes. Is listening engaging? I think it is. Keeping in mind that I only listen to audiobooks in the car while driving I find that I can maintain full concentration on the book while still not being distracted in my driving. However, I know that listening to non-fiction in the car is a no-go for me. Fiction is much more engaging.

2013 was a hallmark year for beards and mustaches. So why not take a look an American history of facial hair.

Beard face font. And yes - many beards were harmed in the creation of this font.
For the nuke historian: annotated footage of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. For the cold war historian: the CIA's declassified archive on the Glomar Explorer.

See this fan-art map of your favorite Disney story's locale.

High-tech. Start-up mania? Or much less dynamic than everyone thinks?

Who are the best tech companies to intern for? Google is #2.

How pleasant is it where you live? Fort Worth = 59 days/year. Cleveland = 68. Boston = 56.
A programmer's top 10 sentences. #7 It's not a bug, it's a feature.

Olympic Roundup
Low profile, low visibility handcuff key. For those times when, you know.

...find out your faults. ~Antisthenes

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