generative [art] reality

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When an artists work is random and each experience is unique the art becomes experience. This makes the reality unpredictable. This idea of generative art… an experience that you control within your own physical space. What happens when an artists loses control? This is a place for conversation. I found this video from an unpredictable search recommendation from stumbleupon. What do you think of this video experience and the artists work? What do you think about generative art?

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You’ve never been to the moon… But don’t you want to go?

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Weightlessness.

You’ve never been to the moon
But don’t you want to go?

-Melissa Etheridge

When all you read about NASA and the efforts to continue to explore space are about love triangles, drinking astronauts, and the star wars missile shield looking at photos like this bring me back to the dream. The hair still stands up on the back of my neck when I hear recordings of John Kennedy saying: We choose to go to the moon.

Here’s a little bit more of what he said in case you have forgotten or never hear the speech.

Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolution, the first waves of modern invention, and the first wave of nuclear power, and this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be a part of it — we mean to lead it. For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.

Yet the vows of this Nation can only be fulfilled if we in this Nation are first, and, therefore, we intend to be first. In short, our leadership in science and in industry, our hopes for peace and security, our obligations to ourselves as well as others, all require us to make this effort, to solve these mysteries, to solve them for the good of all men, and to become the world’s leading space-faring nation.

We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of pre-eminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war. I do not say that we should or will go unprotected against the hostile misuse of space any more than we go unprotected against the hostile use of land or sea, but I do say that space can be explored and mastered without feeding the fires of war, without repeating the mistakes that man has made in extending his writ around this globe of ours. There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation may never come again.

But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon — We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we’re willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.

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Happy Birthday, Lego!

Lego turns 75 today.

Yippie! We use legos to stimulate thinking. Build models of website architectures. And create buildings and other structures just for fun. I see Legos and I have to buy them for someone that I know. Maybe for the LEGO birthday I’ll have to buy some for me. Thanks to webchick for the photo.

Just a few facts.

Founded in 1932 by carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen from Billund, Denmark, the company made wooden toys. The trademark name didn’t come until 1934, inspired from the Danish words “leg godt” (play well), and it wasn’t until 1949 that Lego began producing their now-famous interlocking bricks. The design finalized in 1958 and it took another five years to find proper materials to produce the blocks.

The LEGO Company is one of the world’s largest toy manufacturers. They have molded more than 200 billion plastic building pieces over the past fifty years.

The LEGO Company funds $5 million lab at MIT Media Laboratory : A lab for playing and learning.

Their website, loads of fun.
LEGO


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Sixty Four years later : Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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This day is a repeating event on my iCal.  The first atomic bomb actually used in war time was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 killing between 130,000 and 150,000 people by the end of that year. On August 9th a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. I cannot find the words to express my sorrow.

This year 40,000 people gathered at Peace Memorial Park.


Peace declaration by Hiroshima mayor

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The following is an official translation by the Hiroshima municipal government of the text of a speech delivered by Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima:

That fateful summer, 8:15 a.m. The roar of a B-29 breaks the morning calm. A parachute opens in the blue sky. Then suddenly, a flash, an enormous blast–silence–hell on Earth.

The eyes of young girls watching the parachute were melted. Their faces became giant charred blisters. The skin of people seeking help dangled from their fingernails. Their hair stood on end. Their clothes were ripped to shreds. People trapped in houses toppled by the blast were burned alive. Others died when their eyeballs and internal organs burst from their bodies–Hiroshima was a hell where those who somehow survived envied the dead.

Within the year, 140,000 had died. Many who escaped death initially are still suffering from leukemia, thyroid cancer, and a vast array of other afflictions.

But there was more. Sneered at for their keloid scars, discriminated against in employment and marriage, unable to find understanding for their profound emotional wounds, survivors suffered and struggled day after day, questioning the meaning of life.

And yet, the message born of that agony is a beam of light now shining the way for the human family. To ensure that “no one else ever suffers as we did,” the hibakusha [atomic-bombing survivors] have continuously spoken of experiences they would rather forget, and we must never forget their accomplishments in preventing a third use of nuclear weapons.

Despite their best efforts, vast arsenals of nuclear weapons remain in high states of readiness–deployed or easily available. Proliferation is gaining momentum, and the human family still faces the peril of extinction. This is because a handful of old-fashioned leaders, clinging to an early 20th century worldview in thrall to the rule of brute strength, are rejecting global democracy, turning their backs on the reality of the atomic bombings and the message of the hibakusha.

However, here in the 21st century the time has come when these problems can actually be solved through the power of the people. Former colonies have become independent. Democratic governments have taken root. Learning the lessons of history, people have created international rules prohibiting attacks on noncombatants and the use of inhumane weapons. They have worked hard to make the United Nations an instrument for the resolution of international disputes. And now city governments, entities that have always walked with and shared in the tragedy and pain of their citizens, are rising up. In the light of human wisdom, they are leveraging the voices of their citizens to lift international politics.

Recognizing that “cities suffer most from war,” Mayors for Peace, with 1,698 city members around the world, is actively campaigning to eliminate all nuclear weapons by 2020.

In Hiroshima, we are continuing our effort to communicate the A-bomb experience by holding A-bomb exhibitions in 101 cities in the United States and facilitating establishment of Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Study Courses in universities around the world. American mayors have taken the lead in our Cities Are Not Targets project. Mayors in the Czech Republic are opposing the deployment of a missile defense system. The mayor of Guernica-Lumo is calling for a resurgence of morality in international politics. The mayor of Ypres is providing an international secretariat for Mayors for Peace, while other Belgian mayors are contributing funds, and many more mayors around the world are working with their citizens on pioneering initiatives. In October this year, at the World Congress of United Cities and Local Governments, which represents the majority of our planet’s population, cities will express the will of humanity as we call for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

The government of Japan, the world’s only A-bombed nation, is duty-bound to humbly learn the philosophy of the hibakusha along with the facts of the atomic bombings and to spread this knowledge through the world. At the same time, to abide by international law and fulfill its good-faith obligation to press for nuclear weapons abolition, the Japanese government should take pride in and protect, as is, the Peace Constitution, while clearly saying no to obsolete and mistaken U.S. policies. We further demand, on behalf of the hibakusha, whose average age now exceeds 74, improved and appropriate assistance, to be extended also to those living overseas or exposed in “black rain areas.”

Sixty-two years after the atomic bombing, we offer today our heartfelt prayers for the peaceful repose of all its victims and of Itcho Ito, the mayor of Nagasaki shot down on his way toward nuclear weapons abolition. Let us pledge here and now to take all actions required to bequeath to future generations a nuclear-weapon-free world.

Tadatoshi Akiba

Hiroshima Mayor

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Rubber Duckie, Florentijn » Projects

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Art has a sense of humor eh? I love this rubber duck. You can’t help but smile when you look at the series of photos. Just click on the link below the image to see all nine. Really fun stuff. When you need a little joy you can click your browser and imagine him in your tub.

Titel: Badeend
Jaar: 2007
Locatie: rivier de Loire, Frankrijk
Afmetingen: 26 x 20 x 32 meter
Materialen: inflatable, pvc gedrenkt in rubber, ponton en aggregaat
Productie: le Lieu Unique, de Biënnale Estuaire

Een gele stip aan de horizon komt langzaam dichterbij. Mensen hebben zich verzameld en staan versteld als een gigantische gele badeend hen met een langzaam knikkende beweging begroet.De badeend kent geen grenzen, geen onderscheid in volken en is niet politiek geladen! De vriendelijk dobberende badeend heeft een helende funktie en zal mondiale spanningen kunnen wegnemen en definieren. De badeend is zacht, vriendelijk en voor jong en oud.

Title: Rubber duck
Year: 2007
Location: river the Loire, France
Dimensions: 26 x 20 x 32 meters
Materials: inflatable, rubber coated PVC, pontoon and generator
Production: le Lieu Unique and the Biennial Estuaire

A yellow spot on the horizon slowly approaches the coast. People have gathered and watch in amazement as a giant yellow Rubber Duck approaches. The spectators are greeted by the duck, which slowly nods its head. The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!

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Apple iPhone signals beginning of the end, Duh.

“On June 29, 2007, Apple released the highly anticipated iPhone to the public. Forrester evaluated the iPhone’s capabilities, and we believe that the iPhone signals the beginning of the end for the mobile Web as we know it today: Stripped-down sites crammed onto the small screens of devices meant for phoning, not browsing, will become a thing of the past. Companies looking to stay on top of this trend should get iPhones and experience their capabilities for themselves. Going forward, firms should continue to experiment with the mobile Web sites they own today in order to learn how to create content that is timely, location-aware, and actionable for users on the go,” Vidya Lakshmipathy reports for Forrester Research.

Voice Bank has developed a converter that shrinks manga pages created for viewing on PC screens to iPhone size, claiming it made the move because the phone’s touch-sensitive screen is perfect for the panel-based graphic medium. It is now looking for a distribution partner in the US.

Sounds like these guys have already gotten the message.
This is what I want to be able to check out on my iphone.

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longing for this

trying to find the road not taken » Blog Archive » Good Morning Winter

I can’t wait to hear the crunch of snow beneath my feet. Found this crisp image while visiting metoday at Flickr.com. I belong to the group it’s good fun. It is one of those
wonderful moments where you wander around the web following what
intrigues you.

It all started with a this :

MeToday: July 31st on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

combined with looking at this :

YES. I look forward to wearing fleece.

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