wordle, hours of fun

I’ve been a bit more focused on words late­ly. I attribute that to the fact that I have been design­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion archi­tec­tures for the past few weeks and have not spent any time in my art stu­dio. This changes me into a per­son who real­ly depends on lan­guage much more. When I spend time mak­ing art there’s lit­tle to say until after the art is finished.

A look at my tags at del.icio.us using WORDLE. The WORDLE BLOG.


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Black Hole, Is Dead at 96

The New York Times / John A. Wheel­er at Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty in 1967.

We all talk about black holes today. My home­work was swal­lowed up by a black hole…

One par­tic­u­lar aspect of Einstein’s the­o­ry got Dr. Wheeler’s atten­tion. In 1939, J. Robert Oppen­heimer, who would lat­er be a leader in the Man­hat­tan Project, and a stu­dent, Hart­land Sny­der, sug­gest­ed that Einstein’s equa­tions had made an apoc­a­lyp­tic pre­dic­tion. A dead star of suf­fi­cient mass could col­lapse into a heap so dense that light could not even escape from it. The star would col­lapse for­ev­er while space­time wrapped around it like a dark cloak. At the cen­ter, space would be infi­nite­ly curved and mat­ter infi­nite­ly dense, an appar­ent absur­di­ty known as a sin­gu­lar­i­ty. — from The New York Times

The black hole “teach­es us that space can be crum­pled like a piece of paper into an infin­i­tes­i­mal dot, that time can be extin­guished like a blown-out flame, and that the laws of physics that we regard as ‘sacred,’ as immutable, are any­thing but,” he wrote in his 1999 auto­bi­og­ra­phy, “Geons, Black Holes & Quan­tum Foam: A Life in Physics.” (Its co-author is Ken­neth Ford, a for­mer stu­dent and a retired direc­tor of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Physics.)

John A. Wheel­er, Physi­cist Who Coined the Term ‘Black Hole,’ Is Dead at 96 — New York Times

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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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KOYAANISQATSI

Last night was com­mu­ni­ty movie night at Sher­man Mills. The fea­ture was KOYAANISQATSI.

Title screen for Koyaanisqatsithe bombtwinkies

ko.yaa.nis.katsi (from the Hopi lan­guage), n. 1. crazy life. 2. life in tur­moil. 3. life dis­in­te­grat­ing. 4. life out of bal­ance. 5. a state of life that calls for anoth­er way of living.

Trans­la­tion of the Hopi Prophe­cies Sung in KOYAANISQATSI
“If we dig pre­cious things from the land, we will invite disaster.”
“Near the Day of Purifi­ca­tion, there will be cob­webs spun back and forth in the sky.”
“A con­tain­er of ash­es might one day be thrown from the sky which could burn the land and boil the oceans.”

I’ve seen this film more than a dozen times. It’s just as good as the first time I saw it… maybe bet­ter. Life expe­ri­ence cre­ates new nar­ra­tives and jux­topo­si­tions. Koy­aanisqat­si is the first film in a tril­o­gy. The sec­ond film Powaqqat­si is focus­es on natives of the third world. And Naqoyqat­si is about civ­i­lized violence.

Na-qoy-qat­si: (nah koy’ kaht­see) N. From the Hopi Lan­guage. 1. A life of killing each oth­er 2. War as a way of life. 3. (Inter­pret­ed) Civ­i­lized violence.
‑end cred­it def­i­n­i­tion from the fea­ture film “Naqoyqat­si”.

These are films one must expe­ri­ence and talk about. 

P!NK : about hard work!

let me tell you about hard work!”
An amaz­ing live pre­for­mance by P!nk. As an artist her work con­tin­ues to ask us impor­tant ques­tions. The jux­topo­si­tion of her Mar­i­lyn hair and dress when she sings Dear Mr Pres­i­dent is haunting.
A true pre­for­mance artist. You may have seen her on the Today Show, or Reg­is, or YouTube doing her hit Stu­pid Girls. I’m glad to know she hails from Penn­syl­va­nia and she’s doing good.

I post­ed this back in april but it does­n’t seem to grow old. That is unfortunate.

Voodo Pad

This is one of my most favorite gadgets.

I can put my brain in it at incred­i­ble speed. It is faster than a blog and smarter too. It is my own per­son­al wiki. Now one might think that is a lit­tle strange – most wikis are for col­lab­o­ra­tive writing.

But, I look at it from this snip­it point of view:

Wiki is some­times inter­pret­ed as the back­ro­nym for “What I know is”, which describes the knowl­edge con­tri­bu­tion, stor­age and exchange function.
— from wikipedia

it is about what i know.
I catch ran­dom thoughts, I am able to cre­ate access to the tan­gents that inhab­it my mind. That’s what I call amaz­ing tech­nol­o­gy. A way to express one­self in a way much more like the expe­ri­ence of being both the left and right of my brain.

You can find it at: http://www.flyingmeat.com

truthiness hurts @ Salon.com

http://salon.com/opinion/feature/2006/05/01/colbert/

Again Salon.com comes through for me. This is a won­der­ful piece that is spot on. The only brave jour­nal­ist so far to see the per­for­mance and speak to it truthfully.

excerpt:

In the late 1960s, the Sit­u­a­tion­ists in France called such iron­ic mock­ery “détourne­ment,” a word that rough­ly trans­lates to “abduc­tion” or “embez­zle­ment.” It was con­sid­ered a rev­o­lu­tion­ary act, help­ing to chan­nel the frus­tra­tion of the Paris stu­dent riots of 1968. They co-opt­ed and altered famous paint­ings, news­pa­pers, books and doc­u­men­tary films, seek­ing sub­ver­sive ideas in the found objects of pop­u­lar cul­ture. “Pla­gia­rism is nec­es­sary,” wrote Guy Debord, the famed Sit­u­a­tion­ist, refer­ring to his strat­e­gy of mock­ery and semi­otic inver­sion. “Progress demands it. Stay­ing close to an author’s phras­ing, pla­gia­rism exploits his expres­sions, eras­es false ideas, replaces them with cor­rect ideas.”

By Michael Scherer