Oh please, please, report any sightings…
Edward Twitchell Hall – Who?
Edward T. Hall (1924 – 2009) whose death
Can Computers Visualize? No. Not Yet
Visualization is now the hot thing in computer graphics. It is not just important in designing realistic video games etc, it is a way to encode very complex data making it comprehensible at one glance, or two. From the many variables in global weather patterns to the subtleties of consumer behavior,
Upside Down And Googling for Light – Does Teaching mean Learning?
How important is Learning as opposed to Teaching? Can we judge by Googling the two words? I did so and counted the number of hits returned.
Bingo… The teaching establishments are catching up with us, the people.
Plants Send SOS – And The Art of Learning
The smell of fresh cut grass means very different things to green plants vs to us humans.
The smell comes from a class of chemicals called Green-leaf Volatiles (GLV) which can protect the plant against predators.
Is Art Entertainment? Yes, Maybe
I don’t think so. But the argument for it is interesting and not without some truth.
If the author, Curtis Johnson who is a student of video games, contends that there shouldn’t be any distinction (see below), politics would
Women and Shoes – The Concept in Conceptual Art
No, it’s not about Imelda Marcos (you still remember her?). Or Princess Diana, who probably made Jimmy Choo’s career by ordering dozens of pairs of his exceedingly comfortable flats in all different colors.
The shoes I am thinking of are used by artists Doris Salcedo (b. 1958, Colombia) and Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929, Japan)
Do Scientists See Art?
I examine the art piece for specific elements significant to a particular artist – brush stroke, clor, manner and favorite shapes.
– Elizabeth Kubicki, participant in MIT Physics Department Hallway Art Quiz.
A Baroque Splendor – In-A-Gada-Da-Vida
This spring 2004 exhibition in Tate Britain is a triumph of beauty and horror. And if beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, so is horror. It follows then that beauty and horror can be one and the same thing – and so it goes in this garbled Garden of Eden.
Information = Knowledge?
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information
T.S. Eliot, from “The Rock” (1934)
Since those bleak pre-war days when Eliot put down these lines, our world has galloped on at even greater speed, with a velocity ever more dizzying. This of course is in great part aided by the advent of the computer and the information age. It has created such wealth and prosperity utterly unimagined a mere seventy years ago. But has all this made our lives better? Are we wiser and happier? We should be, if information = knowledge.