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eye | feature : All you need is love: pictures, words and worship [Great piece on Sister Corita Kent]
"Corita’s cultural contribution spanned several decades. Although she described herself as an artist rather than a design professional, her 1960s work spanned both fields. Graphic strategies such as lettering and layout were central to her artistic voice. At the same time, she had no qualms about accepting commissions for magazine covers, book jackets, album sleeves, ads and posters, although even here she should be seen less as a jobbing designer than as an artist with a distinctive and easily recognisable graphic sensibility. As Harvey Cox said, “The world of signs and sales slogans and plastic containers was not, for her, an empty wasteland. It was the dough out of which she baked the bread of life.” 12 At its best, her work proposed a symbolic template that blurred the boundaries between art, design and communication, between a life of worship and the everyday life of her time."
sistercorita  art  vernacular  life  everyday  glvo  design  communication  graphicdesign  graphics  typography  advertising  signs  symbols  via:britta  teaching  printmaking  serigraphs  accessibility  urban  urbanism  decontextualization  photography  noticing  seeing  seeingtheworld  fieldtrips  unschooling  deschooling  education  immaculateheartcollege  eames  viewfinders  process  julieault  2000  1960s  martinbeck  society  perspective  activism  coritakent 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Why the King James Bible Endures - NYTimes.com
"But what this modernizing ignores is that the most powerful religious language is often a little elevated and incantatory, even ambiguous or just plain hard to understand."
religion  bible  history  literature  language  kingjamesbible  via:britta  classideas  ambiguity 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Jailbreakers’ Choice: Your 5 Picks, Vote for the Best
"bitesms (improved texting), ifile (filesystem access), lockinfo (useful lockscreen), mywi (tethering), folderenhancer (better folders)"
via:britta  iphone  applications  jailbreaking  jailbreak  ios 
march 2011 by robertogreco
TidBITS iPhone iPad iPod: iOS Hearing Aids... or, How to Buy Superman’s Ears
"Use Megaphone with the normal iPhone earphones, and the mic pickup sits just below your chin; you’ll hear only sound that’s directed at you. But switch your iPhone earphones for the standard iPod earphones, which don’t have a mic, and now you’ll be using the rather sensitive omnidirectional microphone that’s built into the iPhone and fourth-generation iPod touch.<br />
I tried this out for the first time while standing outside of a Starbucks, and suddenly I could hear the footsteps of anyone walking by. Snatches of a conversation at a 20-foot distance. I heard a siren, and then was shocked to see an ambulance pass by three blocks away. Traffic and ambient noise are also amplified, of course, but our brains have had a quarter-million years to learn how to separate out important sound frequencies, and that, plus my lip-reading abilities, turned me into a rather powerful eavesdropper."
iphone  ios  hearing  eavesdropping  sound  trythis  perception  hearing-aids  megaphone  applications  microphones  classideas  via:britta 
march 2011 by robertogreco
CITYterm: Admission » Admitted Students » Outside Lies Magic
"Get out now. Not just outside, but beyond the trap of the programmed electronic age so gently closing around so many people at the end of our century. Go outside, move deliberately, then relax, slow down, look around. Do not jog. Do not run. Forget about blood pressure and arthritis, cardiovascular rejuvenation and weight reduction. Instead pay attention to everything that abuts the rural road, the city street, the suburban boulevard. Walk. Stroll. Saunter. Ride a bike, and coast along a lot. Explore.

Abandon, even momentarily, the sleek modern technology that consumes so much time and money now, and seek out the resting place of a technology almost forgotten. Go outside and walk a bit, long enough to forget programming, long enough to take in and record new surroundings.

Flex the mind, a little at first, then a lot. Savor something special. Enjoy the best-kept secret around--the ordinary, everyday landscape that rewards any explorer, that touches any explorer with magic."
architecture  books  via:britta  johnstilgoe  pedestrians  walking  biking  bikes  psychogeography  noticing  learning  landscape  classideas  openstudio  classtrips  fieldtrips  bighere  exploration  looking  cities  urban  urbanism  builtenvironment  visibility  meandering  deliberate 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Ten Commandments Archeological Site
"Under the sand in the Nipomo dune field is the Egyptian set from Cecil B. DeMille's epic movie "The Ten Commandments," dynamited and buried there by the crew after shooting ended in 1923. 1,600 workers were employed to build the plaster and wood set for the month-long shoot, a set which included an avenue of 21 sphinxes, four 35-foot tall Pharaoh statues, and 110-foot tall gates. Strong winds across the coastal dunes are gradually exposing the remains." [Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jobaria/3281483501/ Article: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/18/local/la-me-lostcity19-2010mar19 ]
sanluisobispopismobea  pismobeach  nipomodunes  dunes  cecilbdemille  tencommandments  film  history  ruins  via:britta  guadalupe  california 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Maria Fischer · Portfolio · Traumgedanken [Related: http://jeweledplatypus.org/pixels/hypertextbook/]
"“Traumgedanken" contains a collection of literary, philosophical, psychological & scientifical texts which provide an insight into different dream theories.<br />
To ease the access to the elusive topic, the book is designed as a model of a dream about dreaming. Analogue to a dream, where pieces of reality are assembled to build a story, it brings different text excerpts together. They are connected by threads which tie in with certain key words. The threads visualise the confusion & fragileness of dreams.<br />
On 5 pages there are illustrations made out of thread. Their shape & color relies on the key words on the opposite page. This way an abstract image of the dream about dreaming is generated.<br />
In addition there are 5 pages where a significant excerpt from a text of the opposite page is stitched into the paper. It is not legible because the type’s actual surface is inside the folded page. This expresses the mysteriousness of dreams & the aspect of dream interpretation."
design  books  art  glvo  sewing  thread  mariafischer  via:britta 
february 2011 by robertogreco
LA Sewers: Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant
"The Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant combines advanced wastewater treatment technology with the beauty and tranquility of its landscaped gardens. The Japanese gardens are irrigated with reclaimed water from the plant and are open to the public on a year round basis.

The plant provides reclaimed water to many users in the San Fernando Valley and the Department of Public Works is collaborating with other City departments to expand this program."

[See also: http://www.lacitysan.org/japanesegarden/noflash/gardenopening.htm ]
losangeles  gardens  japanese  tovisit  japanesegardens  sanfernandovalley  via:britta 
january 2011 by robertogreco
Five Emotions Invented By The Internet « Thought Catalog
"The state of being ‘installed’ at a computer or laptop for an extended period of time without purpose, characterized by a blurry, formless anxiety undercut with something hard like desperation."
psychology  internet  humor  emotions  identity  cv  anxiety  stress  via:britta  time  busyness 
january 2011 by robertogreco
Help me find the really hidden Los Angeles - Los Angeles LA | Ask MetaFilter
"I'm looking for the really hidden stuff. The stuff you need to know somebody to see. The private collections, the things in bottles in basements, the tunnels that lead from someplace surprising to someplace unexpected, and you need a key to open.

Some examples from when I lived there: Forry Ackerman's house was a museum of science fiction and horror films, and he'd show you around, if you asked (I did.) Russ Meyer also had a museum of his old film stuff, and would likewise show you around (regretfully, I never asked.) I've seen collections of antique guns, private collections of shriner photos, and gotten a private tour of New York's Sex Museum from its curator by asking in advance, and now I'm asking you.

Do you know anything surprising, outstanding, and hidden to the outside world that you can access, or know somebody who can?"
losangeles  askmefi  via:britta  wheretogo 
january 2011 by robertogreco
Wikipedia
"Welcome to Wikipedia, a collaborative project to produce a complete encyclopedia from scratch. We started in January 2001 and already have over 19,000 articles. We want to make over 100,000, so let's get to work--anyone can edit any article--copyedit, expand an article, write a little, write a lot. See the Wikipedia FAQ for information on how to edit pages and other questions."
wikipedia  history  wiki  nostalgia  web  2001  via:britta 
january 2011 by robertogreco
Frog Round
"What a queer bird the frog are:
When he sit he stand (almost);
When he walk he fly (almost);
When he talk he cry (almost);
He ain't got no sense (hardly);
He ain't got no tail, either (hardly);
He sit on what he ain't got (hardly)."
music  graphics  audio  animation  via:britta  poetry 
january 2011 by robertogreco
Rule 30 - Wikipedia
"Rule 30 is a one-dimensional binary cellular automaton rule introduced by Stephen Wolfram in 1983. Wolfram describes it as being his "all-time favourite rule" and details it in his book, A New Kind of Science. Using Wolfram's classification scheme, Rule 30 is a Class III rule, displaying aperiodic, chaotic behaviour.

This rule is of particular interest because it produces complex, seemingly-random patterns from simple, well-defined rules. Because of this, Wolfram believes that rule 30, and cellular automata in general, are the key to understanding how simple rules produce complex structures and behaviour in nature."
math  science  wikipedia  chaostheory  stephenwolphram  mathematics  complexity  rule30  via:britta  patterns  rules  cellularautomata  behavior  nature  beauty  code  chaos 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Kid Pix: The Early Years
"One day in 1988 while I was using MacPaint, the wonderful paint program that came with the Macintosh, my 3-year-old son Ben asked to try using the program. I was surprised at how quickly he got the knack of using the mouse and how easily he was able to select tools. The problem was that he didn't have total control of the mouse and would occasionally (like every five minutes or so) pull down a menu and bring up a dialog box that he couldn't dismiss without being able to read. Everything was fine as long as I was in the room, but if I stepped out for a few minutes I would come back and find Ben kicking on the floor in frustration. This was not what I had in mind for his introduction to the computer."
via:britta  craighickman  kidpix  evergreenstatecollege  reedcollege  computers  childhood  parenting  programming  software  edtech  education  mac  history  drawing  graphics  art  nostalgia 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Online Fanfiction: What Technology and Popular Culture Can Teach Us About Writing and Literacy Instruction
"Across the globe youth are growing up w/ digital & interactive media tech as integral part of their lives. This generation of learners, often called 'Net-Generation, spends a great deal of free time engaging in online literacy-related activities such as instant messaging, gaming, surfing, & publishing on web. Such media & tech-literate students can pose special challenges for educators who grew up w/ & value more print-based forms of literacy. However, because these youth often find digital literacy activities to be more engaging than the print-based ones associated w/ classrooms, it seems important for us, as literacy educators & researchers, to take an in-depth look at some of these media & activities that young people find so engaging. One such activity that warrants a closer look is online fanfiction. While paper-based fanfiction has been around for years, in recent decades, fans have started "meeting" in online spaces to publish, share, & critique each other's texts."
via:britta  fanfiction  curriculum  education  writing  learning  literacy  research  online  web  rebeccablack  henryjenkins 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Galvanic corrosion - Wikipedia [So, that's what's going o.n
"A "lasagna cell" or "lasagna battery" is accidentally produced when salty food such as lasagna is stored in a steel baking pan & is covered w/ aluminum foil. After a few hours the foil develops small holes where it touches the lasagna, & the food surface becomes covered w/ small spots composed of corroded aluminum.<br />
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This metal corrosion occurs because whenever 2 metal sheets composed of differing metals are placed into contact w/ an electrolyte, the 2 metals act as electrodes, & an galvanic cell or battery is formed. In this case, the 2 terminals of the battery are connected together. Because the aluminium foil touches the steel, this battery is shorted out, a significant electric current appears, & rapid chemical reactions take place on the surfaces of the metal in contact with the electrolyte. In a steel/salt/aluminium battery, the aluminium is higher on the electrochemical series, so the solid aluminium turns into dissolved ions & the metal experiences galvanic corrosion."
food  cooking  chemistry  corrosion  metal  aluminum  glvo  via:britta  lasagnabattery  lasagnacell 
september 2010 by robertogreco
Inside the Outside Lands
"The Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) - http://www.outsidelands.org - plays an active role in community affairs on San Francisco's west side.

We try to figure out how to use history in a positive and effective way to improve the neighborhoods we love so much, and our organization often acts as a clearinghouse of information between activists, historians, researchers, residents, businesses and community nonprofits.

This blog is about issues and events in the Richmond, Sunset, West of Twin Peaks, OMI and Lake Merced areas that have some bearing on WNP's work or the history of San Francisco's west side."
sanfrancisco  neighborhoods  history  activism  community  via:britta 
september 2010 by robertogreco
Forging Ahead / In the midst of urban Rincon Hill, a blacksmith remains
"Approaching the Bay Bridge from First Street at Folsom, motorists can't help but root for the stubborn holdout of Edwin Klockars Blacksmithing, standing its ground against the skyscrapers.

The juxtaposition of this squat wood-and-tin shop, built in 1906, against two glass-and-stone apartment towers (20 and 27 stories) going up around it, begs the questions, "Who the hell is Edwin Klockars, what does he do and why is he still here?"

To get the whole story, you have to get out of the traffic line on Rincon Hill, pull over and walk through the wide-open double doors. It is dark inside and gets darker at the back, where all you see is the orange glow of coals in a stove and all you hear is metal pounding metal."
sanfrancisco  blacksmiths  blacksmithing  via:britta 
september 2010 by robertogreco
I Can See 200 Yards « Mission Mission
"200 yards is a photography experiment conceived of and presented by Lightbox SF.

First we find a venue, maybe a wine bar, office lobby, or traditional gallery. Then we put out a call to photographers to explore a 200 yard radius from the venue’s location and take pictures of whatever catches their eye. Each photographer then selects their best photos, up to 10, and submits them for possible inclusion in a photo exhibit held at the originally selected center point.

The idea behind the project is to expose local photographers, the little details that make each block of San Francisco unique, as well as the merchants that give each neighborhood its character."
via:britta  community  nearby  photography  hyperlocal  sanfrancisco  classideas  noticing 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Damn Interesting • The Mysterious Toynbee Tiles
"In 1992, a chap in Philadelphia by the name of Bill O’Neill starting noticing strange tiles randomly embedded in local roads. They were generally about the size of a license plate, and each had some variation of the same strange message: “TOYNBEE IDEA IN KUbricK’s 2001 RESURRECT DEAD ON PLANET JUPiTER.” They varied a bit in color and arrangement, but they were all made of an unidentifiable hard substance, and many had footnotes as strange as the message itself, such as “Murder every journalist, I beg you,” and “Submit. Obey.” Some were accompanied by lengthy, paranoid diatribes about the newsmedia, jews, and the mafia."
via:britta  toynbeetiles  annotation  geography  streetart  graffiti  tiles  howto  tutorials  messages  waymarking  wayfinding  arnoldtoynbee 
august 2010 by robertogreco
kaoiro | gung
""Kaoiro" (which means "facial expression" in Japanese) is japanese emoticon stamp pretending to be the date stamp. This stamp that mixing digital culture with a old style stationary has 7 belts and around 20 symbols. You can create real kaomoji (japanese emoticon) of 2000 or more by combining them. If you always have it ready on your desk at school or office, you can share your emotion to your lover in real world with a secret . \ (^ о ^) /"
emoticons  japan  japanese  type  stamps  via:britta  design  gifts 
may 2010 by robertogreco
American Vintage House Styles - A brief history of middle-class American residential architecture from 1900 to 1960
"So many wonderful home styles evolved during the first half of the 20th century, it seems like a good idea to put them into some kind of context. This following is not intended to be comprehensive ... it's just an outline of the many styles and some of our thoughts about them."
homes  housing  us  history  20thcentury  architecture  design  modernism  craftsman  progressiveera  simplicitymovement  simplicity  trends  via:britta 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Reanimation Library - About
"The Reanimation Library is a small, independent library based in Brooklyn. It is a collection of books that have fallen out of mainstream circulation. Outdated and discarded, they have been culled from thrift stores, stoop sales, and throw-away piles across the country and given new life as resource material for artists, writers, and other cultural archeologists."
reanimationlibrary  brooklyn  vintage  nyc  graphics  photography  books  culture  art  design  animation  libraries  inspiration  ephemera  via:britta 
february 2010 by robertogreco
House Style Picture Dictionary - Pictures of House Styles and Residential Architecture
"What style is your house? Browse our photo gallery for the most popular housing styles in North America. Click on the pictures below for larger images along with facts, diagrams, building plans, and other helpful resources. For more houses, also see our House Style Guide."
via:britta  architecture  homes  housing  history 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Fraser Speirs - Blog - Hidden Internet: Delicious Network
"One of the most consistently interesting feeds in my RSS reader is my Delicious Network. What's my Delicious Network? It's an aggregation of the Delicious bookmarks of people I choose to make part of my network on that site.
via:britta  feeds  rss  linkblogs  sharing  del.icio.us 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Sci-Fi Hi-Fi: Weblog: A site that visibly promotes how many ’friends’...
"social applications that have had most utility & long-term staying power for me have been ones that implement social features in most lightweight way. For example, del.icio.us has remained one of my favorite social sites while I’ve burned out on others—largely because it implements social features in such a self-effacing way (uses a “unilateral” connection model, doesn’t send new follower notifications, doesn’t publicly reveal people’s friends & followers, & doesn’t actually display a friend or follower count). The social aspect of del.icio.us is a feature, not actually the entire point of the site, as a result it hasn’t been subject to burnout I’ve experienced with a lot of social sites...has also managed to maintain (at least within my network) an admirable signal-to-noise ratio—at least partly, I think, because users are focused on personal utility & not on sort of “look at me,” Scoble-style “webcockery” that often comes to dominate sites that are more emphatically social media."
del.icio.us  via:britta  socialmedia  cv  followers  followercounts  personalutility  utility 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Historic Bridges of the U.S. | Seventh Street over the Los Angeles Rivers
This bridge was built in two stages. In 1910 the lower level was built at grade to allow trolleys across the river, which was unlined and much lower than now due to the LA River being on open quarry for aggregate mining. In in mid-1920's it was decided to raise the bridge above grade as the trolley and automobile traffic was at 90o to the freight traffic going north south. Rather than demolish the bridge, they simply built on top of the existing bridge. The second deck is above the first and the same columns were used. Despite appearances, it is not a true double decked bridge as the lower deck is not connected to either bank. All traffic goes on the top deck."
architecture  transport  losangeles  bridges  history  via:britta 
october 2009 by robertogreco
File:Lockstitch.gif - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
How a sewing machine lockstitch works - ""most common mechanical stitch" on home machines; factory machines produce overlock stitch"
via:britta  sewing  sewingmachines  textiles  mechanics  kinetic  machines  movement  animation  glvo  srg  edg  tcsnmy  filetype:gif  media:image 
october 2009 by robertogreco
video vidi visum : virtual : Enlightened doubt : Wikipedia’s postmodern search for truth
"Wikipedia exemplifies the quest for truth in a deconstructed world. Wikipedia harnesses individuals’ faith in truth, yet ultimately tempers it within a fundamentally relativist framework. Wikipedia ultimately guarantees not so much the truth as the ability to argue for the truth by appealing to a common cultural understanding — the Neutral Point of View — as the final arbiter of truth. In short, Wikipedia resolves the postmodern dilemma of truth by ultimately relying on process. Through the give-and-take between many committed individuals who hold strong beliefs in what is true, as well as a common commitment to what truth means, a truer (or truthier) encyclopedia of knowledge emerges."
via:britta  learning  culture  postmodernism  knowledge  collaboration  process  transparency  truth  wikipedia  empiricism  politics  history  communication  philosophy  internet 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Cacao Mexicatessen Deli ~ Eagle Rock, CA - a set on Flickr
"Cacao Mexicatessen, is a new Mexican Restaurant and Deli in Eagle Rock, CA.
food  losangeles  via:britta  restaurants  mexican 
august 2009 by robertogreco

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