Poets & Writers: Typewriters in the 21st Century.
“The USB Typewriter is a kit of electronica that, when installed on a typewriter, sends whatever is typed on the machine to an attached digital device—a computer, tablet, or smartphone—where it is stored as electronic, and thus editable and uploadable, text. The converted typewriter still works on its own, in the traditional fashion, with or without a device attached.”
BBC: A Point of View - The strangely enduring power of kitsch.
“At Christmas we are surrounded by kitsch - worn out cliches, which have lost their innocence without achieving wisdom. ” Quote of the season, that.
ArtDaily: Native American sacred masks sold by the Eve auction house in France despite protests.
“While the sale of sacred Indian artefacts has been outlawed in the United States since 1990—legislation which has allowed the tribe to recover items held by American museums in the past—the law does not extend to sales overseas.”
The Millions: Garrets Etc.
“Most writers, unless they’re lucky enough to have an ideal place in which to work, make do with the best space available.” In my case, my own head (heh).
ArtDaily: Rossetti’s Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby’s in London to sell for £2.88 million.
ArtInfo: Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Punching a Monet.
Guardian.UK: A tale of two cités: can the Philharmonie de Paris bridge the social divide?
“The Philharmonie’s banks of seating are nested inside the much larger shell of the hall, floating free of its walls, making for an intimate experience in a large space: ‘no audience member will be more than 32 metres away from the performers,’ says chief executive Laurent Bayle, ‘but the room is large enough to be very resonant.’” Looks quite interesting. Proof is in the sound, of course.
Italian Ways: Pinocchio and uncle Attilio’s murals.
NPR Interview: Molly Guptill Manning, Author Of ‘When Books Went To War’.
Guardian.UK: Kyung Wha Chung - ‘I have always welcomed children to my concerts’.
“The concert hall and the theatre are probably the last havens of peace; places in which it is still expected that audiences can sit, absorb, think and contemplate without interruption. These periods of concentration are necessarily lengthy, and increasingly rare in the modern world.” The artist speaks. Previously.
iainclaridge.net: The Complete Jacques Tati.
The Economist: Tattoos in the workplace - Ink blots.
Vimeo: “Six Photographs” - René Burri.
Moo Letterpress Business Cards.
Mass market letterpress. For a price.
Guardian.UK: Lorca mystery may soon be solved but much of Spain’s past remains buried.
begins its weeping.
It is useless
to hush it.
to hush it.
NY Times: Is Our Art Equal to the Challenges of Our Times?
Later: Sorry about the overdramatic quotes (removed). Triple-tasking today. But y’all knew that.
NY Times Sunday Book Review: Greil Marcus’s ‘History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten
TechDirt: Flickr Plans To Sell Creative Commons Photos And That’s Okay ...
“The vast majority would never have taken the steps necessary to profit from their work, so print sales do not deprive them of money. When a user really expects to sell prints, they should avoid Creative Commons licensing ...” When CC was first set up, old-fashioned copyright was portrayed as a barrier to collaboration. There was much peer pressure to adopt it, to allow others to riff off your stuff. I don’t think anyone except die-hard photogs recognized how broad the license really was. If you don’t want others to profit monetarily from your work ... go with traditional copyright. [Note: see comment thread for explanation of this correction.] Those of you with kids, your children’s images could end up in some really strange places.
Flickr, it should be an ‘opt-in.’ Not ‘you licensed CC - we’re selling your stuff and you get no benefits.’
The Guardian: Why even an old ruin can be so elevating for the human spirit.
I’ve expressed this before; in travelling across the US, all the great WWII era buildings ... grand stone courthouses, libraries, post offices ... I wonder where that great civilization went, and what happened. Nowadays these things are insta-builds or prefabs. Glorified trailers, falling apart upon install.
HyperAllergic: German Media Corroborates $36M Islamic State Antiquities Trafficking.
Loot and sell. So, not just oil. The antiquities trade is shady enough; shining some light in there will be tres difficult.
Black Friday App & Book Deals for Developers, Designers & Entrepreneurs.
Some good stuff. Pixelmator is 50% off, if Adobe’s CC offerings are too dear for your overstressed wallet.
CosmosUp: Is the Wormhole in ‘Interstellar’ Possible?
Oh lordy. Scroll down a little. See the problem? It’s an artist’s representation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Rama, not a ‘wormhole.’ Folks who haven’t read the sci-fi canon ... that action puts this RSS source on my ‘probation’ list.
The Book of Life.
I point you to the “What is it” page. Better to just dip your toes in, on the main page (click the logo top-left).
OpenCulture: Behold a Beautiful Archive of 10,000 Vintage Analog Cameras at Collection Appareils.
Guardian.UK: Ursula K Le Guin’s speech at National Book Awards - ‘Books aren’t just commodities’.
Winter is coming? “... we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom – poets, visionaries – realists of a larger reality.”