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Archive for May, 2007

“500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art”

Monday, May 28th, 2007

This is an interesting video, in a very weird sort of way: 500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art (via CultureGrrl, who adds a link also to “80 Years of Female Portraits in Cinema” — also on YouTube and from the same contributor, but you have to click through to her page to access […]

Graduate, v. or n.

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Jay Parini, in his article The Model Graduation Speaker, writes that he tends to cry at weddings and graduations, “though rarely at funerals.” Well, I graduated into some BS today, and what he wrote very nearly made me cry, even as it worked to repair reality. Especially that last bit: For the most part, I […]

Some Monday links

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Via an affair with urban policy, I just discovered CitySkip (the blog), which posted some uncanny YouTube videos. First, there’s a film by Colourfield Productions (Dortmund, Germany) about Stephen Wiltshire, an autistic man characterised as an “art savant” and “human camera.” The film chronicles how he was taken on a 45 minute helicopter flight over […]

Posting glitch

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Melanie from Down Under alerted me that my blog entry from yesterday showed up in her RSS reader, but when she clicked through, it wasn’t there. Another person reported that it didn’t show up in RSS at all. So I did some checking, and lo!, I had for some reason marked it as “private” under […]

The insect and the caveman: science fiction, individualism, urbanism

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

No, I haven’t dropped off the face of the planet again — although this long hiatus admittedly suggests something drastic. It is true, however, that I’m waiting for a proverbial other shoe to drop, which it should do by the end of this month, and that this state-of-waiting has compromised my agility. But soon I’ll […]

Well that’s better than specializing…

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

I love Trevor Boddy’s articles, whether they appear in national newspapers or in magazines. He’s an independent and smart thinker who writes fearlessly about urbanism, architecture, cities. One of his latest articles is in the Toronto-based Globe & Mail newspaper, ‘Design guidelines are uniformly lame’ — a title that reworks a quote, which in turn […]

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