Monday, July 14, 2014
Megan Gould’s photo collection, Surface Tension, takes a look at the fingerprint oils on iPad screens to see how users interact with their screens. It reminded me of The Art Assignment’s Off with Lauren Zoll. It’s so interesting to see how very different the patterns are. Some are very spotty, others, you can see the user made big swoopy movements. Fascinating.

Megan Gould’s photo collection, Surface Tension, takes a look at the fingerprint oils on iPad screens to see how users interact with their screens. It reminded me of The Art Assignment’s Off with Lauren Zoll. 

It’s so interesting to see how very different the patterns are. Some are very spotty, others, you can see the user made big swoopy movements. Fascinating.

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Art Assignment // Off

We seem programmed to be drawn to bright colors.

Even though the assignment was to take a photo of an “off” screen, something in me resisted the idea of taking a dark photograph. So often, dark images are viewed as deficient unless they are long exposures like nightscapes and light painting. The original photographs I took of my dinosaur plants as reflected by my laptop screen were much brighter, and I was tempted to post one of those photos rather than this very dark one. However, there is a freeing feeling that comes in saying “this photo is dark and I don’t care.” (It is also interesting to note that this is not quite the same as saying “this photo is dark, but I don’t care.”) In this digital world, where we get an infinite number of redo’s, it is easy to seek near-perfection. In the true nature of “Off,” I realized that the photo is dark, yes, but that doesn’t make it any less intriguing.

I was happy with my photo, but still wanted to try Lauren Zoll’s suggestion regarding using natural lighting when creating a reflection. I took my phone outside to see how well it doubled as a Claude glass, although I had my doubts because I cracked my phone a while ago and thought that the crack on the screen might distract from the reflection. 

I hadn’t even been outside for five minutes when I found the perfect subject for a photograph: a decorative lawn ornament made of crackle glass.
I love the juxtaposition of the intentionally cracked ornament and the unintentionally cracked phone screen. Captured in such a way, the crack in the screen is instantly transformed from flaw to flourish and led me to question my own preconceived notions about the relationship between flaws and beauty.
 



The Art Assignment 9. Off - Lauren Zoll

1. Turn off a screen

2. Take a photo of only the screen

3. Make sure to think about color, pattern, and form. Do not include any humans in the frame. 

4. Upload it to your social media platform of choice using #theartassignment

5. Fame and glory (your work might be featured in a future episode.)

Friday, June 6, 2014
Just got home from seeing The Night Before Our Stars.The Fault in Our Stars easter egg alert! (But of the fairly non-spoilerific variety.) When Hazel checks her phone to see if she’s got any new texts, there is a text on Hazel’s phone from “ANSEL ELGORT.”Clever. I approve.Another: A V for Vendetta poster in Augustus’ bedroom.Any others?

Just got home from seeing The Night Before Our Stars.

The Fault in Our Stars easter egg alert! (But of the fairly non-spoilerific variety.) When Hazel checks her phone to see if she’s got any new texts,
there is a text on Hazel’s phone from “ANSEL ELGORT.”


Clever. I approve.

Another: A V for Vendetta poster in Augustus’ bedroom.

Any others?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
cinderellainrubbershoes:


“It’s a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world. So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave – let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into the unknown with smiles on our faces, even if we’re faking them. 
And whatever happens to us, whatever we make, whatever we learn, let us take joy in it. We can find joy in the world if it’s joy we’re looking for, we can take joy in the act of creation. So that is my wish for you, and for me. Bravery and joy.”

-Neil Gaiman’s NY2013 wish

cinderellainrubbershoes:

“It’s a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world. So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave – let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into the unknown with smiles on our faces, even if we’re faking them. 

And whatever happens to us, whatever we make, whatever we learn, let us take joy in it. We can find joy in the world if it’s joy we’re looking for, we can take joy in the act of creation. So that is my wish for you, and for me. Bravery and joy.”

-Neil Gaiman’s NY2013 wish

Friday, December 21, 2012
You think relationships are difficult? Try friendships. Try courting someone in order to convince them to join you in some nameless, shapeless Platonic complication — forever. Convince an adult stranger that you are worth a healthy slice of their limited time and energy without the prize of sex or romance.

#aceproblems

Laura Jayne Martin (via turquoisebeads)

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

"Symphony of Science: The Quantum World"

The best song about subatomic particles since Hank Green’s “Strange Charm.”

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"Symphony of Science: Onward to the Edge!

Dear melodysheep,

WHY ARE YOU SO AWESOME
Thank you for being so awesome! Interrobangs don’t even begin to express my marveling, and the ever-expanding universe cannot hope to contain the amounts of awesome from which you are made.

I am literally getting chills listening to your songs. They are leaving me shaken, and stirred, and thirsty for more. They truly are, as you put it, “remixes for the soul.”

Best,
Shelley

"Mr. Rogers Remixed: Garden of Your Mind"

This song is SO CATCHY. I’m tempted to just loop it and jam out for the next 15 minutes. (No, really, I’m on my third play-through in a row.)

I’ve transcribed the lyrics because this song WILL get stuck in your head, in the most wonderful way possible:

*****
Do you ever imagine things? Are they scary things? Do you ever imagine things, things you’d like to have? Did you ever see a cat’s eyes in the dark and wonder what they were? Did you ever pretend like things like that before?

Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind? You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind. It’s good to be curious about many things. You can think about things and make believe. All you have to do is think, and they’ll grow.

Imagine, every person that you see is someone different from every other person in the world. Some can do some things. Some can do others. Did you ever think of the many things that you’ve learned to do?

Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind? You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind. It’s good to be curious about many things. You can think about things and make believe. All you have to do is think, and they’ll grow.

Did you feel like going like that? Let’s give the fish some food. Mr. McFeeley, I didn’t order any whistles. Any whistles?

**BAMF slide whistle solo**

That’s what they call these, slide whistles.
Did you feel like going like that?
There are so many things to learn about in this world and so many people who can help us learn.

Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind? You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind. It’s good to be curious about many things. You can think about things and make believe. All you have to do is think. You can think about things and make believe. All you have to do is think, and they’ll grow.

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Friday, November 23, 2012
"There is a war going on for your mind. If you are thinking, you are winning" -The Flobots

"There is a war going on for your mind. If you are thinking, you are winning" -The Flobots