Monthly Archives: May 2009

Mad Scientists

main-physicsMy mother always says if you want to get a basic understanding of something start at a fourth grade level.  So, lately I’ve been learning a lot about physics from a fantastic site called Physics 4 Kids.   I read once that physics became rarified because Academics didn’t want to be bothered by lay people.  And even though I never fully understand things like the physics of time travel, I’m pretty happy that I can now make sense of the periodic table of elements (which relates to physics because all elements are made of atoms).

But more than that I’ve got a new favorite Mad Scientist.  His name is David Deutsch and he is utterly brilliant.  See for yourself here on Ted Talks.

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Pomp(idou) and Circumstance

2955767753_74defbccf9My mother called in a froth this morning to deliver this very cool news… Paris’ Pompidou Center (which boasts the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe) announced that they will be putting all the men’s work in storage for an entire year and filling the permanent collection galleries with works created by women only.  I think it’s great, and not in a bra-burning, angry-feminist kind of way.  Woman are roughly 50% of the population and we’re always under represented.  Sometimes it’s nice to tip the scales in our direction.  I think somewhere Camille Claudel is smiling…

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Food For Thought

From the illustrious Chip Kidd

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SSE (Sweetest Story Ever)…

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Us giants,” the BFG whispered, “is not knowing very much about this dreaded human bean called Jack.  We is knowing only that he is a famous giant-killer and that he is owning something called a beanstalk.  We is knowing also that the beanstalk is a fearsome thing and Jack is using it to kill giants.”

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