Friday, March 8, 2013

If You Love Words

You'll love the work that MyriapodProductions is doing. Among other things they've created this lovely site, Mysteries of Vernacular. Using paper craft animation (that looks much simpler than it really is, I'm sure) artist Jessica Oreck explores the twisty tales behind some of the most interesting words in the English language. Check out their entry for "clue," below.

There's also a interesting entry about hearse and another on assassin. They're slowly building up their archive. I suggested limousine for L, but they'd already chosen a word.

Friday, February 1, 2013

In Memorium

The same day Rep. Gabrielle Giffords testified before a Senate committee on gun violence, a disgruntled client opened fire in a Phoenix law office during a mediation session, killing an attorney and another client.
The lawyer was Mark Hummels, a husband, father of two and lawyer still in the early years of his career.
He was also a former journalist. Mark got his master's in journalism from U.C. Berkeley at the same time I did. I remember him as one of the sunniest, warmest people in our class -- which included some of the loveliest people I'll ever know.
After j-school Mark moved with his girlfriend Dana to New Mexico and got a job reporting for the Albuquerque Journal and later for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He got frustrated with journalism and quit, entered law school and was hired by a firm in Phoenix, Osborn Maledon, where he died Wednesday.
The shooter was unhappy about the outcome of a mediation session and shot Mark and the other client at the session's conclusion.
Mark is survived by Dana and their two children.

If any of us need any more reminders to hold the ones we love close, here's one more.
I for one feel that gun violence has hit a little too close to home for me to just sit back and read the papers.

I Like Tiny Street Art

Not art made on tiny streets, but tiny art made on streets and public surfaces. 

The German artist Evol lives and works in Berlin. He paints miniature apartment buildings on utility boxes, concrete blocks and park walls. 

He uses a layered stencil technique.

And my favorite:


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Making Music Out of Garbage

There is a village in Paraguay that is built on top of a landfill. The people there work digging through the garbage and selling what can be used again. Sometimes they make things themselves from things they find in the dump.
Some documentary filmmakers have completed a project that highlights the fruits of this "up cycling" -- the Landfill Harmonic.
Villagers make violins, cellos, flutes and all sorts of other instruments using oil drums, forks and whatever else they can find. The teaser for the film shows children proudly displaying and playing their instruments, both alone and in groups. There could hardly be a more potent example of the power of making music. It is a gift that should never be taken for granted. It gives our humanity a chance to peek out and be seen.
Consider supporting this film project by sharing the video -- and make a little music of your own!