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Sometimes Stops Being

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sometimes taxi dog’s blue.  sometimes stops being.
bees someone “else”.  lost somelongtime now.  fragmented, loozing hiz gripz.
Becoming…   …   …?
hard to describe.  looked for coincidences.  Serendipities.
Findz?
Nothing

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now, not describing, more being.
Be-ing.
conclusion?  not yet.  not now.
but feelz goode…   …   …words flow, non-sensemaking, easzier.
all the betterer, all the meaning-er.

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Not for you?
i take’m as they are…   …   …out of analysis, out of form(alde)…   …   …hyding.
Will you see the strange reading
I’m sure, I think, for you.
For me; ecstasy!
A lopstuck piglet?
Who knows?

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What’s written is a manufractured, pro-ducttaped assemblage.  an un-naturaled axe.
Want “heard”!
Heard?
Want Meant!
Allizz what I can write-right now.  Allizz is fragments.
writing fragments like the end.  ’til the end.  ’til I end.
‘Til I write in an ‘other’ way.

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brainworthy of worry?  scary to me.  How to know; lest you know.  tell me?
Maybe brained injured writers will be all the rage in the later parts of his decage (sic?).
Stick to the sictionary, TD.  browse the Classics. paleontology?  knew her sisters well:  Ellis and Anne?
The Brontesauruses?
Sick-(sic?)-sic.
Pun-machine hymning,
thanks God!

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I’m no eecummings.  and hezze no me.
Go nightnight  Go to my cell.
Bye-bye

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Support The Arts, Conservatively

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Support Daniel Cox’s Short Film, Cog and Turbine

http://cogandturbine.com/

June 19, 2012 @ 07:03 PM

Our very own Daniel Cox (of The Line It is Drawn fame) has started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money for a new animated film called Cog and Turbine about what happens to the characters in a video game when they are not playing.

Here is the IndieGoGo link. Read on for more information about the game (or, of course, just click on the IndieGoGo link).

Here is the design sheet for Cog…

And here is the design sheet for Turbine…

Here are some of Daniel’s storyboards…

It sounds like a lot of fun. The more that people donate, the longer the final film will be! So get to it! I’ve already donated! You should, too!

  • Daniel has given you lots of awesome free drawings, help him finance his great short film!

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What An Artful Pachyderm Nose

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From The Daily Mail [U.K]

This is so easy, a human could do it! The amazing elephant that paints from life

By Mail Foreign Service
UPDATED: 05:48 EST, 9 January 2009

Oh dear, Lankam the elephant doesn’t seem to have got the hang of being an artist.

For a start, his paintings actually resemble their subjects.

Even more unforgivably, his most expensive work sold for just £20,000 – barely enough to keep Damien Hirst in formaldehyde.

Lankam, an 11-year-old male Asian elephant, is one of a group of artistically inclined animals at the Maesa Camp in Chiang Mai, north Thailand, which have created hundreds of paintings.

Lankam

First steps: Inspiration strikes Lankam

 Lankam

Pachyderm Picasso: He delicately daubs the canvas

 Lankam

Unforgettable art: But did the elephant paint this from memory?

Elephant painting
The finished article
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This simple representation of a vase of flowers will sell for 2,000 baht (around £38).

The money helps to fund the sanctuary where the elephants – many of which used to be owned by logging companies – now live.

Each year thousands of tourists travel to the region to witness the amazing talents of the elephants.

As well as painting, they also play football and basketball.

Swedish photographer Bronek Kaminski, who stumbled across the park, said: ‘I was amazed by the elephants.

‘They hold the brush in their trunk and paint as though it is second nature. Each stroke is so considered it is quite unbelievable.’

In 2004, Lankam joined seven fellow elephants to create a record-breaking oil painting.

Measuring 8ft wide and 39ft long, the piece was sold for 1.5million baht (£20,000) to a Thai businesswoman living in California.

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Stephen Hawking Speaks…

“Speaking is very slow.  But that gives me the time to speak very carefully.”

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Science, Religion, And God

Due Nota Benes

  • Uno – Actually, I was looking for references to the “Foundations of American Political Conservatism” in order to make a post about what I believe will be an historic 2012 election.   At the same time, I’m preparing a lecture on the juxtapositions between science and religion.  Are they compatible, but different, belief systems?  Are they diametric opposites to explain everything?  Exciting discussions will evolve.

Along the way, I got a bit of peanut butter in my jelly jar, as it were.  And found a video about the demonstrators at historic Hyde Park, London.  Which I’ll write on next week.

  • Due – At first, the  report came to a sticky mess; from which I’m desperately to extricate myself.  Cerebrally, as it were.  Intellectually.   Gastronomically too!!  I am drawn to sweets…   …   …innocuous confections with little nutritional value.   Where’s Joy [Of Cooking] when you need her?  Should I be switching sieves?   Am I re-straining myself?  Thank God for Cinna-bon-mots!!

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Anyway, for a start, watch the following 20 minute movie, which lays out a path from biological science, through neuro-scientific research, to religious experiences, to consciousness.   Is this The Ultimate Truth?

View This Video Link; Here….

Peter Russell — Science and God

In this professionally video taped presentation, Peter Russell starts with the hard problem of consciousness – why do we have an inner world of experience? Diving into his eye, and into his mind, we enter a surreal world in which we discover that all we ever know directly are the forms and images arising in the mind. But, he asks, where does consciousness itself come from? Has conventional science got it wrong? Peter explores the mystery of consciousness from two perspectives – the mystery of its origins from matter, and the mystery of the “I”, the self. Shot in high-quality digital, this production utilizes animation and innovative post-production to create an exciting experience that takes the viewer to the heart of the emerging new paradigm on human consciousness.

Other discussions will follow to flesh out the report.   Keep tuned in.  Good advice in all situations.  Being “tuned in”, I mean!

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Fight Age Discrimination: The Old Nose, Knows.

May 30, 2012 5:00pm

‘Old People’s Odor’ Exists, but Not Unpleasant

Elderly people do emit a characteristic odor, but it turns out they might actually smell better than younger people, according to a new study published online in PLoS ONE.

Researchers at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia found that people could distinguish among the body odors of different age groups.

They asked 41 people to evaluate odors collected from the armpits of study participants from three different age groups –  people between the ages of 20 and 30;   between 45 and 55; and between 75 and 95.

The evaluators rated the odors from the younger groups as more unpleasant than the odors from the elderly participants, and they also found that the older people’s odors were less intense.  The evaluators could also determine that odors came from old people, but could not correctly attribute the odors from the other groups.

These findings, said co-author Johan Lundstrom, confirm the popular belief of an “old people smell.”

“We do have an old people odor, but when taken out of the popular context, it doesn’t smell as bad,” said Lundstrom.

The study also found that younger men smelled worse than younger women, but among the participants older than 75, men and women smelled pretty much the same.

It’s not clear exactly what’s behind the ability to discriminate between the age groups and the sexes, the authors wrote.

“An older study found that there is one chemical that varies with age, but we don’t know if that’s the chemical people are picking out,” Lundstrom said.

It’s also possible that the loss of testosterone, changes in the skin, changes in the sweat glands or a combination of these factors play a role in why the sexes don’t smell much different at older ages.

There may be an advantage to being able to discern the smell of old age among animals.

For example, the authors wrote, “older male insects have a higher reproductive success than their younger competitors,” and “reproductive success is a highly sought-after trait.”

The authors also believe it’s likely that had the evaluators been aware that the odors came from elderly people, they may have rated them as more unpleasant. [Hmm]

Future research, they continued, will focus on identifying the mechanism behind age-related body odor discrimination.

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Annals Of Architecture

Sometimes technology leaves me speechless. Look at the HashTag Towers project in Seoul, Korea. And ask yourself, “What Ever Happened To American Ingenuity?
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Cross # Towers by BIG

3 May 2012

Cross Towers by BIG

Danish architects BIG have designed a towering apartment block for Seoul that will be shaped like a hashtag.

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Height restrictions prevented the architects from planning taller buildings, which is why they added the two bridging blocks to their proposals.

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The towers will be located in the Yongsan International Business District, which was masterplanned by New York architects Studio Libeskind, and will provide over 600 apartments, as well as a library, a kindergarten and a gallery space.

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Roof gardens for residents will cover the surface of both the bridging blocks and a submerged courtyard will be provided below ground level.

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The buildings are planned just around the corner from a pair of towers designed by MVRDV, which caused a stir a few months ago due to their resemblance to the exploding World Trade Centre on 9/11. See images of that project here.

Cross Towers by BIG

See more projects by BIG here, including their recent proposals for a 150-metre-high skyscraper in Vancouver.

Cross Towers by BIG

More details from the architects are provided below:


BIG DESIGNS CROSS # TOWERS IN SEOUL, KOREA

BIG’s residential towers in the Yongsan International Business District revitalize the Han riverfront into a new commercial and residential center for the citizens of Seoul.

Cross Towers by BIG

Situated at the south-east edge of the Yongsan master plan designed by Studio Liebeskind for the Korean development group Dreamhub, BIG’s Cross # Towers will contribute to the developing skyline of Seoul and become a recognizable marker of the new cultural and commercial center of the city. BIG was selected to submit a design proposal for Yongsan International Business District among 19 international offices, including SOM, Dominique Perrault, REX and MVRDV.

Cross Towers by BIG

The 21 000 m2 site is positioned next to the existing urban fabric in the future development zones of the Yongsan master plan. BIG’s design includes two elegant towers with a height of 214 and 204m. To meet the height requirements of the site, the exceeding building mass is transformed into an upper and lower horizontal bar, which bridge the two towers at 140m and 70 m height. The two towers are additionally connected through the arrival bar at the ground level – and a courtyard below ground.

Cross Towers by BIG

“The Cross # Towers constitute a three-dimensional urban community of interlocking horizontal and vertical towers. Three public bridges connect two slender towers at different levels – underground, at the street and in the sky. Catering to the demands and desires of different residents, age groups and cultures the bridges are landscaped and equipped for a variety of activities traditionally restricted to the ground. The resultant volume forms a distinct figure on the new skyline of Seoul – a “#” that serves as a gateway to the new Yongsan Business District signaling a radical departure from the crude repetition of disconnected towers towards a new urban community that populates the three-dimensional space of the city.” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.

Cross Towers by BIG

Both the upper and lower bridge introduce rooftop sky gardens accessible to residents, allowing for outdoor activities, while a courtyard at the heart of the development is an integral part of the overall architectural design.

Cross Towers by BIG

Dramatic views towards the neighboring towers and visual connections across the courtyard from the retail zone create an exciting space for the residents and visitors.

Cross Towers by BIG

The outdoor landscape is envisioned to draw from the charm of traditional courtyards combined with the modernity of the project.

Cross Towers by BIG

Pedestrians at the arrival deck which connects the towers at ground level can enjoy impressive views to the bridges above and to the submerged courtyard below.

Cross Towers by BIG

“The typical tower inherently removes life from the city it occupies. Circulation is linear and social interactions occur only in lobbies or awkward elevator rides. We propose a building that triples the amount of ground floor – triples the amount of social interaction and reintroduces the idea of neighborhood within the tower complex.”, Thomas Christoffersen, Partner in Charge, BIG.

Cross Towers by BIG

The development will offer over 600 high-end residences and amenities, including a library, gallery space and a kindergarten. BIG’s design ensures that the tower apartments have optimal conditions towards sun and views.

Cross Towers by BIG

The bar units are given value through their spectacular views and direct access to the roofscapes, activating the outdoor realm. The exterior facades are developed to correspond to the different orientations and solar conditions, creating a diverse façade which varies from the viewer’s vantage point and the position of the sun.

Cross Towers by BIG

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