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Street Artists 101

You may think of the scribble scrabble on highway overpasses, abandoned buildings and train sidings when you hear the term “Street Art.” But street art is much more than tags made with cans of cheap hardware store spray paint. read on

Shaper of the Computer-Connected World

If someone were to ask me who created the personal computer, my answer would be either Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. If someone were to ask me who created the internet, my answer would be Al Gore (just kidding). But a recent obituary of Robert Taylor (no relation), who died last week at 85 in California, sets the record straight. read on

Addicted to Digital

One day during Christmas break, with lots of family around, I stopped to notice that everyone, including myself, was either on their phone or a computer. No one was talking with one another. No one was moving. The TV wasn’t even on. read on

Calligrabot

I’ve recently took up a new hobby practicing calligraphy. I’ve spent countless hours perusing the Internet to find as many resources as I can to help with my progress. One of the things I found whilst following fellow calligraphers on Instagram was the desire to write each other personal notes, postcards and find pen pals to practice their calligraphy skills with. I liked this idea as it helps us to take a break from everything digital and reconnect with our manual self.

Practicing my calligraphy skills, no robot here.

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And He’s Off!

There’s another robot in town! This one is called Handle and he can do some pretty awesome things! Think of a horse with skates on. This guy can roll down steps with ease, jump over any obstacles it faces and do some pretty impressive blading to rival Chris Haffey.

He is the latest robot to come out of Boston Dynamics with extreme jumping ability. Handle has horse-like arms for stability and wheels for feet. Watching him perform jumps with such ease even though he weighs hundreds of pounds is amazing! He can also reach speeds of nine miles per hour and jump four feet vertically. 

Handle won’t be going into production yet. He is purely an experimental project built to demonstrate that robots don’t always need to mirror human abilities. They can be so much more! Check out the video above to see Handle in action! 

The Gnomist

My wife and I have a not-so-secret obsession with gnomes. It started a few years back when we received our first garden gnome as a funny house-warming gift, and now we have dozens of all different sizes in and around our home—from pencil erasers to pillows. My office desk at work is even full of them!

So I was extremely excited when a friend of mine shared a link to a documentary film called The Gnomist. The short film is a true story about the mysterious appearance of beautifully-crafted fairy/gnome homes in a suburban forest in Kansas. Every night a mysterious stranger would integrate these really creative and interactive dwellings into the surrounding trees and landscape. The surrounding community became enthralled with them, and they even managed to change a few lives as well. The power of art!

I urge you to take 20 minutes to see it. It’s a really well done film, with an emotionally uplifting message. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to create your own gnome homes in your local community.

Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light

This past weekend I went to the Yale Art Gallery for the first time in a very long time. In addition to seeing the spectacular new renovations to the museum and their expanded permanent collection, I saw the current special exhibition Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light. Viewers walk through the artist’s diagrams, sketches, and documentary photographs—this is incredibly helpful in understanding the artist’s process, and gauging how much work went into each piece. Once you have some background, you’re free to roam through the gallery and experience each beautifully composed light piece. Some of the larger pieces are so mesmerizing, it feels like you are transported into another dimension—experiencing time and space in a completely new way. Wilfred’s compositions create color combinations I never knew existed. What’s most remarkable about his body of work is that they were created before the digital age of technology, dating as far back as 1919.

I highly recommend taking a trip to the Gallery and experiencing them yourself! Lumia is open until July 23, 2017.

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