Posts Tagged ‘The Guggenheim

27
Jan
20

1.27.20 … tomato soup and grilled cheese … year of the rat …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Labyrinth Walks, Maria Hernandez Park– Brooklyn NY, battery Park Labyrinth-Lower Manhattan NY, Harney and Sons Tea Shop SOHO, Banksy’s “Hammer Boy”, the Guggenheim, The Wright:

Another Google fail … I’m pulling up my compass from now on. But I did get to see the stained glass from the inside of the overpass at the Broadway Junction Station.

Because of Google maps, I spent about 30 extra minutes trying to find a well marked park.. But I did enjoy my time on the train. Molly and I had just been talking about “teddy coats.” This woman on the subway made my trip. 🙂

Right before I reached the park, I saw Harman Street.

Harman is my paternal grandmother’s maiden name and is part of the name of many members of my family. So I wondered who this Harman was. Intersting about the name HARMAN, but nothing showed up to tell me who Harman St. was named for.


Harman
 is a surname of Germanic origin dating back before Christ. Most notable, (Arminius) was the unifier of the early Germanic tribes against the Roman Empire. In lower German the name is Hermann; in upper German it is Harman. Its early name relationship to Arminius who was German born and educated in Rome was discovered by Martin Luther. Arminius himself is said to have descended from the lower german tribes on coastal Germany who many originated as fisherman from the British isles.

Quick Facts: Meaning, Region of origin …

The name, possibly one of the oldest known surnames, has seen many variations in spelling and is found in over 40 languages. Spelling variations also include Hardman, Hartman, Hartmande, Hermande, Hartmann, Herman, Larmande, Armande, Arman, Armmand, Hermman, Larmand, Ehrman and Armand. Additional Phonetic variations exist. 

The term “Army” is also thought to be derived from the name. This is not surprising as Arminius unified the german tribes and drove the Roman army into submission

But, once I found the park, I entered through a wonderful gate with a lion on it.

This park seem like a large hardscspe park with lots of playground equipment and space for dogs.

The labyrinth itself with located smack dab in the middle of the park. It was a nine-circuit Chartres-esq with compass markers denoting that it was set on a north-south axis. I loved having compass markers because I had been so disoriented by Google maps just a few minutes earlier. The compass was very orienting.

I actually enjoyed the people crisscrossing through the park who walked straight across as I was walking. I wondered if they had ever realized that it was a spiritual meditation tool.

And I got off the path. I think I was thinking about too many things.

As I walked, I realized that there was another labyrinth over to the side. Very interesting. I decided then and there that I would walk it as well.

The nine circuit labyrinth was disorienting, but then I realized it had you work the quadrants quadrant at a time; there were no half circuits which with the directional markers makes you think about what is in that direction while you work that quadrant.

As I entered the northeast quadrant… I realized I approached the center 4 times, and that I got a different view of the mosaic.

I actually enjoyed the people as they crossed paths with me. They had what my sister and I call railroaditis … They do not want to make eye contact …

The second labyrinth was really a bandstand and it had no switchbacks. It was 9- circuit, as well. I decided its purpose was to be a bandstand because although it was clearly a labyrinth to someone who knows one, without any switchbacks, it lacked meditation inspiring attributes. And it was raised up about a foot and looked out over the whole central plaza. Interesting. But I didn’t walk back out. And actually it doesn’t take you to a central area. I never entered the clearly defined center.

There were information boards for all the other areas… playgrounds, areas, dog area, but nothing about the labyrinth.

Next up, I tried to find the labyrinth in Battery Park in lower Manhattan. The last time I looked was shortly after hurricane Sandy and it had been flooded and washed out. After circling the park, I found a park map and it was clearly designated on the map, but when I arrived the gate was locked and everything was cordoned off. The park’s green areas were being refurbished in preparation for warmer weather weather. I will have to return.

So back I went to the subway and headed up town. First I went to Harney and Sons tea shop. I was intrigued that they were celebrating the Lunar New Year with a special edition tea … hmmm a tea celebrating the Year of the Rat ..,

“Throughout Asia during the Spring Festival, also known as the Lunar New Year, people welcome a change in season and what it brings: new beginnings. To honor that tradition, we created this tea blend inspired by Nian Giao, a delicacy made of caramel, sesame, and coconut enjoyed during the celebrations. Packed in a tin containing 30 Sachets.

Ingredients: Black tea, toasted rice, coconut pieces, sesame seeds, coconut flavor, caramel flavor. Contains natural flavors.

I tried it … smelled better than it tasted. Not my cup of tea … It’s good I like their other’s teas. I bought 3.

Next, since I have always wanted to see a Banksy, and I had googled it and there was one still available for viewing in NYC in 2020. It’s covered in plexiglass. And I was not the only one… It was kind of a bucket list item.

Then back on the subway to the Guggenheim.

Quite a few years ago, I had attempted to go with my friend Kim and we picked the one day of the week it was closed. I had checked, and it was open, but I had not checked to make sure the main exhibit space, the Spiral was open. Just like the Neue Gallerie on Saturday, the main exhibit space was closed for the installation of a new exhibit opening in February. Lesson learned… So I spent a little while noodling around the three galleries that were open. They were actually quite interesting and then I got some very good tomato soup and a tiny grill cheese sandwich in the museum’s restaurant, the Wright. Actually, I would recommend the soup and grilled cheese sandwich, $12.

I spent my time eating my soup and sandwich and people watching. There was one cute family with a little boy that had so much energy that I just laughed to myself. And there was a family sitting next to me who offered their two children $100 if they could name the artist of the song being played. The kids did not get it… It was Chet Baker singing “My Funny Valentine.” https://youtu.be/LwQ_raCs8Wg

Then I made my way back to Molly’s apartment… The weather had turned while I was out today. I was expecting a day like yesterday, warm and sunny, and now it was chilly and had a damp feeling.

Another great day in the city…

1.27.20

24
Feb
16

2.24.16 … “A walk on the labyrinth can give you the opportunity to “contribute” and ” take action” through prayer and meditation” …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 13/40), Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC, daffodils, tulip trees:

Absolutely bizarre weather

When I left my house 30 minutes ago, it was pouring. And extremely windy. It is now bright sunshine, 71° and still very breezy.

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and a new brochure …

Calling all Walkers

Have you ever felt that you would like to contribute to a cause or take action to solve a problem but you didn’t know how or what to do? A walk on the labyrinth can give you the opportunity to “contribute” and ” take action” through prayer and meditation.

 

dampness,
in and out of the shadows,
ring of the chimes in the chime tower,
ever faintly the rushing water of the fountain,
rustling of the trees,
broken twigs,
(sign of how bad the storm was, It was not enough to bring down large limbs)
standing water in several areas of the Sacred Garden.

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Tulip trees are in bloom! Are they the first sign of spring every year.

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After my walk, I drove home in search of daffodils. They are late this year in Charlotte and I only found them a few places.

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And when I arrive back, it is pouring, again.

2.24.16

Montreat, Montreat Gate:

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Poor gate. Again.

 

The Guggenheim,  109 Free Modern Art Books Online, Open Culture:

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The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online | Open CultureBack in January, 2012, we mentioned that the Guggenheim (the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed modern art museum in NYC) had put 65 art catalogues on the web, all free of charge. We’re happy to report that, between then and now, the number of free texts has grown to 109. Published between 1937 and 1999, the art books/catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Gustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, Fernand Léger, and Kandinsky. Plus there are other texts (e.g., Masterpieces of Modern Art and Abstract Expressionists Imagists) that tackle meta movements and themes. Anyone interested in the history of the Guggenheim will want to spend time with a collection called “The Syllabus.” It contains five books by Hilla Rebay, the museum’s first director and curator. Together, they let you take a close look at the art originally housed in the Guggenheim when the museum first opened its doors in 1939.

Source: The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online | Open Culture

 

 

WAZE GPS direction voice Morgan Freeman, http://www.ajc.com:  got it!

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The voice of God can tell you how to navigate traffic. Well, you can hear the voice of the man who has probably portrayed God more than any other actor. Like Kevin Hart and Arnold Schwarzenegger before him, Morgan Freeman is lending his voice to Google’s navigation app Waze is part of the promotion for a new movie. >> Read more trending stories “Far and away one of the most requested voices by Wazers, U.S drivers will now be able to have Mr. Freeman as their new executive copilot,” Waze said in a release Monday. Hart lent his voice to the app to promote “Ride Along” in 2013.

Source: You can finally get GPS directions from Morgan Freeman | www.ajc.com

 

Salisbury Cathedral UK,   ‘The Kiss’ Sculpture,  Texters Keep Bumping Into It;

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NEW YORK, Feb 22 (Reuters) – A British cathedral sought to reassure visitors on Monday that they could still view a massive sculpture following a Facebook post by the statue’s creator saying the church had moved it because people kept bumping into it while texting. The Salisbury Cathedral, located about 90 miles outside of London, said in a tweet on Monday under the Twitter handle @SalisburyCath: “Don’t worry, you can still see ‘The Kiss’ at theCathedral. We’ve moved the sculpture onto the lawn #Relationships.” “The Kiss” is a 20-foot sculpture of clasping hands by artist Sophie Ryder. On Tuesday, Ryder posted a video on Facebook of a crane moving the statue, with the comment “We had to move ‘the kiss’ because people were walking through texting and said they bumped their heads! Oh well!!”

Source: Cathedral Moves Sculpture Because Texters Keep Bumping Into It

 

 

 

 

07
Aug
13

8.7.13 … In my old age I think I would like to live in a joyful cottage in a Pocket Neighborhood … 474 Art FREE Catalogues Online! … CU is adding colleges … dun dun dundun, dun dun dundun, dun dun dun duun duuuun dundun…DUN DUN DUNDUN! … DealDash.com scams? …

A Joyful Cottage: All American Cottage Tour, Ross Chapin, Pocket Neighborhoods:  In my old age I think I would like to live in a joyful cottage in a Pocket Neighborhood.

But today I’m staying in the United States.  I’m going all American, and I’m delighted and privileged to feature the home designs of Ross Chapin Architects. This award-winning Whidbey Island firm has been featured in a plethora of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Cottage Living and Metropolitan Home, just to name a few. Taunton Press books such as The New Cottage Home by Jim Tolpin, Cottage by M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman, and The Distinctive Home by Jeremiah Eck have included Chapin designs. And Ross Chapin himself has written a book entitled Pocket Neighborhoods.

via A Joyful Cottage: All American Cottage Tour.

free, The Metropolitan Museum of Art,  the Guggenheim, Open Culture:  474 Art Catalogues Online!

If you like reading about visual art but don’t like spending the considerable sums required to build your own library of vintage exhibition catalogues, feel free to borrow from another collector. Or rather, feel free to borrow from two collectors, both based in New York, both of some repute: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Early last year, we announced that the Guggenheim had made 65 art catalogues [now increased to 99] available for free online, offering “an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Gustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, and Wassily Kandinsky” as well as “ other texts e.g., Masterpieces of Modern Art and Abstract Expressionists Imagists that tackle meta movements and themes.” That same post includes instructions on how to use the Guggenheim’s archive.

Late last year, we also announced the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s launch of MetPublications, which will “eventually offer access to nearly all books, Bulletins, and Journals” published by the Met since 1870. The collection now features a whopping 375 free art books and catalogues overall. Taken together, these collections examine in detail art from all eras of human history and all parts of the world. At the top of the post, you will see the cover for the Met’s The Art of Illumination. (Who doesn’t love illuminated Medieval manuscripts?) Below appears Sixty Years of Living Architecture: The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright, available from the Guggenheim. Given the presence of these and the other fascinating catalogues we’ve previously highlighted, word of these two museums’ online libraries certainly shouldn’t stay buried in our archives.

via Free: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Offer 474 Free Art Catalogues Online | Open Culture.

CU, two new colleges on campus, media/communication/information, college  on environment/sustainability, 50 years:  Seems amazing given the changes over the last 50 years, that CU is adding colleges for the first time.

If approved these will be the first new colleges in 50 years. The proposed colleges will be: a college focused on media, communication and information, and also a college focused on environment and sustainability. Both colleges will have to be approved by the Board of Regents before building and transitioning begins.

The new college devoted to media will house journalism, advertising, design, communication, film production and studies and media studies.

“From this college, we will create working journalists, editors and media professionals, communication scholars, media experts, advertisers and media designers, filmmakers and film theorists, and experts in the emerging field of information architecture and design,” said Provost Russell L. Moore in a released statement. ”The possibilities are truly exciting.”

The college of environment and sustainability “will bring together in one college a concentration of faculty who represent some of CU-Boulder’s mostly highly ranked, and highly successful, research in environmental sciences,” Moore said.

The next steps according to Moore are to form committees, plan budgets and work to integrate the new institutions with the existing programs. The objective, according to Moore, is to have a proposal submitted to the Board of Regents within a year and begin enrolling students by 2015.

via Plans for two new colleges at CU announced | CU Independent.

TV,  Discovery’s Shark Week:  dun dun dundun, dun dun dundun, dun dun dun duun duuuun dundun…DUN DUN DUNDUN! … Did you know there are people who look forward to Discovery’s Shark Week?

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And why does everyone like Shark Week?

It’s shark week – and as any self-respecting shark week fan knows, that means hours and hours of footage of great white sharks breaching in slow motion, the better to chomp on some poor, unsuspecting seal. Indeed, Discovery has become so fond of these “air jaws” shots, it’s opening the week with a special devoted to them that includes a preview of another upcoming air jaws special. It’s followed by the two-hour special Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives (9 ET/PT) and the debut of Shark After Dark (11 ET/PT), a live late-night talk show hosted by Josh Wolf that will run each evening during shark week.

via Sunday TV: ‘The Killing,’ shark week begins.

DealDash.com, scams:  I think they need real actors, not real people, on DealDash.com ads … the real people seem less than bright.  Scam alert …

▶ DealDash – Real People, Real Savings – YouTube.

02
Aug
13

8.2.13 … Bookish TV Characters: Rory Gilmore and Lisa Simpson … a very generous JK Rowling … pressure cookers, backpacks, quinoa, true story, wow … top 20 paintings @the Guggenheim, New York … rethinking Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign slaps … and finally Blender Gazpacho …

13 Bookish TV Characters, Rory Gilmore,  Lisa Simpson, lists: I love Rory’s 339  books.  But i found the fact that Lisa references neil Gaiman even more fun.    🙂

We know you may not associate reading with TV, but after we came across this Rory Gimore (of “Gilmore Girls”) reading list challenge, we couldn’t help but doing so. Rory was seen reading a whopping 339 books on the series.

via 13 Bookish TV Characters (VIDEO).

Lisa Simpson

Lisa Simpson is a total book nerd. She even gets to talk to Neil Gaiman in “The Simpsons” episode “The Book Job.”

via 13 Bookish TV Characters (VIDEO).

JK Rowling, identity case,  legal settlements:  Seems very generous on Ms.  Rowling’s part.

But the law firm Russells, which has done work for Rowling, acknowledged that one of its partners had let the information slip to his wife’s best friend, who tweeted it to a Sunday Times columnist.

Rowling sued the lawyer and the friend. Her attorney, Jenny Afia, told Britain’s High Court on Wednesday that Rowling had been left “angry and distressed that her confidences had been betrayed.”

“As a reflection of their regret for breach of the claimant’s confidence, including frustrating the claimant’s ability to continue to write anonymously under the name Robert Galbraith, the defendants are here today to apologize publicly to the claimant,” Afia said.

�Russells agreed to reimburse Rowling’s legal costs and to make a “substantial” donation to The Soldiers’ Charity, which helps former military personnel and their families.

Rowling also said she was donating all royalties from the book for the next three years to the charity.

via JK Rowling Identity Case Settled Outside Of Court.

pressure cookers, backpacks, quinoa, true story, wow:

It was a confluence of magnificent proportions that led six agents from the joint terrorism task force to knock on my door Wednesday morning. Little did we know our seemingly innocent, if curious to a fault, Googling of certain things was creating a perfect storm of terrorism profiling. Because somewhere out there, someone was watching. Someone whose job it is to piece together the things people do on the internet raised the red flag when they saw our search history.

via pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my! — writing out loud — Medium.

lists,  top 20 paintings,  the Guggenheim, New York:  I have never been to the Guggenheim.  Now I will have a must see list in hand.

The top 20 paintings at the Guggenheim in New York

TONY delves into the museum’s collection to pick the top 20 works from its enviable holdings of Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.

via The top 20 paintings at the Guggenheim in New York.

Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign slaps,  President Obama,  POLITICO.com:  I have wondered what she thinks …

But some of Clinton’s most memorable ‘08 shots at Obama have had resonance far beyond the short shelf life of the standard campaign hit parade: her mockery of his vow to transform Washington in his own image, her cry of “elitism” and her skepticism about his managerial chops echo today in the form of GOP attacks and the lingering doubts of some in his own party.

Clinton’s campaign attacks on Obama may have been an exaggerated version of reality, but in retrospect they were illuminating, in the way a hand grenade provides a flash of light before going boom.

Former Clinton staffers didn’t want to be within a mile of this story. (“I’m hanging up now,” said one top ’08 campaign aide cheerfully before the line went dead.) But several more intrepid ex-aides pointed to one quote in particular: a Clinton broadside delivered in Toledo, Ohio, on Feb. 24, 2008, that represented her most stinging attack on Obama’s core hope-and-change message.

via Hillary Clinton’s 2008 slaps still sting President Obama – Glenn Thrush – POLITICO.com.

Blender Gazpacho,  NYTimes.com:  Made some gazpacho last week … this recipe yields a soup that is way too orange.

In a classic gazpacho all of these vegetables except the tomatoes are cut into fine dice and served as accompaniments to the puréed tomato base. In this version, I blend everything together into what is essentially a tangy, pungent vegetable smoothie. You can serve this in glasses or in bowls. I like the tarragon garnish.

via Blender Gazpacho With Celery, Carrot, Cucumber and Red Pepper – NYTimes.com.

19
Jan
12

1.19.2011 … To be (gray) or not to be … that is the question … went with medium ash brown … but added streaks … my acknowledgment of the gray …

graying of America, kith/kin, me: To be (gray) or not to be … that is the question … went with medium ash brown … but added streaks … my acknowledgment of the gray … 🙂

faith and spirituality, Henri Nouwen:

Thursday January 19, 2012

Creating Space to Dance Together When we feel lonely we keep looking for a person or persons who can take our loneliness away. Our lonely hearts cry out, “Please hold me, touch me, speak to me, pay attention to me.” But soon we discover that the person we expect to take our loneliness away cannot give us what we ask for. Often that person feels oppressed by our demands and runs away, leaving us in despair. As long as we approach another person from our loneliness, no mature human relationship can develop. Clinging to one another in loneliness is suffocating and eventually becomes destructive. For love to be possible we need the courage to create space between us and to trust that this space allows us to dance together.

via Daily Meditation: Creating Space to Dance Together.

Davidson College, terquasquicentennial:  Happy 175, alma mater!

“Terquasquicentennial! Terquasquicentennial! Terquasquicentennial!” What a great word, terquasquicentennial.

via Daybook Davidson » 1837–2012: Happy New Year! Happy Old Years! Happy… Terquasquicentennial!.

historic church labyrinths, England, travel:  Preparing for my next labyrinth adventure!

The historic labyrinths situated in English cathedrals, churches and chapels mostly date from the late 19th century, a period when renewed interest in labyrinths combined with a wave of church building and restoration during the Victorian era. Only two examples, the splendid gilded roof-boss in St.Mary Redcliffe Church and the tiny labyrinth on the Hereford Mappa Mundi are from the medieval period, when many labyrinths were created in the cathedrals of France and Italy.

Situated largely in the south and east of England, these labyrinths are always a pleasure to visit, located as they are in everything from simple chapels and churches to grand cathedrals. Their construction and design range from the relatively simple to some of the most fascinating examples from their period.

The majority are relatively easy to find, although obviously some are subject to limited opening hours and others will require the finding of a key or caretaker to gain admission. And therein lies the joy of tracking them down. While several are in large towns and cities, a number are beyond the reach of regular public transport and will require some planning to visit.

Within the last few decades, several modern examples have been constructed, most notably at Batheaston (1985), Norwich Cathedral (2000), and the Church of St. Michael, Abingdon (2008)

via Historic Church labyrinths – England.

The Taj Majal, icons, India: On my bucket list …

I think that, for several reasons, the term iconic is very important in any consideration of this edifice.  First, as I previously mentioned, it serves as an iconic demonstration of love.  Second, it serves as a cultural icon.  For much of the world’s population, the Taj Mahal is India.  Third, we associate cultural icons with the Taj.  Lady Di’s 1992 visit to Agra is forever ingrained in our conscience, as a result of her iconic photo in front of the Taj Mahal.   Finally, the representation of the building, in our collective consciousness, is iconic.     When we imagine the Taj Mahal in our mind’s eye, we represent it in one form:  from a distance, straight-on, and from the front.

via The Taj Majal: From a rare angle | Wonders & Marvels.

The Empathic Civilization, Jeremy Rifkin, culture, RSA Animate:  Lots to think about …

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Best selling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society. This ‘working location’ is currently open for translation into all languages.via RSA Animate – The Empathic Civilization – 24 Translation(s) | dotSUB.

 Apple, Newton “Scribble Thing”:  …  15 Years Ahead of Its Time …

“Newton was probably 15 years too early,” Sculley told the BBC. “I’m not a technologist. I didn’t have the experience to make that judgment, but we were, I think, right on many of the concepts. The product clearly failed in terms of taking on such an ambitious goal. I think, in hindsight, there is a lot of good legacy there with the Newton. Even if the product itself never survived, the technology did.”

Specifically, ARM, which is still in wide use today.

Said Scully, “ARM not only was the key technology behind the Newton, but it eventually became the key technology behind every mobile device in the world today, including the iPhone and the iPad.”

via Former Apple CEO: Newton “Scribble Thing” 15 Years Ahead of Its Time – John Paczkowski – News – AllThingsD.

electric bikes, Pulse, green:

Micah Toll is no stranger to entrepreneurship.

With only five months left until graduation in April, Toll, 22, has spent his days at the University of Pittsburgh like every other student: Going to classes, becoming involved in clubs, hanging out with friends and, oh yeah, starting his own electric bike company called Pulse Motors.

Pulse Motors is a Pittsburgh start up business designed to provide two-wheeled electric vehicles to the students and the public.

“Americans are fed up with the inconveniences of this conventional transportation being expensive, dirty and unreliable,” said Toll. “Now we are simply giving them an alternative in the form of cheap, affordable and fun transportation. It’s a no-brainer.”

Toll grew up in a household surrounded by science. His mother being a nurse and his father a biological oceanographer, science has always played a big part in his life. But while he didn’t evolve a love for biology like his parents, Toll instead took the engineering route and started building things.

via Student entrepreneur Micah Toll pedaling in the right direction | USA TODAY College

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Developed with a goal of increasing bicycle commuting and creating a class of new transportation, the “Pulse” by industrial designer Timothy Daw is a hybrid bicycle that backs the pedal power with electric propulsion to boost zero-emission commutation with minimum physical efforts. Housing a rechargeable battery system, two 26V lithium-ion batteries for 75 miles of assisted biking, within the rear frame to preserve the aesthetics of the bicycle, the hybrid bike also includes streamlined traffic indicators, headlight and break light to ensure complete safety on cramped city roads. The throttle-controlled 250W motor adds an assisted pedaling experience when biking uphill or into a strong headwind. Moreover, the Pulse folds into a compact size for easy storage and transportation, which makes it a characteristic modern urban vehicle.

via Pulse pedal electric hybrid bicycle ushers in a new class of transportation.

free, The Guggenheim, digital books, free:   65 Modern Art Books Online … FREE!

 

In recent days, the museum has made 65 art catalogues available online, all free of charge. The catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Gustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, and Kandinsky. Plus there are other texts (e.g., Masterpieces of Modern Art and Abstract Expressionists Imagists) that tackle meta movements and themes.

Now let me give you a few handy instructions to get you started. 1.) Select a text from the collection. 2.) Click the “Read Catalogue Online” button. 3.) Start reading the book in the pop-up browser, and use the controls at the very bottom of the pop-up browser to move through the book. 4.) If you have any problems accessing these texts, you can find alternate versions on Archive.org, which lets you download books in multiple formats – ePUB, PDF and the rest.

via Free: The Guggenheim Puts 65 Modern Art Books Online | Open Culture.

London, maps, songs:  🙂

Song Map – London remapped in song names

via curiosity counts – Song Map – London remapped in song names   (via).

business, culture, novels:  The smartest people I know are all well-read.

I’ve been a devoted, even fanatical reader of fiction my whole life, but sometimes I feel like I’m wasting time if I spend an evening immersed in Lee Child’s newest thriller, or re-reading The Great Gatsby. Shouldn’t I be plowing through my in-box? Or getting the hang of some new productivity app? Or catching up on my back issues of The Economist? That slight feeling of self-indulgence that haunts me when I’m reading fake stories about fake people is what made me so grateful to stumble on a piece in Scientific American Mind by cognitive psychologist Keith Oatley extolling the practical benefits to be derived particularly from consuming fiction.

Over the past decade, academic researchers such as Oatley and Raymond Mar from York University have gathered data indicating that fiction-reading activates neuronal pathways in the brain that measurably help the reader better understand real human emotion — improving his or her overall social skillfulness. For instance, in fMRI studies of people reading fiction, neuroscientists detect activity in the pre-frontal cortex — a part of the brain involved with setting goals — when the participants read about characters setting a new goal. It turns out that when Henry James, more than a century ago, defended the value of fiction by saying that “a novel is a direct impression of life,” he was more right than he knew.

via The Business Case for Reading Novels – Anne Kreamer – Harvard Business Review.

MLK Memorial, quote, misquote:

Five months ago, in this space, I wrote that something was wrong with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. The quotation inscribed on the monument’s left flank had been so badly excerpted that a modest statement of King’s was turned into a boast.

At the time, it wasn’t clear how or why this had happened, but what seemed likely, at least to me, was that nothing would be done about it. Things that are etched in stone seldom are changed, especially in Washington, which is not famous for admitting error, righting wrongs, getting things done in a timely fashion, or getting things done at all.

It turns out I was right about the error but wrong about Washington. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told The Post today that the quote will be corrected. He has given the National Park Service 30 days — because “things only happen when you put a deadline on it” — to consult with the King Memorial Foundation, family members and other interested parties and come up with a more accurate alternative.

“This is important because Dr. King and his presence on the Mall is a forever presence for the United States of America, and we have to make sure that we get it right,” Salazar said.

Some important people who hadn’t seen the quote yet read the op-ed and agreed. The poet Maya Angelou, who knew and worked with King, said the truncated quote made King seem like “an arrogant twit.” Roy Peter Clark, an expert on the use of words, wrote for CNN, “Everything I’ve learned about the language of enshrinement suggests that the inscription on the King monument should be revised.” Martin Luther King III told CNN: “That was not what Dad said.”

Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert noted that it was “to the point. Not Dr. King’s point, but still. Brevity is the soul of saving money on chiseling fees.”

via MLK Memorial’s ‘drum major’ quote will be corrected, Interior secretary says – The Washington Post.

Facebook, personality, me:  The Real Me?

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If you think you’re different on Facebook than you are in real life, you’ve got some explaining to do.

A 2011 study from the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Psychology called “Manifestations of Personality in Online Social Networks: Self-Reported Facebook-Related Behaviors and Observable Profile Information” published in the academic journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking found that Facebook users are no different online than they are offline. The study also revealed strong connections between real personality and Facebook-related behavior. Social and personality processes, the study says, accurately mirror non-virtual environments.

via Study: Your Facebook Personality Is The Real You.

blogging, lists, advice:

 Five Ways to Boost Your Blog

What does it take to move your blog up to the next level? Obviously you need a regular supply of useful content to attract readers and keep your audience happy, but here are a few extra tips on increasing interest in your blog in 2012.

via Tech Journal: 5 Ways to Improve Your Blog – India Real Time – WSJ.




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