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17 November 2014

Mapping the world’s most vulnerable human settlements



(Animations) Famous Thought Experiments (60 Seconds Each)


People don’t actually like creativity

DIY Pop-Up Photos

Artist and Designer friendly laser cutting : http://torontolaserservices.com/


Notes on the Dome of the Rock

"'Can you give me a painting for free?' she was asked on a frequent basis. Um, obviously! I don't need income, food or a place to live. I can have those things in my imagination. I am an artist, after all." - Via
"May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
And may you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows you're dead." - IRISH FRIENDSHIP WISH
"Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" -  Ronald Reagan, US president
"To live creatively is a choice. You must make a commitment to your own mind and the possibility that you will not be accepted. You have to let go of satisfying people, often even yourself." - ?
"Life really is all about love, but not just loving those who love you." - TU

11 November 2014

(The Most Detailed Maps) Midterm Elections 

(Interactive Map) Middle East Relationships


(Topography Map) laser etched into plexi-glass


(tedX Talk) The Decline of Play

Artist (installation / performance)

Sacred Geometry Art


New Karen O album 'Crush Songs'

"For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business."- T.S. Eliot
"Storytelling is part of human continuity." - Robert Redford
"If civilization is to survive, it must live on the interest, not the capital, of nature." - Ronald Wright
"It's odd how people like to be told what they already know, as if being told makes it more real. " - TU
"A line is a dot that went for a walk." - Paul Klee, German painter

07 November 2014

(Interactive map) Human cost of flu, bubonic plague and Ebola globally

http://www.brainpickings.org/2012/10/23/faking-it-met/  (150 Years of Image Manipulation Before Photoshop)



Rules for creative success in the Internet age 


(Dylan's latest short movie) "Silent Garden"



"Treat everyone exactly the way you would treat them as if you had already 'arrived'." - The Universe
"A work of art does not answer questions, it provokes them." - Leonard Bernstein, 'The Unanswered Question' lecture at Harvard University, 1976
"If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?" - T.S. Eliot
"To be universally liked is to be relatively ignored. To be disliked by some is to be loved all the more by others." - Via
"Be the only one in the world who does what you do. How you do it. Surprise people." - gapingvoid

04 November 2014

OpenStreetMap and mathematics reveals there are only four unique city topologies

(Video) http://www.waterstones.com/blog/2013/10/jerry-brotton-what-are-maps-for



Museum on the Seam :  displaying contemporary art that deals with different aspects of the socio-political reality around Jerusalem



Toronto Street Artist list

WTC7 videos


"... the most creative people are always explorers quite literally in the way that Magellan, Columbus, or Lewis and Clark were explorers, aiming for the regions of our most manifest ignorance." - Robert Root-Bernstein, Department of Physiology, Michigan State University
"If you take your time you'll have more of it." - The Universe
"The point about unusual ideas has to be their proximity to madness. Creativity is the ultimate adrenaline rush. If you have what you consider a fantastic concept, you must drive it to the precipice. If you don’t take it to the edge, you’ve chickened out." - George Lois
"In art, which comes first? -- the question or the creation of something that sets up the cosmic pondering?" - Sara Genn

31 October 2014


Literature Nobel Prize winner's visual poems

http://www.alhambrafoundation.org.uk/  offers Islamic geometric design education

Blog for Vastari.com: an online platform to connect collectors and curators worldwide




Yesware is a Google plugin that allows you to track your emails

(Music video)  not gonna miss you

(Definition) "legal murals" ; any mosaic, painting or graphic art, which is applied to a building and does not contain any brand name, product name, letters of the alphabet that spell or abbreviate the name of any product, company, profession or business or any logo, trademark, trade name or any other type of commercial message.  Via

"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. It has nothing to do with the fact that other people want what they want." - Oscar Wilde (The Soul of Man Under Socialism, 1895)
"Life has it’s own rhythm and you cannot impose your own structure upon it—you have to listen to what it tells you." - Jeff Buckley
"If you love something, let it go. If you don't love something, definitely let it go. Basically just drop everything, who cares." - B.J. Novak
"When you see a fish you don't think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water. If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement..." - Constantin Brancusi
"As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life." - Gautama Buddha

28 October 2014


Images Have Meanings of Their Own

(TEDxToronto)  Virtual Reality World | Ana Serrano


Pablo Picasso is said to have had at least seven major periods. It's estimated he made over 1,885 paintings, 1,228 sculptures, 2,880 ceramics, 18,095 engravings, 6,112 lithographs, 3,181 linocuts, 7,089 drawings plus 4,669 drawings and sketches in 149 notebooks, 11 tapestries and 8 rugs


Make calls from Gmail

(Definition) Stendhal syndrome ; psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art (usually when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place)   Via


(Online) Windows Clean-up Utility

"Do what you love, love what you do, and the world will come to you." - TU
"All painting, no matter what you are painting, is abstract in that it's got to be organized." - David Hockney
"Not everyone you lose is a loss." - Unknown
"To be categorized is, simply, to be enslaved." - Gore Vidal (Celebrity: The Advocate Interviews. New York, NY: Advocate Books. p. 127.)
"Life really begins when you have discovered that you can do anything you want." - Via

24 October 2014


Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything

(Flickr Commons) National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine

(Art Geo-caching?)  http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-art-is-freeif-you-can-find-it-1411176130




(Book) “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens”  Via



"It’s not what we don’t know that will hurt us. It’s what we do know that ain’t so." - Will Rogers"
"In life as in dance, grace glides on blistered feet." - Alice Abrams
"I stood in front of a work of art that was both unexpected and exceedingly beautiful. It sent me into a trance. Time ceased. My body was fixed. But, my brain was active. It spoke to me and said, 'I feel happy'." - Anonymous Art Lover
"What one does is what counts, not what one had the intention of doing." - Picasso
"You're not here to suffer... to hunger... to cry... to hope... to wish... to try. You're here to thrive." - The Universe