This time of year I usually create some sculptural artwork out of gourds for a local event called the Calabash. It is the primary annual fundraiser for Food for Thought, a food bank located in Forestville, California. Proceeds provide comprehensive nutrition and other services for men, women, and children affected by HIV and other serious illnesses in Sonoma County.
Enough of the techno babble, it’s time for some inspiration! In a style he called minimal realism, Charley Harper captured the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. His drawings were influenced by Cubism, Minimalism, physics and countless other developments in art and science. His organization of forms fit together like a circuit board or jigsaw puzzle. The whimsical arrangements emulate a balanced relationship as it can appear in the simplicity of nature.
Last night I had a chance to view Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine. It’s clearly a step in the right direction after the sappy dramatic interpretations of Jobs’ life we have had to endure. There is no question that Jobs was an iconoclast, but this documentary questions whether he was such a magician after all.
Imagine for a moment that you found a 4 foot diameter round wooden oak table top, in perfectly good condition with a smooth flawless surface. Then, imagine you were an artist that was always on the lookout for round painting services, because it’s very difficult to create a round surface using traditional canvas or other materials. You bring that table top home with you because you have been planning on painting a mandala for several years.
Last July, I was informed by Comcast that it was increasing the speed of the popular Blast! tier by almost 50 percent to 100 Mbps, (formerly 75 Mbps) which sounded incredible to me. After all, I’m one of those people who connected to the internet 20 years ago at 56 kilobits per second, using an analog telephone line and Hayes Smartmodem. Just to put that into perspective, 56 Kbps is the same thing as .056 Mbps, so a 100 Mbps connection is an astonishing 1,785% increase in connectivity speed.
Eleven years ago, in 2003, a new type of website called a “blog” (weB LOG) had become popular. Shortly after, a blogging software called Movable Type started charging for some features, and many bloggers flocked to a free platform called WordPress. A year later, WordPress introduced Plugins, which were an easy way to add functionality to the software and make it available to others.