Will Streaming Theatre Still Be Viable Once Stages Reopen?

“In the last few months, the requests for either virtual or digital performances from streaming have really dropped off dramatically. They’re still happening, but it’s maybe 10 percent of the requests that we get.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre

Check out this video about singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston's drawings

Check out this video about singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston's drawings on Cartoonist Kayfabe. In this episode, Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg take us through the book Daniel Johnston, which is full of his vibrant and incredibly imaginative drawings. The book also includes an interview with Johnston and contributions from Jad Fair, Philippe Vergne, and Harvey Pekar. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Comics, Video, News, Johnston, Daniel Johnston, Harvey Pekar, Ed Piskor, Jim Rugg, Philippe Vergne

Why We Get Caught Up In Cults

“It doesn’t take someone broken or disturbed to crave that structure . . . we’re wired to. And what we often overlook is that the material with which that scaffolding is built, the very material that fabricates our reality, is language.” – The Baffler
Tags: Art, Ideas

London’s Public Art Mound Is A Disaster. But…

It might seem confusing why local councils would choose to fund tourist projects like the Mound when they are getting rid of permanent spaces that serve local communities in the long rather than short term. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, London, Visual, Mound

Our AI Is Increasingly Built On Homogenized Data. That Could Be A Real Problem

Foundational models have some very real downsides. They create “a single point of failure, so any defects, any biases which these models have, any security vulnerabilities . . . are just blindly inherited by all the downstream tasks.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Ideas

In 2014 A Town Painted Over A Banksy. This Time It Placed Guards To Protect A New One

Criticism was fierce last time, so they don’t want to take any chances. – BBC
Tags: Art, Visual

A Classical Recording Engineer Explains What Exactly He Does

“What you think of as a good photograph of you might not actually be the truth in how it presents you – that can also be the case with sound. … It’s about presenting the (music) in somebody’s home in as convincing a manner as possible.” – Gramophone
Tags: Art, Music

Petaluma becomes first US city to ban new gas stations

A small group of activists is driving the conversation about climate change in new directions with a push against establishing new gas stations. In March, Petaluma, California, became the first town in America to place a moratorium on new gas station construction thanks to the efforts of local activists Jenny Blaker and Woody Hastings. The actions of Blaker and Hastings have inspired many other activists and helped start the conversation about putting an end to the era of gas stations. One such ...
Tags: Design, Activism, California, Oil, US, America, Gas, Fossil Fuels, Activists, Hastings, Fischer, Petaluma, Sonoma County, Napa County, Petaluma California, Gas Stations

Why Millions Are Quitting Their “Great” Jobs

These people are generally well-educated workers who are leaving their jobs not because the pandemic created obstacles to their employment but, at least in part, because it nudged them to rethink the role of work in their lives altogether. – The New Yorker
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The History And Art Of The TV Opening Sequence

“No matter the form or style, TV intros remain a key part of the viewing ritual. … They serve as the buffer zone between our world and that of the series, guiding us — as Rod Serling famously said — into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination.” – Quartz
Tags: Art, Media, Rod Serling

Loom House is a first of its kind green home renovation

The 1960s-era Loom House has been extensively renovated. This sustainable, highly modern design pays homage to the home’s decades-old roots. The project was designed by the Miller Hull Partnership, a Seattle-based firm that has made a reputation for itself through green building achievement and sustainable design. Showing off the firm’s sustainability skills, this is the first renovated home in the world to achieve Living Building Challenge Certification. Related: This backyard cottage in Seatt...
Tags: Design, Homes, Seattle, Residential, Puget Sound, Bainbridge, Rainwater, Living Building Challenge, Living Building Challenge Certification, Net Positive, Miller Hull Partnership, Puget, Miller Hull, Loom House, Miller Hull Photography

Posthumous Art: The Ethics Of Releasing Works By Dead Creators

“They may be unfinished, never meant for wide release, or completed by someone else. That work is then attributed to the deceased, but should it be? Philosophers Sondra Bacharach and Deborah Tollefsen explore that question, and the answer is a resounding: it’s complicated.” – JSTOR Daily
Tags: Art, Issues, Sondra Bacharach, Deborah Tollefsen

New Low Price! Cricut Maker for $249.99 + Free Shipping! (reg. $399.99)

  If you’ve been wanting a Cricut Maker, don’t miss this sale! Hurry, these are selling out! Get the Cricut Maker for $249.99 + Free Shipping! (reg. $399.99)! Direct from Cricut! Make T-Shirts, Ornaments, Mugs, Cards, and so much more! $99+ orders Ship free with Promo Code AUGSHIP Included: For Even More Awesome Online Deals
Tags: Deals, Art, Crafts, Kids, Coupons, Online Deals

California law seeks to improve conditions for pigs

While eating meat is the norm in the U.S., many people wish farm animals a happier life pre-burger. Which is why Californians overwhelmingly passed animal welfare initiative Proposition 12 in 2018. But now the free-range chickens are coming home to roost. And while they may still be relatively affordable, pig products will not be. Some media outlets have predicted possible pork shortages in California and sky-high prices for bacon. The problem? The new law dictates that starting January 1, 2022,...
Tags: Design, California, Washington Post, America, Spain, Iowa, Golden State, LA Times, National Pork Producers Council, The Humane Society of United States, Michael Formica

How Leonard Bernstein Became A Cultural Icon

This may now seem, to younger generations, a corny, indulgent, and completely irrelevant form of grandstanding. But when you go back and watch Leonard Bernstein do it in the galvanizing documentary “Bernstein’s Wall,” it’s still cathartic. – Variety
Tags: Art, People, Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein

What’s Influencing Hyundai Design These Days, Anyway?

There’s a great scene in The Commitments where Jimmy Rabbitte, the main kid, puts an ad in his local paper to recruit talent for his band. If you’ve never seen the movie, it’s definitely worth the two-hour – a er, commitment (sorry), but that’s off-topic. Rabbitte puts out this ad, and would-be musicians knock on […] The post What’s Influencing Hyundai Design These Days, Anyway? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Op-ed, Rants, Editorials, Opinions, Autos, Hyundai, Influences, News Blog, Jimmy Rabbitte, Rabbitte

The Obamas Have A Budding Media Empire. What Are They Hoping To Achieve With It?

Higher Ground, the former First Couple’s production company, is no mere vanity enterprise: in just three years, it has released three children’s series, a feature film, an Oscar-winning documentary, books, and podcasts by each Obama. And that’s just what’s already been completed and released. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Media, Obama, First Couple

An underwater forest of sculptures attracts marine life in the Mediterranean Sea

Environmental activist and artist Jason deCaires Taylor specializes in site-specific sculptural artwork that’s installed permanently underwater and reflects modern themes of conservation. The artist’s latest project brings him to Ayia Napa, a Mediterranean town on the southeast coast of Cyprus. Titled “Musan,” the art installation is an underwater forest located 8 to 10 meters below the Mediterranean Sea, just 200 meters off the coast of Ayia Napa. Completed in 2021, the underwater forest consi...
Tags: Design, Cyprus, Mediterranean, Mediterranean Sea, Jason deCaires Taylor, Ayia Napa, Ayia Napa Completed

The Great Cultures Of Africa During Europe’s Dark Ages

Suffice it to say that while Europe was experiencing its Dark Ages – a period of intellectual, cultural, and economic regression from about the 6th to 13th centuries – Africa was experiencing great civilization. – Amentii
Tags: Art, Europe, Africa, Issues

Riccardo Muti, Part II: Man From Another Century

He doesn’t do smartphones, thinks talk shows are nonsensical, and reports: “Music is rapture, it’s not understanding. Go home all you music critics!” – Gramilano
Tags: Art, People, Riccardo Muti

Speaking to the Customer Journey Lifecycle in Your Presentations

Let’s be honest, most presentations exist to result in a sale.  We’re huge advocates for ending with a strong call-to-action so the purpose of your presentation is not in vain.  Presenters spend a lot of time, energy and money making sure their appearances go off without a hitch. But you’re just spinning your wheels if you never make the “big ask”.  However, in order to get to the big ask, it’s important to understand where your audience is in the customer journey lifecycle.  This helps you tail...
Tags: Design, Presentation, Audience, Speaking, Don, Presentation Design, Keynote Speaker, Attract Audiences, Keynote Speaking, Audience Involvement, Presentation Trends, Customer Journey Lifecycle

What Happens To The Washington Monument When It Gets Struck By Lightning?

A timely question, because that happened last Sunday night — as it does a couple of times every year or so. The bolt damaged the obelisk’s electrical system, including its elevators; repairs take a few days. (includes video) – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual

Why Do So Many People Get Master’s Degrees These Days, And Are They Worth The Thousands They Cost?

Not only is the master’s degree the quintessential example of a bureaucratic credential — drably functional and frequently deeply pointless — but much of its growth has been in fields that are themselves explicitly bureaucratic,” writes William Deresiewicz. And then there are MFAs … – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Issues, William Deresiewicz

The Mysterious Phisher Haunting The Publishing World

For four years, someone has been impersonating dozens of agents, editors, translators, and others in the book business to get early copies of new manuscripts. Attempts to find the culprit end up going in circles, and the manuscripts never get publicly leaked. What’s going on? – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Words, Publishing World

Viewfinder House combines great views with energy efficiency

In an initial meeting with Faulkner Architects, the client requested every room be oriented towards the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It took some out-of-the-box thinking, but somehow the design team managed to stay in the box while achieving that goal. Called Viewfinder House, this home is located in Truckee, CA, a launching point for myriad outdoor activities in every season. Even at 7,200 square feet with a pool, the design offers unique architecture and environmentally friendly features. The bod...
Tags: Mountains, Design, California, Architecture, Czech Republic, House, Homes, Energy Efficiency, Insulation, FAULKNER, Pacific Crest, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Truckee CA, Glazing, Faulkner Architects, Earth Sheltering

Anne Bean: ‘People said Yoko Ono ruined the Beatles. I think the Beatles ruined her’

The performance artist on her new 10-hour work, rethinking her distance from feminism, and why she told Malcolm McLaren her avant garde covers band was ‘unmanageable’Anne Bean has been revisiting her past. On 21 August the pioneering performance artist is taking part in a 10-hour “durational live event” as part of PSX: A Decade of Performance Art in the UK. Not only did this require her to look back on five decades of practice – her past work, she tells me, is “intimately linked” to her present ...
Tags: Art, UK, London, Yoko Ono, Culture, Art and design, Paul Mccarthy, Performance art, Derek Jarman, Moody, Malcolm McLaren, Bermondsey, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Andrew Logan, Anne Bean, Kipper Kids

Homeowners are obsessed with bringing the outside in: Houzz

Houzz's latest emerging trends report shows how homeowners are leaning into a pandemic-inspired renovation boom with luxurious living rooms and backyards.
Tags: Design, Lifestyle, Radio, Houzz, Design Trends, House Plants, Blended Spaces, Backyard Renovation, Houzz Emerging Home Design Trends, Living Room Trends, Multi-functional Furniture, Quarantine Design

Splitting Ownership and Display/Consumption

I wrote about NFTs last week and said this in that post: But when a party emerges online that anyone is invited to attend and the 500 person group picks up a punk with a party hat and they all change their social network avatar to this, well that got my attention. Fractional/collective ownership is something we have been interested in at USV for a while. It fits well with our thesis about expanding access. We have an investment in Otis that is providin...
Tags: Art, Games, Music, Film, Trends, USV, Crypto, Albert, Otis, Air Jordan, Hanel Baveja, MakingNick Grossman

Maki Kaji, Who Brought Sudoku To The World, Dead At 69

“Kaji created the puzzle to be easy for children and others who didn’t want to think too hard. … Sudoku championships have drawn some 200 million people in 100 countries over the years.” – AP
Tags: Art, People, Kaji

Orlando Ballet Director Robert Hill Steps Down After 13 Years

“Through years marked by mold infestations, financial turmoil, leadership changes and homelessness, artistic director Robert Hill was the constant face of Orlando Ballet. … In his tenure, … attendance has sharply increased, the ballet’s financial situation is the strongest it has been in years.” – Orlando Sentinel
Tags: Art, Dance, Robert Hill, Orlando Ballet

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