Bloglikes - Art en-US Sat, 19 Jun 2021 10:15:38 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Character Analysis: Your Younger Self We are all about character analysis — it’s a great tool for helping students develop a deeper understanding of characters in plays that they are studying, performing in, or creating. Read on to find four mini exercises that your students can do to analyse a character and come up with interesting backstory details. It’s time […]]]> Sat, 19 Jun 2021 01:00:06 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Theatre Classroom Exercise Teaching Drama Classroom Exercises Character Analysis German police appeal for information after 17th century paintings found in skip An art expert believes the paintings are by Dutch artist Samuel van Hoogstraten and Italian Pietro Bellotti

German police have appealed for information from the public after two 17th century paintings were discovered in a skip at a highway rest stop.

Police said a 64-year-old man found the oil paintings at the rest stop near Ohrenbach in central Germany last month. He later handed them in to police in the western city of Cologne.

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What Makes A Great Football Anthem?

According to folk singer Martin Carthy, the football chant can be considered one of the last embodiments of the oral folk tradition. – The Conversation

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Will The Chinese Government Strip Hong Kong Of Its Colonial Markers?

Ultimately, one wonders what item of Hong Kong’s colonial baggage the next publicity-seeker will attempt to steal away. – The Critic

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Anthony Braxton: Still Pushing At The Edges Of Jazz

“A conversation with him can easily pinball from contemporary politics to ancient Egypt. But what he’s most eager to talk about now is ZIM Music — his latest structural model in a lifelong pursuit to locate clarity within chaos.” – NPR

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Five Pioneering Black Ballerinas Speak Up

Life as a pioneer, life in a pandemic: They have been friends for over half a century, and have held each other up through far harder times than this last disorienting year. – The New York Times

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Is “Improving” Your Personality A Thing?

Maybe we should all try to become more compassionate or honest or forgiving, but there’s no comparable moral demand for shy people to become extraverted, or for excitable people to be more placid. – Psyche

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Mimicking Clubhouse, Spotify Adds Live Audio Chat Function

The Greenroom app lets any user host or participate in live rooms, as well as record live conversations. – Variety

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Naples, Florida Tries And Tries, But Just Can’t Settle On Arts Policy And Funding

“Hours devoted to discussing, refining, retooling and rejecting arts policies for Collier County over the last 10 years: Roughly 500 Committee meetings, public forums and legislative sessions that included discussion of creating arts policy here. – Naples Daily News

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Two Members Of Hollywood Foreign Press Association Quit, Slamming Inaction

“There has been no contrition, no humility, little recognition of our faults, no inspiring leadership. We do not wish to be associated with a group, ostensibly dedicated to honest journalism and free speech, that relies on consultants and lawyers to speak for them in vague, legalistic terms.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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Actors’ Equity And Producers Settle On COVID Safety Rules For Broadway Tours

“The 17-page agreement says that producers must require all members of the traveling company to be fully vaccinated and mandates free weekly virus tests. Also: ‘absolutely no interaction’ will be permitted between performers and audience members.” – The New York Times

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Edinburgh Festivals Warn Of Bankruptcy If COVID Rules Aren’t Changed

“Our festivals, and creatives across the sector, are effectively prohibited from trading our way through to recovery, while hospitality and sports are being supported to do so to the maximum safe extent.” – The Stage

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Using Dance To Heal Rape Survivors In Congo

“‘I started doing this because of the girls who came to us in a state of silence. They were raped at a young age and they didn’t know how to express themselves. They were so withdrawn,’ said [dance teacher Amina] Lusambo. Now the same women line up in brightly coloured leggings for her classes, where they learn to reconnect with their bodies. ‘You can do more in one month of dance than in three months of psychotherapy,’ Lusambo said.” – Reuters

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UK Libraries To Save Irreplaceable Collection Up For Auction

Almost entirely inaccessible since 1939, the library was put together by Victorian industrialists William and Alfred Law at the turn of the 20th century, and is a literary treasure trove that had experts dancing with excitement. – The Guardian

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Massive New National Museum Of Norway, Home Of ‘The Scream’, Has Opening Date

“Initially slated to debut in 2020, the museum in Oslo — officially called the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design — will now open on June 11, 2022. The [complex], which has been in the works for seven years, brings the collections of three of Norway’s most important art institutions — the former Kunstindustrimuseet, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the National Gallery — under one roof.” Here’s a first look inside the building, designed by German architects Kleihues + Schuwerk. – Artnet

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What Is “Internet Literature”?

The way Internet Literature treats its relationship to the world—and the anxiety of that treatment—is what distinguishes it as a form, and that goes straight to the heart of what distinguishes the Internet itself as a technology: the link. – LitHub

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Art For The Nose: In Paris, An Exhibition Of ‘Olfactory Sculptures’

“We have art for the eyes and music for the ears, but what about about creative stimuli for our sense of smell? A new show at Phillips auction house in Paris is addressing this question through a new show of olfactory sculptures by six artists, including Joana Vasconcelos and Adel Abdessemed, which incorporate uniquely created fragrances by perfumers.” – Artnet

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McGraw-Hill Sold By One Private Equity Firm To Another At 88% Profit

“Eight years after it bought McGraw-Hill Education for $2.4 billion, Apollo Global Management has reached an agreement to sell the company to another private equity firm, Platinum Equity, for $4.5 billion. The proposed purchase comes about a year after MH and Cengage called off their merger following opposition from the Justice Department.” – Publishers Weekly

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NPR Gets Fourth Regional News Hub, This One For Midwest

Thanks to a $4.7 milion grant from former Google chairman Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, the newsroom will be based at KCUR in Kansas City, Missouri, and will also include as partners St. Louis Public Radio, Iowa Public Radio, and Nebraska Public Media. The other three regional hubs are in California, Texas, and the Gulf States (Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama). – Inside Radio

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Cincinnati Symphony Music Director Louis Langrée To Step Down In 2024

“It’s difficult because I am very happy here. And this orchestra has made me a better conductor. But I can’t just think of myself. I also have to think of the orchestra and its future. I’m convinced that when things are calmer at the end of this pandemic, it will be the time for the orchestra to open a new chapter of its history, which means a new direction and a new face.” – The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Philadelphia Orchestra To Consolidate With Kimmel Center Under New Organization

“Philadelphia Orchestra president and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky will become leader of the new parent company upon finalization of the deal, and Kimmel president and CEO Anne Ewers” — who initiated and championed the deal — “will retire. … While pressures brought on by the pandemic sparked talks toward the move, the benefits of the new structure are independent from the pandemic shutdown and abrupt disappearance of ticket revenue, leaders say.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

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New Presenter Toolbar in Google Slides is Changing Things Up Have you ever felt like the presenter toolbar left much to be desired while presenting in Google Slides? As it turns out, you’re not alone! Google recently overhauled the presenter experience after listening to countless users expressing that the previous toolbar was clunky. Users felt it got in the way of their content, disrupting the experience for them and their audience. So, if you, too, have written off Google Slides, we’ve got good news! Here’s what you can look forward to in the new presentation experience.

A Quick Tutorial

After you’ve created your presentation, and are ready to try out the presenter mode, simply locate the present button in the upper right hand corner.

presenter toolbar

and click!

Once in presentation mode, simply hover your mouse over the lower left-hand corner. You’ll see the new presenter toolbar, which is sleek and unassuming. It will be sheer at first until you click on it.
presenter toolbar

When you click on the presenter toolbar, you have options! As before, you can click forward or back, but it now allows you to select a slide when you click on the number in the center. This dynamic feature gives you complete control over your slide deck by giving you the freedom to jump around without having to click through multiple slides to get there. Check it out:
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New Features

When presenting, it’s nice to have a few functional features. Google Slides has done great work cutting back to just a couple of useful tools so presenters won’t get lost in a sea of unnecessary options. Speaker notes, laser pointer, and autoplay are all available when you click the three stacked dots to the right of the presenter toolbar. The speaker notes feature opens a separate window, with the option to close it when you’re done. Laser pointer is a red dot that you can use to direct the viewers’ attention to a specific area of your slide. You can utilize the shortcut of clicking the “L” key to turn it on and off easily. Finally, the autoplay feature allows you to have each slide automatically advance at a chosen interval between 1 second and 1 minute. Additionally, you can choose to loop the slides if your presentation would benefit from a constant scroll of images or ideas.
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Even More!

Clicking the “more” button gives you additional options that can come in handy. You have options for printing and saving your presentation, as well as starting a live Q&A session. Finally, they give you access to keyboard shortcuts to make navigation even easier. We highly recommend you check these features out before presenting so you can skillfully utilize the new Google Slides presenter toolbar live during your next big pitch.
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We love sharing tips and tricks for how to make life as a presenter simpler, yet richer. In fact, we have presentation mentors on hand that specialize in customizing training just for you and/or your team. Regardless of your presentation format, we’ve got something up our sleeve that’s sure to surprise and delight. Reach out today for a free quote!

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Welcome to the United Fonts of America
  • Here's one pandemic project we approve of: a map of the United Fonts of America.
  • The question was simple: How many fonts are named after places in the U.S.?
  • Finding them became an obsession for Andy Murdock. At 222, he stopped looking.

The Neon Museum (a.k.a. Neon Boneyard) in downtown Las Vegas, a monument to the siren call of typography. Credit: Dale Cruse, CC BY 2.0

Who isn't fond of fonts? Even if we don't know their names, we associate specific letter types with certain brands, feelings, and levels of trust.

Typography equals psychology. For example, you don't want to get a message from your doctor, or anybody else in authority, that's set in comic sans — basically, the typeface that wears clown makeup.

A new serif in town

If you want to convey reliability, tradition, and formality, you should go for a serif, a font with decorative bits stuck to its extremities. Well-known examples include Garamond, Baskerville, and Times New Roman. Remove the decoration, and you've got a clean look that communicates clarity, modernity, and innovation. Arial and Helvetica are some of the most popular sans serif fonts.

There's a lot more to font psychology, but let's veer toward another, less explored Venn diagram instead: the overlap between typography and geography. That's where Andy Murdock spent much of his pandemic.

Mr. Murdock is the co-founder of The Statesider, a newsletter about (among other things) travel and landscape in the United States. He remembers his first encounter with a home computer back in 1984 and learning from that Macintosh both the word "font" and the name for the one it used: Chicago.

A map of the United Fonts of America — well, 222 of them.Credit: The Statesider, reproduced with kind permission.

You can see where this is going. Mr Murdock retained a healthy interest in fonts named after places. Over the years, he noted Monaco, London, San Francisco, and Cairo, among many others. "And then, the question of how many fonts are named for U.S. places came up in an editorial meeting at The Statesider," Mr Murdock says.

It's the sort of topic that in other times might never have gone anywhere, but this was the start of the pandemic. "I was stuck for days on end, so I actually started looking into it. At some point, I realized that I could probably find at least one per state." Cue the idea for a map of the "United Fonts of America."

Challenge turns into obsession

But that was easier said than done. Finding location-based fonts turned out to be rather time-consuming. "I definitely didn't realize what I was getting myself into," Mr Murdock recalls. "I could quickly name a few — New York, Georgia, Chicago — but I had no idea that I'd be able to find so many."

What started as a quirky challenge turned into an obsession and a compulsion that would have the accidental font-mapper wake up in the middle of the night and think: Did I check to see if there's a Boise font? (He did; there isn't.)

"The hardest part was knowing when to stop," said Mr Murdock. "Believe me, I know I missed some." In all, he found 222 fonts referencing places in the United States and its territories.

Beautiful but fontless: Boise, Idaho.Credit: Jyoni Shuler, CC BY-SA 4.0

For the most part, these fonts are distributed as the population is: heavy on the coasts and near the Great Lakes, but thin in most parts in between. California (23 fonts) takes the cake, followed by Texas (15), and New York (9).

Some of the fonts have interesting back stories, and in his article for "The Statesider", Mr Murdock provides a few:

  • Georgia was named after a newspaper headline reading "Alien Heads Found in Georgia."
  • Fayette is based on the handwriting of the record-keeper of a place called Fayette, now a ghost town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
  • Tahoma and Tacoma are both pre-European names for Mount Rainier in Washington state.

Mostly, the fonts repeat the names of states and cities, but some offer something more interesting, such as the alliterating Cascadia Code or the lyrical Tallahassee Chassis. Other less than ordinary names include Kentuckyfried and Wyoming Spaghetti.

Capturing the spirit of a place

As an unexpected expert in the geographic distribution of location-based fonts, can Mr. Murdock offer any opinion on the qualitative relation between place and typeface?

"Good design of any sort can capture the spirit of a place, or at least one perspective on a place," he says, "but frankly, that only occasionally seems to have been the goal when it comes to typefaces."

In his opinion, the worst fonts reflect a stereotype about a place, rather than the place itself: "Saipan and Hanalei are both made to look like crude bamboo. Those are particularly awful. Pecos feels like it belongs on a bad Tex-Mex restaurant's menu."

California (lower left) is a rich source of location-based typefaces.Credit: The Statesider, reproduced with kind permission.

"Santa Barbara Streets, on the other hand, is quite nice because it captures the font that's actually used on street signs in Santa Barbara. I prefer the typefaces that have a story and a connection to a place, but it's a fine line between being artfully historic and being cartoonishly retro."

Let's finish off Route 66

Glancing over the map, some regions seem more prone to "stereotypefacing" than others: "Tucson, Tombstone, El Paso — you know you're in the Southwest. Art Deco fonts are mostly in the east or around the Great Lakes. In general, you find more sans serif fonts in the western U.S., and more serif fonts in the east, but that's not a hard-and-fast rule."

Noticing a few blank spots on the map, Mr. Murdock helpfully suggests some areas that could do with a few more fonts, including the Carolinas, the Dakotas, Maine, Missouri, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.

Oh, and Route 66. Nearly all of the cities mentioned in the eponymous song have a typeface named after them. "We need Gallup and Barstow to complete the set."

And finally, America's oft-overlooked overseas territories could be a rich seam for type developers: "Some of these names are perfect for a great typeface — Viejo San Juan, St. Croix, Pago Pago, Ypao Beach, Tinian."

To name but a few. Typeface designers, sharpen your pencils!

Map found here at The Statesider, reproduced with kind permission. For more dispatches from the weird interzone between geography and typography, check out Strange Maps #318: The semicolonial state of San Serriffe.

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New Yorker Union Members And Condé Nast Agree On Contract

“After a protracted battle that nearly led to a workers strike, the staffers at three Condé Nast publications — The New Yorker, Ars Technica and Pitchfork — have come to an agreement on their first union contracts. … In the end, the unions got what they wanted. They secured salary floors of $55,000 a year upon the contracts’ ratification and an increase to $60,000 by 2023. There will be guaranteed annual raises of 2% to 2.5% and all units have organized compensation structures.” – CNN

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Journalist Janet Malcolm, 86

“A longtime New Yorker staff writer and the author of several books, the Prague native practiced a kind of post-modern style in which she often called attention to her own role in the narrative, questioning whether even the most conscientious observer could be trusted.” – AP

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Seattle Art Museum To Ditch “Greatest Hits” Narrative To Be More Inclusive

“The way the [American] galleries are organised now is a greatest-hits presentation very much focused on masterworks” by white artists from the 1600s to 2000s, she notes, including oil paintings, works on paper, sculptures and the decorative arts. “It’s very traditional and focused on a march through history that is ahistorical.” – The Art Newspaper

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Why Newspapers Should Revive The Vanishing Art Of Obituaries

“We all know people who we think are so cool, or interesting, or exciting, but a lot of times those stories vanish if no one is there to tell them.” – Poynter

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Hong Kong Police Raid Gallery For Showing “Seditious” Art

They claimed to have received a complaint that the space was exhibiting “seditious” content—a criminal offense under Hong Kong’s controversial new national security law. – Artnet

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New Press Aims At The Trump Market

All Seasons is staking out territory that some mainstream publishers are wary to venture into, by courting former Trump officials who staunchly supported the president through the bitter end of his administration. – The New York Times

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Is Twitch The Future Of Music Streaming (That Pays)?

Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, attracts an average of 30 million visitors a day, and its users watched more than one trillion minutes of content last year, according to the company. – The New York Times

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