Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Sameer Reddy in the Wall Street Journal writes:
Nature and poetry share a long and loving history, as Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass and Ralph Waldo Emerson's seminal essay "Nature," can attest. So when the New York Botanical Garden was planning the dedication program for its Thain Family Forest, a lush swath of newly restored old-growth forest in the garden's northwest corner, it found a natural partner in the Poetry Society of America.
The Poetry Society, in turn, commissioned Jon Cotner, the author, with Andy Fitch, of "Ten Walks/Two Talks" and the creator of various urban walking initiatives, to design an experience for Garden visitors. He devised "Poem Forest," the goal being to re-introduce them to one of the area's few remaining pockets of 17th-century woodland.
Beginning last weekend and concluding this Saturday and Sunday, the public has the chance to walk the Sweetgum Trail, stopping at 15 spots along the path where they can enunciate a selection of poetic fragments that resonate with the landscape and focus the senses. The lines have been sourced from a diverse group of poets who share an attunement to the wonders of the natural world.
Sunday, November 06, 2011
After your month is up, you copy and paste your text into a little word counter. If you reach the goal, nothing really happens except that you’ve written 50,000 words in a month. Nanowrimo is free and offers plenty of forums for people to talk about their WIP (work in progress).
Most people who start don’t finish. In 2008, there were 119,301 participants and 21,683 winners."
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Makes more sense than any number of projects, concepts, delusions, attitudes, notions and so... some even encountered this very day by a bemused and bothered flâneuse. This is how best to deal with them.
Graffiti takes time whether you’re an amateur or a seasoned expert. This crazy robot lets you sit back with a cold beer while it goes at the work of tagging an entire wall with your choice of spray paint. The drawback, of course, is that it’s a completely random process involving a wildly waving spray paint arm and a bunch of shapeless scribbles. But hey, at least you’ll avoid that miserable sore finger that comes from holding down the paint can button for too long
The Senseless Drawing Bot was invented by So Kanno and Takahiro Yamaguchi for the singular purpose of scribbling random lines and swirls of paint on your chosen surface. The bot wheels itself back and forth in a straight line, swinging its metal arm and creating one-of-a-kind works of robot art.
We hear you out there asking “What’s the point?” But like so many other creative works out there, there’s no real answer to that. The Senseless Drawing Bot seems to exist solely to be weird, funny and different than most of the other graffiti projects out there.Gratuitous Graffiti: Robot Makes Random Wall Tags and more good stuff from the Web Urbanist, a site the flâneuse adores, especially on those days when just being contrary is not enough
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
|Stretch your mind, will you please.... not wasting minds begins at home...|