July 19th, 2011

Why We Like What We Like

Paul Bloom discusses the hidden back-story of preference and pleasure, both visual and physical.  Especially interesting is the study proving that what we know (or think we know) about the origin or nature of an object or concept greatly affects our perception of it.

"The greatest human pleasure is taking our imaginative power… out for a ride."

-Paul Bloom

When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
R. Buckminster Fuller (via livejamie)
July 14th, 2011

An interesting participatory photography project.  What is a photograph?  What is a photograph of a photograph?  I am interested in how this captures not only a moment in time, but the passing of time. 

For new teachers or experienced teachers looking for Web 2.0 inspiration.  Check it out!

For new teachers or experienced teachers looking for Web 2.0 inspiration.  Check it out!

Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy

Brilliant commentary by comedian Louis C.K. about how much we take our technology for granted. 

July 13th, 2011

A humorous reminder that most of us out here in cyberspace are uninformed bumbletwits.  Don’t listen to us.  After all, you’re the expert, remember?  ;)

Great.  Another favourite photographer.  Just what I need.  ;)
It’s the boots that got me, but there is so much more.  Landscapes, seascapes, calla lilies, and Billy Corgan.  Images to surround yourself with.
eddie o’bryan
black and white photographs.  odds and ends.  edwardobryan@gmail.com

Great.  Another favourite photographer.  Just what I need.  ;)

It’s the boots that got me, but there is so much more.  Landscapes, seascapes, calla lilies, and Billy Corgan.  Images to surround yourself with.

eddie o’bryan

black and white photographs. odds and ends. edwardobryan@gmail.com

July 12th, 2011
Captivating.  One of several series of seascapes by Alessandro Puccinelli

Captivating.  One of several series of seascapes by Alessandro Puccinelli

July 11th, 2011
Dragonfly, Fredericksburg, Virginia 7/3/2011

Dragonfly, Fredericksburg, Virginia 7/3/2011

It has bothered me for a very long time that politicians, beginning with the President himself, tell us every chance they get that if you do not graduate from college, you are worthless.  Of course, they don’t use those words; they say that we as a people have let you down, that you have fallen through the cracks.  But the implications are the same.  The implication is that everyone really wants to go to college, and that they should be entitled to do so.  There is no credence given to those whose natural abilities or interests lie outside of the hallowed halls of academia.  More than that, there is no acknowledgment of the fact that a population of predominately white-collar knowledge workers simply can not sustain itself.  Being a machinist, a mechanic, an electrician, a farmer, etc. is not only hard work, it is also necessary work, thinking work, and for many, desirable work whether we choose to acknowledge that fact or not.  As a country, we are eating ourselves from the inside out, hacking away at our roots to build ever higher into the sky.  

How do you feel about this issue?