Max Zorn: Using the Familiar in Astonishing Ways

“I wanted to use street lamps as an urban gallery and I wanted to use the darkness as the setting around my artwork.” That quote (and image) come from one Max Zorn. Max is an artist; a street artist from Amsterdam, in fact. And his medium is brown packing tape. The material I use is brown packing [Read More…]

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Pardon My Dust

Today, stumbling about in a Christmas-induced haze, I have come to the shocking realization that I’ve been blogging for a little more than two years here at Summa This, Summa That. Yep, that’s right. Two+ at The Ol’ ST,ST —  aka, pretty much longer than I’ve focused on any one thing in my entire life. Wow. Time really [Read More…]

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Quote of the Day, Courtesy of the Legendary Isaac Asimov (or Is It Actually “The Legendary Alan Alda?”)

In honor of the recent publication of a 55-year-old lost-then-found essay on creativity from the legendary Isaac Asimov, here’s a thought that’s been floating around in my head for a few months now — a thought that I find particularly relevant in this increasingly siloized InterWeb World in which we live. Your assumptions are your windows [Read More…]

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Boss-Level Christmas Card-ing

Oh, good. Thanks to the almost-impossibly inventive folks at Birdbox Studio, my yearly excuse for not making a cool Christmas card has finally arrived. And just in time. No way I can top this, so why even try, amiright? (Somehow, I suspect the grandparents will be unconvinced by that line of reasoning.) Attribution(s): “Random Christmas-y Imagery” [Read More…]

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“O Praise the Lord of Heaven!”

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! O Praise the Lord of Heaven; Praise Him in the Height, Praise Him in the Depth; O praise the Lord of Heaven, Praise Him all ye Angels, Praise Jehovah. Praise Him Sun and Moon and blazing Comets, Praise the Lord. Let them praise the Name of the Lord, For He spake the Word [Read More…]

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Too Many Rosetta Mission Links? There’s No Such Thing.

During the last few weeks, I’ve been mildly (TRANSLATION: full-blown, all-out) obsessed with all things Philae/Rosetta. But even as I was geeking out, I didn’t understand the magnitude of the achievement, nor recognize the extraordinary technical expertise involved. Not really. At least not until I saw this (courtesy of the folks at ESA): Wow. Just…wow. These Flickr [Read More…]

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“Jumpin’ Jacks. Hit ’em!!!”

For the past few weeks, the boys — the ones that are awake, that is — and I have been doing The Grey Lady’s Scientific 7-Minute Workout when we get up in the morning. So far, the only ones who have made it to every session are Dominic (#1) and David (#4). This morning, Dominic barely made it out [Read More…]

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This One’s For Educational Purposes ONLY…

…and by “ONLY,” I mean “This video comes from a YouTube channel that describes itself as ‘music examples for teaching and study purposes, uploaded by members of the Music Department at English Martyrs’ Catholic School, Leicester, UK’ and this might not be exactly a teaching ‘purpose,’ strictly speaking, but I’ve been looking for it for [Read More…]

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Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact

Rosetta: the ambition to turn science fiction into science fact. Yes, I realize I’m posting a short on back-to-back days, but I just can’t help myself. It’s not so much that it’s a really, really well-made sci-fi short (though that’s not an insignificant selling point). It’s that I can’t remember seeing anything like it before, [Read More…]

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Remembering St. Crispin’s Day with Tom Hiddleston

I like this. I really, really like this. This Hollow Crown setting is a great deal quieter (and feels more sorrowful) than Bombastic Branagh’s version, which I have long loved (and will continue to love) dearly. And it  lacks the spectacular musical spine Patrick Doyle provides for Branagh’s Harry. But the quietness is incredibly powerful — perhaps even more powerful [Read More…]

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