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Month: September, 2010

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There is still a huge debate on how flight was achieved.  Here are a few of the theories: The tree to ground model suggests that birds’ ancestors were tree dwellers that leaped from branch to branch.  Gliding and then flying developing from an accidental fall from a missed branch. The ground up model suggests that […]

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Yves Klein believed that this shade of blue had a quality close to pure space, and he associated it with immaterial values beyond what can be seen or touched. He described it as “a Blue in itself, disengaged from all functional justification.” Klein later patented the color to maintain the “authenticity of the pure idea.” […]

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On a recent day trip to Leo Carrillo State Park, I was standing on a bluff overlooking the ocean and saw a marker placed in the rock.  (See above image)  These permanent Survey Markers or Survey Marks are placed to mark key points on the earth’s surface both horizontally and vertically.  This specific survey mark […]

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Charlie Engman is a fantastic photographer. His images make me stop and stare and think. His gaze is microscopic, investigative, and full of discovery – reconstructing the world shard by shard, scene by scene. Here is Charlie himself talking about imagemaking, movement, atomism, insects and more.    Hi Charlie Engman! What is it about photography that you would say works […]

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I made this Blackberry Lemon Tart recently for a very special person and thought about the quote by M.F.K. Fisher,  “Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.”  I started to do some research on food, eating, culture, friends and lovers. Below are some highlights that could […]

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The dodo (Raphus cucullatus) was a flightless bird native to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. Related to pigeons and doves, the dodo bird stood about 3 feet tall, weighing about 44 pounds, living on fruit, and nesting on the ground. They became extinct in the late 17th century (less than 100 years after their discovery) due to human hunting and to the […]

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One of the very best things I do on a saturday morning is to go to my local pick up in Pasadena and get my box of organic fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes I add on special items like milk, berries or herbs.  My area is serviced by Abundant Harvest Organics and I highly recommend […]

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The Waffle Shop is a neighborhood restaurant in Pittsburgh that produces and broadcasts a live-streaming talk show with its customers, operates a changeable storytelling billboard on its roof (see image above), and runs a take-out window that sells food from countries engaged in conflict with the U.S. The shop is a public lab that brings […]

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Tim is in Chicago and  has a blog, Lottie + Doof that features so many things that you will want to make and have (his photography is always an added enticement).  I have made quite a few of his recommended recipes, my favorite being the last one I made, GRAHAM CRACKERS.  Everyone who had some, […]

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From A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit which I recommend and love. Topics of discussion include Yves Klein, the color blue, gravity, tragedy, topography, hermit crabs, maps, and Hitchcock’s Vertigo – among others. Review / Interview / How to Get Lost