The Vatican has posted a high-resolution, interactive, virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel. Navigating the massive, movable image is a bit tricky. You use your mouse or touchpad and the controls in the bottom left corner of the chapel. (I found the arrow keys also worked.) Make sure to let the tour fully load before sailing off into Michelangelo's world!
29 September 2010
Deek's Profile Pic
p.s. The new and old technology he refers to is my using the Visual Typewriter software to create my typecast. We have guests this weekend and I've stashed my typewriters in my workroom closet. The dead giveaway is that there are no typos! (that wri te thingy near the end was the software not me!!)
27 September 2010
24 September 2010
As a once and future English teacher, I could not let this day pass without noting it's significance. Today, 24 Sept 2010, is NATIONAL PUNCTUATION DAY!! So break out your pencils, pens, typewriters, and keyboards, folks. It's time to punctuate!
For more ways to celebrate this grammatically awesome day, go to the website for National Punctuation Day.
This message brought to you on behalf of sentences and paragraphs everywhere.
23 September 2010
*hb19 (R.I.P.), a creative photographer, did a whole set of "sky play" images. The set is here on his/her Flickr account. Click on the Slideshow version for the best effect. The other images on his/her main Flickr account are pretty fun as well.
19 September 2010
Earlier this year I commented on the "Next Blog" feature of Blogger, noting that it seemed to take me to blogs the Blogger search algorithm deemed similar to mine. But jumping from blog to blog to blog made things weirder and weirder. This morning I tried jumping again, and it would seem I have become an Art Blogger.
Cool! Here's where I went this time.*
A photographer's blog: Jest 18:17.
Text from the site: " "To keep things going for a long time, you just have to carry on taking photographs. By taking photographs you make discoveries about yourself and come to realize various things. If you're constantly reminded of things, this gives you the impulse to carry on. You learn things through taking photographs; photography is your teacher. The main thing is to keep on taking photographs for ever and ever." -- Nobuyoshi Araki"
The site of a sketcher who posts his/her drawings regularly: El Mar de Eco.
A site containing self-portrait after self portrait: Querámoslo o no,
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* After a few runs, though, the same circle of blogs kept popping up. Guess the Interwebz sees me as only a wee bit arty! ;-)
16 September 2010
12 September 2010
I grew up with a lot of "makers" (long before the Maker Movement even thought of exisiting!). A few excellent memories come immediately to mind: one brother sewed himself a camping tent because at that time there were none made for tall people; another brother made a robot costume for himself made of boxes covered with tin foil that had embedded working lights; a sister fashioned a 'dancing trail' of painted footprints (music played and one had to match one's dancing to the patterns of the feet markings).
One of my favorite memories is of the dragon mural brother Architect painted on a brick wall of the garage-cum-playroom. It has long since been painted over and the playroom re-reconverted to a car garage, but the idea of spontaneously-painted murals continues to entertain.
These two images are from the very amusing site of Australian Alan Wadell.*
The Murals of Philadelphia
[from the Time website: "A public art project which encourages local artists to create works utilizing the city's architecture has beautified the City of Brotherly Love and created an enduring cultural legacy."] See here for more.
See more here.
Loyalist Murals in Belfast, Ireland.
See more here.
05 September 2010
[from Wadell's website: "Alan Waddell was encouraged by his doctor to take up walking. After a while, repeating the same route every day became boring. So Alan Waddell decided to walk every street in his own suburb. In December 2002, this idea of walking every street was expanded to include neighbouring suburbs and so his odyssey began."]