Wow, a table made of modular drums. Fantastic. Watch the videos.
[via David Darling]
A great flickr slide show of HDR images of Chicago.
This is a terrific collection of HDR (high dynamic range) images of Chicago. HDR pushes photograhpy in a fascinating way and while I don’t do it (currently) I love looking at it. Pushing photography toward painting really appeals to me, either with HDR, blur, or other photograhic and graphic means.
Short documentary on the renouned designer Milton Glaser. What an amazing body of work he has and he’s influenced countless other designers. Love his designer’s responsibility for social commentary line.
The New York Times: Who Are We? New Dialogue on Mixed Race
James McBride, 50, who described growing up in a Brooklyn housing project with his white mother in a memoir, “The Color of Water,” said that, like Mr. Obama, he identified himself primarily as a black man of mixed race. As a child whose father was black, he said: “I really wanted to be like all the other black kids. It was the larger group around me.” And through life, because of his brown skin, society has imposed its own label. “If cops see me, they see a black man sitting in a car,” he said.
But being proud to call himself African-American, Mr. McBride said, does not negate his connection to his “Jewish part,” his mother’s heritage. Asked which part of him was dominant, he said, “It’s like grabbing Jell-O.”
“But what difference does it make?” he added. “When you’re mixed, you see how absurd this business of race is.”
Great article, watch the video, it’s fantastic.
I am a supporter of Obama because I believe he is the right person to lead the country at this time. He offers a rare opportunity for the country and the world to start over, and to do better. It is a deep sadness to me that many of my feminist white women friends cannot see him. Cannot see what he carries in his being. Cannot hear the fresh choices toward Movement he offers. That they can believe that millions of Americans –black, white, yellow, red and brown – choose Obama over Clinton only because he is a man, and black, feels tragic to me.
When I have supported white people, men and women, it was because I thought them the best possible people to do whatever the job required. Nothing else would have occurred to me. If Obama were in any sense mediocre, he would be forgotten by now. He is, in fact, a remarkable human being, not perfect but humanly stunning, like King was and like Mandela is. We look at him, as we looked at them, and are glad to be of our species. He is the change America has been trying desperately and for centuries to hide, ignore, kill. The change America must have if we are to convince the rest of the world that we care about people other than our (white) selves.
This is one of the best videos on this work I’ve seen. Kamen, as some of you may remember, invented the Segway, among many other things.
I love the last line, watch the whole thing, it’s worth it.