Spike Jonze’s movie about a newly single man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls for his computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) has not only made a lot of critics’ ‘film of the year’ lists but also struck anyone interested in technology with it’s unusually smart (for Hollywood)…
Mr. Hockney uses the Brushes app, a stylus and a digital inkjet printer that takes 20 minutes to print each large page. He’s known for drawing and painting outdoors, and the iPad has simplified that process. It has also raised questions among critics about whether iPad drawings qualify as art.
Why on Earth wouldn’t it qualify as art? Because it’s digital? In a few years such critics will look like buffoons. I saw the Hockney exhibit a few months ago, it’s absolutely brilliant. It’s art.
I can’t believe there’s any debate about this at all.
The second in a series. We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”âthat effort to remotely control every object on earthâbecomes visible in our everyday lives. But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from souped-up gadgets that track our…
Nature is a temple where living pillars
At times allow confused words to come forth:
There man passes through forests of symbols
Which observe him with familiar eyes.
Like long echoes which in a distance are mingled
In a dark and profound unison
Vast as night is and light,
Perfumes, colors and sounds answer one another.
There are perfumes as cool as the flesh of children,
Sweet as oboes, green as prairies
-And others, corrupt, rich and triumphant,
Having the expansion of infinite things,
Like amber, musk, myrrh and incense,
Which sing of the transports of the mind and the senses.
“The Girl Scouts once offered a fascinating merit badge: the Dabbler badge. This allowed a young scout who wanted to do a little bit of everything to not only generalize, but to be recognized for that achievement. Perhaps it’s time for the academic and business equivalent of the Dabbler badge: a way to acknowledge and foster those dabbling in different ideas, all the way from gradeschool to late career. Specialization is clearly on the rise. It’s time for the generalist and the polymath to rise once again. Society needs to make a place for these Last Men and Women to Know Everything, and we need to go beyond the rhetoric of education reform to focus on the right tools that will make this happen.”—Let’s Bring The Polymath — and the Dabblers — Back | Wired Opinion | Wired.com (via infoneer-pulse)
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”—a quote without a source from a comment on A VC: The Limits of Capitalism (via fred-wilson)