Daily Blogging Process Checkin

Blogging every day can be exhausting, especially when it isn’t top priority. If I were doing a photo blog it would be easy. Snap a pic, edit, post it, done. But that’s not what I wanted to pursue with this blog. It’s absolutely a mishmash of topics, lengths and media. This is an experiment, so the more variety I have with format, the more that I will understand about the process of blogging.

My habit of blogging daily has taken root. I haven’t missed a day yet. My day isn’t complete without posting something. I don’t mind sharing videos or writing about authors who are important to me; but, I would like to write more. Writing is my biggest challenge. I need to give it more time. I should start writing in the morning. I suppose that at any given time, I should have at least a few different rough drafts that I’m working on. Or, at least have different posts with preliminary outlines.

I make observations everyday when I’m working, listening to the news, or when I’m commuting around NYC (via sidewalk or subway). Workflow, then, is the key. Observe, file it away, and then recall it during a writing session. Routine is essential, then.

Colossal Media – Hand Painters of Giant Murals

I was walking along 7th Avenue this afternoon and saw a young woman overseeing a digital SLR mounted on a tripod. The camera was aimed up at a building that is situated across the avenue. On the side of it, a giant mural was in the process of being painted and the camera was taking time-lapse photos of the process.

The mural was being painted by Colossal Media which “is the largest hand painted mural company in the world.” I realize now that I should have made a few photographs of my own in order to document the documentation of mural-in-progress. Next time. Instead, check out the video that I’ve included in this post. It’s a brief introduction to their work.

So, the next time you are in NYC, keep looking up and see if you can spot a hand painted mural on the side of a building. It just might be painted by Colossal.

What are the Primary Colors?

What are the primary colors? It depends. The primary colors for paint are different from the primary colors of light. Now we have two questions:

  1. What are the primary colors for paints? (These are called the subtractive primary colors.)
  2.  What are the primary colors for light? (These are called the additive primary colors.)

If you do not already know the answers, take a look around and see if you can observe . Attempt to figure it out yourself. Refrain from looking online or in an art book.

Then report back here and share what you found out. Have fun exploring.

Sid Caeser

Sid Caeser died this past Wednesday at the age of 91. He was one of the first starts of television back in the early 1950’s. I have not seen all of his works, but what I have seen has always stuck with me. As a kid, I first saw him in the 1963 movie It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. This was back before cable televisions and one of the big three networks played the movie once a year. Later, I saw some of the highlights of Your Show of Shows. It’s slapstick. It’s Vaudeville. It’s Commedia dell’ Arte. It’s hilarious.

Here is the New York Times obituary for Mr. Caesar. I have also included a short video clip of Conan O’Brien’s Salute to Sid Caeser followed by a sketch of Sid Caeser in one of his shows.

EarthCam

EarthCam a is a fantastic source of live feeds from a network of remote video cameras around the world. The company does a lot more than just provide live video feeds all day. But it’s fun checking out the some of the cameras.

Here is the Times Square Cam page. There are seven different video cameras from which to choose. Each camera is trained on different areas of Times Square.

So, if you need to check the weather in Istanbul or Paris or right here in Times Square, NYC, just head on over to EarthCam and pick your camera.

Buckminster Fuller – Abundance not Scarcity

This is a clip from a documentary of Buckminster Fuller. The name of the doc is not included on the YouTube page. In this bit, Fuller talks about how economic systems can be based on abundance instead of scarcity.

The right audio channel has a few issues so you may want to listen to the video without headphones. If you care to see and hear Fuller in action, there are many videos of him on YouTube. Fuller was way ahead of his time so if you are new to his work, a visit with his ideas could be invigorating if you need a jolt of a new perspective.

When I Grow Up, I Want to Watch My Weight!

Has anyone else seen the recent Weight Watchers (WW) commercials? Here‘s one of them. I looked online for some critiques of WW’s new ad campaign and found Hannah Wydeven’s blog post that pretty much sums up the responses that I’ve heard from offline friends. Wydeven’s post is titled Weight Watchers Commercial: Remember When You Liked Yourself? and can be found on her blog Femininja.co.
The commercials ask, “Remember when you thought anything was possible [when you were a kid]? WW answers its own question with, “It still is,” and then introduces its newest plan in the culture of Weight Watchers.
  • It’s interesting that WW has no commercials in this campaign for men. Does WW not want to work with men who are overweight?
  • The women in the these WW commercials all have the same body type. Did these women already achieve their WW goals? Or are they just starting their WW journey?
  • It appears that the women are intended to be the grownup versions of the girls playing at the beginning of the commercials. What are the women doing in the world today? Did they achieve their childhood dreams of employment and changes they wished to make in the world?

I wonder if Weight Watchers will ever produce a realistic commercial that promotes having a healthy body image. What would such a commercial look like? “The world may never know.”

Koyaanisqatsi

This is the preview for the 1982 movie Koyaanisqatsi which was directed by Godfrey Reggio. The music was composed by Philip Glass. The movie is made up of images and music. Time-lapse photography is used through much of the film to document the elements, nature and people.

I first saw this film when I was a freshman in college. I crashed a class called Aesthetics which was taught by beloved professor. Due to the meditative nature of the film, some students fell asleep. I stayed awake and enjoyed the visual and musical ride. I had studied surrealistic films when I was in high school, but Koyaanisqatsi was different. At the time, I didn’t get to see the full duration of the film since it was longer than the class. It wasn’t until a few years later when I finally saw the whole thing. I watch the film again every so often.