The holiday season has officially begun! Don’t miss our annual Origami Holiday Tree! #happyholidays
When Doug witnessed the anxiety and fear his machine caused among the most vulnerable patients, the experience triggered a personal crisis for him that forever changed his perspective. Rather than an elegant, sleek piece of technology, worthy of accolades and admiration, he now saw that—through the eyes of a young child—the MRI looked more like a big scary machine you have to go inside. Pride in his design was replaced with feelings of failure for letting down the very patients he was trying to help. Doug could have quit his job, or simply resigned himself to the situation and moved on. But he didn’t. He returned home and told his wife that he had to make a change.
-Excerpt from the book “Creative Confidence”
In the search for a picture of GE’s “Adventure Series” medical imaging devices to pass along to a classmate, I came across this story on the designers and the process behind their development. It’s shocking that ~80% of children have to be sedated before going into these formerly imposing and scary imaging machines.
[for the observant eyes: the picture in the article is actually a CT scanner]
Simon & Garfunkel - The Concert in Central Park
It was recorded in September 1981 at a free benefit concert in Central Park, New York City, where the pair performed in front of more than 500,000 people. Proceeds went toward the redevelopment and maintenance of the run-down green space in the middle of Manhattan. This concert and album marked the start of a short-lived reunion for Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.
The duo were disappointed with their performance, particularly Garfunkel, who felt that he sang poorly. Simon said that he did not immediately realize the magnitude of the event: “I didn’t get what had happened – how big it was – until I went home, turned on the television and saw it on all the news … and later that night on the front pages of all the newspapers. Then I got it.”
The perfect music for a chilly fall day. Features many of my favourite songs, including some of Paul Simon’s solo work.
Louis Renard’s artists embellished their work to satisfy Europeans’ thirst for the unusual. Some illustrations in Poissons, écrevisses et crabes, de diverses couleurs et figures extraordinaires…, like this one, include fish with imaginative colors and patterns and strange, un-fishlike expressions.
See 50 stunning scientific illustrations in Natural Histories: 400 Years of Scientific Illustration, now open.
I’m excited to see a favourite book on my bookshelf turn into a promising AMNH exhibit! Time to get to work on planning a spring-summer 2014 New York City trip.
Music for a sunny afternoon reviewing the musculoskeletal system in Douglas Library’s 1923 Reading Room. This is my first time watching ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Day’, a concert film from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, but I have every expectation that a line-up this stellar will deliver great things.
Jazz on a Summer’s Day (1960) is a documentary film set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, and filmed and directed by noted commercial and fashion photographer Bert Stern and the film director Aram Avakian, who also edited the movie. The Columbia Records jazz producer, George Avakian, was the musical director of the Newport Jazz Festival at the time.
The film mixes images of water and the city with the performers and audience at the festival. It also features scenes of the 1958 America’s Cup yacht races. The film is largely without dialog or narration (except for periodic announcements by emcee Willis Conover).
The film features performances by Jimmy Giuffre, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, Anita O’Day, Dinah Washington, Gerry Mulligan, Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, and others
With friends visiting me in Kingston for part of the Easter weekend, we took the opportunity to explore the surrounding area, including the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area just north of the city.
This coincided with their annual Maple Madness festival, which fully lived up to all the hype with its interactive displays, simulations of “sugar bush” chores, and copious amounts of maple syrup. I’d choose Maple Madness over watching the competing seasonal “madness” event any day.
Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of my downstairs neighbours, my commuting range+speed around Kingston just got much bigger. This will go a long way in my quest to shave another couple dozen seconds off my already-short morning commute to school.
Specs: 18 inch frame, 21 speeds, matte grey paint, functional brakes (more than I could say about a past bike), fenders, room for panniers and/or milk crate on the back
Digital rights management, now for furniture: this chair was built to be sat on exactly 8 times. A sensor and an Arduino microcontroller count the number of times someone sits on the chair, then when the counter gets to zero, the joints are melted and the chair falls apart.
This isn’t too far off from capturing the impermanence of particle board furniture (and of course the absurdity of DRM too).