Wednesday, October 27, 2010

a compilation

This is a condensed version of the outside work I did for the reading today (the fact that there was little required reading left me time to explore):

Luxo Jr Watch it. Love it. Crave it. (Oh wait, craving satisfied - Pixar has since done a number of excellent movies and shorts. Way to start off right!)

Who is Nietzsche? (Also, Stanford wrote it and I like that university)

I am such a big fan of this. I can see this working really well at a physics conference - at least, that's how I wished it worked, I feel that I'm a lot better at spontaneous speaking and explanation than a prepared speech, especially when I'm familiar with a topic.

And then I learned about T.S. Eliot. I liked this quote particularly:
"...he has followed his belief that poetry should aim at a representation of the complexities of modern civilization in language and that such representation necessarily leads to difficult poetry."
That biography was written by the Nobel committee. I wondered what a Nobel Prize in Literature meant, and so I found out:
" the words from the will of Alfred Nobel, [the author has] produced 'in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction'" (thank you wikipedia)

Like many of you, I am sure, I wondered who Wassily Kandinsky was, but that's basically what the Internet is here for, to tell us all about things we never knew existed. 

I mean, you know, no biggie, the father of modern art or something. THAT hasn't influenced anything over the years.
I'm personally generally a much bigger fan of realistic art rather than the abstract variety, but this stuff doesn't grate on me (Picasso definitely does), in fact I would even be OK with it in a hotel, so I feel morally OK posting this.

There you go! Those are the things I explored today! It was exciting.


  1. I found a nice quote from the man Kandinsky himself that is applicable to the last painting on your blog:
    "A yellow circle will reveal a spreading movement outwards from the center which almost markedly approaches the spectator; a blue circle develops a concentric movement (like a snail hiding in its shell) and moves away from the spectator." --Wassily Kandinsky

  2. The only problem I would have with an unconference is the frustration from the disorganization of thought. It would require the audience to break away from the old way of taking notes in an outlinish format and think in more of a spiderweb way. I like linear; it's comfortable. But I guess we need to make ourselves uncomfortable in order to progress.