Saturday, September 7, 2013

I paint people…literally.+ more from @TEDNews

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Voilà…instant (or nearly so) & informative) blog post. This being Saturday and all, a brief reminder of local happenings. For yard and garage sales, the best way is still low teach - check flyers and cruise the streets looking for homemade signs. If you see people painting themselves, do take picture and and share to Mountainair Online on Facebook. For activities, check out the MMAC (Manzano Mountain Art Council) calendar ~ posted on the main page of their website as well as at various locations online & IRL. Online visitors, business and tourism guide, The Mountainair Wire, also has pages for local events and such.

This week on
September 7, 2013

Alexa Meade: Your body is my canvas

07:04 minutes · Filmed Jun 2013 · Posted Sep 2013 · TEDGlobal 2013
Alexa Meade takes an innovative approach to art. Not for her a life of sketching and stretching canvases. Instead, she selects a topic and then paints it--literally. She covers everything in a scene--people, chairs, food, you name it--in a mask of paint that mimics what's below it. In this eye-opening talk Meade shows off photographs of some of the more outlandish results, and shares a new project involving people, paint and milk.

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Quote of the Week

[Texting] is a whole new way of writing that young people are developing, which they're using alongside their ordinary writing skills. … It's an expansion of their linguistic repertoire."
John McWhorter
John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

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I loved your talk so much I listened to it twice, my favorite number. I studied computers and as you know they have two favorite numbers, 0 and 1, the binary number system. We even studied binary algebra called Boolean Algebra, I was kicked out of class twice, my favorite number. Not for fooling around or not paying attention, I was asked to leave because I pointed out errors in the Boolean formulas he was writing on the blackboard. (How are we going to learn if our teacher is making mistakes?)
I went down to the President's office, presented my case and was back in the class the next day.

After biting my tongue for another week I finally spoke up again and he said would you like to teach the class? I said yes. Embarrassed he kicked me out again and I went back to the President Office. After explaining what happened again he asked would I like to teach the class? I said that's funny because the Professor said the same thing and then kicked me out. After I promised to shut my mouth in class I was let back in and never said another word in class, however if any of the students had a question they usually waited until after class or lunchtime and asked me."

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