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Hopping Wildely Excited!

February 26, 2017

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Huge grats to Rich, Byron, Jared, Clark, Josie, Matthias, David, Ginnifer, Jason, Idris, Jenny, Nate, Tommy, JK, Octavia, Alan, and each and every single mammal who worked on the Zootopia team.  Well deserved Oscar win for an absolutely wonderful film.

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Stellar Symphony

February 23, 2017

Though the news from NASA on their discovery of seven, earth-sized exoplanets was exciting… as was the Google Doodle celebrating the discovery… tonight, stepping out to teach and practice, I was witness to a clear sky and a gloriously brilliant Venus with a delightfully and distinctly red Mars hanging out nearby.

Our own planets, still wreathed in beauty.

Wonderful.

(No pictures, unfortunately – I don’t currently have a camera that would be able to capture such a tableau… )

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Wonder Wednesday

February 22, 2017

I adore this Penny Arcade strip because:

It plays on the vagaries of the English language…

It’s amusing how the recent translations of the title settled the hot debate on how many Jedi “The Last Jedi” referred to…

It’s the perfect continuation of these characters’ personalities and how they play off each other…

AND I CANNOT GET OUT OF MY HEAD THE VISION OF A CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PRODUCED JEDI SHOW.

C’mon Cirque!  You’ve already got a permanent show on the Walt Disney World Resort property… you already regularly break the laws of physics in your shows… you know how to do amazing theatrics… there is no way this couldn’t be absolutely incredible.  MAKE. IT. HAPPEN….  (please!)

 

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Philosophy Tuesday

February 21, 2017

This is a philosophical statement.  It is intended to spark thinking and examining.

Consider for a moment the idea of rules.

Consider that rules are not the great inhibitor,  or a restraint, or an attack on choice.

Consider that we make rules to empower us.

Consider that we make rules to empower us to get that which we want in life.

If you play, or enjoy watching, a sport, then this concept is very clear.

Because a sport is nothing but rules.

The first rule of a sport is often something like “it is more important to have the ball over there than it is to have it over here.”

Then we create rules to limit how you can get the ball over there.

Sometimes very intricate and amazing rules, with paragraphs and sub-paragraphs:

“Added new Rule 6.03(a)(4) regarding a batter who throws his bat and hits the catcher.  Exception now applies to Rules 6.03(a)(3) and 6.06(a)(4). Comment now applies to 6.03(a)(3) and 6.06(a)(4).”

That is one rule from two pages of rule changes made in a single year to a 170 page rule book.

Deliciously intricate.

And we enter 100% voluntarily into them.

Why?  Because it’s fun.

We’ve created a ruleset to empower us to have a great time.

It is, of course, the same with all games, not just sports.

And it is the same within our personal lives and our communities.

Like a rather common rule that says “you can’t just walk up and take someone’s stuff.”

Why did we create that rule?

Because it empowers us to get what we want in life:  The opportunity to focus on things other than combat training, being at ease and not always on guard, security, a life of less stress, one full of ease, where we can be and playful and joyous and waltz around with abandon.

Rules that empower us.

And we even task others to maintain and insist on  those rules.

We create umpires and referees.

We send them out onto the field, or onto the broader scale of our community, or the grand scale of our country, to maintain those rules.

Rules allow us to operate together to strive forwards together.

We can look at our intentions, be fully grounded in what’s actually happening, and create our rules accordingly.

Errata is very possible, if need be.  Even for a league that’s been around for 114 years.

All towards empowerment of who we are, and what we want:

Lives full of health, ease, grace, safety, love, enjoyment, fulfillment, expression, passion, fun, and peace of mind.

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Architecture Monday

February 20, 2017

 

Another project tonight based on the ubiquitous shipping container, but one that is very, very different from the little prefab modules proposed by CubeDepot.  This is also a project that hews more closely to installation art or sculpture, than architecture, though still vital to the built environment, being situated in the very heart of the city of Calgary in a 100-plot community garden and playground that forms the centrepiece of a huge swath of new development.  The need was for a shed to hold the tools and dirt and outdoor furniture for this working garden park.  The result goes well beyond something picked up at the local hardware store.

The base design is wonderfully simple, a radial dispersement* of three shipping containers that make up the shed portion of the project.  The way those containers are enveloped and connected is what makes things begin to sing.  Riffing off the corrugated sides of the shipping container, three more sizes of corrugated metal mesh are inset together, creating this nifty conglomeration of transparent 3D planes that shift and change as the angle of your view changes.  Made of a rich and textured material called CorTen (which rusts without falling apart), there’s a nice mix of refinement and roughness that draws the eye.

The real excitement comes where the three radial arms formed by the containers meet.  Again matching the pattern of the corrugation, a series of hexagonal tubes are interlocked and cut to formed a dome with three arched entryways, creating an overhead trellis that frames the sky above.  Placed near the street, the archways form a type of gateway into the site, a playful portico welcoming you to the gardens and playground beyond.

To that end, it is a bit unfortunate that the “roof” of the shed is completely flat, contradicting both the expressiveness of the dome, the latticework, and the mountains on the horizon.  It is a small smidge, however, on an otherwise lively and clever design for what might have been a generic afterthought.  Nice work.

Also, well done Calgary for creating this community garden and the RiverWalk that connects to it as you develop and densify.

The Crossroads Garden Shed by 5468796 Architecture

 

* Wait, is this not a word?

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Sabre Sunday

February 19, 2017

Recently, this happened…

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(though only four of them are mine…)

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Wonder Wednesday

February 15, 2017

This is all sorts of shades of awesome.  Craftiness, folktronica, chiptunes, random objects used instrumentally, and someone having loads of fun.  Love it!