Thought For The Day

March 31, 2008

The flowers fall, for all
our yearning; weeds grow,
regardless of our dislike.

— zen saying

The Pritzker Prize

March 31, 2008

The Pritzker Prize is the Nobel of architecture and the 2008 award has gone to French architect Jean Nouvel for his “insatiable” creative experimentation.

I’m not a great lover of his work, finding much of it too “blocky” for my taste. However, his roof over the Lucerne Cultural and Conference Center works really well as a reflection of the environment.


And this incomplete work in Abu Dhabi is fascinatingly hard to grasp.

Abu Dhabi

Congratulations to him. Recognition by one’s peers is the greatest satisfaction.

Night Music: Put Your Records On

March 30, 2008

Happier days than she is going through right now, I’m guessing.  Hope it gets better for her.

I ♥ Maps

March 29, 2008

I’ve touched on data visualization before. The ability to display quantities of data in a visual format that explains and expands is a key skill in my opinion. None of has time to read through the reams of statistical background, but we all have a reaction when we see an image that conveys the same knowledge.

Since I was a young boy, I have had a fascination with maps — pure visualizations of geographic data. I’ve had odd collections of maps, and I’ve read a few histories of cartography. I like maps. But many uses of maps have now been usurped by satellite imagery that allows the viewer to scale their view exactly as desired, and can add map-style data as an overlay. With some, you can even drill down to a street-level view. Fabulous use of technology.

Commercial Drive

But this doesn’t mean that maps qua maps have lost their interest. Especially when there are sites like Strange Maps to fire up the imagination. They manage to find odd and fascinating maps of all kinds. There is a great map of the walks taken by Armstrong and Aldrin on the moon, for example. There are fictional maps, artistic diagrams, odd stuff. The image below is of the haunts of Tom Petty in Los Angeles.

Tom Pettys LA

Spring Blossoms

March 29, 2008

Every Spring Vancouver is awash in beautiful blossoms. Over here on the eastside, stand at Victoria and Parker (or East 3rd) and look east or west to see long glorious vistas of blossom trees.

Bigger Trees Near Warter

March 28, 2008


I’m not sure that any image could do justice to this marvelous new David Hockney work.  It is enormous:  12 meters long and 4.5 meters high.  It is probably the largest picture ever painted outdoors.  It consists of 50 separate canvases hung together and was the star of last year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.  Now, he has donated the work to the Tate Gallery.  The size of the piece will make the showing “complicated” but they will find a way.

A Jerk Is Snatched From Obscurity

March 28, 2008

pushing excellence to excess
arms burning with the weight
of a hundredweight of metal
denying the body’s crying
crying with the throb of victory
a champion is born
and the interest on a thousand
mornings of solitude is
returned in gold