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Watch | Milton Glaser on Creativity, Technology and Life

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Milton Glaser is a New York Designer who co-founded the New York Magazine and is widely considered to be one of the greatest graphic designers alive. You might not know his name but you are extremely familiar with his work, he created this logo.


He has many wise words to say, well worth the watch. I particularly like what he has to say about technology;

The computer is dangerous because it shapes your capacity to understand what’s possible. The computer is like an apparently submissive servant that turns out to be a subversive that ultimately gains control of your mind. The computer is such a powerful instrument that it defines, after a while, what is possible for you. And what is possible is within the computer’s capacity. And while it seems in the beginning like this incredibly gifted and talented servant actually has a very limited intelligence — the brain is so much vaster than the computer. But, the computer is very insistent about what it’s good at, and before you know it — it’s like being with somebody who has bad habits, you sort of fall into the bad habits — and it begins to dominate the way you think about what is possible. … [Counter this] by doing things that are uncomfortable for it to do.

Another Brainpickings discovery.

How Well Do You See Colour?

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The company X-Rite that owns the well known colour system Pantone have created an online test that can tell you your ‘Colour IQ’. Once completed it will give you a score between 0-99. Zero being perfect. Your score will also be given on a comparison scale based on your age and gender. My graphic designer friend who discovered the test got 7. I got 12 which I’m quite pleased with.

Take the test here

What did you get?

John Coltrane – September 23 1926 – July 17 1967

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To celebrate one of the greatest musicians to ever live here are two of the best podcasts I’ve ever heard of his music made by Blackclassical

Volume 1:  Black Classical Of Live and Love and Coltrane

Volume 2:  Black Classical Of Live and Love and Coltrane Vol. 2

Stanmer Park

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Stanmer Park, a set on Flickr.

Bank Holiday Monday in the park.

Watch | Adam Curtis Documentaries

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Adam Curtis Documentaries

Here’s a link to the ThoughtMaybe website and all the Adam Curtis documentaries. If you don’t know about him follow the link to find out. His documentary ‘All watched over by machines of loving grace.’ is fantastic. His film making is unique because it tackles and portrays complex subject matter with the level of detail it deserves. There is no dumbing down or simplifying purely for the purposes of making things easier for the audience or to construct a simpler narrative.

This is the poem from which the name of the documentary came:

Read | At the Judgement Seat: Faith and Wonder

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Killing the Buddha Site

This is an  article written by a woman who grew up an evangelical christian but then lost her faith in that religion. It’s insightful to read a first hand account of someone’s loss of faith. She calls for more stories of loss of faith that are beyond the well known reason overcoming faith explanation.

What if we had different kinds of stories of faith lost today, beyond the usual narrative of rationality trumping emotion?  What emotions would become possible then?  Awe—without the undergirding dogma of the evolutionary biologist or a purpose-driven God.  Gratitude—to nobody in particular.  An aliveness to a changeable and often uncertain world as it is, at this very moment.

It links to previous posts on the subject of Wonder and Awe.

Read | A Thing of Beauty (Endymion)

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Because I live on Endymion Road.

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its lovliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o’er-darkn’d ways
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
‘Gainst the hot season; the mid-forest brake,
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms:
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven’s brink.

– John Keats

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