Sunday, July 24, 2016

Frank Lloyd Wright on the Unbuilt Buildings

Unfinished symphonies…
Frank: Many artists produce works that are never performed. Music that is never performed, for example.

Ken: True. Paintings that are never displayed, novels that are never published, buildings that are never built. Undiscovered works.

Frank: An architect can only be judged by the buildings that were ever built. I designed more than a thousand buildings but only half were built. It is those I regard as my works.
Frank Lloyd Wright: performance artist in many arenas. Oversaw structures more durable than pavement chalk. Made pronouncements more confident than contrite. Strategized maneuvers which triumphed over tragedies.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Book, Film or Website?

A choice and a decision…
Adapting into a feature film
Teacher: Your task is to decide how to tell the story of someone famous, or maybe someone not so famous. The story of their achievements, and their failures. The twists and turns in their life.

Margaret: Is it about their work or their character?

Teacher: Both. The character of a person is reflected in what they accomplish.
How best to tell a story of a person and their work? Why?
(a) By writing a biography.
(b) By adapting the story into a novel.
(c) By making a documentary film.
(d) By adapting the story into a feature film.
(e) By making a website about the person.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Discussion about Discussion

From report to discussion…
Flora: In what order should you reveal the facts?

Discussant: What is the first question to be addressed. Topic first.
Who comes first?

Flora: And then?

Discussant: Details follow. Who? When? Where?

Flora: Yes?

Discussant: And then the why. The how. That’s when the news report blooms into a discussion.

Check the order of your questions. Let the discussions begin.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Data miners and Vinca minor

A visit after the robot operation…

Patient: Very competent team. Very caring staff. Always had my details on their iPad screens.

Visitor: They have a reputation for being a research-oriented hospital.
Vinca minor

Patient: I had no problem signing the releases to use my data. Cancer research is a good cause. And, you know, the garden was filled with medicinal herbs. Like periwinkle or Vinca minor. It has 50 alkaloids. Also worth investigating for memory problems!

A hospital where the nursing staff are trained to meticulously record data while monitoring patients. And botanical researchers collect data on medicinal herbs. A true research hospital.

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Best Marigold White Rabbit

In Marigold Land, rabbits have a saying; "Everything will be all right in the end. So, if it is not all right, it is not yet the end."

White Rabbit. White Rabbit, White Rabbit.