“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke

This is magical. Everything you see was captured in camera – with no post-production… which is incredible, because it looks absolutely unreal. The trick was using a perfect projection-mapping system that could be beamed onto moving surfaces, in this case moving canvases. It’s a combination of robotics, performance art and digital art.

“Box” explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. We believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression.

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Racial Healing and Reconciliation Documentary Project

Racial Healing and Reconciliation Documentary Project

“For the last two years, we have been humbled to bear witness to an incredible youth racial healing project in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. As an approach to improving community health, the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center brought together 16 youth, half of whom identify as white and half of whom identify as people of color, to participate in a year-long racial healing and reconciliation process. Through readings, racial affinity groups, workshops, healing circles and speak outs, the youth are challenged to move beyond purely intellectual conversations about race and racism and are supported by each other and a team of community organizers and social workers, to experience the feelings that come up when we talk about racism and understand the ways it shapes our existence. The youth invited a camera to follow some of their activities, community teachings, and an emotional speak out activity.

Please take 15mins to watch this video and allow yourself to have, and even express, the feelings that come up. That is their charge to us. Racial healing is the work required for and by each of us so we can live into our full humanity.

“Racial equity is about the system, racial healing is about the individual. This is what America Healing is about.” — Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center

Please share this video widely! And check out the WK Kellogg Foundation’s racial healing efforts.

Peace,”
Nashira Baril
Boston Public Health Commission

“Action precedes motivation”

 The common conception is that motivation leads to action, but the reverse is true — action precedes motivation. You have to prime the pump and get the juice flowing, which motivates you to work on your goals. Getting momentum going is the most difficult part of the job, and often taking the first step is enough to prompt you to make the best of your day.   – Mckain, Robert J.

 

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The lost tradition of New Year’s “calling”

A tradition maintained by my mother’s family in Delaware to this day!

Ephemeral New York

Instead of spending New Year’s Day nursing a hangover, 19th century New York gentlemen went “calling,” visiting the homes of ladies with whom they were acquainted. There they had a bit of food and drink, dropped off a calling card, and wished their host a happy New Year before moving on to the next house. Men competed to visit the most ladies; women vied to get the most calling cards.

womensfashions1860s What a fashionable female might have worn while receiving her callers. It’s from the 1867 A.T. Stewart department store catalog. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the late 19th century, the tradition was dying out. As the New York Times lamented on January 3, 1888:

“But by far the most noteworthy circumstance in yesterday’s history was the almost complete death of the ancient custom of call-making.

“Some of the ‘old boys,’ however, could be seen yesterday in…

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Good or Bad? you tell me:— “click here: Machines Made to Know You, by Touch, Voice, Even by Heartbeat”

Good or Bad? you tell me:— “click here: Machines Made to Know You, by Touch, Voice, Even by Heartbeat

This article regarding biometric identification oddly reminds me of The Terminator. Is having passwords such a problem? The most secure IDs are those that have two components 1) something you carry with you, and 2) something you remember. Perhaps these biometrics will obviate the need for a dongle… Perhaps these biometrics are the harbinger of doom…

“This is the one true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by
yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish,
selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world
will not devote itself to making you happy…

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long
as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. …….

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more
I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no `brief candle’ to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and
I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to
future generations.”

-George Bernard Shaw, partly from the ‘Dedicatory Letter’ in Man and Superman

“This is the on…