Link Roundup, Vol. 1 Issue 2

I hope everyone is having a good holiday weekend! We had a few dinners with out of town family and a fridge full of leftovers. I am ambivalent about the origins of Thanksgiving but I do love people getting together in a way that they don’t usually. Cousins from Odessa, sister and brother-in-law from San Antonio, working together to prepare a ridiculously awesome meal.

Links for/from the week’s reading:

Must lead with how heavy my heart is with this news. I agree 100% with this article (except, of course, that I’m not a doctor like the author is).

I saw some photos on social media, and a few disparaging remarks about this party in the Bronx. Of a piece with these protests in Brooklyn.

Infatuated with the idea of fixing up this ol’ beauty in small-town Texas.

Remember when I did a studio visit with JooYoung Choi? Good, she is one of the winners of the 2015 Artadia awards!

I really agree with the idea of this company’s vacation policy.

Ulay vs. Marina.

Worth a trip to Oklahoma City next year for some Pompidou love.

Women, do you realize how often you do this?

Amy Sedaris strikes again.

I’ve long admired this artist and followed his Instagram for a few years but this is the first time I’ve seen him full-on. Weirdly chagrinned at how handsome he is.

Photo of my in-laws’ final garden harvest, in anticipation of an overnight freeze.


Houston, Part 2: Haptics with Dr. E.

Throwing back to my visit to Houston in September. I decided to go to the ol’ hometown when I did based partly on AIGA Houston‘s Design Week. A friend works with Plus Pool and mentioned that her colleagues would be there for a talk. The +Pool panel was late in the week but I had to return to Waco for the Arts Fest that I’d been helping with. So I went for a Monday night talk with designer Lana Rigsby and neuroscientist Dr. David Eagleman. I arrived at the Rice Media Center, after a wonderful and gossip-filled dinner with a college friend, not knowing what to expect.

What I found was: Haptics, aka touch, geared toward the designing audience. I am not “a designer” the way most people there were, but I have done some graphic design and most certainly appreciate good design (aka don’t get me started on bad industrial design, especially WRT sinks in museums and restaurants). Great content, from Dr. Eagleman especially. I was a little disappointed that each person had a part and they didn’t have any conversation between them. Rigsby essentially introduced a the story of publication collaboration with Eagleman (A Communicators Guide to the Neuroscience of Touch, copies were distributed of at the end of the program) and let him have the floor. He is an engaging and handsome speaker, who clearly knows his stuff. The talk was about a month before his new PBS show about the brain premiered but if you’re watched it, you probably know what I’m talking about.

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Link Roundup Vol. 1, Issue 1

I’ve been keeping busy lately, reading a lot, watching cool things, and enjoying my little fam in our still-newish setting. I have a few posts in the works, but in the meantime, here are some things I’ve enjoyed along the way.

Seemingly little details make a big difference in a children’s book.

Speaking of children’s books, do today’s children see themselves in their literature?

Qatar has announced plans for a museum on a difficult topic.

An art that doesn’t get much thought or credit from those who don’t practice it. (GREAT video, 9 minutes well spent).

Discussion-provoking article on improvements the art world could undertake.

Something to consider (school-wise) when we are ready to find a place of our own.

This guy makes the best maps and now he has an art show in Portland (through December).

Worth a try to get to travel more places?!

Photo of our Halloween costumes by John Herbert.