Artists and Writers in their own Words: Sylvia Ritter

German Artist Sylvia Ritter has made a name for herself and gathered a dedicated following in the open-source IT community with her funky and psychedelic animal art. Ritter is best known for her astonishing digital paintings that coincide with all of the releases of the Ubuntu Linux operating system so far. However, she also producesContinue reading “Artists and Writers in their own Words: Sylvia Ritter”

16 Self-Promotion Tips for Artists and Musicians on Twitter

This post was inspired by a music producer whom I greatly admire. On Twitter he was asking how to get more engagement with people. I thought it a good moment to give out my tips and ideas, based on my own experience in what works. 1. Find your audience across multiple disciplines Your audience isContinue reading “16 Self-Promotion Tips for Artists and Musicians on Twitter”

10 Interesting Things I found on the Internet #13

1. Chilled out hip-hop grooves from Emapea – Seeds, Roots & Fruits 2. These book-rescuing heroes don’t wear capes 3. François Schuiten’s steampunk cityscapes ‘Les Cités obscures’ Immense skyscrapers and towering monoliths dwarf the citizenry in François Schuiten’s ‘Les Cités obscures’, a graphic novel series (1983–present) that captures the steampunk modernist aesthetic. Read more 4.Continue reading “10 Interesting Things I found on the Internet #13”

Fritz Khan’s painting Der Menschen als Industriepalast in dreamy animation

Fritz Kahn’s Der Menschen als Industriepalast by Henning Lederer.   Fritz Kahn combined industrial and mechanical functionality with the working wonders of the human body. He was a creative genius whose work remained undiscovered for many years. Until a curious curator Uta Von Debschnitz unearthed them. Kahn was a Berliner who did well for himselfContinue reading “Fritz Khan’s painting Der Menschen als Industriepalast in dreamy animation”

Comforting Thought: Within crisis is opportunity for growth, compassion and love

This crisis that everyone is in right now poses a range of unique opportunities for us as the dominant species on earth. This is the first time in human history that we as a sentient and conscious species have a three opportunities for growth as a collective: Limitless capabilities for (virtual) communication across time andContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Within crisis is opportunity for growth, compassion and love”

Seeing

We do a lot of looking; we look through lenses, telescopes and TVs. Our looking is perfected every day – but we see less and less. Never has it been more urgent to speak of seeing…we are onlookers, spectators. ‘Subjects’ we are, that look at ‘objects’. Quickly, we stick labels on all that is, labelsContinue reading “Seeing”

Infinite attention, infinite regard and the minor deities of the internet

“That’s the dream of replication: infinite attention, infinite regard. The machinery of the internet has made it a democratic possibility, as television never could, since the audience in their living rooms necessarily far outnumbered the people who could be squeezed into the box. Not so with the internet, where anyone with access to a computerContinue reading “Infinite attention, infinite regard and the minor deities of the internet”

Book Review: Awaken in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-discovery by Mark Coleman

Awaken in the Wild is a really great introductory book about the connection between mindfulness and the natural world. Published in 2006, it feels before its time in terms of the themes of overstimulation from technology and mindfulness. There are around 40 brief and themed sections in the book, with a short lesson and thenContinue reading “Book Review: Awaken in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-discovery by Mark Coleman”

Welcome to Starlink Express brought to you by Elon Musk!

It turns out that Wellington CBD and Mount Victoria close to where I live is prime viewing for the Tesla Starlink Satellites as they cruise through the sky after dark. Blink and you’ll miss it though. It’s all over in about 2 minutes. They rocket past in a straight line and look alien-like and unmistakablyContinue reading “Welcome to Starlink Express brought to you by Elon Musk!”