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Summer Micro Edition #8 - Lake Drive
Just like last year, I’ll be taking a break over the next four or five issues, so this is a shorter issue than would normally drop into your inbox. I hope that you enjoy this selection of links and pics, feel free to get in touch, and look forward to catching up later in the summer.
This is one of those strange days of summer when either the sun is shining or the skies are pouring with rain, every half hour something new. The temperate is hot, hot, hot and the air is electric and muggy, I can feel it in my cranium.
We did manage a few hours on the lake, and paddled around, then had a picnic on the beach and swam. The water was cool and clear, so lovely just to lie back and look up at the sky.
It’s been a catch-up week, with friends and colleagues, some people are still away traveling, so emails sometimes take a few days to answer, and conversations take place across the course of a week, messaging back when we have a chance, between jobs, between showers.
I am working through my list diligently, and trying to do some reading too. I have a few new academic journals to look through, it is hard though getting back into the language, another thing that makes my brain ache a little.
Just like any muscle, it complains when asked to do something that it hasn’t done for a while.
I have a short list of sites and things that I’ve seen this week…
I’m working on a cool interactive mural project with an artist that uses a plotter, for those who are unfamiliar with these, they are small machines that draw an image, often produced with code, on paper using a pen attached to a mechanical arm. In the course of this project I’m being introduced to lots of fascinating artists that incorporate plotters in their work, including Licia He, Melissa Wiederrecht, Jeff Davis and emre meydan. For some reason, I find it mesmerizing watching plotters do their thing.
I purchased a garden flag from Flags for Good because every week I find out that more and more books are being taken off shelves, listed as obscene and sometimes pornographic, and the overwhelming majority of these titles are are about racism, sexuality, gender, and history. It is unfathomable, mostly the people calling for removal have not read these books, and lawmakers continue to pass laws that are purposefully vague, so that libraries and schools often see no option other than to take them off the shelves.
The UN has declared 2022-2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages so I’m wondering if there’s something we can do, a way to contribute to some of the events and activities that will be taking place.
I’ve been searching for papers using elicit.org which is another Ai that can cite research, summarize and link to other sources. Not bad at all, and could be used with students.
I stumbled on the home of Spaces Corners, an independent publisher of photography books here in Pittsburgh. Spaces Corners is led by artists Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar, who are artist practitioners, also lecture and present on their work.
I stopped at six, this was getting a bit long for a micro issue.
Also apologies for missing a week, I’m still catching up with myself. We’re not quite into routine, still hanging out with family and working odd hours.
We’re spending early mornings watching the occasional match from the Women’s World Cup, and evenings catching up on highlights. For viewers on EST, many of the games are broadcast in the middle of the night, 3am or 5am fixtures. I’ve been catching up with TikTok pundits, amazing stories, incredible moments, just like Katie McCabe’s corner, or the legend that is Marta talking to her young opponent, passing the torch to the next generation.
We still have a few weeks of the summer, so now is the time to read, seek inspiration and stock up on ideas. In other words, recharge.
Take care, speak soon.