Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Are Humans Losing Touch with Nature?

April 6, 2009

With so much of life based on electronic representations of reality, humans risk losing touch with nature, says University of Washington psychologist Peter Kahn.

From web cams that offer views of wildlife to virtual tours of the Grand Canyon to robotic pets, modern technology increasingly is encroaching into human connections with the natural world. Kahn and his colleagues believe this intrusion may emerge as one of the central psychological problems of our times.

“We are a technological species, but we also need a deep connection with nature in our lives,” Kahn argues.

“Robot and virtual pets are beginning to replace children’s interactions with biologically live pets,” Ruckert said. “The larger concern is that technological nature will shift the baseline of what people perceive as the full human experience of nature, and that it will contribute to what we call environmental generational amnesia.”

Article here.

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Where the Wild Things Are

April 1, 2009

Movie looks great. Arcade Fire on the trailer also doesn’t hurt…

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NPR Sees Spike In Audience

March 31, 2009

As major news broadcasters are struggling with declining audiences, National Public Radio just released numbers showing it’s bucking that trend. NPR says its audience has grown to an all-time high.

Here.

Alcohol Olympics

March 15, 2009

Remember who’s drinking more than you on St. Patty’s

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Snowstorm from space

March 10, 2009

NASA’s climate-monitoring Terra satellite snapped this true-color photograph of the U.S. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, just a day after a massive snowstorm blanketed the area. (The state borders, of course, are superimposed.) Terra’s MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) instrument captured this image; with the help of another MODIS instrument on a partner satellite, Aqua, NASA is able to fully cover the Earth every one to two days. In February, Aqua’s MODIS team released a space-borne look at the bushfires then burning in southeastern Australia.

Urban Art Guide…IPhone App.

March 10, 2009

Urban Art Guide for the iPhone is the new downloadable venture coming from adidas. The mobile application will be released for free download on March 20th from the iTunes store. Created for the city of Berlin it is intended to guide you through the city escorting you to selected pieces of street art along the way. From better known galleries and museums to special artworks that are hidden in corridors, the guide covers it all.

You can have a first look at the guide in this preview video.

This American Life

March 6, 2009

Just got tickets to the live broadcast, you should to.  If you have never heard of this show before, it is definitely worth checking out.  It can be heard on your local National Public Radio Station or by PodCast, just search ‘This American Life’.  Go to the next page to learn more, or go here

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