Cipe Pineles: An Art Director and her Cookbook

  Cipe Pineles’ posthumous come-back Greta Jochem, at NPR, writes a fine tale about a “trail-blazing female designer, Cipe Pineles,” and “a rare find” of Cipe’s work. Finder’s Keepers In 2015, graphic journalist and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton found an illustrated manuscript for a cookbook at a rare book sale near San Francisco. She teamed up… Read More

Toronto’s majority becomes a minority

The census tells us that Toronto‘s majority population has become a minority. More than half of us are immigrants, and we come from all parts of the planet. Humanity’s spectrum thrives here.  “A majority of Toronto’s people now identify themselves as visible majorities.” The Toronto Star, October 26 2017… Read More

Clarendon Palace …

…a visit to ancient ghosts Constitutional lawyers and historians in English-speaking countries will find the names ‘Clarendon Palace’ or ‘Clarendon Lodge’ familiar. From 1164 to 1166 this medieval palace, some miles east of Salisbury, echoed with heated arguments in Norman French. Those debates marked the birthing pains of what some historians call England’s first constitution… Read More

Asbestos still wreaking havoc

‘Asbestos still wreaking havoc’ is not the title I gave the letter below, but it certainly could be. The title comes from an editor at the Toronto Star. The paper published the following as a Letter to the Editor: on the Internet on Monday April 25; in print on Tuesday April 26, 2016. Asbestos and mesothelioma (Toronto… Read More

Quantum computing: IBM lets anyone play

By Cade Metz | Wired | Business | 05.04.2016 ” Quantum computing is computing at its most esoteric. It’s an experimental, enormously complex, sometimes downright confusing technology that’s typically the domain of hardcore academics and organizations like Google and NASA. But that might be changing. IBM makes quantum computing available for free via the cloud ” Today, IBM unveiled… Read More

Supernova: the stuff of star-stuff

We start this in a perverse sort of way considering we are dealing with a supernova. We drop straight into the world of fiction, with an excerpt from ‘Wessex Tales’ ~ ‘Musing on Damory Oak’: ‘In the thirteenth year of King Canute (1029), the year in which the acorn thrust its root down in moist earth to discover life and home… Read More

Kandinsky on the Spiritual Element in Art

Maria Popova Maria writes and generates a philosophical blog. ‘Brain Pickings – An inventory of the meaningful life’, is quite wonderful. Among a host of other things, Maria’s blog describes Kandinsky’s book on the Spiritual Element in Art. The artist also held strong views on the responsibilities of the artistic community. The Amazon Kindle Store offers an e-edition, free of charge… Read More

Designer Carl Strüwe Peered Into Microscopes

Another page in this URL describes the work of German-American designer, Will Burtin. Burtin fled nazi Germany with his Jewish wife, Hilde Munk, in July 1938. Burtin shares with designer Carl Strüwe—also German—the characteristic of representing science visually.  Strüwe was a designer who “pointed a camera at a microscope lens in 1926.  Wired.com describes a beautiful blend of science and art.”… Read More

TPP ‘worst trade deal ever’: Stiglitz

CBC News: Mar 31, 2016 8:45 PM ET, Last Updated: Apr 01 (Stiglitz on TPP) TPP ‘worst trade deal ever,’ says Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz. The Trans-Pacific Partnership should be revised to advance interests of citizens, not corporations, he says. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says the Trans-Pacific Partnership may well be the worst trade agreement… [Read more]

The Guardian discovers Canada. High time!

A vision of what a progressive Britain could be. It’s called Canada By Gaby Hinsliff ‘While the US boasts of offering its citizens life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it’s Canada that actually delivers on all three.’ [To put it another way, as the current Scientific American does, ‘Ironically, the American dream is more of… […]