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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
To Go: Dress Up Against AIDS: Condom Couture by Adriana Bertini, L.A.

Adriana Bertini is our new hero. The 35-year-old Brazilian artist takes thousands of quality-test-rejected condoms and turns them into beautiful dresses and skirts and suits (and sometimes even wedding gowns) with all the big, riotous color of some crazy street carnival. Inspired by the HIV-positive children she got to know while volunteering for an AIDS prevention group, Adriana has spent the last ten years creating the sculptural works that aim to convey her message that “condoms must be basic like a pair of jeans and so necessary like a great love.”
We’re sure that so many of Adriana’s garments would make for the most fabulous party frocks ever, but the dresses aren’t meant to be worn (except for in the occasional fashion show). Those in L.A., however, can admire one recent collection at “Dress Up Against AIDS: Condom Couture,” an exhibition running now through March 11 at UCLA’s Fowler Museum. Opening today (World AIDS Day, of course), the show features 14 of Adriana’s pieces, including these lovely things:

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Tuesday , December 14, 2010

To Go: Dress Up Against AIDS: Condom Couture by Adriana Bertini, L.A.

Adriana Bertini is our new hero. The 35-year-old Brazilian artist takes thousands of quality-test-rejected condoms and turns them into beautiful dresses and skirts and suits (and sometimes even wedding gowns) with all the big, riotous color of some crazy street carnival. Inspired by the HIV-positive children she got to know while volunteering for an AIDS prevention group, Adriana has spent the last ten years creating the sculptural works that aim to convey her message that “condoms must be basic like a pair of jeans and so necessary like a great love.”

We’re sure that so many of Adriana’s garments would make for the most fabulous party frocks ever, but the dresses aren’t meant to be worn (except for in the occasional fashion show). Those in L.A., however, can admire one recent collection at “Dress Up Against AIDS: Condom Couture,” an exhibition running now through March 11 at UCLA’s Fowler Museum. Opening today (World AIDS Day, of course), the show features 14 of Adriana’s pieces, including these lovely things:

alchymista:

Stunning images of one of the many solar farms on Spain’s Iberian Peninsula.
More images and information here

proofmathisbeautiful:

poptech:

Spectacular snow patterns

Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields! The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels.

These are amazinnnggggg!!!

designcloud:

“Five phrases to live by” by Anthony Neil Dart.

Last week we posted Ten ideas to live by” by Alder Dog, whose author was inspired by the work of Anthony Neil Dart

“Five phrases to live by” is a recognition of to the outstanding job and contribution of Massimo Vignelli to the world of graphic design.

poptech:

Sebastian Thrun Aims to Revolutionize University Education With Udacity | Singularity Hub

This past August fellow Singularity Hub writer Aaron Saenz wrote about Udacity, the online university created by Stanford artificial intelligence professor and Google autonomous vehicle leader, Sebastian Thrun. At the time Thrun was gearing up to teach his Introduction to Artificial Intelligence course to a class of 200 at Stanford. But why teach 200 when you can teach 1,000…or 160,000? With Udacity, Thrun and fellow AI giant Peter Norvig created an online version of the course, and anyone that wanted to enroll could – for free. The homework assignments and exams would be the same as the ones given to the Stanford students, and they would be graded in the same way so online enrollees could see how they stacked up to some of the brightest students in the world. It was to be a grand experiment in education.
Now, the semester’s over. The exams have been taken, the homework’s been turned in, computers logged off and pencils set down. How’d it all turn out? Thrun spoke recently at the Digital Life Design conference about he and Norvig’s experience. As you’ll see, his students weren’t the only ones with much to learn.
Online, the course went viral. Over 100,000 people enrolled in the initial weeks. By the time the lessons began Thrun and Norvig were instructors for a class size of 160,000. With students all over the world, they enlisted the help of some 2,000 volunteer translators to translate the classes into 44 different languages. Discussion groups were set up on social networks like Facebook so students could help each other, forming what Thrun called an “entire counterculture.”

(via smarterplanet) 

poptech:

Sebastian Thrun Aims to Revolutionize University Education With Udacity | Singularity Hub

This past August fellow Singularity Hub writer Aaron Saenz wrote about Udacity, the online university created by Stanford artificial intelligence professor and Google autonomous vehicle leader, Sebastian Thrun. At the time Thrun was gearing up to teach his Introduction to Artificial Intelligence course to a class of 200 at Stanford. But why teach 200 when you can teach 1,000…or 160,000? With Udacity, Thrun and fellow AI giant Peter Norvig created an online version of the course, and anyone that wanted to enroll could – for free. The homework assignments and exams would be the same as the ones given to the Stanford students, and they would be graded in the same way so online enrollees could see how they stacked up to some of the brightest students in the world. It was to be a grand experiment in education.

Now, the semester’s over. The exams have been taken, the homework’s been turned in, computers logged off and pencils set down. How’d it all turn out? Thrun spoke recently at the Digital Life Design conference about he and Norvig’s experience. As you’ll see, his students weren’t the only ones with much to learn.

Online, the course went viral. Over 100,000 people enrolled in the initial weeks. By the time the lessons began Thrun and Norvig were instructors for a class size of 160,000. With students all over the world, they enlisted the help of some 2,000 volunteer translators to translate the classes into 44 different languages. Discussion groups were set up on social networks like Facebook so students could help each other, forming what Thrun called an “entire counterculture.”

(via smarterplanet

staff:

Tumblr Insights: Election 2012 Report

With the U.S. presidential campaign already off to a roaring start, news from the Republican primary contests has been a major topic across Tumblr. As we near another crescendo in Florida, we were curious how the campaign—from the numerous debates and rallies, to election ads and gaffes—has played out so far in terms of the type and quantity of attention received by each candidate on Tumblr.

The first graph shows how frequently each candidate’s name appeared in posts. The second shows other tags most frequently associated with each candidate. We’re most impressed with the viral power of one creative concept blog: When Rick Perry’s Unpopular Opinions sprang up as a parody of one of Perry’s campaign videos, he easily became the most blogged candidate overnight.

Our Insights team will be bringing you more data as the campaigns progress!

isomorphismes:

  • “Adults have to deal with moral grey areas”
  • “I’m not liberal or conservative, I guess I’m somewhere in the middle”
  • “On a sliding scale from 1 to 10, how happy are you with life?”
  • “The truth lies somewhere in between”

People talk about “grey areas” as if [0,1] is

proofmathisbeautiful:

staceythinx:

During the 2008 Olympics, the Beijing Water Cube became a recognized international icon as the home for swimming and diving events, but in 2010 it was transformed a wondrous new water park. Happy Magic Water Cube was designed by Forrec, a design firm based in Toronto, Canada with the goal of retaining key features of the buildings original design while creating an atmosphere that is “playful enough to create excitement, but still sophisticated enough to complement the geometry of the architecture.”

Forrec describes their project:

The 11,000 m2 Water Park was conceived as having 2 separate personalities. During the day, sunlight shining through the building’s skin and illuminating the thematic elements creates the sensation of a sunlit tropical lagoon. At night, theatrical lighting is used to create a luminous underwater fantasy realm that many visitors have compared to being inside a 3D movie or a computer game.

I’ve posted about the water cube before. But it really is an amazing building!! I was lucky enough to be able to visit/see it DURING the Bejing Olympics. AMAZING!!

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Political Cartoons
Censorship For The Masses.
(for explanation of Buster, click here) 

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Political Cartoons

Censorship For The Masses.

(for explanation of Buster, click here

Jumping to Conclusions an Un-Official Olympic sport. To see more visit: http://www.logodesignlove.com/2012-olympic-pictograms 

Jumping to Conclusions an Un-Official Olympic sport. To see more visit: http://www.logodesignlove.com/2012-olympic-pictograms