Dance! Library


Image from The New York Public Library, digital collections
New York City Ballet, 1957. Martha Swope, photographer.

For those of you interested in motion: The New York Public Library recently made its archive of 24,000 films and tapes of dance available online. Here is a short article describing the impressive range of the collection. And here is the link to the collection:

NYPL Digital Collections | Jerome Robbins Dance Division Moving Image Archive


If you didn’t get the chance to see a screening of Tim’s Vermeer in Guelph, I highly recommend you see it somehow. (Allanah? I think I saw you leaving the 7:30 screening while I was in line for the later show).

When you feel burdened by a project, when you feel you’ve bit off more than you can chew, use this film for comparison and ask yourself:

• Am I learning Dutch?
• Am I making and grinding my own lenses?
• Am I attempting to recreate a painting by a master, when I have no training in painting whatsoever?

Sarah, maybe you want to make a info-graphic flo chart for all of us? Am I making and grinding my own lenses using only antiquated technology? If no, quit complaining and get back to work.


The Shallows, Reading One

A great find by former student, Mary. Hi Mary!

The End of Cursive?

“It’s just not being assessed. That’s the biggie,” she says. “If it’s not assessed, it tends to fall by a little because people are teaching to the test.”


Anne Mangen at the University of Stavanger’s Reading Centre. “But handwriting seems, based on empirical evidence from neuroscience, to play a larger role in the visual recognition and learning of letters.

“This is something one should be aware of in an educational context,” she stresses.

In other words, those who learn to write by hand learn better.


The End of Cursive? – Article



Above, a sea slug, Aplysia. This image is from the Thornton Lab at the University of Oregon. (Are you recoiling? Are you not? What does that say about your neuroplasticity?)

• Educational clip about the history of printing and reading
• Gutenberg then vs Gutenberg now: Project Gutenberg

Your Outboard Brain Knows All, Clive Thompson.

And…sigh…yet another indication that the internet/smart phones are rewiring our brains: Phantom Phone Vibrations.

Multi-tasking is a lie
. Summary of article. Link to full academic article. (Good to read this in context with the findings about multi-tasking posted in the Weekly Roundup)

Summary of new human-information processing skills

How Google is Changing Your Information-Seeking Behavior, Lab Soft News Blog.

Is Google Making Us Stupid? Nope!, Philip Davis

The above (Davis essay) is a response to this article in The Atlantic.

And, another anti-Carr response to the question about Google and our collective stupidity.

And, if you’re going to use Google, learn to really use it.

VS Ramachandran: Mirror Neurons

Norman Mailer vs Marshal McLuhan!
• Watch the video of Norman Mailer arguing with Marshal McLuhan

• Marshall McLuhan: talking about the medium is the message.

Just Remember This, by Michael Greenberg

More extensive links about neuroplasticity to come

Weekly Roundup

More information relating to Paramount Studio’s decision to stop using film. This is a compelling, brief, interview about the power of archiving. How does archiving change when everything is immaterial?

WOW. Please don’t send me hate mail.

Impulsiveness and Media Multitasking. Still, I argue it’s better to do one thing at a time. JUST ONE THING. OKAY? What’s so wrong with sustained concentration?

Are you dating?

Impact of Net Neutrality in Canada.

Angry Birds, now with more things to make you *actually* angry.

A creative approach to coding. She uses THIS software if you are inspired.

More information related to the Internet of Things (re: last week’s post about Google acquiring NEST)


Here are some things related to things we talked about in todays class:

There are loads of time keeper apps in the app store, I think I just searched “time card” or something. Be warned “Time Card Plus” is the worst and does not work, I am using “Hours Keeper Pro” and it is excellent, there is also a free version of it, I think you get 2 tasks or ‘clients’ you can track work time for.

The coffee shop sounds app is “Coffitivity” – you can even put your own music on in the background, super cool!

The documentary about the switch from film to digital is called “Side by Side“. Keanu Reeves interviews a bunch of cinematographers, and directors about the history of film and how they feel about digital.