Archive for March, 2019

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Stompy Day: More Heavy Gear Action

March 31, 2019

Hosted another Heavy Gear game today.  This time we tromped around on a large-scale printed satellite photo, and it worked out quite well.  Lots of indirect fire causing maximum havoc!

I’ll try to have more of the minis complete for the next stompy day…

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Reach for the Moon

March 28, 2019

There’s a documentary out in theatres right now titled, simply, Apollo 11, and it’s rather neat.  For you see, while it is a straightforward documentary on Apollo 11, it has an interesting conceit:  all of the film is comprised of actual archival footage or audio from the actual mission.  (The only exception is a couple of shots from other Apollo missions, and some line drawing animations showing the position and sequence of the craft on its way to and from the moon.)  That’s pretty cool.  There are no talking heads, no voice-over narration unless it comes from audio spoken and transmitted at the time (to which mission control and news reports do a great job for that), and no big explanations or digressions.  It’s the closest you can get to ‘cinema verité’ and ‘home movies from space’, just the story unfolding in a narrative manner as it happened.

Best of all, a lot of the footage is of the “never before seen” type, found almost forgotten in a NASA vault, shot in glorious 70mm and scanned at a ridiculously high resolution.  There are some amazing shots and sequences that alone were worth the price of admission, doubly so worth it to see it on a large screen.  There were also some candid moments of levity between the crew and control that were both hilarious and oh so human, a lovely touch to this technological marvel that, at the same time, touches our souls deeply in the spirit of exploration, accomplishment, and wonder.*

I would have preferred things if they hadn’t broken the conceit to include the animations (though I understand why they did so, not everyone would be as familiar with it all as I was), but my biggest “complaint” is simply that I wanted it to be longer.  I wanted more of the amazing footage, more of the banter, more of the wonder unfolding before me.  And that’s pretty high praise indeed.

Apollo 11 is a definite good, well worth seeing in a cinema.  A great remembrance of a grand mission.

 

* To this end, if you haven’t seen the documentary In the Shadow of the Moon I highly, highly recommend it.  It’s the complete opposite of Apollo 11, composed of interviews with most of the astronauts who travelled to the moon (Michael Collins is a freakin’ riot, I love that guy) and it’s profound to hear of their experiences.

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Wonder Wednesday

March 27, 2019

Crystalline beauty…

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Philosophy Tuesday

March 26, 2019

There is a difference

Between being a possibility

And being a position

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A possibility is an intention

It grows towards the future

Seeks an outcome

Speaks to universal desires

Open to invention

It discovers, it learns, it develops

It may even change

The path we take to get there

Is rarely the one we thought we’d need

And doubly rarely the one we start down

Yet we arrive

~ ~ ~ ~

A position is fixed

It begins from a supposed truth

And it ends at an envisioned result

It is impervious

It does not dance as it moves along

Steamrolling all before it

Forcing its will upon the world, upon others

Outcomes along the way be dammed

Why should it listen?

It is right

So everyone, and everything else

Is clearly wrong

It is committed only to win

Even if the victory rings hollow

Pyrrhic on all sides

Nothing fulfilled

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When we aim to open new realms

For ourselves and for others

On our journeys towards more perfect

The worlds of possibility

Bear far more fruit

In leading towards our shared intentions

And towards fulfilling our shared desires and needs

Glorious outcomes

By the bucket

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(And if they’re not glorious

We get back to work

Realign ourselves

Restate our intentions

Begin down the path anew

Towards a new

more perfect

glorious outcome)

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Architecture Monday

March 25, 2019

Ah, I love this!  A new school in a remote village in Senegal, the Fass School uses local materials and know-how to beautiful effect, creating something unique and beautiful for the community.

Befitting the region, the design features lots of natural ventilation, white reflective walls, and a high ceiling to keep the space comfortable during the hot and bright days.  The tall roof also serves double duty to help channel rain to an existing underground aquafer when the driving rains arrive.  Add to all that that a generous courtyard and large porches.  It’s a wonderful example of form and function singing together, creating delightful spaces that enhance the learning within.

If this project looks a bit familiar, it is because it is by Toshiko Mori, who designed the Thread Cultural Center I posted about a few years ago.  Just like there, I love her continued exploration and use of the local forms and materials, the curving surfaces flowing together to create a unified whole, both in the school and the adjacent teacher’s house (and toilets!).

Really great work, providing a new hub and opportunity for a community, celebrating the culture, history, and creating something lovely well within the budget of a nonprofit.  Great design comes from the heart, not necessarily the wallet.

The Fass School by Toshiko Mori.

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Marvels, Bricks, and Dragons, oh my!

March 21, 2019

A trio of weekends, a trio of movies, and now a trio of capsule reviews!  Got a chance to catch The Lego Movie 2, How To Train Your Dragon 3, and Captain Marvel…

Potential Spoilers Ahead!

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Wonder Wednesday

March 20, 2019

Beauty often erupts…

… when you least expect it.

Photo by my parents!