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Happy Earth Day! Here are some links for you to enjoy! 🙂
How Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Warren Buffet adhere to the Five-Hour Rule where they set aside at least one hour a day (or five hours a week) devoted to such practices as reading, reflection, and experimentation.
Philadelphia museum showing glass bongs as high art. The museum’s directors say that this exhibit is less about potheads and more about allowing an underground community of artists to showcase their work without fear of being stigmatized or prosecuted.
A billionaire collector of Rembrandt’s works said he started his collection with the intention to take art out of hidden, private collections and put it back into the public domain by creating a lending library. He’s doing this in an effort to build bridges between different groups and countries.
Google unveiled a new set of features for its popular Maps app that lets users share their locations with friends and contacts in real time so they can quickly let friends know if they are running late to a meeting or stuck in traffic.
A World War II era photographer in Poland documenting the Lodz Ghetto buried his negatives in 1944 in an effort to preserve his work. After the war he returned to the burial site and and found that more than half of the original 6,000 negatives remained intact.
Back in May I took part in the Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour, where I braved the rainy weather to see some wonderful art made by local artists. There was recently another Open Studio Tour. This time there was no rain but it was pretty cold outside since it took place in December. I managed to cover more ground on this Open Studio Tour than I was able to back in May.
I started at ReCreative Spaces in Mount Rainier, Maryland, where I not only saw a small arts and crafts show on the lower level but I even saw some of the resident artists who were working on their latest masterpieces.
Next I went to the Otis Street Arts Project, where I took these photographs.
I also visited the Washington Glass School, which is located in the same complex as the Otis Street Arts Project. As you can guess from the name, this place specializes in glass art.
After that visit, I got in my car and I drove to nearby Hyattsville. I was only able to briefly check out the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center before the Open Studio Tour officially ended for the day.
I stepped outside the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center just in time to see this moon rising over Route 1 in Hyattsville at twilight.
I ended my day by crossing Route 1 over to Franklins Restaurant, Brewery, and General Store, where I saw their Christmas windows.
I did some browsing in the General Store part of Franklins before I decided to call it a day and head back home.
I went to the fourth annual Silver Spring Maker Faire. I’ve gone to the three previous Maker Faires but all those other years I had to cut my visit short due to a meeting or something similar. This year was the first year where I didn’t have anything else scheduled or other things that I needed to do that day so I could just leisurely tour the Maker Faire at my own pace.
Across the street from Veterans Plaza, where the Maker Faire was held, a group of Hare Krishnas were doing their chanting and proselytizing outside of a Chick-fil-A of all places. (It’s convenient for the Hare Krishnas that Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays because, otherwise, the fast food chain’s Fundamentalist Christian owners would literally have a cow over this. LOL!)
I eventually dodged the Hare Krishnas and made my way to the Maker Faire, where I took these pictures.
I also shot a short video showing some of the exhibits that were either moving or making sounds.
All in all it was a great event on a very beautiful day in weather that was warm but not too hot and the humidity was low. I enjoyed myself.
I went to two different events on April 23. First I went to the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, which I wrote about in my last blog post. Then I went to Silver Spring where I checked out something called a Creator Con, which I first learned about on Facebook.
The event was held at the James Hubert Blake High School and the admission price was only $8 per person.
There were a couple of food trucks parked outside the school for hungry participants.
There was a Game Truck parked outside that has all kinds of video games for people to play. This Game Truck can be rented for all kinds of events through its website.
Inside of the convention there were plenty of information regarding art and technology schools, hands-on exhibits (including video games), and an Artist Alley full of various kinds of arts and crafts available for sale. There were also a few cosplayers who milled about. Since this event was held in a high school, the vast majority of participants were high school students. Yet many of these teens showed a lot of potential in their art and I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of them actually go on to be comic book artists or work in the video game industry.
I attended this year’s Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire in Greenbelt, Maryland but I didn’t participate as a vendor this time around. It’s due mainly to the fact that I got preoccupied by a variety of personal things that I missed the deadline to participate this year. That’s okay mainly because I never really made much money at the previous Greenbelt Mini Maker Faires so it was no big deal for me to skip a year. This year it rained in the morning but luckily it stopped by about noon so it didn’t affect the festivities very much. I basically enjoyed myself as I walked around taking these photos.
The historic Greenbelt Theatre looked pretty majestic against a bright blue sunny sky as it overlooked Roosevelt Center (where the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire was held).
The kids enjoyed themselves with building things with Lego bricks outside of Makerspace 125.
There was some serious yarn bombing going on around Roosevelt Center.
All of the outdoor tables were topped with these pretty artificial flowers that looked very festive.
There was all kinds of maker activity that went on inside of Makerspace 125, which was the main organizer of the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire.
A little memorial was erected to the late Greenbelt resident Eva Gresser, who was an avid knitter, which featured some of her knitting samples.
There was one 3D printer vendor that was present who demonstrated his product inside Makerspace 125.
There were plenty of outside tables in Roosevelt Center itself. Some were vendor tables selling handcrafted items while others were demonstrating various different types of making including arts, crafts, and gardening. Various live bands provided the music throughout the day.
There was a robotics demonstration that involves simulating the movement of a finger on a hand.
I even shot a short video so you can see how it moved. On the surface it may not seem like much but there were a lot of hours of programming that went into making that one finger move.
The last photo shows one of the many attendees at this year’s Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire.
The Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire was one of two events that I attended that day. I’ll write about the other event I attended in a separate post.