I got metaphorically spanked a couple of days ago. Folks have been talking about the Fearless Girl statue ever since it was dropped in Manhattan’s Financial District some five weeks ago.I have occasionally added a comment or two to some of the online discussions about the statue.

Recently most of the Fearless Girldiscussions have focused on the complaints by Arturo Di Modica, the sculptor who createdCharging Bull. He wantsFearless Girl removed, and that boy is taking a metric ton of shit for saying that. Here’s what I said that got me spanked:

The guy has a point.

This happened in maybe three different discussions over the last week or so. In each case I explained briefly why I believe Di Modica has a point (and I’ll explain it again in a bit), and for the most part folks either accepted my comments or ignored them. Which…

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Ruth Catchen - Reach for the Stars!

What is art?  
How do you define it?  Can you define it?  
Is there art everywhere?

This question is one I ponder often, and recently, more so as I was on the thesis committee for a graduate student seeking a terminal degree in digital/generative art. During her thesis defense, one of the faculty members put out this question (IS IT ART?) and that surprised me. After all, the thesis topic already met faculty approval. I was a guest on the panel having worked with the student on her project and resulting thesis.

The project used art as a tool for students to express themselves and, at the same time, learn an important language for the future – coding. The end result was “art.”  Both the graduate student and I accepted this as the premise. The project was multi-faceted because, although the students were very young, they…

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Maria Sherow

A friend of mine is looking for a house sitter for his cool off-grid home in the Kamaili area of Pahoa, Hawaii.

You must be available to house sit for 6 months … starting on April 10th to the end of October 2017.

This home is remote.  You’ll need to have a car to get around.

This lava built studio is ideal for ONE rugged RAW VEGAN.  There are a couple of big circular openings on the side of the house which are not enclosed by windows.  This means you’ll be living with geckos, mosquitoes and other potential critters.


There’s no kitchen (no place to cook food) or bathroom. There is running water to one sink.  The water comes from rain fall and is stored in a very small 120 gallon catchment container.  Keep in mind … NO RAIN = NO WATER.

Since the rain water is not treated…

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The Latin phrase a posteriori refers to the process of inductive reasoning. It means “from what comes after” or a proposition based on experience. A close relative, also used in philosophical arguments, is a priori, which is knowledge based on previous understanding of the concept.  It means literally from what comes before. A priori can be a mathematical equation, or any other agreed upon fact deriving from the agreement.  It would be correct to call the statement “It is cloudy outside.” a posteriori because I looked outside and can see the fact that it is cloudy now. The statement, “Cumulous clouds are the harbinger of rain.” is an assumption based on scientific agreement, and therefore is a priori.  We agree on the definition of cumulous clouds without the need to experience them directly. “That bow is red” is another a priori belief.  We all have agreed on what red is…

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