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Thought for Friday

Image from the documentary

A scene from the documentary

 We dreamed the systems could stabilise themselves…

Another exceptional documentary by producer and film maker Adam Curtis aired on BBC2 this Monday. All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace explained how we arrived at our current financial situation in a wonderful and almost lyrical way. Going back to the Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand and speaking of the over reliance and trust in computer models and networks that has grown exponentially over the years, Curtis weaves a tale of the cold and terrifying consequences.

Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis is a documentary film maker, whose work includes The Power of Nightmares, The Century of the Self, The Mayfair Set, Pandora’s Box, The Trap and The Living Dead.

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Thought for Friday

Madmen title card

Madmen title card

We’re going to sit at our desks and keep typing while the walls fall down around us because we’re creative – the least important, most important thing there is.
Don Draper

As you can gather from the quote above I’m a big fan of Mad Men and last night I watched the penultimate episode of series 4 on DVD. I don’t normally get hooked on TV shows, particularly from the USA, I’m more of a Wallander viewer, (the original Swedish version) but this series is well crafted and extremely polished.

But I digress, this is more about Don’s quote. Arrogant maybe, but I’m convinced that creativity is the major ingredient of many successful organisations. Now more than ever business needs the courage to be truly creative. Those that use creative approaches are far more likely to succeed than those who stick to tired and outmoded formulas. The current economic climate coupled with the speed of change mean we all have to take Don’s words seriously.

Speaking of the speed of change here’s a little message I received from from WordPress…

Goodbye, IE6

With this update, WordPress has discontinued support for Internet Explorer 6. It has required increasingly complex code trickery to make the WordPress dashboard work in the IE6 browser, which was introduced 10 years ago and does not support current web standards. Even Microsoft is counting down to IE6’s extinction!

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Walter Gropius – master of modern architecture

A portrait of Walter Gropius

A portrait of Walter Gropius

I wanted to write a longer post on Walter Gropius today but time and events have conspired against me and this is going to have to be brief. I hope to write a little more another day covering a wonderful exhibition of Bauhaus material in Manchester a number of years ago.

Walter Adolph Georg Gropius (May 18, 1883 – July 5, 1969) was a German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School who, along with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture.

For more go here.

Walter Gropius House

Walter Gropius House 1938

For more on the Walter Gropius House go here.

Impington Village College is the only building designed by Gropius in the UK.

Impington Village College

Impington Village College 1939

Impington Village College is a remarkable achievement and influenced the design of school buildings in subsequent generations. Designed by Walter Gropius and Maxwell Fry it was later described by Pesvener as one of the best buildings of its date in England, ‘if not the best’

For more information on Impington go here.

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Thought for Friday

Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? 
Ron Gutman 

Lots of smiles

Lots of smiles

A week has flown by and I never managed to post! But the ‘Thought for Friday’ post is becoming something of a ritual, so here goes.

I came across a recent TED talk on smiling last night and I really enjoyed it, so I’m passing it along to you. (I’m thoughtful that way). I think we could all do with a little something to make us smile right now and besides, the graphic presentation accompanying this talk is excellent.

Sample image from the presentation

Sample image from the presentation

Ron Gutman is the founder and CEO of HealthTap, a personalized health-info site that’s currently in beta. He’s also the organizer of TEDxSiliconValley.

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Orson Welles Citizen Kane

Orson Welles as Citizen Kane

Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
Orson Welles

From Wikipedia: George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985), best known as Orson Welles, was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century, especially for his significant and influential early work—despite his notoriously contentious relationship with Hollywood.

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It’s been said before by many far more knowledgeable than I that Citizen Kane is one of the finest films ever made. If you’ve not seen it I would strongly recommend that you get hold of a copy and watch it. If you love film and cinematography together with a well-crafted story they don’t come much better than this.

Citizen Kane Film Poster

Citizen Kane Film Poster

I first saw Citizen Kane on late night TV years ago, (probably BBC2) and was bowled over by it. I now have remastered DVD and have watched it a couple of times. To watch a film more than once is rare for me but this movie fascinates me and Welles is superb as Kane. For me Citizen Kane was the best thing Welles ever did. His first movie and his finest work.

For those who would like to listen to his famous broadcast of War of the Worlds click here

Now just where on earth did I put that old sled?

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Ding!

Ding lettering

Ding!

Back from hols and snapped this while I was out and about. It just caught my eye and made me smile.

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