Archive for August, 2009

Antoni Gaudi was not only inspired by organic forms in his architecture, but he studied the mathematical properties of these forms (for example, how spirals and parabolas, while beautiful, also contribute to structural strength). One of his modelling techniques was to anchor chords in his models where columns would go, then hang precisely weighed weights from the cords. Then the model was turned upside down so he could photograph and record the parabolic shapes the cords would take. He then used these measurements for the real columns.

how to make an accurate and strong column, by Antoni Gaudi

how to make an accurate and strong column, by Antoni Gaudi

Left our de-facto home of Montmartre. Large tourist crowds (like any part of Paris) but it really does have a different feel. Michel at the hotel says what makes Montmartre good is that it’s a village. I think this is a popular sentiment among the residents of Montmartre. With a combination of small shops supplying anything you could ever need, only one street wider than a single car, and being atop a very steep hill, I think they pull it off despite being within the city limits of one of the biggest metro areas in the world.

when in Montmartre...

when in Montmartre...

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Easy to find, but not so accessible if you don’t have an European phone carrier. We’ll try this again in Spain. Many cafes and brasseries have free wifi, but they don’t seem to be used so often. So not a lot of people here sitting in a Starbucks working on their screenplays or whatever it is people do on their laptops while at a Starbucks. I see more paper and pens rather than laptops. Sorry, not the most interesting post. But this is just an update.

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Leaving for a European vacation today. Will post from there so check this blog to see what adventures I get up do.
      So from me and the entire staff at The Globe And Mail, Jusqu’a la prochaine fois!

What I do in my spare time.

What I do in my spare time.

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Accidents and Chemicals is an idea concerning how we end up behaving the way we do. So I made a type of animated poster to convey the concept.
      Click anywhere on the thingy below to start. If you have the time, let it run for a while.

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      The thinking is that the path of the triangles can eventually lead to some kind of seemingly intended and coherent result. But this result is dependent on the random behaviour of constituent parts (accidents) that may or not have the right configurations (chemicals). C’est De L’art, you see.

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