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Article on Blocks by Karen Hewitt (pdf)

This is an article on the history of blocks as a toy and learning device. To summarize, block toys were initially created with the intent of adding fun to learning the alphabet (alphabet blocks came before other types.) Eventually, pioneers in children’s education decided that teaching open ended problem solving was a better use of the block, and letters were scrapped in favor of different sizes and shapes. There’s also a brief mention of gender stereotypes, and the article suggests that marketing these types of toys to boys and not girls influenced the gender divide in engineering and other constructive fields of study we see today


Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies – Sand Mandalas.

Formed into traditionally prescribed Tibetan iconography that includes geometric shapes and a multitude of historical Buddhist spiritual symbols, the sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for consecrating, or blessing, the earth and its inhabitants, and provides for the practitioner a visual framework for establishing the enlightened mind of the Buddha.



fluxhibition #3 – Boxes, cases, kits, containers – contemporary fluxus art and artists.

“Boxes and containers in general have been a fascination to many over the course of history and an opportunity for artists to embed artistry into the box design. Human beings always seem to have a lot of stuff and have always needed ways to drag that stuff around and there has always been the need of containers to store this stuff in. The history of the container is so far reaching that I don’t suppose anyone has ever written a book on the topic or at least I have never seen one. History aside, the boxes in this exhibition are a fasinating cross section of ideas in box assemblage from all over the world. “–Cecil Touchon, show coordinator.

Simple life Manhattan: a 90-square-foot microstudio – videos – *faircompanies.

By choosing a studio that measures just 12 feet by 7 feet, Felice Cohen can afford to live in Manhattan’s Upper West Side where apartments rent for an average of $3,600 per month. She pays just over $700 for her 90-square-foot microstudio.

Granted, she had a bit of a panic attack the first night when she woke up in the loft bed with the ceiling 23 inches from her face. But she’s grown accustomed to the small space and now when she goes back to her childhood home she misses its coziness.

“I think a lot of people have a lot of space that they’re not using. I grew up in a place where my bedroom was 17 feet by 17 feet with two walk-in closets that combined where almost the size of this apartment that when I go home now I go in the closet just to feel like I’m back in New York.”

Catalog Page for PIA15482.

This is a mosaic of the images covering the entire sky as observed by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), part of its All-Sky Data Release.

The sky can be thought of as a sphere that surrounds us in three dimensions. To make a map of the sky, astronomers project it into two dimensions. Many different methods can be used to project a spherical surface into a 2-D map. The projection used in this image of the sky is called an “equirectangular.” This method projects the sky into a rectangular shape with Cartesian coordinates, this projection is useful for planetariums that may wish to display the image on their domes.