Archive for April, 2010

Are you happy?

April 23, 2010



Rock Star Science

April 22, 2010

Science is important. Science can be fun. And most of all science is very interesting. If you, like me, always struggled in school to feel a genuine passion for physics, chemistry or maths it doesn’t mean all hope is lost. People like Professor Brian Cox, a particle physicist, Royal Society research fellow and professor at the University of Manchester, are therefore important to publicise science. As a frequent presenter for various BBC programs he does a great job, making science look accessible and interesting. . It’s important because he creates interest and can change preconceptions about what sort of people scientists are. Maybe it helps that he used to be in a band.

Here’s a short five minute interview with him in the science museum. And yes, he smiles a lot.

Bye Bye

April 17, 2010

I have always been fascinated by iconic images, photographs that are imprinted in the collective memory of groups of people, be it local, national or global. That is why I like this project by creative director Michael Schirner, who used all his retouching skills to delete people out of famous images.

The results are strangely familiar photographs which your mind quickly fills with the missing content. The project is exhibited at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg until 25 April and at Galerie Ascan until 29 May.

To Do

April 15, 2010

I have just finished reading The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Botton. With the thought that it is work what makes and defines who we are, de Botton goes on an investigation of different work areas and places – ranging from Cargo Ship Spotting, Biscuit Manufacture, Rocket Science and many more. As a fan of documentaries and documentary writing I enjoyed reading about seemingly unimportant tasks, but which are all part of a smooth running society. De Bottons view of things, sometimes a bit sad and melancholic but more often very poetic and beautiful, is inspiring and seems to be a good way to look at life in all its detail.

Towards the end the author visits a plane cemetery in Mojave, California. Inspired by the scenario and the rotting evidence of human labour he states Death is hard to keep in mind when there is work to be done: it seems not so much taboo as unlikely.

This does sound a bit dark but is actually quite positive. Realising that whatever we do will probably not matter in a couple of decades, and how small we and our actions are, in the big scale of things, is deliberating. If one realises that work is in the end only a way to spend time until we die, which it essentially is, it takes a lot of pressure of finding the “right” thing to do, as long as it keeps you busy, your thoughts occupied and sometimes even makes you happy. And that’s it.

Now all you have to do is to decide whether you want to make biscuits, paint pictures or become a particle physicist.


April 7, 2010

There is an impractical side of human nature particularly open to making  sacrifices for the sake of creating objects that are more graceful and intelligent than we normally manage to be.

From: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, Alain de Botton

Pretty Foods

April 4, 2010

I don’t actually know if the food tastes great but it certainly looks amazing. It should probably be called pretty rainbow food though. Pretty Foods