Today is the first day of spring, so it was a bit of a shock to peer outside my window upon awakening, and find that everything was covered in white melting snowfall...which promptly crystalized into heavy ice even before my coffee was brewed. Outside the porch, this early blooming witch hazel dispersed divine perfume even so!
Next thing you know, it was beyond a thrill when Brian Lehrer took my nervous call on his NPR radio show. He was interviewing Steven Rosenbaum, the author of "Curation Nation"...and gave me 20 seconds towards the end of the segment, at around 11:26 in, to explain the purpose of Wit's End.
For those who have the inclination to listen to the entire segment, the concept of internet curating goes well beyond traditional editing, because it includes unique original content as well as links to primary sources - and embraces not only written works but, on the web, can also include photography, music, video and art...exactly the juxtaposition that occurs on this blog (with various degrees of efficacy.)
the website of the French artist HeHe:
Whenever we see a chimney emitting smoke or vapour we immediately think of it as pollution. Chimney vapour is emblematic, symbolic of pollution. At the same time, these emissions are intriguing and beautiful to watch as they show the movement of the air, signalling the direction of the wind, functioning both as weather-veins and landmarks in the urban landscape. Supposing such smoke signals were to signal sustainability, functioning as a kind of community measuring tape, displaying the local effort made by citizens, when they consume less energy (or more). The chimney becomes a more complex sign, of environmental effort as well as wasted energy.