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December 23, 2008

reclaiming the body

Think of the well-meaning ecological designer at a green architecture firm, for instance. How can this person begin to think creatively outside the box, when he wakes each day to the digital pulse of an alarm clock, sits for eight hours a day in a cubicle, within a square building, staring into a squarish monitor? If there is music playing in the background of this scene, chances are it is in 4/4 time—yet another box. His body experiences nothing but the box, and in this box, it becomes very difficult for him to experience that flow of creativity and innovation which science itself has recognized to be the basis for evolution and change. We’ve known for decades that it isn’t hip to be square, now we must make sure that we design a way out of the box.

I really enjoyed NalaWalla’s “Reclaiming the Body: The Bodybased Arts as Center of the ‘New Village’” (PDF). Lots to think about here.

December 22, 2008

Little Mommy Real Loving Baby Gotta Go Doll

“Sniff sniff,” she chirps in a singsong voice. “I made a stinky!”

Baby Dolls Raise a Stink In More Ways Than One - washingtonpost.com