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Daily Archives: November 7th, 2009


What is the appeal of minimalism?   For me, it seems to represent a state that is the opposite of CLUTTER, which is a form of ENTROPY.   Nature naturally tends towards entropy so the minimal is in fact opposing nature, and actually represents a higher energy state.  This can also be equated with a spiritual state.  To live in a minimal way is in some ways an unattainable goal, which is precisely the appeal.   Minimalism is equated with order itself. 



What is the Western Tradition?   It consists of a known body of work and thought, a.k.a. the “canon”,  including:

  • Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Judaism and Early Christianity;
  • the Middle Ages;
  • the Renaissance;
  • the Reformation;
  • the Enlightenment;
  • Modernity /  Modernism.

(Image – Raphael School of Athens)


This is the bonechaise prototype design by DROOG.   Article with more info is HERE.


Ms Vessey’s mermaid tail was created by Wellington-based film industry wizards Weta Workshop after the Auckland woman wrote to them two years ago asking if they could make her a prosthetic tail.

The suit was made mostly of wetsuit fabric and plastic moulds, and was covered in a digitally printed sock. Mermaid-like scales were painted by hand.

Mr Taylor said not only did the tail have to be functional, it was important it looked realistic. “What became apparent was that she actually physically wanted to look like a mermaid.