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Moving Art

Shouldn’t most art move you?

The other day sitting at the tracks waiting for the train to pass. My wife and I really enjoyed the art show that was flying by at 20 miles an hour.

This particular train had nearly every other car tagged with some kind of graffiti art. Some of the art seemed intentional while others were clearly graffiti. What I really enjoyed was was the difference in the cars and waiting to see what came next. I also noticed I didn’t mind waiting for the train. I was more entertained by is passing train cars than just being annoyed that I had to stop.

ART TOUR

Could this be a new form of an art show hitting the road? Brands are buying ad placement on trucks, trains and planes, by skinning images and text over the whole vehicle. This could be a great way to get more artists working while helping to make industrial containers more visually appealing. Hey, maybe if the cars are placed in the right order a story could be told.  Plus the entertainment level had some value for me even if it only serves the railroad company by giving me that moment to stop and smell the roses.

 

Google Car, YES PLEASE

People say they have freedom in their cars. Well, you can’t text, read books, talk on your cell phone and now the latest study says even singing in the car is distracting enough that it makes it unsafe to drive. Maybe we were never really meant to drive. Sure people say they like their driving time to unwind, cool down or just relax. Honestly what the heck is relaxing about it anyway? Driving at 70 miles an hour just to keep up with everyone else and you hope everyone else is paying at least half as much attention as you are.

Yeah we can go anywhere we want. But is that freedom? Please Google save us! I’ve read more than a few blogs that people think this is taking away our freedom. If you live in an urban area and drive more than 30 minutes to work or to the store. You’ll realize what’s taking our freedom isn’t self driving cars it’s the traffic we have to sit in EVERY day.

I enjoy cars, fancy car, hot rods and custom jobs but driving is the biggest waste of time I can think of and it isn’t getting any better. Maybe you can work at home but you still have to get out and go place at some point.

So I thought I’d sit down and see if I could come up with list of how our lives will change when we really have Google self driving cars. Believe me I’m all in so sign me up NOW Google!

 

The LIST

 

  1. Yes, Most people will have sex while riding in a Google Car theres no getting around that…
  2. Senior Citizen never have to get a drivers license again and will no longer lose their independence and freedom again. Plus the car will alway bring them home.
  3. I can get a lot of extra sleep.
  4. Spend more time writing dumb ideas down like this on my Google Drive while Google is Driving me around.
  5. Watch movies.
  6. If your car needs maintenance it can go get it on its own.
  7. While you’re at work your car can run errands for you. ( Okay just think about the service industry that could rise out of something like this. My car sends a signals to a store and says it’s out front waiting for whatever it is you sent it for. )
  8. You’ll always have rock star parking because your car will let you off at the door. ( guess we’ll get fatter)
  9. If you’re sick your car can take you to the doctor.
  10. You’ll never need to ask a friend to take you to the airport.
  11. Or PAY for airport parking AGAIN.
  12. You could leave on a trip right after work and sleep in the car and wake up in time for that longer family visit. I would love this for visiting family in Kansas City
  13. Would we still even need road signs or waste money making them?
  14. No more speeding tickets ever.
  15. No more tailgaters.
  16. No more parking violations. Does your car even need to park? See no. 15
  17. The car always knows when you need to be picked up.
  18. Never late for a meeting again. GPS+Car knows where it’s going. It starts honking.
  19. Drop off and pick up the kids from school.
  20. Maybe Stop Lights could go away too?
  21. Less street lights. Less light pollution, more stars at night, more energy conserved.
  22. Now you can really wait till the last minute to do your grooming for the day. Maybe your whole car can look like a make-up room.
  23. Finally you can finish reading that novel, newspaper, paperback, or magazine without killing yourself or other people.
  24. Less big trucks in the city as smarter smaller trucks (sst) nimbly drive and deliver their contents to merchants. ( this could mean more people to maintain more agile fleets of cars and delivery vehicles. )
  25. When you’re not using your car it can be loaned out to other people, maybe for a small fee.
  26. Your car can get its own gas, unless it’s electric.
  27. Your car can be the tour guide while you enjoy the view.
  28. No more bad teenage drivers.
  29. Insurance rates go down.
  30. No need for large parking lots
  31. No more Gapers BLOCK EVER, History, Nada!
  32. Someday when I get my silent electric #Google car I’ll get to pick what the custom engine sound will be. I choose Sebulbas Podracer.
  33. Cars can be road quality control inspectors. Every little bump, dip, rough patch, slick spot, tight turn can be mapped and analyzed back a home base for improvements the the next road update.
  34. Autopilot Google cars will mean Street View could be REAL TIME!
  35. Will we still need painted street lines.
  36. The view will be much better. No rear view mirrors, or side mirrors. Just a more open view to enjoy.
  37. Your car already knows where all the construction is going on and AVOIDS it. You don’t even have to think about it.
  38. Since your car might have a better idea where it’s going to be when it gets there, it could reserve parking spaces. That is if you still need them.
  39. If for some reason your car gets stolen it can come back home on its own. It would be neat if it could report the perps too.
  40. Cars will go much faster than they do today.
  41. The elderly will never crash through storefront again.
  42. Maybe really spend some time with your family.

A new kind of Personal Assistant

I see this as a major game changer and really allows us to take back that last little chunk of time that eats away our days and weeks just getting around. The other thing here is the about of other technologies, services and opportunities this will open up.

Automated harvesting.
Other uses for this technology. Normal, roadside farming of foods and renewable fuels. If the harvesters could be smaller and guided by GPS and Google navigation technology we could have smaller far more efficient harvesters that could cultivate and harvest the switchgrass in a simpler, faster more efficient manor? Maybe the cars could harvest their own raw materials for power?

Shipping and receiving.
I envision someday that big trucks will be a thing of the past. Well infact they might even be more like trains. But trains would be the root of the the distribution then go to 18 wheelers ever smaller transportation devices as the deliverer get smaller and smaller. Our inner city roads and intersections are not designed for these giant 18 wheelers to to be going through town. And I certainly don’t think we need to tear up every street corner to accommodate those large trucks. But a new smaller, automated method might make things simpler and less congested.

Jobs.
The scary thing is this could impact a lot of jobs. Like Taxi drivers and truckers. But maybe that will mean they will become more entrepreneurial? Could they just buy the 5 or 10 cars themselves and find new ways to outsource the drudgery of driving? But it could also spring up a whole new service industry. The people that load and talk to your cars and trucks when they show up to pick up your groceries or run your errands. It might also make things more pleasant for people to take care of certain tasks in their life if all they have to do is click a checkbox off on their smartphone and their car takes care of the task.  Maybe cars and trucks will have hands and arms in the future too…

Now we have the opportunity to have the second wave of mechanical personal assistance that can help make the most out of our ever increasingly cramped day. True independence is on the way. I hope we can embrace it.

Artist in Residence

East Entrance Yellowstone

Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence. This is something that never even occurred to me , until I started visiting National Park a few years ago. My family was always a bit of a home buddy kind of people so the furthest we ever made it out was Lake of the Ozarks and while it was beautiful there I never noticed the art or art of the area. When we visited Yellowstone National Park a few years ago I was hooked and now realize I need to spend more time in our national parks. I don’t care what your politics are but whatever part of my taxes that goes into our National Parks is worth every penny.

Buffalo Bill Historical Center

But really what made me start thinking about being an Artist in Residence was my experience at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. They have one of the best collections of American landscape art I’ve ever seen. And most of them on a scale that’s will engulf your imagination. Many of these artists were commissioned by Congress to illustrate the beauty of the West to help encourage national support for turning these areas into reserves.

buffalo roam

Standing in front of these paintings you can almost imagine being one of the first or very few people who had seen it. It’s inspiring and it makes you want to pick up a brush, pencil or pen whatever your tool of choice might be.

You can see some samples here. But please go see them for yourself. You really must stand in front of these paintings and let them in.

Artist in Residence Short List

So I read a story in the Chicago Tribune about Artist In Residence program that the National Parks put on. I thought I make a little list of the available programs since they didn’t do it. As I find more I’ll add to this list.

The Federal Art Project
National Parks Travelers Artist in Residence List
Arches National Park Utah
Weir Farm National Historic Site Connecticut
Denali National Park and Preserve, Artist in Residence Program
Alaska Geographic Artist in Residence Program

Meteor Crater

Here’s a little video I made about our trip there.

This is a glimpse of our trip to Yellowstone National Park. The video was shot with a Kodak Zi6 the Zi8 hadn’t come out yet. But the 6 still does some nice stuff. Well I like it.

Edited with Adobe Premiere

The music is by The Penguin Cafe Orchestra-Telephone and Rubber Band The music makes it feel old fashion and super 8ish…

Artists on Vacation

I want to do an artist vacation where get artists together much like Urban Sketchers, that want to hang out in nature and spend a week once a year sketching, painting, writing, making videos or taking pictures. We don’t need to follow each other around but we can get together and talk about our projects and inspirations for the day. I’d even be happy to donate any work that came out of to the National Parks if they thought they were worthy. Okay I don’t have it all figured out. Might even start closer to home or try to get a Urban Sketchers group started in Lombard. If you know any locals that want get artsy drop me a line. All I know is I want to get back there and be inspired.

I plan on going back with my Canon 7D and a sketch book!

Anyone want to go with me?

Should films be on Twitter?

What do you think?

Okay I know everyone and their dog is on Twitter now. But Films? Come on I realize you’re promoting your movie but even as a movie buff and someone one who has made short films. I don’t think movies, books or music should be following people on twitter. I might be a fan of something but I’m more interested in the Director, The Crew or the Actors.

Me: When’s you’re movie coming out?
MOVIE: Tomorrow! Go see it!

The next day…
Me: @MOVIE what was it like making yourself?
MOVIE: ?

Maybe I’m not being creative enough but can I really have a good Twitter conversation with a movie? We should be only followed by people and pets. Am I wrong? What do you think?

Rated R

Opportunity Lost

Brands are missing a massive opportunity at movie theaters.

The worst part about seeing a movie is the advertisements and electronic slide shows that barley entertain or inform. You’ve really got me for the next 15 to 20 minutes. Depending on how early my wife is willing to get to the theater.

It just so happens that most of the movies I see are PG or R and all the commercials I see before my show starts are G and they are all the same ads I can and do see on TV.

Stop showing me the the stuff I’ve already seen a million times on TV. Here’s your chance to change your message and do something daring.  Like actually make an R Rated commercial! I’m in a place where there shouldn’t be any kids but that’s a different post. It means your ad buyers might have to pay more attention than just the shotgun approach to where they are placing your next message to me. Brands, you keep having the same old generic message and it’s boring and is just a neucence while I’m waiting for the movie to start.

Here’s 3 things you should do.

  1. Entertain me. I mean really entertain me. I just paid 30 bucks to sit here you have my nearly undivided attention. GO!
  2. Talk to me. You have more time to show me something interesting than you do on TV way more time. Make the best of it.
  3. Do you want to play a Game? YES! Look spend the next 10 or 15 minutes making me and the whole theater particpate in something fun that earn points, win prizes or makes me bookmark your website. Now’s a good time for us to really use our phones before the movie starts.

If brands started doing something far more engaging I wonder if people would start showing up earlier?

Okay now sit back and enjoy the show but please turn your cell phones off.

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