A night of tv and a lot of ramble

Tom has this tool in the studio. It fascinates me. [ + zoom ]

None of these links open in a new window.

It’s softly raining outside and I’m flipping through the channels, semi brain-dead from a productive day.

(this entry, written at 3:30am)

I see what’s on the DVR, fast forwarding to get to Dooce on the Today Show only to knit my brows by the presence of Kathy Lee. The former Regis sidekick says things that displease me and I mentally replace all her words with “Cody needs a pony” to release tension.

(insert channel change)

A commercial for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital pops on LOGO (the “new lesbian & gay network from MTV Networks” that we get in Dayton, OH.

I wonder to myself if the American Family Association will boycott the pediatric facility because of this association.

(continuing the television surfing)

Dan comes home. We can’t manage to care about American Idol. It’d be a lot easier if we could just “start from the end” to get the recap or the results.

That dancing show can’t start up soon enough.

(I turn the small television on in the bedroom as we get ready to go to sleep)

I don’t normally watch Charlie Rose, but after seeing ‘Charlie Rose by Samuel Beckett” on YouTube I feel compelled to pause on the PBS program.

Paola Antonelli is his guest, talking about the Design and The Elastic Mind exhibition at the MoMA. I remember reading about this show on Kottke, Core77, and a host of other weblogs.

The exhibition is discussed, including the history of salons with scientists and designers (more at SEED Magazine) that inspired the works.

It’s all fascinating, meaty stuff; with an eye to an inspired future.

Charlie questions Paola about function following form and she speaks a bit about how one might view a museum’s function to preserve and present artworks, but it is also to inspire, generate emotion and educate.

There’s so much good content here, I can’t do it justice. I look forward to finding the interview online to transcribe and better savor the concepts. [ Post note: the entire hour long show is now available here ]

(The show ended and paid programming has taken over the muted television.)

I’ve rambled without proper quotation, in hopes to capture fragments of thought—because maybe, just maybe, all of this could inform my choices as a designer.

One last sip of moving images before I finally go to bed: I learn that the new way for flawless skin is airbrush make-up.

One response to “A night of tv and a lot of ramble”

  1. Matt Tuley Avatar

    Charlie Rose is the only intelligent talk show left on the air, I think. Everyone else is just interested in tossing their guests slow pitch questions to make them look good (lookin’ at you, Larry King). Rose’ discussions are always much meatier and, dare I say, enlightening.