Monday, May 11, 2009

rudy to the rescue

I am being saved from blog irrelevancy with a bunch of quick-fix links.

Yesterday I was chatting (on the phone if you can believe it!) with Michelle about how she can't convince her mother to look at computers as tools to relieve her social isolation. Is it an age thing? I don't think so. I think a curious nature and the desire to keep learning in spite of a barrage of new and confusing technology is not at all age related. Check out what iconic -- and definitely not young -- artist David Hockney is doing with it.

And while on the topic of art and technology, check out this gallery of anonymity.


Finally, I love this project.

9 Comments:

Blogger Laure Ferlita said...

Now you've gone and done it! Just as I had talked myself out of an iPhone, you have to go and post this cool idea! ;•}

Love all of these, Andrea!

11/5/09 10:43 AM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

I've always loved Hockney's work and this merely takes him into a new realm. Good for him. I don't think age deters people from embracing new technology, but attitude certainly can. My late father, for example, bought a computer about 3 years before I did, and he loved it.

11/5/09 11:02 AM  
Blogger citizen of the world said...

Gmail has one of those shadow icons if you've not uploaded a photo of yourself. It has sort of a short shag cut, so it can be either male or female.

11/5/09 11:51 AM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

Yes, I wish more oldies would "get with the programme" as the kids say. (Or maybe they no longer say that!)
I'm sure if MiL had not been so obstinate her dementia would have been kept at bay!

11/5/09 6:10 PM  
Blogger zIggI said...

I just love those shadows! I'm going to do my own then at least one of us will be having some fun!

12/5/09 9:57 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

I agree, it's not about age. It's also a bit of where your interest lies (and so often just fear of the 'new'). I don't get how my 78 yr old mother in law can easily figure out the most confusing, impossible sewing maching from the 1960's that came in her possession recently. Yet she still hasn't learned, after an exhausting amout of tutoring, how to change the channel on her tv she bought 2 months ago.

12/5/09 10:33 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

My Dad is 80 and goes on the puter every day. He even has a Sony e-book reader and downloads his own books as and when he needs them. Silver surfer or what?!

12/5/09 10:41 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Laure: Will iPhone replace the pocket-size Moleskine d'you think?

Ian: It *is* all attitude, isn't it?

Citizen: I'm surprised the Gmail one isn't in the gallery.

Dinah: If I was a kid I could tell you...

Zig: And post photos!

Ellen: Good point. I wouldn't be able to figure out that sewing machine to save my life. I couldn't when I was younger either so it's not age -- it's like Ian said -- attitude. Mine = bad.

Peter: Your dad is very cool.

12/5/09 3:55 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Hah - I've also been trying to talk myself out of an iPhone!! The Best Buy guy almost had me convinced to buy a Samsung Instinct which is an iPhone knock-off but I'm stalling. I think it's all those cool apps - if I could hook my wacom up to it, I think I'd be sold...scribble, doodling fool. Or better yet - have built in drawing tablet.

The shadow project is really fun - love it.

13/5/09 9:29 AM  

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