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Monthly Archives: October 2011

OCTOBER 6 – November 26, 2011

Toronto Image Works Gallery
80 Spadina Avenue
Suite 207
(King and Spadina)
Info obtained from


The World Wide Web (around the turn of the 21st century) was flooded by a torrent of petty designs sometimes called web 2.0. This ideology promotes radical freedom on the surface of the web, but that freedom, ironically is more for machines, than people. Nevertheless, it is sometimes referred to as “open culture”.

Consider these points even if you feel fine using the tools you are using…emphasizing the crowd means de-emphasizing individual humans reverting to bad mob-like behaviour…it becomes a culture of reaction without action…the deep meaning of personhood is being reduced by illusions of bits.

Info obtained from the novel I’m reading titled You Are Not A Gadget by Jaron Lanier

Dusan Petricic: My Toronto reception and book launch November 3 @ Campbell House Museum

Nov 1- Dec 17, 2011
An exhibition of drawings and cartoons by artist Dusan Petricic
(published previously in the Toronto Star under the title “Dusan’s World”)

Campbell House Museum
160 Queen St W (at University Ave near Osgoode subway station.)

Info obtained from

Teens take more risks not because they don’t understand the dangers but because they weigh risk versus reward differently; they value the reward more heavily than adults do…giving more weight to the payoff. Teens respond strongly to social rewards not only due to novelty but also to invest in the future rather than the past. We enter a world made by our parents. But we will live most of our lives and prosper (or not) in a world run and remade by our peers.

Info obtained from further reading of National Geographic’s issue The The New Science Of The Teenage Brain article Beautiful Brain’s By David Dobbs

The brain undergoes extensive re-modeling and a massive reorganization between our 12th and 25th years…when this development proceeds normally we get better at balancing impulse, desire, goals, self-interes, rules, ethics, and even altruism; generating behaviour that is more complex, and more sensible.

Teens behave with such vexing inconsistency because their brains aren’t done, along with lacking experience generally, they’re still learning to use their brain’s new networks…not a rough draft but a highly adaptable creature, the more we learn about what makes this period unique, the more adolescence starts to seem functionally effiencent.

Info obtained from National Geographic issue The New Science Of The Teenage Brain article ‘Beautiful Brains’ by David Dobbs

What all self-defeating behaviours have in common is that they are false friends-they seem helpful at the time but are actually harmful to us, especially when repeated.

When it comes to self-sabotage procrastination is king. In a world dictated increasingly by the economics of attention, we have to be careful where we invest ourselves. There are only so many minutes in a day, in a lifetime…self deception is the handmaiden of procrastination…deep down we know little white lies, vague intentions, not removing distractions are excuses…it’s essential to stop the self deception.

Info obtained from Psychology Today issue Stop Self-Sabotage article ‘The Enemy Within’ by Edward A. Selby

Women wearing glamorous makeup may seem less appealing over time. (R)esearchers showed men and women images of models with different amounts of makeup…women with heavier cosmetics rated higher in attractiveness, likability, trustworthiness, and competence.

But given unlimited viewing time , the trust and likability advantages disappeared, suggesting that cosmetics impact reflexive and reflective judgments differently.

Info obtained from Psychology Today issue Stop Self-Sabotage article ‘The Makeup Paradox’ by Sarah Stanley

OCAD University is turning 135!
Visit us at for the complete program details.

Opening Reception and Birthday Party
4 to 6 p.m. (remarks at 5 p.m.)
Exhibition continues until December 4
Onsite [at] OCAD U celebrates the university’s 135th anniversary with an exhibition of acclaimed work by OCAD University community members.
Join us for a toast to mark OCAD University’s official birthday, and cake!

OCAD University – 135 Years of Imagination
100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Info obtained from

They are playing at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on Friday November 4th at 8:30 pm.

For more info go to:

Whistler bristled at the idea that art had to tell a story or provide a moral. Paintings he felt should stand alone as an arrangement of colours and lines, just as a symphony stands alone as this idea would be known as Aestheticism.

Info obtained from Mental Floss issue Cured! New Cures For Everything, article A Portrait Of The Artist’s Mother Elizabeth Lunday