WordCamp Victoria and An Architectural Muse

I spent today at WordCamp Victoria. It was a good conference and I was pleasantly surprised by the broad diversity of attendees at the conference. The sessions were by and large very good. Of the sessions I attended, and I skipped both keynotes, my favourites were by the folks behind these blogs:

I also found something else that caught my interest. Check out these photos depicting another gorgeous day in Victoria BC, and an edifice of a beautiful world as well as human ingenuity. Yes I realize this is a drain for dealing with rain run off but it’s also architectural poetry. Happy Saturday.

Book Review: Out of Our Minds (2nd Edition)

For me Out of Our Minds (2nd Edition) was not as enrapturing as The Element; however, its pages still contained many gems. Perhaps my growing embrace of Sir Ken Robinson’s material was the reason this book seemed more complementary and less ground breaking than The Element. Regardless, I found the last two chapters, Being A Creative Leader and Learning to be Creative, particularly fresh and insightful. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious or skeptical of the importance of creativity and the need to transform our 19th Century outmoded education systems.

As with The Element  Sir Robinson masterfully weaves together the thoughts, philosophies and quotes of others to illustrate the pedigree of his own unique assertions. One such quote near the end of the book, which I’m sure many have heard but I had not, was from Socrates:

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

This quote raises a question of how we went from idolizing the demigods of ancient academia to neglecting how they taught for the sake of focusing solely on what they taught. This neglect is demonstrated in the shift from an individualistic approach to that of a production line. Alas! Marshall McLuhan was born too late! He could have warned our ancestors, the creators of our industrialized public education system, that the medium is the message.

A Sparkling Review for New Year’s

The last couple of posts here at Exploring-Art.com having been awfully philosophical and perhaps not very uplifting. Fear not! We have not thrown the baby out with the bath water. This is still the place for feel good posts, heart felt recommendations and creative encouragement.

With New Year’s eve nearly upon us I feel the need to make a sparkling wine recommendation. Champagne is one of my favourite things, but it is expensive and a lovely Cremant can be equally as good for a fraction of the price. Here’s this year’s Cremant recommendation for a New Year’s not to be forgotten!

Louis Bouillot, Rose, Cremant de Bourgogne is a delicious concoction based on the pinot noir grape. It’s well balanced, with not too much sweetness or acidity, and a gorgeous lingering creme. More importantly it will leave you wanting more, a lot more. It’s a bargain for $25 at your local Canadian liquor store. Have a happy New Year!