Friday, October 22, 2010

7 Quick Takes: Volume 15



The idea of 7 Quick Takes Friday comes from blogger Jennifer Fulwiler, who hosts it weekly at her site, Conversion Diary.


Today's 7 Quick Takes brings us back to the original idea behind 7 quick takes... because I can't even pretend it has a theme (unless "odd assortment of weirdness" is a theme... and if it is, I think I might use it for my next birthday party).

Enjoy, and Happy Friday!

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Here's the Great Chinese State Circus, with a piece that is equal parts dance, acrobatics, and insanity:



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Chef Jamie Oliver teaches a few important knife skills. I like how he emphasizes the importance of not "taking lumps of your body off":



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Speaking of cooking, if you've been reading this blog for a while, you know I've dabbled with homegrown and community-supported produce, but it's not easy to wean myself from the convenience and predictability of the grocery store.

Farmer's City Wife writes honestly and eloquently about various food movements and her efforts to incorporate the principles into her family's life. There's much to think about here.

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I've mentioned Grand Rapids ArtPrize in a couple of posts. Of course, what qualifies as art is highly subjective, as this Creature Comforts video shows:



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Speaking of art... sometimes crayons are better tools than words for solving a problem, as Clive Thompson writes in his Wired article on the power of visual thinking.

Hmmm. Would this illustration work better if it were flopped the other way?

If you've ever seen any of the brilliant videos produced by RSA Animate or The Story of Stuff Project, you can see Thompson's point. (And you won't even need the sharpener on the back of the box.)

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Jon Acuff nails it again.

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The Sesame Street "I Love My Hair" video has gone viral, but in case you haven't seen it, here it is (and here's the story behind the video):



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