#FoossaFinds – 1 August 2014

#FoossaFinds curates insightful readings, awesome events, #SpiritAnimals, and other inspiration. Look for it weekly. Reposted from Foossa.com/blog.


The Relationship Between Creativity and Mental Illness
Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
The science behind the “tortured genius” myth and what it reveals about how the creative mind actually works.

What Fonts Tell Us About the Global Economics of the Internet
Nikhil Sonnad, Quartz
Everybody Kerns.

Black Homeowners Are Worse Off Today Than They Were 40 Years Ago
Kriston Capps, Atlantic City Lab
A new study finds that African Americans are dramatically more likely to transition back to renter status than whites.

How to Build a Feminist Workplace
Elizabeth Segran, Fast Company
Companies need to “lean in” towards the needs of women.


Feijoada, Friends, and Fundraising Party
Saturday, 2 August 2014, 8-11:30 PM, New York Capoeira Center, 107 Suffolk Street #307, New York, NY 10002
Sample feijoada, the national dish of Brazil. Enjoy an evening of capoeira, Afro-Brazilian-Drumming, and music by DJ Gaudhi. And support the work of a community non-profit brining achievement, leadership, and respect to local youth. Admission (includes food): $20.

TEDxGramercy | Grit 
Saturday, 27 September 2014, 4-8 PM, Mason Hall, Baruch college, 17 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010
Get early-bird tickets and suggest speakers.


What is Design Thinking from Daylight on Vimeo.


Divebombing monkeys beat the summer heat!

Lion, tiger, bear are best friends at Georgia exotic animal sanctuary

Tumblr: Confused Cats Against Feminism

Live Web Midterm Part 3: Monkeys Watching Monkeys

Continued from Part 2: Monkeys Watching Monkeys

Monkey Think
Monkeys often evokes a strong emotional response among people. Monkeys as symbols are also charged with social and political meaning.  We often anthropomorphize monkeys and project our own human anxieties onto them. Monkeys drive us bananas. They are Curious George one minute and the next minute they are giving you Ebola or AIDS or ripping off your face. Horror lies just under the surface of cute. 

I worked this week with Kristin Loeb on Monkeys Watching Monkeys, a streaming web video installation that deals with the mediated gaze, reflections and narcissism as they relate to how people look at monkeys, and how we think monkeys look at people and how monkeys look at each other.




More monkeys / This is is really disturbing / WHOA!

Monkey Do
We started with the Conference.as code that Shawn gave us in class, but we came across some mysterious problems. For some reason the compiled SWFs only worked part of the time on Kristin’s computer and never actually worked on mine. (Does Snow Leopard hate Monkeys or what?) So we moved on to some off-the-shelf solutions, trying first iChat, then Skype, and finally USTREAM.tv to create a series of simian scenarios. The goal was to position webcams and screens in a way to create an “infinity effect” of primate viewing pleasure.

Documentation outtakes on Flickr

Finally, we created the be beginnings of the Monkey Show, a webpage featuring two USTREAM channels and a Twitter widget that displays the latest tweets with the work “monkey” in them. We hope to trick this page out with more live monkey media in the near future.


Monkey Learn
Bandwidth is an issue
There are mysterious bugs in the system
Even off-the-shelf solutions have their limitations
This installation would probably work better and be more aesthetically pleasing with just cameras and monitors (with the laptops hidden)
The installation would probably have worked better with analog video
Lighting and camera placement are tricky
If only our monkey talent were this well trained:


Monkey in Costa Rica

Monkeys in the Mission, San Francisco

Monkeys near San Francisco Chinatown

Popular Monkey helmet, Taiwan

Monkeys in Shikoku, Japan

Kris and Monkeys, New York