My Dad wrote a piece for the Marin Independent Journal on the obstacle that standardized testing has become in American education. I'm bias, but I do think it's pretty darned spot-on. I only wish the people who control how education is funded and mapped in the US would read and be changed by it. "An obstacle, not a solution" >>
Meanwhile, my sister has a new web site to help promote her art. I'm helping her lay it out and get it going, and we still have to update the prices and add a few more pieces.
I was thinking about Maxon Crumb the other day after spotting him across the street from GreenCine HQ - not unusual, he lives and hangs out in this neighborhood - when this engaging article by Edward Guthmann appeared in the SF Chronicle:
And there's a podcast now, too. Definitely worth a read and a listen. If it weren't for the film Crumb, I'd never recognize him, wouldn't separate him from the other drifters and sketchy denizens of the tenderloin.
My friend Josh, also a writer and also a grad of CCA's creative writing MFA program, started this cool web project - a collection of photographs of words that have been painted/grafitti'd/stenciled/etc in urban areas:
"Listening Post" consists of 231 little screens, each about the size of a dollar bill, hanging in an array of 21 even vertical rows. Four hidden computers with customized operating systems feed the screens with text captured a short time earlier from thousands of online public forums such as chat rooms and bulletin boards.