I need to include a link to Design Observer on the right (I've recommended the book "79 essays on Design" before, which is a collection of contributions to the site by Michael Bierut).But anyway, I read yesterday about a photography exhibit of photographer David Masiel. He took photos of all these copper canisters which contain the ashes of patients at a mental "hospital" in Oregon. You can read the amazing post here titled "Death's Bloom." It's quite curious what has happened to these containers just pushed aside for however many years and display of the colors that resulted from their slow decay...I've added the exhibit catalog to my Amazon wish list in hopes of getting to see more.
I subbed at the high school today, and wouldn't you know it first hour there is this one jock in the front row, blond built big and stout with flimsy shorts on and seemingly no idea what they show as he gets up and moves around, and at one point the dark haired taller jock sitting behind him with a tight shirt showing his worked out back was leaning forward in his seat. and the blond guy and him are having some sort of conversation, i dunno, I'm monitoring everyone getting their work done, and so their work out conversation turns into the blond guy runing his finger up and down the guys back talking about that muscle or something, and the dark haired guy says man that feels good. so he keeps doing it, and I'm thinking these kids have no idea how gay that looks. ha anyway, then the guy offers a massage. so blond boy is standing up behind the guy massaging and I'm trying not to stare. ha ha!!! so funny...sheer innocence. ahh well.
I filled in one hour for the profoundly handicapped today and it was so beautiful. a guy in there who speaks syllable after forced determined syllable, but able to have a conversation. and this other girl more handicapped and two others strapped into their chairs. really great deal that a public school can care for these people and give their families a chance that their kids are somewhat included. (a thought passed my mind that there were probably some handicapped people back in the day that ended up in some sort of asylum and how sad.)
I've been lucky to get lots of sub jobs this month on my days off from teaching at the college. teaching tomorrow and then a week off for spring break!!!! bring it on.