Category Archives: Smiles

Things That Make Me Smile No.119: Notes on a Triangle

This short video could be characterized as synchronized swimming for geometric shapes or a primer on how to form fascinating patterns in quilting. It looks at the ways triangles can split, turn, and reform into a wide variety of shapes … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No.118: Handpan Music

In Smile 89, I showed a video of Daniel Waples playing a handpan in the London Underground, and my love of steel drums and variants hasn’t changed. Here is a TEDx where he talks about how he got started, a … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No.117: Innovative Art Tools

An amazing, innovative way to do 3D digital drawing that opens a whole new type of creativity. You have only to listen to the wonder in the artists’ voices to understand how this new tool changes art itself.

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Things That Make Me Smile No.116: Steampunk in Action

While the logical follow up to my essay last week would be a work of steampunk art I had created, I have only the one mechanical dog that I’ve shown you before (the artwork for my article is a celebration … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No.115: Fantasy

I’ve been a storyteller since before I could read or write. Among my first reads were many folktales from many cultures. Not the cleaned up Disney versions, but the original teaching tales with simple lessons like don’t go out into … Continue reading

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