Exploring the intersection of creativity and technology.

Written and collected by Ryan Catalani (@magicofpi).

  1. "And race matters for reasons that really are only skin deep, that cannot be discussed any other way, and that cannot be wished away. Race matters to a young man’s view of society when he spends his teenage years watching others tense up as he passes, no matter the neighborhood where he grew up. Race matters to a young woman’s sense of self when she states her hometown, and then is pressed, ‘No, where are you really from?’, regardless of how many generations her family has been in the country. Race matters to a young person addressed by a stranger in a foreign language, which he does not understand because only English was spoken at home. Race matters because of the slights, the snickers, the silent judgments that reinforce that most crippling of thoughts: ‘I do not belong here.’"
    From Justice Sotomayor’s dissenting opinion on the ruling upholding Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in public university admissions. She continues: “In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination. This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable.”
    Posted on April 23, 2014
  2. My photos from Emerson’s 12th annual 9/11 vigil.

    Posted on September 14, 2013
  3. Headlines about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects continue to dominate national news.

    Posted on April 20, 2013
  4. Reflecting on the snow-covered Common, yesterday’s sunset was spectacular.

    Posted on February 10, 2013
  5. Scenes from last night.

    Posted on February 9, 2013
  6. Nemo provided some quite scenic snowfall on the Boston Common.

    Posted on February 8, 2013
  7. I started drawing on an iPhone at the beginning of 2009, and, at the time, I liked being able to work so small. I got so used to the size that the first time I used the iPad, it felt like I had a pinball machine in front of me. In time, however, I became more proficient on the tablet and started using more lines and more detail. To the point that now, it feels primitive indeed to draw on the iPhone.

    Five years after Jorge Colombo’s innovative New Yorker cover (left) drawn with the iPhone app Brushes, he followed up this week with a cover—in the same visual style and perhaps same physical location—created on an iPad.

    Posted on January 28, 2013
  8. berkeleybeacon:

    Of course I like that — that’s exactly who I am. I have lots of swag, clearly.

    — President Pelton commenting on @DatPeltonSwag, the parody Twitter account prompting laughs—and some controversy—on campus.

    Posted on January 27, 2013
  9. "I’m sorry. Am I reading too brightly?"

    "I’m sorry. Am I reading too brightly?"

    Posted on January 25, 2013
  10. "We’re all created equal, baby. After that, you’re on your own."
(Reminds me of this: “Americans have an egalitarian approach to inequality: they want everyone to have an equal chance to become better-off than everyone else.”)

    "We’re all created equal, baby. After that, you’re on your own."

    (Reminds me of this: “Americans have an egalitarian approach to inequality: they want everyone to have an equal chance to become better-off than everyone else.”)

    Posted on January 25, 2013