The best-laid schemes


“The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men,

Gang aft agley”

                   – Robert Burns, Tae a Moose


Two months of silence on the blog is the longest pause I’ve allowed since I started blogging. The time has flown!

Here it is, September now, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming Fall exhibition season as a welcome slowdown to the June – August period that preceded it.

Why I was so quiet over the Summer

There was an anniversary trip to Greece (we arrived on the eve of the “No” vote and left right after the government’s counteroffer. How’s that for timing?) that was marvelous. Really marvelous!

Oh, hello, Phaistos disk!
Oh, hello, Phaistos disk!
The Antikythera mechanism! The actual Antikythera mechanism!
The Antikythera mechanism! The actual Antikythera mechanism!

We moved my daughter and son into their first non-dorm apartment in North Carolina, a 2,000 mile roundtrip in the ole family minivan. There were also high school graduations, important birthdays, and more.

On the work front, I was filming in a variety of locations, and interviewed a shedload of interesting people. Talking about machine art and Strandbeests with Adam Savage was a particular favorite. Dork heaven!

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We spent a week in Cuba with Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, revisiting the landscapes of her youth that figure so prominently in her art. Talk about powerful! And hot! You can’t expect to get receipts for purchases. Or find Internet access. Or cellular networks. And as a bonus, Americans can’t access bank accounts, so everything is a cash transaction. It was advanced Adventure Business Travel, complete with unexpected disasters and loads of coping on the fly. Buy me a drink sometime and I’ll tell you more. It was amazing! If you get the opportunity to go, take it!

Obligatory Cuban car slideshow…

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Tl;dr: Time for blogging has been scarce. Until now.


  1. Can’t wait to see what you come up with on Theo Jansen’s remarkable Strandbeest. Wish I could head north to see one in person!


  2. Good to see I’m not the only one who has been silent on the blogging front! My plan for 50 posts this year now sounds impossibly ambitious (and I know you were cheering me on too . . .)

    My TL;DR is that a new job and a new role has absorbed pretty much all my energy and focus for the last couple of months. But some cool stuff to report soon I hope!

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