Matt Maldre

Public spaces artist

purple teddy bear sitting in window for #TeddyBearHunt

Teddy Bear Hunt

People are setting teddy bears in their front window, so people can walk around on a #teddybearhunt making your neighborhood friendlier. Here’s our little purple bear. Put a bear in your window. More teddy bears people have put in their window

16th century Switzerland textiles that look like bitmap art

It is my greatest desire that some video game midi music play in the background while this is displayed. Are there other examples of 16th century Switzerland textiles with bitmap art? I’m googling: Switzerland 16th century textile Google is not a very good search engine for finding 16th century Switzerland textiles. Is there a better …

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Popular topics in Google Arts and Culture

The selections for “Popular topics” in Google Arts and Culture is quite curious Paul Gauguin — 372 items Oil paint — 5,870 items Shark Bay — 8 items Wassily Kandinsky — 39 items Renaissance — 12,200 items Post-Impressionism — 2,620 items Baroque — 34,700 items John Singer Sargent — 112 items Impressionism — 3,100 items …

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Fun with toilet paper from the past

Google Photos is a lot of fun. Upload all your photos, and Google will use artificial intelligence to identify what’s in your photos. Since everyone has been talking about toilet paper for the past week, I searched for the in-demand product in my Google Photos. Here’s what the past has brought up. 2011: One sheet …

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Einstein on time being a stubbornly persistent illusion

What is time? Shortly before his death, Albert Einstein wrote: “The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” What is the context of this quote? I accidentally came across a discussion about this quote in a podcast that appeared at the top of my Soundcloud stream: Carlo Rovelli — …

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wearing rubber gloves using my own sharpie while voting

Voting with rubber gloves

What better thing to do when a pandemic virus is spreading than to go to a public place to vote? Despite COVID-19, I voted today! Everyone politely stood six feet apart in the line. With rubber gloves on my hands, I avoided touching anything inside my polling place. While waiting in line, I thought about …

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