Sunday, October 23, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Maruyama, photographer, chemical engineer, advertiser of international acclaim and an excellent connoisseur of the art of Chinese calligraphy, was born in Nagano, Japan, in 1968, and there he embarked upon his career as a photographer portraying the landscapes surrounding his birth town.
In the 25 shots of the “Kusho” series, water and ink are on the verge of merging, when Shinichi's lens stops the exact fraction of a second which they meet, maintaining them intact and whole. A technique with a pictorial feel that recalls, with some transfer into photography, “drip painting” by the artist Jackson Pollock.
The liquid sprays, already seen in various forms in a large number of advertising campaigns designed at his hand, interact in unique, unexpected and ephemeral ways, following the fluid and unpredictable instinct of his calligraphic gestures. Here, chemistry, physics and the wonder of chaos merge, directing the ephemeral poetry of Maruyama's photos.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Betsy Fischer is Executive Producer of Meet the Press—NBC's number-one-rated Sunday morning public affairs program and the longest running television program in the world. An award-winning journalist, she has produced interviews with U.S. presidents, key cabinet officials, heads of state and every 2004 and 2008 presidential candidate.
What traits make a good business leader? Any that didn't come naturally to you that you've grown into?
A key trait of an effective business leader is the ability to be comfortable and timely in decision-making. It is frustrating to follow a leader who isn't able to set agendas and a clear direction. I believe that confidence in decision-making and good judgment really comes from experience. In my case, I was lucky enough to start at Meet the Press as an intern 20 years ago—so I was able to "grow up" in these surroundings, learn some tough lessons along the way, and eventually discover how to trust my instincts and have the confidence to make important decisions.
I think the longer I am in corporate environment the more I value decision-making. Clarity is hard to come by. It's something I constantly strive for. It's so hard when there are so many voices in one creative field. Addressing business needs is what it comes down to, but it's knowing what is and is not "brand right". Where to push, where to let go. Picking battles. I constantly strive to stay somewhere long enough to have this kind of clarity. WIP.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
It has been seven years since the two Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, touched down on Mars and began their mobile exploration of the red planet. Where are they now? Are they still working? Three years ago, another Lander, Phoenix touched down and operated for five months in the artic region of Mars. What did it find? This special planetarium show, "Mars Update", will answer these questions and in the process, share with its audience the latest news from Mars.