Mindport Musings

An ongoing meditation on the arts, sciences, education, and whatever other
ideas we’re preoccupied with at the moment, leavened with occasional
announcements of current events at Mindport.

Contemplating the Exploratorium

I’ve been reading K.C. Cole’s, Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up. Oppenheimer was the founder of the Exploratorium, a San Francisco institution devoted to the exhibition of art and science.  The book… Read More

Old Mail

A postcard written by M.L. and mailed to Mr. Richard Metzger, postmarked September 24th, 6:30 pm, 1908.  M.L. hopes that Mr. Metzger is “catching lots of rats and are making money” and wonders how Mr. Metzger and “Edward… Read More

Pipe Organ Progress Report

A few entries ago we posted news about the pipe organ that I’m presently building in my shop at home, where I built all the exhibits I contribute to Mindport. Things are moving forward slowly. All 32 pipes… Read More

In Praise of Poetry

Canned Peaches for Snack; 360; Legos; My Room; Too Short a Ride; The Squid; Orange; Parking Lot; Crushed; Madre Mia; No; Short Sexy Season; Flight, and 413 others.  Paper, ink.  Various dimensions.    Our front window currently houses all… Read More

Quote of the Day

“This often happens in math and the sciences – problems that you solve for aesthetic value only, to create something beautiful- turn out to have an application in the real world.  As weird and surprising at it may… Read More

Tetrahedra* Are Us

From this: To this:  On one of his forays through Western Washington University’s library, Exhibits Manager Bill Lee happened upon a series of books by Bradford Hansen-Smith.  (Hansen-Smith explores folding the circle with a passion and determination I… Read More

Get Your Creature On

Our current window features the froggy pictured above, a lovely wearable sculpture created by Mindport staff member Carol Oberton for the Bellingham Procession of the Species, a parade celebrating creativity, community, and our connection with nature. It’s April… Read More

More on “Vintage” Technology

Lately we’ve been conducting an appreciation of the “obsolete” technologies of earlier eras. I’ve often noted the unfortunate fact that the “guts” of modern electronic technology are so microscopic that their physical function is no longer visible. The… Read More

What’s Been Happening at MP (Lately)

Looking over our introduction to this blog, I realized that we promised to keep readers apprised of what’s happening at MP “right now.”  In practice, this has turned out to be primarily keeping readers apprised of some of… Read More

The Seductive Screen

I’m reading The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future, by Mark Bauerlein. Oh, I can hear the screams of anguish over that title from digital age apologists. I won’t argue the… Read More