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September 30, 2018

To the Friends of Giraffe:

September was tumultuous. October seems on its way to surpass that. The wave that brought Trump into office now threatens to engulf him and hopefully the hotbed of hatred that surrounds him.

On the other hand we have an issue this month jammed full of fascinating surprises for you.

Our cover image is titled "Baal", symbol of greed and false ideals. If you remove the last letter, you have the lingua franca of today's congress.

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Our 26th book, "Once Upon a Didgeridoo" (subtitled Ode to Joy), has received a 5 star rating on Amazon.

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Our electronic quill article this month is titled "Jjfhdu Eyfbndkf". If that puzzles you, it puzzles me also, although I made it up. We are speaking in strange tongues these days, hardly understanding each other. In this essay, we look at space, spacing out, outer space and inner spaces. We end asking whether God tweets.

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Our section called "Other Voices" includes eMusings, yNot, Site of the Month, and Just Desserts.

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eMusings: a British fashion collection called "fiercely confrontational"; another collection from the Rhode Island School of Design, made for "in-between" genders; Ruth Asawa's ephemeral hanging forms within forms; BYU radio presents the story of Big Pharma's lock on patents; new technologies married to traditional Japanese aesthetics; conformity and censure surround the female nude once again; "A. Human" predicts radical alterations to the human body; Petah Coyne shows "Having Gone I Will Return" in Manhattan; a stunning project called The Brandenburg 300 melds Bach and outerspace; Beth Shields paints "the form of the formless"; the British composer George Benjamin describes his innate gifts and his creative blocks; Bruce Munro covers neighborhoods in light; Jack Whitten's seldom-seen sculptures; Frank Gehry designs a 20-acre cultural center in Arles; Theodore Gericault at the Harvard Art Museums; "I Am the Old and the New", a brilliant exhibition of Australian art based on aboriginal rituals and traditions; Sarah Lucas will blow you away with her depictions of the female form; the rocky surface of an asteroid seen for the first time.

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Y NOT: Our Woman of the Month award for October goes to the intrepid Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, known affectionately to her admirers as Ruth Badass Ginsburg.

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Don't forget that our outstanding women are permanently archived on their own page.

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Continuing in YNot: Girls Coding, a free learning program for young women in Africa; redefining attitudes toward being overweight; there really was a Pope Joan; "gender fluidity" fashions; a woman breaks the speed-pedaling record previously held by men; why are women not allowed to get angry; a woman co-hosts the nightly news in Saudi Arabia; a young woman with Down syndrome models clothes on the runway; a female Master Ceramicist in ancient Greece; women who killed their husbands in self-defense are acquitted in Russia; the "old boys club" at America's elite schools breeds affluenza.

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Giraffe's Site of the Month: MIT continues its outstanding contributions to art and science with these "MoSculpts". You won't want to miss them.

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New Digital Paintings: We focus on the year 2014, when our cover image and these digital paintings were done.

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New Blobs: Four fun creatures, hinting at what the species might look like some day in the unknown future. These are output onto glass at 23" square. Friends have been telling me which ones they identify with.

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Digital Giraffe writes: Our blog post this month is titled "Idlib Cradle Song", with lucious images accompanying poetry from my book "Cradle Song".

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The hard-cover book can be found here

"Cradle Song"

News from the world of 3D printing: 3D printed tracheal splints help an infant to breathe; the world's first 3D printed housing community; a Lotus Esprit model for you to print; 7 body parts currently being printed; a review of wide-format printers; an early innovator closes shop; liquid crystal polymer prints; a patch made from human cardiac tissue; 3D printing in the field of auto racing; print your own mini PC; a 3D bioprinted bladder still working after 14 years.

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I could do with less fire and brimstone invading my personal space right now. I am reminded of these words penned by Alain de Botton: "My view of human nature is that all of us are just holding it together in various ways - and that's okay, and we just need to go easy with one another, knowing that we're all these incredibly fragile beings."

We seem to be very good at warfare: perhaps we could try a little peacefare for a change?

With warm regards from your friend The Giraffe.

c. Corinne Whitaker 2018