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November 1, 2020

To the Friends of Giraffe:

We begin with a cautionary tale. The bid was seductive. The bidder was friendly and cooperative. He was also a scammer. Professional colleagues, a sharp attorney, and research kept me out of trouble. But please be careful!

Our cover image today, and today only, is titled "Crackerjack Behind Bars" and is number 185 in our series of daily covers reflecting how it feels to live through this pandemic. We have also added a second cover image, called "There's A Monster Under My Bed", at the conclusion of this newsletter. Both images reflect our ongoing visual research into what it means to be, to be alive, and to survive, in these challenging times.

Our new Brazen Hussy is one you won't want to miss. Kathrin Hoffman's images on being female are pungent and compelling. They leave no room to hide. Be sure to check out 2019 as well as 2020.


Our electronic quill article this month is titled "I Speak Thunder". Is it true that ancient hominids saw the sky as a body and thunder as its language? Are artists invisible, and do big bucks change that dynamic? What happened when a young friend was brutally face-punched? It's all here.


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


eMusings: I have tried this month to bring you artists that you may not be familiar with. Some were delightfully new to me: An isolated Baltic island ruled by women; Mozart's music played on an instrument that he owned; Robert Peek's mysterious botannical photographs; Lake Nugent's photos look like elaborate stage sets; Diana Al-Hadid's elaborate and compelling installations; Morag Myerscough's colorful sculpture leaps off the street in Paris; did you know that Suzanne Valadon, remarkable painter, was the mother of Utrillo?; a rare opportunity to see one of JMW's masterpieces right next to the sketch of it; a subterranean hotel built into a cave in Saudi Arabia; a new drug patent search opens the world of greening, where big pharma prevents you from getting generics; a photographic history of men in love.


YNOT: Our Woman of the Month award for November goes to Maggie Lena Walker, who realized that Blacks could not get loans after the Civil War and so founded the Saint Luke's Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, Virginia.


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


More on Ynot: amazon and netflix agree to add many more women both in front of and behind the camera in Bollywood; Netha Goldberg designs singular shoes for women (they can carry tampons, for example); graduating police cadets in Egypt cause disruption with a shirtless video; the dire prospects for young women in refugee camps in Bangladesh; the continuing stigma of divorce in India; how the inimitable Dolly Parton continues to enchant us; Dame Stephanie Shirley gives a lively TED talk on how she became a billionaire entrepreneur in the U.K.; Roger Arline Young, first Black woman to obtain a Ph.D. in zoology in the U.S. (hint: it was a treacherous path); why are black women 40% more likely to die of breast cancer?; marginalizing women in discussions and policy-making about covid worldwide.


Giraffe's Site of the Month - make that 2 sites. Lisa Ericson creates quite remarkable hyper-realistic portraits of animals; and Jose Manuel Castro Lopez magically carves seductive sculptures from granite and quartz that appear to be made of fabric.


New Digital Paintings: 5 new digital paintings that use A.I. to question who we are and where we are headed. In an age of transition, where yesterday fades and tomorrow looms threateningly, what happens to us today as we straddle that divide?


New Blobs: 4 blobs (digital models) that look real but delve into unseen worlds.


Digital Giraffe writes: "Hustle, Bustle and Muscle" - do young (and not so young) geeks thrive on touch screens and get out of touch with their humanity? Where are they rushing? Do they know that nature has left us samples from 180 million years ago? Have they forgotten that one hug from a child far surpasses millions of data points?


3D print news: the world of 3D printing is on the cusp of an explosive breakout all over the planet. From Israel to Abu Dhabi, Netherlands to the U.K., the possibilities of this radical process are revolutionizing standard manufacturing practices. We guide you to a few of the innovative projects taking place: a 3D printed human tongue expected to taste different food flavors; 3D printed human skulls as evidence in a murder trial; shape-memory leading to "reconfigurable behavior"; issues of autoclave sterilization, biocompatibility, skin sensitivity, cytotoxicity, and environmental stability being analyzed in medical implantation; 3D printing glioblastomas with bio-inks derived from cancer patient tumor cells; soft, flexible neural implants for conditions like Parkinson's, epilepsy, and severe depression; experiments in osteoinduction suggest that 3D medical implants can grow into bone; Europe's first electric 4 wheel 3D printed vehicle; storage of patients' MRI and CAT scans in cloud banks to be 3D printed later as needed; 9 major problems with metal materials; issues of product liability in the 3D printed industry; and an updated 3D printed pen that claims to use nontoxic materials and can work for 30 minutes without needing cooling.


Diversions for Difficult Times:

Long Long plays a lovely piano rendition of the music from the TV show Poldark.

And (trumpets sounding) regular TV is slowly awakening from its covid hibernation. One of my favorite shows, "This Is Us" on NBC, has already presented its season opener, a 2-hour special with an unexpected twist at the end. There is a reason why this show has won a Prime Time Emmy Award, A Critics Choice Television Award, An Actor's Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Don't forget to look at the beautiful spread of Whitaker's paintings in the Magazine of Contemporary Art. (Scroll down to see all of the images.) The works shown here range from 2010 to the present.

Another fine online exhibition, originally meant to go to Vienna, Austria, and Melbourne, Australia, is now being shown online: d-art.

In 3 days, "at the still point of the turning world", as T.S.Eliot expressed it, we will start to find out whether democracy in the U.S. will survive. I am reminded of e. e. cummings' words: "Listen: there's a hell of a good universe next door; let's go". We may have to.

With warm regards from your friend, the Giraffe.

c. Corinne Whitaker 2020