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Each month we publish a newsletter listing the contents of the current giraffe.com with links to each section. The newsletter is sent to a select group who have asked to be included. If you would like to receive it the day of publication, simply email me at giraffe@giraffe.com. For those of you who do not get the newsletter immediately, here is a copy.

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June 1, 2021

To the Friends of Giraffe:

Our cover image this month is a unique digital painting called "Fluctuations", reflecting the alternating currents of hope and fear that accompany us as we transition out of lockdown.

Our new !Brazen Hussy artist for you this month is Cathrin Hoffmann, who brings us "The Big Why".

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Don't forget that you can purchase a wide range of !Brazen Hussy goodies at our shop.

Our Electronic Quill article this month is titled "The Mutant Enzyme". It begins with an 8 year old, running away from home, followed by my own reflection of runnning away at age 5. It relates all of us to seaweed, anthrax, and flickers of light from 14 billion years ago. Hopefully, it reassures the young boy and ourselves about our place in the grander scheme of things.

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

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eMusings: Boris Nzebo paints life in Cameroon; La Guardia Airport in New York City gets a stunning new installation; did you decide not to buy the new 900-page biography of Francis Bacon? Not to worry - Joan Acocella writes a brilliant review; "The Gender Frontier" brings tender photographs of transgender people; Geneva Free Port's fascinating history as a repository for ultra-high-secret art; Julie Mehretu creates a giant abstraction for the Goldman Sachs headquarters in New York; dual aesthetics in the work of Isamu Noguchi; The Getty Museum introduces us to the demons in Mesopotamian art and ideology; don't miss the Carnavalet Museum in Paris; Keith Haring's darker impulses; Joan Semmel paints her aging body as a battleground; Rosa Verloop's soft sculptures are compelling and eerie; Ania Hobson's dramatic paintings pack a strong punch; Milton Avery's "poetry of sheer loveliness" in paint; a new respectful look at Helen Frankenthaler; and "The Cardiovascular Secrets of Giraffes".

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YNOT: Our Woman of the Month award for June goes to two women of the White Rose resistance fighters in Nazi Germany.

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

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More on Ynot: women graduates take jobs with lower pay; a Florida high school alters the photographs of students in their yearbook; Switzerland produces videos of women at work in the STEM fields; Girl Gang Garage welcomes women into the male-dominated automobile industry; the city of Dallas, Texas, exhibits one hundred 3D printed statues of women; Esther Freud, one of painter Lucien Freud's many children, is shocked to discover that her mother was almost incarcerated in one of Ireland's notorious Mother and Baby homes; an unknown female artist of the Hudson River School is rediscovered; a Black homeowner doubles her home's appraisal value by having a White male stand in for her; new women to appear on American quarter coins; a rise in suicides among young Black women; women suffer pain more deeply than men; Apple computer hires and quickly fires an author who wrote virulent comments about females; women with chest pain are undertreated and underdiagnosed.

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Giraffe's Site of the Month - Two excellent artists to enjoy: Amoako Boafo with striking portraits; and Julie Curtiss's highly stylized juxtapositions of "the uncanny and the mundane".

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New Digital Paintings: 5 new reflections on the murky waters that we now enter between what-to-do/what not-to-do and nobody really knows, including "Once Upon a Woman", "Once Upon a Man", and "As We Migrate".

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New Blobs: 4 blobs (digital models) that visualize creatures that could be and might be living in alternate universes.

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3D print news: phantoms to improve the diagnosis of retinal pathologies; attaining higher resolution images of the increased glucose metabolism of cancer cells; overcoming the problems in 3D printing of living materials derived from genetically engineered protein nanofibers; new batteries for large electric vehicles; stunning furniture in gradient colors 3D printed with concrete; vertical farms in California and an entire vertical city planned for another planet; supercoiling fibres as potential artificial muscles for robots; stretchable and soft elastomers to rival rubber. (note: take a look at the experiment in soft materials that predates 3D printed rubber and resulted in a failure); analyzing how brains manage to use an extra body part; 3D printing diseased skin models to study skin infections in diabetes; a 3D printed silent orchestra.

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On our Fitness page, Vision Fitness Center has just published a new section on dental veneers and how they work.

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Our image called "Poppies" was just published as the cover of a Wellesley College alumnae record book, along with a celebratory poem.

Diversions for Difficult Times

On Amazon Prime: "New Tricks", a delightful police series originally shown on TV from 2006 - 2015, with superb acting and a distinctly British sense of humor.

Music to perk you up and get you moving: "Greatest Hits by Sylvester, released in 1990. . How can you sit still with a title like "Do you Wanna Funk?" James Sylvester Jr. was born in Watts, Los Angeles, and died in San Francisco at the age of 41. He was Influenced by singers like Billie Holiday and Josephine Baker. From Wikipedia: "An activist who campaigned against the spread of HIV/AIDS, Sylvester died from complications arising from the virus in 1988, leaving all future royalties from his work to San Francisco-based HIV/AIDS charities. He was posthumously named to the Dance Music Hall of Fame."

We seem to be living in a world that William Butler Yeats predicted in 1919 in his poem "The Second Coming", with lines like "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world". On the other hand, if chaos theory is correct, you can be the butterfly that flaps its wings wherever you live and its effects will be felt worldwide. Flap kindly, my friends, flap compassionately, and flap responsibly.

With warm regards from your friend, the Giraffe.

c. Corinne Whitaker 2021