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June 1, 2020

To the Friends of Giraffe:

STOP! Whatever you are doing and

GO! to Netflix, for an outstanding series called Age of Design. Bingeworthy and Emmy nominated, these 8 episodes will lift your spirits and stimulate your thinking. One of my favorites is episode 2, about Neri Oxman and the MIT Media Center but they are all beautifully done.

I had hoped to serve you Linzer Torte first, followed by Vegemite (fat free, but not to everyone's taste unless you are a native Australian) at the 24th International Symposium of Digital Art, but the geographic exhibitions in Vienna, Austria and Melbourne, Australia have been canceled. This online presentation wlll give you a good idea of what I was planning to show. These are portraits based on a raw selfie, run through several A.I. iterations, and reinterpreted through digital magic.

Another special exhibit and sale are taking place at the Paul Mahder Gallery in Healdsburg, California. Paul has never offered sale prices before, so this is an unusual opportunity.

Our cover image today, and today only, is titled "Dark Shadows", and is number 79 in our series of daily covers reflecting how it feels to live through a pandemic. This digital painting was created as part of our A.I. investigation of what it means to be a 21st century human living through a devastating crisis.

Our electronic quill article this month is called "Squashed Frog". It all begins with Hopalong Mud Puddle. Then it looks at Paul Revere (with a new horse), scissors, dirty socks, and Zen. It also asks a poignant question that has no answer.

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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: Do we like ourselves?; a ginormous artificial waterfall in South Korea; Bisa Butler is having a moment; artists look at covid 19; a sculpture designed to disintegrate before your eyes; Forest of Rods at the Wellcome Galleries; "Bottle of Notes" public installation by Claes Oldenburg; "Invoking the Vitality of a Universe Beyond Imagination" by Takashi Murakami; "Hiroshima Mon Amour" along with Giacometti and Bacon; the 5 best paintings of Matisse; self-portraits by artists near death (see especially Frida Kahlo and Goya); a house designed from an automobile logo; young London designers remake the city, and I'd like to live there.

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YNOT: Our Woman of the Month award for June goes to Joyce Linker, Board Chair of the Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

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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: why women have more difficulty funding their retirement; Yayoi Kusama's early political/feminist work; the political silence over child murders in Atlanta; a project meant to eliminate female mosquitos has profound implications; "trump=plague" got her arrested; inadequate medical protections and treatment for women in prison; a "shesession" describes the inordinate number of women losing their jobs during the pandemic; Victorian women hid their bodies during portraits.

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Giraffe's Site of the Month - two, for your pleasure: Christie's leads us through a history of portraiture over the years; and Iris van Herpen takes 3D printed clothing to amazing new heights.

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!Brazen Hussy: Patty Carroll's Anonymous Women - anonymous maybe but pretty devastating.

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New Digital Paintings: 5 new portraits derived from my selfie, run through several A.I. algorithms, and digitally transmogrified.

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New Blobs: 4 new unidentified creatures that may well be the next generation of us.

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Digital Giraffe writes: "Stephen and the Willow" - what happens to those of us born with different wiring, tricks of the twitter, model-T minds, fuzzy red puppies and Japanese Death Poems.

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3D print news: a high-performance polymer stable at intense heats; 3D printing in the field of medical urology; a new 3D printed floating house designed to last 100 years; a new way to print objects that are larger than the printer; some new "Liquid Metal Lattice Materials with Recoverable and Reconfigurable Behaviors"; China is experimenting with 3D printing on space stations; how to create objects with multiple materials in one step; did you know that orthotropy assumptions are burdening your software?; an entire 3D printed neighborhood in Mexico.

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Diversions for difficult times:

On Netflix "The English Game", a different kind of offering from Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey Fame. Critics didn't love it but the public did. I found it increasingly absorbing as the characters develop.

For puzzle fans, take out your pencils for Double Crostics, guaranteed to keep your brain cells humming. If you are new to the genre, your answers reveal the name and title of the quotation cited. Michael Dickman, one of the best creators of these fascinating puzzles, holds a PhD in chemistry, is a patent lawyer and a student of X-ray crystallography. Available on amazon.com

Finally, for laughter and delight, watch "William and Mary", nominated for a British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series and for Best TV Comedy Actor, on Amazon Prime. Remember Doc Martin? This younger Martin Clunes is lovable and decidedly huggable. Imagine what happens when a middle aged undertaker and a midwife, both with teenage children, fall in love. These uplfting episodes send me to bed in a delightful mood.

I trust that you and your families are surviving masks and handwashing. Hopefully the features we offer are giving you hours of education, distraction, and joy.

Warm regards from your friend the Giraffe.

c. Corinne Whitaker 2020