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December 1, 2021

To the Friends of Giraffe:

Whitaker's "Pink Lips" was just published in Observica Prime Edition 2021, a visual arts magazine from Ontario, Canada.

Our cover image this month is titled "Tippelskirchi". If I tell you that its subtitle is "Akimbo" does that help? It is fabricated into a large aluminum box lighted with LED bulbs.

Our Electronic Quill article this month is titled "Are We Mud Luscious?" Or perhaps I should ask, are we to be known as homo stupidiosus? We recall Tits and Ass, Zen on a Turbulent Sunday, dancing with penis worms, Charlie Chaplin, and a baby named Uxolo. We also challenge you to identify who wrote the devastating quote about sympathy and humiliation: the answer may surprise you.

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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: Harry Styles' new makeup line aims to eliminate the binary myth; "otherworldly" works of Chad Knight; M+ Museum opens in Hong Kong with pride and apprehension; Auroboros brings us a living biomimicry dress; stunning furniture called "Unfamiliar Passions" inspired by the history of homosexuality; MAD architects from China design a residential building with water features and planted terraces; the Getty explains Greek and Roman influences on Peter Paul Rubens; the power of the Nusta at the Denver Botanic Gardens; Rodriguez Montoya reinvents discarded car parts, rabbit pelts, and steel zip ties into stunning sculptures; Kinke Kooi's seductive and fluid imagery; a dramatic piece of Russian architecture from Expo 2020 Dubai; Edward Hopper's legacy examined; a previously unknown portrait by Jawlensky appears at auction in Germany.

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YNOT: Our Woman of the Month award for December goes to Diana Budisavljevic, who saved thousands of children from the Nazi's in WW II.

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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: Sydney Leroux calls attention to the bullying in Canadian women's soccer; the last members of Afghanistan's only music school finally escape to Portugal; rigid fashion norms inhibit the progress of women in Australia; women in middle management cause less carbon pollution than men in the same positions; a woman is named the first female Astronomer Royal for Scotland by Queen Elizabeth; the U.K. appoints its first female arm wrestling referee; the New York City Council gets its first female majority; women worldwide participate in an embroidery project called the Red Dress; at age 101 Cresencia Garcia survives covid 19 and is honored at Carnegie Hall as an Unsung Hero of WW II; a young Ph.D. candidate survives the pandemic by living in a tent; "Know Your Menopause" posters in New York City aim to destigmatize the discussion of menopause; Shalane Flanagan runs 6 major marathons in 42 days to encourage women to continue running as they age; researchers are astonished to discover that female California condors don't need males to reproduce.

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Giraffe's Site of the Month - Tau Lewis invites you into her extravagant assemblages.

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New Digital Paintings: we continue our exploration into large triptychs, 48" x 24" in lighted boxes. These come from a new series called "Hell Hath No Whipped Cream": some of them imagine a lush underwater world we wish we had not polluted; others examine the conflicted and anxious lives that we now live in and try to make sense of.

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New Blobs: 4 new blobs (digital models) created with powerful CAD/CAM programs. You see them here before they continue their journey into digital paintings and sculpture.

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3D Print News - the world's first 3D printed eye implanted into a 47-year-old man; scientists have finally succeeded in creating a complete 3D printed model of an entire cell in molecular detail; new resin-based bio-compatible inks; a new kind of medical imaging called biomodels; Italian company WASP comes up with new polymer machines; using fuel as a cooling device for hypersonic plane travel - London to Sydney in 4 hours?; order personalized footwear over your cell phone; how to detect "spaghetti monsters" before they occur; a new printer that expands the capabilities of jetted prints; 3D printed tuna as Time magazine's invention of the year; 3D printed steaks coming to restaurants, including those of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White; Steve Wozniak's Privateer Space aims to locate and clean up space junk.

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Diversions for Difficult Times

Some inspired streaming choices for you:

"Tick Tick...Boom" - For the first 20 minutes I asked myself, if this had not been directed by Lin Manuel Miranda, would I be watching it? Probably not, until an extraordinary duet that blew the top off the show. By the end I realized that he had nailed it - the drive, the passion, the exhaustion, the discouragement, the necessity, the chemistry, of being an artist.

"Hugo" - a Martin Scorsese fantasy of delight, about a young boy living inside a Paris train station.

"London Spy" - an evocative, moody spy story/love story. Wonderfully non-linear and delicate.

"A River Runs Through It" - Robert Redford directs a young Brad Pitt in a heart-warming father-son drama, beautifully photographed in Montana.

"Sayonara" -a young Marlon Brando and Red Buttons, with some wonderful Japanese kabuki performances.

Finally, for political and diplomatic intrigue of the highest order, I am currently bingewatching "Borgen".

Digital Wall has reviewed my A.I. music piece called Krepildockerschpe, writing, "Krepildockerschpe was named after a book by the artist's alter ego, Corinne Whitaker. Clocking in at just over 16 minutes, the piece can best be described as an ethereal electronic music soundscape. It starts slowly and compellingly with overtones of ecstasy, peppered with voice samples in a language that I, unfortunately, can't understand, but is intriguing."

We mask, we hide, we camouflage our feelings, we wonder what we are turning into and what the future holds. I call us the Quasi's, half carbon and half robotic, plunging headlong into a tomorrow that we both hope for and fear. I know only that kindness and love will survive all politics, and remind us that under the bravado and the posturing, we are all humans trying to make a better world for ourselves and our offspring. Hugs over hatred: that's my mantra. Won't you join me?

With warm regards from your friend, the Giraffe.

c. Corinne Whitaker 2021