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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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July 1, 2022

To the Friends of Giraffe: Haven't been to the Monterey Museum of Art yet? Start your trip online, then come to the beautiful Central Coast of California to see "Corinne Whitaker: Digital Mindscapes". Thursday through Sunday, 11 - 5 , open until August 20.

Our July cover image is titled "The Myth of the Absurd". You have lived through covid, Putin, and the Supremes, so you know how much absurdity confronts us every day. Read this month's electronic quill article for an expanded comment. I call it "The Absurdical Giraffe" and here's a clue: I keep a jam sandwich in my purse.

Our Electronic Quill article, as stated, is titled, "The Absurdical Giraffe". We start with Pascal and Nietsche, then to design fiction, to a horrifying statement by a congressional candidate in New York. Thence to 10 mouths, the Cowardly Lion, and the fear of Peace. Note my candidate for President, because we're all in a jam.

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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: we take a long look at where technology and specifically A.I. is taking us: Shakespere and Oscar Wilde in artificial drag: a trip into the virtual mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Google stubs its toe on a creature named LaMBDA (skip the media flaps and read the original interview here); using light to cure cancer; archiving music for 10 thousand years; naked models covered in blue paint; "Love Letters to Black Women"; LGBTQ exhibitions to see this summer; a White House state dinner at the Getty Villa; taking a peek at Art Basel; El Greco - he was Greek?; Daniel Popper's extraordinary human/tree sculptures; take a virtual visit to the BRAFA Art Fair in Brussels; much ado about Jean-Michel Basquiat (and it's a lot more than nothing); visit the Giraffe Zoo on You Tube and Instagram (comments welcome!).

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yNot: Our Woman of the Month award for July goes to Angeli Gomez, the courageous Uvalde mother who disobeyed the police and ran into the school, rescuing her own and other children.

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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: an online platform for women in Kenya to display their beadwork; "The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier"; the Nanny who roamed the streets of New York and Chicago taking photographs; the National Gallery falls apart with a blockbuster exhibition that omits women (except as artists' models); post-partum psychosis from a first-hand report; chartered fishing expeditions for women; North Carolina cannot treat young female students as "fragile vesssels"; why are so many whistleblowers women?; Zendesk is sued for gender discrimination; an "Online Harms Bill" in the U.K. aims to make companies responsible for online safety; Blue Origin will send a Mexican-born young woman into space, two "firsts".

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Giraffe's Site of the Month - Two, to be exact: Niki de Saint Phalle and her "colourful matriarchy" - these are simply spectacular; and the New Archeology of Ukranian sculptor Nikita Zigura.

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New Digital Paintings: more explorations into being human in the distressed 3rd decade of the 21st century, shown in large digital paintings in lighted boxes. Note that our newest ones will be sized at 6'w x 3'h as we experiment (once again) with even larger sizes. When you look at "Thunder Under the Sea", remember that there are creatures that vanished right after our arrival 40,000 years ago. They blew red ochre out of their mouths on rocks. We call them Neanderthals: did we breed with them and then massacre them? Was this the first genocide? Is this why I call us the Newanderthals?

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New Blobs: CAD models created to reflect the natural world. 23" x 23" on glass.

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!Brazen Hussy: It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our !Brazen Hussy co-founder and a towering figure in the art world, Ruth Waters.

This month we add two exciting women to our online gallery: Penny Goring, whose works have been called "freak explorations of womanhood", and Frida Guerrera, Mexico's Femicide Detective.

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2 new additions to the Digital Giraffe Zoo: check out the front page of our sculpture section to see "Bride" and "Gloom", crafted with everything from Hershey's kisses to copper coins, life sized and remarkable. You can see them at the Digital Giraffe Studio on Mission St and 8th in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California. (by appointment only, due to covid.)

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3D Print News: The additive manufacturing world is fairly exploding with new discoveries, some of them mind-blowing. Here's what we have found for you: 2 Candian companies claim to have developed new filaments that are "entirely biobased"; an Innovation of the year 2022 Award has been given to Zaha Hadid Architects for their Striatus bridge (and another company called Chetwoods is short-listed for its research into A.I. and Deep Learning); a new printer that folds up and fits into a backpack; a staircase based on a parametric design; the world's tallest 3D printed polymer structure meant to be a moon habitat; NASA looks for new spacesuit designs; using 3D printing to allow doctors to build body parts directly into the body without open surgeries; a special 3D printer just for pastries; a one-step all-in-one way to 3D print robots; a new hydrogel activated only in the presence of specific bacterial enzymes; a living human skin for robots; an ultra-realistic human head that will take your breath away.

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Diversions for Difficult Times

Some inspired streaming:

Borgen, a political drama from Denmark - called "glorious and highly bingeable" - season 4 just released on Netflix

Ihaka, on Amazon Prime - an Australian detective caper with a bit of sex thrown in

Yunana, on Netflix - the first Bhutanese film to be nominated for an Academy Award. Refreshinly different from the usual flash and dash TV fare. Rather more gentle and contemplative. A young teacher is sent to the world's most isolated school in the Himalayas. Restive and immature, he slowly grows and learns.

Dreamer, on Netflix - a feel-good family fare about a horse, a girl, and a dream.

Marshall -a look into the courtroom experience of Justice Thurgood Marshall, perhaps a bit corny, but uplifting and especially relevant as we digest (or get indigestion from) the current Supremes.

Not streaming, but blending: the Vitamix blender, which has re-introduced me to the pleasures of home food preparation. It's professional, and comes with an excellent book of recipes. Treat yourself like royalty with a smoothie in a fluted champagne glass.

I cannot over-emphasize the dangers to democracy that we face today, not only from those who deny reality and want to impose their distortions upon us all, but from some newly-minted gazillionaires who think we must reform a system that gave them the freedom to create and experiment. Dictionary.com reminds us that "power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely." I am absolutely stunned at what we have allowed to happen.

With warm regards, from your friend, the Giraffe.

c. Corinne Whitaker 2022