DES MOINES Posts
OCTOBER 08, 2015
"I don't know if there is a word to describe a peninsula that's part of another peninsula, maybe "super-peninsula." They can use that if they want."
In this hilarious, yet introspective look on a remote and serene corner on the world called Copper Harbour, Michigan, freelance writer John Donavan shares his love for its 75 quirky residents, its single drag strip, its dozen places to stay, and half as many places to eat, its few quiet souvenir shops, its art studio, its laundromat, its lonely but loved book store, and its complete lack of cell-phone reception.
Surrounded by wilderness, wonder, and solitude, Donavan shares getting lost in the natural beauty, forgetting that the noise, and the hurry, and the craziness of world even exists, adding "it's kinda like my church."
(From PechaKucha Des Moines Vol. 21.)
NOVEMBER 05, 2013
Time just carries on with its tireless march forward and -- wow, just like that -- it's November! You know what that means: we have a fresh, steaming, stuffing-filled cornucopia of presentations for you (with a side of cranberry sauce)!
Here are the Top 5 Presentations of the Day for the month of October 2013:
"Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" by Kate Garmey.
"Introversion" by Caleb Keller.
"Human Trafficking" by Ali Weiner.
"Fear. Pain. Humor." by Mark Rickmeier.
"The San Francisco of Tomorrow" by Craig Scott.
OCTOBER 13, 2013
Do social situations recharge you? Or do they drain you? If it's the latter, you're likely an introvert.
In today's Presentation of the Day, "Introversion" from PKN Des Moines Vol. 14, Caleb Keller goes over common misconceptions about introversion and how we can make better use of introverts' strengths. Caleb also discusses the realities of our extrovert-dominated society and how it came to be that extroverts are championed, whereas introverts are often marginalized.
OCTOBER 02, 2013
In today's Presentation of the Day, "The Halifax Explosion" from PKN Des Moines Vol. 3, Alan Feirer speaks on some historical knowledge he acquired while on a trip with his family to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
As he tells it, on an early morning in December 1917, this small eastern Canadian town suffered what was one of the largest, artificial, non-nuclear explosions of the 20th century.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
Is a degree in philosophy really so useless?
In today's Presentation of the Day, "The Value of Philosophy" from PKN Des Moines Vol. 3, philosophy graduate Caleb Keller argues for the love of knowledge, and discusses the importance of utilizing logic in our everyday lives.
He makes the case that without the proper values necessary to think for oneself, society becomes an echo-chamber.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2013
"Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron -- some of the greatest major leaguers who ever lived -- began their careers in the Negro Leagues."
In today's Presentation of the Day, "Negro League Baseball" from PKN Des Moines Vol. 13, Nick Wilson discusses the importance of preserving history, and in this case the history of African-American major baseball leagues, prior to their integration to Major League Baseball.
Nick goes over the difficulty in locating statistical records of Negro League players, and describes some of the legends of the league. He believes it's necessary for us to take down and fill out these hazy spots in American baseball history, and pass it down to the current generation.
MAY 02, 2013
Pivotal Moments in Graphic Design
She goes back several thousand years to paint a mural-sized picture of design's evolution. She moves from ancient Egypt’s hieroglyphics, to the printing press and other turn of the century innovations, both in technology and creative thinking, and concludes with the most recent advances in the tech world today.
MARCH 04, 2013
Flap-jacks, johnny cakes, crepes, hotcakes, or whatever your region calls them, we all love them. Really, who doesn't enjoy a good pancake every once in awhile?
He also goes into detail on the emergence of delectable pancake toppings, the companionship between syrup and hotcakes, and the influence of race on marketing pancake-related products in the past.
So warm up the frying pan, cook up a few griddlecakes, drizzle on some syrup and butter, and check this one out.
AUGUST 24, 2012
Thoughtless Drawing Experiments, Invisible Elements in Good Design, and Providence's 40th
Presentations Tyler Weiss says he doesn't draw much anymore, but in his presentation (from PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1) he takes us on tour of some of the drawn art he's produced over the years, explaining where the inspiration came from. Susanna Cots is an internationally renowned interior designer from Barcelona who, in her presentation (in Catalan, from PKN Mallorca Vol. 1), explains the importance of invisible elements in a good design. Posters New additions to the Tumblr blog today include a few older posters, like the one for PKN Des Moines Vol. 7 you see above, as well as posters for last week's PKN Bemidji Vol. 14, last month's PKN Providence Vol. 40, and May's PKN New Haven Vol. 12. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzqoV1C3lqs Video As we mentioned above, we added the poster for last month's momentous PKN Vol. 40 in Providence to our poster blog, but here's also a 2-minute video produced by the Providence Journal that will give you a peek of what the outdoor event was like. Calendar We have two PKNs on tap for tonight (Friday, August 24): PKN Nagoya Vol. 12 and PKN Guangzhou Vol. 11. On Saturday, you can catch these two events: PKN Nagano Vol. 21 and PKN Gibsons Vol. 3.