At the Palo Alto Art Festival

This is something quite similar to the Bangalore's Chitra Santhe (painting market) - a street filled with artists selling their paintings and sculptures. The University Avenue in Palo Alto was bustling with people, paintings and variety of other things.

There was a shop selling lots of crafted of board games. I was delighted to see a board that is quite familiar to me. I have known that as A-La-Gu-Li Ma-Ne. A game apparently introduced to Indian coast by Arab merchants centuries ago, which in Africa is known as Mancala. Unlike the 14 hole board that I have at home, this one was with 12 holes. That was the first computer game I had written, complete with my brother's voices and an animated hand. There was an old artist who made fairy tale creatures, which all looked like his self portraits. There was a lady selling enchanting boxes that looked just like an old book. While most of it was "over priced and practically useless things to fill your house", I liked the painting on the T-shirt from previous year's festival, and to my surprise a few stalls later, the artist who painted that picture, had setup a shop. She was happy to give me an autograph over her painting on the T-shirt!

Last week while trying to buy a notebook computer at Fry's electronics, I was so disappointed at number of models that absolutely have no design sense in them. Most looked as if they were turned inside out or ugly and unsymmetrical surfaces. I never really liked the Apple boxes. Those to me look like white tin boxes with no room for design or expression. Comparing Acer Ferrari laptops to Apple boxes is like comparing Ferrari cars to Ambulances. Laptops were just an example. I see ample other places where commercial household items and utilities lack a sense of art or design - anything from electrical sockets to soap boxes.

Now looking at the old artists who were sitting in the sun trying to sell their own work, makes me feel sorry for them. There would have been far better designed consumer merchandise if those artist had designed them for mass production.

(BTW, I bought an AMD Turion 64 LiveStrong notebook, finally)
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