!!! techn010ffspring !!! GLOG POSTS 0.001 – 0.003

IG 0.003 POST   Interactive Game:  !!! technoloffspring !!! [V.5] includes the PART 2 component identified as [synthetic-hairbrush-suffragette-mass-being] that brushes the hair of PART 4 identified as [hairy suffragette blocks]. 

Click or tap the screen to encourage PART 2 component identified as [synthetic-hairbrush-suffragette-mass-being] to brush the hair of PART 4 component  [hairy suffragette blocks].

The brushes include drawings from the patented design of Lyda Newman for a hairbrush with synthetic bristles. According to the text about her on the Lemelson-MIT Program website ““Lyda Newman was a remarkable Black female inventor who patented the first hairbrush with synthetic bristles. She is the third Black woman to ever receive a patent. She is also known for her activism in the women’s voting rights movement of the early 20th century.  

Lyda Newman was born in Ohio sometime between 1865 and 1885. Little is known of Newman’s personal life because women, especially Black women, were treated with disregard at that time. However, census records show that she spent most of her life living in New York City, working as a hairdresser. “

The Lemelson-MIT Program website further discusses Lyda Newman. “Newman’s decision to improve the design of the hairbrush derived from her own experience as a Black woman and as a hairdresser. She wanted the process of brushing hair to be more hygienic and efficient. Most hairbrushes at the time were made using animal hair, but the material was too soft to effectively treat the thicker texture of African American hair. Newman used synthetic fibers which were more durable and easier to clean. The brush contained evenly spaced rows of bristles with open slots to clear debris away from the hair into a recessed compartment. The back could be opened with a button for cleaning out the compartment. Newman received a patent for her invention on November 15, 1898. “ 

Every time I brush all three of my daughters’ hair, I think about this patent. My daughters have very, very sensitive scalps and for some reason they are all, despite their different textures, difficult to easily brush without pain and frustration. Recently, we had lice and the combing challenge (while using that lice comb) was exponentially increased! 


A link to her patent can be found here: https://patents.google.com/patent/US614335A

IG 0.002 POST   Interactive Game: !!! technoloffspring !!! [V.7] gives a digital hug to !!! technoloffspring !!! [V.1]

Play this simple digital game by clicking or tapping the screen to encourage one !!! technoloffspring !!! to give a digital hug/embrace to the other. !!! technoloffspring !!! named [mary-jane-mishap-uterus-supporter-with-cervical-canal-syringe-discharge-tube-plugged-in-airplane-motor-capping-tubbing-dive-bomber-mothers-bed] { [V.7] } gives a digital hug/embrace to !!! technoloffspring !!! named [lea-and-the-ball-of-wool-lumpechtomy-with-carriesbrower-high-chair-for-butt-grab-that-is-pooping-clara-fords-electric-flying-car-is-an-unproductive-solution-for-emotional-labor] { [V.1] }.

IG 0.001 POST !!! technoloffspring !!! named [mary-jane-mishap-uterus-supporter-with-cervical-canal-syringe-discharge-tube-plugged-in-airplane-motor-capping-tubbing-dive-bomber-mothers-bed]

A HERo that inspired the setting in my latest !!! technoloffspring !!! is from the silent film “Mary Jane’s Mishap” (1903). This silent film is discussed in a recent NY Times article “Rewriting Women Back Into Film History” by Manohla Dargis sent to me by Melanie Manos

Many of the other works that depict women in early silent film can be discovered in this book that I love called:  “Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes” by Maggie Hennefeld. 

!!! technoloffspring !!! [v.1.7] interactive game can be found here. Just click to control it’s random movements: https://openprocessing.org/sketch/1629867

!!! technoloffspring !!! [v.1.7] gives a hug | cause the !!! technoloffspring !!! named [mary-jane-mishap-uterus-supporter-with-cervical-canal-syringe-discharge-tube-plugged-in-airplane-motor-capping-tubbing-dive-bomber-mothers-bed] to give a digital hug with a click of your mouse or tap of your finger in this simple interactive game: https://openprocessing.org/sketch/1630408

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