Flowstate is truly great

Column by John Akal
Posted 4/30/21

I have to stop watching all this stuff on YouTube. Since I found out that I can watch all these videos on my television instead of my computer or phone, it opened up a whole new way to waste endless …

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Flowstate is truly great


I have to stop watching all this stuff on YouTube. Since I found out that I can watch all these videos on my television instead of my computer or phone, it opened up a whole new way to waste endless hours of time while learning all kinds of useless information about anything imaginable. Some of it is truly fascinating, while a lot more of it is like seeing a bad car accident that you can’t take your eyes off of. You start watching a video out of simple curiosity about the gripping title and before you know it, you have to see it to the end, even though it’s about something you never had any kind of interest in before.

Last night one of the latter popped up on my list. It was simply called “The Snowplow Problem.” OK, we just had a couple of pretty good snowstorms and we have snowplows around here, what’s the problem with snowplows? Turns out it’s a famous math problem that first appeared in a math book from 1948. Here it is…

“One day it started snowing in the morning at a heavy and steady rate. A snowplow started out at noon, going 2 miles in the first hour and 1 mile in the second hour. What time did it start snowing?”

Yeah, I know. Sounds like a trick question. Even the author, Ralph Palmer Agnew, acknowledges that by saying “Our first task it to try to recover from the shock of being asked to solve such a problem, by attempting to analyze the problem.”

I’ll save you the agony of trying to sort out the complicated calculus equation that takes you to the solution and just tell you that it started snowing at 11:23 a.m.. That’s the mathematician’s answer. Here’s my answer. “Who cares what time it started snowing? I want to know what time it’s going to stop snowing and when the snowplow will be coming down my street!” That’s probably your answer too. I guess that’s why we can watch the weather on our televisions as well.

Thankfully May is right around the corner and things are warming and opening up so we can start getting out of our houses and see things in person, rather than just on some kind of screen.

One place you might want to check out if you need a little color splash and something to ponder in real life is Foothills Art Center. They just opened a new show there called Flowstate: A Watermedia Exhibit Featuring Janet Nunn. This should be excellent as she is one of the premier watercolor artists and teachers in the area and her work is stellar.

Of course, the show will be featuring a number of her works, but in addition to that, it will be the first show in Foothills’ new Young Curators Series. This gives some of our local high school’s students an opportunity to gain some professional experience conceptualizing, designing, organizing and installing a fine art exhibition. Janet Nunn will serve as their professional watermedia expert and mentor the student’s through the process alongside other Foothills Art Center staff.

The Foothills Art Center was actually built upon a local community of watercolor artists who just wanted a place to display and sell their work through a co-op situation. Little did they know that it would lead to such a well respected fine art center with an international reputation. But, its foundation has always been deeply rooted in watercolor works and they have been closely associated with many watercolor groups, organizations and societies since their inception, so in a nutshell, watercolors are kind of their thing. This is the place to go if you want to see some of the finest examples of the art form or learn more about it.

The Flowstate exhibit will be running through July 11. For more information go to www.foothillsartcenter.org. Be sure to check their new hours while you are there. They are located at 809 15th Street here in Golden.

Yeah, it’s time to put YouTube on pause for a while. Wait …What’s this problem worth a billion dollars?

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com


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