June 16, 2021

'Signal' (detail) — Henri Victor Gabriel Le Fauconnier


His 1915 oil on canvas is in the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.



the original.

Le Fauconnier was one of the leading figures among the Montparnasse Cubists.

June 16, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

They do things differently in Iceland

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Above, a pool of lava from an active volcano flows across the snow in Iceland, with a crowd of people warming themselves near it while watching.

In the U.S. you wouldn't be permitted anywhere near.

I'm reminded also of New Zealand, at least as it was in the early 1980s when I spent three weeks there.

I was astonished by how dangerous many tourist-related activities were.

June 16, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


So Mad magazine

Shades of Mad Magazine.

3:AM MAGAZINE is carrying the standard these days.

How is it possible that it's been around since 2000 but it only crossed the boj awareness field earlier today?

Free, the way we like it.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

June 16, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'The Mosquito Coast'

I read Paul Theroux's 1981 novel late in the previous century and don't remember much about it.

Now comes Apple TV's 7-episode series starring Justin Theroux, a nephew of Paul Theroux.

It's wonderfully quiet and deliberate, a refreshing change from the constant activity and action of so many of today's dramatizations.

The four lead actors, portraying members of a family led by Justin Theroux into a twilight world of false identities and constant flight from the law, are each excellent.

Earlier this month, Apple gave a green light to Season 2.

In the meantime, I'm gonna reread the book.

June 16, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Balenciaga x Crocs

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Pictured above, Balenciaga's spring 22 stiletto Croc mule.

Apply within.

[via the Guardian]

June 16, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

June 15, 2021

Royalty payments by check to become electronic

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Just in, an email (above) from my publisher, iUniverse.

After thinking about it for a yoctosecond, I decided it makes more sense to bag my royalties (below)


than take the time to submit all my bank information so I can get an electronic microdeposit.

June 15, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Knots your pocket makes


[via barsandpies and imgur]

June 15, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

'Marry or not?' The decision-making process of young (29) Charles Darwin


From Lists of Note: "In July of 1838, six months before wedding Emma Wedgwood, his first cousin, 29-year-old Charles Darwin drew up a list [above] of marriage pros and cons. Indeed, the pros were too great to ignore, and the couple remained married until his death in 1882. They had 10 children." 

Transcript below.

This is the Question


Children — (if it Please God) — Constant companion, (& friend in old age) who will feel interested in one, — object to be beloved & played with. — better than a dog anyhow. — Home, & someone to take care of house — Charms of music & female chit-chat. — These things good for one's health. — Forced to visit & receive relations but terrible loss of time. —

W My God, it is intolerable to think of spending one's whole life, like a neuter bee, working, working, & nothing after all. — No, no won't do. — Imagine living all one's day solitarily in smoky dirty London House. — Only picture to yourself a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, & books & music perhaps — Compare this vision with the dingy reality of Grt. Marlbro' St.

Not Marry

No children, (no second life), no one to care for one in old age.— What is the use of working 'in' without sympathy from near & dear friends—who are near & dear friends to the old, except relatives

Freedom to go where one liked — choice of Society & little of it. — Conversation of clever men at clubs — Not forced to visit relatives, & to bend in every trifle. — to have the expense & anxiety of children — perhaps quarrelling — Loss of time. — cannot read in the Evenings — fatness & idleness — Anxiety & responsibility — less money for books &c — if many children forced to gain one's bread. — (But then it is very bad for one's health to work too much)

Perhaps my wife won't like London; then the sentence is banishment & degradation into indolent, idle fool —

Marry, Marry, Marry Q.E.D.

[via Darwin Online]

June 15, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

30 Best-Looking Beer Cans in America

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From ceros

Last spring, the global pandemic lobbed a viral wrench into everyday life, closing schools and offices, restaurants, bars, and brewery taprooms.

The market for draft beer dried up, leaving breweries scrambling.

Canned four-packs of craft beer — with label artwork as edgy and elegant as the hazy IPAs inside — became brewers' economic life preserver.

America's more than 8,000 craft breweries scrambled to package every pint inside cans, churning out more labels than ever, including a few that spoke to our unprecedented historical moment.

Our fourth year of judging America's best beer can designs also required a rethink.

We sought out nominations from some of our favorite designers and arbiters of label style, resulting in our broadest collection of designs yet.

These are 30 of the best-designed American beer cans of 2021.

[via Chris Glass]

June 15, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Silk Arm Warmer

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From websites:

These cozy and highly functional arm warmers from Nishiguchi Kutsushita's Hakne brand are made from luxuriously soft and washable silk that helps to regulate your body temperature so you can stay comfortable despite the temperature.

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About Nishiguchi Kutsushita

Established in 1950, Nishiguchi Kutsushita crafts wearables that are sure to take a place in your heart.

The brand's catchphrase — "Hakuhito omoi" — conveys a deep consideration for the people who purchase and enjoy their products.

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They carefully consider the wants and needs of their customers before setting out to exceed them.

With a meticulous eye for quality, materials, and design, they make timeless classics: world-class products whose manufacture never cuts corners.

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Features and Details: 

Made in Nara, Japan

One size: 18 inches long

• Black, Charcoal, or Oatmeal

Materials: 81% Silk, 19% Nylon

Care : Hand wash with cold water and mild detergent and hang dry

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June 15, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

June 14, 2021

Find the gecko


June 14, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

'A Pair of Lovers, Arles' [detail] — Vincent van Gogh

SCAN0035 copy

I'm always excited when I happen on a van Gogh painting I've never seen before, such as this 1888 oil on canvas, which resides in a private collection.


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the original.

June 14, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Eunoia — Words That Don't Translate

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From the website: "Eunoia was built in 24h by Steph. Search 500+ untranslatable words by 70+ languages and 50+ tags, or click refresh to see a new batch. Enjoy!"

Fair warning: there goes the day.

June 14, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Juggling From Above

June 14, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Submarine Cable Map 2021

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From the website: "This new edition depicts 464 cable systems and 1,245 landing stations that are currently active or under construction."

Somewhere on this map your bits are doing what they do so you can read this.

"It from bit" is not just a genius coinage genius by John Archibald Wheeler.

You can buy this 36" x 50" map, either flat or folded, for $250 here.

June 14, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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