Post #865 • September 1, 2006, 10:26 AM • 35 Comments
Pazzo reopened, yes, with skee-ball, and I picked up a $3 copy of G.E. Kaltenbach's Dictionary of Pronunciation of Artists' Names. Skimmed through it over lunch, looked it up on Amazon, and the cheapest copy is going for $43. Sweet! Plus, hours of pedantry fun await. "Excuse me, the proper way to say the artist's name is 'ver-MAYr,' with a long A sound, not 'ver-MEER.'"
For future reference: this fall at the college museums in Boston.
"Some old masters made a point of including the faces of fellow artists and patrons in the crowds portrayed in large oil paintings. Pablo Picasso paid similar homage to a more unusual friend: a self-assured little dachshund called Lump."
Digital Urban modeled Frank Lloyd Wright's Kaufmann House using Half-Life 2, setting up a series of first-person shooters at famous architectural sites that would be brilliant if it were true. That's the way to learn architectual history: in 3D, with man-eating aliens and plasma rifles. (Waxy)
"In one of his most famous articles, Konrad Lorenz argues that humans use the characteristic differences in form between babies and adults as important behavioral cues. He believes that features of juvenility trigger 'innate releasing mechanisms' for affection and nurturing in adult humans. When we see a living creature with babyish features, we feel an automatic surge of disarming tenderness." Steven Jay Gould on the evolutionary development of Mickey Mouse. (Kottke)
"'The first year, someone had a six-legged bug,' [Robert Lang] recalls. 'The next year, it was a six-legged bug with antennae.' A few years later, Lang joined the fray. For a formal bug-design challenge, held in 2004 on a muggy June in Manhattan, Lang and two competitors agreed to test themselves by creating a Eupatorus beetle. Eupatorus beetles are not simple insects. ... For the serious student of origami, making a Eupatorus is an extreme challenge." (Digg)
"I told myself that acts of folly are the only things that one doesn't regret in life." Michel Guyot, who is building a medieval castle from scratch.
BMW commercial featuring the sculptures of Theo Jenson.
Note from your host: Next week is Operation Relocate Supergirl, Operation Apple Battery Recall, and Operation Fire Verizon and Get Cable Internet (aka Operation No I'm Not Going to Buy Your Egregiously Marked Up Proprietary DSL Modem/Wireless Router Just Becuase Your Tech Support Can't Figure Out How to Make the Standard Modem Talk to Airport Express). Posts resume on Monday, September 11, depending on how I'm feeling after the Flaiming Lips show here in Boston the night before, and other factors. PSiNE wrap appears tomorrow in a special edition Saturday report.