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Post #880 • October 3, 2006, 2:07 PM • 6 Comments

Read through the lovely catalogue for Domains of Wonder. (JL linked to Globe coverage, including a slide show. Until recently, Globe slide shows used a constrained format with only previous/next functionality. Now, they have a new format with a numbered navigation bar, and white Arial bold type in a title box across the top. It looks... familiar.)

Dong Qichang wrote about calligraphy and painting. Find writings.

Learn the difference between madake bamboo, negamaridake bamboo, and rattan.

One... more... painting...




October 3, 2006, 4:51 PM

Got this from a frat brother yesterday and thought some might enjoy, eventhough it sorta falls outside of art. would not normally post something like this, but this one seemed worthy

For all of you chemistry (and even non-chemistry) folks out there?

Subject: Question on College Exam

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term.

The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following: First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time.

So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving.

I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving.

As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today.

Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell.

Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.

With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.

Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls ar! e added.

This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?
If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, "It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you," and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus, I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over.

The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct.....

Leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a Divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting, "Oh my God."




October 3, 2006, 7:23 PM

from the catalog:
"This exhibition places the artworks within traditional Indian systems of aesthetics, where viewing a painting inspires awe and wonder."

so, does that mean that outside traditional india (the us, for example) viewing a painting does not inspire awe and wonder? not that it should ...just saying ...



October 3, 2006, 10:02 PM

WOW great art work does exists outside the ascetics of the european tradition.

Domains of Wonder looks like an amazing exhibition.
I am going to buy this beautiful catalog
and I wish I could go and see this show in person.



October 3, 2006, 11:13 PM

"WOW great art work does exists outside the ascetics of the european tradition."

It's about time we got those monks out of the art business.


Marc Country

October 4, 2006, 1:41 PM

The "Demons in a Wild Landscape" is great, and so appropriate considering the recent discussion on the last post of the "Wild Landscape" that is the art world, and it's need for demonic "Agents" of many colours...



October 5, 2006, 9:23 AM

I agree, MC. Demons in a Landscape is an amazing picture - most striking of the group. For second place I nominate The Enraged Elephant.



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