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Post #1251 • October 31, 2008, 9:00 AM • 12 Comments

Your moment of good art, brought to you by Jack.

Madonna of the dice.

Princeton University Press, publisher of art books galore and our man Harry Frankfurt, has a blog.

A team of Johns Hopkins University neuroscientists has discovered "explicit neural code" for complex 3D shape recognition.

A brief history of art.

Kottke sub-roundup: Pantone Rubik's Cube. Naked Body Sushi Modeling Equals Art, Not Exploitation. And in honor of Tuesday: Let's settle this. (via)

Department of Skills: It is pitch dark. The term for it is nerdcore.

Happy Halloween! I think we're spending tonight at a Wal-Mart parking lot in Manchester, NH. Not that that stopped us from buying bags of candy.

Update: The Unfinished Swan. (site)

Comment

1.

Jack

October 31, 2008, 10:00 AM

The Japanese print posted by Franklin is c. 1900, presumably depicting a geisha with a client. It's not supposed to be anything special for its time; the Japanese of the day would probably have seen it as simple illustration. I liked its composition and coloring, and its unstudied, unassuming, almost diffident elegance. It's also interesting to note the different handling of the girl and the man.

2.

Chris Rywalt

October 31, 2008, 10:22 AM

I'd love to see the kid who'd go trick or treating to an RV in a parking lot.

3.

opie

November 1, 2008, 11:33 AM

Franklin, I really think it best to keep free of national politics. This is not what we do here, and I don't wasnt to waste time arguing about it.

4.

John

November 1, 2008, 12:43 PM

I liked the Obama-McCain dance off. It seemed more like national fun than national politics.

5.

John

November 1, 2008, 12:46 PM

My fave, though, was the brief history of art. It it were done to scale the icture on the left would be so huge that the one on the right would not be readable.

6.

George

November 1, 2008, 1:00 PM

Florida: A vote for McCain is a vote for a depression.

7.

opie

November 1, 2008, 1:49 PM

George, shut up.

8.

Jack

November 1, 2008, 8:08 PM

George, you depress me, and this is not election-related.

9.

John-

November 1, 2008, 8:22 PM

George, I swore to myself I would not get into this, but ...

We are probably going to get a depression, no matter which one wins. The damage to our monetary system has already been done.

10.

George

November 1, 2008, 9:23 PM

John,

Look at it this way, everybody else will have to live just like we do, on the edge of poverty. I find that perversely comforting.

See ya, not interested in a discussion, just driving by.

11.

db

November 2, 2008, 10:15 AM

More competition at the thrift store.

12.

HELP?

November 2, 2008, 9:21 PM

George,

"when you're down and out... when you're on the street..when evening falls so hard... i will comfort you."

Or just grab a bottle, some pills, maybe a needle and put Joy Division "Closer" on repeat in a black room with the window open.

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