Posts filed under “Weekend”
Did the Abstract Expressionist hide his name amid the swirls and torrents of a legendary 1943 mural?
That is the case an art historian makes for a signature gesture:
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Decoding Jackson Pollock
Smithsonian magazine, October 2009
Note: I originally published this in 2004, but since it was orphaned at the old site, I figured I should bring it here. > I’ve been to your home or apartment. We’ve broken bread, drank some wine or beer, had a few laughs and a good time. Its getting late, and some caffeine would be…Read More
> 2 MIT students put together Project Icarus — an ultra low cost rig which they lofted a digital camera via weather balloon to the edge of space. Ingredients: Helium, a styrofoam beer cooler, a cheap Canon A470 camera, and instant hand warmers to prevent the camera batteries from freezing. They added a prepaid GPS-equipped…Read More
I am totally looking forward to tonight’s premiere episode of the new Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO. I was a big Seinfeld fan, and am now an even bigger Curb fan. I love the concepts Larry David uses in the show — the Restaurant/Tourettes finale, the Mel Brooks/Producers arc, and now the Seinfeld reunion. Just…Read More
click for ginormous photo > This is the entire celestial sphere as seen from the best vantage points on Earth. The 800-million pixel image comes from the European Southern Observatory’s GigaGalaxyZoom project. The Milky Way, viewed edge-on, shows its central bulge and both dark and glowing nebulae – birthplaces of new stars. > Sources: ESO…Read More
There is an excerpt of Speech-Less: Tales of a White House Survivor by ex-Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer in this month’s GQ. I wouldn’t have paid much attention to this — although some of it is hilarious — except for the knee jerk response from the former Bushies. See Bush vets: Who is Matt Latimer?. I…Read More
I grew up on Long Island. I was always conscious of the good and bad of the place. How can you not have mixed feelings about suburbia? The oppressive sterility of the central spine on either side of the LIE? Of the boredom of suburban life — especially as kids, of the Stepford wife/identical house…Read More
In 1609, Henry Hudson made his famous exploration of the river that now bears his name. One reporter hitches rides up that river today, to see what Hudson would find today.