Monday, 31 May 2010
Aubrey Beardsley's collected illustrations, which when I was younger and ostensibly more prudish was rather an embarrassing thing to have around the house. I knew the artist's short career found him as a contemporary of Oscar Wilde and James Whistler of Whistler's Mother and that he did erotic drawings, however, I did not know the context, especially in his later revivals. In his song, You're in my Heart (You're in my Soul), Rod Stewart makes a sweet reference to the artist and his rediscovered popularity of the late sixties. I, however, always thought the lyrics were critical of her fashion sense for paisley prints. It always nice to be disabused of misheard words to songs, epecially when I realize that I have been humming nonsense for all these years.
Saturday, 29 May 2010
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Monday, 24 May 2010
watermarks (think Getty Images) of this life-form's creators were inserted in the DNA, whereas other DNA considered to be there just along for the ride was culled out by the laboratory. I would have thought that that was Google's latest non-malevolent project--tags and trending for heredity. It's not nice to pwn Mother Nature. I wonder if mankind is coming to a sort of technological rift, that's made a common fate for advancing societies, when man will choose to pursue better living through such Frankenstein methods, tinkering with nature, rather than pursuing research in the other scientific disciplines, like physics. Though I am happy for it, it is a wonder to me that physics in the form of CERN or other big projects garners any support or interest. Physics, at least thus far, does not seem to have much of a profit-motive. Now the space shuttle has been replaced by a robotic spy space plane, and there is bio-engineered food crops, botox injections, microbes to sop up oil spills, and stem cells that can be coaxed and differentiated into bone marrow, cartilage or a fully formed family-friendly franchise restaurant. What opportunities does progress lose out on by investing in ones sort of alchemy rather than the other?
Sunday, 23 May 2010
Friday, 21 May 2010
normal matter's predomenance and stability in the universe; Bangkok is still smouldering; oil is lapping on-shore in the US Gulf coast; priceless paintings were heisted from a Parisian museum; a laborartory in the UK has created the first artificial cell, clept Synthia--I think it is quite responsible journalism on the part of the Daily Mail that it rushes to address ethical issues and alerts the public to immediate and paralell cinematic perils. These reporters remind me, admirably, of that intelligence agency that Robert Redford worked for in 3 Days of the Condor--augering the future and possible counter-espionage tactics from the plots of pulp fiction. There is enough else going on without mentioning the European financial crisis. Other augerers might disagree, but I think that the euro will make a quick recovery and these next few days will be a definitive portent that the EU and the euro are more than just the passing fancy and plaything of aristocracy and toy-kingdoms. The euro does not succede only on the failure of the US market, but I think it is especially good-timing that this drama and trial happen on the lead up to long, holiday weekend and that European markets will be mostly closed on Monday while the rest of the world panics.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Fathers are important but as a holiday, it seems concessionary, like an after thought. In Germany, they have adopted the Anglo-American Mothers' Day, and observe Fathers' Day on Ascension Day. I wonder how Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary felt on Fathers' Day. It is referred to, however, as Männertag, man's day, and usually spent drinking and doing outdoorsy things. H and I spent the day today fixing up our new camper in preparation for a tour through the Alsace. We received this nice sunflower--I especially like how it flourishes in the sun or during a partial solar eclipse, is is OK to water it or to spinkle it with a vial of carbolic acid, and touching is permitted but never, ever feed it.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
blackout on the North Korean submarine that blew it up to strike another blow to the American economy. The public should not be alerted to this act of war until such time that the US can successfully retaliate. Offers for assistance were fended off by the US government from the likes of Iran, but the Soviets took a creative tact no less than five times when faced with the same unstauchable problem, used as a torniquet a nuclear bomb that sealed the leak for good.
Sunday, 9 May 2010
Happy Mothers' Day to all. H and I spend the weekend leading up to it on a quest with my parents to retrieve our newly secured Volkswagon camper. We made a round trip of nearly a thousand kilometers to Lake Constance and back and had a fun adventure, but we considered that most people choose Lake Constance as a vacation destination and spend a little bit more time there. Owning a camper I think represents a major paradigm shift in the way we vacation, but I am really looking forward to it, especially considering that parts of European airspace are again shut down due to abrasive volcanic ash.