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Japanese spirit Amabie…..

Of course we didn’t hear it first from our famed moderator, but Fox News did a story on it.
Japanese spirit Amabie, a mythical mermaid monster, revived to ward off coronavirus

Amabie is a yokai that fights viruses. Read about the legend of Amabie here.... [Read More]

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Ch ch ch ch annnges….

Group effort today- what changes will occur to our society by year one AV (After Virus)?

I will throw a few out to get it started….... [Read More]

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Industrial Architecture

A century ago, it was common for all kinds of buildings to be designed for beauty as well as for function. The enterprises that built these structures cared about beauty as well as function. The ornamentation on this power plant, built about 120 years ago and decommissioned in 2007, is entirely unrelated to the generation of electric power. It could have done without the lunettes, the molding, and the other elements that make the building less drab. This page has some better pictures, including some of the interior. There’s some nice tile work and wrought iron ornamentation.

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WikiArt “Artwork of the Day”

Here’s something to go along with the daily APOD, if you like.  WikiArt Visual Encyclopedia has an Artwork of the Day.  If the day’s offering is lovely, I set it as my desktop picture, maybe read up a little, and moon about  during the ensuing hours about how the thing looks, who the person was who created it and how he lived, how blind I am generally to what is about me (on account of mooning about,) and what poor consolation I can dredge up in the form of such paltry skills as I do have.... [Read More]

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This Week’s Book Review – All The Houses Were Painted White: Historic Homes of the Texas Golden Crescent

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday.... [Read More]

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This Week’s Book Review – Painting War

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday.... [Read More]

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I. M. Pei 102 RIP

(H/T instapundit.com and althouse.blogspot.com)
The famous architect I. M. Pei has died. I think his most famous building now is the Pyramid at the Louvre. In the following video I. M. Pei talks about instead of prejudice many professors and college students helped him in the pre-WWII Northeastern America. This was well before diversity training and safe spaces. I like architecture and therefore architects so his passing especially saddens me.

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Analyzing an Illustration

I’ve been looking through the illustrations of Arthur Getz, one of my favorite New Yorker cover artists. Getz painted 213 covers for the iconic magazine between 1938 and 1988. In addition to illustration work, he painted cityscapes and landscapes – ‘fine art’ sold through galleries – although he sometimes signed them with his middle name, Kimmig, because at the time a fine artist was not supposed to cross the line into commercial art.

A particular favorite of mine is his cover from 1957:... [Read More]

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