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It’s Wassily Kandinsky, the great Russian artist of the first half of the twentieth century . He painted some of the first great abstract works, and he taught at the Bauhaus. The famous Bauhaus Wassily chair, designed by Marcel Breuer, … Continue reading
Due to a long story (which is actually kind of boring, or I would tell it here), I recently rediscovered a small lens. It is what photography people call a “pancake” lens, which is designed to be very flat and … Continue reading
Everybody loves those Japanese matchbox labels, which are great examples of traditional printmaking on an ultra small scale. This one is a real technical tour de force. I see three colors, plus the black key line: red, yellow and pale … Continue reading
This morning (I know, hours ago), I was innocently eating my breakfast and looking through the paper and watching last night’s double episode of NOVA. This was “The Bible’s Buried Secrets”, and it was quite good. (Note that I was … Continue reading
Our more or less weekly look at a single image from somewhere in the great gallery we call the internet … NASA’s Goddard Space Center offers this beautiful satellite photograph of seaweed being farmed in the coastal waters off South … Continue reading
You all know what happened yesterday. Avengers: Age of Ultron, the latest epic superhero blockbuster in the series of low-to-middlebrow epic superhero blockbusters (and one weird little TV show) we know fondly as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, opened in the … Continue reading
For your delectation, here’s a way cool vintage Soviet space pin depicting our beloved mascot, the Lunokhod “Moonwalker” rover. This one dates from the Lunokhod 1 mission of 1970. I’m posting this before I go to ebay and find out … Continue reading
“Who were the Denisovans anyway?”. This compelling and (to me) instantly attractive question was the title of today’s post on the consistently interesting blog called Twilight Beasts. And of course I clicked to read, and to my even greater delight, … Continue reading
It is a shocking, shocking thought, but it’s at least remotely possible that not everyone reading this is totally, intimately, word for word familiar with every single episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. (I know. It’s a mind bending concept. … Continue reading