Tag Archives: history and culture

olympic notebook: shuttlecock

(Of course, there was an Olympic notebook. Or rather, an Olympic yellow legal pad. And like any notebook, I wrote down a few things that turned out to still be interesting the next day. And a few that didn’t.  Expect … Continue reading

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gold medal

Gold medal, at last. Against Germany, which makes it better. (Refer back to the last World Cup if you need this explained to you; it is rather painful.) Brasil! (That’s two hundred thousand voices, more or less.) The Maracanã explodes. … Continue reading

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magnificent mammoth

The Man with the Mammoth Tattoo, Alison.  Brazil 1, Alison (Cerutti) and Bruno (Schmidt), took the gold at Copacabana late at night in the pouring rain.  The Woolly Mammoth does not fear rain or wet sand. (Image from Pinterest, cropped … Continue reading

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beach volleyball!

Still plenty of time to stock up on snacks, warm up the big screen, and head on down to Rio for tonight’s men’s beach volleyball gold medal game between the awesome Alison (Cerruti) and Bruno (Schmidt) and some guys from … Continue reading

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saddle foo dog

This concept sketch is from the carousel work in progress in Albany, Oregon. Wood carvers are at work there creating a wonderful new menagerie carousel of animals from around the world, both real and fantastic. It is going to be … Continue reading

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let’s watch tv: opening ceremonies, rio olympics

Welcome back to our series of reviews of Olympic opening ceremonies. No one is more surprised than I am that this blog has lasted long enough to be writing about its second summer Olympics. (Read a review of the opening … Continue reading

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to the mountain lake, and on to the stars: following the trail of the matchbox label

OK. There’s this matchbox label.  It’s well designed, and there’s kind of an interesting font, and there’s something oddly mysterious about it.  It seems to celebrate an altitude–there’s something important somewhere that is 1761 meters above sea level. (That’s 1.094 … Continue reading

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politics

On the eve of the political conventions, just a reminder that this blog supports the candidate everyone can agree on. (Image via Pinterest. )

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the most wonderful pratchett reference

It’s always highly satisfactory to gather little bits of evidence that there are other people out there who love the works of the late great Terry Pratchett as much we do. Currently running on PBS’s Masterpiece is the third series … Continue reading

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what’s the deal with the mint green?

A few days ago, we discussed the Mint Green Outfits being worn by the Belgian national team in the current Euro 16 association football tournament. You may recall that I felt there was something slightly untoward about grown men running … Continue reading

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