Broken up AC-ADEMIC.
I just read two papers which were – um – overly described. Every mention of the building in question came with a triple-whammy of “glorious, gilded, and compact” or some such [not a real occurrence to protect the offenders from obloquy and me from google]. Where DO they get these things? I took to bracketing them and writing “choose one – and be sure it’s a correct one” above the cadences of description.
Yes, the annual tidal wave is here – no rest from now till May 18th.
What do you do if you own a million things and can’t possibly have them all out at once? Well, you can set up dense-pack storage areas and open those to the public. This is a shot of the Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, a Visible Storage area that holds the entire reserve collection of American Art. Daunting!
I am feeling very sinussey today – it’s the temperature swings, I figure – and I happen to be between Netflix movies, so I hit on Deadliest Catch on tv. Gosh. I’ll never eat crab meat in quite the same way again! And who knew what a large percentage of commercial fishemen in Alaska were Vikings? Or Scandinavians, at least, going on their names.
Schools whose endowments might recover some this year are probably feeling better. We’re talking a good line, but when I read things like this I worry. A lot.
February existing home sales drop 0.6 percent: Existing home sales fall for third straight month raising worries about housing recovery
Florida unemployment hit record 12.2 percent in February
From what I hear our admissions numbers are no worse than last year – maybe even a scootch better. But for an institution as tuition-driven as we are, that’s scant comfort.
We haven’t tried changing the default font in email yet – maybe we should?
The things that YouTube has caused – 2.5 minute music videos dedicated to butter substitutes….but I love it!
I still prefer butter. But if Megan Mullally danced through the Geneva Wegmans dairy zone I’d watch.
This year, the system will pay out more in benefits than it receives in payroll taxes, an important threshold it was not expected to cross until at least 2016, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Stephen C. Goss, chief actuary of the Social Security Administration, said that while the Congressional projection would probably be borne out, the change would have no effect on benefits in 2010 and retirees would keep receiving their checks as usual.
This visit to New York I stayed on W 80th – and right around the corner at 79th and Broadway I got to look at the First Baptist Church in the City of New York every time I took the subway. What an eclectic building! Great fun to look at.
Click the photo and look at a few details – it’s an interesting building.
I had a great time in New York City – I saw people, ate good food, bought new glasses frames, went to the Met over and over again (that handy out of town membership pays off), and drew a lot. Here are two pages of eyes, with bleed-through from a previous page. Drawing is a great way to study things closely – I wish I had more discipline.
The Mourners and the Belles Heures at the Met were well worth the trip. The Mourners, alabaster figures from the tomb of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgandy, and his wife Margaret of Bavaria, are notionally walking in a funeral procession. They were arranged in double-file in one of the medieval galleries leading to the Lehman Pavilion and the Belles Heures show. They were spectacular examples of late Gothic naturalism – highly detailed figure studies, swathed in heavy cloth. There was enough color left on them to imagine them once being even more vivid.
The Belles Heures de Jean de France, duc de Berry show was overwhelming. FAR too much to take in. I visited on three successive days and still didn’t really do it justice. The Limbourg Brothers were even better than I thought. More about that later.
“I know, every life is priceless, but US policy cannot actually be operated as if this were true.”
Megan, I love ya, but you have to back slowly away from Washington. They are impervious to argument – and are not interested in supplying proof. Data for them is indeed the plural of anecdote.
For the Hobart & William Smith alum readers who haven’t been keeping up – the Bos is gone – but will rise again before the football season. So everybody is playing on the McCooey Field astroturf for now.
A good many folks grumbled when this particular construction project started that in these difficult times we are spending money on athletics. I guess this is one of those times when sitting on committees to talk about this and that makes me a bit more resigned, if not always happy. We’re putting up new locker room space, new seating block, lighting, and astroturf. About half the cost is covered by an alum gift to the Capital Campaign that was given only for this purpose – evidently despite some pleading. The other half comes out of the capital improvement bond.
At least one local construction company with local employees is at least somewhat busy on this project. So I’m resigned – I just wish some alum were obsessed with the hoped-for performing arts center instead.
Anyway – a dreamy early spring day in the sun. And the Statesmen beat Binghamton. The Herons were off playing in Florida or some such.
So would you let them rip out a strip of your neck muscle (the sternocleidomastoid) to make your upper lip puffier? Some people would.
“Bordeaux will get cheaper,” said negociant Ivanhoe Johnston, with whom I chatted over a spit bucket at the tasting.
Don’t you know wine critics live to write sentences like that?
Interesting article about a major wine distributor in America.
Like a moth to the candle flame. You see, when I visit a museum or library where a book is on display I usually get to see 2 pages – at whatever place the book happens to be open. But when they take a book apart for conservation there’s the opportunity for a big show! Spread it out!
So, I’m headed to NYC the second half of the coming week. Look at this (deeply unimaginatively designed) web page of pages from the Belles Heures of Jean de France, duc de Berry.