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September 28, 2006

Is this what the Mona Lisa looked like when Leonardo painted her?


Lawrence Van Gelder, in his "Arts, Briefly" feature in this past Tuesday's New York Times, wrote about a rare appearance of the Mona Lisa in the vibrant colors believed to be those of the Da Vinci original when completed between 1503 and 1516.

Above, the copy, thought to have been made in the early 1600s by an unknown French artist.

It will be shown from October 10 of this year through February 11, 2007 at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.

Here's the Times story.

    Mona Lisa Lightens Up

    The Mona Lisa, as she has seldom been seen, will put in a rare appearance next month at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. The painting, from a private collection, is an early copy in vibrant colors believed to reflect those of the Leonardo da Vinci original, CBC Arts reported. The reproduction, to be seen in London for the first time since 1902, is thought to have been traced from the original by an unidentified French artist a century after the masterpiece was painted between 1503 and 1516. Copies were not uncommon in that era, because seeing the originals required long journeys. Although the original, in the Louvre in Paris, has faded over the years, the reproduction shows the Mona Lisa in bright colors — yellow sleeves, a forest-green gown — under a dazzling blue sky. Martin Kemp, a professor of art history at Oxford University and a Leonardo specialist, told The Guardian, “It will give people a real sense that the Mona Lisa was once a colorful painting.” The copy, once owned by Sir Joshua Reynolds, who got it from the Duke of Leeds in 1790, will be on view from Oct. 10 to Feb. 11.


Here's a link to a more extensive story in the Guardian by arts correspondent Charlotte Higgins.

September 28, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Phone Monocle — 'Double the size of your cellphone's characters'


Tell you what: even though you have no business looking at your cell phone while you're driving, we both know it happens.

This puppy might just save your life sometime.


September 28, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

We get email: From Taras Balderdash, Prelate of the Avatars of Change in Second Life


Just in 39 minutes ago, at 1:22 p.m. today.

It follows.

    Comment from:

    Name: Taras Balderdash
    Email: taras_balderdash@yahoo.com
    URL: http://tarasbalderdash.blogspot.com/


    Come by our Monastery in SL and have some tea!

    I agree with you that SL is an addiction, but it can be a helpful addiction. There are places in Second Life, such as SupportForHealing, for instance, that are helping people with depression, anxiety disorders and general procrastinators/escapists (hello!).

    My Order, the Avatars of Change, has gone from a handful of friends collecting a monthly pittance for charity to an organization with dozens of locations around SL and > 80 members... collecting a monthly pittance for charity. Sigh.

    May Supreme Avatar Smile Upon You!

    Br. Taras Balderdash
    Prelate, AOC
    Supreme Avatar Temple
    Callisto, SL


I just may explore the possibility of a Second Life bookofjoe.

Yes, Prelate Balderdash — I may indeed "see you in world," much sooner than I'd ever envisioned.


September 28, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'iWoz — From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It' — by Steve Wozniak


Oh, be still my heart.

Seeing this reviewed in yesterday's Washington Post and ordering it from Amazon ($15.57) made my spirits soar.

I love The Woz.

Full disclosure: The love was there long before he offered a comment here in April of last year.

September 28, 2006 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Fun With Dessert — Episode 2: Ray Earhart's Potato Ricer Ice Cream Maker


Well, it didn't take long for joeheads to jump on yesterday's Spaghetti Ice Cream Maker and take it to the next level.

    Ray Earhart commented:

    This looks curiously like the potato ricer we just bought. (Which makes incredible mashed potatoes without mashing them). I'm going home to see if the ricer will make spaghetti. Does that sound stupid?

Heck, no, Ray: it sounds inspired, with flecks of genius scattered throughout.

Ray reported last evening on the results.

    Hi Joe,

    Well, this turned out to be a scientific adventure. There's much to learn here, not that I doubt your intellect, it's just outside the normal medical situations you are accustomed to. I think that you aren't able to do much experimentation during work hours. At least I hope so. Maybe I should get back to the subject in hand.

    I stopped by the local SpeedyMart on the way home to check out the ice cream. What a choice (top)! How could I have not chosen this one:


    So.... Here's the ricer:


    And here's the ice cream all ready to go:


    So, with much squeezing and much ado...........


    Pretty much wimped out on me. What do you think, should I have put more ice cream in it? There was more left in the ricer than in the bowl! I can see the possibilities of this but... I forgot to tell you that I also found something else in the SpeedyMart that might work as well:


    You don't think that I actually tried to make Spam spaghetti, do you? God, that's disgusting!


September 28, 2006 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

thewoodworkingchannel.com — Internet TV, like the fog, comes in on little cat feet


Ever so quietly and slowly, the Berlin Wall equivalent separating TV and the internet is dissolving.

It's not crashing down visibly or even eroding; instead, there's just a slow loss of presence of a once impenetrable barrier.

thewoodworkingchannel.com covers, as Jamin Warren wrote in a September 23 Wall Street Journal story, "wood-related topics from jet clamps to working with a lathe — and nothing else."

Let me offer this prediction: where we'll end up, between two and five years from now, is having anything — music, video, amateur, network, movies, whatever is capable of being digitized, which means everything — available on any screen — TV, computer, cellphone, PDA, whatever's to come — at any time, anywhere.

Count on it.

September 28, 2006 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack



I haven't the faintest idea what's going on here, since it's a German-language site and my German is nonexistent.

But I do so love the graphic (above) leading the homepage, as well as the name.

I happened on it when I was doing this and that, looking at where people were coming from


who happened to be visiting bookofjoe.

In the spirit of the wag who said, "You want a blue suit? Turn on a blue light," I suggest, along with the creator(s) of macsofa's scarlet couch, that if you want to drink red wine while relaxing on nice furniture, make sure it's blood red.

September 28, 2006 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Record Cuff Bracelet — For those who like to wear their hit on their sleeve


From the website:

    Record Cuff Bracelet

    A little bit Earth-friendly, a little bit rock n' roll, this unique cuff bracelet is all style.

    Made by designer Jeff Davis, the record cuff is the result of smart design combined with his commitment to give new life to cast-off albums.

    Rescued from landfills, yesterday's top 40 hits are recycled into this sleek vinyl and rhodium-plated brass bracelet.

    An unusual gift for music aficionados and vinyl collectors, the cuff lets your favorite rocker know you think she's solid gold.

    Made in Brooklyn.


September 28, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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