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May 1, 2014

Fragment of the face of an Egyptian queen, 1353-1336 B.C.


I first saw a picture of this sculpture when I was an undergraduate at U.C.L.A. in the late 60's: I think — but I'm not certain — that it appeared in Janson's "History of Art," the textbook for a survey course called Art 1A.

In any event, it completely floored me.

At that time, I vowed to myself that if ever I was in New York City the first thing I would do is visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see this piece up close.

Alas, I have been in New York City at least twice since then, most recently last year, and I have yet to go to the Met.

Chances are, I never will.


From Retronaut: "The royal woman represented here cannot be identified with certainty. It is difficult to imagine that the already aged Queen Tiye — the mother of Akhenaten and highly respected as a wise woman at Amarna — was shown as a beauty of such sensuous character. Queens Nefertiti and Kiya, however, are both possible subjects."

The Met's page featuring this sculpture is here.

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Memory Foam Seat Cushion


Features and Details:




• Comes in a variety of colors

• Velvet cover with zipper

• 16.5" Ø x 1.57" H



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Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to easily hull strawberries


From Odd Stuff Magazine: "Use a straw (from the bottom up)."

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Bulletproof* Gentleman's Pocket Square


From the website:



The Damned is a Bulletproof* Gentleman's Pocket Square measuring 27 cm x 27 cm (10.6" x 10.6"), made from lemon-colored military grade ballistic strength aramid (Kevlar) fiber — to protect the hearts of men**.


This "pocket protector" for the Modern Age is bound in French cotton and in light of its chamfered corners, we developed a unique new fold.


*If a gun is aimed at you, fired, and the slug hits you, you will be hurt despite the properties of the square; the impact of the projectile itself is likely to fracture, crack or break your bones and bruise you.

According to the specifications of the textile, a ballistic projectile such as a bullet will not pass through the 32 layers of this material.

We take NO responsibility for tests of the endurance or resistance of the textile in any way.

Designed by Sruli Recht.



**and women

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30 renowned writers on God and reason

From Open Culture


This past summer [2012], Jonathan Pararajasingham, a neurosurgeon in London, created a montage of 100 renowned academics, mostly all scientists, talking about their thoughts on the existence of God. (Find it in two parts here and here.)

Now's he back with a new video, 30 Renowned Writers Speaking About God. It runs 25 minutes, and it offers as much a critique of orthodox religious belief as it does a literary tribute to humanism and rationalism. Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Philip Roth — they all make an appearance. The full list of writers appears below.

And, before we close, let me say this. Whenever we post videos like these, we get the question. Why the occasional focus on atheism/rationalism/humanism? And the simple answer comes down to this: If you cover writers, academics and scientists, the thinking skews in that direction. Yes, there are exceptions, but they are in shorter supply. But if someone pulls them together and makes a montage, we'll likely feature it too.


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