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January 6, 2019

Let us now praise Vija Celmins


The 80-year-old artist is only now getting her first retrospective,

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"Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory," at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


It includes almost 150 works  — paintings, drawings, and sculpture — and will travel to the Art Gallery of Ontario in May 2019 and to the Met Breuer in New York in September.


Philip Kennicott's in-depth Washington Post review of the show, up through March 31, 2019 in San Francisco,


made me wish it was making a stop in Washington, D.C.


Above and below,


exemplars of her work from the show.

January 6, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Expert: TurboScan Pro

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Matt Apuzzo, an investigative correspondent for the New York Times, wrote,

As with most people these days, my go-to device is my phone, which in my case is an iPhone X. I don't use it for anything particularly unique to journalism, except maybe document scanning. Sometimes, I might have only a minute to see a key document, and having it can mean the difference between breaking a story and not. For years I have used an app called TurboScan Pro, and I love it.

For $5.99, you too can scan like a pro.

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App screenshots above.

January 6, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Fashion brand logo fonts are converging


Back story here.

January 6, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Milan Kundera on why man cannot be happy


"Human time does not turn in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy: happiness is the longing for repetition." — "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," among the vanishingly small number of books whose film versions are equally arresting and so cunningly created that neither is diminished when experienced after the other.

An opinion not shared by Kundera.

January 6, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Collapsible Straw

"The original reusable, collapsible straw."

"The straw that raised $1.8 million on Kickstarter."

I don't care how much of a hit it was there: you couldn't pay me to use it.

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I don't believe any reusable straw can be cleaned to make it as safe to use as the first time.

FinalStraw includes a squeegee and the video below

shows how it works, declaring "That's a clean straw."

No way.

There are way too many small parts and recesses where bacteria can reside and flourish in the moist darkness inside the case.

A look through the gastroenterological literature of the past decade will uncover any number of papers demonstrating disease transmission via reusable endoscopes which had been intensively cleaned per their manufacturers' instructions.

But hey, just because I'm skeptical doesn't mean you can't take a flutter.


January 6, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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