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November 13, 2019

A few hundred of the thousands of rejection slips I've got over the years — Bill Knott

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Wrote poet Bill Knott:

Why I spent so much time trying to do something

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which the 20-30 pages below show I had no talent for,

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is a mystery to me —

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just more evidence (if any were needed)

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to prove what a futile waste my life was.

November 13, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Heavy-lift ship lifts entire cruise liner out of the water

Videre est credere.

From The Maritime Executive:

In a 12-hour evolution, the Boskalis semi-submersible heavy lift ship BOKA Vanguard successfully floated the cruise ship Carnival Vista aboard in order to facilitate repairs at a shipyard in the Bahamas. 

The BOKA Vanguard is the largest vessel of her type, and she has enough capacity to lift and carry the 4,000 passenger Carnival Vista.

The Vista is experiencing technical difficulties with her azipods, and she needs to be drydocked in order to carry out the repairs.

After the loss of Grand Bahama Shipyard's largest floating drydock in April, the nearest conventional solution for drydocking a vessel of Vista's size would be overseas — but the Vanguard could come right to the site.

She will serve as a temporary drydock while repairs are carried out, and the Vista will only be out of service for 17 days and three sailings.

[via Benedict Evans]

November 13, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

"Condensation Cube" — Hans Haacke

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A 1965 work by the legendary and controversial German-born American artist, now 83.

From the Whitney Museum of American Art's description

Condensation Cube, created in 1965 when he was 29, is one of Hans Haacke's earlier works.

While over time the artist developed a critique of art as an institution and system, these early works focus on art in the sense of process and physical system.

Interested in biology, ecology, and cybernetics, in the mid-sixties Haacke was influenced by the ideas of Ludwig von Bertalanffy, especially those outlined in his General System Theory of 1968.

For the Austrian biologist and philosopher, a living organism is an open system that continuously changes depending on its dialogue or interaction with the environment.

Haacke's early works such as Condensation Cube transpose this concept to the realm of art.

In 1962, Haacke began producing works that incorporated Plexiglas containers filled with water.

Condensation Cube exemplifies his interest in such basic physical processes as the evaporation and condensation of water.

The work consists of a transparent acrylic cube containing water.

Because of the temperature differential between the inside and outside, water vapor condenses into droplets that run down the walls of the cube, taking on random forms.

This piece summarises Haacke’s interest in closed physical systems, biological growth, and random movement.

As Haacke himself explained: "...The conditions are comparable to a living organism which reacts in a flexible manner to its surroundings. The image of condensation cannot be precisely predicted. It is changing freely, bound only by statistical limits. I like this freedom." (New York, October 1965).

A physical process as basic as water condensation allows Haacke to redefine not only the work of art as a living system but also, most significantly, the role of the viewer or user of art.

While the patterns of water trails within the cube have to do with the conditions of their immediate surroundings, the human presence is also part of this environment.

The artwork depends on the physical presence of the viewers who, by their proximity, modify the work unwittingly.

Thus Haacke incorporates the viewer into the art in a very innovative way, as a physical body.

Haacke's new retrospective, entitled "Hans Haacke, All Connected," his first major survey in American in 33 years, is up at the New Museum in New York City through January 26, 2020.

[via the New York Times]

November 13, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Singing Italian Nun Sister Cristina Scuccia brings down the house on "The Voice Italy"

Wrote Yasmine Hafiz in The Huffington Post,

Sister sister! You've never seen a nun shut it down like this one.

The judges of singing competition "The Voice of Italy" couldn't believe their ears when they heard Sister Cristina Scuccia belting out Alicia Keys' "No One" [above] but they were in for a greater shock when they saw what Scuccia looked like.

Judges begin the show with their backs to the stage, and if they like what they hear they can swivel their chairs around — but none of them were prepared for the sight of 25-year-old Scuccia, a member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family, delivering a jaw-droppingly good performance in her black habit and silver cross.

As the crowd cheered, her fellow sisters jumped up and down in delight.

She took to the show's stage a second time, bringing fans to their feet yet again with her rendition of Cindi Lauper's classic "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" [below].

She appeared again, performing Christina Aguilera's "Hero" [below].

Jim Yardley's New York Times story had more.

November 13, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

MR. TEA Tea Infuser

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From the website:

You put the tea in his pants and let him rest his arms on the edge of your cup.

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Silicone.

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$12.14 (tea & tea cup not included).

November 13, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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