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March 15, 2020

BehindTheMedspeak: Food in the time of coronavirus


Timely, what?, after Gray Cat's assessment of my 7-Eleven haul.

My Crack Georgia Correspondent©® posed a number of excellent questions regarding the relative risks involved in food procurement in the new world of coronavirus.

My lower to higher risk list:

Canned/dehydrated/frozen food

Drive-thru/Delivery/Pick up at Domino’s etc.

Going grocery shopping

Eating in restaurants

In my opinion, even eating in restaurants is extremely unlikely to result in infection.

Having said that, I won't be dining out until this is over. 

March 15, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Gray Cat inspects my junk food haul from 7-Eleven

March 15, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

J. Seward Johnson, sculptor of the hyper-real


From the New York Times:

J. Seward Johnson Jr., a sculptor who may be responsible for more double takes than anyone in history thanks to his countless lifelike creations in public places — a businessman in downtown Manhattan, surfers at a Florida beach, a student eating a sandwich on a curb in Princeton, N.J. — died on Tuesday at his home in Key West, Florida, at 89.


The sculptures often caught passers-by unawares; many would pause for a closer look and, in the cellphone age, a picture.

In 1964, Mr. Johnson married Cecelia Joyce Horton, who got him interested in art.

Sometimes they would paint together, although he wasn't very good at it.

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"I didn’t like what I could do with paint," he told The Times, "so my wife suggested sculpture because I had some mechanical ability."

He took some classes and made his first piece, in stainless steel.

It won a contest sponsored by U.S. Steel.


"I thought, oh gee, this is great, maybe sculpture isn't so bad after all," Mr. Johnson told a newspaper in 2002. "I never won anything after that."

In 1974 Mr. Johnson established the Johnson Atelier in Hamilton, New Jersey, a sculpture school and foundry where artisans helped fabricate his sculptures as well as those of other artists, including George Segal and Joel Shapiro.


In 1984 Mr. Johnson created Grounds for Sculpture, a 42-acre sculpture park on a former fairground in Hamilton.

Some of Mr. Johnson’s trompe l'oeil works are there, surprising visitors as they wander the property, but much of the work is by others, with abstract and other genres well represented.


"Seward is the artist that everybody loves to hate," David Levy, director of the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, said in 2005, a reference to those who dismiss his work as kitsch. "But quietly and selflessly, he is an enormously important citizen of art."

Not all of Mr. Johnson’s sculptures are as realistic as “Double Check” or “Out to Lunch,” the sandwich eater on the curb in Princeton.


Mr. Johnson seemed unbothered that the art world sometimes dismissed his work.

"Most people who like my work are timid about their own sense of art," he told The Times. "I love to draw it out of them, because they have strong inner feelings. They've been intimidated by the art world."

March 15, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Google Lens makes today’s print version of the New York Times Magazine interactive

From the Verge:

Video, animation, and music playlists are part of the digital extras available via Lens

On Sunday, the annual music issue of The New York Times Magazine will feature additional content available via Google Lens, giving print readers a look at multimedia features that are usually reserved for online readers.

The on-demand object recognition tool Google first introduced in 2017 lets users point their phones at an object to receive additional information.

By using Lens, readers of the magazine can access immersive video and animation and listen to a playlist of music in the issue.

The print magazine's music issue has three varieties of its cover, each with a different artist, including Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, and Megan Thee Stallion.

Readers will also be able to preview the Times' "25 Songs That Matter Right Now," with a short essay for each song on the list.

Other features available from the print magazine via Lens include links to podcasts and the ability to save articles to the Times' app and explore the design process for every cover through the "Behind the Cover" video series.

The Lens version of the music issue also will feature interactive print ads.

"The Magazine's annual Music Issue is always a reader favorite, and each year we try and stretch the bounds of what we do with it," Jake Silverstein, editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine, said in a statement. "We know that many print readers already read with their phones in hand or nearby, so this is a logical next step."

Google unveiled Lens at I/O 2017 as an app and later integrated it into Android's standard camera app.

Its also available on iOS through the Google app and Google Photos.

In addition to identifying and providing additional context for objects and images, Lens can be used to scan QR codes, copy and save text, and provide language translation.

Google Maps now uses Lens to scan restaurant menus to identify popular dishes.

Tell you what, this is one way to sell dead tree iterations of the paper to peeps like me who read it online: put me down for a copy.

March 15, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?



Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: a bit larger than a tennis ball.

A third: not one of Jupiter's 79 moons.

March 15, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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