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April 28, 2020

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is Closed

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But wait — there's more!

The museum, located 25 miles north of Copenhagen, Denmark, has a whole lot going on behind its locked doors.

Its YouTube channel has 113,000 subscribers — even more than mine!

Fair warning: there goes the day.

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[via New York Times art critic Jason Farago]

April 28, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

How close it too close?

April 28, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saltillo Tile — What Jeff Bezos and I have in common

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I had mine (below)

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installed after having the original 1967 sheet linoleum removed in 1983 (Jeff Bezos [top] was 19 at the time).

With zero maintenance, it looks as good today after 37 years in situ as it did when it went in.

April 28, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Back to the future: What's past is prologue

From the New York Times:

Unable to film new commercials during the coronavirus pandemic, advertising agencies are turning to technologies that can seamlessly alter old footage, sometimes putting viewers in a position of doubting what they are seeing.

During Sunday's episodes of "The Last Dance," the ESPN documentary series about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, State Farm ran a commercial [above] featuring expertly doctored footage of the longtime "SportsCenter" anchor Kenny Mayne.

In the ad, a much younger Mr. Mayne is seated at the SportsCenter desk in 1998.

He reports on the Bulls' sixth championship title — before taking a turn toward the prophetic.

"This is the kind of stuff that ESPN will eventually make a documentary about," Mr. Mayne says. "They'll call it something like 'The Last Dance.' They'll make it a 10-part series and release it in the year 2020. It's going to be lit. You don't even know what that means yet."

As a vintage State Farm logo appears in the background, he adds, "And this clip will be used to promote the documentary in a State Farm commercial."

The producers made the commercial by layering video of Mr. Mayne's 60-year-old mouth onto footage of his 38-year-old face.

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To many viewers, the stunt provided a welcome moment of levity in depressing times.

Others were made uneasy by the smoothness of the patch, describing it as a type of deepfake.

Social media platforms might need to eventually develop algorithms to help viewers distinguish ads with real humans from those that have been digitally altered.

"We won't be able to tell the difference, said Husani Oakley. "We'll have to rely on the machines to tell us that the videos were made by machines."

April 28, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Modular Organizer

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From the website:

This modular organization system is a tidy remedy for messy spaces.
 
Up to nine foam pegs attach to a wall-mounted square to hang and stow what needs storing.
 
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It's a convenient and customizable way to clean up clutter and keep things like keys, tools, leashes etc. within easy reach.
 
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Objects are between foam-covered pins to straighten up anything from umbrellas and sunglasses in the foyer to toothbrushes and cosmetics in the bathroom, or hang tools and garden gear in the garage.
 
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Features and Details:
 
• Easy installation
 
• Blue, Black, or Red
 
• Mount with (included) screws or (included) tape
 
• 4.96" x 4.96" x 2.52"
 
• Made in Germany
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$19.95 (stuff pictured in top two photos not included).

April 28, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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