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September 12, 2020

Could you be a Super Recognizer?

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Take the test and find out.

Free, the way we like it.

Back story here and here.

September 12, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Picasso: The Evolution of Mastery


What do you think of the painting above?

Titled "Science and Charity," it was painted by Picasso in 1897 when he was 15 years old.

The large oil on canvas work measures 78" x 98.2" and is part of the permanent collection of the Museu Picasso in Barcelona.



"The Weeping Woman," painted in 1937.

The oil on canvas work, measuring 29" x 33," is in the collection of the Tate Museum in London.

Compared to his early work up top, there is a reduction in realism and abandonment of demonstrated mastery of light, shadow, and color in favor of cubism, pioneered by Picasso and Braque in the early 20th century.

September 12, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

My 10 Favorite Books — Tilda Swinton

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Not much overlap with mine; in fact, none.

The only one of her top ten I've even opened is Montaigne's essays, which I've dipped into sporadically over the decades.

The great Scottish actress recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Venice Film Festival.

She began performing on stage while in college at the University of Cambridge, from which she graduated with a degree in Social and Political Sciences.

[via the New York Times Style Magazine]

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

Nebra Sky Disk

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From SciTechDaily:

Until now the Nebra Sky Disk was deemed to be from the Early Bronze Age and therefore the world's oldest depiction of the cosmos.


Archaeologists from Goethe University Frankfurt and Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich have now reanalyzed diverse data on the reconstruction of the discovery site and surrounding circumstances of the find.

Their findings are that the disk must be dated in the Iron Age, making it about 1,000 years younger than previously assumed.

This makes all previous astronomical interpretations obsolete.

The Nebra Sky Disk is one of Germany’s most significant archaeological finds and was included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2013.

It was discovered in an illegal excavation in 1999 together with Bronze Age swords, axes, and bracelets, according to the finders.

This discovery context was important for the scientific dating, as the disk itself could neither be scientifically nor archaeologically dated by comparison with other objects.

Many years of investigations by several research groups therefore attempted to verify both the attribution to the supposed discovery site as well as the common origins of the objects independent of the vague information given by the looters.

Rupert Gebhard, Director of the Munich Archäologischen Staatssammlung, and Rüdiger Krause, Professor for Prehistory and Early European History at Goethe University Frankfurt, have now extensively analyzed the discovery circumstances and research results on the Nebra Sky Disk.

Their conclusion: The site that was considered the discovery site until today and which was investigated in subsequent excavations is with high probability not the discovery site of the looters.

Furthermore, there is no convincing evidence that the Bronze Age swords, axes, and bracelets form an ensemble of common origins.

For this reason, it must be assumed that this is not a typical Bronze Age deposit and that the disk was not found together with the other objects in an original state at the excavation site.

According to the archaeologists, this means that the disk must be investigated and evaluated as an individual find.

Culturally and stylistically, the sky disk cannot be fitted into the Early Bronze Age motif world of the beginning of the second millennium B.C.E.

On the contrary, clearer references can be made to the motif world of the Iron Age of the first millennium B.C.E.

According to Gebhard and Krause, on the basis of a divergent data situation and on the basis of this new assessment, all previous, sometimes far-reaching cultural-historical conclusions must be discussed anew and with an open mind, and the disk must be interpreted and evaluated in different contexts than before.

You can read Gebhard and Krause's original paper, "Critical Comments on the find complex of the so-called Nebra Sky Disk, here.

September 12, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sori Yanagi Tongs


I happened on these while preparing the Sori Yanagi Ice Cream Spoon post that appeared Monday.

They look much nicer than my sturdy, highly functional OXO tongs (below)


which I've had probably 10-15 years.

The contender arrived yesterday.

You can see the consistency of Yanagi's design philosophy expressed in his spoon


and these tongs.

Formed from one piece of stainless steel, there are no cracks, crevasses, or seams to trap schmutz.

A road test with bratwurst x toaster oven showed them to be easier to use than their OXO predecessor.


September 12, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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