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September 18, 2020

Turquoise Glass Face Inlay of King Akhenaten

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1.7 inches high.

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Eighteenth Dynasty, c. 1353-1336 B.C.E.

Eye and eyebrow recessed for inlay, with enlarged pierced earlobe, the neck with two lightly incised "vanity wrinkles."

Acquired at auction April 26, 2012 for $360,000 by the Corning Museum of Glass.

September 18, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Away"

WARNING: SPOILER BELOW!

What can you say about a 10-part series about the first manned mission to Mars in which the landing happens in Episode 10?

For the first few episodes I was OK with the five astronauts getting ready for the mission and the many back stories and the interplay between them.

Good thing the cast is uniformly excellent all the way down because by the end of Episode 6 they were only 2/3 of the way there.

At first I thought Hilary Swank was miscast as mission commander and that they'd have done better to use Kristen Stewart or Charlize Theron if they insisted on a woman, but after a few episodes Swank became totally believable. 

"Away" is sort of a reality show that's not real but seems like it could be, taking place in weightlessness [I refuse to use the technically correct term "microgravity" because it's annoying], speaking of which, the sets and special effects are superb.

All manner of catastrophes ensue as their Atlas spacecraft approaches Mars, and for a couple episodes it appears they won't make it but will instead either die en route or after landing.

Then Mission Control comes up with an ingenious maneuver that will return them to Earth without their ever landing.

Then another stroke of genius makes it possible to them to land after all and stay alive on the Red Planet until a supply ship arrives.

In summary: once I realized that the series was going to primarily focus on what happened before the mission actually began and that I was OK with that because the back stories were for the most part quite interesting, and because the screenplays (all done by different people, as was direction of individual episodes) were very good, I was fine with however the story played out.

You decide: if you're the type of person who liked "The Martian" because the whole movie happens on Mars,

but can't stand the idea of a Mars mission drama that doesn't get there until near the end, perhaps this isn't your cup of oolong.

September 18, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

How Millennial Are You?

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My score = 4.

You?

September 18, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)

This fanboi's gonna pass

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As expected I was all fired up about the unveiling of the Apple Watch Series 6 this past Tuesday.

When I calmed down and read the specs, I just couldn't get very excited as I have in the past with each new iteration.

I love my Apple Watch Series 5 and wouldn't hesitate to upgrade to the 6 if there were new features that tickled my fantasy... wait a sec, that's not right... never mind.

The 6 adds blood oxygen saturation measurement but mine is always 100% so it might as well tell me my birthday.

Other changes: the screen's a little brighter, it charges a little faster, the processor runs a little more rapidly.

Not enough new bang for my $529 (44mm screen + cellular option).

What features will make me pony up for Series 7?

FaceTime camera, blood pressure measurement, and a bigger screen.

September 18, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Louis Vuitton goes full sky

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From the Wall Street Journal:

Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton, has taken the house's iconic trunk and turned it into a luxe, hard-sided backpack.

Each case comes with removable leather straps so that it can be carried as hand luggage as well.

The Monogram Mirror option, shown above, has a reflective surface with the label's logo rendered as clouds on its interior, while the Monogram Cloud version (below)

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features the same wispy LV on its gradient-blue exterior.

Made to order, the packs also fit a tent and folding chairs inside.

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Apply within.

September 18, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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