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April 30, 2021

'The Celebration'

From YouTube:

"Festen," the original title of this acclaimed 1998 Danish movie, translates as "The Celebration," but there's little joy for the characters amidst the edgy human drama.

The extended family of a respected patriarch gathers together for his 60th birthday, but the occasion is overshadowed by the recent suicide of one of the man's daughters.

When one of his sons decides that he's had enough of keeping the family's secrets, there are life-changing consequences for everyone.

Festen was made under the principles of Dogme 95 — a way of making films that sought to get down to the bare bones of the both the form and of human relationships.

The results are sometimes tough to watch but have an unforgettable ring of truth.

The director of this film, Thomas Vinterberg, along with Lars von Trier, founded Dogme 95 in 1995.

According to Wikipedia, to date there have been 31 films made using Dogme 95's rules.

Not much happens in this movie, but if you're in the right mood, you'll find it restful.

Me, I lasted 10 minutes.

Free, the way we like it.


Note added 4:17 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2021 (that would be today): 

It would appear too many peeps decided to watch the pretty much obscure film, such that someone complained about copyright or suchlike.

It may not be much of a consolation, but here's the opening scene:

April 30, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Houses with split personalities


As mines closed


and people left the Ruhr valley in Germany,


large properties were often split,


resulting in contrasting external decoration.


Above and below,


exemplars from a series of photos by Wolfgang Fruhling.

[via Present & Correct]

April 30, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Atlas Moth

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From Wikipedia:

Attacus atlas, the Atlas moth, is a large saturniid moth endemic to the forests of Asia.

The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae.

The Atlas moth is one of the largest lepidopterans, with a wingspan measuring up to 9.4 inches and a wing surface area of about 25 square inches.

It is only surpassed in wingspan by the white witch (Thysania agrippina) and Attacus caesar, and in wing surface area by the Hercules moth (Coscinocera hercules).

April 30, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

BehindTheMedspeak: Covid, Masks, and the 2-out-of-3 Rule

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From the New York Times:

Do We Still Need to Keep Wearing Masks Outdoors?

Science shows that the risk of viral transmission outside is very low. The "two-out-of-three rule can help you decide whether to mask up.

After a year in which many of us have learned to dutifully wear masks and look askance at anyone who does not, it's understandable that people remain fearful when they cross paths with the unmasked.

So how do you make the right decision about when to wear a mask outside?

Brief encounters with an unmasked person passing you on the sidewalk or a hiking trail are very low risk, said Linsey Marr, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech and one of the world's leading experts on viral transmission.

Viral particles quickly disperse in outdoor air, and the risk of inhaling aerosolized virus from a jogger or passers-by is negligible, she said.

Even if a person coughs or sneezes outside as you walk by, the odds of you getting a large enough dose of virus to become infected remain low.

"I think the guidelines should be based on science and practicality," said Dr. Marr. "People only have so much bandwidth to think about precautions. I think we should focus on the areas that have highest risk of transmission, and give people a break when the risk is extremely low."

Dr. Marr uses a simple two-out-of-three rule for deciding when to wear a mask in public spaces or when she doesn't know everyone's vaccination status.

In these situations, she makes sure she's meeting two out of three conditions: outdoors, distanced, and masked. "If you’re outdoors, you either need to be distanced or masked," she said. "If you're not outdoors, you need to be distanced and masked. This is how I’ve been living for the past year. It all comes down to my two-out-of-three rule."

April 30, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: no moving parts.

A third: glass.

Also in white:

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April 30, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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