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September 8, 2021

Who painted this?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: size unknown.

Another: the artist was 21 at the time. 

September 8, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive

[One hour of wax cylinder recordings from the UCSB Cylinder Archive.]

From the website:

Cylinder recordings, the first commercially produced sound recordings, are a snapshot of musical and popular culture in the decades around the turn of the 20th century.

They have long held the fascination of collectors and have presented challenges for playback and preservation by archives and collectors alike.

The cylinder phonograph also allowed its owners to make sound recordings at home.

The UCSB Library's Department of Special Research Collections houses more than 650 vernacular wax cylinder recordings, or home wax recordings, added by the Library of Congress to the 2014 National Recording Registry.

Recorded from the 1890s through the 1920s, these audio "selfies" of everyday life are perhaps the most authentic sound documents of the period: songs sung by families, instrumental selections, jokes, and even the cries of babies and barnyard animals.

With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grammy Foundation, and donors, the UCSB Library has created a digital collection of more than 13,000 cylinder recordings held by the Department of Special Collections.

In an effort to bring these recordings to a wider audience, the project has made them available for free downloading or streaming online.

On this site you will have the opportunity to find out more about the cylinder format, listen to thousands of musical and spoken selections from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and discover a little-known era of recorded sound.

Free, the way we like it.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

September 8, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Who wants to be YouTube subscriber #685?


As any fool can plainly see, I'm currently at 684, over 2/3 of the way to my goal of 1,000.

A couple years ago YouTube moved the goalposts such that only peeps with ≥1,000 subscribers can livestream on mobile.

Losers and bottom feeders like me are relegated to livestreaming from home using a computer.

I mean, I know you love Gray Cat videos but it occurs to me there may be a relationship between the preponderance of videos featuring her and my ever so slowly increasing subscriber count.


But I digress.

After YouTube dropped its restrictive new policy on my head, I spent a couple days being annoyed by this added requirement before deciding to hire a Crack Video Team©® whose sole reason for being was to get me to 1,000 subscribers.

After five years, they've succeeded in taking it from 400 to 684.

At this rate I'll hit 1,000 in 2026 or so.

Thus, this post, not asking for donations or subscription fees or anything but the 5 seconds it takes to click here.

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There, that wasn't so bad, was it?

The rest of you, I hope you lose sleep over not subscribing.

September 8, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Capstone of the Black Pyramid


[Pyramidion of the Black Pyramid in the main hall of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.]

Pyramid capstones, also known as pyramidions, are extremely rare: this is one of the few known to exist.

The grey granite pyramidion sat atop the Black Pyramid, built by Amenemhat III, pharaoh of the Twelfth Dynasty of Egypt, who ruled from c. 1860-1814 B.C.E.


The Black Pyramid is one of the five remaining pyramids of the original eleven at Dahshur in Egypt.

Originally named Amenemhat is Mighty, the pyramid earned the name Black Pyramid for its dark, decaying appearance as a rubble mound.

The Black Pyramid was the first to house both the deceased pharaoh and his queens.

Amenemhat III's reign is regarded as the golden age of the Middle Kingdom (2055-1650 B.C.E.).

September 8, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Painting Pendulum

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From the website:

Learn about the forces of gravity while making art at the same time.

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Assembled size: 18" x 15.5" x 9".

Designed by Hector Serrano.

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September 8, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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