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December 1, 2021

'Margot' — Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec


The artist was 16-17 years old when he painted this oil on canvas in 1881.

He died in 1901 at 36.

Today, at least in the U.S., most people know him as the artist who painted posters for the Moulin Rouge and other Parisian nightclubs.

He's far more than that.

In a 2005 auction at Christie's, La Blanchisseuse, his early (1886-87) painting of a young laundress, sold for $22.4 million and set a new record for the artist for a price at auction.

It remains the highest price ever paid for a work by Toulouse-Lautrec.



"Margot" (in a private collection) in its entirety.

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Oldest businesses around the world

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Why are the ESPN App & ESPN+ so difficult to use?

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I thought it was just me being a TechnoDolt©® that was the root cause of my routine FAILs when it comes to trying to watch something on the ESPN app, for which I've been paying $6.99/month since forever.

But no: turns out it's a common problem.

The thing I hate most — even more than the chaotic disorganization of the zillions of games and replays and features — is how, when I'm all comfortable and cozy in my TV chair and ready to watch, up comes a screen that says I need to go to my computer or phone or tablet and enter the multi-letter/number code on my TV to watch.



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A 10-episode series on Apple TV+ based on Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series.

Set 12,000 years into the future, the cities and vehicles and technologies are wonderfully rendered, though the likelihood of them being anything like what real life will be like 12,000 years from now approaches zero.

"Real life," for that matter, may be what we would now call unreal.

Great cast, storylines that intertwine and go forward, backward, and sideways in time to the point I gave up trying to keep track and just enjoyed the spectacle.

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

bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: Tech 21 iPhone case


I got one right after I bought my iPhone XS Max in November of 2018 and both phone and case are still providing impeccable service.

I aim to get a fourth year out of both until November of next year, when Apple should finally shake things up big-time iPhone-wise after years of incremental change.


My phone has survived many drops from up to head height onto hard surfaces like Saltillo tile (the most frequent impact substance, here at home), concrete, wood floors, etc. with nary a problem.

In addition, the minimalist case exposes as much of the beautiful phone as is compatible with the device's safe preservation.


Made in England.

Highest possible recommendation.

Also, a great gift for someone who invariably has a cracked screen and is resigned to such.

Doesn't have to be that way.

The newest cases, for iPhone 13, start at $29.99; earlier model iPhone cases are knocked down as low as $8.99.

They're all here.

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