Friday, August 14, 2015
"How long've I been sleeping?"
"How long've I been drifting alone through the night?"
"How long've I been running for that morning flight?"
"Through the whispered promises and the changing light."
"Of the bed where we both lie."
"Late for the sky."
1974, #14 on Billboard’s Pop Albums Chart
Empire of Lights, by René Magritte,
Belgian surrealist, 1953-1954
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Summit, New Jersey is seated in the Watchung Mountains, a series of hills topping out at about 500 feet, according to Wikipedia.
Google calculated I was about 380 feet above sea level when I took that photo of lower Manhattan.
Google also estimated I was “approximately 23 miles” in a straight line from lower Manhattan.
So let’s do the math using Wikipedia’s page of calculations determining horizon.
If d is the distance to the horizon and h = 380 feet, the square root of 380= 19.49, times 1.22 = 23.78. Accurate within ¾’s of a mile.
Not bad, Google.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Hamlet' is now in its run at London’s Barbican Theatre.
Fans are lining up overnight and some tickets are being resold for up to $1600.
He’s had to ask his fans
not to use their cell phones
during his performance.
He asked politely at first:
And then he made his point.
We visited Gold Coast Trading last Sunday with the intention to feature it here.
It was opened in 1990 to bring West African food to that community in the Bronx.
But we were badly disappointed. Grossed out, even.
Imagine clouds of flies on uncovered,
unrefrigerated chicken and fish.
I refused to even take a picture.
The fabrics were nice, though.
And no flies.
They were all on the chicken and fish.
Monday, August 10, 2015
This past week Christie’s Art Auction featured a painting by Giovanni Stanchi and the internet freaked out.
“What’s up with those watermelons?”,
everyone wanted to know.
It was painted in Rome in the late 1600’s, so the assumption was pre-selective breeding, 17th century DNA.
But Giovanni Battista Ruoppolo, based in Naples Italy, painted throughout the mid 1600’s and apparently found ripe, juicy fruit.
So I started to look around.
Abraham Brueghel was a Dutch painter who moved to Naples at about the same time.
He apparently had no trouble finding quality melons to paint.
And Luca Forte also painted watermelon in the mid 1600’s, also in Naples, and he seemed to do okay.
But Albert Eckhout in the Netherlands, also mid 1600’s, clearly had a similar problem.
So what’s going on?
Turns out it’s not a 17th century phenom after all.
According to University of Delaware Agriculture it's inadequate pollination, and may have more to do with failing bees than anything else.
But this has not phased the Japanese.
They grow square melons to sell to wealthy tourists.
With a healthy shipping business.
Now they are branching out into other shapes.
And in keeping with current events, bombs.