Sunday, March 22, 2020

Is it just me, or all introverts?


Listening to CBC today, and the various stories about how people are handling isolation, it left me feeling grateful for being who I am: an introvert who enjoys my own company and perfectly content to spends days on my own.

Aside of those with genuine concerns as a result of their health, family or work situation (which I have total empathy for), it was those who simply don't know what to do with themselves home along for long stretches that got my attention.

Beyond that, it was the ones that were feeling traumatized that interested me. Really? I don't say that in a sarcastic way, I say it in a "oh, so some people are really torn apart to be alone?". As in learning, and having my eyes opened. It was a comment by an extrovert that made the penny drop. I know that extroverts get their energy from others, but I don't think I'd understood how distressful it can be just to be alone for long stretches.

But perhaps I can understand, from the other side, as an introvert who just spent 10 years living with others and I almost lost my mind. If I don't spend copious amounts of time alone, I can't think, and I don't know who I am. I have no energy and I become desperate. Same thing, other side?

Anyways, I do not mind days at home alone. Having lived alone for 30 years, it's a common way of being for me, and I'm perfectly content. Since (finally) having my own place again, the days at home since December have been bliss.

Yes, I do like to do stuff, and not having access to coffee shops, and arts, and so on, is certainly missed, but it's not upsetting. Just think of the money I'll save!

Right now I have my headphones on, listening to jazz, with my feet up, and sun bouncing off the windows of the hotel across the street. Trying to decide which book I'll turn to after this, a historical novel set in Egypt in the 20's (a library score), or the Audible memoir of a woman who fell for a fake man. Wish I had more library books, but there is no lack of reading material here on my bursting bookshelves. And Audible is endless in terms of content.

I am quite happily living without TV, especially in current circumstances. CBC Radio One gives me pretty well all I need, without endless visuals of masks and hazmat suits to haunt me. Podcasts and online content fill in the rest. I'm actually not big into social media at the moment, but it's there if I need it. I've only recently been taking advantage of my Prime Video, maybe watching an hour or two most evenings, as distraction.

Then, there's silence.

Anyways... was curious as to whether other introverts feel the same. And if I was truly in isolation for weeks perhaps I'd feel differently, but I don't think so. Good thing, and I feel grateful that I am so well positioned to whether this storm.

It leaves me lots of room to learn about how others are coping without it overwhelming me.

And having this ah ha moment about how hard others are finding this is one such learning.


Friday, March 20, 2020

All quiet


It is 2:36 am. I woke up about 10 minutes ago, and in that time, I heard one truck go by. But that's it. No cars, no taxis, I can't even hear any traffic on Douglas. So eerie.

I live in the middle of it all in downtown Victoria, in what is usually a cacophony of cars, sirens, honking, voices, yelling, singing, and so on. Add to this the banging as the adjacent businesses take out their garbage and cardboard to the bins below my window. I happen to love being right here; the noise doesn't bother me, and is often entertaining. So the silence is so unusual.

It's early Friday morning, so I expect the most stunning silence will be in 24 hours, as the peeps who normally go clubbing will presumably have nowhere to go. No middle-of-the-night drunken antics on the street below.

And I've heard almost nothing since I started writing this, maybe 4/5 cars in 18 minutes.

Will write some reflections at a later time.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Museums in the age of COVID-19


Time just published a timely piece: 5 Ways to Bring Art Into Your Home While Museums Are Closed. A few highlights:
As part of widespread efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus, many of the world’s major cultural institutions have closed their doors... these institutions’ closure brings a reminder of the importance of the museum’s place in society during times of need. Research has shown that viewing art can reduce stress and anxiety, increase motivation and serve as a mood booster... And museums also play a crucial role in creating a more empathic world. They preserve the past, remind us of our place in the present and give us hope for the future. But the inability to set foot in a museum for the foreseeable future need not be synonymous with the absence of art from people’s lives. Under the Instagram hashtag #MuseumFromHome, cultural institutions have shared several informative posts about their collections and other artworks in an effort to continue to share knowledge and culture with the public, despite the closings. And there are many other ways to get your arts and culture fix from home via the internet, exploring museums that would otherwise require a plane ride to visit..." [continue reading on Time].

5 Ways to Bring Art Into Your Home While Museums Are Closed - Time

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Kettle, not black


I got my new kettle today.

I ordered it on eBay a month or two ago, and had kind of given up on it, but today it arrived, all the way from Germany (but made in China). I love the kettle itself ~ both for its beauty, and because I am tired of boiling water in a pot, which I have been doing since December 1st.

Now, it was a cheap kettle (my criteria were: attractive design, whistling-style, free shipping, and cheap), so my expectations were low, so overall I'm happy. But it came with built-in entertainment: the verbiage on the box. I'm guessing this is the result of bad free online translation tools. Beyond amusing, it is instructive as to how bad our English sounds when translated to other languages using such tools.

I've included pics below, but here is what it says, VERBATIM.

FLAT BOTTOM
Ball type kettle
Stailnless steel
THE COLOR

Elaborate, sharp edges, no accute angle
Carefully polished, no acute angle, sharp edge;
No filler welding, use more comfortable
Comfortable, at ease.

The anti-overflow kettle mouth cap
Exquisite safety cap and spout close,
to prevent too much water boiling device
After or water overflow, avoid open
Scalded by hot water.

Humanized design, elegant
The overall design of the kettle body together
Body, do not use retained water, hand
Comfortable handle, more human nature
The intimate and caring

Products with packaging material object as a standard

This product is applicable to various types of stoves and stoves
Electromagnetic furnace
Electric furnace
Gas stove
Side burner






Friday, February 28, 2020

Leaning Tower of Dallas

A wee bit of drama in Dallas, Texas this
week after a less-than-textbook demolition 
The locals are having a blast...
Here's my favourite story:
"As the infamous wrecking ball continues to tap away at the Leaning Tower of Dallas, Jerrel Sustaita is there to paint its progress. Since last week, the Dallas artist has stood before his easel outside the slanting building, painting acrylic impressions of the scene... When the tower finally falls, Sustaita will move on to another project, but he said he hopes his miniature art exhibition will find its way into a museum gallery. Although he’ll be printing copies of the paintings for sale, he said he wants the original pieces to remain together as a testament to the historic Leaning Tower of Dallas. “I’m not really interested in a situation where people buy it and take it off the wall,” he said. “I’d like it to stay up for a little while just for people to reminisce.”..." [read the full story on dmagazine].

Not your best demolition company ad...








Sunday, February 23, 2020

Qui tacet consentit

Sir Thomas More (1527) by Hans Holbein the Younger

Qui tacet consentit


Ah, Latin.... This was the email signature from an inquiry to a For Sale ad I'd posted on Craigslist, and I was curious. Ot course, I turned to Wikipedia...

In a nutshell: Consensus is assumed when there's no evidence of disagreement.

Qui tacet consentire videtur, ubi loqui debuit ac potuit (He who is silent, when he ought to have spoken and was able to, is taken to agree) — Latin proverb

AKA if you disagree, the onus is on you to say so.

The maxim is "Qui tacet consentit": the maxim of the law is "Silence gives consent". If therefore you wish to construe what my silence betokened, you must construe that I consented. — Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) in A Man for All Seasons

I actually found all this on a resource page for Wikipedia edits, who apparently go mad with both editing and silence about their edits. I found the following of particular interest:

Warnock's dilemma, named for its originator Bryan Warnock, is the problem of interpreting a lack of response to a posting in a virtual community. The term originally referred to mailing list discussions, but has been applied to Usenet posts, blogs, Web forums, and online content in general. The dilemma arises because a lack of response does not necessarily imply that no one is interested in the topic, but could also mean for example that readers find the content to be exceptionally good (leaving nothing for commenters to add). [more here]

Friday, February 07, 2020

Dancer on my rooftop

CFAX pic
So, all this went down where I live. She may well have danced over my rooftop. Definitely heard the "explosion" bang.

"A woman is in custody after an incident which began with a break and enter in the 1300-block of Broad Street this morning. On Thursday, February 6th, 2020, shortly after 1:00 a.m., Patrol officers were called to the 1300-block of Broad Street for a report of an alarm at a business. Officers arrived on scene within minutes and observed the woman suspect, who had broken into a business at that location. The woman fled the scene via rooftop. A K9 unit was deployed to assist in locating the suspect. The woman then broke into two separate suites in a nearby multi-unit residential building in the 1300-block of Douglas Street. The woman barricaded herself inside the second suite. During the incident, the woman discharged a fire extinguisher and pulled the fire alarm. Many building residents were evacuated. The Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) attended the scene. Negotiation attempts were unsuccessful, and GVERT officers took the woman into custody approximately four hours after the initial call for service. A loud distraction device was used during the arrest, which has led to reports of an explosion in the area. ..." [continue reading VIC PD's story].

Great speedy and effective response by Vic PD and the K9 team. Still feel safe living in my hood.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Gauguin sculpture that wasn't

Interesting story regarding misattribution (aka fakes).

"A wood sculpture attributed to Paul Gauguin held in the collection of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles was not actually produced by the famed artist, new research suggests. Its attribution status has been demoted to “unknown” in December 2019. According to a report by the French newspaper Le Figaro, the institution paid an estimated $3 million to $5 million in 2002 to acquire the work, which is titled Head with Horns, from Wildenstein gallery in New York..." [continue reading on ArtNews].

Getty Museum’s Gauguin Sculpture Revealed to Have Been Misattributed - ArtNews

Sunday, January 26, 2020

The sad demise of a BC gallery

Just stumbled across this:

'I did a lot of things wrong': Why artists turned against a small-town gallery owner in B.C.

"Marlowe Goring’s art gallery was the talk of the town when it opened in 2013 in the retirement community of Qualicum Beach, B.C. The gallery featured the works of aboriginal artist Norval Morrisseau — “the Picasso of the North” — and various West Coast artists. There was talk of incorporating a chic wine bar. But about a year and a half in, the gallery went bust and residents in this normally staid town are said to have become furious with Goring over unpaid debts and unaccounted-for paintings..." [continue reading in the National Post].

James White, an art wholesaler in Ontario,
says he consigned paintings to Marlowe which
remain unaccounted for. Seen here: ‘Spirits
Journeys’ by Norval Morrisseau. (National Post)

Review: Rooftops of Tehran

Rooftops of TehranRooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantastic
I loved this book. I chose to read this book in light of recent news and politics, hoping it would give me more insight into Iran and the Iranian people. It did not disappoint. The hopes and dreams of Iran's youth, set against the context of the country's norms and traditions, provided a rich picture. The characters were very real to me. The tiny details of the neighbourhood, the cooling hose in the heat, the imaginings under the stars, took me right there. Richly written. Great narration. 5 stars.

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Review: Deadly Deception- The Jennifer Pan Story

A Daughter's Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan StoryA Daughter's Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story by Jeremy Grimaldi
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Rambling
I'd had enough of this book about half way through, but stuck it out. Not so sure it was worth it. Overall, the book could have been 1/3 shorter and told the same story. The order was odd, the last half was misplaced. It was factual at first, but seemed to fall into conjecture. The last 2 minutes of the Acknowledgements told me why, and I wasn't thrilled to have spent my time on it. I like true crime stories but would not read this author again.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Snow swirls

1:11am. I awaken to the silence of snowy streets.
I open the big sash window in my bedroom to better hear the silence.
The air is fresh and lovely.
I could make a snowball from the ledge outside my window. But I prefer to leave it pristeen. Except where I poked it.
The flakes are falling slowly.
They float up, down, horizontally, moved by gentle gusts of wind.
Then fascinating swirls as the wind between buildings blow.
I have seen big swirls, almost like a two story high ghost floating down the street.
I find myself wishing I knew where my camera battery was, unpacking undone. The snow on the branches of the tree outside my window, the icicles on the streetlamp, but perhaps I am meant to marvel, not fiddle.
There is perhaps 2-3 inches of snow downtown, the streets unplowed.
Very occasional cars, half driving faster than is safe for the conditions.
A very few pedestrians, a drunk couple sporting umbrellas.
As I am enjoying this scene, I get a stark reality check.
A man crosses the street mid-block, right below my window.
The man is wearing a winter coat, with boots, and is carrying a shopping bag.
Once under the shelter of the hotel's canopy, he pauses to dig through his shopping bag, pulling out a big scarf. Glad he has some gear, perhaps picked up from a full or closed shelter nearby.
My eyes swell up with tears and my heart skips a beat. I feel sad, and full of empathy for this presumably homeless man. What a horrible night to be without shelter. How COLD it would be to sit or lie down.
He stands for 5 or 10 minutes, at one point calling to someone across the street (there may be homeless sleeping in the doorways directly below my apartment), but finally moves on.
Now my winter wonderland isn't so magical. Or perhaps it's still magical, but is tempered by how very, very tough this is on the homeless.
I close my window and go back to bed.
Not sure how long it will be until I sleep.


This person does not exist

Fake lady from thispersondoesnotexist.com
Ok, weird stuff in the world of AI (artificial intelligence) and stock photos...

Visit thispersondoesnotexist.com and keep refreshing. All fake.

Think you can spot the fake? Try whichfaceisreal.com and see how you do.

It's a weird, weird world...


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Audiobooks on The Sunday Edition

There was a great story on CBC's The Sunday Edition today about audiobooks (you can listen to it here).

This is what I doodled while listening to it.

Review: Bloodstains

BloodstainsBloodstains by Jeff Mudgett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Very dark but compelling.
I've had Eric Larson's "The Devil in the White City" sitting unlistened to in my library for sometime, but decided to read it before reading "Bloodstains". I recommend you do the same, as it provided context.
I like memoirs and have read a few by people who have learned about a parent or relative's criminal history ~ drawn by the curiosity of wondering what that must be like ~ so Bloodlines caught my eye.
But this is no run of the mill serial killer (if there is such a thing), this was the first and worst. A truly evil psychopath. And I knew this story would involve unfathomable darkness. The journey Mudgett took to uncover his family history was inseparable from his own mental illness, which reared its head while he was uncovering revelations. It made for a very dark story indeed. But I am glad I read it.
There is an oddity about this book in that it has a music and sound effects in the background throughout most of it, and it was distracting. Like B-grade movie, the amateurish audio effects drew attention to them, instead of enhancing the story.

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Review: Devil in the White City

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed AmericaThe Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dark history in the white city.
After a false start a year ago, when I couldn't get into this book, I picked it up again. I had just come across "Bloodstains" by Jeff Mudgett, the great grandson of the "devil" in this book, and thought I should read this first (I recommend reading them in this order; it gave good context for Mudgett's revelations).
Overall, this was a pretty good book, but tying together two largely unrelated storylines isn't easy to do. While both were joined by the time and place of the Chicago World's Fair, flipping from a mass murderer's arrival in the city to the architects planning the site couldn't help but feel disjointed.
In the end, the stories were joined in the grizzly nightmares and calamities during the fair. It was disturbing to learn that the disappearing women barely registered with authorities and the "devil" carried on under their noses.
It is a dark history, but interesting nonetheless.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Opera Garnier learnings


I have been a fan of the Opera Garnier since I stumbled upon it early into my month in Paris in 2009. I was already blown away by the building when I looked up and first set eyes on Chagall's remarkable ceiling. I gushed at the time, and have since acquired a tremendous print of the ceiling (yet to be framed) and a book or two.

Yet, despite learning that construction began in the 1860's, I never really thought about how that Chagall got there.

Then, this morning, reading an old copy of a Sunday NY Times left over from a vacation (I buy a copy and read it front to back over a week, and unfinished sections set aside... one of which just surfaced), I had a major ah ha moment:

"Among the theater's most famous fixtures are the chandelier and the painted ceiling that surrounds it ~ originally by Jules Eugène Lenepveu, then replaced in 1964 with a new sprawling work by Marc Chagall depicting scenes from operas by Mozart, Wagner and more."
Behind the Curtain at the Paris Opera, New York Times, September 8, 2019

Of course!!!!

Insouciance

I learnt a new word yesterday:
insouciance
Click to enlarge to see definition



Thursday, January 02, 2020

Picasso damaged at Tate Modern

Stuff like this piece in the news today drives me crazy....

After an important Pablo Picasso painting was damaged at one of London’s most notable museums, a man could face criminal charges. This past weekend, Pablo Picasso’s 1944 painting Bust of a Woman was reportedly ripped at the Tate Modern. The person suspected of vandalizing the painting is Shakeel Ryan Massey, a 20-year-old man from London, who was charged with criminal damage on December 28. According to the Guardian, Massey has said he will deny the charge. The work was created during the Nazi occupation of Paris and is now valued at £20 million (about $26.3 million). The piece depicts the photographer Dora Maar, the artist’s lover and muse, wearing bright green clothing and a hat. The painting, which is on long-term loan to the museum from a private collection, was attacked on Saturday and has been taken off view..." [continue reading on ArtNews]


More on the subject:
Man Charged with Criminal Damage After $26.3 M. Picasso Painting Is Ripped at Tate Modern - ArtNews
Museum visitors damaged a Salvador Dalí painting while taking selfies - Photography
Denver man accused of ‘throwing things and knocking things over’ in damage spree at art museum - Dallas News
Here Are 9 Shocking Times People Destroyed Art While Taking Selfies - ArtNet
What Happens if You Accidentally Damage or Destroy a Priceless Work of Art in a Museum? - Today I Found Out


Sunday, December 29, 2019

Last Sunday of 2019

I wake early, in this new pad of mine. I slept well, grateful for my long breakwater walk yesterday.
I spend an hour or two in light therapy, listening to an Audible book, and drawing and puzzling. I get up, have a shower, and sip some of yesterday's cold coffee, and remember that I forgot to add peanut butter on my food order (I make a note on my hand, my reminder for the Thrifty's call).
By now I am listening to North by Northwest - aka NXNW - on CBC radio, just how I like to spend most weekend mornings. Drawing and puzzling.
Then listen to the the Sunday Edition on CBC, this time a 3-hour long special, looking back at the decade that was. How interesting, this 2009-2019 time window, as it aligns with the time since I last had my own place. All that has happened in the world, superimposed on my life during that time, not at all what I thought it would be (Europe, a few months in Vancouver for the Olympics and work, moving to Sidney, living with and loving mom, then caregiving ~ some of the best and hardest times of my life ~ getting a studio for awhile, selling my art, some contract work, meeting Steve and doing the IHT gig for 7 years, starting the cruise work, then changing offices, so much drama and empty pockets, watching myself turn to junk food as soon as I had wheels, meeting Maui, becoming a kitty-mom, so fabulous, loving, and losing him, just after losing mom, so much sadness, wrapped in sweet memories, moving with my sister, short-term becoming long-term, only recently extracating myself, my new job, various gigs, writing two books as a ghostwriter, mystery shopping, 2 cruises, and of course dog-sitting Lucy and Palm Springs, and a NYC trip, and 2 Mexico trips, the start and peak and end of social media gigs, blogs, when did I stop taking pictures?, cataract surgery, missing Vancouver then getting used to it here, just a few trips over, beoming so broke I stopped going to concerts, a couple trips up island, car 3 at present, discovering Audible, getting and becoming addicted to my iPad, from a simple phone to smart phone to my Blackberry (I miss it!), back to smartphone, Aunt Dawn's visit, a couple weddings, nieces and nephews having babies, I practically stop reading physical books, but come full circle and have been actively unplugging, new friends, finding old friends, losing my mind after long long long stretches without 24 hours alone, unable to recharge my batteries, recognizing that I was falling into such a deep depression, exhausted by a year of 3-3.5 hour daily commutes, money issues, now starting a new life downtown Victoria, its a lot over 10 years....).
At some point, I am up making coffee in my Bodum, boiling water in a pot, and having breakfast with Kakuro. Puttering in my kitchen. Remembering now that I was unpacking boxes at 5:00 am.
Groceries come at noon, my new usual cheery guy.
Lunch is leftover pasta fom last night, made by moi, with pesto, and reheated in my new microwave (thanks M!), while I read (Richard Bach's The Bridge Across Forever, one of my fav books ever), more kitchen puttering, washing mom's old kitchen cannisters, thinking about how I will use them....
My day so far in a nutshell. Felt sleepy, was going to take a nap, but thought I might write for a bit.
Now, perhaps, I will walk....


Monday, December 23, 2019

From Barbie to ... brilliant

Great segment on CBC's Cost of Living podcast this week: Mattel's gender-neutral dolls hit Canadian store shelves ahead of global retail expansion.

Meet the Creatable World dolls.



"Marketed as the world's first gender-inclusive doll kit, the six separate dolls each have short hair and a wig as well as a prepubescent body with no overtly sexual characteristics such as breasts or broad shoulders. "The idea actually came from insight from our consumers, both parents and children … we spent a lot of time asking them what they wanted out of doll play," Culmone explained. "What we heard back from children was that they don't want to be told how to play or who a certain toy is for. And from parents we heard an increasing concern about 'gender-izing' of their children's toys... [continue reading on CBC]."                                                                                

Listen to the full Cost of Living podcast episode.



Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Review: Coffin Road

Coffin RoadCoffin Road by Peter May
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Convoluted.
Interesting premise, but the storyline was just too convoluted for me. Yes, it worked in terms of making it impossible to guess what might happen next, and who the characters really were. The story and main characters never really grabbed me though. I wasn't left to mull over the lessons or revelations or human relationships afterwards.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Review: The Professor and the Madman

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English DictionaryThe Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fascinating read!
I finished this book months ago, but it feels like yesterday... the story is that memorable. If you think you have an idea how the original dictionaries were created, think again. This book will blow your mind. It does move a bit slow at times, but I could put up with it, given the surprises that it contains. There are lovely word interludes, giving insight to how the definitions of certain words were created. And, yes, there IS a madman at the centre of the story.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Review: The Billionaire Murders

The Billionaire Murders: The Mysterious Deaths of Barry and Honey ShermanThe Billionaire Murders: The Mysterious Deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman by Kevin Donovan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interestingly unsatisfying...
A well researched and written book... but oddly unsatisfying. I knew going in that these murders have not yet been solved, but finishing the story felt unfinished. Who did it? And why? I am fascinated by the crime, so I did what the author knew (or hoped) I would do: buy it anyways. Perfect set-up for me to buy book 2 later, which I will probably do.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the KeyThe Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hardly memorable.
I enjoyed this book when I read it (listened to it), but a month or two later, as I go to write this review, I had no memory of it. I truly drew a blank. Of course, once I read the book summary, it came back to me, and I remembered the storyline. There were surprises and twists and turns I did not see coming, so it was good in that respect, but my lack of recollection afterwards tells me that it wasn't compelling enough to engage me on a deeper level. Even for fiction, I want to be moved in some way, to be made to think, to ponder the lessons long afterward.

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Sunday, December 08, 2019

Book Club Edition Clues


If you sell or trade used books, you will want to know how to identify a "book club edition" book, as they are of lesser value. If you plan to make your fortune buting undervalued antiquarian books and reselling them (as I am*), you need to know this!

Today I found a great piece, Identifying Book Club Editions, courtesy of the International Online Booksellers Association. It has lots of example pictures, so is worth reading - and keeping handy for future reference.

* I am buying high value Picasso art books with a fantasy of knowing enough to turn a profit. While I get to enjoy them while in my custody, once I started getting duplicates, I realized I was hooked. 

Identifying Book Club Editions - International Online Booksellers Association
Can You Identify a Book Club Edition? - Biblio blog
Identifying Book Club Editions - One Girl Collecting blog

Friday, November 29, 2019

Lester Gaba's Cynthia


Loved the latest 99% Invisible podcast!

Mannequin Pixie Dream Girl, tells the story of "Cynthia", a mannequin created in 1932 by Lester Gaba, a sculptor, retail display designer and later a teacher and writer.

An unusually natural and human looking mannequin, Gaba used the attention Cynthia garnered to further anthropomorphize her.

Among her memorable moments, Cynthia:

  • Appeared on a cover of Life Magazine in 1937
  • Was invited to the wedding of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson in 1937
  • Went to see the play ‘Madame Bovary’ in New York in 1939

It's all a little bizarre and worth both a listen and Google search for pictures of Gaba and Cynthia.

Mannequin Pixie Dream Girl - 99% Invisible







Saturday, November 23, 2019

Important notes

As someone who values notetaking, I confess, I love this...

Obama White House Photographer Compares Trump’s Sharpie Notes To Obama’s Notes 

"Former White House photographer Pete Souza mocked President Trump over his now-viral handwritten notes about the impeachment inquiry, highlighting the contrast between Trump’s notes with a picture of past notes by former President Obama..." [continue reading on theguardiansofdemocracy].

Source: https://theguardiansofdemocracy.com/obama-white-house-photographer-compares-trumps-handwritten-notes-to-obamas-notes/