Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round 3: J. David v. Gentileschi!


Jacques-Louis David
1748 - 1825
French







Artemeisia Gentileschi
1593 - 1652
Italian
Slew Gentile da Fabriano in his tent in Round 1.
Dispatched Théodore Géricault in Round 2.





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Monday, September 1, 2014

The Free Box Tapes #8: Marianne Faithfull: "Blazing Away"


The ninth Free Box Tape has HIGH BIAS!!! 




Marianne Faithfull: Blazing Away (1990)

Sixty-Four Words: It turns out that Marianne Faithfull and Patti Smyth are two different people, although I’ll forgive myself the conceptual blurring.  This live album has a genteel cabaret rock feel to it, reminding me in that way only of the “unplugged” Nirvana album.  A distinctive alto voice working with a strong and varied set list makes this an interesting rock music find.  Thanks, free box!

Disposition: I'll keep it around.





Meanwhile, in August...

I had wondered for time to time if my monthly running mileage record of 116.75, set in May 2012, was going to be permanent.  But, with the help of 31 days and five full weekends, I went charging after it last month and ended the month with 119.26 miles in the hopper.  Congratulate me!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Lichtenstein v. Limbourg!

Roy Lichtenstein
1923 - 1997
American



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Jean and Paul Limbourg
died c. 1416
French



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Second Round: van Honthorst v. Hokusai!

Gerrit van Honthorst
1590 - 1656
Dutch

Beaten by Pieter De Hooch in Round 1.
Stunned Hans Holbein by a single vote in First Round Elimination. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!






Katsushika Hokusai
1760 - 1849
Japanese

Defeated William Hogarth in Round 1 by a two-vote spread. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
Lost to play-in artist Remedios Varo in Round 2.






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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Wednesday Post



Field Report: Walcott Junction
20 miles to the nearest town makes the gas station and restaurant a welcome sight.

After all the fuss about Walcott Junction last month, Mrs.5000 -- nothing if not intrepid -- paid a visit in person.  She sends us these photos.



WALCOTT JCT., WYOMING

Intersection I-80, U.S. 30 & Wyoming 130.  20 miles to the nearest town makes the gas station and restaurant a welcome sight.









Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Second Round: Beauneveu v. Homer!

André Beauneveu
active 1361, died c.1402
French

Tied with Domenico Beccafumi in his initial Round 1 outing, in January 2012.
Lost to Remedios Varo in a second shot at Round 1.
Beat British satirist William Hogarth in First Round Elimination by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!






Winslow Homer
1836 - 1910
American

Beat the great German expatriate Hans Holbein in an unusually high-octane Round 1 match.
Lost to Dutch master Pieter De Hooch by a single vote in Round 2. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!







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Monday, August 25, 2014

On "Awareness": A Vignette.

Michael5000 is talking to a coworker.

Michael5000: "I was scrolling through my Facebook this morning, and I think I saw a video of you dumping a bucket of water on your head."

Co-Worker: "Yes, ice water! I didn't fill the whole bucket, but it was really cold. It was a challenge."

Michael5000: "A challenge?"

Co-Worker: "Yes, you do it, and then you're supposed to challenge your friends to do it too. It's to raise awareness for ALS."

Michael5000: "ALS... ALS... Is that, uh, Lou Gerhig's Disease?"

Co-Worker: "You know, I'm not sure. I just did the challenge."

Long Pause.