Monthly Archives: March 2016

Evening Art Break

“The Bay of Naples at moonlit night. Vesuvius”
Ivan Aivazovsky (1840)


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Throwback Thursday

Whiskey dispenser from a vending machine exhibition in London, circa 1960.


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Your Daily Dose of Cute

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Your Morning Cup of Links

With jihadis at the door, Syrians rush to rescue history


Good Tom Nichols piece on Obama’s man-made disaster in Syria

Shakespeare, the book tour

Christ help us all. This reads exactly as if you interviewed an escaped mental patient about foreign policy.

Donald Trump is a garbage human being who is leading a movement of other garbage human beings

The latest dangerous concession Obama wants to make to Iran

Meanwhile, Pentagon and State have ordered hundreds of Americans to leave Turkey

Awesome: “Disabled Man Gets To Live His Dream And Travel The World As A ‘Backpack'”

Interesting piece on Vermeer’s art and its affinities with the work of Anthony van Leeuwenhoek, father of microbiology.

This needs to be a movie.

‘Privilege Theory’ is a war on happy childhoods

Why those subversive Brontë sisters still hypnotise us

Wow. Good for her. “An Open Letter to Trump Voters from his Top Strategist-Turned-Defector”


The thought of this keeps me up at night. It’s seriously terrifying.

Crazy account of the theft of the Totenberg Stradivarius

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Video of the Day

Stunning time lapse of a container ship gliding around the world:

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Afternoon Art Break

“The Betrothed”
John William Godward (1892)


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Your Morning Cup of Links

This is a bit wonky, but important.

I completely understand, brother.

Demolition company demolishes wrong house, blames Google Maps

Lunatic UND professor vows to call cops on ROTC drills

Turn off your radio. The Entertainment Wing of the GOP needs to die a very, very painful death.

Harvard Nursery School continues to impress

In a class I attended earlier this semester, a large portion of the first meeting was devoted to compiling a list of rules for class discussion. A student contended that as a woman, she would be unable to sit across from a student who declared that he was strongly against abortion, and the other students in the seminar vigorously defended this declaration. The professor remained silent. In a recent conversation with peers, I posed a question about a verse from the Bible. A Harvard employee in the room immediately interjected, informing me that we were in a safe space and I was thus not permitted to discuss the controversial biblical passage. And these are just stories from the past three months.

Donald Trump gets his ass handed to him by conservative radio host

Beethoven beats Mozart for first time in most popular composer poll

I hate the Trumpkins with the hot, hot fire of a thousand suns. Going to lose our stars because of this charlatan grifter and his mouth-breathing troglodytes.

How a quest to understand art’s brilliant pigments led to what could be the world’s most colorful library

Al Qaeda sees its enemies – the West and ISIS – wearing one another out.

Holy shit, this is a thing that someone published…with a straight face, presumably.

LOL While Trump was bitching about “The View” and calling Heidi Cruz ugly, this happened.

Stay at the charming English estate that inspired Pride and Prejudice

Saturn’s rings, moons may be younger than the dinosaurs

Unicorn-like rhino may have lived at same time as humans

Bad idea jeans

A 40-year-old Jewish man tempted fate by walking into a Paris synagogue dressed as a jihadist, carrying a fake rifle and shouting “Allahu Akbar”, a police source said Friday…The incident happened on Thursday evening when members of the synagogue were celebrating the festival of Purim, during which followers often dress up in costumes and give each other presents. The source said the man arrived wearing long North African robes, carrying a fake Kalashnikov and crying “Allahu akbar”, Arabic for “God is greatest”…The initial shock passed quickly when members of the synagogue realised they knew the man, and that it was only a joke.

Why you should read Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, if you haven’t already.

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