Archive for June 2005
My apologies for any recent weirdness – over and above the usual – you may have observed under the Ramage rubric. This was due to a slightly over-eager Greasemonkey script playing tricks on me.
That said, its author is undoubtedly a genius.
If such matters as Greasemonkey scripts are above your head or beneath your notice – and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be – please brush this aside like a bad dream.
What passes for normal service here will be resumed as soon as possible.
Why does a person spend time and energy repairing or recycling a worn-out item? Is it out of respect for the maker? A matter of culture? A lack of resources to acquire something new? A gesture of love toward the owner of the object? Respect for the beauty and value of the object itself? Attachment to an habitually used object? A number of these factors come into play…
The boro textiles of Japan, in an exhibition held last year at San Fransisco’s Museum of Craft and Folk Art. A recent article by Stephen Szczepanek in Selvedge magazine focuses on these beautiful textiles, which were never meant for public display–not only because they were made out of necessity out of whatever scraps of fabric that weren’t too damaged, stained, or worn-out to be salvaged, but also, as in the example shown above, what we’re looking at now is the reverse side of a futon-cover exhibited inside-out. Still, as Szczepanek writes:
“As a cultural record, boro is encyclopedic. …Embedded in these ragged futon covers, in these mammoth, patched sleeping yogi, in these crumbled furoshiki and sashiko stitched sleeping mats are the cast-off clothing of scores of men, women, and chldren, all of whom have faded from memory but each of whom has contributed to our appreciation of their histories, and their harsh but resilient lives.”
A tremendous thunderstorm here today – made me go looking for images like these:
- COFF:Fundación Centro Ordóñez Falcón
remarkable collection of photography based in San Sebastian (Donostia), Spain.
(tags: collections photography)
- La Nature, 1889
images of electric discharges by E-L Trouvelot, from the pages of La Nature
(tags: photography science)
Her daughter was a yellow dowdy, full of envy And ill-nature; And, in short, was much of the same mould as her Mother. But in a few weeks the king, attended by the nobility and Gentry, brought his deformed bride to the palace, where the marriage Rites were performed. They had not been long in the Court before they Set the king against his own beautiful daughter by false reports. The Young princess having lost her father ’ s love, grew weary of the Court, And one day, meeting with her father in the garden, she begged him, With tears in her eyes, to let her go and seek her fortune; To which The king consented, and ordered her mother-in-law to give her what she Pleased. She went to the queen, who gave her a canvas bag of brown Bread and hard cheese, with a bottle of beer; Though this was but a Pitiful dowry for a king ’ s daughter. She took it, with thanks, and Proceeded on her journey, passing through groves, woods, and valleys, Till at length she saw an old man sitting on a stone at the mouth of a Cave, who said: "Good morrow, fair maiden, whither away so fast??
…a little Further, you will find a well; Sit down on the brink of it, and there Will come up three golden heads, which will speak; And whatever they Require, that do."
My apologies (for linking to a computer-generated translation – which, however, is interesting in itself), and intrigued curiosity, go out to its author, who seems a most interesting person.
Original, Chinese, page, here: http://thanetstreet.blogbus.com/.
Links to half-a-dozen of the many thousands of images relevant to the archaeology, architectural history and social history of England available at ViewFinder, the online resource of English Heritage’s National Monuments Record.
The fifty words on the OED’s BBC Wordhunt appeal list all have a date next to them – corresponding to the earliest evidence the dictionary currently has for that word or phrase. Can you trump that? If so the BBC wants to hear from you.
- BBC Wordhunt phwoar! bogstandard "nit nurse" balti bomber jacket. I mean, come on, what’re you trying to say here?
"I didn’t expect it, like most people, like the majority of Americans, this conduct from a so-called civilised country." Latin America’s best-known living artist broke with tradition last year after reading an article about U.S. soldiers’ abuse of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail.
- Botero’s anger at Abu Ghraib on display in Rome Botero told Reuters he hoped his works would be a "permanent witness to a great crime" in much the same way Picasso’s "Guernica" has become a permanent reminder of the tragedies of the Spanish Civil War.
- Dangerrrr: cats could alter your personality – Health – Times Online
"half of Britain’s human population carry the parasite in their brains"
(tags: cats health funny)
- Word Scatter
Create amusing concrete poetry from any text (or type your own) with Word Scatter
(tags: fun words poetry)