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December 07, 2018

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pst314

Hewn from marble, some 400 years ago, by a 23-year-old.

That's a beautiful twitter feed.

R. Sherman

Addendum to Item One. Click to enlarge to really see the detail.

For a cheery thought, consider that such works of art will be hidden from view if the current crop of Feministas have their way.

Daniel Ream

That's a beautiful twitter feed.

But also racist. Because of course it is.

Spiny Norman

I scored a 17 on the intersectionality calculator. [sigh]

That cat-proof Christmas tree will only encourage them to leap.

Spiny Norman

From the Arch_Revival Twitter feed:

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Simply beyond the vision, talent, and skill of any of the woke leftist "approved artists" demanding public subsidies of their "work". Giovanni Strazza is just a "dead white male", so not worth their trouble...

Spiny Norman

But also racist. Because of course it is.

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Herumsitzer

Brock argues that the account is deliberately and serially omitting the full history. “They are at best neglecting, but probably outright erasing, the huge contributions of non-white (especially Muslim) Europeans to European culture.”

Chesterton's Flying Inn foretold this "Europe has always been Islamic" line of argument (the third stage of the propaganda campaign after 1:"the Islamization of Europe is a paranoid Enoch Powell conspiracy theory" and 2:"the Islamization of Europe is inevitable and a welcome change from our stale pale racist monoculture").

"In reply to this you will object—" proceeded her preceptor, "that some inns are actually named after the symbols of your national superstitions. You will hasten to point out to me that the Golden Cross is situated opposite Charing Cross, and you will expatiate at length on King's Cross, Gerrard's Cross and the many crosses that are to be found in or near London. But you must not forget," and here he wagged his green umbrella roguishly at the girl, as if he was going to poke her with it, "none of you, my friends, must forget what a large number of Crescents there are in London! Denmark Crescent; Mornington Crescent! St. Mark's Crescent! St. George's Crescent! Grosvenor Crescent! Regent's Park Crescent! Nay, Royal Crescent! And why should we forget Pelham Crescent? Why, indeed? Everywhere, I say, homage paid to the holy symbol of the religion of the Prophet! Compare with this network and pattern of crescents, this city almost consisting of crescents, the meagre array of crosses, which remain to attest the ephemeral superstition to which you were, for one weak moment, inclined."
Uwe

There’s always a catch.

Looks like identity politics really f*cks you up.

David

Morning, all.

Click to enlarge to really see the detail.

The attribute required to turn a block of stone into that, using simple tools, is rather special, and not often found.

That cat-proof Christmas tree will only encourage them to leap.

And in a battle of wills, I’d bet on the cat.

Looks like identity politics really f*cks you up.

From the same thread, this one made me chortle into my coffee.

Ray

The Veiled Christ

Hal

Hewn from marble, some 400 years ago, by a 23-year-old.

It is a sobering thought, for example, that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years.
---Tom Lehrer
Hal

I scored a 17 on the intersectionality calculator. [sigh]

I managed, or ended up at, whatever, 13.

I'm informed that You are more privileged than 75% of others!

Jen

Enrichment.

(⊙_⊙)

David

(⊙_⊙)

Yes, the Muhammadan exorcism-cum-radical-karaoke gets a little out of hand.

But on the upside, it’s only £60 a throw.

Hal

That cat-proof Christmas tree will only encourage them to leap.

And in a battle of wills, I’d bet on the cat.

Your Mission . . .

Jacob

Not quite grasping how it works.

Maybe people who've never run a business should do some research before they tell everyone else how to do it.

JuliaM

Cat-proof Christmas tree.

Because cats can't jump!

Wait, no, that's 'white men', isn't it?

David

Maybe people who’ve never run a business should do some research before they tell everyone else how to do it.

Ah, but Ms Muscato, a transgender woman and all-purpose “activist,” tells us, quite loudly, “ACTIVISM IS MY FULL-TIME AND ONLY JOB.” And apparently, describing yourself as an “activist” now counts as an unassailable all-purpose credential and bestows a right to scold others on all manner of subjects.

Tim Newman

Ah, but Ms Muscato, a transgender woman and all-purpose “activist,” tells us, quite loudly, “ACTIVISM IS MY FULL-TIME AND ONLY JOB.”

The ZMan pointed out in one of his early podcasts that Antifa protestors list the various protests they've participated in on their LinkedIn profiles.

David

Maybe people who’ve never run a business should do some research before they tell everyone else how to do it.

As someone who co-ran a small business for several years, on a shoestring budget, and for a couple of years while not paying myself at all, and then very little, I’m familiar with the feeling that it would be nice to pay employees more than is possible. But the usual alternative to paying employees what is possible is to shut up shop and not pay them at all. Of course, Ms Muscato, our Fiercely Leftwing Expert In All Things On Account Of Being Transgender, doesn’t see that as a problem. Though I imagine that the freelancers who earned an extra few grand from our small business might have seen things differently. Say, when paying for food and rent.

Again, leftist piety.

Sam Duncan

“Patience not included.”

Dammit. I can't even wrap presents neatly with tape. Thank the free market for bags and boxes.

“Chesterton's Flying Inn foretold this 'Europe has always been Islamic' line of argument”

Old GK knew what was what. And the stage after that will be that it was never really anything but. If you doubt it, look at what they're saying about Jerusalem's Jewish heritage.

“But the usual alternative to paying employees what is possible is to shut up shop and not pay them at all.”

As Glenn Reynolds likes to say, the true minimum wage is, always and everywhere, zero.

Anyway - at the risk of becoming an Ephemeral one-trick-pony - his unboxing video is better than yours. (My head hurts. But watch till - almost - the end.)

David
It was coughed up in one piece.

Look away now.

David

Dammit. I can’t even wrap presents neatly with tape.

Here, we have a system. One wraps, the other tapes. Much less aggravation.

R. Sherman

The attribute required to turn a block of stone into that, using simple tools, is rather special, and not often found.

I try to imagine what it's like to confront a block of marble with just a mallet and chisel, wondering where do I strike the first blow?

As for Renaissance sculpture, the artist cannot rely upon the observer to complement his work with the observer's imagination. A painting is, in a sense, a different world into which the viewer is drawn. A Vermeer subject looking out a window causes us to wonder "what's the milkmaid seeing?"

Not so with sculpture. It's a self-contained reality which is a part of our own. There's no "outside" which we can use to fill in the gaps. It's right there in front of us and it either succeeds or it doesn't.

(I probably need to tease those thoughts a little more until they magically become coherent.)

pst314

Muslim rave party:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTTP61_9Acc

Lancastrian Oik

Not quite grasping how it works.

During last night's Film Programme on BBC Radio Four (00.30-13.25 for those who can infiltrate beyond the various firewalls) "rapper, writer" (and soi-disant communist) Boots Riley managed to make Danielle Muscato look like Warren Buffett in comparison. And the film sounds like a load of unfunny racist tosh with it- Eddie Murphy's "potato up the tailpipe" riff extended ad nauseam. And, my guess is that getting the money from Hollywood types to make a "satire" about how white sales people talk when you have a profile such as Mr. Riley's is just a little bit less difficult than creating something awe-inspiringly beautiful from a block of stone, albeit you wouldn't know that given the tone of the BBC's tongue-ba.. err, "interview".

I scored 5 on the intersectionality calculator thing. I must be letting the side down somewhere....

Joan

It was coughed up in one piece.

*puts lunch back in fridge*

David

*puts lunch back in fridge*

No refunds. Credit note only.

nbc

Be the test tube

PETA has obviously not heard of IVF then

David

Oh, and for those who like that kind of thing, the Avengers 4 teaser trailer just dropped.

R. Sherman

Oh, and for those who like that kind of thing. . .

I probably risk being shunned at a minimum or driven from the village to cries of "Heretic!" or "Unclean!" but, isn't there someone, somewhere with a few new movie ideas beyond comic book knock-offs?

And, BTW, N.B. this thread started with Renaissance sculpture and wound up with CGI. Devolution in real time.

David

I probably risk being shunned at a minimum or driven from the village

I’ve actually enjoyed seeing these things – well, most of the Marvel Studios ones - in a big loud cinema with lots of other people who enjoy them too. It’s escapist fun - and fun that’s often done well.

R. Sherman

I enjoyed the first Iron Man and the Heath Ledger as Joker Batman, as well as a couple of the Spiderman offerings. I think it's the over-saturation of the genre that gets to me. It's like an immunity where the same dose doesn't provide the same high. But, YMMV, as they say.

R. Sherman

Oh, and Gal Gadot is hot. I could watch her paint a fence and be entertained. So, I've got that going for me, at least. Which is nice.

David

I think it’s the over-saturation of the genre that gets to me.

Yes, I can understand that and I’m fairly selective about which ones I see. But the good ones are great fun, especially if you had a misspent childhood in which the comics featured prominently. And once in a while I do actually enjoy being swept along in some big pop-culture event that envelops pretty much the entire planet. I like that when we went to see the first Avengers film the atmosphere was almost like a pop concert. And when you see the trailer-reaction mash-up videos on YouTube, in which people in China, Korea and Brazil are getting very excited about the bits you thought were pretty good too, that’s… oddly pleasing.

[ Edited. ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

How to wrap gifts without tape. Patience not included.

How to wrap gifts without tape.

At last, an intersectionality score calculator.

Your intersectionality score: 52

79% of others are more privileged than you

Oh wait, that was Obama, I only got 12 which means I am more privileged than 79%.

We know that 100s of other factors such peanut allergies...can impact your personal intersectionality score.

I am thinking these are not serious people.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I think we can all agree that is unarguable, and only a mad fool would try.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I'd debate the "bargain".

David

Today’s other word is sociopathy.

[ Added: ]

More here.

jabrwok

A better Christmas tree for cats: https://youtu.be/B98MvPHJPGI

Spiny Norman

Today’s other word is sociopathy.

Gibs me dat.

Spiny Norman

Muslim rave party:

Putting the "mad" in "Mad Mullahs" since 1979.

dw

the Avengers 4 teaser trailer just dropped.

'This is gonna work, Steve'...

:-)

pst314

Muslim rave party

And for my next attempt to provoke the UK government into banning me from visiting as a tourist...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFzgYeUN6iQ

PiperPaul

(⊙_⊙)

Madame, please do cover up; this is a respectable place.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"What is 'Something We Knew In The 12th Century', Alex ?"

Being launched from a trebuchet was a "very dangerous thing to do," she added.

David

this is a respectable place.

[ Hurriedly throws dust-cover over porno-mag vending machine. ]

pst314

[ Hurriedly throws dust-cover over porno-mag vending machine. ]

So David's place is actually located in Japan?

Spiny Norman

The location of the Guild of Evil's secret lair is, well, secret.

Hal

I think we can all agree that is unarguable, and only a mad fool would try.

Ayup.

What does remain so much easier is to simply point out that which just is, and continue on with that.

Should anyone pop up with insistent denials, refusals, demands that reality be ignored, just ask for the details of that refusal.

One gets to cheerfully state to the denier, By all means, do get back to us when you can get the objections to be more than just screaming No! No! No!

Baceseras

...his unboxing video is better than yours

Oh, yeah? https://youtu.be/iTmne_Soj0g

David

It passes the time.

Janet

(⊙_⊙)

Madame, please do cover up; this is a respectable place.

Although apparently rather cold.

WTP

Being launched from a trebuchet was a "very dangerous thing to do," she added.

In this day and age, you'd think such a thing would be safe. It was Oxford University after all. That's one of the smart ones, innit?

Sam Duncan

“Oh, yeah?”

Heheh. But bloody hell, Twin Peaks - the first big internet TV phenomenon (and the only one I ever watched*) - is nearly 29 years old. There are people in their forties now who were too young to appreciate it at the time.

Somebody stop time. I want to get off.

*I still have the Sherilyn Fenn poster. Rrrrrr... even her name was hot.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Good and inevitable question.

Adam

Trebuchet technology would be farther along today if medieval warlords had used them to launch their armies over defenses rather than trying to beat them down by hurling boulders.

pst314

Trebuchet technology would be farther along today if medieval warlords had used them to launch their armies over defenses....

The Queen's Own Kamikaze Highlanders:

https://youtu.be/Es0t50H44IE

Meeting on a pinhead

It’s not offensive speech, or offensive speakers, or an offensive ideology. It’s offending speech, offending speakers, or an offending ideology.

The small semantic adjustment makes all the difference. ... Offensive speech must be roundly criticized, but offending speech connotes a breaking of taboos held dear by sanctimonious guardians of acceptable discourse. The latter draws attention to the motivations of the accuser rather than to the accused.

David

“This is a teacher who’s had her credentials suspended twice before.

Spiny Norman

I still have the Sherilyn Fenn poster. Rrrrrr... even her name was hot.

Two three words, Sam: Two Moon Junction. Rowr.

jabrwok

Twin Peaks - the first big internet TV phenomenon

BTW, who shot JR? And do you remember where you were when Lucy gave birth?

Baceseras


Adrian Stokes, The Stones of Rimini (1934):

This is the point at which to emphasise the pre-eminence of stone as the material to be carved. I am not thinking of its durability, nor even of the shape it will allow. I am thinking of the equal diffusion of light that, compared to most objects, even the hardest and darkest stones possess; I am thinking of hand-polished marble's glow that can only be compared to the light on flesh-and-blood. The sculptor is led to woo the marble. Into the solidity of stone, a solidity yet capable of suffused light, the fantasies of bodily vigour, of energy in every form, can be projected, set out and made permanent. ...

The great virtue of stone is that unlike other hard materials it seems to have a luminous life, light or soul. Limestone in particular blends the virtues of hard and soft materials. ...

As for representation of the human form, it will be readily understood that in the carving of stone's hard luminous substance, it suffers all the stroking and polishing, all the definition that our hands and mouths bestow on those we love.

Polishing stone is also like slapping the new-born infant to make it breathe. ...

The light on stone reveals the slightest undulation of its surface; and since no stone has a general circular structure, curves depend entirely on the care with which the block has been diminished. Such forms, though they may suggest the utmost roundness, will tend in reality to be more flattened or compressed than in the case of carved wood. Indeed, ... from this lack of exaggeration ... the slightest roundness obtains the maximum life and appeal. ...

This book by Stokes is in the first place a study of the carved reliefs by Agostino di Duccio in the Tempio, Sigismundo Malatesta's memorial to Isotta -- but as a meditation it is so much more than that. I warmly recommend it to R. Sherman and everyone else moved and intrigued by the sculpture shown above. I'll quote one more paragraph:

Hand-finish is the most vivid testimony of sculpture. People touch things according to their shape. A single shape is made magnificent by perennial touching. For the hand explores, all unconsciously to reveal, to magnify an existent form. Perfect sculpture needs your hand to communicate some pulse and warmth, to reveal subtleties unnoticed by the eye, needs your hand to enhance them. Used, carved stone, exposed to the weather, records on its concrete shape in spatial, immediate, simultaneous form, not only the winding passages of days and nights, the opening and shifting skies of warmth and wet, but also the sensitiveness, the vitality even, that each successive touching has communicated.

https://www.amazon.com/Stones-Rimini-Adrian-Stokes/dp/B0006AMMDW/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1544310022&sr=1-3&keywords=The+Stones+of+Rimini

http://adrianstokes.com/

TomJ

Guardian correction of note.

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