Friday, July 23, 2021

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Caveman Steak and more!

These videos are from Aden Films a YouTube channel about gourmet and street food. There is no narration, and no real recipes given, although now and again they'll mention the ingredients they're using at the time. They also do the occasional dance and nature videos. It's all very nicely filmed. 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Western style paintings of Wada Eisaku

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We're familiar with the influence Japanese prints had on Western artists, particularly the impressionists, but less familiar to us is the influence that Western art had on Japanese artists. The school of Japanese artists that embraced and experimented with Western visual styles was yōga

One of the main practitioners of yōga was Wada Eisaku who was active from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century. Along with being a very active painter, he eventually became a professor at the Department of Western-Style Painting at the Tokyo Academy of Fine Arts. These are a few of his works, enjoy them.

Wada Eisaku

Friday, July 16, 2021

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Relocation of the Abu Simbil temple complex

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In my last post, The immensity of time, I featured a painting by the 19th century artist David Roberts of the ruins of the Egyptian temples Abu Simbil half buried in sand. Abu Simbil is a 3200 year old temple complex dedicated to Ramesses II and his wife Nefertari. The temples were dug out and restored at the time of Roberts' painting. 

However, with the construction of the Aswan Dam in the 1960s it was once again threatened to be lost -- this time under the waters of Lake Nasser, the reservoir that would be created by the dam. To preserve the temples a project was launched in 1959 to relocate the temples to a new site above Lake Nasser. They were eventually moved to a site 200 meters further inland and 65 meters higher to save them. It took 4 years and cost $300 million in today's dollars.  

Information for this post is from  Rare Historical Photo's post Relocating the Egyptian Temples of Abu Simbel, 1964-1968, and Atlas Copco post Abu Simbel – Unparalleled relocation project.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

The immensity of time

Abu Simbel Temple by David Roberts
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Let It Be Forgotten - Sara Teasdale

Let it be forgotten, as a flower is forgotten,
Forgotten as a fire that once was singing gold,
Let it be forgotten for ever and ever,
Time is a kind friend, he will make us old.

If anyone asks, say it was forgotten
Long and long ago,
As a flower, as a fire, as a hushed footfall
In a long forgotten snow.

Friday, July 09, 2021