Sunday, June 30, 2024

Paintings of bridges

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Bridges are a common sight as they span rivers, roads and any other obstacles. Of course, they are frequently drawn or painted. These examples are primarily of larger bridges. Enjoy. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Analog and digital

The word 'computer' after analog and digital implies more of a connection than is probably warranted. It would be like always sticking 'motor vehicle' after cars or airplanes. Yea, they get you there, but they do it in vastly different ways. Anyway, this is a good discussion of the two means of computing.


Sunday, June 23, 2024

Alfredo Roldán paintings

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Alfredo Roldán is a contemporary Spanish artist. He primarily paints women and still lifes with complex compositions.  Roldán draws his inspiration from early 20th century artists, you can see the influence of Modigliani and Picasso on him. I quite like his use of colors and patterns.

Alfredo Roldán

Friday, June 21, 2024

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Jerk chicken and roasted breadfruit

Freelance Chucky fixes his grill and purchases ingredients for a meal of jerk chicken with a side of breadfruit. He appears to be higher than a kite. The video is filmed, and I suppose edited and posted, by his German friend. Sadly, we find out in a later video that Chucky died about a month ago in a motorcycle accident.


Saturday, June 15, 2024

Oskar Schlemmer paintings

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Oskar Schlemmer was a German artist active in the first half of the 20th century. He was an early member of the Bauhaus School. Bauhaus was a movement that attempted to merge all of the visual arts types -- architecture, theater, painting, etc. -- into a single uniform style. Bauhaus inspired art featured straight lines, simple planes and a general lack of ornamentation. It was very influential at its height, but the rise of the Nazis put an end to it. Adolf Hitler greatly disliked it. 

Schlemmer started out designing costumes for their theater (and his costumes are every bit as ridiculous as you might imagine), but he eventually moved on to painting. With Hitler's rise he was forced out of his academic positions and maintained a low profile for the rest of his life.

Oskar Schlemmer self-portrait

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Making toilets

Nothing but class from Flares 24/7. Again, we visit a small Indian factory. This one is making both Western style (above) and Asian style (below) toilets. The work is still dirty and laborious, but at least it is not as dangerous as most of these places generally look.


Sunday, June 09, 2024

Paintings by Ferdinand Loyen Du Puigaudeau

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Puigaudeau was a late 19th century/early 20th century French artist. He was an impressionist painter and friends with both Gauguin and Degas. He painted village life and a lot of sunsets and sunrises, as well as moonlit nights. In his lifetime he exhibited rarely and was not particularly successful. 

Ferdinand Loyen Du Puigaudeau

Friday, June 07, 2024

Wednesday, June 05, 2024


Wading ashore at Utah Beach
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You get your ass on the beach. I’ll be there waiting for you and I’ll tell you what to do. There ain’t anything in this plan that is going to go right. — Colonel Paul R. Goode (pre-attack D-Day briefing to the 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division)


A railroader's cafe

Above is an old trade video promoting railroads. Rather than the usual shots of railroads driving hither and yon accompanied by cheerful music and a chipper narration, this video delivers its message via a scripted presentation. 

The video is set in a cafe that the railroaders all gather in after their shifts. It features a spunky waitress, a short order cook who is a font of railroad statistics, several off-duty railroaders and a mysterious stranger who we would never guess is the reporter writing the upcoming story about railroads they're all discussing.  

Altogether the staff and cliental of the place seem oddly obsessed over trains, but I guess it gets its message across.


Sunday, June 02, 2024

Kangaroo art

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Lately, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on, thoughts of Kangaroos have infiltrated my mind. I wonder why? Anyway, here is some kangaroo art.