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Wkipedia Editors Decide Not To Classify NFTs As Art (And The Crypto Guys Are Furious)

As one of the six editors who made the decision (the vote was 5-1) put it, “Wikipedia really can’t be in the business of deciding what counts as art or not, which is why putting NFTs, art or not, in their own list makes things a lot simpler.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Wikipedia, Visual

An Introduction to the Painting of Caspar David Friedrich, Romanticism & the Sublime

When Denis Villeneuve was announced as the director of the latest cinematic adaptation of Dune, few could have objected on aesthetic grounds. The blasted sand planet of Arrakis, with its storms and worms, demands a sense of the sublime; to a unique degree among filmmakers working today, the auteur behind Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 seemed to possess it. Though long since vulgarized to mean little more than “highly enjoyable,” sublime has historically denoted a richer, more complex set ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, College, Wikipedia, History, Philosophy, Brian Eno, Seoul, Christina, Evan Puschak, Villeneuve, Friedrich, Leonardo da Vinci, Andrew Wyeth, Denis Villeneuve, Caspar David Friedrich

Artpark – Director of Development

Organization Artpark is both a park and a cultural institution located on the Niagara Gorge in Western New York. A collaboration between the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and the cultural nonprofit institution Artpark & Company, Artpark serves as a cultural ecosystem that presents a diverse multidisciplinary program in the performing and visual arts. Artpark’s mix of indoor and outdoor venues provides a unique opportunity to experience the direct conne...
Tags: Art, New York, Jobs, Wikipedia, New York City, Global, Toronto, Development, Canada, Microsoft Office, Rochester, Ira, Buffalo, Omega, Niagara Falls, Niagara

Firefox plug-in to make Wikipedia nicer

Modern for Wikipedia is a browser extension that makes Wikipedia look nicer and gives it a more user-friendly interface. The basic typography and layout is subtly fancied-up a bit, but now there are various themes to apply, and more powerful history, search and discovery features. — Read the rest
Tags: Firefox, Post, Design, News, Wikipedia, Browser Plug-ins

"We have not even to risk the adventure alone for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known... we have only to follow the thread of the hero path."

"And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a God. And where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. Where we had thought to travel outwards, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.” Wrote Joseph Campbell, in a popular "hero's path" quote that is printed on the wall of the Soho gallery showing "The Journey Home’ a Hunter Biden Solo Exhibition," visible in photographs at "Hunter ...
Tags: Art, Law, Wikipedia, Mythology, Jesus, Joe, Hunter, Soho, Campbell, Westchester, Sarah Lawrence College, Joseph Campbell, Joe Rogan, Ann Althouse, Hunter Biden, Journey Home

"The Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who was under police protection after his controversial drawing of the Prophet Muhammad in 2007 led to a series of death threats..."

"... has been killed in a car crash. Vilks died after the civilian police vehicle in which he was travelling near the town of Markaryd in southern Sweden collided with a lorry on Sunday.... Two police officers who were in the vehicle with the 75-year-old artist were also killed." The London Times reports. The cartoon that elicited the death threats — which seems unconnected to this car crash — depicted the head of Muhammad on the body of a dog. From Vilks's Wikipedia page: From 1997 to 20...
Tags: Art, Sweden, Law, Wikipedia, Sculpture, Cartoons, Christo, Muhammad, Lars Vilks, Joseph Beuys, London Times, ARX, Ann Althouse, Nimis, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Vilks

September linkfest

I’m about halfway through Virginia Postrel’s 2020 book The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World, and the only reason I haven’t finished it is because I keep stopping to take notes, usually punctuated with exclamation marks. Postrel is a journalist and independent scholar who has written very good books about style and glamour; here she elegantly blends centuries of research and her own investigations (she learned to spin thread, spent a week at a traditional Indian dyeing school,...
Tags: Books, Death, Design, Minnesota, Wikipedia, Animals, Women, Web/Tech, New York Times, Linguistics, Colors, Jargon, Branding, Latin, Clive Thompson, David Sedaris

The Evolution of Kandinsky’s Painting: A Journey from Realism to Vibrant Abstraction Over 46 Years

Like most renowned abstract painters, Wassily Kandinsky could also paint realistically. Unlike most renowned abstract painters, he only took up art in earnest after studying economics and law at the University of Moscow. He then found early success teaching those subjects, which seem to have proven too worldly for his sensibilities: at age 30 he enrolled in the Munich Academy to continue the study of art that he’d left off while growing up in Odessa. The surviving paintings he produced at the e...
Tags: Art, Facebook, College, Wikipedia, Germany, Russia, History, Paris, Moscow, Salvador Dalí, Bavaria, Seoul, Helen Mirren, Wassily Kandinsky, Weimar, Odessa

"A woman in a gorilla mask riding a bicycle threw the small white object past Elder’s head..."

"... as seen in a video posted on Twitter by Spectrum News reporter Kate Cagle. The woman appeared to be white, Elder is Black, and ape characterizations have been used as a racist trope for centuries. Moments later, the woman took a swing at a man who appeared to be part of Elder’s team. The man was hit by at least one other heckler just before Elder was escorted into the SUV."  From an L.A. Times report quoted in (Wall Street Journal).  Here's the Kate Cagle tweet discussed in the quote...
Tags: Art, Law, California, Eggs, Wikipedia, Masks, New York City, America, Cnn, Atlantic, Protests, Venice, Don Lemon, Times, Vox, Apes

Amazon's "Cinderella."

That has a 41% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. I scanned the reviews. Nothing worth quoting.  The preview is enough. I looked it up after reading this comment on the review that appears in WaPo: "I watched the preview and was struck by the whole message that Cinderella's new dream is to get to work MORE. Feed into the capitalistic machine, Cinderella! You have no value unless you dream of WORK." Yes, there's a male fairy godmother, not that he's called a "fairy"! He's referred to as "Fabulous Go...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Movies, Law, Wikipedia, Mythology, Ireland, Language, Cinderella, Shakespeare, Greco Roman, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Insults, Joseph Noel Paton, Carole Silvers

Why Wikipedia Has A Compelling Need To Transcend Languages

Wikipedia leaders presented a new initiative that could theoretically unify the information presented by all of the other Wikipedias, a proposed language-independent encyclopedia that has been generating buzz… – Slate
Tags: Art, Wikipedia, Words

Dandelion Sketches

I have decided to write the occasional post about some of the plants featured in my sketchbooks. It seems a shame to present a painting without all of the 'other stuff' or back stories, such as the description, history, process of painting or whatever, it's one of the many reasons why keeping a sketchbook is so appealing to me. Of course a finished painting is a stand -alone piece and takes a lot of time, but the process of learning about a plant in a sketchbook study is much more than the visua...
Tags: Google, Art, Wikipedia, University, Britain, New Jersey, Nature journal, Staffordshire, Northern Europe, Sketchbook, Pollination, Isles, Debbie, Flora, Kew, Dianne Sutherland

10 Famous Artists Who Were Good Art Tutors

There have been many famous painters who have created masterpieces that are reckoned with, even today. What made them great was not only their skill and passion but also the fact that they had great tutors and mentors throughout their journeys.   Let us see 10 famous artists which were good art tutors and mentors alike. Unsurprisingly, most of these tutors had a body of work that they boasted and they simply taught due to their comradery with fellow artists. 10. Albrecht Durer Image Source: W...
Tags: Art, Feature, Design, Wikipedia, Inspiration, America, Spain, History, Guides, David, Illustration, Diana, Pablo Picasso, Popular, Monet, Mona Lisa

Your Weekend Justice #293: A Wikipedia Article Waiting to Happen

You, during the apocalypse, you can make your own rope! – Rox of Spazhouse This episode was recorded May 24, 2021. Names have been changed to protect the innocent. And since nobody involved is innocent, no names were changed. Agenda: Jon vs. his own teethJab update!Experimentation at PublixVaccine nostalgiaRox has a visitorMadman spawnsRumnesiaYour friendly neighborhood Planet of the Apes artistHow bad government facilitates travel (we do not necessarily endorse this)Making Disne...
Tags: Art, Star Wars, Games, Christopher Nolan, Television, Podcasts, Wikipedia, Alcohol, Weekend Justice, Marvel, Spider-Man, Disney, America, Atlanta, History, Netflix

"At that time my lord Marduk told me in regard to E-temen-anki, the ziqqurrat of Babylon, which before my day was (already) very weak and badly buckled, to ground its bottom..."

"... on the breast of the netherworld, to make its top vie with the heavens.... I had them shape mud bricks without number and mould baked bricks like countless raindrops. I had the River Arahtu bear asphalt and bitumen like a mighty flood. Through the sagacity of Ea, through the intelligence of Marduk, through the wisdom of Nabû and Nissaba, by means of the vast mind that the god who created me let me possess, I deliberated with my great intellect, I commissioned the wisest experts and the surv...
Tags: Art, Florida, Movies, Law, Wikipedia, Disaster, History, Rome, Architecture, United States, Metropolis, Frank Gehry, Marduk, Babylon, Nabu, Bruegel

Word of the week: NFT

I am going to do my best to explain the hot initialism of the week—trust me, I’m just as baffled as most non-rich, non-tech people—but first I’m going to tell you what it doesn’t stand for. It doesn’t stand for “Not For Tourists,” the series of city guides first published in 2000.   The circled sans-serif letters originally suggested the distinctive font of New York subway lines, an iconography that is Not Fully Transferable to other cities, although the San Francisco Municipal Railwa...
Tags: Art, Twitter, New York, Microsoft, Finance, Wikipedia, San Francisco, Current Affairs, Bill Gates, Linguistics, Npr, Disneyland, Jack Dorsey, Seattle, Ethereum, Andreesen Horowitz

"What's the avocado tree's name? (I have forgotten). It's looking pretty large."

Said MadisonMan, in the comments to the post with video of Meade grinding hard red winter wheat. Meade answered "Arthur" with a link to "Recurring features in Mad (magazine)" (Wikipedia), and then, later, took this picture of the tree and me.   I'm there, I suppose, for scale. The hat is not an affectation, but a needed shield for my eyes as I work in front of the big window, but it's funny to see it in the picture, because I just finished writing a post on the for the artist Barry Le Va, and...
Tags: Art, Utah, Law, Wikipedia, Plants, Hats, Arthur, Meade, Ann Althouse, MadisonMan, photos by Meade, off-blog Althouse, Barry Le Va, Said MadisonMan, Le Va

Beaming Music To Potential Extraterrestrial Life

The SETI Institute is ready to take music to Mars, or wherever. While it’s a listening project, it’s also now a beaming project. A founding astrophysicist and a musician “have devised the ‘Earthling Project’: a call to people everywhere to upload snippets of song that [the musician] plans to meld into a collective human chorus. An initial composition will be launched into space this summer, inscribed on a virtually indestructible disk alongside Wikipedia and the Rosetta Project, a sampling of 1...
Tags: Art, Music, Wikipedia, Mars, Audience, SETI Institute, Rosetta Project, 01.30.21

"Truth is the property of being in accord with fact or reality.... typically ascribed to things that aim to represent reality or otherwise correspond to it, such as beliefs, propositions, and declarative sentences...."

"Most human activities depend upon the concept, where its nature as a concept is assumed rather than being a subject of discussion; these include most of the sciences, law, journalism, and everyday life.... Most commonly, truth is viewed as the correspondence of language or thought to a mind-independent world." From "Truth," a Wikipedia article I stumbled upon, via "The McNamara Fallacy," as I was writing the last post, which ended with my saying I needed to start this new post, because "Truth...
Tags: Art, Law, Washington, Wikipedia, America, Joe Biden, New York Times, Philosophy, John F Kennedy, Propaganda, Jfk, Biden, Trump, Nixon, Susan Glasser, Glasser

Wikipedia @20: A Little Piece Of Utopia Left On The Internet?

As more and more of the internet is consolidated, discredited, and co-opted by capital, Wikipedia begins to look like a vestige of a bygone era. With its volunteer-run editing process and its open-source ethos, the site may be the one success of an early-internet ethos (crowdsourced, democratized information-sharing, with little centralized control) that otherwise has come to look like empty rhetoric. – BookForum
Tags: Art, Wikipedia, Words, 01.21

"A 33-metre reinforced concrete vagina has sparked a Bolsonarian backlash in Brazil..."

"... with supporters of the country’s far-right president clashing with leftwing art admirers over the installation. The handmade sculpture, entitled Diva, was unveiled by visual artist Juliana Notari on Saturday at a rural art park... In a Facebook post, Notari said the scarlet hillside vulva was intended to 'question the relationship between nature and culture in our phallocentric and anthropocentric western society' and provoke debate over the 'problematisation of gender.'...  Bolsonaro’s US...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Law, Wikipedia, US, Bbc, Language, Paris, Brazil, Anish Kapoor, Versailles, Kapoor, Ann Althouse, Genitalia, Bolsonaro

Why Is Napoleon’s Hand Always in His Waistcoat?: The Origins of This Distinctive Pose Explained If the name of Napoleon Bonaparte should come up in a game of charades, we all know what to do: stand up with one foot in front of the other, stick a hand into our shirt, and consider the round won. Yet the recognition of this pose as distinctively Napoleonic may not be as wide as we assume, or so Coleman Lowndes discovered in the research for the video above, “Napoleon’s Missing Hand, Explained.” Asked to act out the image of Napoleon, not all...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, Wikipedia, Russia, History, Ted, David, Bill Murray, Napoleon Bonaparte, Bill, Vox, Seoul, Charlie Chaplin, Napoleon

The ‘Digital Magna Carta’: Section 230, The Law That Made Social Media And E-Commerce Possible

“Much of the modern internet exists thanks to a short section of a 1996 US law dedicated to moderating online porn.” That’s Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996: it protects websites with user-generated content — and that’s everything from Twitter and YouTube to Amazon and Wikipedia — from legal liability for that content. (It’s the creator that gets prosecuted or sued.) But Section 230 has been under attack from several sides, and the lawmakers that back them, for years — and ...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Wikipedia, US, Donald Trump, Issues, 12.02.20, Digital Magna Carta

"She likes jokes. She likes the one David Hockney told her once. It goes: 'The trouble with Van Gogh is if you tell him something it goes in one ear and stays there.'"

"She laughs again.... Maggi, I exclaim, you are smoking again! Didn't you give up five years ago? She says she did but last year, on her birthday, her large bronze sculpture of a rising wave was being erected, and it was fraught, and 'I thought: fuck it. It's my birthday. I'll smoke.'... She smokes with sensational gusto... I can't stand namby-pamby, take-it-or-leave-it smokers. I call them 'crap smokers' and Maggi is not a crap smoker.... 'I think I was once put forward to paint the Queen Mothe...
Tags: Art, London, Smoking, Law, Wikipedia, Margaret Thatcher, Sculpture, Naked, Mother, Malorie Blackman, David Hockney, Charing Cross, Motherhood, Oscar Wilde, Van Gogh, Mary Wollstonecraft

Fierce Debate About Whether Iowa Senate Candidate Should Have A Wikipedia Entry

During the past several months, while Joni Ernst and Theresa Greenfield debated each other (and gave us viral clips about the break-even price of corn and soybeans), a separate debate raged among Wikipedia’s volunteer editors about Greenfield’s eligibility for a page of her own. – Wired
Tags: Art, Wikipedia, People, Greenfield, Joni Ernst, Iowa Senate, Theresa Greenfield, 11.02.20

"On retiring from acting, Nolan bought a remote farmhouse in Spain, where she forged a career... creating montages from her early publicity shots that deconstructed the notion of glamour in a feminist critique of the commodification of women."

"'Part of me was living behind this screen of men’s expectations,' she explained. 'That’s why I made some of them quite grotesque — the idea that I was this passive woman, being looked at. But behind my eyes, I knew what was going on.'"   From "Margaret Nolan obituary/Glamour model and actress who starred in Goldfinger and the Carry On films and epitomised ‘everything cool in the Sixties’" (London Times).  Nolan played the character who was painted gold and who appears in the opening credit...
Tags: Art, London, Movies, Law, Wikipedia, Spain, Feminism, Nolan, Beatles, Sean Connery, 1960s, PAUL, Ann Althouse, Margaret Nolan

The NYT's Frank Bruni says Trump replacing RBG will put us in "a special hell" — because the Court "won’t represent what most Americans believe."

He says those words — "won’t represent" — and he must immediately back and fill. He knows it's not right, but... but what?!Sure, the court isn’t supposed to be beholden to public opinion, but...But what?!!!... Americans’ faith in their institutions and feeling that their voices are heard might be strained even further by what seem to be lurches backward by a court forged in the hottest flares of partisan passion.Reread that. I love the way the word "strained" appears in the most strained sentenc...
Tags: Art, Supreme Court, Law, Wikipedia, Court, Hell, Metaphor, Bulgaria, Trump, Frank Bruni, Bruni, Ann Althouse, RBG, replacing Ginsburg

Life in New Hampshire.

The Merrimack Police Department in New Hampshire is asking for residents to look out for a missing forty pound, four year old African Serval named Spartacus that is a family pet and legally owned and permitted.— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) September 11, 2020 Note: The serval has been found.For more on servals, here's the Wikipedia article. I see: "The association of servals with human beings dates to the time of Ancient Egypt. Servals are depicted as gifts or traded o...
Tags: Art, Cats, Law, Wikipedia, Boston, Egypt, New Hampshire, Nubia, Ann Althouse, Merrimack Police Department, African Serval

Turns Out Most Of Scots Wikipedia Is Fake. What To Do About It?

If there is any reason to think the situation with Scots Wikipedia will improve over time, it might simply be that Wikipedia editors themselves are quite industrious—and, relatively speaking, more forgiving. – Slate
Tags: Art, Wikipedia, Words, Scots Wikipedia, 09.09.20

Meet The New Artificial Intelligence That’s Got Everyone’s Attention

GPT-3 is a marvel of engineering due to its breathtaking scale. It contains 175 billion parameters (the weights in the connections between the “neurons” or units of the network) distributed over 96 layers. It produces embeddings in a vector space with 12,288 dimensions. And it was trained on hundreds of billions of words representing a significant subset of the Internet—including the entirety of English Wikipedia, countless books, and a dizzying number of web pages. Training the final model alo...
Tags: Art, Wikipedia, Ideas, GPT, 09.09.20

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