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Engineering Beauty

The fourth and most understandable error we made...was to have turned over all aspects of freeway route selection and design to the engineering profession. Of course, engineering is an absolutely necessary element in the road-building process. But engineering not all that is required. ... Freeways do not exist apart from the world. ...even the Division of Highways recognizes the fact that values of a sort that do not lend themselves to narrow economic analysis are important. ....
Tags: Education, California, Economics, Collaboration, Jazz, Menlo Park, WB, St Patrick, Oroville Dam, Stefan Kac, Aesthetics, Interdisciplinary Issues, Engineering and Engineers, Pushkarev, Bronson (william, William BronsonHow

Walter Capps—Erikson, Psychohistory, Worldview

Walter Capps"Erik Erikson's Contribution Toward Understanding Religion"in Ideas and Identities: The Life and Work of Erik Erikson (1998) ed. Wallerstein and Goldberger pp. 67-78 were the primary Erikson insight writ large, one could make a compelling case that the religious traditions themselves can be approached as extensions and exemplifications of the lives—indeed, the biographies—of their founders. (69) And in a footnote to a related passage: In making this suggestion, I wish to call atten...
Tags: Religion, Personality, Jazz, Psychoanalysis, Erik Erikson, Immanuel Kant, Erikson, Goldberger, Stefan Kac, Aesthetics, Wallerstein, Psychohistory, From A Notebook, Capps (walter, Erikson (erik, Walter Capps

Parsons on the Romantic and the Methodical

...the dominant character structure of modern Germany had been distinguished by a striking dualism between "A: an emotional, idealistic, active, romantic component which may be constructive or destructive and anti-social," and "B: an orderly, hard-working hierarchy preoccupied, methodical, submissive, gregarious, materialistic" component.In the traditional pre-Nazi German society it is overwhelmingly the B component which has become institutionalized. The A component arises from two principal in...
Tags: Art, Politics, Activism, Germany, United Nations, Jazz, Nazi, Academia, Parsons, Political Art, Stefan Kac, Aesthetics, Talcott Parsons, Critical Theory, Postmodernism And Postmodernists, Romanticism

How Much Money Is Your Hair Worth?

Cutting off your hair might mean a bold new look, but it’s also a chance to make some quick cash. You can generally sell your long (or short) locs for anywhere from $100 to $1000, as human hair is a hot commodity for high-quality wigs, weaves, and extensions, but before you grab some scissors you might want to know…Read more...
Tags: Fashion, Craigslist, Ebay, Culture, Hair, Lifehacks, Hairstyles, Perm, Human Interest, Aesthetics, Long Hair, Hairdressing, Natural Hair Movement, Artificial Hair Integrations, Hair Sellon, Afro Textured Hair

"Every so often, a TikTok comes along that physically debilitates me. Sometimes it’s... an overwhelming, full-body gut punch..."

" that’s triggered by a deep sense of emotional recognition. It could be embarrassment, fear, or stress. Or it could be positive: excitement, pride, joy..."Writes Emilia Petracha in "What Will You Wear on the First Day of the Rest of Your Life?" (New York Magazine). Here's the TikTok she's talking about: @jayden_the_weeb1 ♬ original sound - Jayden_the_weeb1 "My heart breaks for Jayden that he hasn’t been able to be in school this whole time, presumably because of the pand...
Tags: Fashion, Law, Purple, Jayden, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, These Kids Today, New York Magazine Here, Tiktok, Coronavirus, Emilia Petracha

"As part of the park’s redesign, roughly an acre of concrete slab will be covered with a thermoplastic mural printed with rainbow stripes and planted with eight-foot-tall sculptural flowers as a tribute to [Black trans activist Marsha P.] Johnson..."

"... who often wore flowers in her hair. Locals are livid that the redesign doesn’t include a major expansion of green space or real flower beds. They also say that local residents never had a chance to offer meaningful feedback.... The new design was announced last August, but state officials waited until a few days before the park was set to close for construction in January to present it to Brooklyn Community Board 1....  'It’s almost stereotypical at this point. People just think, Oh, it’s q...
Tags: Law, Transgender, Brooklyn, Flowers, Rainbows, North Brooklyn, Greenpoint, Murals, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Brooklyn Community Board, Marsha P -RSB- Johnson, Mihalis Petrou, Katie Naplatarski, New York Magazine Plastic

Just a Couple of Black-Owned Products and Businesses You Should Know About

Black history month is winding down, but everyone over at the Inventory wanted to expose you all to a couple of products that were made or developed by Black people. Like Ignacia mentioned in her introductory post, about 40% of Black-owned businesses might not actually make it through the pandemic. Given actual…Read more...
Tags: Culture, Lifehacks, Black, Shampoo, Aesthetics, Health Sciences, Ignacia, Hairdressing, Hairstyling Product, Natural Hair Movement, Couple of Black Owned Products

This Self-Oscillating Hair Dryer Is as Effective as It Is Absurd

When you have long, thick hair, drying it is tedious and time-consuming. I’m a busy gal, so I’ll admittedly try anything that promises to shorten the process—hence why I agreed to test this ridiculous, self-oscillating Panasonic hair dryer that also supposedly reduces frizz by shooting “tiny, moisture-rich particles”…Read more...
Tags: Science, Culture, Panasonic, Dyson, Hair Care, Human Interest, Hair Straightening, Hairstyle, Aesthetics, Frizz, Hair Dryer, Hairdressing, Compressed Air Dryer

"Semicolons are ugly, pretentious and unnecessary; they immaturely try to have it both ways."

"There are so many things to fear in life, but punctuation is not one of them. That semicolons, unlike most other punctuation marks, are fully optional and relatively unusual lends them power; when you use one, you are doing something purposefully, by choice, at a time when motivations are vague and intentions often denied.... Are they ugly? That’s an opinion. Theodor Adorno said they looked like 'a drooping mustache,' but in his view, that’s good — all punctuation marks, and the downtrodden sem...
Tags: Law, Punctuation, Kurt Vonnegut, Mustaches, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Theodor Adorno, Lauren Oyler

This Water-Saving Machine Gave Me the Best Hair of Quarantine

It does not matter how many shampoos I try, how many conditioners I buy, and how many tutorials I watch on YouTube—my hair is a crunchy, frizzy mess. Read more...
Tags: Science, Culture, Hairstyles, Shampoo, Aesthetics, Frizz, Toiletry, Hairdressing, Human Hair, Technology_internet

"Nearly a year of being disheartened by the online garishness and promotional smarm of digitized images has set me up to rediscover the pungency of direct aesthetic experience."

"There can be no meaningful discourse about art divorced from that. Intellectual appreciation starves for want of it. The less you see, the dumber you get."  Writes Peter Schjeldahl in "The Revelations of an Unlikely Pairing/In a show at Zwirner, the soft cosmos of Giorgio Morandi’s domestic tableaux is relieved and refreshed by the architectonics of Josef Albers’s squares" (The New Yorker).  How awful is it not to be looking directly at paintings? Schjeldahl takes a strong position. [Author...
Tags: Art, Law, Computers, Josef Albers, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Peter Schjeldahl, Giorgio Morandi, Schjeldahl

Why You Shouldn't Use Lipstick as Eyeshadow, or Vice Versa

You’re running out and forget to bring eye shadow or blush; instead of picking some up from the corner store, you grab your matte lipstick and blend it in on your cheekbones and eyelids. Anyone who wears makeup has done it at some point: took a cosmetic meant for one thing and used it for another. It’s all meant for…Read more...
Tags: Anatomy, Lipstick, Lifehacks, Cosmetics, Rouge, Lip Liner, Lip Gloss, Eye Liner, Eye Shadow, Aesthetics, Lip, Human body, Acne Cosmetica

A drawing game where AI is the judge

Here's, a game that gives players a weird prompt, asks them to draw it, and then uses AI to judge which submission is the best. Recent prompts: "draw the way a cat looks when it's depressed", "draw a cute raccoon using a computer", "draw a lightbulb that is trying its best". — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Ai, Aesthetics, Everyone's A Critic

Make Your Tresses Bounce for Days With the Best Leave-In Conditioners for Curly Hair

Top Product: Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream | $14 | SephoraRead more...
Tags: Hair, Lifehacks, Hairstyles, Aesthetics

I love these reviews of sinks in various public bathrooms.

 Here's a link to (at TikTok). I'll just embed the one that got me started — a review of the sinks at the Museum of Modern Art: @sinkreviews The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan ##Welcome2021 ##fyp ##sinks ##sinkreview ##sinktok ##nyc ##2021 ♬ You Are Wherever Your Thoughts Are - Steve Reich [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Water, Steve Reich, Manhattan, Museum of Modern Art, Bathrooms, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Tiktok

Soviet visuals.

"Nevsky 402" Soviet portable radio, 1987— Soviet Visuals (@sovietvisuals) November 12, 2020 What's so amazing about this design is the commitment to rectangles where curves make so much more sense. Or is that just my Western point of view? If the radio is rectangular — they seem to have thought — then the dial should be rectangular and the knob should be rectangular. If you begin with something rectangular — and you're not going to have an oval-shaped radio — then yo...
Tags: Law, Russia, Radio, Nevsky, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse

"The photographs in this book were taken by people I have never met, of places and things I have, almost without exception, never seen — but I must say: I intend to."

Said Wes Anderson, quoted in "When Life Looks Like a Wes Anderson Movie/An Instagram platform, now a book, documents real-life settings that look like frames from the director’s movies" (NYT).Here's the Instagram page, for lots of cool photographs.You can tell that the director's aesthetic has influenced many people to look at the world and see certain types of things and realize that they should be photographed and shared. Example: View this post on Instagram ...
Tags: Photography, Law, Wes Anderson, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse

"Don’t just play, feel the notes softly come out from your fingers and heart. The main melody comes many times, must be played with different shapes, colors, characters."

Said Lang Lang, quoted in "Lang Lang: The Pianist Who Plays Too Muchly/On a new recording of Bach’s 'Goldberg' Variations, the superstar artist stretches the music beyond taste" (NYT).Does "beyond taste" turn out to be something positive? The critic, Anthony Tommasini, says "I and many others have long found Mr. Lang’s performances overindulgently expressive and marred by exaggerated interpretive touches."What does it mean to feel the notes come from your heart?... That approach risks making the...
Tags: Music, Law, Language, Beethoven, James Joyce, Bach, Lang Lang, Goldberg, LANG, Tommasini, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Anthony Tommasini, Analogies

How to help sellers achieve ‘sky-high ROI’

Achieving “sky-high ROI” isn’t about spending thousands of dollars on massive home improvements before you sell. Here are three low- to no-cost actions that net sellers a lot more on their home sales.
Tags: Home, Homeownership, Listings, Marketing, ROI, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Home Design, Brokerage, Select, Aesthetics, Pandemic, Green photos, Preparing A Home For Sale

The political eye.

It’s been ruined.— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) August 22, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Gardens, Kos, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Partisanship, Markos Moulitsas, Beschloss

"She was wearing a head piece made of Vantablack, the blackest black that anything could be."

"There was only one person who noticed and that was Stephen Colbert. On the back of my tuxedo jacket — which was sort of like an inverted priest jacket with the jacket being white and the collar being black — I had in big, black, gothic script, 'Novus ordo seclorum.'"Said Elon Musk, describing how he met Grimes, the mother of his newest baby. He's quoted in "Elon Musk, Blasting Off in Domestic Bliss/The billionaire space oddity on life with Grimes and Baby X, Trump, Tesla, tunnels, short shorts,...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Fashion, Elon Musk, Law, Stephen Colbert, Larry Page, Conversation, Silicon Valley, Grimes, Monsters, Musk, Blackness, Marie Antoinette, Maureen Dowd, Roko

"When the English Twitter account for the French foreign ministry revealed Franck Riester’s new title of junior minister for trade and 'attractiveness'..."

"... it immediately elicited mocking online and questions about whether it had been mistranslated. In France, the term 'attractivité' is often used to refer to attracting investment. The French foreign ministry assured its followers it had looked up the definition of the word in English, but that did little to shut down the jokes and memes."So... they've modified it to "economic attractiveness."Politico reports.I love the photograph of the (erstwhile) Minister for Attractiveness:Such delicate ha...
Tags: Translation, Law, France, Language, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Franck Riester

How we can understand ourselves through games

Games are a distinctive art form — one very different from the traditional arts. Game designers don’t just create an environment, or characters, or a story. They tell you who to be in the game. They set your basic abilities: whether you will run and jump, or move around your pieces geometrically, or bid and raise. And, most importantly, they tell you what your goals will be. By specifying the points and victory conditions, the designer sets the players’ core motivations in the game.This helps us...
Tags: Books, Featured, Philosophy, Super Mario Brothers, Arts & Humanities, Aesthetics, Thi Nguyen, Game Aesthetics, Human Agency, In Super Mario Brothers

"Isn't it beautiful?" — a middle-aged white woman enthused gently...

... as I was photographing this... ... in downtown Madison. Maybe she was just trying to say the right thing, but maybe she was delusional or had very low standards. I aim to help — and I have to admit that she wasn't the slightest bit intimidating to me — so I said, "Actually, I don't think this one is very good." In my endless search for positivity, I added that there were a lot of other murals and many of them were good. And then, because I'm always looking for a point of agreement, I said, ...
Tags: Eyes, Photography, Law, Graffiti, Murals, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, off-blog Althouse

John Dewey’s aesthetic philosophy

John Dewey was an American philosopher, psychologist, and social reformer who developed theories that changed philosophical perspectives and contributed extensively to education, democracy, pragmatism, and the philosophy of logic, politics, and aesthetics in the first half of the twentieth-century.Born in Burlington, Vermont, in 1859, Dewey graduated from the University of Vermont in 1879. Following his graduation Dewey taught for a few years until he concluded that teaching at primary and secon...
Tags: Books, Featured, New York City, Harvard University, Philosophy, Philadelphia, Charles, Wikimedia, University Of Michigan, Potm, University Of Vermont, Barnes, John Dewey, Burlington Vermont, Dewey, Barnes Foundation

"Weird Christianity is equal parts traditionalism and, well, punk: Christianity as transgressive alternative to contemporary secular capitalist culture."

"Like punk, Weird Christianity has its own, clearly defined aesthetic. Many Weird Christians across the denominational and political spectrum express fondness for older, more liturgically elaborate practices — like the Episcopal Rite I, a form of worship that draws on Elizabethan-era language, say, or the Latin Mass, or the wearing of veils to church.... One Weird Christian is Ben Crosby... a student at Yale Divinity School.... Raised Lutheran, he was unprepared for what he found as a first-year...
Tags: Law, France, Religion, America, Yale, Christianity, Jonathan Franzen, Burton, Patty, Crosby, Rod Dreher, Chartres Cathedral, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, American Christianity, American Conservative

"Trump-speak has always been a radically rough and wrong kind of poetry... his non sequiturs, his use of disjunction, his mangling of syntax..."

"... can make his rallies resemble nightmarish (and much more crowded) versions of poetry readings I’ve attended in which nonlinear language is conceived of as an attack on the smooth functioning of bourgeois political rhetoric. (Those were the days.) Trump campaigned in this pseudo-poetry, and he fails to govern in it, too, using language that intends to inflame or obscure but almost never refers to anything real. Like many poets, he conflates beauty and truth: We’re going to have a beautiful w...
Tags: Law, White House, Republic, Trump, Plato, Ben Lerner, Wallace Stevens, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric

Are you doing the masks? Does it make you feel better? Are you making your own? Can you use a scarf?

"It’s Time to Make Your Own Face Mask/Here’s how to do it." That's the headline at the NYT.If you're making your own face mask... what are the key elements? The pleats? The ear loops? I wouldn't assume you need the standard features of a commercially produced paper mask. The key — I'm guessing — is the fabric itself and the seal and perhaps getting some distance between your face and the fabric. Those loops around the ears seem like they are for health care workers — and other workers — who are ...
Tags: Health, Law, America, Trump, Davies, Fauci, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump and medicine, Trump styles, Coronavirus

Mumford -- Art and Technics (xii)

"In the case of photography...there was for long a question as to whether it was or was not art. And the answer to that question is: Is there any leeway for choice and initiative on the part of the photographer? If there is such leeway, there is a possibility of art, that is of success or failure in terms that would have significance to the beholder. Perhaps the best effect of machine art is to make us conscious of the play of the human personality in the small area where it remains free, a diff...
Tags: Technology, Creativity, Automation, Jazz, Philosophy, Technics, Mumford, Stefan Kac, Aesthetics, Art And Technics (mumford, Mumford (lewis, Functionalism And Functionalists, Machine Art