Thursday, February 19, 2009

I like theoretical physics.

Not necessarily the math parts, just the what could potentially happen, has happened, is happening parts. From large to small. Also, many of the physicists themselves are really interesting people, and have fun breaking down their science into layman's terms... Here's Dr. Neil Tyson on black holes and asteroids hitting earth. Hahaha.. great intro. No really, it's worth watching.

The preparation of a dead girl / bride

Article in today's Globe and Mail

Gustave Courbet's painting above, The preparation of a dead girl / wife has a wonderful story of accidental modernism behind it. Courbet, probably better know for different painting, painted the above with the ... ahh fuck it; time for more work. Here's Sarah Hampson from the Globe article above:


What is a wife? A dead girl.

That is the message – unintentional, mind you – of a painting by French artist Gustave Courbet that belongs to Smith College, a famously feminist all-women's institution in Northampton, Mass.

The 1850s-era work depicts a young bride surrounded by women who are helping her prepare for her wedding. But for many years, there were questions about it. Why is the bride's head slightly lopsided? Her arms limp by her side? Why is she slumped in her chair?

An X-ray provided the answer. Mr. Courbet had painted a scene of women preparing a dead body for a funeral. He left it unfinished, however, and after he died his sister asked another artist to make adjustments to create a happier scene so the work would sell. Mr. Courbet's original title, The Preparation of the Dead Girl, had been changed to The Preparation of the Bride.

The Smith College Museum of Art now uses the before-and-after to help teach students about art history and painting technique, says Louise Laplante, the school's collections manager – not as a comment on marriage.


Anyway, pretty cool! Another NYT article.

Camera deal fell through..

Still looking for that camera... had a beat on a d90, but sold to someone else.. still looking, but may have a lens by tonight.

Icycle 2009

Bike racing on an outdoor ice rink. Studded tire and rubber tire classes. This Saturday at 9pm, Dufferin Grove Park. Anyone want to join me? I'm hoping to have the new camera in time for this...