2:37 pm - Wed, Jul 2, 2014

Wagner’s “Im Treibhaus” sung by Jessye Norman. I think this is the version with Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra.  

Im Treibhaus 

Hochgewölbte Blätterkronen,  
Baldachine von Smaragd,  
Kinder ihr aus fernen Zonen,  
Saget mir, warum ihr klagt? 

Schweigend neiget ihr die Zweige,  
Malet Zeichen in die Luft,  
Unde der Leiden stummer Zeuge  
Steiget auftwärts, süßer Duft. 

Weit in sehnendem Verlangen  
Breitet ihr die Arme aus  
Und umschlinget wahnbefangen  
Öder Leere nicht’gen Graus. 

Wohl ich weiß es, arme Pflanze:  
Ein Geschicke teilen wir,  
Ob umstrahlt von Licht und Glanze,  
Unsre Heimat is nicht hier! 

Und wie froh die Sonne scheidet  
Von des Tages leerem Schein,  
Hullet der, der wahrhaft leidet,  
Sich in Schweigens Dunkel ein. 

Stille wird’s ein säuselnd Weben  
Fullet bang den dunklen Raum:  
Schwere Tropfen seh’ ich schweben  
An der Blätter grunem Saum.  

In the Hothouse 

High-arching leafy crowns,   
canopies of emerald   
you children of distant lands,   
tell me, why do you lament? 

Silently you incline your branches,   
tracing signs in the air,   
and, mute witness to your sorrows,   
there rises a sweet perfume. 

Wide in longing and desire   
you spread your arms out   
and embrace, in self-deception   
barren emptiness, a fearful void. 

WeIl I know it, poor plant!   
We share the same fate.  
Although the light shines brightly round us,   
our home is not here! 

And, as the sun gladly quits   
day’s empty brightness,   
so he who truly suffers  
wraps himself in the dark mantel of silence. 

It grows quiet, an anxious rustling   
fills the dark room;  
I see the heavy drops hanging   
from the leaves’ green edges.  

—Mathilde Wesendonck, 1857

This version is so moving, like the transplanted palm tree, the singer herself is so far from home.  

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2:19 pm - Wed, Jun 25, 2014
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Baltimore Water Wheel device that removes floating trash from the Inner Harbor - a smart use of the waterway’s own flow to power the clean up.

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11:09 am - Mon, Jun 23, 2014
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Portrait of Henriette Campan by Joseph Boze, 1786
I just finished  "Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, Volume 7 Being the Historic Memoirs of Madam Campan, First Lady in Waiting to the Queen"
I found this book after seeing a movie “Farewell My Queen” based on the book by Chantal Thomas. In the movie Madame Campan is sort of a worrywort fussbudget, but basically ethical when it comes to the safety and dignity of the main character, a young Reader to the Queen. But in her own words, Mme Campan comes across as very humane and dutiful to the royal family, who treated her with respect and trust. It’s fascinating to read her first hand account of what the losers in this modern battle for democracy were feeling and doing for years, as the government and country changed around them. She describes how Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were both such products of the monarchical system, that they were shocked most not from the threat of assassination, which befalls plenty of kings and queens - not as much as the affrontery of lèse-majesté, of disrespect of their persons and nobility. Mme Campan does describe them as noble, and flawed, and not deserving of their ultimate fates. She tells of examples of brave and wise Frenchmen, and also of the most malicious and wickedly vindictive of people, and those like herself that had to navigate between them. Her writing style in translation is dated - as it should be frankly - to the late 18th century - but it is remarkably straight forward, even though there are some wandering sentences and passages.free for Amazon Kindle:http://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-Antoinette-Complete-Historic-Waiting-ebook/dp/B00847265I/ref=cm_cr-mr-title
from Gutenberg.org:http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3891

Portrait of Henriette Campan by Joseph Boze, 1786

I just finished  "Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, Volume 7 Being the Historic Memoirs of Madam Campan, First Lady in Waiting to the Queen"

I found this book after seeing a movie “Farewell My Queen” based on the book by Chantal Thomas. In the movie Madame Campan is sort of a worrywort fussbudget, but basically ethical when it comes to the safety and dignity of the main character, a young Reader to the Queen. But in her own words, Mme Campan comes across as very humane and dutiful to the royal family, who treated her with respect and trust. It’s fascinating to read her first hand account of what the losers in this modern battle for democracy were feeling and doing for years, as the government and country changed around them. She describes how Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were both such products of the monarchical system, that they were shocked most not from the threat of assassination, which befalls plenty of kings and queens - not as much as the affrontery of lèse-majesté, of disrespect of their persons and nobility. Mme Campan does describe them as noble, and flawed, and not deserving of their ultimate fates. She tells of examples of brave and wise Frenchmen, and also of the most malicious and wickedly vindictive of people, and those like herself that had to navigate between them. Her writing style in translation is dated - as it should be frankly - to the late 18th century - but it is remarkably straight forward, even though there are some wandering sentences and passages.

free for Amazon Kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-Antoinette-Complete-Historic-Waiting-ebook/dp/B00847265I/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

from Gutenberg.org:
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3891

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10:47 am
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photograph by Danny SanchezPetroleum in Quartz, PakistanField of view = 5.1mm • Depth of field = 0.8mm • 32 photo stack
http://www.dannyjsanchez.com/

photograph by Danny Sanchez
Petroleum in Quartz, Pakistan
Field of view = 5.1mm • Depth of field = 0.8mm • 32 photo stack

http://www.dannyjsanchez.com/

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10:43 am - Sat, Jun 21, 2014
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hismarmorealcalm:

Marble statuette  Aphrodite Anadyomene (rising)

Medea, Scott Bodenheimer, 1997, woven color plates, 27”x14”, 71x36cm

hismarmorealcalm:

Marble statuette  Aphrodite Anadyomene (rising)

Medea, Scott Bodenheimer, 1997, woven color plates, 27"x14", 71x36cm

Medea, Scott Bodenheimer, 1997, woven color plates, 27”x14”, 71x36cm

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10:19 am
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From the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab Flickr Page:

https://secure.flickr.com/photos/usgsbiml/

Melitta americana, M, Side, North Carolina, Moore County_2014-01-02-17.21.56 ZS PMax

A cranberry specialist. This bee is one of the few bees that specializes on bogs and bog plants and is found in scattered locations from Southern New England along the coastal plane to the Gulf Coast. This specimen was collected by Heather Campbell in the sandhills of North Carolina. Photograph by Brooke Alexander.

From the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab Flickr Page:

https://secure.flickr.com/photos/usgsbiml/

Melitta americana, M, Side, North Carolina, Moore County_2014-01-02-17.21.56 ZS PMax

A cranberry specialist. This bee is one of the few bees that specializes on bogs and bog plants and is found in scattered locations from Southern New England along the coastal plane to the Gulf Coast. This specimen was collected by Heather Campbell in the sandhills of North Carolina. Photograph by Brooke Alexander.

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12:42 pm - Fri, Jun 20, 2014
GIF made of a clip from Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt, 1927, a movie directed by Walter Ruttman, and written by Carl Mayer and Karl Freund. 
https://vimeo.com/98771854

GIF made of a clip from Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt, 1927, a movie directed by Walter Ruttman, and written by Carl Mayer and Karl Freund. 

https://vimeo.com/98771854

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9:08 pm - Thu, Jun 19, 2014
There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.
Rose Bertin, modiste to Marie Antoinette.
[Il n’y a de nouveau que ce qui est oublié]

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1:42 pm

Catchy illustration of Anamorphosis

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11:12 pm - Tue, Jun 17, 2014
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From a 1973 article by artist, geometer, and computer scientist Ron Resch (1920-2012) - “The topological design of sculptural and architectural systems” -

In my work over the past 12 years I have consistently created systems with an approach which I will describe as topological design. I have tried to capture the spirit of this work in my film, “The Ron Resch Paper and Stick Thing Film,” which will be shown elsewhere in the conference. I would like to present here, and in a color slide presentation, the concept of topological design using examples from my work for clarity. I will show how the conception and fabrication of designed objects have a topological and a geometric aspect. Currently, these objects may be characterized as emphasizing the geometric aspect, by limiting an entire class of objects to be a unique one. Finally, I will show where the introduction of the computer into design and production process makes possible the topological aspect, so that the automation of custom made objects might replace a series of identical ‘ready mades.’

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