07
Jul
14

7.7.14 … turtles gone awry …

25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World, Bored Panda, Nelson Mandela:  Have I mentioned that I really love fun, interactive, made you think, beautiful, ugly, symbolic, public art?  Nelson Mandela … #11 … that’s my favorite.

9. Black Ghost, Klaipeda, Lithuania

11. Nelson Mandela, South Africa

via 25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World | Bored Panda.

Cross-Charlotte bike trail is proposed, CharlotteObserver.com:

The whirr of bike chains and snap of gear shifts should become more common sounds in parts of Charlotte in coming years.

That’s because the city stands ready to pump up Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s lagging trail network for bicycles. City transportation planners propose to help expand the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and two other greenways into a 30.6-mile bikeway from Cabarrus County to York County, S.C.

The Cross-Charlotte Trail, as it’s called, would advance the Little Sugar Creek Greenway from its northern point at Cordelia Park, near uptown. The multiple-use trail would go through the NoDa arts and entertainment district, join the Toby Creek and Mallard Creek greenways in the UNC Charlotte area and pass south of U.S. 29 to the county line.

via Cross-Charlotte bike trail is proposed | CharlotteObserver.com.

Taylor Swift: Autographs Are Obsolete Because Of Selfies: I had not thought about this!!

The Wall Street Journal’s newest columnist, Taylor Swift — yes, that Taylor Swift — has a message for all you old fogies out there: Autographs are so over.

“I haven’t been asked for an autograph since the invention of the iPhone with a front-facing camera,” Swift wrote Monday in her WSJ column on the future of music. She called autographs “obsolete.”

For young people, Instagram followers are “currency,” she argued. And she has a point. Instagram is the most important social network for teens, according to a recent survey by the investment bank Piper Jaffray. How are you suppose to impress your friends with a name scribbled on a piece of paper?

If anyone can tell us what the kids are into, it’s their fearless leader. She’s got 9.7 million Instagram followers, 41.7 million Twitter followers and 66.6 million Facebook “Likes.” (Plus seven Grammys, but who’s counting?)

via Taylor Swift: Autographs Are Obsolete Because Of Selfies.

Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone’s Paparazzi Trick, Vanity Fair:  I like this …

 

While she and husband Adam Shulman were walking their dog, Anne Hathaway decided to pay direct tribute to Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. The couple shielded their faces with signs, and Hathaway’s read:

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield had a great idea! Please check out: http://www.girleffect.org [an organization that empowers young women], http://www.feedingamerica.org [a nonprofit network of domestic food banks], and http://www.worldofchildren.org [a charity geared towards raising awareness for children's issues].

Stone and Garfield have, on several occasions, endeared themselves to the public in this identical way by thwarting the paparazzi and shining a light on charities that are near and dear to their hearts. As for Hathaway, her earnest enthusiasm, especially around her 2013 Oscar win, has earned her a lot of surprising criticism. In a post-Jennifer Lawrence world, the concept of “genuine likability” vs., say, studio polish, can make or break careers. If Hathaway wanted to model her behavior after anyone in order to gain some of that unfairly elusive “likability” credit from the public, she couldn’t pick a better model than Stone. Be it throwing her heart in a late-night lip-synch battle, or playfully calling out her boyfriend, Garfield, on his sexist ideology, Stone is always a hit. Hathaway, on the other hand, always has to work for it.

Why is it so much harder for Hathaway? It’s impossible to say. But if she’s going to keep on emulating popular actresses we have our fingers crossed for a carefree J.Law stumble, a salty Mila Kunis interview, and some brassy Emma Thompson tomfoolery. But, if not, we suggest Anne just be herself.

via Anne Hathaway Tries to Pull Off Emma Stone’s Paparazzi Trick | Vanity Fair.

MyRecipes.com:  I friend of mine highly recommends this site. MyRecipes.com – Recipes, Dinner Ideas and Menus.

Wheaton College injunction: The Supreme Court just sneakily reversed itself on Hobby Lobby:  “This is an institution, the turtle tells us, that moves slowly, deliberately, and removed from the knee-jerk pace of the political branches.”

The architecture of the U.S. Supreme Court Building is rife with turtles. There are turtles holding up the lampposts in the courtyard and turtles engraved in the stone decor. You can buy turtle coffee mugs at the gift shop. The turtle is said to represent the slow and deliberate pace of justice. This is an institution, the turtle tells us, that moves slowly, deliberately, and removed from the knee-jerk pace of the political branches.

Yet moments before they adjourned for their summer recess, the justices proved they can act quite quickly and recklessly when it comes to violating the terms of a controversial opinion they handed down only days earlier. It’s as if the loaner car the court gave us in the Hobby Lobby ruling broke down mere blocks from the shop.

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court ruled that it was a “substantial burden” on the religious freedoms of closely-held corporations for the government to require them to provide contraception as part of their employee health care plans. The court didn’t say that the government could never require a company to do something that violated its religious beliefs, but rather that the government had to use the “least restrictive alternative.” That means that if there is a slightly less burdensome way to implement the law, it needs to be used. To prove that the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate was not the “least restrictive alternative,” the court pointed to a workaround in the law for nonprofits: If there are religious objections to a medical treatment, third parties will provide coverage to the employees.

It’s the butterfly effect: Any time Wheaton flapped its religious-conscience wings, a woman ends up with an IUD.

Yet in an unsigned emergency order granted Thursday evening, the very same court said that this very same workaround it had just praised was also unconstitutional, that this workaround also burdened the religious freedom of religious employers. Overnight, the cure has become the disease. Having explicitly promised that Hobby Lobby would go no further than Hobby Lobby, the court went back on its word, then skipped town for the summer.

via Wheaton College injunction: The Supreme Court just sneakily reversed itself on Hobby Lobby..

Why turtles?

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– Decorative turtles encircling the base of exterior lamp poles, symbols of the deliberative pace of justice.

via Behind-the-scenes tour reveals Supreme Court traditions, grandeur – CNN.com.

Court architects and planners landed on one creature to symbolize longevity, patience, and the deliberate pace of justice – the turtle. Turtles can be found all throughout the architecture of the building, the gift shop, and around DC. Other symbolic animals include the lion, symbolizing guardianship, the ram for strength, and the owl for wisdom. Try and find the turtles hidden on the building’s façade!

via Hitting the Gavel – Tidbits on Court Traditions | Neal R. Gross and Co., Inc..

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the centre of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy.

At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.”

The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?”

“You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down.”

via Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee: Turtles All the Way Down.

06
Jul
14

7.6.14 … long story short …

long story short:  OK, why do I “clip”?  Long story short … it’s my filing cabinet.

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Sl. to make a long story short. Okay, long story short: everything that goes up comes down, okay? Then the guy comes over, and—long story short—\”You got a match?\”

See also: long, short, story

via long story short – Idioms – by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia..

So I was looking back over past posts for 7.6 and I found several worthy of reposting.

Umberto Eco, lists, culture, Brain Pickings:  So I said I love lists ….

As a lover and maker of lists, this made my heart sing: In 2009, the great Umberto Eco became a resident at the Louvre, where he chose to focus his studies on “the vertigo of lists,” bringing his poetic observational style to the phenomenon of cataloguing, culling, and collecting. He captured his experience and insights in The Infinity of Lists: An Illustrated Essay, where he charts the Western mind’s obsessive impulse for list-making across music, literature and art, an impulse he calls a “giddiness of lists” but demonstrates that, in the right hands

The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order — not always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists, through catalogs, through collections in museums and through encyclopedias and dictionaries. There is an allure to enumerating how many women Don Giovanni slept with: It was 2,063, at least according to Mozart’s librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte. We also have completely practical lists — the shopping list, the will, the menu — that are also cultural achievements in their own right.”

~ Umberto Eco

via Umberto Eco on Lists and Making Infinity Comprehensible | Brain Pickings.

via 7.6.13 … Umberto Eco on Lists: “The list is the origin of culture.” | Dennard’s Clipping Service.

And when I looked back at this wonderful fire pit,

Third Rock Fire Pit.

Third Rock – Earth and all its glory reveal a fiery inner core through the continents of our planet.

via Third Rock Fire Pit.

I found this (I want one by the way!):

 Marshmallow Roasting Art

via Marshmallow Roasting Art.

 statistics, blogging: Everyday I check to see what has interested “my” readers.  My most popular posts are the “naked yoga” and the Ben Judah version of the “serenity prayer.”

 

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7.4.14 … It’s not the 4th of July without TOMATO PIE! … And a history lesson … Happy 200th anniversary, The Star Spangled Banner … What’s Queen Charlotte got to do with anything? … 3

7.5.14 … Summer nights are worth staying up for … 2

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And here are a  few new ones … and yes they are random!

It’s A Nice Day For A Flash Wedding, NPR:  Where would I want a pop up wedding?

You’ve heard of pop-up restaurants, flash mobs and other hipster happenings. Now comes a pair of entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C., offering pop-up weddings for those who want to elope, but do it with flair.

Locations are never booked ahead of time, planning is minimal and fingers are crossed that you and your partner don’t get asked to leave before you are pronounced husband and wife, or wife and wife.

PopWed Co., which started last January, procures the wedding license, chooses a creative location, takes the photographs and performs the ceremony.

via It’s A Nice Day For A Flash Wedding : NPR.

fruit pizza, kith/kin: And years ago, I had fruit pizza at the home of my college roommate.  I make it around the 4th of July which is also near her birthday.  Happy birthday!!

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Fruit Pizza I Recipe – Allrecipes.com.

 

05
Jul
14

7.5.14 … Summer nights are worth staying up for …

The Darkest Parks in the US, The Go List, OutsideOnline.com, lists:  I wonder what the night sky will be like from the Camino Frances?  5000 v. 500 in the average light influenced area of the US.  I have so more places to go visit …

 

Summer nights are worth staying up for at these 7 dark-sky parks

In 2007, the IDA began designating International Dark Sky Parks, or exceptionally dark sites surrounded by communities dedicated to preserving them. This makes for epic stargazing. According to the IDA, while you may see around 500 stars in your moderately light-polluted backyard, Dark Sky Parks often boast more than 5,000.

via The Darkest Parks in the U.S. | The Go List | OutsideOnline.com.

Tour de France, UK Stages, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Cambridge UK:  Molls told me the Tour de France was going through Cambridge on Monday … WHAT?

The world’s greatest cycling event comes to Britain this week – and up to 3 million spectators will watch the UK stages. But what else makes the Tour de France such a huge international occasion?

The first two stages of the annual Tour de France unfold in Yorkshire, while the third is a 99-mile (159km) sprint from Cambridge to London.

2014 is not the first time the Tour has crossed over onto these shores. The 2007 race began in London, and the seventies saw an ill-fated stage in the west country, remembered by some as a clash between British bureaucracy and gallic romance.

The UK’s love affair with the Tour has blossomed alongside the country’s growing status as a cycling superpower. The 2013 event was won, for the second year running, by a Brit.

via Why you should watch the Tour de France – Channel 4 News.

The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg’s Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision, Mother Jones:

“The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”

via The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg’s Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision | Mother Jones.

What’s my take on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision?  I’m not a fan of the ACA, but we have it now and if we riddle it with exceptions then it serves no purpose. I do not think the government should require individuals or corporations to provide a “benefit” on its terms. If we have redefined healthcare to be a fundamental right, then the government should be in the healthcare business. And an employer should be able to provide additional healthcare benefits. That is my philosophical take.  i do think that there is a certain amount of irony in that the case will be known as The Hobby Lobby CONTRACEPTION  Decision.

As for the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision, I think it is wrong on a corporate law standpoint.  The court has essentially permitted a “piercing of the corporate veil” without the legal consequences inherent in such activity by a corporations owners.

Atlanta Public Art: Sol LeWitt’s 54 Columns, YouTube, Gregor Turk:  i was driving from Julianna’s on 7.3 through the Highland Virginia Highlands area and I look up and see the columns.  I try to get my friends to stop (I am flailing my arms and they are looking up and seeing what looks like the foundation pilings  you see at the beach.) We were under a time constraint, so we could not get out and interact  or check out the stains of pink, but I will do it next time! Thanks, Gregor, I  will let you know what i think.

Since 1998, 54 Columns has been a controversial piece of whether it is considered art or not. The Public Art Coordinator at the time, Gregor Turk, argues that Sol LeWitt’s attempt in minimalism had been successful.

via ▶ Atlanta Public Art: 54 Columns – YouTube.

And Gregor’s posting of the YouTube link made me search for other info on Atlanta Public Art … I have a new resource!!  atlanta public art – YouTube.

Humans of New York, lightbulb trips:  I really enjoy their posts and wonder what i would say.  So this from the other day stuck me …  because i want my visits to be so much more when I visit my mom.

“What do you feel most guilty about?”

“That I live on the West Coast, and my mom lives here on her own. I’m here on business, so I just got to visit her. My friend calls these ‘lightbulb trips.’ When you visit your older parent after not seeing them for a while, and there’s something simple they need you to do, like a burned out lightbulb that they need you to reach, and you realize that if you hadn’t come, they’d have been sitting in the dark.”

via Facebook.

I think i would quote Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austin:

Mr. Darcy: Do you talk by rule, then, when you’re dancing?
Elizabeth Bennet: Yes, sometimes it is best. Then we may enjoy the advantage of saying as little as possible.
Mr. Darcy: Do you consult your own feelings in this case, or seek to gratify mine?
Elizabeth Bennet: Both, I imagine. We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room. 
Mr. Darcy: [Drily] This is no very striking resemblance of your own character, I’m sure.

How not to say the wrong thing, Kvetching Order, Los Angeles Times: I have posted this before but it is worthy of reposting …

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Draw a circle. This is the center ring. In it, put the name of the person at the center of the current trauma. For Katie’s aneurysm, that’s Katie. Now draw a larger circle around the first one. In that ring put the name of the person next closest to the trauma. In the case of Katie’s aneurysm, that was Katie’s husband, Pat. Repeat the process as many times as you need to. In each larger ring put the next closest people. Parents and children before more distant relatives. Intimate friends in smaller rings, less intimate friends in larger ones. When you are done you have a Kvetching Order. One of Susan’s patients found it useful to tape it to her refrigerator.

Here are the rules. The person in the center ring can say anything she wants to anyone, anywhere. She can kvetch and complain and whine and moan and curse the heavens and say, “Life is unfair” and “Why me?” That’s the one payoff for being in the center ring.

Everyone else can say those things too, but only to people in larger rings.

When you are talking to a person in a ring smaller than yours, someone closer to the center of the crisis, the goal is to help. Listening is often more helpful than talking. But if you’re going to open your mouth, ask yourself if what you are about to say is likely to provide comfort and support. If it isn’t, don’t say it. Don’t, for example, give advice. People who are suffering from trauma don’t need advice. They need comfort and support. So say, “I’m sorry” or “This must really be hard for you” or “Can I bring you a pot roast?” Don’t say, “You should hear what happened to me” or “Here’s what I would do if I were you.” And don’t say, “This is really bringing me down.”

via How not to say the wrong thing – Los Angeles Times.

Ultra-Long Distance Adventure Runs, OutsideOnline.com:  This one is for my husband.  Top 8 Ultra-Long Distance Adventure Runs | In Stride | OutsideOnline.com.

Good to Know, Thad Cochran’s Liberal Daughter Rails Against McDaniel Supporters, RedState:  For those of us in the center, it is good to know that if we disagree with the tea Party/New Right, we are automatically Liberal.

“On July 18, 2006, Cochran voted, along with 19 Republican Senators, for the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act to lift restrictions on federal funding for the research.  He co-sponsored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002—called McCain Feingold, but was actually the McCain Feingold Cochran bill.  Over his many years in the U.S. Senate, Cochran has worked on behalf of Mississippi’s needs: not only with disaster relief and farm subsidies…”

“So, for those of you who have told me this is the first time you will be voting for a Republican, allow me to assure you that he does NOT belong to the lunatic fringe who are talking so loudly and with such outrageous vitriol. “

via Thad Cochran’s Liberal Daughter Rails Against McDaniel Supporters | RedState.

Big Green Egg, Chocolate Chip Cookies cooked on a Big Green Egg:  Maybe I should have tried this on my husband’s BGE!

Chocolate Chip Cookies cooked on a Big Green Egg – that’s something you don’t see every day! Great pin shared by @jessicasmithson.

Share your creative grilling pins in our #myhttender contest and you could win a XL Big Green Egg Grill + $100 Harris Teeter gift card! http://bit.ly/1fRz2FJ

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Chocolate Chips Cookies on The Big Green EGG

via PAPA SHAWN CREATIVE BBQ: Chocolate Chips Cookies on The Big Green EGG.

Surfin´ Bulldog (Beach Boys – Surfin´ USA) – YouTube:  Sometimes I just have to post a good dog or cat video.  :)

 

▶ Surfin´ Bulldog (Beach Boys – Surfin´ USA) – YouTube.

San Juan Island WA,  A Cabin Set in Stone, Shelter | OutsideOnline.com:  I really like this one.

This retreat on San Juan Island in Washington is set in stone. Literally.

Carved into the rocky outcropping of the sloped, grassy site, the 2,500-square-foot getaway is nearly camouflaged by its concrete walls and green roof. Heavy equipment—large drills, dynamite, hydraulic chippers—and the handwork of talented craftspeople made the two-bedroom home a reality.

via A Cabin Set in Stone | Shelter | OutsideOnline.com.

 

04
Jul
14

7.4.14 … It’s not the 4th of July without TOMATO PIE! … And a history lesson … Happy 200th anniversary, The Star Spangled Banner … What’s Queen Charlotte got to do with anything? …

4th of July 2014, Tomato Pie, fried chicken,  Price’s Chicken Coop:  It’s not the 4th of July without TOMATO PIE! And fried chicken from Price’s Chicken Coop!

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Molly and Liza put parmesan cheese in the frozen pie crust before prebaking it.

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Prep Time:20 minInactive Prep Time:10 minCook Time:45 min

Level:

Easy

Serves:

6 servings

Ingredients

4 tomatoes, peeled and sliced

10 fresh basil leaves, chopped

1/2 cup chopped green onion

1 (9-inch) prebaked deep dish pie shell

2 cup grated cheddar

1 cup mayonnaise

Salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the tomatoes in a colander in the sink in 1 layer. Sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for 10 minutes.

Layer the tomato slices, basil, and onion in pie shell. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the grated cheeses and mayonnaise together. Spread mixture on top of the tomatoes and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

To serve, cut into slices and serve warm.

Copyright 2013 Television Food Network G.P.

All Rights Reserved

CHARLOTTE’S FINEST SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN TO TAKE HOME, OFFICE OR ANY SOCIAL GATHERING IS AVAILABLE AT—

PRICE’S CHICKEN  COOP

1614 Camden Road     704-333-9866

via Price’s Chicken Coop.

Since 1962, Price’s Chicken Coop has built a diehard following of locals thanks to one thing – juicy, crispy fried chicken that has been marinated in a secret blend for over a day. Located in Charlotte’s trendy up & coming South End neighborhood, Price’s Chicken Coop looks the same today as it did 30 years ago.

A cash-only, take-out only restaurant with no tables, Price’s Chicken Coop is sometimes known for it’s Southern food with a hint of NYC attitude. When you step up to order, know what you want and have your money out. And whatever you do, put away your cell phone.

Price’s Chicken Coop is known for it’s fried chicken – especially the breasts, but there’s also a few other in-house favorites, such as hushpuppies and sweet tea. And don’t forget to try to liver and gizzards. Served in iconic cardboard box, their food is all you’ve heard about and then some. It’ll take you back to days of grandma making fresh fried chicken for Sunday dinner.

via Best of Charlotte #33: Price’s Chicken Coop | Charlotte Concord Harrisburg North Carolina Real Estate – Leigh Brown and Associates Real Estate.

200th Anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, A Capitol Fourth, PBS:

via ▶ John Williams conducts new arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” – YouTube.

2014 marks the 200th anniversary of our nation’s beloved national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In September 1814, after a 25-hour long battle, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry raised in victory a 42-foot American flag sewn by Mary Pickersgill. A young Francis Scott Key was aboard a ship in the harbor and was so inspired by the patriotic sight that he wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

200 years later, A Capitol Fourth is honored to have five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams with us this July 4th to commemorate this important anniversary. Maestro Williams will lead the National Symphony Orchestra, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets in his own majestic and stirring arrangement of the United States of America’s most iconic song. It is fitting that this anthem is performed at the U.S. Capitol on our nation’s Independence Day to remind us of the true meaning behind our stars and stripes.

via 200th Anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner | A Capitol Fourth | PBS.

Charlotte NC, Mecklenburg County NC:  I live in Charlotte (Mecklenburg County), named for the wife of the CRAZY King George III, the British king at the time of the revolution.

Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Sophia Charlotte; 19 May 1744 – 17 November 1818) was the wife of King George III. She was Queen of Great Britain and Ireland from their marriage until the union of the two kingdoms in 1801, after which she was Queen of the United Kingdom. She was also the Electress of Hanover in the Holy Roman Empire until the promotion of her husband to King of Hanover on 12 October 1814, after which she was also queen consort of Hanover.

Queen Charlotte was a patroness of the arts and an amateur botanist who helped expand Kew Gardens. George III and Charlotte had 15 children, 13 of whom survived to adulthood. She was distressed by her husband’s bouts of physical illness and insanity, which became permanent in later life and resulted in their eldest son being appointed Prince Regent.

via Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

In the back of my mind I knew this:

Queen Charlotte, wife of the English King George III (1738-1820), was directly descended from Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a black branch of the Portuguese Royal House. The riddle of Queen Charlotte’s African ancestry was solved as a result of an earlier investigation into the black magi featured in 15th century Flemish paintings. Two art historians had suggested that the black magi must have been portraits of actual contemporary people (since the artist, without seeing them, would not have been aware of the subtleties in colouring and facial bone structure of quadroons or octoroons which these figures invariably represented) Enough evidence was accumulated to propose that the models for the black magi were, in all probability, members of the Portuguese de Sousa family. (Several de Sousas had in fact traveled to the Netherlands when their cousin, the Princess Isabella went there to marry the Grand Duke, Philip the Good of Burgundy in the year 1429.)

via Queen Charlotte | FRONTLINE | PBS.

4th of July memes:

July 4th is a time for friends, family, barbeques and cocktails, and of course memes. There are quite possibly no better memes than USA themed memes, so when America’s birthday rolls around you know the jokes are going to be too good. From 1776 to 2014, America has had 238 years of quality time to think of jokes, make those jokes into memes, and then put those memes on the Internet, and while we are thankful for our nation, folks seem just as grateful for the hilarious jokes our world power nation has spawned.

via 4th Of July Memes: Best Independence Day Memes And Vines To Celebrate America’s Birthday!.

So here are a few I found enjoyable:

 

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The most patriotic sunset I’ve ever seen.

Photoshopped?  Regardless, quite lovely.

And from The Varsity:

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Today we are thankful to those who serve to make America the land of the free and the home of the best hotdogs ever. #USA

via The Varsity.

small world, Koeze Company nuts: I visited very special friends, and they pulled out their last box of Christmas nuts! Hello, Jeff Koeze of Koeze Company!!

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The nuts were served at the home of my kith family. We visit the Lomaxes (what is the plural of Lomax?) every year on the 4th. Henry and Trissy said they give your nuts as Christmas gifts. They are both UNC grads, and Henry was the managing partner of the law firm where I practiced. They had no idea you were part of the UNC family. Maybe they will buy more nuts!

A.A. Gill: 7 Things to Celebrate About America This 4th of July:  In light of my day with friends from SA … the parochialism of America, the unsophistication of its taste, the limit of its inquiry … most of my friends from afar tees us about the little things (they can name the monarchs of England, so why can’t we name the US presidents??) but on a grander scale, they love and respect us.

There is in Europe another popular snobbery, about the parochialism of America, the unsophistication of its taste, the limit of its inquiry. This, we’re told, is proved by “how few Americans travel abroad.” Apparently, so we’re told, only 35 percent of Americans have passports. Whenever I hear this, I always think, My good golly gosh, really? That many? Why would you go anywhere else? There is so much of America to wonder at. So much that is the miracle of a newly minted civilization. And anyway, European kids only get passports because they all want to go to New York.

via A.A. Gill: 7 Things to Celebrate About America This 4th of July.

 

 

 

03
Jul
14

7.3.14 … when cultures collide and the result is rollicking laughter, the deep in your belly kind, it’s all good … I would always rather be happy than dignified …

Julianna’s Coffee & Crepes, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed: I had to share my favorite morning spot for coffee and crepes in Inman Park. As we were finishing up, the owner asked us if we had recognized Kasim Reed, Atlanta’s Mayor, who had been sitting at the table next to us and the only other customers in the place. We laughed … We were too busy enjoying our crepes.  The funny thing is that if I had just raised my camera a hair when taking this picture, the mayor would have “photobombed’ my crepes pic.
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 Apparitions: Look Away, Atlanta Beltline, Piedmont Park, geocaching: Since my Charlotte friends are artsy I knew I had to take them to see Gregor Turk’s Apparitions: Look Away (5 billboards featuring General William Sherman’s eyes) that I had just visited last week and will be taken down very soon.  i also figured Mark could pick up an Atlanta geocache.
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Gregor Turk’s seemingly simple, utterly arresting public artwork Apparitions overlooks the Atlanta BeltLine at Piedmont Park’s northern edge, a short walk west of Monroe Drive. Because the work, on view through the end of July (possibly longer), depicts gargantuan sets of human eyes on billboards, the previous sentence’s verb applies structurally and anthropomorphically. Possibly because of whose eyes the work reproduces, and probably because it stands in a vegetation-shrouded glade, but almost certainly because it exists on unfenced public property, the work has attracted the attention of one or more vandals.

Turk, in describing Apparitions to me, associated the marks that now overlay one set of photo-derived eyes to his revelation that in life they belonged to General William Tecumseh Sherman, who ordered the 1864 burning of Atlanta. The artist could be correct in thinking the iconoclast’s motivation is related to post-Confederate pride or wrath: Earlier stages of the work were photos of actual blank billboards and then of patches of forest obscured by Turk’s own billboards, all of which went unmarred for months. Short of a confession or self-explanatory graffito, the why behind the pair of gilt-paint asterisks “blinding” the general is likely to remain a mystery. I wanted to believe that the “reason” probably stemmed from the same mean-spirited illspring that brought about the destruction in 2010 of Larry Jens Anderson’s LGBT rights-themed BeltLine installation Locked Out.

via Sherman Still Provokes, in Work by Gregor Turk – BurnAway – BurnAway.

The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Walmart, minced meat/mincemeat, cultural differences, dessert, cheese course: So we headed out to visit our friends from afar, our SA exchange daughter that we had co-hosted in 2010 and her extended family, on holiday in the States.   We arrived late due  the July 4th traffic, but more so because my inept use of the gps on my iPhone!  Finally we arrived at The Reserve at Lake Keowee.  If you have not been, you need to visit.  It is another of those beautiful Southern US mountain lakes that I talked about recently.

Our conversation quickly got lost in cultural and language differences.  I put the dessert course on my plate.  It made no sense to our hosts that we silly Americans often serve cheese and fruit as hor d’oeuvres.  But actually their point was valid:  that to eat the heavy cheese and fruit at the beginning would only fill you up before the meal.  And then there was the bread/sandwich snafu …

However my poor manners were quickly overtaken by the discussion of the upcoming errand to Wal-Mart for minced meat.  We Americans all heard “mincemeat,” and when we told our hosts that we didn’t think they sold mincemeat at the Wal-Mart, they looked at us like we were idiots.  Yes, you can get minced meat at Wal-Mart!!

Minced meat may refer to:

Ground meat, meat that has been minced or ground

Minced meat may be confused with:

Mincemeat, a mixture of dried fruit and spices, commonly does not contain any meat

Mint sauce, sauce made from finely chopped mint leaves, soaked in vinegar, and a small amount of sugar

via Minced meat – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

And now that I know what minced meat is, the expression “chew you up like minced meat” makes more sense.  And I am quite relieved that they are not putting mincemeat in their tacos!

labyrinth walking:  Our friends know of geocaching, but then I tried to explain my new hobby, labyrinth walking.  There are 38 in SA  if you want to try one!!

South Africa:

46 labyrinths found

via World-Wide Labyrinth Locator – Locate a Labyrinth.

 farm to table/fork movement, artisan goods:  We then had  a wonderful discussion with friends from abroad about the farm to table/fork movement. It played nicely into our 2011 discussion  of “artisan/artisanal.” Their definition of artisan was locally produced but with a “peasant” or of a less sophisticated nature.   The last sentence of the Wikipedia entry fits nicely with their definition of artisan.

The farm-to-table chefs, on the other hand, have increasingly come to rely upon extremely fresh ingredients that have been barely modified, sometimes presented raw just a few feet from where they grew. Generally, the farm-to-table chefs rely on traditional farmhouse cooking, and may refer to their preparations as “vernacular food” or “peasant food”, with its emphasis on freshness, seasonality, local availability, and simple preparations.

via Farm-to-table – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

rote learning, Mnemonic Verse of Monarchs in England:  A discussion of education led us to knowledge demonstrations … our friends beat us on the rote learning! But I must thank our friends,  I have not laughed this hard in quite a while.

Mnemonic Verse of Monarchs in England

Willie, Willie, Harry, Stee,

Harry, Dick, John, Harry three;

One, two, three Neds, Richard two

Harrys four, five, six… then who?

Edwards four, five, Dick the bad,

Harrys twain VII VIII and Ned the Lad;

Mary, Bessie, James the Vain,

Charlie, Charlie, James again…

William and Mary, Anna Gloria,

Four Georges I II III IV, William and Victoria;

Edward seven next, and then

George the fifth in 1910;

Ned the eighth soon abdicated

Then George the sixth was coronated;

After which Elizabeth

And that’s the end until her death.

Source of the full and uninterrupted mnemonic: Mnemonic verse of monarchs in England – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Then I noticed the wine …

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It was not a month ago that I learned of the cave houses and hotels of Saumur FR (and I hope to stay in one!)

 

 I would always rather be happy than dignified … when water is nearby! This one if for you, Carol!

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Why did I did  post this … well, I sorta, kinda, pushed Carol in the water.  I knew she would go in any way.  And of course all the “girls’ went in … in their clothes.  :)

Then  “someone” brought  out the Fireball. Enough said …

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And last week, at Tales of the Cocktail, I tried Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, and frankly I was ready to pocket the bottle and bring it home. It’s made with Canadian whiskey, and has the usual caramel/vanilla notes and amber hue found in the spirit. But the taste, heat level, and finish truly reminded me of those round red fireball candies — in other words, hot stuff!  Unlike liqueurs, it wasn’t overly sweet, either. I’m dreaming of mixing it with fall apple cider.

However, I’m not so much a fan of the tagline printed on the back:  “tastes like heaven, burns like hell.”  The heat was more of a gentle glow than a Tabasco-like fiery furnace. I suspect that “burns like hell” will scare off less adventurous imbibers.

via Spicy Spirits: Fireball Whiskey | Tipple Sheet.

And although we weren’t naked, or nekkid … we were definitely up to no good.  We tried to explain naked/nekkid … but it must be a cultural/regional thing …

@FactsInYourFace: Naked actually means to be unprotected. “Nude” means unclothed.

But was does “nekkid” mean?

via ▶ Lewis Grizzard Naked vs. Nekkid – YouTube.

But we can take this even farther …

Is “buck naked” a more intense version of merely “naked”?  And where did “naked as a jailbird” originate? (Or is it  “naked as a jaybird”?) (Either way I’m betting the bird was nekkid) And by the way the British ( back to that British English v. American English) say “naked as a robin.”

But back to Lewis Grizzard: “Nekkid is when you don’t have any clothes on and you’re up to something!” End of discussion!

British English v.  American English: As we brought the boat in and looked up on the lawn we realized once again that there is a distinction between British English and American English …  the Brits (and South Africans) have a completely different definition of “marquee ” …  Note it does say “chiefly British.”   :)

1mar·quee noun mär-ˈkē

: a covered structure over the entrance to a building (such as a hotel or theater)

: a sign over the entrance to a theater that shows the name of the show, movie, play, etc., and the names of the main performers

: a large tent that is set up for an outdoor event (such as a party)

Full Definition of MARQUEE

1

chiefly British :  a large tent set up for an outdoor party, reception, or exhibition

2

a :  a permanent canopy often of metal and glass projecting over an entrance (as of a hotel or theater)

b :  a sign usually over the entrance of a theater or arena that displays the names of featured attractions and principal performers

See marquee defined for English-language learners »

See marquee defined for kids »

via Marquee – Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

So a delightful time was had by the Americans … I hope our  South African friends had a nice time.

One last thing … On the way home, my purely American friend said that he was not used to hearing the term “downpour.”  That one is not new to me.  Who else uses the term “downpour? “

down·pour noun -ˌpȯr

: a sudden heavy rain

Full Definition of DOWNPOUR

:  a pouring or streaming downward; especially :  a heavy rain

See downpour defined for English-language learners »

See downpour defined for kids »

via Downpour – Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

 

 

 

 

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7.2.14 … “Poetry is the dark side of the moon. It’s up there, and you can see the front of it. But what it is isn’t what you’re looking at. It’s behind what you’re looking at.”

Julianna’s:  I just love this place.

As quaint and charming as ever, this cafe serves up a menu of both savory and sweet crepes. Since I hadn’t had lunch yet, I went for savory while Lucy went for the classic sweet combo of strawberries, banana, and honey. Both tasted a bit like the French/Hungarian childhood I never had.

via julianna’s crepes | tide & bloom | inspiration, creativity, and growth | atlanta events, food, culture, beauty.

Charles Wright ’57, America’s Next Poet Laureate, Davidson College: Another great day to be a wildcat!

As a Davidson student Wright was a history major and won the college’s Vereen Bell Prize for writing. Davidson awarded Wright an honorary doctor of letters degree in 1997, the year before he won the Pulitzer Prize. “Poetry fulfills a spiritual need, the need to explain to myself what it is I would like to happen,” Wright once told the Davidson Journal.

via The New York Times: Charles Wright ’57, America’s Next Poet Laureate – Davidson College.

“Poetry is the dark side of the moon,” he said. “It’s up there, and you can see the front of it. But what it is isn’t what you’re looking at. It’s behind what you’re looking at.”

via Charles Wright Named America’s Poet Laureate – NYTimes.com.

MegaBus: Odd assortment on the bus … Indian woman in beautiful Indian attire walked up and demanded younger girl give up her seat and younger girl did, very cute chatty younger twenty-something with white skeleton on black background t-shirt and sticker that says “wanted: redneck girl with truck” and African American older woman who is totally upset because somehow she will have a 5 hour wait in Charlotte and she thought it was only an hour.  It was a relatively full bus: I still love my bus!

ACAC Southeast Art Summit 9/50 opening soirée: I know I am getting old … Meow Lin (Chanel Kim) and ZigZagZig (Zopi Kristjanson) hip-hoppin’ their “lunar mythology” with inspiration drawn from Wu Tang Clan, ancient cultures, and personal drama …  funky!

Bloomsday 6.16: Happy Bloomsday 6.16!

James Joyce’s “Ulysses” changed literature and the world, not necessarily in the ways its author intended and certainly in ways we still don’t entirely understand. One of the unexpected effects of the novel, which was first published in its entirety in Paris in 1922, was the most famous obscenity trial in U.S. history, conducted in 1933. That trial serves as the culmination of Kevin Birmingham’s astute and gorgeously written “The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses,’” an account of the tortuous path Joyce’s masterpiece took to print. Publishing is not the world’s most fast-paced and high-stakes business, but when it came to introducing the English-speaking world to a novel that one critic deplored as “full of the filthiest blasphemies” and “afflicted with a truly diabolical lack of talent,” the ride was a wild one.

Countless reams of paper have been consumed by writings on Joyce and “Ulysses,” but Birmingham has two particular, little-discussed themes to bring to the table. First, and most peripheral to his narrative, is Birmingham’s discovery of strong evidence that the eye problems that tormented and eventually blinded Joyce were caused by syphilis. (Birmingham concludes that a medication given to Joyce by his Parisian doctor in the late 1920s was probably “an obscure French drug called galyl,” used only to treat symptoms of syphilis.) Birmingham expands on this a bit by arguing that the effects of pain and disability on the writer and his work have been underestimated. It’s a credible argument, especially once you’ve read this book’s squirm-inducing description of a typical eye surgery Joyce endured and learn that he went through the equivalent a dozen times over. But Birmingham never quite gets around to showing how Joyce’s suffering shaped his work.

via “The Most Dangerous Book”: When “Ulysses” was obscene – Salon.com.

family history, kith/kin: And this is what I was searching for … A picture of my mom that through Facebook reconnecting, a friend from Davidson and I discovered that her mother took this of my mother at Wesleyan College. She had asked my mom to model for her.

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And in response … here’s another pic your Mother may enjoy: the reporter/photographer in action while working on the Anderson Daily Mail!  My Mama – the journalist/photographer – with the elephant! One of my all time favorites!

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kith/kin:  Photos at the train station … they  look like the Addams Family. We think my sis,  a Wednesday’s child, would have made a good Wednesday Addams …

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In Addams’ cartoons, which first appeared in The New Yorker, Wednesday and other members of the family had no names. When the characters were adapted to the 1964 television series, Charles Addams gave her the name “Wednesday”, based on the well-known nursery rhyme line, “Wednesday’s child is full of woe”. She is the sister of Pugsley Addams (and, in the movie Addams Family Values, also the sister of Pubert Addams), and she is the only daughter of Gomez and Morticia Addams.

via Wednesday Addams – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

In all fairness to my sis …

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Hawkinsville GA, Pineview GA:  All my life when I visited Pineview GA, we would visit nearby Hawkinsville GA, and my grandparents would turn down Merritt St and stop in front of this house. They would say that my grandparents house on Bay Street in Pineview had been built in a hurry to replace a house that looked just like this house that had burned down around 1910. My great-grandfather JJ Dennard refused to build another two-story house since two of his girls had to jump to safety from the second story balcony. The new house which still stands is one story and all rooms have a door to the outside.

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Artistic Sushi Rolls,  Edvard Munch:

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via Artistic Sushi Rolls – Edvard Munch inspired Food Art from Sushi Sculptors.

‘Lawrence of Afghanistan’… And His Woman, Jim Gant, Top Green Beret Officer:  Fascinating story!

via Lawrence of Afghanistan: Rise and Fall of a Special Forces Legend Photos | Image #3 – ABC News.

‘Lawrence of Afghanistan’… And His Woman

General David Petraeus: ‘Going Native’ To Win In Afghanistan

A legendary Special Forces commander was quietly forced to leave the U.S. Army after he admitted to a love affair with a Washington Post war correspondent, who quit her job to secretly live with him for almost a year in one of the most dangerous combat outposts in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Special Operations Command never publicly disclosed that highly-decorated Green Beret Major Jim Gant was relieved of command at the end of a harrowing 22 months in combat in March 2012.

His commanders charged in confidential files that he had “indulged in a self-created fantasy world” of booze, pain pills and sex in a tribal village deep in Taliban and al Qaeda country with his “wife,” journalist Ann Scott Tyson.

via Jim Gant: Top Green Beret Officer Forced to Resign Over Affair With WaPo Reporter – ABC News.

 

 

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6.24.14 … “The New Right values extremism, obstructionism, partisanship, and–frankly–ignorance. I am disappointed to realize that the New Right seems to want to walk hand-in-hand with the horrible strain of anti-intellectualism that sees universities as vocational schools and vilifies anyone expert in a field as somehow not living in the ‘real world’ or representative of ‘real people.'” – Kate Cochran

Leading up to the Runoff, Kate Cochran, Thad Cochran, Mississippi Senate Primary Runoff 6.24, GOP, New Right, Tea Party: Excellent piece by Ms. Kate  Cochran, daughter of Sen. Thad Cochran of MS, who faces a serious primary challenge from Tea Party-endorsed Chris McDaniel.  Kudos to Ms. Cochran for taking the time and effort to explain what many on the right see as an alarming shift away from traditional Republican principles to those of the “New Right.” I am fortunate to know a few “statesmen” on both sides of the aisle. It is these men and women who make this country work by understanding that a balancing of power within our legislative branch and the balance of powers among our three branches is essential to our greatness.

The New Right values extremism, obstructionism, partisanship, and–frankly–ignorance.  I am disappointed to realize that the New Right seems to want to walk hand-in-hand with the horrible strain of anti-intellectualism that sees universities as vocational schools and vilifies anyone expert in a field as somehow not living in the “real world” or representative of “real people.” But because no one can be an expert, everyone is, which is where the New Right finds its loudest voices: those with no training, education, or experience shouting down those who bring expertise to the table.  I think this is the reason that so many seem swayed by my father’s opponent: he is valued for his lack.  Lack of experience (he is not a “career politician.”)  Lack of wisdom (he relies solely on Jesus, the Constitution, and common sense*–combined in the veneer of “goodness”).  Lack of judgment (he vows to refuse federal monies and to try to impede legislation).  Lack of specificity (what are “Mississippi values”?).  Lack of perspective (how does he believe for one moment that a junior Senator from the poorest state will have any influence in Washington? How can he believe that he will not want his family to live with him in the D.C. area?).  I see these “qualities” as a disingenuous pose, engineered to appeal to the very worst in our electorate.  Hence, the illegal and immoral actions of his followers make sense–both in my mother’s nursing home and at the Hinds County Courthouse–because he trades in mindless fanaticism.  I find his campaign appalling on intellectual, moral, and idealist levels.  The fact that Mississippi voters are even considering his candidacy saddens me more than I can say.  Mississippi used to be recognized as the most backward, prejudiced, ignorant holdback in our nation, hands down.  This sea change makes me very afraid that we might deserve that mantle.

via Leading up to the Runoff.

Field & Fork: An Evening at The Parklands of Floyds Fork, 21st Century Parks’, The Parklands of Floyds Fork:  I’m in!!

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The evening begins with cocktails along the banks of Floyds Fork, followed by a three-course dinner set in a beautiful walnut grove, not yet open to the public. After dinner, there will be a private concert performed by the 23 String Band in the nearby meadow.

via Field & Fork: An Evening at The Parklands | The Parklands.

Modern Origami: ‘Surface to Structure’, WSJ:

 

Modern Origami: ‘Surface to Structure’ The ancient art of paper folding has come a long way from planes and cranes. “Surface to Structure,” a new exhibit at New York’s Cooper Union (June 19 to July 4), showcases the complexity of modern origami with 134 works by 88 artists.

via Photos: Modern Origami: ‘Surface to Structure’ – WSJ.

Pentatonix,  ‘Pitch Perfect 2′,  Inside Movies | EW.com:  OK, Trobs … what do you think?

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It seems only natural that the country’s favorite a cappella group will appear in the country’s favorite a cappella-based movie, right?

‘Sing-Off’ champs Pentatonix talk competition, their future album, and (of course) Nick Lachey’s puns Enjoy an a cappella ‘N Sync medley, no strings attached — VIDEO Rebel Wilson posts the first photo from the set of ‘Pitch Perfect 2′

Pentatonix, the five-person ensemble that rose to fame after winning the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off, has joined the cast of the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2. The band reveals exclusively to EW that they’ll play a rival group to the Barden Bellas, the collegiate a cappella singers at the center of the sequel to the 2012 blockbuster, due in theaters in 2015.

The members of Pentatonix spent just one day on set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a 12-hour whirlwind that included full makeup and wardrobe treatment for members Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado, and Kevin Olusola. “We’re wearing some pretty interesting things,” teases Hoying. “You can definitely tell it’s the five of us, but what we’re wearing and who we’re portraying is definitely not Pentatonix.” Grassi adds: “You’re going to love it.”

Pitch Perfect 2 finds the original Bellas—Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and others—returning for another year at Barden University, where they’re ushering a new crew of members into the national-winning group. Expect the five members of Pentatonix to offer threatening competition to the Bellas’ well-oiled machine.

via Pentatonix joins ‘Pitch Perfect 2′: Get details on who they’re playing | Inside Movies | EW.com.

Here Are The Biggest Companies By Revenue In Each State, graphics, maps: Any surprises?

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“We noticed that many states did not have companies included in the [Fortune 500] list, so we decided to perform our own research to find the largest company by revenue in each state based on the location of the corporate headquarters,” wrote Russ Fordyce, a managing director at Broadview, in a Tuesday blog post about the map.

Many of the results are pretty intuitive. There’s Walmart in Arkansas, General Motors in Michigan and Exxon Mobil in Texas. But in some states, especially the smaller ones, you’ll notice some surprising corporate heavyweights. Johnson & Johnson rules in New Jersey, while CVS is the big fish in Rhode Island’s little pond. Additionally, in the state of Washington, it turns out Costco trumps Microsoft.

via Here Are The Biggest Companies By Revenue In Each State.

Google Glass, DVF frames,  third-party retailer, Tech News and Analysis: Anybody I know tried google glass?

 

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Announced last month, the new Diane von Furstenberg frames for Google Glass are now available. Google announced the news early on Monday morning through its Glass Explorer Google+ page. While you can purchase the frames and shades directly from Google, anyone can purchase Glass and the frames online at Net-A-Porter, with the bundle costing $1,800. That’s an expansion from the Google-only sales of the wearable computer. Will Google get many takers at this price? It’s not likely but at least those who do opt-in for Glass will look a bit more fashionable with the DVF frames.

via Google Glass with DVF frames now available through third-party retailer — Tech News and Analysis.

1,600 Papier-Mâché Pandas,  Pandemonium, WSJ:

French sculptor Paulo Grangeon has created pandemonium in Asia with his tour of 1,600 papier-mâché pandas — one for every giant panda left in the wild. http://on.wsj.com/ToiY47

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Photo: Hundreds of pandas sit on the stairs leading to the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. (Credit: EPA)

Before the arrival of the papier-mâché pandas, Paulo Grangeon lived a quiet life at the foot of the Alps designing knives with handles in the shape of baguettes, croissants and carrots.

Even as his 1,600 pandas caused a stir in Europe, Mr. Grangeon, who runs a store in Grenoble, France, was largely ignored as visitors literally embraced and occasionally damaged his creations. Each papier-mâché panda, ranging from 5 to 18 inches high, is supposed to represent one of the remaining 1,600 giant pandas in the wild.

But when the pandas came to Asia, Mr. Grangeon’s handiwork put him in the spotlight. At their first stop, in Taipei, he says crowds waited in “kilometer-long” lines to take pictures of the pandas, and, to his astonishment, the artist.

“I was a bit overwhelmed, but it was good,” he said. “In two or three days, I came back to France and it was fine.”

Now Mr. Grangeon, 63 years old, has brought his pandas to Hong Kong. They were unloaded this month from a jet for a two-week tour. At the airport’s arrival hall, lines of people jostled to take snapshots of the monochrome gang.

via In Asia, 1,600 Papier-Mâché Pandas Bring Pandemonium – WSJ.

 




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