Halloween, holidays, google doodle : Happy Halloween! Gotta love the Scooby Doo Halloween doodle!
travel, restaurants, places, Boulder: A few more suggestions … my boys went to Pizzeria Basta and absolutely loved it. Next time …
Boulder has won just about every shiny happy lifestyle award a city can: Healthiest, Most Educated, Most Bicycle-Friendly—the list goes on. And this year, it can add one more: Bon Appétit’s Foodiest Town in America.
… I have more questions to ask him, but I have to stop and walk. Finally, a pint of Left Hand Brewing Company lager and a few pizzas (one with house-made sausage and mozzarella and another with seasonal local potatoes and goat cheese) from Pizzeria Basta come to the rescue.
Davidson, kudos: Dr. Murphy gave a very inspiring talk at Davidson’s convocation yesterday.
A Davidson College alumnus who organized a medical mission to Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake will speak at the college’s fall convocation Oct. 30.
Dr. Greg Murphy, a 1985 graduate who now works as an urologist and general surgeon in Greenville, N.C., has conducted short-term medical missions in developing countries for 20 years. But Murphy said he never seen such a dire situation as Haiti, and two weeks after the quake, he and 15 other medical personnel he recruited began seeing patients at St. Damien Hospital in Port-au-Prince.
technology, the Cloud: Coming next …
Moving beyond mere Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), the company is positioning Windows Azure as a Platform-as-a-Service offering: a comprehensive set of development tools, services, and management systems to allow developers to concentrate on creating available, scalable applications.
Over the next 12-18 months, a raft of new functionality will be rolled out to Windows Azure customers. These features will both make it easier to move existing applications into the cloud, and enhance the services available to cloud-hosted applications.
The company believes that putting applications into the cloud will often be a multistage process. Initially, the applications will run unmodified, which will remove patching and maintenance burdens, but not take advantage of any cloud-specific functionality.
Over time, the applications will be updated and modified to start to take advantage of some of the additional capabilities that the Windows Azure platform has to offer.
Microsoft is building Windows Azure into an extremely complete cloud platform. Windows Azure currently takes quite a high-level approach to cloud services: applications have limited access to the underlying operating system, and software that requires Administrator installation isn’t usable.
food, restaurants, Charlotte: Amelie’s Bakery was very good! Charlotte NC :: Amelie’s French Bakery :: Amelie’s French Bakery and Cafe.
tv, movies, James Bond: … Bond Weekend on TNT … What more could a girl want … (followup — so far I have only watched 2)
facebook, internet, religion, things past, Westminster: Friday I asked Westminster friends on FB if they remember reading/watching Francis Schaeffer’s How then Should We Live in Christian Ethics senior year? The answers varied … from we had senior ethics? … to memories of other books we read , memories of the teachers (cute Mr. Trotter, Mrs. Eastham) and papers written … No one else remembers watching the videos … Do you remember them? YouTube – How Should We Then Live 10#1.
lists: I like lists … but I can see why Ebert doesn’t. Why Roger Ebert Loathes Top 10 Film Lists – WSJ.com.
history, literature: Bill Wood referenced Girolamo Savonarola and the 15th century “bonfire of the vanities.” I really hate it when I have completely missed a literary reference.
Girolamo Savonarola (21 September 1452, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna – 23 May 1498, Florence) was an Italian Dominican priest and leader of Florence from 1494 until his execution in 1498. He was known for his book burning, destruction of what he considered immoral art, and hostility to the Renaissance. He vehemently preached against the moral corruption of much of the clergy at the time, and his main opponent was Rodrigo Borgia, who was Pope Alexander VI from 1492, through Savonarola’s death, to 1503.
via Girolamo Savonarola.
After Charles VIII of France invaded Florence in 1494, the ruling Medici were overthrown and Savonarola emerged as the new leader of the city, combining in himself the role of secular leader and priest. He set up a republic in Florence. Characterizing it as a “Christian and religious Republic,” one of its first acts was to make sodomy, previously punishable by fine, into a capital offence. Homosexuality had previously been tolerated in the city, and many homosexuals from the elite now chose to leave Florence. His chief enemies were the Duke of Milan and Pope Alexander VI, who issued numerous restraints against him, all of which were ignored.
Painting of Savonarola’s execution in the Piazza della Signoria.
In 1497, he and his followers carried out the Bonfire of the Vanities. They sent boys from door to door collecting items associated with moral laxity: mirrors, cosmetics, lewd pictures, pagan books, immoral sculptures (which he wanted to be transformed into statues of the saints and modest depictions of biblical scenes), gaming tables, chess pieces, lutes and other musical instruments, fine dresses, women’s hats, and the works of immoral and ancient poets, and burnt them all in a large pile in the Piazza della Signoria of Florence. Many fine Florentine Renaissance artworks were lost in Savonarola’s notorious bonfires — including paintings by Sandro Botticelli, which he is alleged to have thrown into the fires himself.
Florence soon became tired of Savonarola because of the city’s continual political and economic miseries partially derived from Savonarola’s opposition to trading and making money. When a Franciscan preacher challenged him to a trial by fire in the city centre and he declined, his following began to dissipate.
During his Ascension Day sermon on May 4, 1497, bands of youths rioted, and the riot became a revolt: dancing and singing taverns reopened, and men again dared to gamble publicly.
As a metaphor, Tom Wolfe used the 15th century event and ritual as the title for his 1987 novel The Bonfire of the Vanities and its film adaptation.
education, literature, film/lit: Sometimes it is the really odd classes that stay with a preson their whole life.
Students in the course write essays and blog about such movies as 28 Days Later and Night of the Living Dead and books such as the Jane Austen send-up, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith.
“The course looks at what fears about society and ideology are expressed in zombie fiction,” Rivers says, “such as becoming part of a society where the individual ceases to exist, or what zombies, who persuade us to become them by consuming us, have to say about persuasion and identification.”
One student, Rohit Mukherjee (NHS’12), wrote about how in movies and books, zombies kill people just because they are different.
“At our core, we possess the same force of destruction as the zombie masses,” Mukherjee wrote. “No virus led the Hutu masses to hack their Tutsi neighbors to death … their rage was intrinsic.”
museums, NYC: I would like to see this museum one day …
McKim Building Reopening
The Morgan’s landmark 1906 building by McKim, Mead and White closed in early June for the first extensive restoration of its interior spaces in more than one hundred years. The building will reopen to the public on Saturday, October 30 with a full slate of special activities and we invite you to join us to mark the occasion.
The afternoon’s festivities will begin with a welcome and talk about the McKim building project and the Morgan collections by director William M. Griswold. Throughout the day, musicians, including the New-Trad Octet, a New Orleans-style band exploring the roots of early American music, will perform. Docents will be on hand to provide visitors with historical insight into the Morgan’s architecture. All events are included with admission to the Morgan.