Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mid January 2017

What an election! The insanity goes on.

By now, I need to watch the Saturday Night Live skits for therapeutic reasons. 

SNL - Weekend Update 01/14/2017

SNL - Alec Baldwin returns to brutally mock Donald Trump's Russian pee-pee party

HyperNormalisation is a 2016 BBC documentary by British filmmaker Adam Curtis. The film was released on 16 October 2016 on the BBC iPlayer. In the film, Curtis argues that since the 1970s, governments, financiers, and technological utopians have given up on the complex "real world" and built a simple "fake world" that is run by corporations and kept stable by politicians.

The term "hypernormalisation" is taken from Alexei Yurchak's 2006 book Everything was Forever, Until it was No More: The Last Soviet Generation, about the paradoxes of life in the Soviet Union during the 20 years before it collapsed. A professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley,[5] he argues that everyone knew the system was failing, but as no one could imagine any alternative to the status quo, politicians and citizens were resigned to maintaining a pretence of a functioning society. Over time, this delusion became a self-fulfilling prophecy and the "fakeness" was accepted by everyone as real, an effect which Yurchak termed "hypernormalisation".

HyperNormalisation 2016

Excellent and concise! Worth looking at and amusing too. > NPD - A guide to learning to deal with narcissistic personality disorder by - Get to know your President

Oooh, those eyes. It's a  Dalmatian pelican. Photographer: Helmut Moik 

Those eyelashes.
It's a

                                                                                                               Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri)

A bit how I feel about now with this election, trying to get out of the pit.
Athanasius Kircher, Mundus subterraneus (Amsterdam, 1678)

Some marvelous archaeological mysteries

Really lovely marbling work. Just when I think that's perfect, he does something else more beautiful and then something else. So cool.
Jones Pitsker: Bouquet Marble Pattern

Ethnic groups in Afghanistan in 1979/1980, when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan

As a kid I was given a Harris tweed coat to wear. A kind of gray green with brown leather buttons. It was an okay coat, a bit itchy but it was either too hot in a New York City September or much too cold in a NYC November. There were a few weeks in October, when it was just right for the weather.

I always wondered what was so special about Harris tweed. Delighted to watch this interesting video now.

How Tweed Gets Made

Jan 05, 2017 | 524 videos 
Video by Nick David and Jack Flynn

This charming documentary for the Harris Tweed Authority, The Big Cloth, explores a unique island industry with a global following. The cloth is woven on the Island of Harris and Lewis in Scotland—it’s also the only cloth to have an act of parliament protecting the industry. The filmmakers Nick David and Jack Flynn capture the complicated and mesmerizing process of weaving tweed, and give us understanding of how the cloth is a vital part of the island’s heritage through the words of weavers themselves.

Incredible to see the painstaking work to make Moroccan tile. Humbling.

How to Sing Two Notes At Once (aka Polyphonic Overtone Singing): Lessons from Singer Anna-Maria Hefele

Bethesda Fountain in the middle of Central Park, one of my favorite places in the world, as it was in 1868.

Ooh, I love secret caches!

10 Recently Discovered Secret Caches

Ahh, Frankincense, one of my favorite insense smells. So interesting how it is collected from trees, like from this grove near the town of Salalah, Oman.

Here, a child prodigy at age 15 in 1896.
And here, at the end of his life, age 90 on July 3rd, in 1972

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