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but these pictures of flying dogs speak for themselves.

The dogs' faces are wonderfully expressive. Some are not enjoying this; some are enjoying it maybe a little too much. Some are trying to maintain dignity; some... are not.
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It's been a while since I ordered anything from Amazon, but I put in a new order last week, and a box-o-books arrived today. In it:

The Science of Art: optical themes in western art from Brunelleschi to Seurat, by Martin Kemp; recommended - or at least mentioned - on the Bujold list by LMB herself.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty; it's been a hot topic on the political blogs I read for quite some time. It's definitely a tome, but should be interesting.

Math Girls, by Hiroshi Yuki; it's described as "[c]ombining mathematical rigor with light romance".

The Secret Life of Pronouns, by James Pennebaker, which is apparently about discoveries from the relatively new field of corpus linguistics in the computer age.

Homelands, by Bill Willingham, the next volume (5? I don't recall) in his "Fables" series of graphic novels.

I also picked up electronic copies of some SF/F - Through Struggle, the Stars by John Lumpkin, New Amsterdam #1 by Elizabeth Bear, The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch - and also Wizard of the Crow, by Ngugi Wa'Thiong'O. (I'm not sure where I ran across that last one or how it got on my to-get list, but it does look intriguing.)

I'll probably start with Homelands; it's probably the lightest thing I bought.
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Medical Daily asks: "Is Math Beautiful?"

I've been saying stuff like that for years.

Sister C, show this to your elder daughter. (Yes, that incident still rankles.)
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It occurred to me yesterday that there really aren't very many decorative objects in my house. In the living areas, much, perhaps most, of the wall space is taken up by bookcases; in the kitchen, by cabinets; in the dining room, a large bay window. But what I do have, I have, and will discuss under the cut.

Decorations )

Eek!

Mar. 7th, 2007 05:07 am
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For once, I agree with James Lileks on an aesthetic issue: this is a truly horrific painting.
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There's a painting that just popped into my mind's eye that I can't identify. I may have seen the original, but more likely I've just seen a print in a book. I think it was painted sometime between 1930 and 1960 in the US; only one of my references here covers that period, and that painting isn't in it. I'm hoping someone can help me ID it.

The painting depicts a diner at night, from outside; the diner is well-lit against the surrounding darkness (there may be a streetlamp, but nothing else), and there are a number of well-dressed (in '30s or '40s clothing, if I recall correctly) patrons. I'm not sure whether there are tables; as I visualize it, the patrons are mostly seated on stools at the counter.

Does that description ring a bell for anyone?

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