Obsolete skills specialist
The restoration of a favorite Ophuls film is streaming free all weekend: https://delphiquest.com/film-foundation/restoration-screening-room/caught-force-of-evil
Here's how I tried to summarize it for PFA decades ago:
It looks like working-class charm-school student Barbara Bel Geddes’s ship has come in when she's invited to a millionaire’s yachting party. She misses the boat but catches the millionaire, and soon our heroine is successfully ensconced in a Long Island Gothic mansion, waiting for her husband—bitter, driven Robert Ryan—to come home. One of the morals of this dark Cinderella story is that marrying money may bring security, but prisons are secure, too. So it’s no surprise that when Bel Geddes tries to trade a life of hollow luxury for the human chaos of James Mason’s Lower East Side doctor’s office, she meets with formidable resistance from her husband, who says “women are a dime a dozen” but insists on protecting his investments. Thanks in part to Lee Garmes’s deep-focus cinematography, the dream house has rarely looked so sinister.
TIL there used to be a Google staffer who taught “mindfulness” to employees. His job title was—I couldn’t possibly make this up—“Jolly Good Fellow.”
MARCH CARTOON: Look, if you're a superhuman who can alphabetize *without* singing the alphabet song to yourself, *I don't want to hear about it*. https://ivacheung.com/2023/03/abcs/
"He was naturally inelegant in his language." 1904. https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/68891/pg68891-images.html
@XanIndigo I repost the fact that the scientific name for the Northern lynx, a subspecies of the Eurasian lynx, is 'Lynx lynx lynx' so often that I keep a picture of three lynxes with the exact same filename just for that purpose.
Here it is.
I dreamt I was learning a language with two important words, wimak and mak. You used ‘mak’ in factual sentences where the basis for your assertion was anything you could touch (including taste) and ‘wimak’ if what you knew came from dreams, communication with ghosts, or intuition. Stuff you saw or heard was an unmarked case. People argued about whether tv or internet was wimak or not. #linguistdreams
I discovered the 1905 Burnham plan for San Francisco randomly saved with my old photos. I never appreciated his plan to FULLY cover the city (including the westside) with diagonal boulevards. At the time this was made many of the "existing" streets didn't exist yet (and some were never built and are part of the bay, still). Thanks to the earthquake the following year, and the desire to rebuild as quickly as possible, none of this was ever realized. #map #sanfrancisco #urbandesign #history
The 1976 board game Newsdesk (aka Reporter) came with a plastic Telex
Since around 2007 I've been cultivating self-storage facility, lost property office, secondhand shop, fleamarket & closed provincial museum as metaphors for my rubbish memory and bits & bobs of identity--depositories of the self. These places are envisaged as littered yet empty, open but somehow inaccessible. But I notice I've carefully avoided placing the abjected items in the charity shop. That's the true act of suppression.
Good luck with those resolutions and intentions. My word for the first week of 2023 is PESSIMISM. https://nancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_with_words/2023/01/word-of-the-week-pessimism.html
Obsolete skills specialist
Basic models of flocking behavior are controlled by three simple rules: 1) separation: avoid crowding neighbours (short range repulsion); 2) alignment: steer towards average heading of neighbors; 3) cohesion: steer towards average position of neighbors (long range attraction). With these three simple rules, the flock moves in an extremely realistic way.