September 2009 Archives

Father Time - UK, circa 1900

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For a reason I cannot wholly explain this, to me, is a view into the future of Mike.
(from, via)


Oh Mo!

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Muammar Qaddaf, or however he transliterates his name these days, brought his vintage crazy to the UN this week, his first address to the GA in the 40 years he's been president.  Celebrate with a gallery of his fashions.  They make the image below look 'tame' (source)



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"Douglas Adams once observed that the only thing that travels faster than light is bad news, but he didn't take into account the properties of a hastily photoshopped cat.'

From an analysis of the speed of a meme in cyberspace.


VW Escher

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(from admotion)

Some people, even in profile, are unmistakable

from Emulsion Compulsion


Breguet 5947

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Front and back shots of Breguet's 5947, the Classique Rattrapante (Split-Second Chronograph).  A split-second chronograph has the ability to time 2 events with the same start time; i.e. a race where you start the chronograph with the start of the race stop the first second hand with the winner and stop the other with the runner-up.  As long as both cross the finish line within 60 seconds you know the difference, the "split".

Breguet Rattrapante Dial.jpg
2 shots of the movement, taken with different points of focus in the depth of the movement.  With the added split bridge the movement has about 4mm of visible depth.

Breguet Rattrapante.jpg
Breguet Rattrapante deep.jpg
(All pictures are mine)
The movement is based on the venerable Lemania 2310, same movement that is used in Patek Philippe chronographs and the base of the Omega 321 which drove the original "moon watch" speedmaster

(Or why professional photographers are professional photographers)
On a recent trip to NYC, I took some pictures of pieces of jewelry in Chanel's window, including a bracelet and pair of earrings, flowers in black and white diamonds.
Chanel Flower.jpg

Flower Earrings.jpg
(more from their windows)
Yesterday I noticed on the website of Guido Mocafico (previously referenced once and again) a picture of an almost identical piece


Links for Labor Day

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Philip Harland is a professor at York University, near Toronto, who teaches religion and ancient history.  He's put many of his lectures online in the form of Podcasts, 3 complete series' so far and 2 more nearing completion.  The topics vary but center on the first 3 centuries of the common era and religious practices then, frequently the weirdness of early Christianity.

  1. Paul and His Communities
  2. Early Christian Portraits of Jesus
  3. Diversity in Early Christianity - Heresy and Struggles
  4. Honoring the Gods in the Roman Empire - Centering on Asia Minor (Incomplete)
  5. Historical Jesus in Context  (incomplete)
I have nearly completed series three and find it quite interesting.  It does require a bit of knowledge on Christianity and the first centuries, but not a huge amount.  One slightly frustrating bit, some of the lectures start with a "you should read this to fully understand the lecture", which would have been much more useful at the end of the previous lecture so that I could have been prepared.
One very useful resource for the background reading on series three is the Gnostic Society's online Nag Hammadi Library .  So far they have provided the Apocryphon of John, Eugnostos the Blessed and The Sophia of Jesus Christ.   Another useful resource for series three is the Internet Encyclopedia of Philospohy's article on Middle Platonism.


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