THE MAGIC WORDS ARE SQUEAMISH OSSIFRAGE
|Microsoft v. Motorola, Part 2, Will Be a Jury Trial, Aug. 26 ~pj
||[May. 21st, 2013|03:32 am]
http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20130520234250279The next phase of the Microsoft v. Motorola litigation in Seattle will begin on August 26th. It will be a jury trial, as Motorola requested. I hope some of you are nearby and can attend. This will be the part about Microsoft's claims of breach of contract based on its assertion that Motorola violated a RAND contract by its opening bid being allegedly too high.
To describe it is to express the ridiculousness of what has been happening in Seattle. Why do I say that? I'll show you.
|Mario Testino to "The Scream" via Mark Rothko
||[May. 21st, 2013|01:00 am]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/fzXg_WMSKE0/mario-testino-to-scream-via-mark-rothko.htmlEvery day on the Art Project Google+ page we post a snippet of information about a painting, an artist or a talk—and every day, at least one of our 4 million followers has something to say in response. We’re constantly delighted by how the appetite for art online is growing and today we have a veritable feast in store with a swathe of fresh artworks, gigapixel paintings and museums on Street View.
New artworks from the famous to the unusual
Mario Testino is a world-famous photographer, known for his work in the fashion industry. Fewer people are aware of his photographs focusing on the culture of his native Peru. A new body of photographs called “Alta Moda” (high fashion), featuring Andean people in traditional and festive dress, is currently on display in Testino’s cultural institution, MATE. And for those of you not lucky enough to visit Lima, you can now see this collection of 27 photos online on the Google Art Project.
In total, we have more than 1,500 new high-resolution artworks including masterpieces such as Monet’s “Waterlilies,” Rembrandt’s “Portrait of a Man in a Broad-Brimmed Hat” and Johannes Vermeer’s “The Geographer” (meaning Art Project now houses 15 of his 34 total works, all contributed by different museums). However, the diversity goes well beyond paintings; from ancestral relics used to worship the dead to an ancient Jinsha gold mask from China thought to have been worn by sorcerers. Often the old contrasts with the new, with inscribed Arabic gemstones existing alongside contemporary glass structures from Germany as you can see in this “Compare” image below.
Zoom in to “gigapixel” paintings
Gigapixel paintings—very high-resolution works which enable you to zoom in at brushstroke level—have long been at the heart of the Art Project. They’re a great example of the magic that can happen when technology meets art—and today we have 16 new ones to add, ranging from famous pieces like “The Scream” by Edvard Munch to those chosen by public vote such as “Whitewashing the Old House” by L.A. Ring.
The beauty of gigapixels is their ability to surprise. Look at the painting “Fra Stalheim” by Johan Christian Dahl, shown in full on the left below. You’ll see a beautiful landscape. Zoom in, however, and you discover scenes within a scene—a village with smoking chimneys, a woman tending to her child, and cows grazing on the hillside. Details that can’t always be fully appreciated by the naked eye are brought to life online.
Immerse yourself in Street View
Through Street View and the Google Art Project, many museums have opened their galleries to the world the past few years, and today we’re launching 20 more. For example, Fondation Beyeler Museum in Switzerland houses a collection of seven Mark Rothko paintings. Now anyone in the world can virtually explore the collection.
Of course art collections are not exclusively found in museums—we’re delighted to have our first monastery on Street View in the Art Project. The Monastery of St. John the Theologian on the Greek island of Patmos was founded in 1088 and is a World Heritage Site. In addition to their 116 contributed artworks, you can also explore the architectural splendors of this ancient building.
Jump inside a whole range of beautiful buildings and corridors here by clicking on the orange pegman where it appears.
In a week that celebrates International Museum Day, we’re glad to be able to showcase some of the great treasures held by museums and cultural institutions the world over. There are so many benefits to bringing more content online, be it discovering a new style of art or artist, creating your own gallery, stumbling across a hidden detail of a painting you thought you knew or simply being inspired by something beautiful. With more than 40,000 total works and 250+ cultural organisations around the globe, we hope the experience will be more enriching than ever.
Posted by Marzia Niccolai, Google Art Project
|#5080: THE HIPPIE'S ADMISSION
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MY LUNCHBOX IS THE DUMPSTER OUTSIDE PLANNED PARENTHOOD
|Irregular Webcomic! #488 Rerun
||[May. 21st, 2013|10:11 am]
Yes, hobbit pun fans! It's been over 100 strips since the last hobbit pun! So the statute of limitations on
pun repetition has officially expired and I get to inflict this one on you. And yes, I've stuck to it every
time so far, with at least 100 strips between:
- #50 "hobbit-forming"
- #274 "hobbit-firming"
- #387 "hobbit-foaming"
Thanks to Snack for this one.
2013-05-21 Rerun commentary: Ah, hobbit puns! They did become a hobbit after a while.
Frankly, I'm going to be disappointed if there are none in any of the Hobbit movies.
It's good that a LEGO goblet is about the right size to be a large vase for the fantasy character miniatures.
|Resources and Information for Those Affected by Oklahoma Tornadoes
||[May. 21st, 2013|02:02 am]
Ed. Note: You can help people affected by the recent tornadoes through American Red Cross Disaster Relief. If you are in the affected areas, you can also register as "Safe and Well" to let your friends and family know you are okay.
President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin in the Oval Office, May 20, 2013. The President spoke with Gov. Fallin to express his concern for those who have been affected by the severe weather beginning last night and continuing today. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This evening the President spoke with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to express his concern for those who have been affected by the tornadoes last night and continuing today.
As the President told Governor Fallin tonight, the administration -- through FEMA -- is committed to providing all the assistance it can to Oklahoma as the response effort unfolds. Already, FEMA has deployed an Incident Management Assistance Team, Urban Search & Rescue Teams, and an Medical Emergency Response Support Team to provide resources to hard-hit areas in Oklahoma.
FEMA is urging those in impacted areas to listen carefully to instructions from local officials, and to take the recommended protective measures. Residents should monitor local radio or TV stations, or the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov.
Update: The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Oklahoma and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and tornadoes beginning on May 18, 2013, and continuing.
As the response effort develops, here is a list of resources for those affected:
Department of Homeland Security
On Twitter @DHSgov
On Facebook www.facebook.com/homelandsecurity
On Twitter @FEMA
On Facebook www.facebook.com/FEMA
Blog Updates from FEMA
American Red Cross
On Twitter: @RedCross
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/redcross
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