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A few years ago, a Nepalese/Japanese restaurant opened in my neck of the woods. I see every day commuting back and forth from work, but I never really noticed its name because Nepal's flag and the words "Japan" and "Nepal" are emblazoned on the storefront.

Well, I got a good look today, and the name of the place is ....

Yeti of Sunnyside.

Why would you do this? The bad reviews write themselves:

"Don't go to Yeti's... it's abominable!"
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I mean, clearly the child is being coached. But, Huzzah! for spreading hate!


Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mountain_hiker at ... yeah
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I'm talking about this here because it amused me... and I can go into detail more. Honestly, I;m more fun on LJ than FB because I can ramble more.

I'm a fast reader. I've had to be, I was a French/Spanish double major, and, frequently, had to read several novels and plays at the same time, in both languages. So I had to cover a lot of ground quickly.

Unfortunately, this can lead to ... um... odd mistakes.

Today's example:

The actual headline: Romney Haunted by Gaffes

What I read:

Romney Haunted by Giraffes

I was confused. Did Romney have dreams where ghost giraffes came into his bedroom? And wouldn't that be kind of calming, anyway. They would just by walking around, eating acacia leaves. I mean, fine, when the ghost lions showed up, they'd probably stampede, but still... overall, not very menacing.

Then I reread the headline.

I actually have a history of this. When I was in college, several of us, including [livejournal.com profile] adelheid_p went on a weekend trip to D.C. On the way back, on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I asked why someone had posted a sign saying "Caution: Gloves".

[livejournal.com profile] adelheid_p said, "It says 'Caution: Curves" and go to sleep."

Colbert

May. 11th, 2012 09:13 pm
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mountain_hiker at Colbert


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I was on the bus over the weekend, going to meet a friend for dinner when I overheard the following.

(And, yes, I had my iPod on. The gentleman was loud.)

"... but I'll be naked by then. You know anytime after 7:30 is naked time."

Clearly there was response, as naked boy was silent.

"Well, yes, I *COULD* meet them at the door. That's a good compromise."

I... what? Is he meeting them at the door naked? Is he keeping his clothes on until they cross the threshold then... woohoo... surprise nakedguy!
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Yesterday, I took a sanity day and visited two museums: The Whitney and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Whitney:
1) Real/Surreal
This is part two of the five part retrospective highlighting important works in the Whitney's collection. Part two mostly deal with the years from 1930-1950. The works deal with the Depression, World War II, and the beginnings of the Cold War. The title comes from the interplay between Realism and Surealism during this period.

The expected artists are there: O'Keefe, Burchfeld, Hopper, and Wyeth, among others. The three most striking works, for me:

A) Man Ray (The surrealist, not the Spongebob villian): Pool Table
This painting is a pool table tilted upward into a sky filled with candy colored clouds over a desert landscape.

The angle of the perspective left me feeling a little unbalanced and the skyscape combined with the desert added to the feeling of discomfort.

B) Joe Jones' The Farm
The farmhouse stands in the distance on top of a bluff overlooking a barren canyon. It projected a feeling of isolation and despair. This one felt like a comment on the Depression and the Dust Bowl.

c) Kay Page's painting whose title I did not write down.
This painting is a bleak urban landscape: all the buildings are shades of grey, with tired banners and flags on them. They stretch into the distance. No one is on the street and there looks to be no way to escape the place.

2) From here, I went to David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy
This was intresting. Smith was primarily a sculptor who worked in metal and most of his works are abstract impressionistic. The unpainted sculptures struck me as most interesting, mostly because of how the light bounced off of them.

There are exceptions to that. One sculpture, which was a highly stylized dancer, was enameled in blue. It was striking. The sculptures whose paint was uneven or scrubbed off in some places also worked because it added a feel of age to them.

I am critical of Abstract Impressionism frequently because it can look like something I did in the third grade. On the whole, I think it works better as sculpture than as painting because, with scultpure, you can see so many different perspectives.

I have to thank the Whitney (and, to a lesser extent, the Noguchi and The Museum of Art and Design) for opening my eyes to 20th Century art.

3) The last thing I saw at the Whitney was Aleksandra Mir: The Seduction of Galileo Galilei.
It consisted of a series of six painting that mixed Catholic iconography and technological themes. A movie of Ms. Mir recreating Galileo';s experiments with gravity was also included.

The movie? Dull. It was a bunch of people talking about moving a crane.

The paintings? One was successful: the Sacred of Jesus, but instead of the Sacred Heart and Jesus' chest, she painted an image of a galaxy. The interplay there was nice. The rest of them were iffy.

Since it;s only six blocks away, I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, next. but I'll write about that visit later.
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These are NOT part of the States Project.

1) Pittsburgh is now its own state.
2) Philadelphia is now somewhere in the midwest... as are Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester.
3) The part of the United states that contains Boston and Maine? It's now called Eastern England. Or Northern England.
4) "Standard American English is based on the Midlands dialect which is spoken in the Midwest, in places like South Carolina."
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I decided to go to King Manor House and Museum today.

This requires taking two trains: the 7 and then the E train.

During the Fall, traveling on the subway system is always tricky because the Tranist Authority does a lot of work before Winter sets in.

Or because they plan poorly. Whichever.

Anyway... I get on the 7 train -- which has some sort of thing going on this weekend, though I;m not sure what.

It's always a good bet that the 7 train isn't running normally on the weekend. I think the "7" stands for the number of wekends per year when it runs normally.

Still, I'm only on the 7 for two stops, so no problem for me. Then, at Roosevelt Ave, I go down to the Queens-bound platform for the E train. Within five minutes of my arrival, every other train that stops at that platform has been by multiple times.

No E train.

Ten minutes later? Still no E. I can see the Manhattan bound platform. At least three E trains have gone by going towards Manhattan, but none the other way.

Another ten minutes. Still no E. The platform is also getting exceptionally crowded.

Fifteen minutes later? Still no E. No announcement about why there is no Queens bound E trains. Nothing.

Fed up, I go back to the 7 platform and go home.

Looking up the King manor site, i see that I can take the F train, many of which blew by, to get there. Maybe I'll try tomorrow.
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I'm not going anywhere today, as I am still slightly under the weather.

But... things I've noticed.

One you join a museum or seven, you start to receive mail from other places/organizations/institutions who want you to join.

In the past two weeks, i have received flyers in the mail from the following:

The Jewish Museum
The Museum of American Finance
The Museum of Modern Art -- MoMA has sent me FOUR flyers. They REALLY want me, apparently.
The Smithsonian (odd, as i am already a member)
The NRA (twice)

One of these things is not like the other!

I just.. the NRA? I'm all for the 2nd amendment, though i don't own any firearms. I do know how to use them, though.

It just strikes me as odd.
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As I walked into the Temple of Hathepsut gallery, I saw a tour group coming in through another gallery. I was listening to their tour guide, and it was a group of Evangelical Christians.

They were discussing Joseph and the Exodus and Moses.

I had flashbacks. Last year, while going through the Ancient Near East collection, well... this happened.

All I could think was, "Oh dear Lord, is there going to be a 'Let's brainstorm for the Q&A with Moses?'"

I didn't think I could handle that. On the other hand, THIS time, i had my iPod with me. So I jacked up the volume and grooved to Soft Cell's Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go and then Beethoven's 9th Symphony. (I switched over to classical because I thought it was appropriate considering where I was.

They didn't spend a lot of time in the Temple of Hathepsut Gallery, which I guess makes sense, considering that her reign doesn't figure prominently in Jewish tradition. (At least that I'm aware of.)
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I was in the Temple of Hathepsut gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art today.

Here was one thing I was thinking:

You know, Ramesses gets stuff named after him, like the Ramesseum. That just SOUNDS neat. But you couldn't really do that with Hathepsut's name. The only way it would work is if it were the Hathepsuteria.

That would just be confusing. People would look at that and think, "Wait, she was a kick-ass Egyptian pharoah AND a restauranteur? Where did she find the time?" I guess the somewhat dull "Temple of Hathespsut" it is.

A photo!

Sep. 19th, 2011 01:33 pm
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From the Modern Art section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Behold Becca!

Click for fun! )

More art

Jun. 30th, 2011 11:15 am
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Look, work is slow and boring today.

Another piece of jewelry from the ceramics exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design




This is a necklace made out of dirt and knotted rope. Because that's a good way to show your love. "I love you so much that I got you a DIRT NECKLACE."

My inner Catholic may be talking right now, but this sounds too much like a scapular to me. Only secular. A secular scarpula. Say that five times fast.
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Some of you have already seen this, but it needs to seen by all:

From the Museum of Art and Design



This particular artist is inspired by the human body, so, yes, this is an Ass Pendant. Ass Pendant? Butt Brooch? I think Butt Brooch works better. Alliteration and all that.

Where, exactly, would one wear such a thing? "Honey, I'm running late for the wedding, where did I put my butt brooch?"

"It's my first day at work, and I want to impress the bosses, so I pulled out the butt brooch."
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1. Sovereignty of another state or two states may merge into an entirely new body.
2. Subsequent investigation casts doubt on the ability of the hunt to regulate themselves.
3. Invariable practice is not to reveal his sources.
4. Dichotomy is possible to be truly moral only in a world which has overcome these dichotomies.
5. The young people of today are indigenous towards today’s veterans.
6. Unknowingly, we try to invariably want to change our spouse after marriage.
7. The angry crowd venerated in frustration.
8. The teacher differentiated the children’s test.
9. It is impossible to invariable the Bible.
10. Many guys aren’t afraid to show gamut.
11. At the candy store they had a coherent mass of sticky candies.
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My brother... is a total fucking jackass.
I don't even... )

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