Saturday, August 2, 2014
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Saturday, June 28, 2014
First the French taxed real estate based on the number of rooms but attic rooms were not counted. Builders started making Mansard roofs to create more untaxed rooms. The French government (Parisian?) then started taxing the rooms behind Mansard roofs. Eventually the builders responded by making Faux-Mansard roofs; for people liked the look of Mansards but it was cheaper to make boxy buildings with a fake slant of roof atop.
In the same way, at one time the French levied real estate based on closets. The people responded with armoires.
I assume all this is true. My old boss and real estate appraiser, James Mason, told me these facts.
I like the way LARGE words were sometimes painted on French buildings of Atget's time.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
Museums collect not only works but they collect collectors. Thomas Campbell, director of the Met, said that 85% of their art works come from collectors and only 15% from museum purchases. Last year one generous collector gave the Met about 87 pieces of cubist art worth over one billion, count 'em, dollars.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The Japanese flag is a red circle on white. Simple and elegant. It is reflects the Japanese red crowned crane, (see below), which is mostly white with that same red accent. It has been described as the perfect flag.
But if you followed the hearts of the Japanese people, their flag would have a spring-green circle instead. The Japanese are simply obsessed with this color.
Above image from nejohnston.org
Monday, June 2, 2014
Souff appears to flatten as it wanes.
Chesh, Chekar and Parchizi are three moons revolving around each other without a central planet.
Doont* has frequent partial eclipses. The people living on the planet around which it revolves cannot yet explain why it happens. And this phenomenon was the source of some interesting mythologies among their various ancient cultures.
I once had a very technical book on the interior elemental makeup of our planets. I couldn't and can't imagine how scientists figured out, say, the iron percentage of Saturn's core. I loved the book but it was not so useful to me and now I am sad I got rid of it one day when I needed space. That was many years ago. This imaginary book of alternative satellite phases was made to comfort me in that nostalgia.
*Doont is pronounced "sand dune" + "don't"
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
Simple coffee table.
Elaborate coffee table.
Top view of elaborate coffee table. It looks like a Torah scroll.
Kohelet scroll mirror. "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity," Solomon's writing begins.