Daily Archives: December 26, 2010

Open Sesame

Philip Glass for Sesame Street:  Geometry of Circles


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Brocken Spectre


A rare optic sight, the “Brocken spectre,” which occurs when a person stands at a higher altitude in the mountains and sees his shadow cast on a cloud at a lower altitude, was observed in the Tatra Mountains in Zakopane, Poland, Thursday.



Ugo Rondinone

The condition of being nude is as much an emotional as a physical state of being, and while there is a difference between nude and naked, the distinctions collapsed in my mind as I saw that man sleeping in the streets. The scene — and Rondinone’s sculptures — represented to me the condition of being human and exposed to the world.

via Hrag Vartanian | Hyperallergic

Ugo Rondinone’s Nude was on display at Gladstone Gallery from November 6 to December 23, 2010.

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Der Fotograf, 1931


Der Fotograf [The Photographer], 1931

Willi Ruge (German, 1882–1961)

Gelatin silver print

Ruge, a photojournalist who specialized in images of aircraft, took this photograph during a seven-minute parachute jump from an airplane over Berlin. Although his friends tried to dissuade him, Ruge risked his life to produce this vertiginous view, which was published in theBerliner Illustrirte Zeitung

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Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse Time Lapse

When was the last time the lunar eclipse and winter solstice coincided? The U.S. Naval Observatory says 1638; Starhawk, a prominent Wiccan, puts it at 1544. Needless to say, these coinciding events are a rarity. So, in case you missed it, we have a nice time lapse video shot by William Castleman in Gainesville, Florida. Castelman also produced this fine gem: The Milky Way Over Texas.

via @6oz and Open Culture


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