July 30, 2010

Clippings: July 24 to 30

+ Above: a fresco from the 8th century was discovered during a restoration project in the Dominican convent, Santa Sabina.  This is really cool.  And the best video I've seen all week. (Rome Reports via The Dominican Daily)

+ As long as we're talking about Italy: an English engineer discovers the secret to the leaning tower of Pisa. (via First Things)

+ So, I have seen Toy Story 3 and Inception in the last 2 weeks, and I have to tell you: the previews were TERRIBLE.  Totally uninteresting, and usually giving away the entire story of the film, and utterly predictable.  Is it any wonder that the Wall Street Journal is calling 2010 "worst movie year ever"? 

+ Canadian Anglicans request RC Ordinariate.  I am still as thrilled about this as I was, nearly a year ago, when the announcement was made.  But with every piece of good news, there's a corresponding piece of bad news.  Like "communion" over Twitter. (CNA and The Australian)
+ I know how Susie Boydt feels.  When I saw the recent BBC adaptation of Emma, I became obsessed with the fabulous pink couch in Emma's drawing room.  I will have that couch.  Someday. (Financial Times)

+ NY Times column, "The Curious Cook" has a fascinating piece about (horror of horrors?!) adding water to coffee, cocktails, and even wine to change/enhance the flavor.
+ A book about the building of the greatest and most beautiful bridge in the entire world.  I clearly need to read this.  (The New Republic)  (By the way...how is it that I have published over 800 posts, and I don't have a single good image of the Golden Gate Bridge.  I solve this problem, below, a lot...I couldn't resist.)

+ In the "size" issue of fashion-conscious V Magazine there was a story with plus-size models wearing body-suits and posing provacatively.  The blogsphere reaction created a war about "plus size beauty" which is revisited by the NYT's T Magazine in a recent issue:
If defenders saw in these photographs a less-restrictive imagining of the female form, detractors perceived further instances of fetishistic extremism. “This is not a positive look at larger women in fashion but a freak show,”one Internet poster wrote of the V shoot. Another pointed out that glorifying the other end of the weight spectrum did nothing to change fashion’s essentially unhealthful message: “We are taunted daily by skeletal fashion models. . . . However, I defy any of you to idolize these women. Nobody wants to be this fat!”
[Yet]...“There is not a deep range of styles in stores devoted to plus-size,” David Lockwood, Mintel’s director of research, told me. “They’ll pick up on a single trend, it will dominate the floor space and that will be that.” The plus-size business is often regarded as tertiary, “a stepchild,” Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at the NPD Group, a market-research firm, says. “Retailers don’t nurture the business, and the investment on the part of retailers is great” — floor space, potentially bigger dressing rooms, sales associates sensitive to customers’ particular needs — “so it leaves few players in the end.”

+ Another great article in today's WSJ about the "magic formula" of the cable network USA--their sunny disposition is more than just escapism:
Four and a half million Americans tuned in earlier this month to watch the second-season premiere of USA network's series, "White Collar"—a high number by any cable-channel's standards. The tale of an ex-con, forger and thief extraordinaire who partners with the FBI to solve white-collar crime, the series seems to have it all—big money, high society and dangerous villains. But the show is missing two ingredients seemingly inherent to modern television: sex and violence.

You might also notice that absence in the rest of USA's summer lineup. From "Royal Pains," about a concierge doctor treating Hampton's aristocracy on the fly, to "Psych," about a police detective masquerading as a psychic, USA's shows could easily feature carnality and carnage of one kind or another. But they don't. Even "Burn Notice" (about an ex-CIA agent) and the new "Covert Affairs" (about a budding agent) keep the gore and gunshots to a minimum.
(Personally, I love USA, and kep up to date on Psych and Burn Notice on Hulu.  Psych especially.  It is fun, and light, and silly--good escapism.  But it is also about loyalty, work, and friendship.  And that's pretty awesome too.  Burn Notice, I just watch for Jeffrey Donovan's suits.)

Also, quick announcement about next week:  I am declaring it Ten Thousand Places' First Ever WEDDING WEEK.  The content may not be exclusively wedding related, but, with so many friends getting married in the next few months, weddings are very much on my brain.  I hope you'll tune in.  We'll be covering awesome wedding gifts, the way to be the perfect wedding guest, perhaps some fashion, and some paper crafts/DIY decorations which could be incorporated into any party.  Oh, and Miss Manners.  And the peach jam, which, as some of you know, I created as favors for two weddings. I hope you enjoy it all. (And send along any things you'd like covered.) See you then.

I would give my right arm for this view. via

Driving the Marin headlands to SF. via
From Baker Beach. via
my favorite view of the bridge, with the billowing fog. via

1 comment:

  1. Glad to see that you and Susie Boyt are getting on well, and that the wedding is making a splash in the blogosphere.