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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 09:22:38 AM EST) Museums, Watching, MLP (all tags)
Watching, Museums, Web.


= What I'm Watching
Saw The Train That Wouldn't Slow DownUnstoppable at the cinema. Good movie, fast-moving and pretty tense; though the plot is tied to predictable rails.

Museums
They've got a few things on at the V&A, though annoyingly they're not offering a combined ticket so you have to pay full price.

The best one is only £5: Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography. Various artists who work from directly exposing film. There are lovely silhouettes of human beings, fast exposures of water and ice in lakes, and near-abstract patterns of light. Great reminder that art can still be beautiful.

There's a huge exhibition on Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes with costumes, set designs, backdrops and memorabilia from the legendary ballet company. Includes some work by Picasso. There was a bit of hype a while back over Picasso's biggest painting going on show there, but it's actually an enlarged version of another painting; and isn't very effectively displayed, dominating a small triangular room. Probably best appreciated by ballet fans, but there's enough cool stuff there to be appreciate even if you can't stand it. £10.

Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City is what is says: intricately-patterned and uncomfortable-looking robes. They all seem to have much the same shape: it all seems to have been about the pattern. Also some precarious wooden shoes elevated by a wooden block in the centre. £5.

Small but free: upstairs in Architecture they have "Underground Journeys: Charles Holden’s designs for London Transport" with plans, sketches and a model of the famous designer who created the look of the Tube. Interesting to see original designs for stations I see every day.

Me
Finished work for the year. Flying to Venice for a few days from Tuesday. Weather forecast for Friday is "light snow" which could be interesting. Then back to London for a couple of days, then Xmas with the parents. Still not reading much.

Web
History. How to do stuff from history. Nice illustrated version of the ancient philosophical allegory Tablet of Cebes translated by a "brilliant but eccentric scholar".

Politics. Are the American people obsolete?

Video. Bedroom, window on ISS. 1908 Dunkirk tram view.

Pics. Complete 1985 Argos catalogue. Old cruise ships. SF childrens books.

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Argos catalogue by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 09:36:11 AM EST
<Skips straight to toys and tech>

Bloody expensive back then, wasn't it? I suppose it's balanced out by the cost of accomodation nowadsys

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It's political correctness gone mad!

Yep by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 09:39:34 AM EST
Thanks to China! I think people forget how expensive consumer goods used to be before they got into manufacturing.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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Maybe the answer by Herring (4.00 / 3) #3 Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 09:48:13 AM EST
is to get them to build houses.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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But the Somali Pirates .... by Tonatiuh (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 11:52:42 AM EST
Will intercept them in route.

But thinking about it, maybe there is no better deterrent against piracy than to force the pirates to live in a modern British house.

They will not have enough space to fling around their AK47s in any a room  ....

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I am not ready by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 01:37:31 PM EST
for things from 1985 to be "vintage." The How To History link is interesting, thanks.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

According to the Alameda Antiques Fair, by fluffy (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 11:58:13 PM EST
1990 is fair game. 
busy bees buzz | sockpuppet revolution
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if you'e ever in the States. by dev trash (4.00 / 1) #6 Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 09:41:29 PM EST
I'll take you on a tour of the places in PA Unstoppable was filmed.

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American People by jimgon (4.00 / 1) #7 Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 10:30:17 AM EST
Not sure if the people are obsolete or if the country is obsolete.  I'm inclined to believe that the US of A has served it's purpose.   The democratic experiment is over and we can now return to the government that we lived under the the 99.9% of recorded history. 




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