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By TheophileEscargot (Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 01:07:39 AM EST) Reading, Watching, MLP, Museums, Theatre (all tags)
Reading: "Interiorae", "The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club". Watching: "The Iron Lady". Theatre: "The Universal Machine". Museums. Links.

What I'm Reading
Finished a comic, Interiorae by Gabriella Giandelli. Atmospheric comic about different people in a Milan apartment block, linked by a mysterious invisible rabbit that monitors their lives and dreams.

Well-drawn, with some interesting stories.

I noticed it seemed very similar to another comic I read lately The House That Groaned which had a very similar set-up, and much the same ending but Interiorae seems to be the older (2005 against 2012).

Pretty good, but not unmissable.

What I'm Reading 2
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, by Dorothy Sayers, another Lord Peter Wimsey mystery. My wife's very into these, read it aloud to her. OK on the whole, pretty dated but the mystery is effectively constructed. Preferred this one to "The Nine Tailors" as this time, while I didn't guess whodunnit of course, at least I felt I had a fair shot. (The other one was incredibly convoluted).

Saw the Barocci: Brilliance and Grace exhibition at the National Gallery. Barocci was a relatively little-known Renaissance painter, whos's traditionally held well below Turtle status.

This exhibition shows him to have a great mastery of colour and form, with some strikingly beautiful pictures here. The only weakness is perhaps that all his faces seem to have similarly delicate features.

His most famous picture, or at least the only one I recognised, was here: Aeneas carrying Anchises away from burning Troy. I like this painting a lot, though the subject is one that means a lot to me.

There are also some fascinating sketches here, in particular the delicately coloured chalk. There's also one showing several stages in how a male model was turned into the Virgin Mary, by widening the hips, adding breasts, and of course removing the penis. That's interesting to see as it was very common practice in Renaissance art, which is why a lot of the beautiful ladies have broad frames and what look like bizarrely botched boob jobs.

Overall, great exhibition, well worth seeing. Was surprisingly quiet despite rave reviews. Review, review.

Saw The Universal Machine at the New Diorama Theatre, a Small venue with about 80 seats. It's a musical which is a biography of Alan Turing. I'm not that into musicals but this seemed pretty good as they go, effectively narrating the tragedies and triumphs of his life.

We saw the very first night's preview. Girl B tells me the music was good.quality. Apparently one of the singers was off-key but you can't expect perfection in a preview: I was quite impressed how the small cast managed.

Overall, pretty entertaining, worth a look.

Was wondering what kind of audience a musical about a gay protagonist would attract, but it seemed to be mostly straight couples.

Saw The Iron Lady on DVD. Odd that it turned up soon after her death, it was one of over 40 "medium" priorities on the Lovefilm list, would have expected one of her fans to have it as "high".

Fairly decent biopic. It's framed around her falling into dementia, experiencing hallucinations as she remembers her path.

As is fairly inevitable for a biopic, depicts her sympathetically, with only a couple of hints that she's not universally admired. It's fairly slanted to the American market too, so it has fairly elementary explanations of the politics of the era. Americans tend to regard Thatcher as primarily a symbol of Female Empowerment, which seems strange to UKians who grew up during her 11-year term and took the concept of a female Prime Minister for granted.

Fairly amusing to see various actors impersonating politicians of the period. The dementia content is sad, as always.

Socioeconomics. Goldenfreude. Very hard to get a job if you've been out of work over 6 months. A sombre reality check for the UK jobs market. Low pay begins to do more harm than good. Little gain from European austerity. IF urges UK to rethink austerity.

Politics. London 2012 Election Cartograms. EDL go to Brighton, mistake Brighton Pavilion for mosque. "Politicians...don’t go for evidence-based policy. What they go for is evidence-basted policy". Parliament doing well. "Shares for Rights" plan revived, rejected second time by Lords.

Sci/Tech. Measles outbreak sees 'missing generation' queuing for MMR jab. Sci-fi interfaces.

Random. Review of 1971 novel "The Feminists" . Fewer long articles at Wall Street Post. Businessman found guilty of selling fake bomb detectors to Iraq How to wrap up extension cords. "Bug" as problem dates to 1889. New mini-Arabian-Nights stories discovered. Comparing 1911 with modern Boy Scout book and badges. Telegraph grammar quiz (I got 75%, wife got 100%).

Video. Girl skips. "Law and Order" fake websites, more fake websites.

Pics. Bad Romance covers.

Articles. Walking and walking sticks. One Hyde Park. The Undivided Past. How parenting advice has changed. The business of Phish. Strom Thurmond's America.

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Austerity by jimgon (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 06:49:40 AM EST
Results are predictable.  Ireland is a special case with the pharma industry, but still predictable. Eventually the deflation that's been allowed to take hold will work to turn around those economies, but I couldn't guess how much suffering will have to be withstood to get there.  Economics 101.

Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
Pharma? by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:32:27 PM EST
Theres not that much of thhat in Ireland apart from Pfizer.

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Which is a high export by jimgon (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 07:37:28 PM EST
The last I paid attention was around 2011, but pharma was a large export and a hefty contributor to GDP. 

Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
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Pharma hiatus by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 02:33:21 AM EST
Lots of patents running out in that window apparently and a bit of an unbridged r&d gap to fill.

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On links: by wumpus (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:47:01 AM EST
On WSJ article length:
All they had to do was point out that Murdoch bought the WSJ in 2007. The graph then explains itself. The only question left is if the Atlantic itself has strict requirements to add filler to articles that would otherwise be to short.

I had my fathers old scout handbook when I was a scout. Didn't quite study it that way. Some known differences: 1950s bird study required for Eagle, no longer by 1980s
1911 "ditch a tent???" (don't try this at major campgrounds. The effect of all those trenching tools will resemble 1917 France): 1980s leave only footprints.
1911 Invention: patent something - 1980s Only lawyer's sons can get that merit badge???
1911 Pioneering: still pioneering, 1980s built signal tower for jamboree(ish event). Cheated by including steel spikes holding it together (gods help the troop who let the snowflakes be seen in a tower held together by rope).
1911 Citizenship in the Nation required for Eagle, 1980s Citizenship in the community, nation, and world three separate badges required for Eagle (community required effort, nation required knowing stuff required to graduate Maryland high schools (starting my year), world required thinking worldly thoughts...)
1911 Detailed description of chivalry included with detailed instructions for modern use. 1980s Chivalry section includes description of oaths and knighthood ceremony. Oath of a young man in Athens probably got more ink (possibly a preference of democracy over feudalism).
1911 Cooking: cook stuff, 1980s: cook stuff (there may have been a section on diseases. Scouts liked these and worked them into campfire stories. Nothing like comparing food preparation under camping mishaps with conditions needed for the disasters you learn about.)

Bad covers: When your clip art comes pre-masked to slap a bunch of stuff with minimal photoshoping work. Also the title "NYtimes & USA today bestselling author" can be had (per week) for about $50k to the right people (not including cost to buy books, which might be another ~$50k).


I'm really tired. by me0w (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:17:20 AM EST
I read 'Barocci: Brilliance' too fast and came up with Broccoli. I sat here for a good minute or two wondering why you would go to the museum to see an exhibit on broccoli. I should read much more carefully.

But if you do go see an exhibit on broccoli, let me know.

There's a jade cabbage by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #4 Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:35:56 AM EST

... At the Taipei Palace Museum.

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That's funny to me. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:08:30 PM EST
I saw her as a symbol of "Hey, let's taunt the Russian Bear."

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