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By TheophileEscargot (Sat Jul 08, 2006 at 01:27:36 AM EST) ODGF, Reading, MLP, Ireland, Art (all tags)
ODGF. Meta. Reading: "Art History: A Critical Introduction to Its Methods". Web.


Operation Don't Get Fatter
Not fatter.

Consuming slightly more calories, though trying not to overdo it. Have had cheese once or twice almost every day; occasional butter on rice, potatoes and bread. Keeping exactly to the 28 units per week alcohol limit.

So tempting to just start scoffing again though.

Got in the habit of Saturday posting back in Operation Become Less Fat since that's my weigh day. Seems a bit pointless now.

What I'm Reading
Finished Art History: A Critical Introduction to Its Methods. College-level textbook, bit dry but quite informative, pretty short at about 250 pages.

It's very theoretical: has almost no information on techniques of dating or attributions. On form, it does mention Wolfflin's five oppositions, which I found interesting:

  1. Linear versus Painterly (strong outlines versus blurry mistiness)
  2. Plane versus Recession (is the composition in the x-y plane of the painting, or do things point at other things deeper in the z-axis)
  3. Closed versus Open (Tricky to describe. Is everything confined in a virtual box? Does the composition reflect the shape of the painting? Is the viewpoint firmly fixed in relation to the painting?)
  4. Multiplicity versus Unity (Not just how many different things there are, more like whether the shapes considered together make a strong form or not)
  5. Absolute versus Relative Clarity (Do the textures and shadings realistically depict the subject; or produce interesting atmospheres or shimmers)
(Attention Photo of the Day Infidels: I'll be impressed if you can produce a recessional composition that works in a couple of axes. Maybe there should be a Photography Fun Challenge: best still life, building, portrait, sunset or something. Unfortunately I know nothing about photography.)

But that's the exception. Mostly it deals with the various theoretical schools of art history, where art history means explaining why art evolved the way it did, rather than just describing what happened. Chapters go through Hegel, Connoisseurship, Formalism, Iconography-iconology, Marxism, Feminism, Psychoanalysis, Semiotics and Postcolonialism. Got the impression the authors were bored stupid up till Marxism and beyond. Can understand why, because the grandiose theories of the Absolute Idea and the Kunstwollen (artistic will to form) do appear to be essentially bollocks; whereas the less ambitious descriptions of passive female forms, patronized primitives and class tensions seem pretty accurate.

Overall, I found it an interesting and lucid introduction to a new field. Don't think anyone else I know would find it worth bothering with though.

Helpful advice on Wikitravel:

Respect is very important in everyday life. Even if you pass someone on the street only very closely, without actually touching the other person, it is common that both apologize for the inconvenience that might have been caused. The same happens in a supermarket or any other shop. You should also respect queues.
I can see this is going to be a struggle for a Londoner.

Fat wonderwoman drawings.

Female gamers can use a voice changer to impersonate men

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Can it be used by a man to impersonate a woman? by Farmgirl (4.00 / 2) #1 Sat Jul 08, 2006 at 03:41:03 AM EST
Not that I'd know anything about that.

I can't be bothered to change this sig.
It claims by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Jul 08, 2006 at 04:43:57 AM EST
To be configurable, and to be able to change the frequency, so I suppose so. But why would anyone want to do that...
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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Marxism in the arts by lm (4.00 / 2) #3 Sat Jul 08, 2006 at 05:08:22 AM EST
I have a friend from Bulgaria whose parents scrimped and saved to send her to the US so that she could have a college education that wasn't centered around everything Marxist. She majored in music theory and soon discovered that Marxism was the foundation of the majority of her class work.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
bastards, they're everywhere by nathan (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat Jul 08, 2006 at 01:21:01 PM EST
Adorno: most overrated philosopher of all time? Yes, or Hell Yes?

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eastern block education by martingale (2.00 / 0) #6 Sat Jul 08, 2006 at 03:24:23 PM EST
was wickedly strong. None of that touchy feely crap the anglosphere seems to like.
$E(X_t|F_s) = X_s,\quad t > s$
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the prof smiled and said by nathan (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 01:35:06 AM EST
"Zis clahss, ve not be usink diet texbooks."

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Irish manners. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #4 Sat Jul 08, 2006 at 10:11:53 AM EST
I merely refer the poster to the 2nd paragraph in the body of this diary.

I think it'll take a while before wikitravel's anything close to up to the standard of a Rough Guide or Lonely Planet.

wikitravel by Merekat (4.00 / 2) #7 Sun Jul 09, 2006 at 11:49:45 PM EST
ROTFL! The triple bruise where some stupid bint opened her car door on my arm and then looked at me as if I should apologise for touching her car has just about faded. Dublin is a city. City rules apply.

Probably the only eccentricity of politeness is saying 'thanks' or 'cheers' to bus drivers at the end of your journey.

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