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By TheophileEscargot (Sun Sep 28, 2008 at 09:05:46 PM EST) Reading, Museums, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "Fleshmarket Close." Museums. Web.

What I'm Reading
Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin. The fifteenth Inspector Rebus novel has an illegal immigrant murdered on a deprived estate, leading Rebus into the murky world of Scottish race relations.

Another good one, with plenty of twists and turns. Found the normally cynical Rebus a bit too bleeding-heart though.

Saw the Francis Bacon exhibition at Tate Britain. Pretty good: large exhibition, has a lot of stuff that I hadn't already seen. Might seem a bit of a swiz that they've moved the screaming pope and figures for the base of a crucifixion to a paid exhibition though. Found some of the sketches and references interesting: he has lots of studies of figures, and repeated images of a dog running; he obviously put a lot of work into getting those tortured postures right.

Fairly crowded, though you could still get good sightlines on things. Fairly high child count too. I really don't get why parents want to bring very small children to these things. How does it go? "Hey kids, how would you like to see screams of existential despair, obscenely contorted body parts, and anguished figures expressing the idea that life is just a brute animal struggle against inevitable death?" "Yay, daddy, yes please!"

Studies for figures at the base of a crucifixion

Also saw the Martin Creed Work No. 850, where people sprint through the gallery every thirty seconds. Was fully prepared to hate it as just another knock-off of R. Mutt's great stunt. Fine in its day, but after 91 years of increasingly derivative artists going "hey, bet you didn't expect to see this in an art gallery", we pretty much do.

However it is fun to watch. The runners seem slightly embarrassed but intently serious. But most of the tourists are entirely oblivious as the runners dodge around them. One family spent about ten minutes painstakingly swapping cameras to get pictures of each other across the main gallery; seemingly paying no attention at all to the Art repeatedly panting its way between them.

Cameraphone wasn't really up to the job though. Switched off the flash as I thought it'd be annoying for them. Still, let's hear it for the Vague Blur:

Tate Runner 1

Tate Runner 2

XKCD logarithmic height graph.

If conservatives are cowards, are liberals psychopaths?

10 things never seen in a webcam dance video (NSFW!)

Bailout: Draft. Analysis. Naked Capitalism on conference call

Waiting a couple of weeks because no one has any idea when or where the next bomb will blow up. In other words, all their doomsday scenarios about Black Monday were B.S. They screamed the check had to be written by Monday, but now they're saying they actually have a few weeks before they need to cash it.
Update [2008-9-29 2:55:28 by TheophileEscargot]: Added "Analysis" link. Wish I could gloat a bit more over this. But if it gets passed on the basis of "economists think it's shit, voters think it's shit, bankers think it's great, so bankers win", it's only a matter of time till Brown and Darling try something equally daft.

Supplementary madness. Publisher firebombed. Casio F-91W watch is evidence of terrorism (MeFi).

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Small children benefit from seeing everything by Dr H0ffm4n (4.00 / 3) #1 Sun Sep 28, 2008 at 10:54:03 PM EST

Except their parents fucking [n/t] by Herring (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Sep 29, 2008 at 10:34:46 AM EST

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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Tell that to Ron Jeremy's kids by Dr H0ffm4n (2.00 / 0) #9 Mon Sep 29, 2008 at 11:02:03 AM EST

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Since he gave up teaching by Herring (4.00 / 2) #10 Mon Sep 29, 2008 at 11:45:06 AM EST
(special needs IIRC) he has no kids. After all, he never comes inside anyone, particularly not in their vagina. I think there's a lesson for us all there.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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children & art by Merekat (4.00 / 2) #2 Sun Sep 28, 2008 at 11:26:49 PM EST
I never minded galleries and museums when I was a kid. It is better that the places be crowded with families than empty but for a few pretentious wankers anyway:)

Bacon by nebbish (4.00 / 4) #3 Mon Sep 29, 2008 at 12:43:34 AM EST
They're paintings of monsters FFS! Of course kids are going to like them!

Looking forward to going myself, with the Rothko exhibition on as well I'm joining the Tate, finally.

It's political correctness gone mad!

They're not mostly monsters by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Sep 29, 2008 at 08:11:50 AM EST
Just contorted human figures for the most part...
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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i hope they make posters by gzt (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Sep 29, 2008 at 03:23:58 AM EST
of that xkcd comic, i think that's pretty rad

LOLREADINGCOMPREHENSION by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Sep 29, 2008 at 04:27:47 AM EST

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

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Did you notice by Scrymarch (4.00 / 2) #6 Mon Sep 29, 2008 at 05:54:13 AM EST
That bailout analysis is by Henry Blodget, dot com survivor, indicted for fraud after he was rating Strong Buy and sending internal emails saying they were shit ... Poacher turned spectator I guess.

The Political Science Department of the University of Woolloomooloo

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