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Thursday, 23 December 2010

Definition of the best Christmas eve eve ever.

"Eh thanks a lot, king," says I in a manner well-bread, "but all I want is 'enry 'iggins 'ead."

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

noël arrive.

Did you even have any idea the Santa Houses in malls around the USA make about $2,255,750,000 taking pictures?
Do you agree that this ia amazing? I believe Hannah and I will join their ranks this year, as mom has asked ONLY for a picture of us with santa. 


and here's a list of Christmas things you are dying, dying to know. 

adorable: The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor.

for anyone who wants to take a more critical look at christmas: There is no reference to angels singing anywhere in the Bible.
JESUS was probably born in a cave and not a wooden stable, say Biblical scholars. (although that is adorable, it's like Jesus was a baby bear.)

if you need a reason all wars are bad, take this one to your war-loving relatives: IN 1647, after the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell banned festivities. The law wasn't lifted until 1660. (clearly wars always cause an end to anything having legs)

and if you want to be a christmas-chub:  MANY parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C.

if you just like to laugh: ASTRONOMERS believe the Star Of Bethlehem, which guided the wisemen to Jesus, may have been a comet or the planet Uranus.

if you want to hate America: UPSIDE-down artificial Xmas trees are sold to allow more gifts to be piled under.

welcome to the season. :

Friday, 10 December 2010

Agent P

What a brilliant idea.Color drawing of Perry the Platypus, standing upright, wearing a hat A b-plot in a kids show that features a secret agent platypus. (stuck in his epic battle with arch-nemesis Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz.)
Basically Perry is the kind of the all animal espionage organization (OWCA, or Organization Without A Cool Acronym.)
I delight in this idea so much. So trippy.
Adorable nemesis song.

one of the coolest things produced by facebook...

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Napoleon at his best.

Think of your favorite Jacques-Louis David painting...

Are you thinking of a turban-ed, eczema ridden dead guy just chillin out in the bath tub?

Not me. Check this out.

Just look at those gams!

And holy crap, he certainly seems to be storing a lot of stuff in those pants...

Love this painting....oh and all the néo-classissisme drama that goes with it? Love that too.

Of course, Napoleon is here depicted as a Roman emperor (can't you tell by the hair?)

Oh, and look how tirelessly he is working for the's 3h20 on the clock, and see how low his candle is? Another sleepless night spent working, working away.

My personal favorite speculations about this painting are those about the wrinkely-ness of the rug. Yeah, this is a real thing. Scholars suggest that the rug has attained this level of wrinkely-ness because he just jumped up to have this 20ft portrait painted of the middle of the night.

I humbly suggest this alternative: Napoleon liked to watch other people trip.

There is often much confusion about who this painter, Jacques-Louis David is.

Is he this man?

No, no he is not. this is Ingres.


Autoportrait (1794) — Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.


In case you ever become confused, you might want to perform this test I taught my students. "The man who painted this... does he look homeless?" 
Probably David.