• A bit of this, a bit of that

    Keats’ unweaving – from Lamia … There was an awful rainbow once in heaven: We know her woof, her texture; she is given In the dull catalogue of common things. Philosophy will clip an Angel’s wings, Conquer all mysteries by rule and line, Empty the haunted air, and gnomed mine — Unweave a rainbow… Marina Abramovic and Ulay at the MoMA (The Artist is Present – 2010) Lost in translation: Molecular basis of reduced flower coloration

  • Links 2022-10-06

    The artist, Kim Jung Gi (김정기) has died. Here he is, drawing in front of a live audience. Svante Pääbo has won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. Review paper by Johannes Krause and Pääbo. New biography of Anthony Bourdain. Lion Feuchtwanger’s “The Oppermanns” newly reissued.

  • Links and Thinks 2021-12-13

    1) Dan Graur searches for the origin of the term “junk DNA.” We remember Charles Darwin, not because he discovered natural selection (and sexual selection) or because he was the first to propose that adaptive evolution is due to selection. Others, e.g., William Charles Wells, Patrick Matthew, James Cowles Prichard, William Lawrence, and John Sebright, may (or may not) have recognized evolution by natural selection long before him. It was Darwin, however, who staked his reputation on what was considered at the time a grave heresy. It is, of course, interesting that Hunt, Brenner, De Haller,

  • Korean Boatman

    Korean boatman (photograph circa 1904). Willard Dickerman Straight papers, #1260. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library From: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library

  • Marianne Stokes (1855-1927)

    A Capri witch More here from Randy Byers. When I was poking around looking at Symbolist painters recently, I came across Marianne Stokes’ meditative portrait of Melisande (from the Maeterlinck play Pelleas and Melisande, which Debussy adapted into an opera). Stokes was not herself a Symbolist, and the Wikipedia article says she started out painting in a rustic naturalist vein but eventually came under the influence of the pre-Raphaelites and started painting Biblical and medieval subjects in a more stylized or ornamental manner. Not surprisingly I’m most interested in her pre-Raphaelite-influenced stuff, but even in this small selection you

  • Working on Bacteria

    (by @twisteddoodles) ps What are the rules on posting/crediting cartoons found on Twitter?