Would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of barroom vernacular, this is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed but attentive.
CAMERA OBSCURA BY ABELARDO MORELL
Photographer Abelardo Morell - “I made my first picture using camera obscura techniques in my darkened living room in 1991. In setting up a room to make this kind of photograph, I cover all windows with black plastic in order to achieve total darkness. Then, I cut a small hole in the material I use to cover the windows. This opening allows an inverted image of the view outside to flood onto the back walls of the room. Typically then I focused my large-format camera on the incoming image on the wall then make a camera exposure on film. In the beginning, exposures took from five to ten hours”. [see more]
Col. Chris Hadfield: “Safely home - back on Earth, happily readapting to the heavy pull of gravity. Wonderful to smell and feel Spring.”
Read about Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield’s return to Earth following historic five-month mission here: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/media/news_releases/2013/0513.asp
The best use of money as a motivator is to pay people enough to take the issue of money off the table: Pay people enough so that they’re not thinking about money and they’re thinking about the work. Once you do that, it turns out there are three factors that the science shows lead to better performance, not to mention personal satisfaction: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
The managing director of a factory retires, retreats to his summer house and creates enchanting miniature works of art – or even whole worlds? – inside black cardboard boxes with the aid of scissors, glue, photographic self-portraits and paper. He then takes photos of his creations, always in black and white.
This gentleman is Gilbert Garcin, born 1929 in Marseille. “However, the stories that lie behind my pictures have not been told from beginning to end”, says Gilbert Garcin. “I am merely attempting to create a space for the viewer to project their own ideas onto to allow them to invent their very own adventures”.
Funny, subtle, ironic, slightly melancholic, quite obviously always addressing existential issues, viewers find themselves in almost surreal scenarios. The atmosphere is sometimes reminiscent of Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot films, and sometimes of Rene Magritte. Garcin’s images seem to reflect “…the entire spectrum of human comedy. Each of his minimalistically designed photographs is like a theatrical act on the obscure stage of life”, a critic once wrote. The selected works on display at Schloss Neuhardenberg throughout 2013 were chosen by the artist himself.
Mar 16 - Nov 11, 2013
1963 Dick Van Dyke Show Set
(Top) 1963. Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on the set of The Dick Van Dyke Show with Jerry Paris directing in front of the studio audience that served as their unbilled co-star. Photo by Earl Thiesen for Look magazine
(Bottom) Dick Van Dyke, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Mary Tyler Moore and poor Jerry Paris, who had only two names, on the set of The Dick Van Dyke Show sometime in 1963. From a series of photos by Earl Theisen that were used to illustrate the article “America’s Favorite TV Wife” in the April 21, 1964, issue of Look magazine.
Researchers from John Moores University in the UK tested the effects of afternoon napping on sleep-deprived people. The subjects napped for half an hour just after lunch and then researchers measured their alertness. There have been numerous studies into the effects of power napping, but this one measured heart rates and reflexes as opposed to surveying participants. As per their hypothesis, alertness was significantly higher compared to the non-nappers.