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RIP Anthony

This just feels wrong.  The world seems just wrong without Anthony Bourdain.

We got a bunch of ideas for our trip to Paris from this episode:

It’s as if a friend we trusted told us where the real things could be found, and not the touristy same-old-same-old.

this is Anthony, lovin’ Waffle House

I am sure we had a much better experience than we would have without Anthony.

Bonus: the first episode of the first season. Equally inspiring.

Nope nope nope

Toilets in public places have all kinds of issues.  It’s how a barista can shame the homeless.   Well, count on the bros in tech to make it much worse.  Here’s how they plan to turn every toilet into a pay toilet.

I will actively boycott any business that shows up with one of these.

via BoingBoing

Rochester is Out

Rochester, like 218 other cities, is out of the running for the Amazon HQ2.

The “lucky” semifinalists or… whatever

I think we dodged a bullet, frankly.  Cities are doing horrible things to get the privilege of being taken to the cleaners by a gigantic corporation.  Viz:


Golden Age or Golden City?

Midnight in Paris is a 2013 film that generated a lot of critical verbiage about Woody Allen’s take on nostalgia.  A longing for the “good old days” – referred to by one of those trademarked Woody Allen pedantic-prick characters as the “golden age fallacy“, drives a time travel tale about Gil, an American writer.

Gil is in Paris in our time, but he longs for the Paris of the 1920’s, with the Lost Generation.  He gets there because Paris is magic, maybe a tad more so at midnight.  There he meets everyone — Hemingway, Stein, Picasso, Dali and more.  He also meets Adrianna, an art groupie who falls for him in the 1920’s, though she also longs for her idea of the Golden Age.  She wants to get back to La Belle Époque: the 1890’s.  When she does, she decides to stay, once Edgar Degas recruits her to design ballet costumes.  Gil returns to the modern age (via the 1920’s?) and decides to stay in Paris.  Just as well, his fiancee is a shallow twit who sleeps with the pedantic-prick dude at the drop of a hat, and her parents are odious Rethuglicans who think the TEA Party folks are very nice… but would never invite any to their Malibu beach house.

The whole movie is an hour and a half to tell maybe 40 minutes’ worth of story, so why does it exist?  My operative theory now, after two viewings: it’s straight up Paris porn.  And it works.  After seeing it again, I want to go back even more.


Exciting, Happy News

…because we can all use a break from the other kind, right?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made available 375,000 images of art, to use as you see fit.  100% without restriction.  Public domain.  CC-0.

The Zouave – Vincent van Gogh – 1888

You can explore it here:

I choose to think of this action as a finger in the eye or President Pumpkin, somehow.  But maybe that’s just me.


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