Friday, May 23, 2014

Bee in flight, invisible here



One of the many things I didn't know was that there were glassblowers working in the Roman empire. Here is a case full of delicate 3rd-century glassware that was preserved, apparently, only because it was placed in the grave along with the glassblower.



Not shown: any hint of the MirĂ³ exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, which was quite fine.

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  1. When I die, I shall have all of my lovers and pets and artwork buried with me, for preservation purposes.

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    1. Start building that pyramid now, doctor!

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  2. Lovely! When I study history, I am regularly reminded that the present is not necessarily an improvement over the past. Also, I am reminded that I too often sell short the ancients.

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    1. Yeah, it's easy to forget that we are no more sophisticated than people have ever been, that our iPads and cetera are not evidence of any actual progress as a species.

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  3. It makes me feel very aware of what I'm leaving behind in this world!

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    1. Among other excellent things, you are leaving behind, some day far far in the future, a human life. (Nice new pics, by the way!) Me, I only have:

      Would this, Chekhonte wondered, be what he left to the world: a collection of corpses, of sad Russians beaten to death and then frozen far from civilization? The author paused, pen in hand, and looked up from the page merely to take his eyes off the half-formed sentence against which he battled.

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