A bunch of non-related topics with a high frequency of gaming, medieval history, origami, Harry Potter, and gardening.
winterized (by flora-file)
most of my preparations seemed to work out okay, but there was still some trauma. Freeze warning lasts until tomorrow, but there’s more to come.
That’s why I haven’t used succulents extensively in my garden; I don’t have the space to bring them in when the New York winters hit.
Initial letter with The Virgin and Child (about 1469) by Guglielmo Giraldi (Italian, active 1445 - 1489).
Google Art Project: Home via Wikimedia
Pattern source: J. Tan
This pattern apparently was originally made in 2004 and hosted on a Geocities site. Wow, that brings back memories: Angelfire, Tripod…
Okay, I know nothing about the Sanrio characters outside of Hello Kitty, so I have to ask this: What the HELL is wrong with that penguin? Is that supposed to be a good guy? Or a bad guy? He just looks terrible. And that cat looks like it’s about to be attacked. Is that its constant state of consciousness?
Italian Romanesque Painter
The Fight with the Dragon (detail)
San Pietro al Monte, Civate
See, this is why I always did poorly in art history. Instead of focusing on the archangel Michael and all of his majesty, I just focus on the little naked dude and wonder what he’s doing there.
I’ve studied about seven or eight languages and have varying levels of proficiency, but one thing remains the same for all: I have a terrible memory and vocabulary memorization is an arduous process. In middle school I discovered the act of writing something out facilitated the process somewhat, but ultimately it resulted in useless stacks of paper with repeated words. Eventually I came to the idea of folding them into origami. Nowadays I experiment with different colors of ink and paper, and I’m still perfecting it.
I first have to figure out what colors would match together and what I’m studying that day before I start any project.
I’m having difficulties getting some inks to show on dark-colored paper, so white sheets allow me some flexibility in terms of color.
Here I’ve decided to use a light green pen (I prefer gel because they look better on origami paper) and write out the dates for the reigns of the Carolingian kings. Even outside of language, I’ve found this method useful for anything requiring a ton of memorization.
A single sheet usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the fineness of the pen tip and what I’m studying. Consequently it’s harder for me to bust out lots of origami projects since something requiring about thirty sheets can take almost a day of writing labor, never mind the two hours necessary to fold it.
Finished! One sheet done. Five more to go.
And we’re done!
Flower Cube by Meenakshi Mukerji
White paper with brown, green, and light green ink
German written in brown, French written in green, and Carolingian kings written in light green.
The jouney of Ophelia in Satan’s grotto. on Flickr.
That’s a weird superposition. It’s a combination of Gustave Doré’s classic illustrations of Dante’s Inferno (you can see Dante and Virgil standing on the cliffs looking at Satan) and John Everetts Millais’ Ophelia. For one, the proportions are ridiculous. Why is Ophelia so huge that she looks like she can take Satan on? For two, Hamlet is about three centuries after The Divine Comedy. It’s just so odd for me to see the two mixed together like this. I mean, yeah, Ophelia would be in hell (unless it was an accident), but suicide is circle seven.
Then again, I guess the person who did this didn’t really give a shit about my quibbles and just wanted to create an artistic image.
Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. I do not remember a single Final Fantasy on the Game Boy. Given how terrible the graphics were in the early days, how much worse would it have been on the Game Boy?
I’m looking it up on Wiki right now, and it says these are the first in the SaGa series. I’ve only played SaGa Frontier and that was pretty crappy, and now that I know this is its origins it’s a little understandable.