Monday, November 29, 2010

She Wasn't Crazy After All

Poor dear...
Hollywood actress Mischa Barton has told how she was sectioned in a psychiatric unit after having her wisdom teeth removed.
The British star – who shot to fame as Marissa Cooper in Channel 4 series The OC – was forcibly held at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for two weeks last year.
She was kept under a 5150 ‘hold’ – the US equivalent of being sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
Sometimes, a person is too beautiful to be crazy. In the case of Mischa Barton, yes. Yes, I believe her. Stranger things have happened to a person who has had their teeth out. That's a real medical condition that can take a lot out of a person. 

I crashed a $54,000 car (1965 dollars) that Father had just bought me when I collapsed behind the wheel when the painkillers I was taking to deal with my own wisdom tooth extraction kicked in during a long drive from New Hampshire to Groton. I walked away, of course.

Well, stumbled, but still.
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Anything Made out of Wood

You could do a lot worse.

There is a series of photos at Beautiful Life that covers the wooden boxes designed by Karl Zahn. These are brilliantly shaped and feature a single pin where they connect. The boxes open and close on that pin, and this photo shows the box as it looks when open. This is the sort of thing I would buy in order to deliver another gift inside.

These are really spectacular in their simplicity. How often can you go anywhere--anywhere--and find a walrus?
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Battle of Waterloo by William Sadler

William Sadler was an Irish painter who was greatly influenced by what the Dutch were doing with paintings of great events. What stands out to me is the bright burst of white light in the middle of the painting. How can light vibrate like this in an oil painting? Masterful.

Tripsdrill, Germany

A boring, but high-resolution photo of the winery above the Tripsdrill theme park.

Gluttony Pants

Isn't gluttony a sin?

Busting your buttons after stuffing yourself full of Thanksgiving goodies is a total faux pas. So how do you indulge and engorge without the post-meal awkwardness?
Chef Chris Cosentino has the answer: the Gluttony Pants, which have three buttons, allowing you to expand the pants’ waist without putting on a show.
“Everybody has that Uncle Tony who eats too much and has to unbutton his pants at the table,” said Cosentino, who designed the pants.
Cosentino, executive chef of Incanto restaurant in San Francisco, Calif., and an offal specialist, says being labeled a pig shouldn’t be offensive, as pork was his loving inspiration for designing the pants.
Chef Chris Cosentino, Food Network star and executive chef at Incanto restaurant in San Francisco, shows off his Gluttony Pants.
The buttons are even labeled “Piglet,” “Sow” and “Boar” (the same way he labels portion sizes at his restaurant), and are made of bone — “the only thing you can’t get down your throat,”  Cosentino said.
“There have been some misconceptions about the Gluttony Pants — I’m not trying to promote obesity or overeating, it’s more about fun,” he added. “It’s not always a bad thing to overindulge — I’m not saying sit down and eat a 100-ounce T-bone, but it’s OK to overdo it once in a while.”In honor of Thanksgiving, the pants’ fabric, a deep caramel color, is an homage to turkey, with the pockets lined in the burgundy color of cranberry sauce.
And what glutton’s wardrobe is complete without a large napkin to tuck into his shirt and catch the spills of his feast? The Gluttony Pants come with one featuring images showing the evolution of the foodie, from being fed as a child to gorging on truffles and wine and eventually being fed as an old man.

He's Still Just a Punk

I shouldn't be upset at the happiness of others, but still:
Ryan Seacrest and girlfriend Julianne Hough have jetted off to Paris, and the happy couple have wasted no time seeing the sights and spending quality time together. 

On Tuesday, the two, who are also in town with Seacrest's parents and his sister Meredith, lunched at Chez AndrĂ© and were spotted strolling hand-in-hand through the City of Light. Next on their itinerary? A stop by Dior's flagship boutique on Avenue Montaigne. 
As if the setting wasn't perfect enough, Hough has gushed that her beau is "really romantic,"telling Ellen DeGeneres that for her birthday he put "flowers everywhere. I was almost embarrassed." 

There's something about that fellow that bothers me. I can't put a finger on it, nor should I try. He's very lucky, however. Perhaps that is what bothers me.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Lady Won't Go Away

It's a shame, really:
Charlie Sheen filed a lawsuit Monday for extortion and two other counts against the porn star who claims he tried to choke her during a bizarre meltdown in a New York hotel last month.
In the lawsuit [...] Sheen alleges thatChristina Walsh, aka Capri Anderson, demanded $1 million from the Two and a Half Men star to keep quiet. The suit also alleges that Walsh works as a prostitute.
My goodness. A prostitute? Too bad for Mr. Sheen and his lawyer--many prostitutes can, and often do, submit valid testimony to the courts, especially when a client attacks them. Not enough of them are heard, however.

Here's the part that made me laugh:
Sheen’s lawsuit was filed by L.A. power attorney Marty Singer and says Walsh engaged in "an attempted shakedown and extortion of the internationally known actor and celebrity Charlie Sheen."
I have fixed it for the poor lawyer:
"...internationally known actor and celebrity Charlie Sheen is also known for drug use, alcohol abuse, assaulting women, spousal abuse, frequenting prostitutes, lying to law enforcement personnel, and breaking the law."
The man does most of his crimes with his own children present. He's one kicked puppy away from being the devil incarnate or Mel Gibson, take your pick.

How can you attack the credibility of someone else when you, yourself, have none?


Therapy isn't working for David Arquette:
Perhaps thinking he was revealing too much, Arquette later insisted he's just fine. "I know people think I've flipped my lid but I haven't," he Tweeted Saturday. "I'm cool. Listen to Bob Marley's "Soul Rebel" you'll know where I'm comin' from."

Last month Arquette shed some light on what contributed to the split with Cox, 46, whom, he says, wants him to grow up. 
"She says that to me: 'I don't wanna be your mother anymore,' " Arquette said at the time. "I appreciated that. I respected that. I've been going to therapy. I'm trying to grow up." 
The boy can't help being a douchebag.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Bivouac

Sometimes a painting like this just tells the story for you.

We know that the night before Waterloo, the rains made the battlefield wet. I know that, in my story, the sorts of things that you see in this painting will be details that will make The Chasseurs react to what they find when they arrive. They will have spent days shadowing the armies, trying to avoid the confusion of calvary scouts and wayward units and deserters. They will find these rifles stacked everywhere and smell who owns them.

The way that dogs smell will mean a lot in this story. What a narrator or an all-knowing narrative might say can really be summed up by the fact that these dogs know what the Prussians, British, French and whoever else smelled like.

Storytelling tricks. You have to have them.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Mr. Leno, Your Trip to Oblivion Leaves Tomorrow

Not that I care, but, wow:
Jay Leno’s Tonight Show ratings continued to remain below those of  Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Showon a calendar week basis (2010 vs. 2009).
Leno’s Tonight Show for the week of October 25-29 averaged a 0.9 rating with adults 18-49, whileConan’s Tonight Show averaged a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating for the comparable calendar week last year (October 26-30, 2009).
Letterman’s Late Show scored a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating last week. For those who care about “winning” and “losing”, Dave beat Jay for the first time since Jay’s return to the Tonight Show.
These numbers are amazing. I had no idea--no idea--that the audience size had shrunk down to, literally, nothing for these programs. Bill O'Reilly on pay cable gets the same numbers, if not better numbers, than the Tonight Show? Why would you pay these clowns to host shows that no one is watching? Leno and Letterman, no O'Reilly.

If you had asked me to guess, I would have said that somewhere between 5 and 15 million people were watching each night. I would have been ridiculously high.

Well, not high, as in high on drugs, but high in my estimate.
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Napoleonic Era Art

You don't want to get a cartridge box or a hat plume or a bridle strap out of place when you're working with Napoleonic era art. These detailed paintings are designed to help understand the proper dress of military figures of the era. 

The Chasseurs will be somewhat heavy on these details, but mostly on how the horses look as they chase dogs through the summer days.

Dogs vs horses: my money is on the dogs.