It seems to me that people are going apeshit as regards the casting of Ridley Scott’s “Exodus” because they think the story is an historical fact. This is the same reason they got freaked out by Darren Aronofsy’s “Noah.” These stories from the Bible are not based on facts. There is no empirical evidence for a worldwide flood, and there is no archaeological evidence for a mass exodus of Jews from Egypt. Nice stories, very cinematic, which is why they keep getting made.
Of course the best story about Jesus isn’t about him at all. It’s Ben-Hur, which was made twice and will probably be made again if Hollywood has anything to say about it.
Leandro Erlich - Swimming Pool
Leandro Erlich, Argentina b.1973
Swimming pool 2010 Timber, swimming pool ladder, plexiglass an water
“An extraordinary and visually confounding installation…Erlich constructed a full-size pool, complete with all its trappings, including a deck and a ladder.
When approached from the first floor, visitors were confronted with a surreal scene: people, fully clothed, can be seen standing, walking, and breathing beneath the surface of the water.
It was only when visitors entered the Duplex gallery from the basement that they recognized that the pool is empty, its construction a visual trick fashioned by the artist.
A large, continuous piece of acrylic spanned the pool and suspended water above it, creating the illusion of a standard swimming pool that was both disorienting and humorous.”
Reminded me of the zombies in the pool scene in George A. Romero’s “Diary of the Dead.” That’s probably how they pulled that trick off in the movie.
Never mind, managed to finish it quickly while waiting for things to scan. Sorry to eek it out in pieces throughout the day, but here’s the whole thing. New Batgirl designed by Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr. I love the design, looking forward to the book!
Give me a good Batgirl any day of the week. Outstanding.
Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane - art by Kurt Schaffenberger (1966)
Fortunately for us, Kurt would be left alone to draw a more attractive version of Superman based on the other Curt’s work. Back in the ’50s, even Superboy looked like he was drawn by Wayne Boring.
Me, just after giving a tour of the Capitol Building in Colonial Williamsburg. I was about 40 pounds into an 80-pound weight loss that I started after college. This was my first job after graduating with a double-major in history and anthropology/archaeology.
Do I make those breeches WORK?
(No. No, I don’t.)
"I am the cooper. Please good sir, sample my barrel."
This is a bit annoying. This feature was activated without my knowledge or consent, because I don’t look at every opt out email that PayPal sends (I will from now on).
Pay after delivery is a service that guarantees the person you’re buying from gets paid immediately. PayPal pays him and then you pay PayPal back as they draw the money from your funding source about two weeks later. The problem with this, AFAIC, is that when I purchase something, I have the money to do it right then, not in two weeks. I had made several ebay purchases at the end of June into the middle of July, one of which was my refurbished ThinkPad T400, and since the seller was inexperienced, it was going to take about a week to clear, PLUS the added time for pay after delivery to kick in. This overdrew my checking account for the first time in a year.
I know what the motivation is; it supposedly helps the buyer because the funds don’t have to be returned back to your account if the thing you’ve purchased isn’t the thing you purchased. The seller gets the money withdrawn from his account, and since he’s already paid the transaction fees, PayPal loses nothing.
However, the only reason I can see for even doing this is that PayPal must be getting nickled and dimed to death by institutional transaction fees. Moving the funds out of a PayPal customer’s checking account, and then back in for a refund, for example, probably costs them only pennies, because they do such volume, but I think banks hate PayPal. PayPal probably maybe also feels threatened by those transaction fees going up. Externalizing loss is second to internalizing profits in any business.
There is a literal wasteland of competing online payment services (Citibank come instantly to mind) that have been crushed under PayPal’s heel. Banks are having a hard time getting viable online payment systems started because the places that are frequented the most, Amazon, ebay, etc. have their own services or just take credit cards, which is already a viable service and doesn’t need systemic improvements, just ones to make credit card transactions more secure.
Upshot; since this was turned on by default in a new version of the PayPal interface, needless to say, this took me about 15 minutes of Googling to turn this feature off after I had made a purchase a few days ago. Fortunately, the amount I paid is low, and so having it come out of my account later is no biggie. *sigh*