There are lots of rumors, reports and news stories from CERN that the LHC has all but ruled out the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model. This is thrilling, there is another rumor that the Higgs should have been found by now if it had a mass in the range predicted by the Standard Model and there is growing evidence for neutrino mass. In my time as a particle physicist there were never any...
Nico in Strip-tease. →
jahsonic: Jacques Poitrenaud’s film Strip-tease (1963) has been released by Mondo Macabro. The film stars Nico in a lead role. The background track is by Serge Gainsbourg and is called “Some small chance” and can be found on the Gainsbourg compilation Du Jazz Dans Le Ravin. Strip Tease (by MondoMacabroUSA)
Review of Gin and It.
As part of my effort to popularize Gin and It, see http://conorhoughton.tumblr.com/post/8440077261/gin-and-it I persuaded @aidanmadden to try it, here is his reaction Trying a gin and sweet vermouth as recommended by @conorjh and @SortaFriends. They call it a Gin & It. (Short for Italian, you see). It is basically mixing strong-ish booze with stronger booze. There’s no Ying And Yang....
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Private Eye review of Marcus du Sautoy's _The...
…Meanwhile, dome-headed groovy don Marcus du Sautoy presents The Code, TV’s latest attempt to introduce the beauty of mathematics to terrified arts graduates who don’t want to know. Trying his damndest not to write down an equation, or even mention the word “mathematics”, du Sautoy instead stands in a field looking out at the horizon. he stands at the seaside,...
Man Ray book illustration gives open eyes to... →
billyjane: Composition for Aurélien/L’inconnue by Aragon, c. 1950. Photo by Man Ray, from the book “Man Ray, 1890-1976.” via The NACHTKABARETT
Kenneth Clarke on Van Eyck's nude Eve.
I looked to see what Kenneth Clark had to say about the nude Eve in the Ghent Altarpiece in his book The Nude. As I understand it, his explanation is that Northern European art from the renaissance replaced one curve in the composition of classical female nudes, the curve of the waist, with another, the curve of the stomach: the result was a nude that looked more unclothed, not a naked woman, but...
Erotic Image by Man Ray. →
To raise funds for the magazine Variétés a number of surrealists published a dirty book called 1929, most copies were burned and Man Ray’s four photographs, named after the four seasons and showing different penetrative sex acts, are rarely included in his collected works. jahsonic: Automne by Man Ray Automne (English: autumn) by Man Ray, first published in the publication entitled...
Gin and It.
I have just read Crome Yellow and was reminded that flappers, between smoking cigarettes and riding bicycles and disappointing bright young men whose supercilious air hid the horrors they had seen, drank Gin and It. I looked it up: Gin and It is a cocktail of Gin and Sweet Vermouth, Sweet Vermouth is also called Italian Vermouth, hence the It. The proportions vary, but half-and-half was...