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Odd Items, Part 3

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  1. Steve R.
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    Visiting Norfolk, VA in the very near future? Consider visiting Chrysler Museum of Art. Its free.

    They have an exhibit, that raises some SF context, called: Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century.

    The blurb for the exhibit: "Works from thirty-six international artists dramatically suggest the powerful, exciting, and destabilizing effects of 21st-century forces such as globalism, mass migration, radical ideologies, and the rapid expansion of technology.

    Chaos and Awe’s thesis stems from the 18th-century philosophical idea of the sublime, feeling overwhelmed by the immeasurable nature of God and the natural world. The profound nature of the subject matter, paired with the masterly technique on display, may overwhelm, disturb and thrill audiences. These reactions affirm the enduring ability of painting to communicate nascent and often unnamable ideas, emotions, and sensations."

    Getting that message out of the paintings does require a high degree imagination. I did see one painting that was pretty nifty.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  2. Marian
    Member

    "Deep Fake" is here https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/28/tech/ai-fake-faces/index.html

    Posted 2 months ago #
  3. Marian
    Member

    Really beautiful meteorite slices https://www.neilhbuckland.com/meteorites

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Thinking what an "odd item" would be, Johnson's Baby Oil would qualify as one. It's an item in a stock inventory, and it's odd. Or it seems odd to me. Why would anyone want to oil a baby?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. MattHughes
    Member

    Diaper rash.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. JohnWThiel
    Member

    It says on the label on back of the bottle that it's not to be used for rashes. "If rash occurs, discontinue use". What is says it's for is for dry skin. Babies have sensitive skin, it says, and oiling them will seal in moisture. It seems to me a baby wouldn't like being oiled.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  7. MattHughes
    Member

    "It seems to me a baby wouldn't like being oiled. "

    Babies like being touched. In fact, they need it to grow into psychologically healthy people. The Romanian orphans proved that.

    But you're right about diaper rash. I remember now (it's been more than thirty-four years) that we used zinc oxide on rashes. Baby oil was to keep the skin moist and prevent chafing.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. JohnWThiel
    Member

    It is widely stated and widely known that a baby is tender, so I suppose it behooves one to treat it with tenderness, care and caution.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  9. Greg
    Member

    TheFatRat, with vocalists Laura Brehm and Anna Yvette. It's my contention that all three compositions involve science fiction or fantasy themes. That take on the third may admittedly result from having had a certain state of mind induced by listening to the first two.

    The Calling

    Chosen

    Monody

    Posted 2 months ago #
  10. Greg
    Member

    The Lady of Elche, a 4th Century BCE limestone bust discovered in Spain in 1897.

    What was being depicted here? It might be a toss-up between Atlantean hair stylists and ancient alien acoustical engineers. Digital artist Gustavo Alonso seems to be going with the second possibility.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  11. Greg
    Member

    Things are sometimes not as they seem.

    Each of the steel bearings is moving in a straight line.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  12. Greg
    Member

    A happy pairing of fantasy art and science fictional music:

    Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom, by Boris Olshanksy,

    and

    1983--A Merman I Should Turn To Be.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  13. Marian
    Member

    In 1978, a man accidentally stuck his head into a particle accelerator and he's still alive! http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/12/04/head-particle-accelerator/
    I learned this from a comment on today's comic Speed Bump at GoComics. So never let anyone tell you that comics aren't educational!

    Posted 1 month ago #
  14. Greg
    Member

    An important rule for writers: Show, don't tell.

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  15. Greg
    Member

    ~ Memento Mori ~

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  16. Greg
    Member

    Apparently there's an Alternate History Channel. The following is a 1-hour-and-27-minutes-long documentary, presently on Facebook:

    The Great Martian War 1913-1917

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  17. Greg
    Member

    File under Dark Political Fantasy Tales (or Good Opening Lines):

    Back in 1982 I was dealing acid at Jim Morrison’s grave and that’s when I first met Vladimir Putin.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  18. Greg
    Member

    "Midnight Planet Game" by Masaaki Sasamoto.

    I like the subtle What are you doing here? stare of the strange cat-person at the upper right corner. It takes a moment for the viewer to realize that he or she is also being viewed.

    How would a writer make a story look back at the reader? I wonder if that would somehow be possible.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  19. Greg
    Member

    Two related fantasy illustrations by Zeen Chin, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I don't know their actual titles.

    Puppet maker

    and

    Puppeteer

    The puppet maker is more than she at first seems, if levitation is any indication.

    Posted 3 days ago #

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