Freitag, 25. September 2015

Colours of the Past

A great post at Poemas del Río Wang about colour photos shot by Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky in imperial Russia before the First World War. I didn't know that colour photgraphy did even exist back then, all I had seen from that period were originally black-and-white photographs that have been coloured by hand. These photographs make the time look so much nearer and closer! Thinking of that period, I would normally have Sepia toned images in my head, or maybe simple black-and white, but these photographs have the look and feel of photographs taken in the 1950 or 60s, like the slides of trips across Germany and Italy that my father used to show to us.
The surviving collection can be found at the U.S. library of congress.

Dienstag, 1. September 2015

One man, one vote

Well, it's one woman, one vote, and it's a funny story.

Freitag, 17. Juli 2015

Evgenij Primakov R.I.P

I'm sure nobody is getting their news from my almost-never updating blog, but as I've reviewed one of his books, I may as well report on his death, on June 29th, 2015. Here's a link to his obituary at the Economist, which sums up his life quite well. Да будет земля ему пухом.

Samstag, 10. Januar 2015

Decorative Hegel

Another webcomic link. But it's about philosophy, so that's OK.

Nisi aperuisses librum, quasi discipulus Hegeli fuisses.

Dienstag, 3. Juni 2014

Bad poetry

I do not understand poetry.
I do not understand poetry.
I understand prose.
You say what you want to say. You say it.
I understand song.
You have a melody and you sing it.
The words follow the melody.
But I do not understand poetry.
Why break the flow for the rythm?
Why break the rythm for the flow?
I do not understand poetry.
That's why my poems are bad.

Dienstag, 6. Mai 2014

All Options / Alle Optionen / Все Варианты

Вот почему я люблю Dinosaur Comics. Если хочется что-нибудь по-проще или по-умнее, послушайте это.
Click on the links. Don't doubt, have faith. If you're disappointed, let me know.
Deckt das wirklich alles ab? Für mich, hmmm... ziemlich viel. Klicken und gucken, meckern dürft ihr in den Kommentaren.

Sonntag, 5. Januar 2014

Chocolate museum / Schokoladenmuseum / Музей шоколада

On Friday I went to the Chocolate Museum in Cologne with my ladies.  Very nicely located on the Rhine, near the customs port, it informs about the production of chocolate, from the cocoa tree to the packaged chocolate, and about the history of cocoa and chocolate cultivation, production, and consumption, from its Mesoamerican beginnings to modern times. As befits a chocolate museum, it also has a café (with a view on the Rhine) serving hot chocolate and sweets, as well as the usual hot drinks and, during noontime, a small, but tasty, selection of hot dishes; it also has a shop selling chocolates and sweets. We spent about 3 hours there, including lunch at the café. As I'm the kind of person who looks at every exhibit and reads all the informatory signs, I was about 2/3 through the exhibition when my ladies finished, so I didn't see the exhibition on the 3rd floor, which, as my daughter told me, was about chocolate producers and brands.
It's a well-done exhibition, and has some nice attractions, like a hothouse with tropical plants, working machines producing chocolate that feed a chocolate fountain where you can taste said chocolate, a stand where you can design and buy your own chocolate bar, puzzles and games dispersed through the exhibition. We spent 80 € on that outing - 25 € for a family ticket, 40 € for food and drinks for three at the café, and 15 € for chocolates. I can recommend it as a place to spend an educational and fun afternoon, both for families as well as for adults.
Am letzten Freitag war ich mit meinen Damen im Schokoladenmuseum. Interessante Ausstellung und ein nettes Café mit Blick auf den Rhein und gutem Essen. Ich kann's empfehlen.
В пятницу мы с семьей посетили Музей шоколада в Кёльне. Там экспонаты объясняют происхождение и производство шоколада и историю распространения и употребления этого продукта. Имеются, конечно, и кафе (с видом на Рейн и вкусной едой) и магазин шоколада. Интересное место, стоящее посещения.