Cranking Up Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine

Comments   0   Date Arrow  December 10, 2023 at 5:29pm   User  by Mark Willis

Some years back when I read The Difference Engine, the “alternate history” novel by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, I thought Charles Babbage was just a fanciful blip in the authors’ metaverse. Later I learned that Babbage was the real deal, an iconoclastic prophet of modern computer science. The novel’s computing machine chugged and clanked [...]

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Goya’s Iconography of Provocation & Fear

Comments   1   Date Arrow  September 27, 2023 at 9:00am   User  by Mark Willis

Francisco Goya. The Third of May 1808. Oil on canvas, 1814. Museo del Prado, Madrid. [Source: Wikimedia Commons]
Babu Kuriakose  left a comment recently noting congruencies in Goya’s famous painting and Spartan Girls Provoking Boys by Edgar Degas. Babu has a discerning eye, and his website documents many resonances in contemporary visual rhetoric. His comment led [...]

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Flaneur’s Gallery: Paris Street, Rainy Day

Comments   1   Date Arrow  February 8, 2023 at 6:00am   User  by Mark Willis

Gustave Caillebotte. Paris Street, Rainy Day (La Place de l’Europe, temps de pluie). 1877. Oil on canvas. Art Institute of Chicago. [Source: Wikimedia Commons]
See the permanent page for Gustave Caillebotte: Paris Street, Rainy Day.

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Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

Comments   1   Date Arrow  January 20, 2023 at 6:00am   User  by Mark Willis

This photograph of Lincoln delivering his second inaugural address is the only known photograph of Lincoln giving a speech. Lincoln stands in the center, with papers in his hand. John Wilkes Booth is visible in the photograph, in the top row right of center [Source: Wikipedia/White, The Eloquent President]
On March 4, 1865, Abraham Lincoln stood [...]

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Flânerie & Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party”

Comments   2   Date Arrow  January 4, 2024 at 6:00pm   User  by Mark Willis

Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Luncheon of the Boating Party. 1880–1881. Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. [Source: Miss.Ramos.Science]
In Susan Vreeland’s novel, Luncheon of the Boating Party, the character of actress Angèle Legault calls the throng of artist’s models together for their second sitting with a toast:
“Since this is to be a painting of la vie moderne, I propose that [...]

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