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Wednesday, May 12, 2021



People walk across a narrow footbridge suspended across a river canyon, which claims to be the world's longest pedestrian bridge, in Arouca, northern Portugal, Sunday, May 2, 2021. The Arouca Bridge inaugurated last Sunday, offers a half-kilometer (almost 1,700-foot) walk across its span, some 175 meters (574 feet) above the River Paiva. (AP Photo/Sergio Azenha) 

Yikes, the new Northern Portugal pedestrian bridge—now the longest in the world—is definitely not for the faint-hearted, says an Associated Press report from Arouca, Portugal. Click here. 

Called the Arouca Bridge, the recently opened 1,700-foot long bridge is suspended 574 feet over the Paiva River. For now, no kids are allowed to cross it and adults must book a crossing tour of $13 and be accompanied by guides. 

Designed by Itecons, a Portuguese architectural design studio, the project was built by Conduril Engenharia, S.A., a Portuguese civil engineering firm that builds public construction projects such as dams, bridges and highways. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021


In case you missed this! 

No intro is necessary except to praise New York Times Kevin Quealy for packaging the list. CLICK HERE


 Image: Michael S. Williamson/Getty Images 

Sunday, May 9, 2021


T-Rex Before. Larger than a small family and their old Toyota from college days. daily online magazine
searches high and low for stories that fill a need. For example, no doubt you have discussed over dinner with friends wondering how many Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs ever lived. 

We discovered two researchers from UC Berkeley who have an answer to your question at the tip of their tongues. 

Enter Paleontologists Ashley Poust and Daniel Varajao de Latorre, who say during T-Rex’s 2.4 million years of existence on Earth, a total of 2.5 billion Tyrannosaurus rex ever lived, and 20,000 individual animals would have been alive at any moment, according to a new calculation method they described in a research paper published last week in the journal Science. 

To estimate population, the Cal team of paleontologists and scientists had to combine the extraordinarily comprehensive existing research on T. rex with an ecological principle that connects population density to body size. From microscopic growth patterns in bones, researchers inferred that T. rex first mated at around 15 years old. [Now we know why our 15-year-old neighbor is such a pill]. 

With growth records, scientists can also generate survivorship curves – an estimate of a T. rex‘s chances of living to a given age. Using these two numbers, our team estimated that T. rex generations took 19 years. Finally, T. rex existed as a species for 1.2 to 3.6 million years. 

With all of this information, we calculate that T. rex existed for 66,000 to 188,000 generations. These California based dinosaur geeks from fossil record alone generated a T. rex turnover rate. To do so the Cal team needed to estimate the number of individuals in each generation, and from that could figure out how many T. rex ever lived. 

In ecology, there is a well-established relationship between body mass and population density called Damuth’s law. Larger animals need more space to survive – one square mile of grassland can support a lot more bunnies than elephants. This relationship is also dependent on metabolism – animals that burn more energy require more space. 

Paleontologists have come up with a range of good estimates of T. rex’s body mass and have also estimated its metabolism – slower than mammals but somewhat faster than a large modern lizard, the Komodo dragon. 

With Damuth’s law, it was estimated that the ancient world held about one T. rex every 42.4 square miles (109.9 square km). 

That’s about two individuals in the entire area of Washington, D.C. (most likely relatives of Mitch McConnell). Now we had all the pieces we needed. Multiplying the population density by the area in which T. rex lived gives us an estimate of 20,000 individuals per generation. Knowing the total number of T. rex that ever lived unlocks other pieces of knowledge – like the fraction that turn into fossils and were found. 

Of course, you’re asking why does all this matter? Silly you. Once it has been determined that the average population size, scientists were able to calculate the fossilization rate for T. rex – the chance that a single skeleton would survive to be discovered by humans 66 million years later. 

The answer: about 1 in 80 million. That is, for every 80 million adult T. rex, there is only one clearly identifiable specimen in a museum. 

 T-Rex After. A slimmer version of the T-Rex named Sue rests at the Field Museum in Chicago

So don’t yawn next time you visit your local natural history museum
. This number highlights how incomplete the fossil record is and allows researchers to ask how rare a species could be without disappearing entirely from the fossil record. Beyond calculating the T. rex fossilization rate, Cal researchers could use the same method to calculate population size for other extinct species. 

 What still isn’t known Estimates about extinct animals always include some amount of uncertainty. [You think). Cal’s estimate of T. rex population density ranges from one individual for every 2.7 square miles (7 square km) to one for every 665.7 square miles (1,724 square km). 

But surprisingly, the largest source of this uncertainty comes from Damuth’s law. There is a lot of variation in modern animals. For example, Arctic foxes and Tasmanian devils have similar body mass, but devils have six times the population density. Further study of living animals could tighten up our estimates on T. rex. Also unknown are the fossilization rates of other long extinct dinosaurs. 

If we have many fossils of one species, does that mean they were more common than T. rex, or do we simply recover their fossils more often?  The huge amount of research that has been done on T. rex played an important role in making this calculation. 

What’s next? 

This study might lead to other hidden facts about T. rex biology and ecology. For instance, we might be able to learn whether T. rex populations fluctuate up and down with Triceratops – similar to wolf and moose predator and prey relationships today. 

However, most other dinosaurs do not yet have the incredibly rich data from decades of careful fieldwork that allowed Cal Paleontologists to tally up T. rex. If scientists want to apply this powerful technique to other extinct animals, we’ve got some more digging to do. 

Saturday, May 8, 2021


Leonie Wharton at her favorite coffee house Black Swan Yard Coffee, London

ast Wednesday in the blog you are reading at the moment, we reposted from the Internet an article by HomeAdvisor showcasing “The Architecture of James Bond.” 

Quite a creative accomplishment by HomeAdvisor. The 50 buildings were selected from all 25 James Bond films. 

The following is a question and answer session with Leonie Wharton, a young artist, who was commissioned to illustrate the structures from each Bond flick. Impressive.

As you see (above) she is working while visiting one of her favorite London coffee houses.

To see her work in the HomeAdvisor article CLICK HERE. 

Question: Where are you in the photo above? Looks like a coffee house. And, you’ve hardly touched your latte. 

Answer: Working in one of my favourite coffee houses: Black Swan Yard Coffee, who stock my greetings cards. Black Swan: CLICK HERE.  

Q: Kindly tell us a bit about your career? 

A: I am a freelance creative, I began my journey in 2007 graduating with a first in graphic design. 

Q: Where do you live? 

A: I am based in London. 

Q. You’re obviously multi-faceted tell us more about your three favored fortes: 

A: ILLUSTRATION - I help both new and existing brands form a visual identity through illustration. My editorial illustration brings the written word to life, whether for a formal article or light-hearted conversation piece. As well as working for commercial clients I also take on private commissions and produce my own products for sale. 

A: GRAPHIC DESIGN - I previously worked for 11 years at content marketing agency Distilled, where I designed creative campaigns including tools, games, interactive visualisations, long format articles, PR stunts and photo story content. My time at Distilled was split between idea generation, design and production. 

A: FINE ART - My painting style is photorealistic. I have created a range of watercolour wildlife paintings, which are available to purchase as prints. I take on private watercolour commissions including pets, homes, people portraiture and wedding invitations. 

Q: Where can we view your photography? 


Q: Who are some of your clients? 

A: Asics, Google, The Trainline, Brynk, Mattel, Compare the Market, Fleximize, Bridgestone,, Grant Thornton, Budget Direct and Ovarian Cancer Action. 

Q: How does one commission you for your art? 

A: Follow me on Instagram for creative updates and to see work in progress. Or, CLICK HERE.   

Q: Tell us something fun about your work. 

A: If you’re in London head to the Wynwood Art District where you can pick up issue 2 of Social Distance Magazine, made by the art community for the community. In each issue you will find recipes, poems, art, puzzles, articles and my illustration on the cover. That’s me in the photo (below with a recent) illustration. 

Friday, May 7, 2021


hopping for a print that’ll make your Ponzi adviser sweat? Conde Nast Store online Click here has a wide selection of (above) Barry Blitt cartoons framed (except Feel the Bern wasn’t framed in real life. He was convicted). 

HOW DID BERNIE DIE? Madoff, 82, died April 14 at FMC Butner prison in North Carolina of natural causes, which are not believed to be related to Covid-19, according to the Washington Post. Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 felonies in 2009, with prosecutors estimating he defrauded around $65 billion from his clients. 

SEC dragged its feet for at least 8 years after Harry Markopolos first
blew the whistle on Bernie Madoff's Ponzi schemes.



Thursday, May 6, 2021


oesn’t a street taco sound terrific just about now? Our friends at Culinary Backstreets blog recently dined and photographed El Vilsito, Mexico City street taco stand that is famous there. 

Click here for the deliciousness. 



For our money YELP has this list right. CLICK HERE. 

 City Tacos in North Park is #9 on Yelp's list but Food & Drink Magazine calls it Numero Uno.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021


GUEST BLOG / By the Writers at HomeAdvisor
--Few cinema franchises have influenced American culture like “James Bond” has—and that includes architecture. Manicured estates, Prairie-style house plans and well-furnished lodges provide more than incredible film sets and backdrops for the movies. 

They spark inspiration and are easier to imitate on your own property than you might think. 

Below, you’ll find 50 essential buildings from the franchise immortalized by contemporary artist Leonie Wharton. This minimalist poster explores Bond’s architectural history and imagines how you might bring some of 007 home. 

To see all 50 Bond buildings and notes about them, including illustrations of each site CLICK HERE

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

WATCH YOUR TONGUE / DID SHAKESPEARE REALLY SAY “I FIND THE ASS IN COMPOUND WITH THE MAJOR PART OF YOUR SYLLABLES…?” editors offer apologies to Mr. James Bond, who instead of gilding the lily, he prefers to gild Shirley Eaton in 1964’s “Goldfinger.” 
--Thank you, Great Aunt Alice for your copy of Life Magazine. 

f course he did. Read it in the Bard’s Coriolanus, according to the writers at Merriam-Webster Dictionary, who also penned the following post: 

Usage Notes 

Do you 'gild' the lily or 'paint' it? 

A Shakespearean comedy of errors 

Many people love Shakespeare, which is something that we (at Merriam-Webster Dictionary) are in favor of. Many people also love accuracy in quoting literary sources, which is likewise something that we are in favor of. Given that we are in favor of these two things, some might wonder why it is that we have a definition for an idiom that is a misquote of the Bard, gild the lily. 

What? Mistaken identity in a Shakespeare play? Now we've heard it all. 

Our dictionary defines gild the lily as “to add unnecessary ornamentation to something beautiful in its own right.” We do not attribute this to Shakespeare, as he never wrote this particular combination of words. 

Caption below*
Gild the lily came about as a mistaken version of a line from King John, which was “to gild refined gold, to paint the lily.” 

Therefore, to be possess'd with double pompe, To guard a Title, that was rich before; To gilde refined Gold, to paint the Lilly; To throw a perfume on the Violet, To smooth the yce, or adde another hew Vnto the Raine-bow; or with Taper-light To seeke the beauteous eye of heauen to garnish, Is wastefull, and ridiculous excesse

            — William Shakespeare, King John, 1623 

Gild, for those who are wondering, may be defined as “to overlay with or as if with a thin covering of gold.” In the 18th and early 19th centuries we see evidence of writers using paint the lily, throw a perfume on the violet, and gilding refined gold, as examples of adding unnecessary ornamentation. 

The work now submitted to the public stands in a very different predicament from any I have mentioned, or alluded to; for though it can neither help us “to paint the lily,” or “throw a perfume on the violet;” it may, by an humble attendance on, give a consequence to, or by its meanness degrade, the company it has had the temerity to intrude into. — F.G. Waldron, Continuation of Ben Jonson's sad shepherd, 1783 

But this luxuriance of proof and instance is painting the lily and gilding refined gold; the evidence is perfectly irresistible. — Monthly Magazine (London, Eng.), Aug. 1826 

By the middle of the 19th century we begin to see the order get a bit mixed up, and writers begin to refer to the lily as the thing to be gilded. 

To praise her, besides, would be gilding the lily, painting refined gold, or something of that sort. — Harry Zona, Wilkes’ Spirit of the Times (New York, NY), 11 Aug.1866 

To remark upon or add anything to this eminently tasteful and patriotic e=sentiment, would—in the words of one of our local orators of former days—be to “gild the lily and paint refined gold.” — The Times of India (Mumbai, Ind.), 18 May 1872 

To sketch the Hon. Edward Spicer Cleveland is as impossible and superfluous as to gild the lily. — Hartford Daily Courant, 29 Sept. 1886 

The reason we enter the not-as-Shakespeare-wrote-it version of this idiom is because it has become far more common than paint the lily (although you may use this as well). Our dictionary aims to provide a record of the language as it is currently used, rather than a record of how Shakespeare wrote (although these two things do often overlap). 

Some have speculated that gild the lily has been so successful because the repeated -il sounds of gild and lily make it memorable. You may continue to use gild the lily, and if anyone points out that you are misquoting Shakespeare you may simply inform them that you are using a well-established English idiom, and not misquoting anyone. 

Or you can reply with an accurate quote from Shakespeare; we’ve always been fond of a certain line from Coriolanus: “I Find the Ass in Compound with the Major Part of Your Syllables.” 


Coriolanus aghast that lily wasn't gilded but painted instead (portrait of John Kemble as Coriolanus by painter Thomas Lawrence, 1798.

Monday, May 3, 2021


In the past three years, high-level officials have publicly conceded their bewilderment about unidentified aerial phenomena. Above: Four mysterious objects spotted in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1952. Photo illustration by Paul Sahre for The New Yorker.  

pfront let’s say Gideon Lewis-Kraus’s article is a bit convoluted. It jumps around the page like the UFOs she describes zipping around our skies. But it is must reading and we learn a new term. Writing in The New Yorker magazine, Lewis-Kraus insists the Pentagon has started taking UFOs seriously. Her premise is for decades, flying saucers were a punch line. Then the U.S. government got over the taboo. 

After reading her article, you may become a believer in all things ufological or chalk it off as same old, same old fodder for the world’s fascination with conspiracy theories. Click here for her article. 

Sunday, May 2, 2021


Non sports centric national media have picked up on
 how much fun it is to watch the Padres, San Diego’s Major League franchise. The latest scribe to jump on the fun friars bandwagon is Alex Kirshner, who recently wrote in penned: “The Most Fun Team in Baseball; Can the San Diego Padres save a struggling sport?" CLICK HERE. 

Reading Andrew Dyer’s “More than ever, baseball’s unwritten rules were made to be broken,” which appeared recently in the Guardian inspired baseball fans at to comment (see below in italics): 

Fernandomania (a Dodger term borrowed from the Fernando Valenzuela era) has resurfaced but this time led by Fernando Tatis, Jr., a 22-year-old superstar, whose antics are raising eyebrows from his Major League peer group. Tatis, the younger, plays the game with zeal. He has fun and his smile and talent has put America’s staid baseball back in the headlines. 

Recently, Tatis and Trevor Bauer of the Dodgers met in league play. The National League’s reigning Cy Young winner gave up a home run to Tatis. During Fernando’s home run jog around the bases he did two things. First while rounding first base, Tatis put his hand over one eye. The gesture was in reference to Bauer making a big deal during Spring Training that he got Padres out by pitching with one eye closed. 

The second gesture happened on the same home run lap when he crossed home plate. It was more subtle. Fernando began swinging his arms harkening to the same sway used by fighter Conor MacGregor. But it wasn’t MacGregor that Fernando was emulating. The arm swinging gesture is used by Trevor Bauer when he strikes out an opponent and walks off the mound to end the inning. 

Of course, there was a flap but this time a friendly one. Bauer said batters should be allowed to strut when they hit a home run “because hitting in the big leagues is hard.” Bauer even offered Tatis tips on how to do a better a Conor MacGregor arms swinging strut when crossing home plate. Many felt the strut was a bit much. Not Bauer. The pitcher gave the Padres credit for showing him up tastefully. The MacGregor style strut (see image, below) was Tatis recalling Bauer. It wasn’t Fernando trying to add the strut to his repertoire of fun loving post-home run shenanigans. 

Let’s get back to Andrew Dyer’s article. We were pleasantly amused at how spot on Dyer’s coverage was albeit being published in a popular Brit tabloid (smile). Here’s Dyer’s piece CLICK HERE

No-no Joe Musgrove pitched first no-hitter in team history

The original Conor MacGregor strut

The Padres v. Dodgers testiness toward each other began in Spring Training when Dodger pitcher Trevor Bauer said he got Padres out by pitching with one eye shut.  Smart?

Saturday, May 1, 2021


Blogger Shane Horan ( went to North Korea, where he discovered Kumrung Coffee shop in capital city of Pyongyang. 

Says Horan: “Dubbed North Korea’s first “hipster cafe”, the Kumrung would certainly not look out of place in Seoul or Melbourne. Complete with exposed brick and chalk board menus, Kumrung’s range of vanilla latte’s and caramel macchiatos are very Instagram worthy. Its head barista trained in China and even flies in coffee beans once a month.” 

Horan noted prices were very high for locals but not in comparison with what the rest of the world charges. 

Kumrung Coffee house is staffed mainly by women.  


Also, read “North Korea’s cafĂ© culture is growing, but coffee is still a luxury brew” by Min Chao Choy, NK News Click here. 

 Is NKNews state run by the North Korean government? The answer is no. Click here for more on NK News. 

Note: daily online magazine style blog is taking a break from our popular weekly "where in the world is this coffee house" feature. For now. 

Friday, April 30, 2021


Rudy, Rudy, Rudy where does it end. Or, is it just beginning? 

o says Vanity Fair magazine’s Bess Levin in her article on the Trump lawyer and crony, who just had his home and office searched by the feds as part of a criminal investigation. 

CLICK HERE for the article.  

Remember to obtain a search warrant, investigators must persuade a judge that a crime was committed and that the search would turn up evidence of the crime. And, we’re not talking about the feds wanting to know what brand of hair dye NOT to use. 

Stay tuned. 



The newly decommissioned amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard left San Diego Bay April 15 for the last time, bound for a Brownsville, Texas, scrapyard. The ship, ravaged in a July fire, will be cut apart and sold for scrap, according to the Navy. For the entire article by Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union Tribune, Military Writer CLICK HERE. 

Flash back to fire: July 2020

Thursday, April 29, 2021


eading pizza making giant Domino's and Nuro, an early leader in self-driving delivery robots, together launched a robot delivery practice run in Houston. 

Last week, select customers who placed a prepaid order on on certain days and times from Domino's in Woodland Heights, located at 3209 Houston Ave., could choose to have their pizza delivered by Nuro's R2 robot. 

Nuro's R2 is the first completely autonomous, occupantless on-road delivery vehicle with a regulatory approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

Domino’s and Nuro are launching autonomous pizza delivery in Houston, beginning last week. This collaboration between Domino's and Nuro will introduce an entirely new delivery experience to pizza lovers. 

Here's how it works: select customers who place a prepaid website order from the participating Domino's store can opt to have their order delivered by R2. 

Customers who are selected will receive text alerts, which will update them on R2's location and provide them with a unique PIN to retrieve their order. 

Customers may also track the vehicle via GPS on their order confirmation page. Once R2 arrives, customers will be prompted to enter their PIN on the bot's touchscreen. R2's doors will then gently open upward, revealing the customer's hot Domino's order. 

"We're excited to continue innovating the delivery experience for Domino's customers by testing autonomous delivery with Nuro in Houston," said Dennis Maloney, Domino's senior vice president and chief innovation officer. "There is still so much for our brand to learn about the autonomous delivery space. This program will allow us to better understand how customers respond to the deliveries, how they interact with the robot and how it affects store operations. The growing demand for great-tasting pizza creates the need for more deliveries, and we look forward to seeing how autonomous delivery can work along with Domino's existing delivery experts to better support the customers' needs." 

"Nuro's mission is to better everyday life through robotics. Now, for the first time, we're launching real world, autonomous deliveries with R2 and Domino's," said Dave Ferguson, Nuro co-founder and president. "We're excited to introduce our autonomous delivery bots to a select set of Domino's customers in Houston. We can't wait to see what they think." 

And, the jury is still out on tipping a driverless delivery. 

To view Domino's full menu or place an order, visit 

About Domino's 

Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is the largest pizza company in the world based on retail sales. It ranks among the world's top public restaurant brands with a global enterprise of more than 17,600 stores in over 90 markets. 

Domino's had global retail sales of more than $16.1 billion in 2020, with nearly $8.3 billion in the U.S. and more than $7.8 billion internationally. In the fourth quarter of 2020, Domino's had global retail sales of more than $5.5 billion, with over $2.7 billion in the U.S. and more than $2.8 billion internationally. 

Its system is comprised of independent franchise owners who accounted for 98% of Domino's stores as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020. Emphasis on technology innovation helped Domino's achieve more than half of all global retail sales in 2020 from digital channels. 

In the U.S., Domino's generated more than 70% of sales in 2020 via digital channels and has developed several innovative ordering platforms, including those for Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Apple Watch, Amazon Echo, Twitter and more. 

In 2019, Domino's announced a partnership with Nuro to further its exploration and testing of autonomous pizza delivery. In mid-2020, Domino's launched a new way to order contactless carryout nationwide – via Domino's Carside Delivery™, which customers can choose when placing a prepaid online order. Order – Company Info – Media Assets – 

About Nuro 

Nuro exists to better everyday life through robotics. The company's custom autonomous vehicles are designed to bring the things you need, from produce to prescriptions, right to your home. 

Nuro's autonomous delivery can give you valuable time back and more freedom to do what you love. This convenient, eco-friendly, safe alternative to driving can make streets safer and cities more livable. Nuro has brought autonomous delivery to local communities in Texas, Arizona, and California—for less driving and more thriving. Company Info – Media Assets – 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021


In a creative look celebrating the METs 150th anniversary of its founding in 2020 was done in composite by Roderick Aichinger. The “visitors” are viewing Emanuel Leutze’s iconic 1851 oil painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” 

few weeks ago this blog published a feature on the Louvre museum in Paris creating download capabilities for its entire collection. Viewers around the world may now see what is stored in this famed museum in Paris for free. 

That posting became the most clicked feature in the 11 year history of this daily online blog that you are now reading. 

In the spirit of art history exploration, we remind readers of the recently closed 150th Anniversary exhibition at the MET. But first please know five decades of Metropolitan Museum of Art publications on art history are available to read, download, and/or search for free CLICK HERE

What a boon to have two of the world’s preeminent fine art museums putting their collections online and for free!  


Published to celebrate The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th anniversary, Making The Met, 1870–2020 by Andrea Bayer with Laura D. Corey examines the institution’s evolution from an idea—that art can inspire anyone who has access to it—to one of the most beloved global collections in the world. 

Focusing on key transformational moments, this richly illustrated book provides insight into the visionary figures and events that led The Met in new directions. Among the many topics explored are the impact of momentous acquisitions, the central importance of education and accessibility, the collaboration that resulted from international excavations, the Museum’s role in preserving cultural heritage, and its interaction with contemporary art and artists. 

Complementing this fascinating history are more than two hundred works that changed the very way we look at art, as well as rarely seen archival and behind-the-scenes images. 

In the final chapter, Met Director Max Hollein offers a meditation on evolving approaches to collecting art from around the world, strategies for reaching new and diverse audiences, and the role of museums today. [Available through MET and Amazon]. 


Earlier this month, Google, as part of its cultural coverage, produced a feature showcasing the exhibition. CLICK HERE. 

The following text in italics is from Google’s editorial: The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870 and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2020. In a flush of optimism following the American Civil War, a group of civic leaders, businessmen, and artists banded together to establish an art museum for New York City. 

They began with a grand idea but without art, a building, or professional staff. Today, The Met holds more than 1.5 million objects spread over 2 million square feet and cared for by 1,600 staff members. 7 million visitors from around the world visit the Museum each year and over 30 million explore its offerings online. Making The Met traces the institution’s history through ten transformative episodes when the Museum’s course changed, evolving in tandem with world events and broader shifts in taste and society. 

The Met’s first trustees had to build a collection from scratch. Early acquisitions ranged from Cypriot antiquities to American paintings, Pre Columbian sculpture, and musical instruments and armor from around the world, reflecting aspirations to become a global collection. The 150th anniversary exhibition was made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. Lead corporate sponsorship is provided by Bank of America. 

The content for Google's online feature is drawn from The Met’s 150th anniversary exhibition, Making The Met, 1870-2020, which was on view from August 29, 2020–January 3, 2021. 

From YouTube, a tour of the 150TH anniversary exhibition. CLICK HERE 


The following text and image captions of the museum's first locations are by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City had two temporary homes. The first and site of the grand opening on Feb. 20 1872 was located in the Dodworth Building at 681 Fifth Avenue. The second home was in the Harriet Douglas Mansion from 1873 to 1879 on West 14th Street. On March 30, 1880, the MET opened to the public at its current site on Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street. 

A 1905 postcard shows the Metropolitan Museum of Art at its current location on 5th Avenue. 

Painting of the Douglas Mansion, the MET's second home.

Interior view of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1881 when the MET was in the Douglas Mansion its second home. Painting by Frank Waller. 

Opening reception in the Dodworth Mansion picture gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 681 Fifth Avenue, February 20, 1872. Wood-engraving published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated, March 9, 1872.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021


As seen from NASA’s International Space Station 261 miles in orbit. CLICK HERE. 


St. Vincent eruption aftermath via NASA satellites. CLICK HERE. 

Monday, April 26, 2021


GUEST OPINION / By Gene Seymour, CNN

Gene Seymour is a critic who has written about music, movies and culture for The New York Times, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @GeneSeymour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. 

The widespread yet varying attention drawn by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's "Hemingway" documentary series -- which ran its course on PBS early this month -- proves, if nothing else, that its subject still lingers in the world's collective consciousness almost a century after his first books were first published. 

While Ernest Hemingway may no longer dominate the literary scene as he had by the middle of the 20th century, the mystique of his public and private lives resonates into the 21st. The most mysterious question is: Why do we still care about him? 

For the rest of Gene Seymour’s opinion piece as it ran on CNN Click Here 

Not by Seymour:

Here is a recording by Hemingway of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. CLICK HERE.

He did not attend the ceremonies,

Sunday, April 25, 2021


for a review by Rachel Martin of former U.S. President George W. Bush’s new book of portraits called Out of Many, One. It features the stories of 43 immigrants—athletes and public servants, business leaders and educators.  

More on other the Bush artwork Portraits of Courage, A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s warriors via Washington Post CLICK HERE. 

Saturday, April 24, 2021


I love the Daily Beast’s “Cheat Sheets,” a collection of newsie stuff that’s informative and definitely fun to read. CLICK HERE

That’s where we discovered Kuju Coffee.  

Available on Amazon, Kuju is instant coffee in pour over’s clothing.. Each pack is a tiny tea bag-sized packet of coffee, pre-ground, pre-measured, ready to go. 

It even has hooks on both sides, so it can hug your mug with the bag gently sitting inside of it without dropping. All you do is rip off the perforation on top and anchor the bag to the mug with the attached paper hooks. From there, you boil some water, and pour directly into the exposed coffee grounds. Coffee will slowly brew through the tea (coffee) bag and directly into your mug. 

Pour over has never been easier, insist the wide-awake editors at the Daily Beast’s “Scouted” section. 


WEEKLY COFFEE QUIZ--Where in the world is this coffee establishment? Answer next Saturday in Coffee Beans & Beings post. 


LAST WEEK’S COFFEE QUIZ ANSWER—Caffe Adesso opens at 5 am weekdays and 6 am on weekends and bills itself as a gourmet coffee drive thru. Since the late 1990s, it has been located just off of Interstate 8 next to a gas station at 1140 Tavern Road in Alpine CA. Perfect on and off site for commuters driving from East County into San Diego. This mom and pop operation is run by the Musgrove Family, who were recently in the headlines after son Joe Musgrove, a homegrown pitcher with the San Diego Padres hurled a no-hitter. Locals rave about the quality of the brews. And, they happily endure the longer lines—for now.