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Hooray, The Summer Flickr is here at last!
« on: June 25, 2016, 06:01:44 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Yes, this is the first Flickr of the Summer, my favorite season with Spring right behind, Fall a distant third and Winter dead last. Let’s enjoy it while we can. That makes me think of my departed ancient Aunt whose attitude to my enjoyment would closely mirror her comment when I would visit her on the first day of my vacation. I would tell her how pleased I was that I was on vacation and she would reply, it will be over before you know it. Which was true but not something I particularly cared to dwell on. I loved her but she could be a bit of a wet blanket.

I complained about technology in my last email and it took a small bite of my week again this week. I was working from home on Friday morning, in my office computer remotely, when it stopped responding. I went to email a colleague who was physically in the office to ask if the Internet there had gone down. When I saw my email not going anywhere I realized the Internet was out on my end. I picked up my phone and it was dead. Then I went to my rotary phone and it was also dead. Not a good sign. The television was working but that wasn’t going to do me any good insofar as work.  I went into the basement to look at the big Verizon box. I had to go back upstairs and get my glasses since I couldn’t really see the writing next to the little lights. Then I had to get the magnifying glass since I couldn’t read it from the top lens as it was too close nor from the bottom lens which wasn’t close enough. Eventually I determined that everything seemed ok although the MOCA light, I have no idea what the acronym stands for, was kind of flickering. But I found myself once again completely disconnected from the outside world. While I pondered what to do, the phone and Internet came back.

I called Verizon and the robot at the beginning of the call said, I see you are calling from home. Well, where else would I be? Then it told me there was an outage in the area that would be fixed by 9:30 PM. As it was around 11AM and I was working I was concerned it might go out again. When I spoke to a human being she said there was an outage and they were fixing it one account at a time. I was lucky to be one of the first and they didn’t expect it to go out again. But she couldn’t really tell me what MOCA was either and basically said to ignore it.

At any rate I realized that I didn’t want to again be in the position of not being able to call Verizon when the phone went out. I’ve said I planned on getting a cellphone when I retired and yesterday I decided to move up the decision. I just bought an Android TracFone which several of my friends have and they are completely satisfied with it. I’m annoyed at Amazon. It cost $35 with $7.29 shipping and was eligible for free shipping if the total was $49. I found a pocket flashlight which would have brought me to the total. Both were described as eligible for free shipping but when I added it to the cart, only the flashlight had free shipping.  Amazon can act in unpredictable ways too. I should receive it by July 1st which is good as I go down to the shore the following day to celebrate my friend’s daughter’s sixteenth birthday. I’ll bring it with me and have one of them program it and show me how it works. I don’t expect to use it very often, I have no one really that I need to call nor is there anyone who really needs to call me. Basically I want it for is situations like I just described and for when I travel if it’s an emergency or I want to call a cab. Trac Fones seem to be perfect for my use,  I can sign up for $99 a year which will give me 1200 minutes of phone and text and 1200mb data. I have stubby little fingers and I know using the device will not be easy as the few times I’ve been handed my friend’s phone to look at something I’ve brushed across it and either closed it or moved away from what I was supposed to be looking at. It will be an adventure. I was concerned that nowhere on the Amazon page did it mention a charger but I contacted TracFone and they assured me a charger is part of the package. So, for me, another inch into the 21st Century. Kicking and screaming all the way.

I feel like I should let the media know since I’m guessing I’m the last holdout.

Today was a truly beautiful day and I went back to the Metropolitan Museum of art to visit a different part of Asia. This time it was the second rotation of the Chinese exhibit, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection. Like the Japanese it was very enjoyable. Mostly hanging scrolls and handscrolls which unroll from side to side, most in black and white with a few in color.

Here are a few I especially liked.

Wang Xizhi watching geese, one of the colorful ones, done in a deliberately unrealistic style.  http://tinyurl.com/j5jczes
 
Living Aloft. I suspect I like this one because it is an, “idealized vision of life in retirement: separated from the outside world by a stream and a rustic wall.” Living a life in retirement in peace and quiet sounds like a good deal to me. I’m ready to start now.  http://tinyurl.com/hypusc2

Luohan. This rather large, rather macabre image is of a Buddhist Arhat or perfected person who had miraculous powers which in this case is exemplified by his holding a begging bowl that has miraculously filled with flowers. I find it a very powerful image. http://tinyurl.com/jv76758

This is a link to all the images in the second rotation.  Click on the plus sign next to rotation two to start the listing of the images. http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2015/masterpieces-of-chinese-painting Many of the scrolls are fairly large and don’t reproduce that well on our computer screens; additionally some of them are very dark to the point that I had problems with them even standing in front of them. This is due mostly to my rather poor vision. I’ve complained about the Met website and I’ll do it again now, aside from being cumbersome, despite their saying that they are showing all the images in the exhibit, that isn’t true.

Well, perhaps this will prompt one of our board members to take a trip to the Met and visit the Far East along with all the other wonderful genres.

Now let’s tiptoe over to the Flickrs.

Andy G.

90er Brautkleid 4

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0015

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Untitled

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LA NOVIA

https://www.flickr.com/photos/56282790%40N05/26260523140/

160503_Jamie-118

https://www.flickr.com/photos/134551354%40N03/26827008562/

Sissy Danielle

https://www.flickr.com/photos/112581963%40N05/26988285021/

Yellow sissy pair

https://www.flickr.com/photos/queerina_slutskaya/27002079146/

I am such a lucky little bitch

https://www.flickr.com/photos/138580735%40N03/26958250736/

2016-04-15_21.40.33

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160503_Jamie-78.05

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long time no see

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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2016, 05:10:38 PM »
Amazon policy seems to vary week to week & month to month. Something will say "free shipping" but you need a minimal purchase of $35, or $50, or $60 depending on the month & how Amazon feels like treating you at the time. And the total has to add up to that much before shipping. So half that $60 order may be just shipping charges, so they see the order is only $30.

Shipping is usually grossly overcharged anyway. Like $4.95 shipping for a $4 micro-SD card. The tiny thing is lighter than a post card & easily will fit in any standard mail envelope. That means shipping should be around 40 cents.

The seller can print "free shipping" on the product page, but charge for shipping anyway at checkout in hopes you don't notice it or think it's for something else.

Amazon Prime is a joke. Most of the people I know with Prime didn't get discounts or free shipping on the stuff they buy at Amazon. It seems their stuff they order there usually don't "qualify" for Amazon Prime discounts or free shipping.

It's also dangerous to buy at Amazon. The same shady sellers at ebay & craigslist also sell at Amazon, under a different name. Some of them even use a popular store name, but they're not really from that store. I consider Amazon the most risky place to shop online.

I've had plane tickets for Kenya ordered on my credit card within a day of placing an Amazon order. I've had someone order over $1,000 of stuff from Bed, Bath, & Beyond on my credit card the day after placing an Amazon order. Someone tried to order thousands of dollars of computer stuff from Tiger Direct on my credit card after I placed an order at Amazon.

That was a few years ago. All that horror stopped when I stopped using Amazon, & never had any problems again. My sister's primary email address seems to almost always get hacked & hijacked right after ordering at Amazon.

Even reputable companies & stores, sell their grade "B" products, factory rejects or defects, & returns at Amazon. That trackphone is most likely used, a return, or a factory reject.

You can't even buy a new hard drive from anyone at Amazon anymore. Through Amazon, they only ship out returns, used, or drives with defects. Setting those "new" drives up with diagnostic tools, most of them show they had 10,000-40,000 hours usage on them or are damaged/defective.

Or check the model number, & you see the company hasn't made the hard drive since 2007 or 2013. No, it's not old stock someone had in a back room. Any decent drive 2 or more years old has been sold, & was not sitting in the back gathering dust. They must be sold quickly because the older the model is, the less it would sell for. So nobody is gonna leave older un-used drives in back un-sold for a couple years unless there's something wrong with them. They all must go quick, or they devaluate over time & are worth less.

I see a lot of "New" WD, Hitachi, HGST, Toshiba, & Seagate drives under 500gb for sale. None of those manufacturers made mechanical drives under 500gb since 2013. That means all of those "new" drives for sale at Amazon are really used, returns, or defects. They may work good enough for your uses, or they may arrive DOA or die in a few months, but almost none of them are really new or good drives.

This is why there's so many conflicting reviews for the same drives or products there. WD is the best, most reliable drive you can buy. But the places with the most bad reviews about them are also the places that sell a lot of them used (claiming they're new), or selling returns. Without setting up diagnostics & doing some research, the average user doesn't know they just got a 3-9 year old hard drive, a return, or factory defect from Amazon.

One "new" drive I got from Amazon a few years ago, said it was a WD drive. It was clearly stamped & marked as a WD drive. It looked like a new drive, & almost like most WD drives. It was slow & noisy. Setting it up on diagnostics, showed it was a 7 year old Seagate drive with 26,000 hours on it, & several bad clusters. The Amazon seller actually printed up a WD drive label, & put it on a cheaper, older, worn out, used Seagate drive!

I got 2, USB hard drives from Amazon for Christmas gifts for someone a few years ago. I planned on filling them up with cool stuff for them. They both died after putting around 160gb in them. I crack them open to discover both of them had very old & worn out 2007 drives in them, but I paid for new ones.

Seagate is probably the worst popular brand to get, with an average life expectancy of only 10,000-20,000 hours. WD are 40,000-60,000 hours. But look at all the rave reviews Seagate gets. Wait, these are the same places notoriously noted for lots of fake reviews. The company, store that's selling them, or their friends wrote those reviews.

Many people get free products for writing reviews about them too. Many of them write praising reviews about bad products, just to encourage them to send them more cool free stuff to review. So the reviewer feels compelled to write a good review to keep nice free, sometimes expensive cool stuff coming in. Most of my bedding, high-end router, tablet, cereal, powdered milk, & 2 coffee makers I got for free just by reviewing them.

But unlike my fellow reviewers, they don't like me much, because if a product sucks, I will say so. So they don't send me much, or much cool stuff. Surely if I lied & praised everything, I'd be getting a free tablet, TV, monitor, radio, or lots of free food every month.

The best low-price phone service or pay as you go service currently comes from PureTalk, https://www.puretalkusa.com/ They even have huge senior discounts if you're over 60.

Buy your own phone or one of theirs, or just get the SIM card to use the service with any non-verizon & non-sprint phone. Smart phones with 4" touch screens can be had for $50-$60, with occasional sales even lower. A 4" touch screen is fine for large stubby fingers.

If you have wifi, you can have phone over wifi with any device with google voice... even on a $29-$36 nice large 7" screen android tablet. A $50 or less battery backup system (UPS system) just for your modem & wireless router, insures your wifi stays on during a power failure. But in most cities, free wifi is usually just a few blocks a way.

Beware "signing up" for a year for phone service. The small print usually says you made a commitment contract for 2 years. Early cancellation is a $300-$500 fee, which they will withdraw from your bank or credit card without your knowledge or permission if you cancel early. Changing your service in any way, even to cut back service or minutes, is considered an automatic contract renewal, so you're automatically committed for another 2 years just by cutting back minutes, messaging, or getting a different phone.

Ordering a phone or anything else in the USA should take only 3-5 days to arrive at your door in the USA... except around a holiday, not over a week unless it had to be back-ordered or something.

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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2016, 07:02:35 AM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This will be a quick note to wish everyone on the board a Happy Fourth of July, at least those of you in the States. I hope everyone else has a good weekend as well. I’m going down to the Jersey shore to help celebrate my friend’s daughter’s sixteenth birthday. The birthday girl said she wanted to bake her own birthday cake but asked if I would bake a double batch of my cinnamon almond sugar cookies. Need you ask, two batches of cookies ready to go.

I received my first cellphone and have had adventures with the initial setup but I activated it and made a call. I had a lot of trouble with gmail which didn’t recognize my accounts which I guess isn’t surprising as I have problems on the web as well. As I don’t use it it’s not really a problem. I was struck at how small the device is, about a third of the size of the cigarette packs I kept in my shirt pocket all those years ago. I’m bringing it with me and my friends, after getting up from fainting from the shock, will give me a tutorial on how it works. I don’t have anyone I need to call and no one who needs to call me so I don’t expect to use it very much. Basically I wanted it so I could call Verizon when my landline is down or when I’m traveling and something untoward occurs.

Andy G.

Tracey was born to serve

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Hopelessly Pink

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Cute in all sizes

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SDC10038

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CG4

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Shiny Airways...

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John's Journey to Femininity

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2015_relaxing_0456

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Blonde girl

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brbr3

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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2016, 11:30:20 AM »
have a happy 4 of july andy,and glad you managed to work out how to programme your new phone.Every time i get a new phone i also have too reprogramme the phone and also transfer all of my business and private numbers over,so you are now the jet setter of a new mobile phone

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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2016, 05:22:03 AM »
I just realized my Samsung Smart phone just turned 7 years old this spring. I got it for only $45 with a mail-in rebate, & a 1 year commitment to T-mobile. Google store, google play, & google apps won't even go on it anymore because they consider it obsolete. Facebook apps stopping running on it in spring too. Basically everything that runs lots of spyware & ads on your phone without your permission won't run on it, because it wasn't designed to run garbage. It doesn't have a big processor or enough memory to run adware & spyware.

The good news is all the basic android apps, before google, FB, & Amazon got their hands into Android still work good. With wifi I can still get on the web with it, with basic android browsers. 4" screen is plenty big enough for a phone that should easily fit in a pocket. OLED screen too. The original battery is weak though. On standby or just simple quick texting it'll last a couple days. But I probably only get about an hour of talk time, surfing time, video time, & music play time on that old battery. Most people report they need a new battery or phone every 1-2 years, so I guess it's doing good.

All my numbers were written on paper, with my most used numbers on a small paper in my wallet. So when I got the phone, it took less than an hour to type them all in - - with no touch screen experience back then. These days, I have the same numbers in a .txt folder on every of my active computers, & 2 external drives. So I won't be losing any numbers, but if I get another phone, I'll have to type them in again.

My quad core 8gb 7" tablet that I got for free to review, runs great. Out-performs my 2005 laptop. But my 2005 laptop still runs better than it did new. Let's see if this $36-$50 tablet will even last 2 years. The battery isn't replaceable unless you break it open & remove the screen to get at it... and the battery is soldered in. I might be able to do it, but is it worth it to spend a few days getting it apart, finding a battery, & trying to put it all back together? Using SSD/flash memory inside, after a couple years, the memory might almost be worn out. Yes, SSDs do still wear out faster than mechanical drives, regardless of what the PAID reviewers tell you, after doing unrealistic tests on them that don't simulate any real world usage.

I like my phones & computers because I can open them up, & put them back together in minutes - - and all the parts are common, upgradeable, easy to find items. I also choose models that should last for years without me doing anything to them.

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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2016, 04:45:47 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Well, our mini heat wave is over, several days in the 90’s.  it was in the 60’s when I awoke and hasn’t gotten too far into the 70’s. And it’s been cloudy all day with the threat of rain although it hasn’t started yet. My first week of vacation this year has started and I’m hoping for a nice week. Today was a little cool for my tastes but I’m the outlier in that respect, most people appear to be happier with the cool weather than the hot. I’m also hoping that next July I will have no need of a vacation or should I say no job to vacation from.

I don’t have any plans for the week aside from visiting my dentist on Monday to get my permanent crowns put in. Hopefully once that’s done it won’t feel like I’m chewing my food with someone else’s teeth. Afterwards I’ll visit my dermatologist for my full body scan. Before I had one I assumed it involved some kind of machine while I now I know that it is just a visual examination. It brings to mind Gary Larson’s cartoon of the Cat scan with a doctor standing over a patient holding a cat aloft. The body scan is for melanoma, something I’ve been told I am susceptible to owing to my very fair skin and the fact that I had multiple bad sunburns as a child. I never tanned, just burned and of course back then we didn’t worry about such things. And I’m thinking of also seeing a specialist about my elbow which bothers me when I do my chins and pullups. I damaged it years ago when I was lifting weights and it’s never really came back. It generally only bothers me when I do the exercise but I want to continue doing it and I think I need to have it looked at. It’s amazing how many doctors one can acquire as one ages. My brother tells me that every time he visits a doctor generally the recommendation is that he see another doctor. Apparently it’s a large fraternity.

Anyway, today I took a walk up to the Metropolitan Museum for a very small exhibit entitled  Printing a Child's World. It concerned images used in children’s books and containing children. The main attraction was nine original watercolors by Randolph Caldecott (1887) for the children's book The House That Jack Built. The Caldecott medal, named after the artist, is for most distinguished American picture book for children. There were also some wood engravings by Winslow Homer and Thomas Nast as well as a very nice painting by Seymour Joseph Guy, Story of Golden Locks, the precursor to the Goldilocks fairy tale. You can see that painting on the Met website, with a description of the exhibit, here http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2016/printing-a-childs-world  This is another article on the exhibit.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/PRINTING-A-CHILDS-WORLD-Exhibition-Showcases-Childrens-Illustrations-at-the-Met-20160627  This is my favorite image from the book, The House That Jack Built, it’s of the cat. http://www.randolphcaldecott.org.uk/imgpicbk/CatHseJackBltP9.jpg The exhibit is on the mezzanine in the American Wing, right next to the permanent rotating baseball card exhibit which was fun as well. Baseball cards from before the beginning of the 20th Century into the 1970’s.

I guess that’s it for today, let’s see what’s doing at the Flickrs.

Andy G.

Sat on the side

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Winter Angel MISAKKY 001

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playing with the petticoat of my new sissy dress

https://www.flickr.com/photos/10974572%40N05/26718608085/

AshleyAnn

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Stephanie and the Ladybug

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stephaniewardlow98/4812197606/

Keystone 2016

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stephaniewardlow98/26331762122/

Venus Belle ´″°³♡

https://www.flickr.com/photos/cross_dresser/22018709273/

New Dress. Already love it.

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Unclear

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What can I help you today boss?

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Tiffany LTU S4-1

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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2016, 06:37:10 AM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This is the end of the first week of my vacation which I very much enjoyed aside from the 2 ½ hours in the dentist chair on Monday. I wasn’t expecting this four tooth crown to be a series of visits. Look forward to when they are firmly planted in my mouth and playing nicely with their neighbors. I also look forward to next July when hopefully I’ll have no job to need a vacation from.

I went to the Frick on Tuesday for another very small exhibition, Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France. This was held in the basement of the Frick and it was all in one room. Three oil paintings by Watteau as well as three oils by his predecessors and followers. One of the oils has always hung at the Frick, another was a recent find and is held in private hands, while the third is from the York Gallery. 13 red chalk drawings, studies for the oils. Watteau wasn’t interested in the actual war scenes but focused on the individual men who fought. In a six degrees of separation moment, I came across one of the drawings and noted it was a promised gift to the National Gallery from someone I had met, a longtime friend of my brother.  This is a link to the Frick webpage description of the exhibit. http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/watteau  This is a link to all the objects in the exhibit. Click on each one to enlarge.  http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/watteau/all This is a review from the NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/15/arts/design/watteaus-peacefully-bittersweet-war-scenes.html?_r=0

Then on Wednesday I went to the Met Breuer to see, diane arbus: in the beginning.

I always walk up to the museums from the Port Authority and this time I completely spaced out and forgot where the Breuer was. It’s on Madison and 75th Street. Walking uptown I didn’t cross over to Madison until 79th Street and got all the way up to 86th Street before I stopped someone and asked where the museum was. When they told me, I realized my error. So it was eleven blocks out of the way going and coming, more miles to add to my pedometer. It was a very interesting show with over 100 photographs, about half of them having never been on view before. She was a sad, strange lady who committed suicide at an early age. Very sexually promiscuous. She came from a noted family, they owned the Russeks department stores. Her brother, Howard Nemerov, was a Pulitzer prize winning poet. It turns out they had a sexual relationship. She was married to the actor Alan Arbus who you may remember played the psychiatrist on MASH. They originally were partners in a very successful photography business but they broke up the Company when they divorced although they remained good friends up until her death. The photos are mostly snapshots of people on the street and she was attracted to oddballs. Someone in the gallery described them as quirky and that’s a good adjective. She made pictures of the action on the screen in movies.  In many of them, where the person is facing the camera, it doesn’t look to me like they are pleased to be the subject. Others pose for her.  Some of them appear to have been taken in poor lighting and have a slightly blurred effect. These are early pictures and sometime after these photos were taken she changed her equipment and made the clearer photos you would expect. One of her most famous photos is of two little girls, identical twins from Roselle, NJ, standing side by side looking out at the viewer. It’s said that Stanley Kubrick was taken by the image and incorporated it into his movie The Shining.

You can see them here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Identical_Twins,_Roselle,_New_Jersey,_1967.jpg

Another was of the Jewish Giant with his parents which was exactly what the title said. A very large man who I believe suffered from acromegaly, a growth disorder. The picture shows him at home, standing in front of the couch with his parents, two small elderly people in front of him.

You can see them here. http://dianearbusart.blogspot.com/2009/11/jewish-giant-at-home-with-his-parents.html

This is a link to the Met website description of the exhibit. http://www.metmuseum.org/press/exhibitions/2016/diane-arbus There’s a brief video towards the end of the page. You can see more images at the Met Twitter feed https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%23dianearbus
And this is a link to the NY Times review. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/15/arts/design/diane-arbus-met-breuer-in-the-beginning.html

Afterwards I took my third walk through the Met Breuer’s Unfinished Art exhibit which was just as good as the first time. Almost walked out without seeing the really magical Jan Van Eyck drawing but luckily I remembered right as I was walking down the steps. http://content.ngv.vic.gov.au/col-images/api/EPUB002128/1280

Thursday I visited the Morgan Library and saw two wonderful exhibits. First, Rembrandt's First Masterpiece. The exhibit’s main focus is the oil painting Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver which he painted at the age of 23. A brilliant composition. It’s from a British private collection and has never been exhibited in the United States. It’s surrounded by his preliminary sketches and etchings as well as early self-portraits.  This is a link which discusses the exhibit and also contains a short video about the painting. At the bottom of the page are images from the exhibit. It you click on the first one the rest of the images follow in an automated slide show. I’ve seen versions of some of the etchings before in different venues, the most recent time was the large installation at a recent auction. http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/rembrandts-first-masterpiece  This is a link to a review in the NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/arts/design/rembrandts-first-masterpiece-a-portrait-of-a-biblical-betrayal.html?_r=0

The second exhibit was City of the Soul: Rome and the Romantics. Very pleasant exhibit of drawings, watercolors and early photographs.

This is a link to the Morgan website description of the exhibit. http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/city-of-the-soul

This is a link to the Morgan Library press release which has images. In particular is JMW Turner’s watercolor, Interior of St. Peter’s Basilica which shows the enormity of the structure as the figures at the bottom look like ants in comparison to the capaciousness of the building. Also images by Corot and Piranesi. http://www.themorgan.org/sites/default/files/pdf/press/CityOfTheSoulPressRelease.pdf  Here’s a link to a larger image of the Turner. http://www.themorgan.org/drawings/item/247253#overlay=node/8535/zoomify

Many of the items in the exhibit are from the Morgan collection and one that I especially enjoyed was a portrait drawing by Ingres which you can see here. http://www.themorgan.org/collection/drawings/109863

And to end my vacation week, on Friday I visited the Met and walked back into 18th Century India for Poetry and Devotion in Indian Painting: Two Decades of Collecting. Another small show of 22 paintings, mostly watercolors. Very bright colors, incredibly ornate and filled with images of people, animals, deities and other things. One of the small paintings has actual pearls affixed. I’m definitely warming up to this genre and very much enjoyed this exhibit. This was my favorite today, Escapade at Night. It shows a nobleman climbing a rope to visit his lover. There’s really a lot going on here, three levels of activity or non-activity with the guards on the ground floor asleep. The storm clouds above, the cows just hanging out and the town in the background.  http://tinyurl.com/jgbbn2y

This is an essay on the exhibit from the curator of Asian Art at the Met and it is filled with images. https://metmuseum.atavist.com/poetryanddevotion

This is a link to all the paintings in the exhibit and you can click on them to enlarge them. http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/objects?exhibitionId=a06f110d-91b0-48d1-8233-51401c3e2982

It wasn’t until I read Friday’s NY Times that I discovered the Met has two Indian painting exhibits. They reviewed a much larger exhibit in the newspaper which I guess I’ll see in a couple of weeks.

And today I’m taking a friend who has a little boy who just turned one year old to visit the Brooklyn Museum. I called the museum to see if there were any restrictions on bringing children in and the woman laughed and said, don’t touch the art. She added that adults shouldn’t touch it either. We will all try to abide by that rule.

And now before I forget, let’s get to the reason I started this whole thing.

Andy G.

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Re: Hooray, The Summer Flickr is here at last!
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2016, 10:14:06 AM »
so Andy ,you will be retiring completely next year,well we all have too retire sometimes,time creeps up on you as the years roll on.

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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2016, 05:32:29 PM »
Hi Samantha,

I'm really looking forward to it and I feel lucky that I can choose when the time comes rather than have circumstances dictate it.

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Re: Hooray, The Summer Flickr is here at last!
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hi Andy G 
that is the best way when you can choose when you retire,and judging from all the writing you do ,it sounds like you will  have lots to do too keep you occupied


 

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