Category Archives: art

Hieronymous Bosch’s 500-year-old butt song from Hell

This is a testimony to the tenacity of human endeavor born of curiosity. Below is Hieronymous Bosch’s great, great painting, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” which I had the pleasure of seeing (with no other gawkers around) when I visited the Prado about a year and a half ago. It was painted between 1490 and 1510. […]

Spot the humans!

We’ve featured Johannes Stötter’s work before (see here), in which he body-paints naked women and puts them in poses that make them look amazingly like animals. I’ve featured the frog below, but no harm in seeing it again. But several readers also called my attention to his producing a chameleon using two painted women, as […]

OMG: $6100!

Bidding on the autographed and Houle-illustrated copy of WEIT has gone up another thousand simoleons, and there’s still a bit more than a day left: I take no credit for that high price, which I attribute to all the nice autographs that festoon the book and the spiffy artwork, but I’m still pleased that it […]

Google Doodle honors mathematician Emmy Noether

Google Doodles these days to be concentrating on the contributions of women in science and technology, and today’s features Emmy Noether, a mathematician born on this day in 1882 (died 1935). If you click on the screenshot below, it will take you to the Google page, and there clicking on the picture itself takes you to a […]

Multiply-autographed and illustrated copy of WEIT finally up for auction, proceeds to charity

In October of 2012 I was invited to the “Moving Naturalism Forward” conference, a small group of people charged with discussing how we could promote naturalism in today’s world. It was organized by Official Website Physicist™ Sean Carroll, funded by the generosity of Nick Pritzker (we paid for our own lodgings and food), and held at […]

Caturday felid trifecta (and lagniappe): Cat sliding, dog tries to reclaim its bed from cat, and kitten pesters cop

There are too many cat things to post today, so I’ll save some for the future. (I should add that I have seven hundred draft posts that will probably never see the light of day). This is an excellent video, for the cat clearly loves being slid along the floor: it keeps coming back for more. […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Moar birds today. We have two from regular Diana MacPherson: This photo is a female red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) on the fat. You can tell she is a female because the top of her head is not red. People often see these birds and notice the red neck and cap and wonder why they are called […]

Caturday felids, art edition: The King of the Cats, and a Japanese hot spring for cats

Here’s a tw**t from Bibliophila showing the King of the Cats: But of course all cats are kings! Here’s a tw**t from April (a person) via Matthew Cobb, showing an onsen (Japanese hot spring resort) for kitties, just like the one you’ll soon see for capybaras: The full image is here. Be sure to notice all the details. One cat is washing […]

Holiday snaps: India, Khajuraho

Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a group of temples, both Hindu and Jain, about 350 miles south of Delhi. My hosts and I travelled there on the overnight train from Nizamuddin Station in Delhi (a hellhole; I was standing on a filthy platform in the cold, waiting for a train that was six hours late, […]

Egyptian cat art

Here are four nice carved cats in the Louvre, a photo tw**ted by Sarah Scott (h/t Matthew Cobb): I’ve been to the Louvre many times, and looked at their extensive Egyptian collection which includes many cat mummies, but never saw this piece. For photos of Egyptian cats art, go here and here, and see here for more on the […]

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