Thursday, June 09, 2016

Baseball Cards and Fine Art

Prufrock (if you're not subscribed, you're ill-informed) linked to a piece in the New York Times last week about vast quantities of fine that are locked away in storage in free ports around the world. (If you want to know more about that or what a "free port" is, I commend the article to you.) The article notes that a number of works sold for more than $100M are among those stored away. Which is a bit ridiculous.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

How I Know I Work in a Hippy-Dippy Left-Wing City

In the small plaza across from my office there are two small pillars (plinths?). On top of each of these plinths (pillars?) is a small statue. Each of these statues is a woman. Each of these women is, apparently, doing yoga. In the nude.

No, I'm not going to post a picture.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Pirates, Assassins, and Templars

The Assassin's Creed series has a lot of problems if examined at all closely. The gameplay does tend to be very repetitive. The underlying "philosophy" is half-baked and peculiar. The story isn't particularly inventive. By the same token though, there are some very viscerally satisfying moments. The slow-motion drop from a rooftop onto a target doesn't get old. And one gets a distinct sensation of being the baddest man around from dropping into a crowd of a couple dozen guards and then walking away casually after piling up the bodies.

But!