Brug lidt tid på SMK

Statens Museum for Kunst er det museum i Danmark, der tilbyder sine gæster den mest gennemførte online oplevelse. Der er hundredevis af billeder, som vi frit må benytte, dusinvis af foredrag og rundvisninger i samlingerne, som vi kan deltage i hjemme fra stuen. Som jeg tidligere har beskrevet, kan man sågar søge efter malerier efter farve! Jeg kan kun anbefale at gå lidt på opdagelse, så bliver det også sjovere at komme på museet, når vi engang igen må.

Maleriet herover: Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann: En ægyptisk pottesælgerske ved Gizeh, 1899.

Samfund/miljø/politik

Det stikker dybt i det republikanske parti

Her er et brev fra en lokalformand for GOP i Nevada. Prøv at læse det hele, inklusive kommentarerne – det viser dybden af den misinformation, trumpister sumper rundt i. Og at det officielle USA nok bør se lidt nærmere på beskyttelsen af indsættelsesceremonien senere på måneden og af “forræderne” i det republikanske parti. 

At det her er verdensomspændende kan man forsikre sig om ved at læse om “Men in Black”-demonstrationen i København lørdag aften, der passerede under mine vinduer, efter at politiet havde opløst den. På deres Facebook-side skal man lede længe efter, hvad det egentlig er, de kæmper for/imod, men det er i hvert fald noget med frihed. I en af deres videoer fremgår det, at de kæmper mod “frihedsindskrækkende (sic!) restriktioner” og i kommentarsporene kan man bl.a. se, at de kæmper mod tvangsvaccinering. Det er da ned ad bakke og i medvind!

En klimavenlig tomat

Hvordan vælger vi de mest klimavenlige tomater i supermarkedet? Det svarer videnskab.dk på i denne artikel, hvor de også fortæller, at det vigtigste er, at vi prøver at spise de grøntsager, der kan dyrkes uden brug af drivhus her i landet. Lige her i januar bliver det så kun kål og rodfrugter, hvilket de færreste af os er klar til at nøjes med. Men, spanske frilandstomater er bedre end danske drivhustomater, selv når man regner transporten med.

Nyhedsbrev fra Tyskland

Jeg bander jævnligt mit yngre, dovne jeg langt væk, fordi jeg ikke anstrengte mig mere for at få lært et respektabelt tysk og fransk. Jeg forstår lidt, men slet ikke nok. Nu har David Barnwell, som jeg (ikke) kender fra Twitter lavet et nyhedsbrev med skæve nyheder fra Tyskland. Det hedder Fein, og det synes jeg er fint. I første udgave linker han til den her helt vilde animation af Berlins nye lufthavn, som den er planlagt.

Viden

Risiko for vaccineresistens?

I forbindelse med at flere lande planlægger at udskyde vaccine nr. to for at kunne give flere borgere vaccine nr. et, har nogle læger og virologer gjort opmærksom på, at der dermed opstår en risiko for, at der kan opstå en resistent version af virussen, mens vi venter, så at sige. I denne artikel bliver vi beroliget (hvis vi læser helt til slut). Det er muligt, men ikke sandsynligt.

Immunitet

En kær veninde har tilbragt julen i sengen med corona. Det var IKKE sjovt, og hun har stadig ikke rigtigt  fået sin smags- og lugtesans tilbage. En trøst er, at hun med overvejende sandsynlighed ikke kan få corona igen de første 6-9 måneder, men forskerne er virkelig meget forsigtige med at melde ud, fordi vi af gode grunde jo ikke kan vide det! Videnskab.dk har talt med et par forskere.

Rygning

Ja, ja, jeg ved det. Mine rygervenner hader, når jeg går i gang med mine ikke-ryger-prædikener. Men det er altså den rene kærlighed – jeg ønsker ikke, at I skal dø før tid, og jeg ønsker især ikke, at I skal trække vejret gennem et sugerør de sidste år af jeres liv. Her har videnskab.dk lavet en gennemgang af, hvad der sker i kroppen i de første timer, uger, måneder efter rygestoppet.

Palmeolie

Du ved sikkert, at palmeolie er skidt for miljøet. Ved du også hvorfor? Videnskab.dk giver dig svaret.

Regnskov er bare SÅ meget federe end lige rækker af oliepalmer

Teknologi

Zuckerberg og Dorsey, what’s next?

Wireds chefredaktør Steven Levy tygger lidt på fremtidsudsigterne nu, hvor senatet er blevet blåt og efter ugens hændelser. Det er altid værd at læse med, når Steven Levy deler sine tanker.

Om os

Forargelse

Skal vi ikke holde op? Og enten sige *pyt* eller blive ægte vrede og så gøre noget. Zetland har interviewet en psykolog om forargelsen, der er blevet meget mere udbredt end tidligere (fordi det er så nemt at komme af med den), men som er usund for os som mennesker.

Medier

#Jestoo

Her bliver sagt kloge, rolige, afbalancerede ord om fyringen af Jes Dorph. Og særdeles interessante ting om forskellen på, hvor og hvordan vi gamle og de yngre kommenterer på de her sager. Jeg afslører ikke for meget ved at sige, at de unge ikke gider skrive i Facebooks kommentarspor, og at de ikke er enige i medie-Danmarks klagesang.

Kunst og kultur

Nye museer

I løbet af 2021 åbner en lang række nye kunstmuseer over hele kloden, nogle af dem ganske spektakulære. Mange af dem kommer jeg aldrig til at se, men fx gad jeg da VIRKELIG godt se Tadao Andos ombygning af Børsen i Paris til kunstmuseum. Og det nye Munch-museum i Oslo!

Tadao Andos ombyggede børs i Paris

Se listen og billederne af alle de nye museer.

Georgia O’Keefe

Her er den flotteste billedserie med portrætter af Georgia O’Keefe. De fleste er taget af Alfred Stieglitz. At sige, at den dame havde stil, er vist en underdrivelse.

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Musings before Mother's Day

Feminism:

It being Mother’s Day tomorrow, the Times has asked six women, mainly writers, to write a letter to their children at 21 (they all have young children) or to share the advice of their own mothers. Some of these letters are so, so beautiful. I didn’t just well up, I had to go and get a clean hanky out of the drawer. I like Sarah Vine’s and Justine Picardie‘s the best. Found on Tania Kindersley’s brand new blog.

The Times has also compiled a list of the most powerful Muslim women in Britain. An interesting read!

So, at 49, I’ve finally found a word that defines me: Geek Mum

Olivia James writes a very poignant piece about Mother’s Day. Read it if you have a troubled relationship with your own mother!

Food:

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has a weekly food column in the Guardian. If it wasn’t online I’d feel compelled to buy the paper every Saturday. Actually, I might do that anyway, the Weekend Guardian is a very good paper, lots of sustenance! Today it’s about flour. Also one of my pet causes. I buy almost all my flour freshly milled at the Farmers Market, not least the lovely spelt. It’s a totally different experience from the supermarket stuff. Hugh forgets to mention cornmeal – not the dreary stuff that you buy to thicken your gravy, but the real stuff. I use it in muffins, which then look beautiful and yellowish and as one of three types of flour in my sourdough bread.

Sourdough bread & cake with muscovado sugar, cinnamon & courgettes.
Sourdough bread & cake with muscovado sugar, cinnamon & courgettes.

I’ve promised Tania Kindersley to publish my recipe for Panzanella. It’s from The Blue River Café Cook Book. I hope they won’t sue me for copyright infringement…

Panzanella – serves 6:

  • 3 stale ciabatta loaves
  • 1 kg fresh, plum tomatoes, chopped, seeds removed, save juices (key to recipe is the tomatoes actually tasting of something)
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed (I always dump them in boiling water for a bit to take the top of the “sting”)
  • Maldon sea salt (or similar) & freshly ground pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 3 red peppers – grilled until black & skinned, then chopped
  • 2 fresh chillies – not necessary
  • 100 gr salted, large capers
  • 100 gr salted anchovies (these can be ground to a paste and mixed with the dressing)
  • 150 gr black, pitted olives
  • 1 large bunch of basil

Cut the bread (preferably stale) into bite-sized chunks. Mix all “wet” ingredients and toss the bread chunks in this. Mix all ingredients. Don’t serve cold.

Science:

Also in the Guardian, Ben Goldacre again crucifies a number of journalists for their faulty and misleading interpretations of a scientific paper about prostate cancer.

I’ll never stop recommending TED. Probably the best source of ideas on the web. It never, never fails to inspire and to lift my spirits. Here’s about how to grow your own fresh air… What to do when you DO NOT have green fingers?

Tech:

A lot of people are – as usual – angry with the new design of Facebook. Maybe I’m easy, but I’m fine with it… Here’s one who doesn’t like it, but makes a good joke of it.

Here are some very useful tips about how to customise the new Facebook. I’ve already done it – I have some FB friends whose updates are rather boring, to be frank. But I still want to keep them as friends. Done!

I don’t find any reason whatsoever to doubt this story about the GRU and the FSB in Russia using cyber “weapons” against Georgia in the war. But then I’m not a great fan of the Russian Leadership.

Oh yes, and as an Iphone owner I’m thrilled to bits by this. Can’t believe I forgot to write about it earlier!

Politics:

An American soldier tells the moving story of when he accompanied a fallen soldier to his final resting place. Very touching and also enlightning. The Americans are good at honouring their fallen. Would be nice if they were as good – or even better – at honouring the wounded and crippled.

Here’s about the methods of torture applied by the CIA. You know, the ones sanctioned by John Yoo, as mentioned yesterday.

This sounds like a good plan. Geithner reveals how the US will deal with its toxic assets.

See, here’s what sets a respectable Republican apart from one you can’t respect. Please Sarah Palin, can’t you just go elk hunting forever?

How can this and this take place in the same country at the same time? It’s about the right to life on the one hand and the right to a dignified death on the other.

With a few exceptions, which are from my RSS reader, all of the above were harvested over 24 hours on Twitter. So don’t tell me twittering is a waste of time.

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GOP response to Obama's speech in Congress

At the time when Obama’s package was coming together, I looked high and low for an alternative. All the republicans could say was: Lower taxes. Here’s a speech now, which is hailed as the Republican Party’s response to the rescue package – why they voted no. It’s delivered by the Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

A word of warning – I haven’t counted (don’t have time), but I do believe he says “Americans can do anything” more than 20 times… The above Youtube video is only the first part of the speech. If you’re not completely nauseated when you’ve sat through that bit, jump to Youtube to see the other half.

Notice his interesting reference to Hurricane Katrina (he is from Louisiana, after all). Bureaucracy was why the help went haywire, he says. Hm. And then there’s the ever-present tax cuts. The Republicans cut taxes for eight years, consistently. Example: Those who made $1 million/year got a tax relief of $53,000. And those who made $20,000 a year got a $375 tax relief. When Bush came into office, it was with a $237 billion surplus. When he left, it was with a deficit hovering around $1 trillion.

Only after 10 minutes does governor Jindal acknowledge that the Republicans didn’t quite live up to all his blabber, when they were in office. But that’s HISTORY now, he says. Now the Republicans WILL cut bureaucracy and government. And they will work towards bi-partisanship, as long as the Democrats will cut bureaucracy and government. I wont comment on what he says about the American healthcare system. Listen to it yourself… Towards the end of the speech he says something else that sounded a bit strange to my ears. He said “Americans won the struggle for civil rights”. ‘Scuse me, but since it was a STRUGGLE and since no other nations were involved, it must have been some Americans who won over some other Americans?

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