3 Things for Yesterday- The Met Images, Ursula Tattoos, and Making it Through the Day

by - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Street Minstel, Gose- Shinichi Suzuki 1870's- from http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/05/metropolitan-museum-of-art-releases-400000-hi-res-images-into-the-public-domain/
1. That the Met Released 400,000 Images Yesterday (for non-commercial use... does this blog count?)- Just poking around the images makes for a really fun (though not necessarily productive) Memorial Day. Check out their archive here. Beyond just being a great resource for academics and non-academics alike, the Met making a choice like this changes the game in terms of how digitally accessible a museum makes its archive to the regular public. Art historians like to claim that you have to be in the presence of the object to really experience it, and I don't disagree, but now having worked in museum education, I can appreciate how excited visitors are just to see something they already recognize. Making a collection available broadly will enhance the visits of people when they do get to the Met, and it allows them access to things they may not otherwise see. I love it.

from http://io9.com/now-this-is-an-epic-little-mermaid-chest-tattoo-1581760479/+burtreynoldsismyspiritguide1
2. This tattoo- Kudos to Mark Barela and his tattoo artist Mathew Tillman for understanding that the best thing about the Little Mermaid is clearly Ursula. It really is a beautiful tattoo, and she looks amazing in it. I love it.
3. That not all holiday weekends are so holiday-ish- Nothing like our evil fridge and a work day at home to really bring the joy. It was like a picnic where all your food went bad and your company was very very crabby. Ah, the memories. The fridge guy is coming this afternoon (hence no Children's Museum today), and I am excited to have a working fridge again.

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