Monday, January 30, 2017

the Kitchen God

It is believed that the Kitchen God has spend a year blessing our food and our cooking (which one must be thankful for!), apart from this he has been monitoring our virtue and evil deeds and will depart in the morning to report to the Jade Emperor. To thank him for his hard work and to avoid any slip up with his report, special food has to be offered for this occasion. lunar 24th December, is the day for thanking the Kitchen God. On this day, the Kitchen God is about to depart to do his yearly report to the Jade Emperor; a summary of the good and bad deeds of the family his has been with. This is the day the family should thank him for his presence and to sweeten him up a bit so he will speak well of them. Previously we talked about preparing the Kitchen God for his report to the Jade Emperor, traditionally the (4th day of Chinese New Year) is the day to welcome him back to the household. The feast would be the same as that is served for welcoming a guest that has travelled from afar. Everyone in the household has to be present so he can keep his censors for the new year correctly.
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fra Bartolommeo

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has the world’s largest collection of drawings by Fra Bartolommeo (1473-1517), comprising 500 sheets from two famous albums owned by Florentine collector Niccolò Gabburri (1729). A selection of 125 of these will be shown together with twenty drawings from museum collections abroad. They are studies for ten religious paintings that will be shown in the Netherlands for the first time, loaned by museums, cathedrals and private collections in Italy, France and the United States. The paintings range from a small diptych for private devotion from the Uffizi in Florence to a monumental 4-metre-high altarpiece from Lucca. Together the drawings and paintings give a unique insight into the creative process of one of the master painters of the Renaissance. Fra Bartolommeo (Brother Bartholomew, the religious name of Baccio della Porta) entered the Dominican brotherhood halfway through his career. Like Fra Angelico a century earlier, he worked in the famous convent of San Marco in Florence, where he painted exclusively religious subjects including large altarpieces. Fra Bartolommeo is relatively unknown in the Netherlands yet alongside Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo, he was one of the four most illustrious artists of the Italian High Renaissance. All four worked in Florence in the years 1500-1508. Fra Bartolommeo drew two portraits of Michelangelo and was a friend of the young Raphael. In his famous book ‘Lives of the Most Eminent Painters’ (1550), the great Florentine artist, collector and biographer Giorgio Vasari praised Fra Bartolommeo for the quality of his paintings and his manner of working: from drawing to painting. Read more @ nytimes

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

clicking clean


The Internet needs a lot of energy, and its footprint grows every day as we live more and more of our lives online. That’s why Greenpeace is calling on major Internet companies to lead the way in renewable power. Over the past few years, after hearing from Greenpeace supporters, both Apple and Facebook committed to 100 percent renewable energy, causing major investments in wind and solar energy. 
score: AAAAB, Apple’s aggressive pursuit of its commitment to power the iCloud with 100% renewable energy has given the company the inside track among the IT sector’s leaders in building a green Internet. Apple has made good on its pledge by building the largest privately owned solar farms at its North Carolina data center, working with its utility in Nevada to power its upcoming data center there with solar and geothermal energy, and purchasing wind energy for its Oregon and California data centers. Apple’s commitment to renewable energy has helped set a new bar for the industry, illustrating in very concrete terms that a 100% renewable Internet is within its reach, and providing several models of intervention for other companies that want to build a sustainable Internet. Download the full report. LINK click clean

Sunday, January 08, 2017

The Golden Section Finder

Parsons & Charlesworth 
Thanks to Jules van der Vuurst de Vries and Willy 

Parsons & Charlesworth is an experimental and speculative design studio founded in 2014 by Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth After running independent practices they joined forces to pursue projects that combine influences from fiction, science and the arts with disciplinary knowledge in craft and industrial design, to produce work that explores the rhetorical and narrative opportunities of designed objects. Their combined ways of working cohere and reveal a shared ideology that is variously open, explorative, playful, provocative, bittersweet and ironic. In broad terms their work conveys the possibilities for change that design embodies, whether this change concerns how everyday objects are perceived and used, or how wider subjects, such as death, climate change, or personal survival, are considered. The task of conveying alternative possibilities for design and future ways of living does not need to be restricted to a single medium or mode of production. The studio output includes writing, printed publications, mass-produced objects and one-offs or limited editions. By working in this way they hope to be able to provide material to a wide range of different audiences. LINK The Golden Section Finder

Monday, January 02, 2017

16KNO3 S8 + -> + 8K2SO4 16NO 2KNO3 + 3C -> N2 + K2CO3 + CO2 + CO

Firework DPhoto

By emissions of carbon dioxide Fireworks contributes to the greenhouse effect. Fireworks also causes acid rain: is a matter of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere. There are also heavy metals (lead and zinc) into surface water, soil and sewage sludge. Fireworks also caused a concentration of tiny particles in the air (smog): there is no point in the year when the air is so polluted as on January 1, between midnight and one o'clock. In people with a disease of the airways or with cardiovascular disease, this can lead to acute symptoms. Fireworks consists of 75% of potassium nitrate (KNO3), and for the rest carbon (15%) and sulfur (10%). The combustion is caused by a combination of a fuel (C and S), and oxygen from potassium nitrate. LINK firework in Rotterdam