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August 2006 Archives

Is your mortgage an "exotic debt-trap"

If you have an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM), can you afford the new payment?

The only question I have is whether the banks will be able to cash in on all those repossessed houses after the real-estate tumble, or will prices be so low that they also lose their shirts?

"Exotic debt-trap mortgages about to turn on their owners," boingboing, August 30, 2006

August 31, 2006 07:28 AM   Link    Caught Our Eye    Comments (0)

Don't honk at granny ...

Careful who you honk at ...

August 27, 2006 09:47 PM   Link    Humor    Comments (0)


We are shocked, shocked, that the two parties are practicing the art of politics in regards to the thwarted terror bombings. And even more shocked, shocked, that each party is criticizing the other for, gasp, playing politics.

"The Saturday Brunch," Hotline on Call, August 11, 2006

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August 14, 2006 11:47 AM   Link    Humor    Comments (0)

Alexander Calder's wire puppet circus

boingboing has links to "Carlos Vilardebo's 1961 documentary of mobile-maker Alexander Calder's intricate, ingenious wire puppet circus. The flying trapeezes actually fly, the lion poops, and the belly dancer gyrates lasciviously in the mind-blowing film that shows that, had Calder not become famous as an artist, he might have been equally famous as a puppeteer. In four parts."

On YouTube: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4


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August 13, 2006 01:17 PM   Link    Caught Our Eye ~   Living in DC    Comments (0)

eBay buyers beware

There is a new scam on eBay. Analagous to phishing scams, except these are on eBay itself.

We have seen 2 listings that when clicked, took us off eBay and to an eBay sign in page that looked identical to the eBay sign in. Except the sign in page was hosted on a non-eBay site.

So beware: before signing in to your eBay account after clicking on a listing on eBay itself, check the URL in your browser address line to make sure it is Plus, a genuine eBay listing does NOT require that you sign in again to view the listing.

eBay does offer the eBay Toolbar, which has eBay's Account Guard built in.

Bottom line: be careful when looking at listings on eBay and be sure you only sign in to eBay on the eBay web site.

August 7, 2006 11:36 AM   Link    Technology    Comments (0)


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August 5, 2006 04:28 PM   Link    Comments (0)

Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting

Titian, Pastoral Concert (Concert Champêtre), c. 1510, oil on canvas
Titian, Pastoral Concert ("Concert Champêtre"), c. 1510, oil on canvas
This show was 13 years in the making. Visually seductive and rich with exciting ideas, it is one that visitors will long savor.

"Show reveals relationships," by Sheila Wickouski, The (Fredericksburg) Free-Lance Star, July 27, 2006

A major new international exhibition, Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting, will present more than 50 masterpieces from the most exciting period of the Renaissance in Venice. Premiering June 18 through September 17 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the exhibition explores the relationships between these and other artists, emphasizes their innovative treatments of new pictorial themes such as the pastoral landscape, and reveals what modern conservation science has discovered about the Venetian painters’ techniques.
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The time span covered by the exhibition represents, visually and intellectually, the most exciting phase of the Renaissance in Venice, when the old Giovanni Bellini (d. 1516), Giorgione (d. 1510), and the young Titian, among others, were all working side by side. The exhibition will present approximately 60 paintings that best exemplify the new ideas and ideals: music, the pastoral landscape, the female nude, and the romantic portrait. It will include Bellini and Titian's Feast of the Gods (1514 and 1529), Giorgione's Adoration of the Shepherds (c. 1500), Laura (1506), and Three Philosophers (c. 1506).

Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting, an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, June 18 - September 17, 2006, West Building, Main Floor. Mondays through Saturdays, 10 am - 5 pm, Sundays 11 am - 6 pm.

The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall between Third and Seventh Streets at Constitution Avenue, NW. The West Building is at 6th Street NW at Constitution Avenue NW , Washington, DC. The nearest Metro stops are Judiciary Square on the Red Line, Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Square on the Yellow and Green Lines, and Smithsonian on the Blue and Orange Lines.

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August 5, 2006 11:17 AM   Link    Art    Comments (1)