Posts Tagged ‘Mona Lisa’

Smile Pretty And Say…

May 3, 2011

From the really cheesy department:

There was an art “exhibit”, The Lady Cheese Shop at a certain New York Gallery this past Sunday, where Miriam Simun hoped to use the art of cheese making to raise questions about the ethics of modern biotechnologies. She offered adventurous eaters to sample her cheeses; West Side Funk, Midtown Smoke and Wisconsin Chew and the reviews ranged from puzzled looks, enjoyment and gagging. The cheeses were made from three different sources, all of which had one thing in common–they were all nursing women who agreed to have their breast milk turned into cheese. One taste tester just about applauded the concept, citing that she would know more of what goes into this cheese than what gets pumped into a cow in the guise of nutrition. And as it turns out, a New York chef served his customers cheese made from his wife’s breast milk and earlier this year, a London ice cream parlor began buying women’s breast milk to make ice cream. I’m gonna say no.

From the 20% off department:

A group in San Francisco has more than enough signatures, nearly 12,000 (about 5,000 more than needed) to qualify a having a particular proposal become a ballot measure for the November elections. This group wants to ban the practice of circumcision in boys (in San Francisco only) below the age of 18. It’s being sought to be outlawed because it is considered as causing harm. However, there is also the issue of religious beliefs, but this law would supercede that. The U.S. Supreme Court has previously indicated in other rulings that “religions don’t get a free pass”. But, wait a second, if The U.S. doesn’t persecute for religious beliefs, how come it’s going to be against the law for an infant Jewish boy’s traditional bris? The only time there would be an exception is in the case of health issues. Oy vey!

From the don’t lose your head department: (hmm…see above? Was that rude?)

The search is officially underway for the real Mona Lisa, Lisa Gheradini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a rich silk merchant of early 1500’s Italy. Armed with special radar devices, the experts are searching the old dilapidated Saint Orsola convent in Florence, Italy, the last known place where Lisa Gheradini was alive, under the care of her two daughters, both nuns. They want to find her burial place, exhume her skull and reconstruct her face. Of course they’ll have to check the DNA against what they believe to be her remains, with the known and documented remains of the daughters’. Silvano Vincenti, head of the National Committee for the Promotion of Historic and Cultural Heritage says that Gheradini may have been an early model for the painting that could have been commissioned for one of two events: when the Gheradini’s bought their house or when their second son was born. But Mona Lisa’s face was probably also inspired by a young male apprentice of da Vinci’s, Gian Giacomo Caprotti, who some say was the artist’s lover. But let’s go back to the exhumation… is it really so important to know who was behind that enigmatic smile, that this poor woman cannot remain at peace?

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Later That Same Day

January 7, 2010

Full body scanners are back in the news and I have the answers to those burning questions you have about them. Because I looked them up online. First of all they currently at 19 airports and the U.S. government is working on equipping airports across the country. For now, they are a voluntary option for all passengers, but if the full body scan is declined, the passenger must submit to full body pat down. If you’re wondering if images are saved, worry ye not. There is no storage capability and no image capturing device (camera, cell phone, renaissance artist) is allowed in the resolution room. To do so is a terminable offense. There are two types of scans; millimeter wave and backscatter. The millimeter bounces harmless electromagnetic waves, which are 10,000 times less than what is permitted for a cell phone, and produces a black and white image. Backscatter projects an ionizing X-ray beam over the body. The reflection (backscatter) is digitized and displayed on a monitor. Each scan produces less than 10 microrem of emission, equivalent to what you receive in about two minutes on a flight at altitude. Whatever that means. Is it private? Define private. The attending security officer cannot see the image and the remotely-located officer cannot see the passenger. A privacy algorithm blurs facial features. But what about those traveling who’d rather not admit to the Irish curse? Guys? If I’ve got my facts straight, the process takes about a half a minute, from the scan time to the remote officer who reads the results. A full body pat down takes about 2-4 minutes. As threats to aviation evolve, so does technology to help detect them.

However, British officials have an issue with full body scans and passengers under the age of 18. A scan of someone in that age range would go against the British child pornography laws and the scans showing a child’s genitals are considered indecent and illegal. Yeah, that makes sense in this anti-terrorist, you never know what’s next world we live in. Chill out Britain. If the images aren’t stored and the individual’s identity is hidden, then what’s the problem?

From the bunch of hooey files, Vito Franco, professor of pathological anatomy a the University of Palermo, is worried that one of the world’s most famous women suffered from high levels of cholesterol. He made that diagnosis after spotting signs of xanthelasma, which is a build up yellowish fatty acids under the skin as well as subcutaneous lipomas, benign tumors composed of fatty tissue, on her hands. The woman? The Mona Lisa!  

Lastly for today, I saw an article on my internet server’s homepage that One Life to Live is in danger of getting the ax. Now they’re blaming storylines like wrecking someone’s love affair or characters coming back from the dead. Isn’t that what every other soap is all about? Whatever the reason One Life to Live is being threatened, I think it’s time Brian Frons, head of ABC Daytime should investigate the matter and not be part of this epidemic. Let’s keep the institution of soap operas alive.



And with that, I give you Thursday.