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Lilac Thursday

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Just when we were down to our last hope – that the
Celtics would draft that kid named "Noah" – it finally stopped raining.
So what to do, on one of our last days of relative freedom before the
beginning of Summer Semester and daily teaching all the way through Christmas
Break, to enjoy the break in the weather.

Let’s go to Arnold
Arboretum
to see the lilacs! Who
knew the Dowbrigade was a closet horticulturist?

The Arnold
Arboretum
, in Jamaica Plain on the south
side of Boston, is the oldest arboretum, or Botanical Gardens, in the
United States.  The land belongs to the city, and it is open to
the public, although it is run by Harvard under a long-term lease. Originally
stocked by New England sea captains and Harvard Professors bringing back
exotic seeds and saplings from voyages around the world, it now specializes
in North American and Asian flora. Besides maples, crabapples,
rhododendrons, and conifers, they have a major collection of lilacs.
over 422 plants.

Every May, the Dowbrigade grows nostalgic when the perfume
of lilacs fills the air. We grew up in upstate New York, near Rochester’s
Highland Park, which contests with the Royal
Botanical Gardens
in Burlington,
Ontario (Canada) for the title of "World’s Largest Lilac Collection".
Each claims about 1200 plants.

In Rochester, almost every house has a few bushes. We
remember, when we were young, picking multi-colored bouquets of full-bloom
lilacs every May for our grade school teacher.  Sucking up for a
passing grade, no doubt. The lilac’s don’t last long – in two weeks they
go from thin slivers of color to bare browning nubs. In this they are
sort of America’s cherry blossoms.

And the smell is divine.

If any of our hypothetical readers are within driving distance of JP, we strongly advise you to check it out. Many students from other parts of the country spend years in Boston and never find this giant gem hiding out in plain sight.

Despite being mostly colorblind, we put together a slide
show
of some pictures we shot today.  Anyone not bored to death
by pictures of flowers can view them HERE

Full Exposure

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CARACAS, Venezuela – More than 1,500 Venezuelans shed
their clothes on a main city avenue Sunday to pose for American photographer
Spencer Tunick, forming a human mosaic in front of a national symbol:
a statue of independence hero Simon Bolivar.

As Tunick shouted commands through a megaphone, nude people of every
shape, size and skin tone gathered on the avenue and stairs in front
of the statue just before dawn.

"There are some people over there with clothes, get them out of
there!" said
Tunick, an artist from Brooklyn, N.Y., who has been documenting groups
of nude people in public places around the world since 1992.

Occasional cheers and movements in the enthusiastic crowd made shooting
tough at times, Tunick said.

"It was difficult to work because the people were so exuberant,
so it took a little bit longer, but I got what I wanted," he said
after the session.

"The body represents beauty, love and peace. There was a lot of
beauty and energy in the people today."

from the AP

Dear Mr. Tunick, The People’s Republic of Cambridge
cordially invites you to stage your next nude photo shoot in Harvard
Square. The contrast between the copious layers of intellectual
pretentiousness and lack of clothing will be delicious. Of course, the
aesthetic appeal of naked Cantabridgian flesh will compare unfavorably
with that of Caracas, Brussels, Brazil and Spain, although we may give
London a run for its money. May we suggest the steps of Memorial Church
in Old Harvard Yard, where diplomas are traditionally awarded, as a potential
shoot site….

The My Mind is an Open Book Look

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A model wears a dress by Ukrainian designer Andre
Tan during fashion show at the traditional spring-summer pret-a-porter
Fashion Week in Kiev, Ukraine Friday, March 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Efrem
Lukatsky)

from Yahoo

more Library Fashion

j! This could be a very successful look for you. Forget
the femme fatale – call it the "My Mind is an Open Book Look"…..

Rescued from the SD Card

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Wow, we don’t even remember seeing this guy (and you would think we would). Timestamp shows it was taken just before we woke up in the Clinica Manta. No wonder….

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Rescued from the SD Card

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Wow, we don’t even remember seeing this guy (and you would think we would). Timestamp shows it was taken just before we woke up in the Clinica Manta. No wonder….

“gowzer”

Photo of the Day

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We
know that over time owners come to resemble their pets, and visa versa,
but this is ridiculous…

A
doberman and owner sit together at the annual Crufts Dog Show, at the
National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England, Thursday
March 9, 2006. More than 24,000 dogs from 32 countries are gathering
for the event, which is in its 115th year and is expected to attract
tens of thousands of visitors over four days of competition, culminating
in the prestigious Best in Show contest.(AP
Photo
/Rui Vieira-pa)

from AP

Exercise Your Right to Vote

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Call it the Toilet Bowl.
A bathroom supply company sponsoring an online poll aimed at finding
America’s best bathroom has narrowed the field to five sparkling-clean,
sweet-smelling potties.

A Michigan bistro, a Rhode Island seafood house, a New Jersey casino, an
Illinois airport and an Ohio restaurant are the finalists in the contest,
which will name a winner in April based on the number each receives in
admittedly nonscientific online voting.

"It’s a big compliment, surprisingly," said contest organizer
Jessica Bensten. "People get really excited."

from AP

Cast your vote HERE for America’s Best Restroom

True Face of Shakespeare

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"True
Face of William Shakespeare" by Prof. Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel
(Chaucer Press)

A new computer model and
a show at the National Portrait Gallery in London reveal how little
is known about how Shakespeare looked.

It
is amazing with the attention still showered on the Bard, over 400
years after the fact, theat we still know so little about
the man and his life – even what he looked at. This new computer
model uses the most academically accepted portraits, as well as a plaster
cast of the bust that was placed above his grave in Holy Trinity Church
in Stratford sometime between 1620 and 1623.

This photo of teh computer reconstruction, which appeared in the New York Timestoday, also reveals that old Will had some wicked weird skin disease, as well, which may explain why he was so reluctant to be photographed.

Plus, Prof. Hildegard
Hammerschmidt-Hummel, the guy who wrote the book, is an instant finalist
in the "Name of the Year Award"…

from The
New York Times

All Along the Watchtower

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Sometimes we see
a news photo which we can’t take our eyes off of, and this picture, appearing
in today’s New York Times, taken by AP protographer Musadeq Sadeq, is a prime example. Afghan
soldiers are seen atop a tower inside the Pul-i-Charkhi prison on the
eastern
outskirts of Kabul February 27, 2006. Police and troops
ringed Kabul’s main jail on Monday after hundreds of inmates led by Taliban
commanders and a kidnap gang leader took over cell blocks, including
one housing women and children.

Something about the human drama in the foreground, the impressive impressionistic
mountains in the background, the clouds of dust and the outlined figures
atop the tower give the whole sceen an All Along the Watchtower mystic.

from Reuters

Fresh View

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An excellent
new photoblog from a longtime New Yorker
exiled to a small town in upstate, which is another world, which explains
both the culture
shock and wide open babe’s eye seen in the latest postings.

from Ford
Bailey

600px (photoblog)

European Cats are Different

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People display their cats during an international feline beauty contest
in Brussels February 5, 2006. The contest took place with an exhibition
of the cutest cats from all over Europe.

from
REUTERS

Europeans are different. We don’t need Marcel Proust, Federico Fellini
and Jerry Lewis to tell us that. Besides a reputation for wimpiness in
the War on Terror and lax personal hygiene, they speak funny languages.
And obviously, their
idea of feline perfection is light years from our own. What would
Fluffy say?

Free Christmas

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zanda

Evokative photo. Not sure what it evokes, exactly. Santa a captive of Christmas? Santa a captive of childhood? Christmas a captive of Capitalism? Christmas gets more surreal every year….