10 best places to visit in Belgrade
- Unlike many waterside cities, Belgrade embraces both its rivers -- the Danube and the Sava -- turning both into playgrounds full of bars, restaurants, cycle paths and parkland.
- With several hundred floating bars, restaurants and nightclubs lining the riverbanks of both the Danube and Sava, it's not surprising that Belgrade has a reputation for possessing the most raucous nightlife in Eastern Europe.
- Overlooking the Sava's eastern bank is an old warehouse, Beton Hala, packed with restaurants, bars and a constant parade of people strolling past.
- Belgrade has landlocked Serbia's only Blue Flag beach, set on its own island that's been turned into a little peninsula in the Sava River.
- Set in a white futuristic 1960s building and surrounded by forests of Ušće Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art romps through the 20th century works of regional artists in cleverly laid out galleries.
The Cosmic, Psychedelic, Glow-in-the-Dark Art of Alex Aliume
- When Aliume turns on the black light, it starts to glow, and I realize that there is a painting beneath the painting.
- And even if the various ingredients of a typical Aliume painting are familiar—vanishing points, 3D, black light, and neon—the territory he occupies at their intersection is his alone.
- But Aliume has positioned himself in the slipstream of improbable and unpredictable events by paying attention to the things someone else might ignore because they’re outside whatever slowly solidifying frame of reference we all build for ourselves, adding new fortifications every day.
- Take a minute to look at what Aliume is wearing today: a sleeveless black cotton T-shirt, men’s harem pants, an amulet around his neck, a wrist mala, and a pair of high tops that he’s painted to look like one of his paintings.
De Aetatibus Mundi Imagines: The Illustrated Ages of the World (2008)
- There is scant accessible commentary about the work online, although, with the publishing of a facsimile edition in 1983, a book review attempts to give a (critical) guide to the artistic merit of Holanda's biblical illustrations: "The quality of Holanda's drawings in 'De Aetaibus Mundi' is decidedly uneven.
- In striking contrast to the more or less routine and derivative nature of the great bulk of the drawings, the first four [..], which illustrate the first four days of the Creation (Genesis, I, 1-19) are extraordinarily impressive and original."The author of this piece (see below) goes on to question whether or not Holanda is in fact the designer of those Genesis-inspired pages in any event (seen after the frontispiece, above; the rest of the images in this post are in no particular order).
The Software Arts
- Computer science (especially key figures in the 1960s, like Donald Knuth) developed this very limiting notion of algorithms basically because they wanted to make the field a form of mathematics and so algorithms were designed to match what we know in mathematics as functions, like the y = f(x) expression we all learn in high school algebra.
- This shortcoming is struggled with in those areas of computer science and software engineering that are concerned with interactive and distributed systems, but because computer science has hewed so closely to trying to understand the world in terms of mathematical functions (aka their view of algorithms), emerging areas, like human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), agent-based modeling, and game design have all had to borrow or invent their theories and methods from outside the confines of computer science.
The man on the phone: What's it like making history's highest auction bid?
- This means relaying the auctioneer's words and price increments in real-time, as well as communicating details about potential rivals (revealing the identity of other phone bidders is, however, "a big no-no," Rotter stressed).
- Last November, he made another world record bid -- this time on behalf of an unidentified client pursuing David Hockney's "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)." At $90.3 million, the sale marked the highest sum ever paid for the work of a living artist.
- For the aforementioned Hockney painting, whose owner Christie's courted for a year and a half, it was a case of making them "dream of big numbers," as Rotter recalled.
- But while Rotter estimates that bidding usually starts between 30% and 50% of the expected price, the Hockney auction opened low, at just $20 million -- a quarter of Christie's top estimate.