About two years ago, the Lisp programmer and dot-com millionaire Paul Graham wrote an essay entitled Hackers and Painters, in which he argues that his approach to computer programming is better described by analogies to the visual arts than by the phrase "computer science".
But the emailed links continued, and over the next two years Paul Graham steadily ramped up his output while moving definitively away from subjects he had expertise in (like Lisp) to topics like education, essay writing, history, and of course painting.
The reason Graham's essay isn't entitled "Hackers and Pastry Chefs" is not because there is something that unites painters and programmers into a secret brotherhood, but because Paul Graham likes to cultivate the arty aura that comes from working in the visual arts.
The reader learns how the artist spent these years: gallivanting around Europe, painting and partying and engaging in, as Feaver puts it, “various passions.” (The phrase perhaps hints at Freud’s propensity for turning muses into lovers, a dynamic that’s recently been explored with acute specificity by Zadie Smith, among others.) At the same time, Freud was forming for himself an aesthetic doctrine that would remain conceptually intact until his death.
This doctrine first took shape at a lecture he gave at Oxford in May 1953 and was eventually published as “Some Thoughts on Painting.” It begins: “My object in painting pictures is to try and move the senses by giving an intensification of reality.” (Shortly before Freud’s death, the art historian John Richardson would neatly sum up this notion by calling Freud’s early paintings “more real than the real thing.”) Viewers can see inklings of this extra-essenced style in Hospital Ward (1941), a work infused with the artist’s own experience in the British Merchant Navy at age 19.
Hedge fund founder David Kowitz is on the hook for roughly $6.6 million after a London judge ordered the investor to pay Sotheby's for an allegedly fake painting, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.
The case involves the $10.8 million sale of "Portrait of a Gentleman," a painting attributed to Dutch artist Frans Hals.
The 2011 sale was consigned by art dealer Mark Weiss and Kowitz, who founded Indus Capital Partners and owns art investment firm Fairlight Art Ventures.
Sotheby's reimbursed the painting's buyer and sued Weiss and Fairlight.
Weiss paid $4.2 million to settle the lawsuit in April, and Judge Robin Knowles ruled Wednesday that Fairlight owes the remainder of the $10.8 million sum, including costs and 5% interest, according to Bloomberg.
Knowles claimed the case hinged more on the artist than the piece itself, Bloomberg reported.
By the time we decide to implement a feature for our clients, it can take weeks before we can see it live and finally measure the improvements, and there is always the risk that the rewards are not what we were expecting.
So, I decided to use some custom metrics using the Performance API to get a rough idea of what was time-consuming on the page I was auditing.
The section I wanted to check was the "Timings" panel where I could find my custom metrics along with some default user metrics provided by Chrome, e.g. First Contentful Paint (FCP), First Meaningful Paint (FMP), Largest Contentful Paint (LCP), ...
The goal of this PoC was to convince our client to focus on Web Performance without going through the whole internal development process that would take weeks and without having any guarantee of the gains.