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National Geographic: Paris Catacombs

January 24th, 2011

Paris Catacombs

‘Behind the neat stacks of skulls, tibias, and femurs in the Paris catacombs lies a chaos of bones. In the 18th and 19th centuries the city dug up millions of skeletons from over-flowing cemeteries and poured them at night into old quarries.’

National Geographic, Paris Catacombs:

Paris has a deeper and stranger connection to its underground than almost any city, and that underground is one of the richest. The arteries and intestines of Paris, the hundreds of miles of tunnels that make up some of the oldest and densest subway and sewer networks in the world, are just the start of it. Under Paris there are spaces of all kinds: canals and reservoirs, crypts and bank vaults, wine cellars transformed into nightclubs and galleries. Most surprising of all are the carrières—the old limestone quarries that fan out in a deep and intricate web under many neighborhoods, mostly in the southern part of the metropolis.

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Playlist 2010. Memorabele culturele zaken uit het afgelopen jaar.

December 31st, 2010

Sail 2010 - NDSM

Intocht Sail Amsterdam vanaf de NDSM-werf, augustus 2010. Historiserende namaak is cultuur van niks, maar het zorgt soms voor zinsbegoochelende beelden. (‘live CGI’)

Verre van compleet toch ook aan het einde van 2010 weer het traditionele lijstje met memorabele culturele zaken uit het afgelopen jaar: Playlist 2010.
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Peter Fischli en David Weiss – Der Rechte Weg (fragment)

February 17th, 2010

Peter Fischli en David Weiss – Der Rechte Weg (1983, fragment) | YouTube

Artfilm, Der rechte Weg:

“Eine Ratte und ein Bär begeben sich auf Wanderschaft in freier, sozusagen unberührter Natur, ziemlich ausgeliefert den Elementen, allerlei Wundern und vor allem sich selbst. Mit reinem Herzen und viel gutem Willen versuchen sie, die Erscheinungen und Geschehnisse zu ergründen. Dadurch bewegen sie sich zeitweise unfreiwillig nicht fern vom rechten Weg”

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People doing stuff – Everything is Everything

February 16th, 2010

‘”Everything is Everything” by Koki Tanaka (made in 2006)’ | YouTube (via)

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Recently Played 2009: Beste Grüße & Good Luck.

December 31st, 2009

Gerrit Adriaensz. Berckheyde De bocht van de Herengracht (1671-1672)

Een mooie aanwinst voor het Rijksmuseum, De bocht van de Herengracht (1671-1672) van Gerrit Adriaensz. Berckheyde.

Umberto Eco: ‘We Like Lists Because We Don’t Want to Die’. Waarvan akte. Gespeeld en genoten in 2009:
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Wall Street’s Near-Death Experience

October 5th, 2009

Too Big to Fail - Wall street
Andrew Ross Sorkin in Vanity Fair, Wall Street’s Near-Death Experience.

“With the implosion of Lehman Brothers, in September 2008, the realization dawned: Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs could be next. In an excerpt from his new book, the author reveals the incredible scramble that took place—desperate phone calls, seat-of-the-pants merger proposals, flaring tempers—as Washington got tough and Wall Street titans Lloyd Blankfein and John Mack fought for survival.”

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The unwilling risk-takers

October 1st, 2009

Felix Salmon: The unwilling risk-takers:

“Comment of the day comes from Chris:

The person most willing to take on risk is the one unaware he is doing so. He charges no risk premium…

The resulting market equilibrium is that the guy who is unaware of the risk ends up loaded with it. Then the music stops.”

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Amsterdam Marathon – The Flow

September 2nd, 2009

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