I like to check out the Central Library on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh these original maps on the wall are superb made by John Ainslie (1745 - 1828) he was a Surveyor and cartographer.  Born in Jedburgh, he began his career as a surveyor and engraver for the English County Series maps.  He established a reputation as an excellent surveyor, producing updated maps of Scotland in 1782 and 1789.

- Sarah Goodridge, Beauty Revealed. Self portrait miniature on ivory. 2 5/8th inches by 3 1/8th inches. American. 1828.

Let me just type that year again: 1828.

A variation on a Lover’s Eye, this was a gift from Goodridge to Daniel Webster (he who bargained with the devil in Stephen Vincent Benet’s short story) and discovered in his possessions after his death. Most descriptions of the duo’s relationship depict them as “friends and correspondents.”

Right. She painted 12 portraits of Webster over the years. He burned her letters. She kept his, and never married.

Here’s the rest of Sarah Goodridge, in another self-portrait from a couple of years later.

External image

This little piece kills me. Cell phone porn and texted seductions are nothing new. We just keep reinventing ways to tell each other we’ve fallen in love.

“Political organizations which maintain growth long enough to survive often do so by normalizing their ideological framework. When they have obtained a disproportionate amount of influence over their immediate surroundings, they can metastasize into monopolies and control large swaths of the idea-economy. New ideas about how society ought to function can enter the market to contest old ideas, but usually encapsulated within reforms incapable of unseating the dominant paradigm. Characteristic of any capitalist system, once market monopolies are established “power tends to flow upward to the top of a hierarchy, from which the masters, the ones qualified to employ it, decide matters for everyone else.”

Remember the age-old question, what do all those with power want? More power. As such, two monopolies have dominated American politics for over 150 years — the Democratic Party, founded in 1828, and the Republican Party, founded in 1854. Together, they form a political cartel, or an association of political parties with the purpose of maintaining concentrated power and restricting or repressing competition. Throughout the past century its loosely managed agreements, often wholly unofficial, but embedded deep within its standard operation, have been the quasi-coordinated production, distribution, and enforcement of a set of normalized choices which reflect only the range of needs of private corporate power.”

– American Cartel: How America’s Two Major Parties Helped Destroy Democracy

Symphony In B Flat Major, D.485 - II. Andante Con Moto
  • Symphony In B Flat Major, D.485 - II. Andante Con Moto
  • Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra

In Honor Of The Great Franz Schubert

(January 31, 1797 - November 19, 1828)

Symphony In B Flat Major, D.485 - II. Andante Con Moto

By Composer Franz Peter Schubert

Performed By The Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra

Madame Jerome Bonaparte (Elizabeth Patterson)
Artist: Attributed to Thomas Sully (American, Horncastle, Lincolnshire 1783–1872 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Artist: After Gilbert Stuart (American, North Kingston, Rhode Island 1755–1828 Boston, Massachusetts)
Date: ca. 1805–10
Medium: Watercolor on ivory

The Met

The Hangover Process at Twenty-Nine

Title: The Hangover Process at Twenty-Nine
Rating: Mature
Word Count: 1828
Summary: Phil’s birthday is great. The day after his birthday? Not so much. [Read on AO3]

The world is cruel. Light shines too brightly. The birds outside are too loud. Somewhere a ball bounces against a sidewalk and Phil wants to savagely poke a million holes in it until it never thwacks against the ground again.

“I’m going to die,” Phil announces.

Keep reading