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Ridicully ([personal profile] ridicully) wrote2012-01-06 11:30 am

Just a few facts. Lists are lovely

  • Quite a lot of my daily watercooler talk goes on facebook these days. I seem to be one of the few people I know who don't mind that place overly much.
    What can I say, I don't have any expectations about privacy or decent behaviour from them and that serves me well.
    I also don't see any problem with writing down basically meaningless things. They are the kind of things I would tell my friends over a cup of coffee if I were still living in the same city/country/continent. And online they can actually ignore me when I bore them, something that isn't especially easy when I'm sitting right next to them.
  • I've pretty much stopped watching any kind of TV series while it airs. I do marathons after a season finishes.
  • I've also stopped reading WiPs. The AO3 and the 'complete only' checkbox are my happy place.
  • I've been doing something similar to [personal profile] copperbadge's Adventur Programme for the last months.
    I've lived in Leipzig for over five years and haven't been to the Grassi museum. Same for Berlin and the Bauhaus museum and so many more. Which would be perfectly ok if museums just bored me, but I'm a huge museum geek (admittedly more for science, history, natural history, design and architecture than plain art, but that doesn't really limit it much). I'm determined not to let that happen for London.
    So yesterday I went to the Natural History museum - for the wildlife photography exhibition. And after I started wandering and ended up in the central hall. Which had amazing architecture, a dinosaur and Charles Darwin. I might have stood there flailing for a while.
  • That was after I realised that they offer any of the exhibitions photographs of the last few years custom printed. No more loving a picture but knowing that it would not have made the cut to be made into a print.
    I love living in the future.
  • Today: reading, climbing and still possibly cinema.
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[personal profile] liz_mo 2012-01-06 11:42 am (UTC)(link)
When we were in London, we only managed the bottom floor and the Dinosaur exhibition of the Natural history museum.

I agree on the "science, history, natural history," but the rest I can happily skip. I just don't "get" modern art.
I've tried several times. Everything starting from Impressionism goes right over my head.

Anyway have fun!
And living in the future is the best!
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[personal profile] liz_mo 2012-01-06 12:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Right there with you about the art.
For me it's mostly: "*I* could have made that. That's not art. Art is something that takes skill and years of learning and a genius for it. *I* can just paint a black square and call it art. *I* can just leave a dish of butter to rot in a bathtub."
That's my relationship with modern art. The "ugly" thing just adds to it ;-)

While in contrast I can stand in front of a 5,000 year old thingie for 15 minutes and have tears in my eyes ;-)

And old(er) paintings are really interesting because they tell you something about history and things. I love looking at them and discovering new things. and thinking about the story behind it and/or what the painter was thinking, etc.
Modern art doesn't give me that. *CAN'T* give me that because that's not modern art.
I'm like Methos there: It's too contemporary. :D
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[personal profile] lexin 2012-01-06 03:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Other good London museums are the British Museum (near Russell Square) and the Imperial War Museum (near Lambeth). I recommend them both heartily.

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[personal profile] dinah 2012-01-08 11:35 am (UTC)(link)
You did do the Science Museum just around the corner, right? Though the Natural History is one of my favourites, along with the V&A which is like a really high class jumble sale.