Category Archives: Art

U. of Utah has a ‘cry closet’ for students

Any wonder why this young generation are called snowflakes?

cry closet

University of Utah’s Cry Closet

Ashley May reports for USA Today, April 26, 2018, that University of Utah students on the brink of tears during finals week have a space to let it all out — a “Cry Closet” in the university’s library for “stressed out students” studying for final exams to take a short 10-minute break.

The only rules are to knock before entering, only one person inside at a time, limit time inside to 10 minutes, and turn the lights out before leaving.

Nemo Miller

The Cry Closet, which was installed on Sunday, April 22, is a woodshop project by senior Nemo Miller in collaboration with Tony Miller and David Meyer. It’s lined with a black interior, and plush stuffed animals are inside.

Nemo said in a statement: “One aspect of humanity that I am currently exploring is connections and missed connections through communication. It’s been interesting to watch the response to this piece about human emotions, and I’m proud to see the power of art in action.”

After photos of the project went viral, some said the campus should have more Cry Closets and one person questioned if the closet is soundproof. Student @aJackieLarson tweeted:

“so my school installed a cry closet in the library LMFAOOOOOOOOO what is higher education”

The university said the closet’s installation, which was approved by the school, is an attempt at humor but also a “work of art meant to provoke feeling, thought & conversation, which the artist has apparently done.”

The closet will remain in the library until May 2, the end of final exams.

God help these students when they graduate and must work in the real world.

Update:

Nemo Miller’s self-description on Twitter says its preferred pronouns are “She/hers”, which suggests Miller likely is an imagined MtF “transgender”:

Ceramic Artist – Cry Closet Creator – U OF U Spring 2018 – Instagram: Nemosanartist – She/hers

~Eowyn

Insane: California gives $330M a year to Hollywood

Do California’s taxpayers know that they’re subsidizing America-hating, anti-Second Amendment, pro-abortion, corrupt and debauched Hollywood to the tune of $330 million a year?

Matthew Blake reports for Los Angeles Business Journal that on April 17, 2018, a bill to extend California’s motion picture tax credit program sailed through a state Assembly committee without opposition.

Assembly Bill 1734 will lengthen by five years California’s $330-million-a-year film and television tax credit program. The policy is due to sunset at the end of 2019. The State Assembly’s Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee also approved without opposition Assembly Bill 2936, which is a virtually identical measure to continue the credits.

In 2004, the California legislature passed an increase of the state’s tax credit program for movies and television shows from $100 million to $330 million a year.

Under AB 1734, television shows and movies that shoot in California net a 20% to 25% refund on crew member wages, plus production and editing costs. More than 90% of shoots that use the credit take place in Los Angeles County.

The California Chamber of Commerce and various labor unions attended the committee hearing to shower praise on tax credits, claiming that the tax credits generated billions of dollars in spending including crew wages.

H/t California Political Review

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~Eowyn

3D image of Shroud of Turin man: This is what Jesus looks like!

In 2015, the scientific unit of the police force in Rome, Italy, used reverse aging software to generate the face of what the man in the Shroud of Turin would look like as a 12-year-old boy. (See “The angelic face of Jesus as a 12-year-old boy”)

He is breathtakingly beautiful.

Now, a professor of mechanical and thermal measurements at the University of Padua, Dr. Giulio Fanti, has created a 3D carbon copy of Jesus from meticulous measurements of the Shroud image.

It is of an “extraordinarily beautiful” man, muscular, with “regal” “majestic” features, and nearly 6 feet tall — 7 inches taller than the average man in the Mediterranean region at the time.

Maria Teresa Martinengo reports for La Stampa (Google Translate), March 20, 2018 that Giulio Fanti leads a team of scientists who have studied the Shroud of Turin for years with the most sophisticated technologies available to science.

Based on the scientists’ measurements of the image on the Shroud, the master sculptor Sergio Rodella created a statue in plaster.

3D image of man in the Shroud

Professor Fanti explains:

“Christian tradition believes that the image that is seen on the Shroud is that of the crucified Jesus. And now science is of this opinion too. For years, using the most sophisticated 3D technologies, we have studied  the image left by the body on the sheet. And the statue is the final result.

This statue is a life-size, three-dimensional representation of the Man of the Shroud, based on the millimetric measurements obtained from the shroud in which the body of Christ was wrapped after the crucifixion.

On the Shroud I counted 370 scourge wounds, without taking into consideration the lateral ones, which are not imprinted into the Shroud because it enveloped only the front and back of the body. We can therefore hypothesize Jesus suffered a total of at least 600 scourges. Moreover, the three-dimensional reconstruction has allowed us to reconstruct that at the time of death, the man of the Shroud has slumped to the right because His right shoulder was dislocated in such a severe way as to damage the nerves.

According to our studies, Jesus was a man of extraordinary beauty (“bellezza straordinaria”). Long-limbed, but very robust; almost six feet tall, while the average height of the time was around 5′ 5″; with a regal and majestic expression.

We therefore believe that we finally have an accurate picture of what Jesus was like on this earth. From now on, it will no longer be possible to portray His image without taking this work into account .”  

Jesus at 12 and 33 years old

H/t Daily Caller and FOTM‘s MCA

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~Eowyn

Joy & Heron: an animated short movie

A beautifully crafted, charming story of a dog and a heron, produced by Passion Pictures Melbourne.

H/t Ken R. and GiGi

~Eowyn

Hollywood gun hypocrisy: 500+ armed guards at 2018 Academy Awards

Last night, at Hollywood’s annual narcissistic love-fest, the 90th Academy Awards, host Jimmy Kimmel trashed President Trump and pontificated about gun control, urging the assembled Hollyweirdos to join the “amazing” students of Parkland in their “March for Our Lives” gun control march scheduled for March 24.

Meanwhile, a battalion of armed guards were on hand, to ensure the safety of the Hollyweirdos wearing orange lapel pins to advocate for gun control.

The battalion of armed guards included (Variety):

  • More than 500 LAPD officers, many of them working overtime, as well as police helicopters.
  • FBI agents.
  • Private security guards from Security Industry Specialists.
  • Firefighters.

To ensure security, nearly a mile of Hollywood Boulevard was closed, from Cahuenga Boulevard to La Brea Avenue. Highland Avenue and Orange Drive were closed for almost a half a mile, from Franklin Avenue to Sunset Boulevard.

Kimmel — he who debased women by having them put their mouths to his crotch — also preached about Hollywood’s sexual abuse of women. Referring to the #MeToo and #Time’sUp movement, Kimmel said, with not even a trace of irony or self-awareness (Breitbart):

“What’s happening is long overdue. We can’t let bad behavior slide anymore. We need to set an example… if we can do that, women will only have to deal with sexual harassment every other place they go.”

Ever eager to demonstrate her trendy political correctness, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson chose a sleeveless gown, all the better to display a tattoo against sexual harassment.

Alas, neither the tattooist nor Watson realized that the tattoo misspelled “Time’s Up” into “Times Up” — which makes no sense. Clearly, Watson’s Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Brown University did not include lessons in grammar and the apostrophe punctuation mark.

Not surprisingly, the ratings for Sunday night’s telecast of the Academy Awards collapsed by a whopping 16% — an all-time low.

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~Eowyn

Gucci goes Satanic

Gucci, the Italian luxury fashion and leather goods brand, was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921. In 2003, 60% of the company’s stocks were purchased by the French holding company Kering.

has embraced Satanism in its FW18 fashion show (FW18 = Fall-Winter 2018) on February 18, 2018, in Milan, Italy.

The show took place in a room made to look like a hospital operating room, inside Gucci’s headquarters in a converted aeronautical factory.

In the show, models:

Because, you know, Satanism is just such a cool thing.

Source of pics: @gucci

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~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: The Eyewitnesses of the Transfiguration

Mark 9:2-8

Jesus took Peter, James, and John
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.

In law, there’s an important concept critical to the testimony and determination of truth.

The concept is “percipient witness”. According to Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary, a percipient witness is “A witness who testifies about things she or he actually perceived. For example, an eyewitness.”

Today, the universal Church celebrates and remembers a particular event about which the Apostles were percipient witnesses — the Transfiguration.

2 Peter 1:16-18

Beloved:
We did not follow cleverly devised myths
when we made known to you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received honor and glory from God the Father
when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory,
“This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven
while we were with him on the holy mountain.

Do you doubt these percipient witnesses?

This is how the Apostles — percipient witnesses of the transfigured and later resurrected Christ — died, testifying to the truth they’d witnessed until their last breath:

  • St. Stephen, the first martyr of Christianity, was stoned to death in Jerusalem, c. AD 34.
  • St. James, son of Zebedee and brother of St. John the Apostle, was the first Apostle to be martyred. King Herod had St. James beheaded in 44 AD.
  • St. James, son of Alpheus, was reported by the Jewish historian Josephus to have been stoned and then clubbed to death in 62 AD.
  • St. Jude Thaddaeus was crucified in Syria, c. 65 AD.
  • St. Simon the Zealot ministered in Persia and was sawn in half, c. 65 AD after refusing to sacrifice to the sun god.
  • St. Peter and St. Paul were both martyred in Rome about 66 AD, during the persecution under Emperor Nero. St. Paul was beheaded. St. Peter was crucified, upside down at his request, because he did not feel he was worthy to die in the same manner as his Lord.
  • St. Mark, a rope around his neck, was dragged to death in Alexandria, Egypt, in AD 68.
  • St. Thomas was pierced to death in India, 72 AD, where the ancient Marthoma Christians revere him as their founder.
  • St. Matthias, who was chosen to replace Judas, was burned to death in Syria, c. 80 AD.
  • St. Bartholomew (identified as Nathaniel in the Gospel of John) is believed to have been skinned alive and crucified. He ministered in India with St. Thomas, in Armenia, Ethiopia and Southern Arabia.
  • St. Philip was crucified in Hierapolis, Asia Minor, 80 AD, for converting the wife of a Roman proconsul. He also ministered in North Africa.
  • St. Andrew was crucified in Patras, Greece. He also preached in Asia Minor and modern-day Turkey. Christians in the former Soviet Union say he was the first to bring the Gospel to their land.
  • St. Matthew was beheaded in Ethiopia. He had also ministered in Persia.
  • St. John was the only Apostle who died a natural death from old age, after surviving an ordeal of being thrown into boiling oil. He was the leader of the church in Ephesus and is said to have taken care of Mary the mother of Jesus in his home. In mid-90s AD, he was exiled to the island of Patmos, where he wrote the last book of the New Testament–the Revelation.

Below is an account of the Apostles’ martyrdom by Dean Jones in the stunning one-man play St. John in Exile. Though filmed in 1986, I had never heard of or seen it and only recently discovered it.

I urge you to watch St John in Exile, which reduced me to weeping, in its entirety.

May the love and peace of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn