Lectionarily speaking, it’s a week late to be posting Sebastiano del Piombo’s The Raising of Lazarus. But here it is anyway. On the National Gallery website there’s a cool video of how such a painting is moved.
Two weeks ago I wrote about how David Hume explains social media; last week I wrote about how David Hume explains our politics. I guess I should spend some time in the coming week to figuring out what else David Hume explains. Climate change? The Marvel Cinematic Universe? Stay tuned!
Closely related: this from the invaluable Public Domain Review:
It was dangerous to be a man of letters in the eighteenth century. All that rumination; such single-minded concentration; countless hours hunched over the escritoire. “Some men are by nature insatiable in drinking wine, others are born cormorants of books”, wrote the Swiss physician Samuel-Auguste Tissot in An Essay on Diseases Incidental to Literary and Sedentary Persons (1768). As with the reckless consumer of claret, an overindulgence in books could have devastating consequences for the mind and body.
The Library Workers’ Field Guide to Designing & Discovering Restorative Environments makes me think about how I might make my own home a “restorative environment.”
NYT: “But a rod doesn’t wait for the lightning to strike. Less than one millisecond before the lightning touches it, the rod, provoked by the presence of the negative discharge of the lightning, sends a positive discharge up to connect to it.”
And on that electric note, I am signing off for a couple of weeks. I’ll return in the midst of the Easter season.