I'm fascinated at the effects that Close Close uses in the portraits he's been making for the past 25 years. The paintings seem beyond approximation by algorythm but the cover of the monograph on his prints got me thinking that it should be possible to take a raw photograph and turn it into a good Close facsimile. I'll be trying ImageMagic first but it looks as though SVG filters have the greatest potential to produce exactly what's wanted.
My most recent project has been a course at HILR titled “An Intellectual History of Judaism and Christianity” [course website]. It was a real pleasure to be able to pull together this material which I'd never seen addressed before. The narrative involves the discovery that monotheism has a fatal flaw: with only a single cosmic force (cosmic monism), there is no satisfactory understanding of evil. The Jewish apocalypticists (including John the Baptist, Jesus, and Paul) solved the problem by positing two antagonistic forces (cosmic dualism) and a final end-times battle to resolve the affront. Rabbinic Judaism ignored the sectarian embarrassment of aplocalypticism and retained cosmic monism. Roman Catholicism declared dualism a heresy but retained a functional cosmic dualism with the recognition of the demonic work of the fallen angel Satan.
Previous projects include the recording and editing of the two General Education courses given by Prof. Shaye Cohen at Harvard College. The first, “The Jewish Scriptures in Judaism and Christianity”, recorded in the Fall of 2011, has only been available on the Harvard channel of iTunesU where a large audience has found it by word-of-mouth:
The second course, “The Hebrew Bible”, was recorded in the Fall of 2013 and has been available on the Harvard iTunesU channel, in a desktop-optimized version which displays the lecture notes along with the lecture video, and on the website of the Biblical Archeology Society.Other Projects:
Deb, let's eat!
Our food blog is here but here are some specialities of the house:
Here's the famous Ruml turkey sandwich, developed over many years. Reading from the bottom: Pepperidge Farm Seeded Rye lightly toasted, gravy, hard-boiled egg slices, emmenthal cheese, turkey white meat, cranberry jelly, ultra-crisp thick bacon, dressing, gravy, toast.
I'm a hugh fan of olive bread, but nothing I can buy has enough olives (I guess the olives are a lot more expensive than flour). The solution has been to use Jim Lahey's no-knead bread recipe with about 3 cups of chopped olives to make the ideal loaf.
This is the tart we make at the villa during cherry season. Exactly the same recipe as for our classic blueberry tart; the cherries come from the nearby town of Vignola, considered the best source for cherries in Italy.
We're in Grossetto, returning to the villa from our eight weeks (5000km) in Greece in 2011, fortified with provisions from Volpetti (the Dean and Deluca of Rome).