Architecture and Color

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“The Night Manager” (2016)

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

Finally caught up with this wonderful BBC series. If Guy Ritchie’s THE MAN FROM UNCLE does classic Bond better than the recent Bonds, then THE NIGHT MANAGER does realistic Bond better than the recent Bonds. All of the Bond trappings are here: the hero, the villain, the girl, the henchmen, Moneypenny, globe-trotting, advanced military technology, beautiful clothes, a casino, Swiss bank accounts, and they even squeeze in a vodka martini. But it’s all wrapped up Le Carré-esque plausibility. Currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

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Naked Lady of the Week: Diana Bronce

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:


Is a strawberry blonde closer to a blonde or a redhead, or is she irreducible to a more comprehensive genus? I think of true strawberry blondes as being at least as unique and as estimable as redheads. So if forced to classify them with one group or the other, I’d choose redheads.

Diana Bronce is supposedly Russian, but judging by her looks — their strawberry quality in particular — I suspect her genes are more than a little Scandinavian. After all, somebody’s ancestors put the “Rus'” in “Russia.” Why not hers?

Even though she’s 30, she just started modeling in 2016. That’s somewhat unusual.  The extra years give her a lived-in quality that sets her apart from the average 23-year-old.

All of the photos of her that I’ve found seem to be shot by the same person. They’re bright and genial, but more than a little anodyne. I’d like to see some different moods and tonalities. In one or two sets — the one taken outdoors in particular — we get a better sense of the variability of her complexion. I suspect that in person, sans makeup and Photoshop, she appears downright splotchy. Why do I like splotchiness in a girl? It may have something to do with my taste for the unaffected and the organically layered. The back of a girl with freckles can be like one of Monet’s paintings of waterlilies. Your eye can’t know it without becoming lost in it.

Of her complexion she says:

On my face and body I have a lot of freckles. I love them, they remind me of the warm sun, even in the cloudy weather.

I’ll accept that as an alternate rationalization.

Nudity below. Have a great weekend.

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A Walk Through Palmyra (or, Architecture and Color)

Fenster writes:

This post continues a series dealing with impressions of place.  There was the slightly down at the heels Moody Street in Waltham, Massachusetts, where the main impression on a dark early evening in winter was the abundant light from the old-fashioned glass windows showcasing shops and the abundant life therein.  There was trendy Williamsburg in Brooklyn, also somewhat down at the heels despite its reputation, where the dominant impression was the residue left by competing tribes.  And there was the more elegant Ghent, in Belgium, where the doors were noteworthy.  This time it is Palmyra, New York.

This post can also be thought of as a continuation of Paleo Retiree’s series here on architecture and color.  I haven’t sought his permission to use the term but I hope he will agree–since I know he knows Palmyra–that its use is appropriate here.

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Architecture and Color

Paleo Retiree writes:

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Non-Naked Ladies of the Week: The Playboy Bunny

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

May these bunnies put a spring in your step. Happy Easter.

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Epaminondas writes:

It would seem that Superman has acquired some amazing new SJW powers. The Z-Man discusses the media spiral and how it usually ends.

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