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May 19, 2003

Test, this is only a test


I was just trying to figure out if our blog mechanics had figured out how to let us create thumbnails yet. Evidently they haven't, which is why the following picture is so big.

OldenburgCXSoftLightSwitches.jpg C. Oldenburg, Soft Light Switches, 1963-9

(Anyway, as you and our loyal readers have long since figured out, I only blog in order to illustrate, so I don't really mind putting up oversize pictures.)

The above "soft" sculpture by Claes Oldenburg (the inventor of the genre and all-round King of Pop Art) was auctioned off on May 14 for a record price of $574,500. While that's good news for Claes, it also turns out to be good news for the creditors of none other than corporate bad-guy Enron. Yep, Enron was actually investing some of its ill-gotten loot in art, and made money on the deal too. So next time somebody criticizes the social utility of art, tell them that at least it makes a better investment than, say, electricity futures.



posted by Friedrich at May 19, 2003


Not, of course, that Enron was investing in electricity futures. That would have been some off-balance sheet joint venture that Anderson knew nothing about...

Posted by: annette on May 19, 2003 7:23 PM

I fixed the thumbnail problem by installing NetPBM instead of Image Magick.

Image Magick is installed on the server but MT cannot see it. Judging by the support forums this is a common problem.....

Now if I could just get the damn overwriting of image files to work....

Posted by: Daniel on May 20, 2003 2:05 AM

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