Saturday, December 19, 2009

Nothing to say, so here's a man balancing a bun on his head

"That was the golden age of juggling," Ludovico Aspertini reminisced. "Audiences were more mature then. They appreciated artistry. These days it's all about flashy tricks and novelties. People expect you to move the buns. What next? Throwing them in the air and catching them again?"

7 comments:

merc said...

Perfect post, perfect.

cutcless, obviously.

Another Kiwi said...

Ah, it's a bit difficult to show the buns moving in a picture so this may actually he moving. Just sayin'

merc said...

Doubter.

reweeme; it is all re; wee me.

tigris said...

"So are you going to grab your rosemary and extra-long matches and help me defend against this vicious attack by feral cockles or what?"

Smut Clyde said...

it's a bit difficult to show the buns moving in a picture

I confess, in fact this is the only surviving still from a late-15th-century animation. When you watch all 400 frames in the right sequence, you saw two minutes of zany action that start with the artist looking uninspired and scratching his ear with the wrong end of his quill. A thought balloon bubbles up from his head, but a little cupid flutters down with bow and arrow and shoots it, producing a swarm of angry wasps when it bursts that chase the cupid out of the frame again. Another thought balloon starts bubbling up, plus two more from his shoulders. Someone off to the left (probably Leonardo da Vinci) tries to catch them with a butterfly net. Then a giant foot comes down from above and squashes them all flat.

Palestrina wrote the sound track.

mikey said...

I gotta be honest with you - I don't find anything odd about the head-mounted bun, nor the unbaked reloads on the shoulders. The weed seems a bit out of place given the circumstances, but they told him not to let that ledger out of his sight and to burn it if the Romans no-knock the palace, so it's ultimately unsurprising either.

But the nunchucks clipped to the shoulder of his bathrobe points to some kind of paranoia problem. I knew a guy once who took his shotgun in the shower with him - same sorta dynamic here...

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

the weed makes sense if one of the architectural projectiles is also a bong.