May 3rd, 2019

krazy koati

I need you by me, beside me, to guide me

Another full week on my humor blog. Parts of it have been getting easier as I've got, like, a Thing to do for Sundays, and for Tuesdays, and now I've got a weird little thread going for Wednesday too that promises to be short and simple and dumb little jokes I don't have to work hard at. Mind, the big Friday piece is still so hard to do. Anyway, here's what I'd done since last Friday:

And now a last look inside the Ruthven Museums Building.

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More of the natural-history museum signs. I imagine the dioramas and taxidermy figures made it to the new home. I can't imagine an old sign like this, with its delightful not-quite-perfect kerning and letters floating around the baseline like there's been some CSS catastrophe, making it, though.


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The stairways leading back down, and a view of the rotunda. We're getting near the end of the visit here.


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The rotunda, showing where Object Lessons -- already closed --- was, as well as the doors leading out. Note the posters on the left, bottom floor, advertising the impending move and the events scheduled for the final day.


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Goodness, they've already cleared Mister Ruthven's bust out! It's only been a couple minutes since we saw him last. (It's a different pedestal in this picture from the one before.)


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The door to the temporary-exhibits building and showing off the obviously quite old label and stencil on the doors.


The door to the temporary-exhibits building and showing off the obviously quite old label and stencil on the doors.


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And it's done! Lights out in the first room, the one with all the displays and fighting words for squirrels and all that.


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A glance at the ceilings, and to the coat room, which we did use to stow our coats while we visited.


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A look from inside the coat room back out, along with the old-fashioned dangling sign for the women's bathroom. I don't remember whether bunny_hugger told me of the bathroom having a sitting room inside, but I'd imagine there would be.


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A cautionary word! Instructions for, I expect, staff.


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bunny_hugger having left the Ruthven Museum Building for the final time.


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And a glance back on what we'd left, including the wonderful detailing around the front door.


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bunny_hugger posing with the puma sculpture. And also the evidence of weather.


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The optimistic declaration above the Ruthven Museums Building's door. Remember when we believed in truth being able to do a thing?


Trivia: Until shortly before its opening in 1874 the Cavendish Laboratory was to be named the Devonshire, for the Duke (and Cambridge University chancellor) who bankrolled its construction. Source: Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field, Nancy Forbes, Basil Mahon. (The Duke's family name was Cavendish, and his great-uncle Henry Cavendish was a renowned scientist in his own right.)

Currently Reading: Mike Fink: King of Mississippi Keelboatmen, Walter Blair, Franklin J Meine.

PS: How April 2019 Treated My Mathematics Blog, which was, not good, but about what I deserved.