Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The unfinished blog posts of 2012, number perspective: the shape of wine

Many times I start a blog post, and for whatever of several thousand reasons, never finish it. But rather than let these rough gems continue to languish in neglect, I've decided to share them with you in the remaining days of 2012. These are the unfinished blog posts of 2012. Today is a post that I clearly wrote when I was a little drunk. All the hallmarks of being a little drunk are right there on the screen: I'm apparently convinced that this topic under discussion is more Important and Monumental to our understanding than it actually is, the sentences tend to run on and on, and it all abruptly ends. Also, I don't remember writing this post. I think I was most inspired by the picture that's involved. It is a pretty cool picture for several reasons, not the least of which is the addition of the bird (?). The bird is what really gets my attention, out of the whole display. Is he what? With the marks coming out of beak is he singing? Talking? Breathing? Is this all a demonstration of skill, with geometric perspective and a drawing from life on the same canvas? Like the different kinds of painting are represented to show the fluency of the artist? Hard to say from this vantage point. Much like the text I wrote below it, the picture doesn't do a great job of explaining itself. At any rate, Enjoy.

16th century demonstration of linear perspective
A wine doesn't go straight. A wine isn't like a line. It rolls and groups on one side or another, or the top, and is consumed as it proceeds. We perceive a progression of flavors over time, but the form might better be represented by a thunder cloud. The flavors glide along, mostly grouped together, and at times one especially stands out and strikes the palate on its own, noticeably and forcefully, before disappearing. Like most clouds, these shift as you watch them, and you might see in one instance a pear, but in another the face of a man. [over and out]

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