August 18, 2012

August 14, 2012

Got a two-headed little mouse (on each arm)?

The full (Latin) name of the human biceps is "musculus biceps brachii" which means "two-headed little mouse of the arm."

"Two-headed" because the biceps is made up of two bundles, each with its own attachment point, or "head."

"Little mouse" because the muscle resembles the back of a mouse!  Indeed, the biceps appears to have given all muscles their name.

(And yes, the triceps has three "heads," and the quadriceps has four.)

August 12, 2012

August 6, 2012

"... so well, ... so, well, ..."

"And as Mr. Jobs knew so well, one thing that makes magic so, well, magical, is that you don’t know how it works."

- from the article "Disruptions: At Its Trial, Apple Spills Some Secrets" by Nick Bilton in today's New York Times.

August 5, 2012

"If new-laid eggs wore wooden legs I should not laugh or cry."

I would like to tell you how beautifully Corinne Winters sang the role of Anne Trulove at today's matinee of The Rake's Progress at the Barns of Wolf Trap. And I'd like to tell you that Eric Barry inhabited the title role of Tom Rakewell so perfectly that it could have been written for him! And I'd like to tell you that Margaret Gawrysiak's portrayals of Mother Goose and Baba the Turk demonstrated virtuosity and great humor.

But I can't.

I can't. Not because any of that isn't true, but because my ticket says that by attending the performance, I agreed that I "will not transmit ... any description [or] account ... of the event."


"... by your use of this ticket you agree, that you will not transmit ... any description [or] account ... of the event ..."

August 4, 2012

"Art is the big yes."

"Much of our lives involves the word 'no.' In school we are mostly told, 'Don't do it this way. Do it that way.' But art is the big yes. In art, you get a chance to make something where there was nothing."

- Marvin Bell

h/t: The Writer's Almanac


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