Friday, April 14, 2006

Bettie Page Revisited

{Portrait of Bettie Page 1993, Cibachrome Print of Digital Artwork}

The Notorious Bettie Page opens today in Manhattan. The film is about the life of the glam pin-up girl of the 1950s in America. I read this interesting film review at Do take a look at the official film website. It’s pretty hip and has a selection of erotic e-cards. Also read this engaging piece on the NYT site on the Fibonacci poems, essentially six-line poems based on the famous Fibonacci sequence. Says the site: “The Fibonacci progression is a mathematical formula that starts with 0 and 1 and then continues to add numbers that are equal to the sum of the previous two numbers. Thus, the first seven numbers in the sequence are: 0-1-1-2-3-5-8. To write a Fib, a more complicated version of the classic, highly constrained haiku, the poet composes a six-line poem that has the correct number of syllables in each line corresponding to each digit in the sequence. (The real first line of each Fib is silence.)”

Currently reading Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, truly a fascinating journey to the origin of universe and other things. The style of writing is not didactic and academic, and makes for an easy reading. Makes science fun and not so demanding. Take care…


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