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Vcore89

G.O.A.T.
Almost conversant in nearly all of Vermeer's small body of work [about 43 or less than 50 if to include disputed, questionables and (presumed) the lost ones]; therefore, Vermeer is is!

The Allegory of Painting [c.1666]

or

A Young Woman Seated at the Virginal [c.1670]?
 

Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
THE DUDE!


Your rye bread hosts ergot and your mind has entered witches realms.

What magical powers would you like:

Flight, telepathy, or precognition?



It started with bread.

In the Europe of the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, bread was made, in large part, with rye. And rye and rye-like plants can host fungus—ergot*—that can, when consumed in high doses, be lethal. In smaller doses, however, ergot can be a powerful hallucinogen. Records from the 14th to the 17th century mention Europeans' affliction with "dancing mania," which found groups of people dancing through streets—often speaking nonsense and foaming at the mouth as they did so—until they collapsed from exhaustion. Those who experienced the "mania" would later describe the wild visions that accompanied it. (In the 20th century, Albert Hofmann would realize the psychedelic effects of LSD while studying ergot.)

So people, as people are wont to do, adapted this knowledge, figuring out ways to tame ergot, essentially, for hallucinatory purposes. And they experimented with other plants, as well. Forbes's David Kroll notes that there are also hallucinogenic chemicals in Atropa belladonna (deadly nightshade), Hyoscyamus niger (henbane), Mandragora officinarum (mandrake), and Datura stramonium (jimsonweed). Writing in the 16th century, the Spanish court physician Andrés de Laguna claimed to have taken "a pot full of a certain green ointment … composed of herbs such as hemlock, nightshade, henbane, and mandrake" from the home of a couple accused of witchcraft.
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/10/why-do-witches-ride-brooms-nsfw/281037/

 

Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
"The Game of Love"

"Wicked Games"

"Only a Pawn in Their Game"

"Video Games"

"Mind Games"

or "My Favourite Game"?
 
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Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
This proved to be educational. While I was familiar with both in an abstract sense, I had no visuals in my mind and had to do an image search for artistic recreations.

I only worship goddesses, so I choose the garden.


Choose a garden:

KEUKENHOF, LISSE, NETHERLANDS


RYŌAN-JI GARDEN, KYOTO, JAPAN (ZEN GARDEN)


~~~OR~~~

MONET’S GARDEN, GIVERNY, FRANCE?
 

Vcore89

G.O.A.T.
>> Hanging Gardens of Babylon of course from History class. <<
> not so much with Monet but Giverny <

Givenchy

or

Balmain?
 

Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
I can't endorse Balmain.

Balmain Unveils Latest Campaign Starring Cast of 'Digital Supermodels'

Declan EytanIt’s called “the Balmain army", and is to French fashion house Balmain, what the Victoria’s Secret Angels are to the American lingerie retailer. One may typically expect a cast of ethnically diverse models that oozes sex-appeal, from said army which over the years has become synonymous with the vision of Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing. Nonetheless, for the unveiling of the French fashion label’s pre-fall 2018 offerings, the company didn’t opt for the usual suspects. Instead of casting a group of fresh-faced in-demand newcomers, or Victoria’s Secret runway regulars, the Balmain Creative Director handpicked three virtual supermodels as his latest muses.


The controversial move by Balmain, was met with mixed reviews of commenters on the company’s Instagram profile. While some praised the brand for its progressive approach to marketing, others insisted the move is a step in the wrong direction, pointing out that it would jeopardize work opportunities for human fashion models.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/declaneytan/2018/08/31/balmain-unveils-latest-campaign-starring-cast-of-digital-supermodels/#5310551072c7

Marloes says, "(n)(n)(n)!!!"





~~~or~~~



???
 

Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
After losing 6-0, 3-0 to the Mira Mesa Maestro, you realize that you wore out your tennis socks from chasing down his shots. You buy a three-pack of Adidas tennis socks at the La Jolla Village Square Marshalls, or was it Ross as you are never sure which one you are in, and now you need lunch.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, or Trader Joe's for lunch back in Del Mar?




 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
After losing 6-0, 3-0 to the Mira Mesa Maestro, you realize that you wore out your tennis socks from chasing down his shots. You buy a three-pack of Adidas tennis socks at the La Jolla Village Square Marshalls, or was it Ross as you are never sure which one you are in, and now you need lunch.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, or Trader Joe's for lunch back in Del Mar?




Chipotle over Roberto’s???

Bla.s.sphemy!!!

Burrito

Quesadilla

Enchilada

Flauta

or

Combo of all of them

???
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Chipotle is right at La Jolla Village Square, but Robertos is on my way back to the place I stay in Del Mar.

Cheese to go with the known, but the unknown looks good if veggie.

Guacamole:


YES or NO?
Si! The avocado is God’s greatest green gift to mankind!

Less waist expander of the two “healthy” Naked Juice Smoothies, both laden with sugars from non-Green/Red ingredients:

Green Machine (with Spirulina, Wheatgrass, Broccoli, Spinach)

or

Red Machine (with grapes, berries and pomegranate)

???
 

Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
I used to love Naked Juice Blue Machine before I realized that juices are so loaded with sugar. I love berries, so red. The Naked Juice Double Berry Protein and Mango Protein were nice (with a bottle of water) for long drives. I also loved Jamba Juice concoctions until learning about all the sugar.

Skyr


or yogurt?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
I used to love Naked Juice Blue Machine before I realized that juices are so loaded with sugar. I love berries, so red. The Naked Juice Double Berry Protein and Mango Protein were nice (with a bottle of water) for long drives. I also loved Jamba Juice concoctions until learning about all the sugar.

Skyr


or yogurt?
Never had the skyr but if it’s a bit sweeter than the Greek, I’ll try some if I can find it.

Kefir (grain fermented milk)

or

Kombucha (grain fermented tea)

???
 

Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
Kombucha, which I drink almost daily. It's my new beer. I should make more of an effort to find kefir. I used to have tykmælk in Denmark and filmjölk in Sweden.



Brie with a baguette or cheddar with crackers?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
French vagabond picnic essentials FTW.

Young stringytom daily errand in Beaugency, Loire River village:

Morning run to the boulangerie pour une baguette

or

Evening run to l’epicerie pour une bouteille de vin

???
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Salade Nicoise avec plus olives, SVP!

Sorry if this is a repeat but:

Day trip from Nice:

stringytom returning from the Grasse perfume tour smelling as fine as a French prostitute on a holiday

or

artistic connoisseurtom visiting Musee de Picasso in Antibes

???
 

Vcore89

G.O.A.T.
Always try some place you've never been to.

The only other artist I admire apart from Vermeer is Renoir and his
Bal du Moulin de la Galette should've nudge me to Musée d'Orsay however, Vermeer's The Astronomer and The Lacemaker are held at the Musée du Louvre.

The Venus de Milo
.


or

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Always try some place you've never been to.

The only other artist I admire apart from Vermeer is Renoir and his Bal du Moulin de la Galette should've nudge me to Musée d'Orsay however, Vermeer's The Astronomer and The Lacemaker are held at the Musée du Louvre.

The Venus de Milo
.


or

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss?
Kiss me, Cupid!

Better smooching custom:

Mistletoe at Christmas

or

Sorting Sweethearts candy hearts so your Cupid targets only get the “Kiss Me!” mini-hearts on VD

???
 

Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
Joy Division


Unknown Pleasures:

Carolina Reaper Madness Chip with 5 Ghost Peppers,

Are you looking for a world of pain? There’s now a limited-edition Carolina Reaper Madness Chip by Paqui that may do the trick.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/eustaciahuen/2016/09/28/worlds-spiciest-tortilla-chip-so-hot-its-sold-one-per-package/#305ffff7156b



Surströmming (full can),
Never has rotten fish smelled so bad but tasted so good.
What is surströmming made of? And why does the surströmming smell so bad?
https://visitsweden.com/fermented-herring/


or 10 shots of Spirytus?
Spirytus
Proof: 192 (96% alcohol).
Made in: Poland
Approved a few years ago to be sold in New York State, the Polish-made Spirytus vodka is the strongest liquor for sale in the U.S. “It’s like getting punched in the solar plexus,” one sampler told the New York Post. Or as one liquor retailer recited in a frightening endorsement, “Pilots in Siberia used to drink it.”
https://www.foodandwine.com/fwx/slideshow/12-worlds-strongest-liquors

 

Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
Brandy, in honor of John Lennon.

Things didn't end well on the evening drinking buddy Harry Nilsson introduced John Lennon to the brandy Alexander cocktail. They would ultimately be escorted out of Los Angeles' iconic Troubadour nightclub on March 12, 1974, ejected for relentlessly heckling the Smothers Brothers – and, according to a member of the staff, assaulting a waitress.

"I got drunk and shouted," Lennon later remembered. "It was my first night on Brandy Alexanders – that’s brandy and milk, folks. I was with Harry Nilsson, who didn’t get as much coverage as me, the bum. He encouraged me. I usually have someone there who says 'Okay, Lennon. Shut up.'"
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/BtAlKnxovII/maxresdefault.jpg

John Lennon or Paul McCartney?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Maclen together FTW but I am a Lennonist (“STFU, Donnie!”) solo fan!

Groucho Marx, “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”

or

John Lennon, “God is a concept by which we measure our pain.”

???
 
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