Posts Tagged ‘bubble’

I’m Calling It: Our Tech Bubble Will Burst in 2016, When Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a UNICORN” Arrives at PoLoH

Friday, September 25th, 2015

1515: The Age of Great Masters

2015: The Age of Unicorns:


The Tempting of Fate begins Jan 9, 2016:

Sublime Beauty: Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn” – January 9, 2016 – April 10, 2016

This focused exhibition features one of Raphael’s most beguiling and enigmatic paintings. The masterpiece, presented in the United States for the first time, will be lent by the Galleria Borghese in Rome, where it was first recorded in the collection in 1682.

Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn (ca. 1505–1506) features an unidentified blond-haired sitter and epitomizes the beauty of Raphael’s female portraits during his Florentine period. The exhibition will explore the possible identity of this subject, as well as the painting’s distinct iconography, including the unicorn she holds in her lap. Scholars believe that the painting was commissioned to celebrate a wedding, and the unicorn, a conventional symbol of chastity, may offer clues to her familial lineage.

The exhibition further highlights the stylistic relationships between this masterpiece and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Leonardo’s canonical work, painted in Florence in the early years of the 16th century, had a great impact on the younger Raphael, who also practiced in the city during this period. Raphael’s sophisticated adaptation of Leonardo’s innovations in portrait compositions resulted in Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn, a painting that hints at the Mona Lisa with its half-length format, its sitter with hands folded in her lap, and its setting before a distant landscape. Visitors will be able to explore Raphael’s painting in detail and get a glimpse into its intriguing history.

About the Artist

Painter, draftsman and architect Raphael (1483–1520) was one of the most famous artists working in Italy during the period from 1500 to 1520, often identified as the High Renaissance. His paintings are noteworthy for their great beauty and harmony, epitomizing the Renaissance virtues of balance and ideal form. His later production exhibits an interest in expressing movement and emotion through narratives. He is best known for religious subjects, portraits, and historical scenes.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Cincinnati Art Museum in collaboration with the Foundation for Italian Art and Culture. The Legion of Honor presentation is made possible by a lead sponsorship from the Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Field.

Forget About Bubble Tea Tapioca Balls: Today’s Fashionable Thirst Quencher Accessory is Dry Ice

Monday, August 8th, 2011


Just substitute cubes of dry ice for tapioca pearls and you’re in bidness, you’ll be staying au courant.

As seen in the West Bay:

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Kid was leaving a vapor trail all the way across Noriega.

Bubble Tea Throwdown in the West Bay: It’s Sweet Delite vs. Quickly – Who Was the First with Tapioca Treats?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Honestly, I forget which part of the Avenues I was in* when I saw these stores. Anyway, it looks like they’re talking about each other, non?

Now, Sweet Delite is claiming to be original…

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But so is the Quickly. See?

Can we call this one a tie and then move on?


Bubble tea, also known as foam tea, is a sweetly flavored tea beverage invented in Taiwan in the 1980s. Drink recipes may vary, but most bubble teas contain a tea base mixed with fruit (or fruit syrup) and/or milk. Ice blended versions of the drink are also available, usually in fruit flavors.

One of famous categories of bubble teas is “pearl milk tea” (also known as “boba milk tea” and “tapioca (ball) milk tea”) contains small chewy balls made of starch like tapioca (cassava), potato or sweet potato called “pearls”, “fenyuan” or “boba”. Pearls made of jelly are also available in many places. These teas are shaken to mix the ingredients, creating a foam on the top of some varieties, hence the name.

Bubble tea originated in Taiwan in the 1980s, first spread to nearby East Asian countries, migrated to Canada before spreading to Chinatowns throughout the United States, and then to various college towns along the West Coast.”

*So they might not actually be in West Bay Proper, which is anything west of 19th Avenue / Park Presidio…

City Attorney Officially Replies to “Pension Tsunami” Civil Grand Jury Report

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

I’ll tell you, the easy ones, they’re easy to predict. You know, your BART cop homicide, your Michela Alioto-Pier second-term-as-a-Supervisor case, your Bicycle Plan injunction lawsuit – you can easily see how those legal disputes are going to end up months and years before final resolution. But how about this one, how about the brouhaha over the recent “Pension Tsunami – The Billion Dollar Bubble” report from our Civil Grand Jury?

Take a look at this one and see what you think. You Make The Call:

Tsunami pdf

Anyway, that’s what just got posted at the City Attorney’s website this AM. Check it:

In accordance with state law governing Civil Grand Juries, the City Attorney’s Office has responded to jury members’ findings and recommendations about City employee pension and health care benefits.”

This one is beyond my ken, obliviously.

But, you’re smart, check it out.

Just a taste, after the jump.