Today I Learned…

…that I look damn good with my new glasses.  I also remembered how nice it is to have both bows attached to my glasses and not have to worry about them coming off all of the time.  Picture forthcoming when I have better lighting. EDIT: Picture is here!

damn I'm pretty

damn I'm pretty

Today I Learned…

…that I shouldn’t lean up against things when I’ve been drinking.  At the ugly holiday sweater party I went to today (pictures forthcoming of my hideously ugly sweater), I leaned (leant?) up against the following:

  • Nothing, causing myself to fall backwards a foot in the elevator
  • A glass vase, causing it to fall to the floor and shatter, and giving the host a cut in the process
  • The light switch in the kitchen, causing several people to think that it was last call or something

Yeah.  So not so much with me and the leaning anymore.

Today I Learned…

…an excellent word.  Sfumato is from the Italian sfumare — to evaporate — and describes a painting technique developed and perfected by Leonardo da Vinci.  Sfumato involves using many very thin, delicate coats of paint blended together to give the illusion of form.

I came upon this word in the context of an article entitled “How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci,” which applies a more philosophical meaning to the word — the ability to embrace ambiguity and paradox.  The author suggests that you learn this ability through thought exercises; think about being in the ambiguous situation of having applied for a job but not knowing whether you got it or not — or think about how your happiest and saddest moments are related.  There are many other steps and concepts outlined in the article, most of which I think are extremely worthwhile to attempt and emulate.  Check it out.

Today I Learned…

…just how bad I was at the drums when I used to play.