Russell And The Masters On Main Street (Cont.)

One of Russell's pieces at the exhibition, called "Resume"

The Masters on Main Street exhibition in Catskill, New York has been up and running for about a month now, and it appears to be doing pretty well.  I know that Russell has been spending a fair amount of time there at the Vassar College storefront gallery space.  artdaily.org has a review of sorts of the show and its various participants, and a local article on the effort includes a brief video interview with the principal organizer.

Let’s hope that, as spring arrives and the weather warms up, more and more people stop by Catskill to take a look at the artwork. Kish and I are looking forward to touring all of the Masters on Main spaces when we visit in May.

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Acronyms In The OED

Every so often the authoritative Oxford English Dictionary decides that new words, phrases, and slang have become sufficiently accepted to be included in the next publication.  For those interested in our language, it is a momentous occasion.

The most recent announcement features many new words, like “tinfoil hat” and “couch surfer” and (horrors!) “wassup,” as well as new usages, like recognizing “heart” as a verb (as in “I [heart shape] NY”).  A number of the newly recognized words are in fact acronyms — or, to use the word used by the OED, “initialisms.”  These new selections would delight Valley Girls, emailophiles, and hard-core texters.  They include “OMG,” “LOL,” “IMHO,” “TMI,” and “BFF.”  For those of you who, like me, wonders whether “TMI” refers to Three Mile Island, it doesn’t — it means “too much information.”

The continued generation of new words and usages shows that English remains a vibrant, growing language — so much so that an English speaker from the year 2350 reading Catcher in the Rye would find its English as distant from their usage as Shakespeare is from the modern tongue.  But if “OMG” and “LOL” are now regarded as proper uses of the King’s English, can “CYA” and “WTF” be far behind?

The Agony Of Defeat

I don’t feel much like writing about Ohio State’s nail-biter loss to Kentucky last night, and I doubt anyone feels much like reading about it, either.  It must have been a thrilling, wonderful game to watch if you were a disinterested fan who just liked college basketball.  The two squads were evenly matched and the game was back-and-forth and closely contested, with the teams within a few points of each other throughout the second half.

For an Ohio State fan — and even more so, I am sure, for Ohio State coaches and players — this one was a very tough one to take.  Ohio State had its opportunities but could not capitalize on them; after shooting lights out for a series of games the Buckeyes struggled to put even open shots and free throws into the basket.  That happens, at times, in sports.  Credit must be given to Kentucky, of course.  Their coaches came up with a good game plan and their players executed it.

So, for the second year in a row Ohio State bows out in the Sweet Sixteen after a tough, hard-fought loss to a talented SEC team.  The loss will sting, because this group of Ohio State players was a pleasure to watch and clearly had the ability to win it all.  The fact that they didn’t, however, doesn’t detract from what was really an exceptional season.  I will very much miss watching these guys play.