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  1. I have not seen the movie but wanted to add 'second hand' personal note.  I have met a man who worked on Mary Poppins at Disney by the name of Floyd Norman.  Through a friend of mine who knows Mr. Norman better than me (thus, 'second hand'), Floyd told him that they got the story right.  Also, Mr. Norman was not invited to the premier until he sent a note to Tom Hanks who made sure he got to see the movie.  Norman was consulted by Hanks for the movie.  In addition for those who may be interested, Mr. Norman has written a marvelous book about working for Disney which does include a chapter about Mary Poppins.  I am lucky enough to have an autographed copy of the book in which Mr. Norman also drew a picture of a mouse!  Hmmm . . . wonder where he got that idea from??  

  2. He's a con-artist. Please ignore him.

    Branden or Valliant? Vallint's book thanks The Estate of Ayn Rand for access to her journals and also includes the name of Jeff Britting who is, I brlieve, the archivist at ARI. Also, just looked at Amazon and they want $78.53 for a new copy.

  3. I don't know if it can be called an 'official account' but there is a book called "The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics, The Case Against the Branden's" by James S. Valliant. It's been a long time since I read it but I believe it does contain an explanation of the affair. It was consensual amongst all the parties involved. But more than that the Branden's succeeded in pulling the wool over not only Ayn Rand's eyes but most every one around her for about 18 years. Someone who is more familiar with the book may want to comment.

  4. I suspect either Quent or Linda put these out on Youtube. Some (if not all) you can see on their facebook page. Also for those who like sculpture like this you can buy through QCFA the pedestals you see here with the motorized motion. I think it adds tremendously to the sculpture.

  5. This problem started just recently. I bring up the initial web site that has the 'category' Forums. I click on Sign In and nothing happens. I click on Members, then click on Sign In, and the log in panel comes up and I can log in. Any ideas on why this might be happening?


  6. The Stossel show on AS will be repeated tonight, Friday, on the Fox Business Channel.

    I think it is unfortunate that Stossel only spent one half hour on AS, a topic that could go on for hours, especially for those who only have a superficial knowledge of Objectivism. The second half hour was spent mainly on one concrete of government interference and I don't think that was too helpful. At least something was aired on a national broadcast about Ayn Rand's philosophy and that is a positive.

  7. An artist by the name of Thomas Arvid, is featured at the gallery now I see:


    I don't know if you have had the opportunity to see the Arvids, intellectualammo, but I can tell you they are quite stunning. When I first saw them I thought they were photographs because they are so real looking. Would love to see one of his originals!

  8. I've always wanted to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church. I won't pursue it because it would be a waste of time but if it happened, I would 'wear' it as a badge of honor.

  9. What’s gotten a firm hold of my curiosity, is how these acrylic sculptures are actually made, what they look like from different sides, and what Wilkinson’s art book contains. Perhaps his video will satisfy my curiosity, for the most part. Some of his sculptures start out just under one thousand USD to $176,000 USD on his site. I’d like to see how Linda would display these sculptures at the gallery, if they aren’t already. If you follow the Director’s Corner blog, you can see how creative the gallery presents some of its featured art. I imagine the lighting and positioning may be a little difficult with these particular ones, like what is located behind them may effect how they appear, but also you can be creative with it, possibly trying out different colors of light, and so forth.

    The pieces are irregular faceted blocks - not regular geometric shapes. You can look into any facet and see the figures. the space behind the frosted figures is hollowed out as if the artist took a chisel and carved it out of the block. Linda did show me his book and there is more of the same (without prices) - all of it is wonderful. "Pinnacle" is in the front window and the other pieces are on pedestals throughout the gallery. I think there are many possibilities for displaying them and I'm working on an idea I have for mine. They are still beautiful just the way they are but as Steven suggested, there is no substitute for viewing the real thing. Also, no touching unless you're wearing gloves.

  10. I'll bet you the photographs are absolutely wretched compared to the actual items--and no, that takes nothing away from the photographer. This is exactly the sort of thing a photograph could never hope to capture adequately.

    You are almost correct, Steve, simply meaning 'wretched' is too harsh but the photographs are a carrot on a stick. I just got back from the gallery 30 minutes ago as I write this. These sculptures are absolutely stunning. I can't begin to describe "Pinnacle" - I just wish I was rich because then, it would be mine. I went there today to pay a little more on the 2 pieces I've been slowly trying to acquire and also to put a down payment on a certain sculpture. I wound up instead making the payments and putting a down payment on "Vow". As I handed Linda my check I said, "For starving artists from starving art patrons". I simply had to have one of these sculptures. I have a plan as to how to display it but will worry about that after acquisition. If you are ever anywhere remotely near the gallery you must stop in and see (all of) the art for real.

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