David Kirkpatrick

September 22, 2008

VanDuzen Archives in the blogs

I always love seeing my clients in the media, be it mainstream, trade or even blogs. This past weekend VanDuzen Archives, the fine art division of VanDuzen Inc., a 3D visualization and modeling company was mentioned in a post at Appraiser Workshops blog.

The post was based on an article in Design News from last month. I blogged about that story here.

From the first link:

In my article “Art Bronze” that was published in the “Journal of Advanced Appraisal Studies” I stated that the only sure method for determining the authenticity of a bronze cast is complete documentation of its ownership, which includes the custody of the materials since their creation, including any changes or restorations that successive custodians have made to them. While that is still true, we now have 3-D imaging hardware and software which has become an important tool in fighting the war against art fraud.

One company, “The VanDuzen Archives of Dallas, has built a growing business around the use of imaging hardware and digital shape sampling software as tools to authenticate and conserve works of art.

July 30, 2008

little green footballs vs the Discovery Institute

And the winner is? Charles Johnson and lgf by KO.

If you want to decide for yourself, here’s the latest salvo between the right wing anti-Islamist blog and the Christianist-shill, pro-creationism “research organization.”

Here’s Johnson’s intro from the first link:

Bruce Chapman of the Discovery Institute says I made false claims about them, but he doesn’t actually dispute a single fact in my LGF article. I was going to ignore this post at their anti-evolution blog, but on second reading it struck me as a pretty good example of the kinds of misdirection the Discovery Institute commonly employs, so we’ll go through it to see how many obfuscations we can spot.

Johnson added this Corner post from John Derbyshire as an update, and I think it serves to sum this whole thing up very tidily. I’m pretty biased in this debate — if you couldn’t tell from my description of the Discovery Institute — and Johnson goes way overboard on a regular basis at lgf, but he’s dead on about the Discovery Institute. If nothing else lgf is dogged, right or wrong. Johnson’s been right quite a bit as well. I bet his targets wish that wasn’t the case

From Derbyshire’s post at the Corner:

What a Tangled Web We Weave   [John Derbyshire]

I have banged on here at NRO about the corroding dishonesty of the Intelligent Design project, arguing that it arises from the very nature of the thing: pretending, in hopes of winning the occasional church/state lawsuit, to be one thing (a pure-science research institute), while in fact being a different thing (a Christian-proselytizing lecture agency, pressure group, and publisher). There is nothing wrong with being either of those things: the corruption stems from being the one while pretending to be the other. Not only is this dishonest in itself, it does no good to either cause.

Charles Johnson over at Little Green Footballs has been doing a few rounds with the Discovery Institute, in which the DI sleaze tactics come through loud and clear. It makes for entertaining reading. Plenty of links to follow.

(Hat tip: Panda’s Thumb)

February 19, 2008

Taki’s Top Drawer …

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:07 am

… is one of my favorite new sites. I’ve added a link to the site’s blogs in my blogroll, and this link goes to the main site and articles.

Great (read: informed and very talented) writing from the right. Taki Theodoracopulos (hope I spelled the name correctly) has assembled some excellent talent. I don’t care where you sit on the political spectrum. Give Taki’s site a read. It’s some good stuff.