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What a wonderful world we live in where for less than $100 you too can own a book containing all 3,022 paintings in the Louvre.

Storified by Juliana Aldous · Thu, Mar 01 2012 22:23:47

Over the holidays, I made my semi-annual pilgrimage to Powell's books in Portland, where I picked up (or in this case hefted up with a crane) a copy of the Louvre: All the Paintings by Erich Lessing and Vincent Pomarede.
If you are an art lover and a bibliophile this is a must-have for your collection. Now the photos are small in order to fit them in to less than one thousand pages, but you did get a good sense of what the collection contains. It comes in hardcover in a wonderful slip-case and there is also a DVD included with the book.
Here are just five of my favorites.
#1 The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci. The Mona Lisa is on the cover, so here is a less familiar work.
#2. The Valpincon Bather by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. After slogging through several hundred Madonna, Christian-themed paintings, and dour portraits, it was good to come across a famous nude.
#3 The Gypsy Girl by Frans Hals. And to find someone smiling!
#4. The Betrothal in the Village by Jean-Baptiste Greuze. My favorite kind of scene were from the 18th century involving scenes from life--even if they were dramatized and allegorical.
#5 The Doge of Venice Attending the Shrove Thursday Festivities in the Piazzetta by Francesco Guardi. Scenic, historical and great architecture.
Francesco Guardi - The Doge of Venice Attending the Shrove Thursday Festivities in the Piazzetta, 1775 at the Louvre Museum Paris France · mbell1975
On the downside--the book is full of ugly renaissance babies. I mean, seriously, no one understood cute until the 19th century?
The official museum site.
A special multimedia section from the museum site lets you magnify some of the masterpieces.
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<![CDATA[2012 Oscars Round-Up]]>

My round-up of some don't miss Oscar fun! Schedules, fashion, hosts, recipes and humor

Storified by Juliana Aldous · Sun, Feb 26 2012 17:05:47

Don't want to miss all of the coverage? LA Times has a guide to the shows that will be covering the Academy Awards.
What is your favorite all time fashion win? Here is Andre Leon Talley's list from Vogue.
People Magazine's picks from last year.
Picks of memorable Oscar Dresses from About.com.
Stylebistro picks the best Oscar dresses of the past decade.
Here is a fun (and true!) article by Sharon Greenthal on the most predictably entertaining things about the Oscars.
Here is a link to Roger Ebert's Guide to Watching the Oscar Films on Gowatchit. Included are Roger's reviews of the nominated films and you can also start a movie queue on Gowatchit. I still need to see Hugo! I love the idea of having all of Ebert's reviews in one easy accessible place.
Here is the official site for the 83rd Academy Awards for a list of all the nominees.
Whether you are home with your family, or hosting a fabulous Oscar soiree. Here are some awesome sounding food and drink ideas for Oscar night. I think I need to get to Whole Foods and buy some bacon jam stat!
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<![CDATA[Gauguin at Seattle Art Museum]]>

If you live in Seattle don't miss the Paul Gauguin Polynesia exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.

Storified by Juliana Aldous · Fri, Feb 24 2012 21:27:08

Today I attended the Paul Gauguin exhibit with a few of my favorite colleagues. A link to SAM below provides information and a place to purchase tickets.
We had a guided tour of the exhibit which focuses on Gauguin and his influences including the art of Polynesia. Here is a comprehensive review from Katherine Luck at Crosscut.com.
And what is Art without a little controversy?
The review by Jen Graves at the Stranger.
People on Twitter respond...
Personally, I just enjoyed the art. But I was also intrigued by the influence of the World's Fair on Gauguin.
Another story on crosscut.com. This one on how how Gauguin would have loved to have seen the Polynesian art on display in the show.
Here is some wonderful little videos from SAM in case you can't make the exhibit. Start first with a look at the art of Polynesia.
Paul Gauguin: Setting the Polynesian Stage · theseattleartmuseum
Gauguin Leaves France for Tahiti · theseattleartmuseum
Paul Gauguin: A Return to France and Second Voyage to Tahiti · theseattleartmuseum
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<![CDATA[Learning about SOPA? Time to re-read Tim Wu's Master Switch]]>

Reading the debate between Pogue and Shirky on SOPA and PIPA? You should also check out Tim Wu's book, Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

Storified by Juliana Aldous · Sat, Jan 21 2012 20:13:28

Pogue published an article on his blog asking us to "put down the pitchforks on SOPA"
Clay Shirky strikes back against Pogue's article.

I'm reminded of reading the history of various Information technologies and the good and bad they spawned through reading Tim Wu's book, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. Wu tells the stories of radio, telephone, television, and film—each started out free and open, just like the Internet, and then end up in the hand of one or a few mogels. I think this book will show you what is happening today isn't just a battle between Hollywood and the Internet over intellectual property, but control over the Internet itself. 
Don't have time to read the whole book? Here is a video of Tim Wu talking about the book.
I've also opened up my Kindle Notes with highlights to the public.
#sopa, #pipa, #intellectual property
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<![CDATA[Microsoft Server and Tools]]>

Lots of good stuff coming out of the larger Server and Tools team at Microsoft where I work as well as Microsoft Learning. Here are some resources...

Storified by Juliana Aldous · Fri, Jan 20 2012 19:11:43

Keynote from Satya Nadella on Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud.
Tech Target named System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 as Product of the Year.
Learn all about Windows Azure here...
Learn more about the embedded business and the "Internet of Things..."
And you can learn all about what Microsoft Learning at our blog Born to Learn...
And if you are a trainer, teacher, expert on Microsoft technologies and products and are interested in working on Microsoft Learning's content, training or exams, make sure you are signed up in our MSL SME Database.
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<![CDATA[Online Community Trends]]>

As part of a team focused on how we use community to create content at Microsoft, I've been asked to research some of the top industry trends. I thought I'd share what I've found...

Storified by Juliana Aldous · Sat, Jan 21 2012 20:14:56

Trend: Cognitive Surplus

In his book, and the related TED talk, Shirky describes how in the near past our society spent a majority of our free time in passive consumption of media like television.  But now, due the proliferation of online and collaboration tools we are instead turning to creation and collaboration with our free time.  Shirky describes some of these acts as frivolous—such as LOLcats, but that this is also leading to valuable human interaction, such as the creation of Ushahidi—a service that aggregated citizen reporting of breakouts of ethnic violence in Kenya. Example: LOLcats, Ushahidi, KickStarter

Trend: Government Open Up Your Data

There's a growing international movement afoot worldwide to open up government data and make something useful with it. Civic apps based on government data are emerging that genuinely serve citizens in a beneficial ways that officials may have not been able to deliver, particularly without significant time or increased expense.

Data.gov is a site created by the Open Government Initiative for President Obama’s administration. It allows the public to easily find, download and use datasets generated by Fed Government.

Data.gov is also creating communities around certain sets including…energy, education, ocean, law, health, semantic web and “restore the gulf”



Trend: Likeonomics

Likeonomics is a term coined by Rogit Bhargava of Ogilvey, which “explains the new affinity economy where the most likeable people, ideas and organizations are the ones we believe in, buy from and get inspired by.” Bhargava has a book coming out by the same name in March 2012 from Wiley.

Chobani Yogurt demonstates Likeonomics with Pinterest. Communication Manager, Emily Schmidt says, “There’s a new thing every minute and it’s not to our benefit to spend time on every one,” she says--who can argue wtih that? However, the fact that photo sharing is natural extension of food conversations on the web is not lost on Schildt. “Instagram is big for us, and there is a lot of recipe sharing on our blog. When we saw how many were being shared on Pinterest, we decided to host that conversation ourselves.”

Trend: Content Curation

From this great presentation by Corrine Weisgerber, Ph.D....A content curator is someone who plans and overseas the cataloguing arranging and exhibition of collections. They describes and analyzes valuable objects for the benefit of researchers and the public. While an aggregator simply bundles materials together, a curator adds a point of view and brings context and meaning. Storify and paper.li are good examples.   

Trend: Ubiquitous Social Computing

This presentation from Edelman covers a lot of trends, but I pulled out a few of their trends under one heading--ubiquitous social computing. From the presentation, "We will connect wherever, whenever as competition heats up in consumer electronics space, ushering in cheaper and better mobile solutions that lessen our dependency on PCs." So be prepared and plan for multiple digital experiences/platforms and Integrate social sharing as part of the experience. 

Trend Public vs. Private

Jeff Jarvis talks about his book Public Parts. While many of us worry about what becomes public, Jarvis argues what good can come from sharing. 
How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live · SimonSchusterVideos

Trend: Developer Engagement

To quote Steve Ballmer, "Developers! Developers! Developers!" All of the above will not be built without the work and engagement of developers. In the Edelmen presentation they encourage us to make available to developers the art,text, video, and data so they can make valuable assets. With that, I'd like to give a shout out to my own team at Microsoft Learning who is working to build training content for developers like these Jump Start.
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