"Sleeping Ariadne"

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11 Responses:

  1. Aaron says:

    In case it's not obvious: these mannequins are very common in art classes/studios and art stores. The gag is to mix two traditional subjects of art school, mannequins and nudes.

    • jwz says:

      I used to have a life-sized version of one of those posable mannequins (white plastic, not wood), but I loaned it to someone to use in a trade show or something and they never gave it back...

  2. Eric says:

    The color and texture are very Dali, but the mannequin needs a drawer coming out of his head.

  3. David M.A. says:

    Interesting image, but I'm trying to figure out why "Ariadne". The mythical Ariadne was the one who gave Theseus the way to escape from the Labyrinth. What's the allusion in this image?

    • Given the grapes and the red sheet this is presumably meant to be on Naxos. After Theseus left Crete with Ariadne he stopped at Naxos on the way back to Athens. There Dionysius saw her and made her fall into a deep sleep so Thesus couldn't find her and had to leave without her (this is all part of the Tragedy: he swore an oath to take Ariadne back to Athens and marry her if she helped him escape from the Labyrinth; losing her on Naxos is what caused him to forget to change his sails from black to white and led his father to jump into the Aegean). The skull and the mannikin suggest the real Dionysian rites (Year-Kings killed by maenads in a drunken frenzy) as in The King Must Die by Mary Renault (which I highly recommend if you're interested in this sort of thing).

      [Attempting to log in with OpenID without a jwz.org cookie redirects to a default-theme login box on https://www.jwz.org with a self-signed cert which Firefox yells at me about. You may consider this to be Not A Bug. Also the comment box seems to interpret hard newlines as equivalent to <p>, which may or may not be intentional]

      • jwz says:

        The https server on jwz.org is for my use only, thus the self-signed cert (since it's not worth $400 to me to make that dialog box go away).

        I don't understand why you got redirected there. What exactly did you do to trigger that?

        • Ben Morrow says:

          I use the CS Lite FF extension, with cookies refused by default, so at the point where I was trying to authenticate I had no cookie from jwz.org (this is arguably user error on my part). When I pressed 'Post Comment' I was correctly redirected to my OpenID provider, but after I had completed the auth instead of the comment being posted I was redirected to https://www.jwz.org/blog/wp-login.php?<stuff&gt; with just the WP login screen in the default style (and, as you say, the self-signed cert I should never have seen in the first place). Looking at the code, it appears that common.php:openid_parse_request looks in $_SESSION for the 'action' to perform, and if it doesn't find one assumes 'login' (for which you have presumably required https). Probably the only solution is some sort of 'if you are refusing cookies you will get weird errors' note somewhere appropriate.

  4. CJP says:

    I've often wondered why those articulated wooden mannequins are called lay figures.

  5. Ben Morrow says:

    Oh, and WP doesn't appear to request any personal information from the OpenID provider (it doesn't request it and ignore it, it doesn't even make a request: I get different login options if a request is made).

    • jwz says:

      I understand very little about OpenID. This is the plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/openid/ Do you have any clues about how to make it behave better?

      • Ben Morrow says:

        No, sorry. My understanding of OpenID is limited to the half-a-day I spent swearing about XRDS and X- HTTP headers and so on until I got the three or four sites I cared about to recognise who I was; I promptly forgot it all. Assuming you're using v3.3.3 of the openid plugin it looks like it ought to've worked (that version supposedly checks both AX and SReg, whatever they are, and my provider appears to provide both) but it seems it only checks for personal information once for each OpenID and thereafter stores it in WP's own user database. Do these people really not understand that people's email addresses (say) sometimes change and that one of the points of OpenID is to store those changes somewhere user-controlled?