Over 200 Items Belonging to Yeats Family Sold at Auction

More than 200 paintings, letters and personal items belonging to the Yeats family have been sold at auction in London.A writing desk used by the poet William Butler Yeats was bought for €170,000, five times its reserve price.The Government has said that the State has acquired a number of items in the collection through the National Library of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland.In a statement, Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys said: "Over the past nine months, I have been working with the National Library and the National Museum to ensure the purchase for the State of significant items, as identified by both institutions, which were due to be auctioned in London today."These items will now form part of the national collections of our cultural institutions."Among the artefacts acquired by the National Library include over 500 letters between WB Yeats and his wife George Yeats.It was agreed before the auction that the letters would not be included in the sale, and are being purchased privately for €725,000.Artefacts that were acquired by the National Museum of Ireland include the writing desk, a Burmese giltwood coffer used to store manuscripts and a chest of drawers decorated on the inside with paintings by Jack Yates.The National Gallery of Ireland has also purchased a number of works from the auction.The purchases include two paintings, sketches and six photographic portraits of John Butler Yeats.However, there were concerns by several leading academics and artists that such important items were falling into private hands.Labour's spokesperson on culture Joan Burton also raised concerns and said that the failure to secure the Yeats collection in public ownership is a "national embarrassment".She said: "The Yeats family collection has now been broken up and lost to the State. Ireland had the chance to secure the full contents before a sale but failed to do so."A late intervention has seen a few items bought by the National Library and National Museum but failed to bring the full collection home for a price of less than €2 million."

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Ho, Ho, Ho! I Saw You Masturbating!
Season's greetings from your old friend Santa! My, oh, my, only 12 nights left until Christmas Eve! Things are getting so close now, we can hardly contain ourselves here at the North Pole. And from the looks of it, my young friend, we're not the only ones set to burst! Why, Jolly Old Saint Nick hasn't seen a Yule log this lit in ages!Now, don't be shy. You know what Santa's talking about. You just couldn't wait to open your present this year, could you? Ho, ho, ho! Dear child, I saw you masturbating!And it hasn't been just once either! Oh, no! Santa's seen you at least twice splashing away in the bathtub, three times in the attic with one of your mother's old art-history books, and more times than even he can count spread out like a stunned partridge on that beanbag chair of yours!Why, old Santa might just have a heart attack if he popped out your chimney on that cold winter's night and, instead of milk and cookies, found his dear little pen pal shamefully hunched over the family computer.Oh, what a naughty, prolific rascal you've been!You see, dear lad, Santa's been keeping a list. Just like the one you keep in your head of all your favorite classmates. The one you've checked so much more than twice. Except when Santa thinks about his list, he doesn't rub his crotch feverishly against the smooth contours of his writing desk. Ho, ho, ho!I see you when you're sleeping, child, and I know when you're awake. And, believe it or not, I even know when you're just pretending to sleep, but really have your rosy palms down the front of your britches.Yes, I suppose you could say old Kris Kringle knows everything there is to know. Well, not everything. You did teach me a thing or two about scented body wash! Ho, ho, ho!Tell me now, what do you want Santa to bring you this year? A bright red bicycle? Some fun new board games? Or should I just have the elves wrap up a fresh batch of those satin pillows you enjoy straddling so much? Or maybe St. Nick shouldn't bring you anything at all this Christmas. After all, Mrs. Claus knitted you a special pair of socks last year, and just look what became of those!Oh, what ever happened to that sweet, freckle-faced angel we all loved so much? Such a bright little youngster, so good to your mommy and daddy, and quick to make friends. Now all you seem to want to do is play by yourself for hours on end. It makes everyone here at my workshop very, very sad. Why the reindeer haven't been able to keep down their feed since hearing about how you slap yourself around. And Mrs. Claus, do you know what she did when she found out? She cried. She cried for the first time in almost 700 years.Where before we enjoyed visions of gumdrops and candy canes, now we see you, once so dear to us all, kneeling against a plastic chair, spitting on two fingers, and putting them lordy knows where.I must say, the sights you conjure up while you lie in your bed have even Santa Claus scratching his head. I doubt any of the high-school cheerleaders have ever even set foot inside a boiler room before, never mind done anything like that!And other things-other terrible, frightful things. If your outlandish fantasies didn't make me quake with disgust, I'd say you were the most creative child in the world.Is it Clara? Is that who you think about when you rub yourself raw? Ho, ho, ho! Why she doesn't even know your name, dear child! You didn't really think you had a chance with her, did you? A pretty girl like that? But your face-it's covered in pockmarks, for goodness sake!Don't cry now, little one. I'm sure some of the Barbie dolls you steal from your sister's room find you very attractive. I bet they hardly even notice your embarrassing stutter, or that pungent and sickly body odor of yours. Or even how pathetic you really are, my child. What a sad, lonely, feeble little shit you are, and how your life-your wretched little life-will be filled with failure after failure, both personal and professional, until the stench of disappointment and heartbreak grows so strong that you'll barely be able to breathe.Well, it looks old Santa has to get back to work! Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night-except you, you sick little !
This Old Thing! Norseman Sleigh's Origins Are a Bit of a Mystery
Q. This sleigh was found in my grandmother's barn at her farm in Newcastle, Ont. We're not sure if it was there when my grandparents purchased the farm in the 1930s. The markings indicate it was made in Toronto by Norseman Products Ltd. The sleigh measures 112 centimetres long and 41 cm wide (44 by 16 inches). Any idea when it was made, and was it a sleigh for ice and snow?- Gary, Pickering A. Even today, sleighs and toboggans provide winterland fun for kids. Except for subtle differences, their designs remained unchanged from the mid-1800s until a couple of decades ago. Sleighs without a steering wheel were available for about $2.50 in the 1920s. Yours is quite special with the car-type steering wheel and the brake lever. It might have been produced as a prototype in the 1940s.There's virtually no information on this company and this one model appears to be unique. However there are one or two other examples of sleighs with steering wheels made by other companies. Although it's not a huge market, there are collectors out there looking for rare sleighs and toys with original paint and advertising on them. Canadian inventions are also of interest. To a collector of one-off objects, your sleigh could be worth $275 or more.Q. This vase was a wedding gift to my wife and me when we married in 1960. It is about 25 cm high (10 inches), stamped with 1884, gg, within a circular seal, and with Doulton Lambeth. There's also initials - either MA or VW and 681 or 189, written by hand. We have taken good care of this vase and now wonder if it has monetary as well as sentimental value. Thank you for any assistance that you can provide.- Gerald, Ottawa A. The famous Doulton company, an English firm that has been producing pottery and chinaware for two centuries, needs very little introduction. Doulton's vast output accounts for the fact I could not find the design of your stoneware vase listed in the Doulton (later Royal Doulton) literature.In 1884, when your vase was made, Sir Henry Doulton (1820-1897) was hiring many top-notch artists to create special Art Pottery that were sometimes one-of-a-kind pieces. These ceramics were made at the Doulton's Lambeth factory located in South London. Your vase exhibits Muslim and Persian characteristics, exotic motifs that were fashionable during the Arts & Crafts movement which flourished in England from about 1860 to 1910.The "gg" stands for the decorating assistant Mary A. Goode. The "VW" monogram would be the symbol for the main stoneware artist who remains unidentified and 189 is the design number. Today, Royal Doulton is part of the Waterford Wedgewood Group.Striking artistic Doulton pieces, such as yours, are always of interest to collectors - especially if they are rare. As such your nuptial vase has a value of $350 or more.Q. I'm sending a picture of a writing desk we purchased from a Nova Scotia antiques' dealer for $600 in 1973. It came from the estate of a local doctor. This piece is 152 cm tall by 109 cm wide (60 by 43 inches). There is damage to the wooden ornamental detail on the left side. I am interested in the value of this antique in order to determine if it's worth restoring.Barbara, Streetsville, Ont.A. Your desk was actually advertised as a combination bookcase and secretary. It is made of either birch or maple with a mahogany finish. This interesting and useful piece was made about 1895 and retailed for $15 at the time.Although this cabinet is a commercial, mass-produced piece, it does have some pretty features such as the French flavoured decorative carving and the curvaceous cabriole legs with "brassed" knees. If you decide to restore the damaged trim, you will have to find an artisan or hobbyist who will take on the challenge, more for love than money.In perfect condition, this antique piece would command about $850.John Sewell is an antiques and fine art appraiser. To submit an item to this column, go to the Contact John page at www.johnsewellantiques.ca . Please measure your piece, say when and how you got it, what you paid and list any identifying marks. A high resolution jpeg must also be included. (Only email submissions accepted.) Appraisal values are estimates only.
This Old Thing! Norseman Sleigh's Origins Are a Bit of a Mystery
Q. This sleigh was found in my grandmother's barn at her farm in Newcastle, Ont. We're not sure if it was there when my grandparents purchased the farm in the 1930s. The markings indicate it was made in Toronto by Norseman Products Ltd. The sleigh measures 112 centimetres long and 41 cm wide (44 by 16 inches). Any idea when it was made, and was it a sleigh for ice and snow?- Gary, Pickering A. Even today, sleighs and toboggans provide winterland fun for kids. Except for subtle differences, their designs remained unchanged from the mid-1800s until a couple of decades ago. Sleighs without a steering wheel were available for about $2.50 in the 1920s. Yours is quite special with the car-type steering wheel and the brake lever. It might have been produced as a prototype in the 1940s.There's virtually no information on this company and this one model appears to be unique. However there are one or two other examples of sleighs with steering wheels made by other companies. Although it's not a huge market, there are collectors out there looking for rare sleighs and toys with original paint and advertising on them. Canadian inventions are also of interest. To a collector of one-off objects, your sleigh could be worth $275 or more.Q. This vase was a wedding gift to my wife and me when we married in 1960. It is about 25 cm high (10 inches), stamped with 1884, gg, within a circular seal, and with Doulton Lambeth. There's also initials - either MA or VW and 681 or 189, written by hand. We have taken good care of this vase and now wonder if it has monetary as well as sentimental value. Thank you for any assistance that you can provide.- Gerald, Ottawa A. The famous Doulton company, an English firm that has been producing pottery and chinaware for two centuries, needs very little introduction. Doulton's vast output accounts for the fact I could not find the design of your stoneware vase listed in the Doulton (later Royal Doulton) literature.In 1884, when your vase was made, Sir Henry Doulton (1820-1897) was hiring many top-notch artists to create special Art Pottery that were sometimes one-of-a-kind pieces. These ceramics were made at the Doulton's Lambeth factory located in South London. Your vase exhibits Muslim and Persian characteristics, exotic motifs that were fashionable during the Arts & Crafts movement which flourished in England from about 1860 to 1910.The "gg" stands for the decorating assistant Mary A. Goode. The "VW" monogram would be the symbol for the main stoneware artist who remains unidentified and 189 is the design number. Today, Royal Doulton is part of the Waterford Wedgewood Group.Striking artistic Doulton pieces, such as yours, are always of interest to collectors - especially if they are rare. As such your nuptial vase has a value of $350 or more.Q. I'm sending a picture of a writing desk we purchased from a Nova Scotia antiques' dealer for $600 in 1973. It came from the estate of a local doctor. This piece is 152 cm tall by 109 cm wide (60 by 43 inches). There is damage to the wooden ornamental detail on the left side. I am interested in the value of this antique in order to determine if it's worth restoring.Barbara, Streetsville, Ont.A. Your desk was actually advertised as a combination bookcase and secretary. It is made of either birch or maple with a mahogany finish. This interesting and useful piece was made about 1895 and retailed for $15 at the time.Although this cabinet is a commercial, mass-produced piece, it does have some pretty features such as the French flavoured decorative carving and the curvaceous cabriole legs with "brassed" knees. If you decide to restore the damaged trim, you will have to find an artisan or hobbyist who will take on the challenge, more for love than money.In perfect condition, this antique piece would command about $850.John Sewell is an antiques and fine art appraiser. To submit an item to this column, go to the Contact John page at www.johnsewellantiques.ca . Please measure your piece, say when and how you got it, what you paid and list any identifying marks. A high resolution jpeg must also be included. (Only email submissions accepted.) Appraisal values are estimates only.
Over 200 Items Belonging to Yeats Family Sold at Auction
More than 200 paintings, letters and personal items belonging to the Yeats family have been sold at auction in London.A writing desk used by the poet William Butler Yeats was bought for €170,000, five times its reserve price.The Government has said that the State has acquired a number of items in the collection through the National Library of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland.In a statement, Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys said: "Over the past nine months, I have been working with the National Library and the National Museum to ensure the purchase for the State of significant items, as identified by both institutions, which were due to be auctioned in London today."These items will now form part of the national collections of our cultural institutions."Among the artefacts acquired by the National Library include over 500 letters between WB Yeats and his wife George Yeats.It was agreed before the auction that the letters would not be included in the sale, and are being purchased privately for €725,000.Artefacts that were acquired by the National Museum of Ireland include the writing desk, a Burmese giltwood coffer used to store manuscripts and a chest of drawers decorated on the inside with paintings by Jack Yates.The National Gallery of Ireland has also purchased a number of works from the auction.The purchases include two paintings, sketches and six photographic portraits of John Butler Yeats.However, there were concerns by several leading academics and artists that such important items were falling into private hands.Labour's spokesperson on culture Joan Burton also raised concerns and said that the failure to secure the Yeats collection in public ownership is a "national embarrassment".She said: "The Yeats family collection has now been broken up and lost to the State. Ireland had the chance to secure the full contents before a sale but failed to do so."A late intervention has seen a few items bought by the National Library and National Museum but failed to bring the full collection home for a price of less than €2 million."
See the Spark of the First World War by Visiting Franz Ferdinand's Castle, Konopiste
Standing in line to buy the tour ticket to Konopiste, the Bohemian castle where Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria spent his last days before departing for Sarajevo, I let my mind wander: What if the Habsburg heir apparent had not taken that fateful trip to the Balkans and been assassinated by a Serb terrorist on June 28, 1914, sparking the First World War? Would Hitler and Stalin have happened? Would America's own global "empire" ever have been born? And a less momentous counterfactual: Would I - or any tourist - be here now?This final year of the First World War centenary is as good a time as any to travel back into that history, when the last 100 tumultuous years still lay in a hopeful future. And as good a place as any are the private houses of the Habsburgs, which now are open to the public. They embody what Henry James called "the palpable, imaginable, visitable past" - in this case, la belle époque as if frozen in amber. But, like all well-loved homes, they also speak volumes, in finely drawn character studies, about the individual inhabitants."Franz Ferdinand's estate might give us some ideas for the dream house you always talk about," I had teased my wife over Viennese coffee in Prague's Café Louvre. It was my attempt at enticing her to join me on a day trip into the Czech countryside. This was Pat's first trip to the Czech Republic and every moment of the short stay was precious.The day we decided to visit Konopiste was one of the Czech Republic's many national holidays, so the train to the village of Benesov, 48 kilometres outside Prague, was packed - not just with people but with their bikes. From the station stop, the 2.4-kilometre walk to the estate wasn't at all daunting but, rather, an opportunity to beat yesterday's step count on Pat's new smartphone fitness app. The more steps, the less guilt eating a chocolate torte that evening.By the time (around noon) we reached the pastoral setting of the 1,370-hectare estate, we had already worked up an appetite for lunch. Near a swan-dotted lake, a restaurant beckoned. Right across from the outdoor dining area was a fenced-in park with grazing sika deer. "How cute!" Pat said. The many venison dishes on the menu became less appetizing.Once inside the 13th-century castle, a few minutes' stroll from the restaurant, even more deer greeted us - only now as mounted heads and antlers, hundreds of them. In Franz Ferdinand's day, hunting was an aristocratic sport; but for him, it seemed an obsession. His hunting trophies form a leitmotif throughout the residence, which had been transformed into a Baroque-style chteau in the 1700s and then modernized by the archduke from 1887 to 1894. His then-new bathroom was among Europe's first with hot and cold running water.From the various portraits of the dour-faced, seemingly haughty archduke sprinkled throughout the residence, it was understandable why so many popular histories have branded him unlikeable. At the same time, he was considered more intelligently liberal-minded than his uncle, Franz Joseph I, whom he would have succeeded as leader of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Franz Ferdinand's governing plans were to turn the multi-ethnic empire into a federation (not unlike today's European Union). That he was killed by a Slav who shared similar views on ethnic autonomy is one of history's endless, tragic ironies.But it was on a personal level that Pat and I, as a married couple, felt the tragedy most poignantly. "Sophie, Sophie, don't die! Live for the children." Those were Franz Ferdinand's last words as he, shot in the neck, cradled his wife in the back seat of a car in Sarajevo. But she, shot in the chest, was already dead. He would die a few minutes later. Of their three children - ages 14, 12 and 10 at the time of the assassination - two would end up in Hitler's concentration camps.Our pilgrimage to Konopiste and its world of what-ifs put a lot of things in perspective - from the political divisiveness back home in the U.S. to the petty, logistical concerns of travel itineraries. Pat was taking a plane the next day to Dulles International Airport. Younger than I and not yet retired, she had a job to get back to. I was staying in Europe another week or so to spend some time with my daughter Emmy in the Austrian and Slovenian Alps.So it happened that just a few days later I found myself in Bad Ischl, Austria, at the country retreat of Franz Ferdinand's uncle. I say "found myself" because it was not a travel destination I had planned. Emmy flew into Munich, I rented a car in Prague and we met in Salzburg. The idea was then to drive east toward Ljubljana with serendipity as our guide.For our trip's first leg, we got as far as the Saltzkammergut village of Gmunden, which we liked so much that we spent two days there. On the last day, following an invigorating swim in the Traunsee, I realized that only a 30-minute drive away was the very place where the First World War formally began with the manifesto of July 28, 1914, in which Franz Joseph I called "My Peoples" to war against Serbia. (Because Austria-Hungary was a multi-ethnic empire, "people" became "peoples.") I wanted to see where he wrote that declaration. Built in the Biedermeier period of the 19th century, his summer residence was a wedding gift from his mother, which he then expanded and remodelled with neoclassical columns and tympana. Set in an English-style park at the edge of the spa town, it became known as the Kaiservilla. There, in his private, upstairs study, sat the actual writing desk, complete with a copy of his " An meine Völker!" war declaration.In a nearby room was the private study of his wife, Empress Elisabeth, with her own desk, at which she wrote poems. They would be read, she hoped, by "future souls," which now included Emmy and me. Known affectionately throughout Europe as Sisi, leading a life independent of her husband, the beautiful empress has been called the "Princess Di of her time." Contemporary chroniclers breathlessly reported on Sisi's latest excursions, equestrian feats, extreme diet and exercise regimens, and her reputed 19-inch waist.In the villa's gift shop, Emmy and I were tempted to buy at least one of the Sisi tchotchkes. But they seemed silly in the context of the deep sense of tragedy that hung heavy over Kaiservilla, even on the sunniest of days as when Emmy and I visited.In 1867, Franz Joseph's younger brother, Maximilian, would be executed by firing squad in Mexico. He had his own castle, called Miramare, near Trieste, Italy - which is open to the public. Two decades later, in 1889, Crown Prince Rudolf, the only son of Sisi and Franz Joseph I, would die in a suicide pact with his mistress at Mayerling hunting lodge outside Vienna. In 1898, Sisi was stabbed in the heart by an Italian anarchist in Geneva. Not long before her death, she had created her own private retreat on the Greek isle of Corfu; called Achilleion, it is also open to the public.Only Franz Joseph I would die of natural causes - in 1916, at age 86, in the midst of the war that would dissolve his empire, a war made inevitable by his hand at a polished wooden writing desk.IF YOU GO:Konopiste, zamek-konopiste.cz czechtourism.com From Prague, Franz Ferdinand's Konopiste is a short day trip of about 50 kilometres, easily traversed by car or train. Hours and tours are seasonal. The basic price for an English-language guided tour in a group is about $13.50 (U.S.) per person.Kaiservilla, kaiservilla.at The summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife, Sisi, is about 52 kilometres from Salzburg. Hours are seasonal. The $18 admission includes access to the surrounding park.Achilleion, achillion-corfu.gr Empress Sisi created her own private retreat on the Ionian island of Corfu, designed in the manner of an ancient Greek palace. She called it Achilleion in honour of her hero, Achilles. After her assassination in 1898, it was purchased by the German kaiser. The palace is open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily in winter months and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer. Admission: about $9.Miramare, castello-miramare.it/eng/home/home.php With its crenellated tower perched on an Adriatic promontory just outside Trieste, Miramare castle was designed to the sea-loving specifications of Franz Joseph's younger brother, Maximilian, who became briefly (and tragically) the emperor of Mexico. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, except on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Admission: about $12.50.Information:czechtourism.com
10 Design Ideas to Steal From Hotels
No matter where we go on vacation, the hotel is admittedly the destination we look forward to most. But all of that four-star luxuriating might be the reason why we often feel less than enthusiastic about returning to the daily grind . (Especially on a Monday. Ugh.) What is life really about, after all, without a Heavenly Bed to cozy up into every night?It's a question we've pondered spring break after spring break, and one we might finally be able to stop asking, thanks to a couple of designers who recently outfitted two swanky New York City hotels. Their answer? To bring the hotel experience home. Here are 10 ways to do it.Start At The Door If the 1920s-inspired lobby at the WestHouse hotel in New York City isn't enough to have you packing your bags for a permanent stay, the entry to each guest room will. That's where designers from Jeffery Beers International (JBI) installed a small shelf to place keys and small items, and a small crystal chandelier similar to the grand chandeliers found downstairs. But while this hotel might have two shots at making a first impression, your home probably doesn't, so you're going to want to make that entryway count.Make The Bed No single item makes the hotel experience more than the bed. (Okay, room service is up there, but...) To achieve those ethereal layers of pillowy goodness (without going broke), JBI suggests skipping the pillow-top mattress and buying a featherbed instead. "A featherbed is much more economical and serves just as well for making you feel like you're sleeping on a cloud," JBI designers say. The same goes for super-high thread count sheets. "The maximum you need is 300 to 400 [thread count]," though going higher is totally up to you. Layer two flat sheets over the mattress, sealing them with hospital corners the way most hotels do, add a few down pillows, which JBI says are best for adjusting to heat and body temperature and conform well to body curves, and finish it off with a soft and fluffy duvet....And Keep It Neat "Keeping organized and maximizing storage is important for maintaining a clean look in small spaces," JBI adds. Hotels have housekeeping to take care of that. For you, we have two words:Cleaning service Save Space, Bedside And Beyond The design team at The William hotel -- a colorful extended-stay residence in New York City -- used space-saving floating drawers in lieu of bulkier bedside tables; JBI recommends finding furniture pieces that can serve multiple purposes, such as a desk that doubles as a dining room table....And Use Mirrors To Open Up The Space Even More There's actually a reason for that mirror many designers like to hang right above the writing desk: "Strategically placed mirrors can make a small space look more expansive," JBI says.Put The Desk To Use It's the easiest spot to drop your room key or laptop, but that writing desk was actually used for, well, writing years ago. Why not pick up some stationery and tell your friends and family what a wonderful trip you had. (Aside from what they've already seen on Instagram, of course.) Splurge On Details ...Like the fogless mirrors JBI installed at WestHouse, so "guests can shave and do their morning routine without leaving the shower." Another simple splurge: A small cutout in the shower door that lets guests turn on the water without getting wet. Or, a set of super-luxe oversized bath towels.Cozy Things Up Underfoot Room carpeting not only creates a clear delineation between the hardwood entrance foyer of the bedroom area at WestHouse, it also "sends a relaxing signal to the guest," JBI explains. Copy the design trick at home underneath a cluster of seating in the living room or under your bed. White floors at The William feel equally cozy and clean.Keep It Fresh With Flowers Right there alongside a bellman to help you transport your bags, you'll almost always find a bouquet of fresh flowers in the lobby of a decent hotel. If you aren't lucky enough to live in this super-fancy Miami residence where management ensures that each unit is always filled with the owner's favorite flowers, check out one of our new favorite sources for fresh blooms:Flower Muse ...Or Bring In Other Yummy Scents Fragrance gurus 12.29 and DayNa Decker are responsible for the woody, verdant aromas that greet you throughout WestHouse hotel; these seven spring scents would stand in just as well at home.Have something to say? Check out HuffPost Home on Twitter Facebook Pinterest Tumblr and Instagram ** Do you have a home story idea or tip? Email us at . (PR pitches sent to this address will be ignored.)
Why IS a Raven Like a Writing Desk?
because it can produce few notes though they are very flat; and is never put with the wrong end in front That is the actual answer to the riddle1. Do you keep your computer desk organized?Try to, what with so many projects on the go all at once. =D2. What is the difference between a raven a writing desk?What Poe et3. Where is the best place to shop for a computer desk?IKEA has awesome computer desks4. Meaning of "desk warrior”Desk warrior is a similar phrase to desk jockey, a mildly dismissive term for someone working in a faceless office job. It is an ironic usage, as warrior and jockey evoke more active or glamorous occupations, although desk jockey was probably originally a play on disc jockey. Other slang terms for office workers include corporate drones, cubicle rats, or office monkeys. There are many connotations to draw; depending on the context, an office worker may beor something else5. What's on your computer desk?ashtray and cigarettes speakers6. Short story about a writing desk?Of course not. I've seen short stories only a paragraph or two long. Yours seems a good length for a short story. Many writers write this way, not gramatically correct so as to reflect the way people talk averagly today. The story, by the way, is brilliant. Underneath the cloud of narration and shortness, I see a full plot, wonderful and brewing. Not to say the narration itself was not good, it was so good it cave me chills. Especially the first paragraph, about not existing, so deep and tortured. Sorry if this is too much, talking about the story itself, but I just loved what was written therre and wanted you to know7. Which has a better desk top, HP or Dell?When Hp makes things they take shortcuts that's why they are so cheap and unreliable i would recommend you get a dell they never have any problems8. what to do with a built in desk?turn it into an entertainment center9. 9 Tips to Use SmartDesk Properly and How to Fix SmartDesk ProblemsYour workplace setup is crucial in determining your productivity throughout the day. If you are not comfortable at work, it will show in your output. Investing in a smart desk is an excellent choice for any workplace. Whether you are working from home or office, a sit-stand smart desk can make a big difference in your comfort and overall productivity. Smart sit-stand desks eliminate the risks of sitting down for eight hours straight for five days a week. By avoiding common smart desk problems, you will find investing in a height-adjustable smart desk worth it. A smart desk is one of the best investments you can make. Today, most smart desks also come with sit-stand capabilities, making them the perfect solution for a health-oriented worker seeking to make the best of both worlds. However, nothing is more irritating than smart desk problems. How to use your SmartDesk properly? A smart desk is a major investment that should not have to give you any inconveniences. Hereby, you will want to know the following 9 practices to keep in mind while using your smart sit-stand desk and avoid ruining it or hurting yourself as you use it. You will agree that a smart desk not working can be inconveniencing and unnerving, which may make you want to grab a wrench and fix the problem yourself. However, using force and tools on a smart desk can cause permanent damage that may fall outside your mechanical warranty's specifications. Here are some common issues and solutions to help you troubleshoot a height-adjustable smart desk without damaging it. Using your desk at the wrong height while standing is a recipe for posture problems, back and neck pain, and serious eye strain. Your desk's height determines that of your monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and if it is too low, you are probably hunching your back. To determine the best height for using your smart desk at standing position, ensure you can position your elbows at least 90 degrees while close to your body. The desk should be at elbow height and monitor at eye level. Standing may have its benefits, but all these will be negated when you stand for too long. You might find that standing all day has the same negative effect as sitting all day. To take full advantage of your height-adjustable smart desk, be sure to transition adequately between sitting and standing. Beginners are advised to start by standing only two hours a day, then gradually move to four hours. The first few days attempting to stand for two hours may be tough, but you should not give up. Standing during the day as you work is beneficial, and just like any other 'workout,' you will get used. The main benefit of owning this kind of desk is getting to switch between the two, which you should aim to do every day. 5. Do not substitute your use of a sit-stand smart desk for regular exercise and diet Replacing your daily routine of sitting eight hours a day with a sit-stand desk is not sufficient exercise. Your standing routine is one of the many things that will guide you towards overall wellness and good health. You must also eat healthy to discover the full benefits of being more active. Your height-adjustable smart desk offers a weight capacity between 150-200 pounds, but you might find that your smart desk will still wobble at the slightest provocation. To avoid this problem, avoid cluttering the desk with unnecessary items and keep drinks off the desk to avoid destroying your computer. You might overload the desk with too many items subconsciously as you are not weighing the items you place on it, causing the motors to strain or the desk to collapse. 7. Do invest in additional items to optimize your comfort Your comfort at work will not be provided solely by your height-adjustable smart desk. You must invest in an equally comfortable chair with adequate lumbar support, a backrest, and armrests for when you sit down. To evade the floor's hardness when you stand, purchase a floor mat for shock absorption and cushion your feet, plus an ergonomic keyboard to ease the strain on your wrists. One major issue for workers at a standing desk is how hard the floor is, and with time, you might start to feel the strain in your heels and calves. Standing in a static position will make this discomfort worse, so consider subconsciously shifting positions or rocking back and forth. 9. Do keep the right posture both while sitting and standing While standing, ensure you are fully erect. Do not slouch your shoulders or bend over in any way. To help you keep the right posture, get the right height as mentioned earlier and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Standing, just like sitting, should feel comfortable. While sitting, ensure that your feet are fully resting on the floor and keep your knees at the same height as your hips. As you get up to stand, use your thighs for support. 2 most common SmartDesk problems and how to troubleshoot it 1. Your standing desk will not go up One of the most common mechanical failure complaints from sit-stand smart desk owners is the failure to go up so that you are stuck with sitting the whole day. At times, you will find that the smart desk wo not go up halfway along, such that you can neither sit nor stand. This issue can be quite frustrating as the main purpose of a sit-stand desk is to let you work while standing at some point. Your power source or cable could be the problem, and it can be fixed with a simple replacement. If the power source is not the issue, attempt to reset the desk by unplugging it for 20 seconds. Power it up, press the up and down buttons until 20 seconds pass, then release both buttons. Press the down buttons again until the desk beeps or until 20 seconds pass and your desk should be reset. As you transition between standing and sitting, your desk may make a loud, screeching noise that will distract everyone in the office. If your smart desk has this issue, consider resetting your desk as highlighted above. Height adjustable smart desks are excellent for boosting cardiovascular health and boosting calorie burn, which is great for your body, mind, and engagement with others. With these few pointers, you will know how best to take advantage of your sit-stand smart desk.
What Did the Raven Say to the Writing Desk?
do you mean 'why is a raven like a writing desk' its a riddle:) there are a few possible answers - they both have quills (a raven has quills(feathers) and a desk has quills to write with) -they both produce notes, all very flat (flat in the sense of sharp/flat and flat as in writing on a desk)1. Our desk top has a virus/malware?Alright look, do not buy an antivirus thing and waste your money. Do not download that malwarebytes, well it would not hurt, but that's not your solution. Restart your computer and once it shows your desktop, open task manager. (ctrlshiftesc) and under applications, click on "New Task.." type in "rstrui.exe". then press OK. and just follow it from there and restore your computer to an earlier date. A date that's atleast a couple of weeks from within getting this virus. Nothing will be lost, no documents or music. Hope I helped2. Why is a raven like a writing desk?Because the wings on a ravens feathers are smooth and a writing desk is often smooth to touch. Also feathers were used to write with back in the 15 hundred or so. Well that's what I thought; the Mad-hatter might just be mad.3. What's the difference between a table and a desk?Desks usually (but not always) incorporate a storage area of some kind. Tables do not. And both can be a work area - although in this situation, tables usually take on the label of "bench."4. I found a razor on her desk with blood on it?Read the book "Misery" by Stephen Kings. Okay fine... like in the book. hit her with a telephone and kill her5. The best desk chairs for your home officeAre you sitting comfortably? What, you are not?! Too often, when we set up a home office, we focus on getting the tech right: a state of the art laptop, a decent set of speakers, maybe even a flashy second screen. We forget the most important part - the chair. Remember, you will potentially be sitting in this chair 8 hours a day, so pulling up a spare from the dining table or making do with the creaking plastic wheely chair you've had since uni simply wo not do. Using an uncomfortable or poorly-fitted chair can lead to aches and pains, difficulty concentrating and poor circulation. If you are ending the day with back pain or swollen legs, it's time to take another look at what you are sitting on. Here's our top picks for upgrading your work-from-home throne. This is not a sponsored article and neither Dinghy nor our staff has received any kind of promotional gifts or payment for featuring the above products. Prices and links correct at the time of writing. For just 55, you might be expecting a stripped-back performance, but the good old Swedish furniture chain does it again. Ikea's FLINTAN chair comes with lumbar support, a pressure-sensitive brake system, and rubber-coated castors so it wo not ruin your floor. The tilt-tension mechanism helps the chair adjust to your weight and movements so you will be well-supported. It comes in a choice of two colours and there's even the option to add armrests for extra stability. There's a new trend in the ergonomics world and that is "active sitting". Because sitting at our desks for hours every day is not what our bodies were designed to do, experts have been looking for more spine-friendly ways to sit that allow for natural movement and posture. This kneeling-chair is one good option if you are looking for a chair to stop back problems and other sitting-related aches and pains. Sitting on this requires you to engage your core and keeps the natural curve of your spine. It's been endorsed by chiropractors, and although it might look a little strange, you do still get a choice of colours and finishes so you can customise it to your office decor. Designed by industrial designer Niels Diffrient, and coming in two exclusive upholstery fabrics, John Lewis's budget-blowing Diffrient World Task Camira chair really does mean business. The mesh back is non-stretch and made of three different panels to give comfortable but firm lumbar support. It also boasts a weight-sensitive recline mechanism that will adjust automatically to your movements. Its sleek metal base and castors will glide easily across your floor. It's built to last and comes with a 15-year guarantee. Another active sitting option if you are feeling restricted and achy in your chair is swapping in a yoga ball. A yoga ball makes you work to keep your core engaged to stay upright, and one study found that office workers who used an exercise ball reported improved posture, more energy, and better balance. You will need to know your height so that you can buy the correct size yoga ball and the usual rules of desk ergonomics still apply here as well, so your elbows should be in line with your keyboard. It's worth mentioning that most experts do not recommend a yoga-ball as an all-day solution - most people's cores are not strong enough to keep engaged for 8 hours, and it does not meet HSE standards for office equipment. Stints of up to 20 minutes throughout the day are a great way to reap the benefits without risking slumping. Another budget option, with a splash of colour Small spending need not mean being restricted in choice here with this Amazon budget buy, which comes in a selection of six colours for less than 50. Despite the price tag, this model comes complete with all the features you would expect in a pricier chair, including adjustable height, curved backrest for lumbar support, and that all-important swivel. We will take one in purple, please! We are frequently asking our home office spaces to multi-task, especially during lockdown. If you are a freelancer by day and a gamer by night, this Andaseat Dark Demon Series Gaming Chair might be for you. Made from high-density mould shaping foam, this is definitely one of the more comfort-focused options on the list, which is good as you may be spending quite a few hours here! It also comes with optional pillows for lumbar and neck support, and armrests that are adjustable in four directions. It has different weight-responsive tilt modes to support a range of activities from PC work to movie-watching. All you need is someone to bring you snacks! For comfort (and wo not break the bank) For a chair where comfort is king, take a look at Amazon's SIHOO Ergonomic Office chair. It has 5 adjustable ergonomic points so you can tailor it to fit you perfectly. The W-shaped seat pad ensures you sit comfortably and centrally for the best support, and the headrest offers that extra stability when you are pulling all-nighters to hit those deadlines. We love the shiny chrome base, and this chair comes in standard black and a funky orange option. The Herman Miller Aeron office chair is a thing of beauty - with a price tag to match. For roughly the price of my first car, you can get a precision-engineered piece of kit designed around the latest research in "the science of sitting". What we particularly like about this chair is the way it has been designed to accommodate and adapt to a range of different sitting positions, which is excellent news for the fidgets among us. The chair back and seat are linked and tilt simultaneously to offer up support in whatever arrangement you end up in. The attention to detail here is second-to-none, and it even comes in different sizes to suit different users. If your home office also doubles up as the corner of your living room or bedroom, you might be looking for vintage vibes to match the rest of your decor. A towering, mesh-backed ergonomic wonder is going to stick out like a sore thumb. Enter the Kendal Dining Office Chair. Its stylish mid-century design in brown faux-leather makes us feel like we've just stepped into the set of Mad Men. The padding means it should stay comfy and supportive for long periods of sitting, and it can be tucked neatly away under the desk so that it does not intrude on the room once you've packed work in for the day. Once you've got the seat sorted, settle in and check your business insurance is up to date.
Have You Ever Had a Recurring Nightmare? This Art Might Be for You
Imagine walking through an art installation, only to see an eerie figure lurking around the room near you. That's exactly what happens in Troy Hourie's latest performative installation Apparitions, where the artist himself plays a ghostly character.Apparitions is based on a recurring nightmare Hourie had as a child. The dream featured a pair of Punch and Judy dolls with murderous intent, focused on the young Hourie. And since then, he's channeled the nightmare into art. Hourie explains, "Fear is an emotion that we all have and by playing with this it does release some sort of sense of insecurity that I had as a child." Hourie combined his childhood night terror with the esoteric themes in Henry James's uncanny novel The Turn of the Screw (also the inspiration for the celebrated Benjamin Britton opera).Watch the video:In Apparitions, participants walk through the immersive installation that looks as if it's set in a haunted house. Within the structure there are three interactive components: a writing desk (viewers can open it to watch a film by Hourie); a bed (viewers can enter it vertically and see themselves lying in it in a mirror); and an attic (viewers climb a ladder to see into the room that's filled with children's belongings). When viewers climb the ladder, they trigger a sensor and begin a film played on the attic wall.As impressive as all of these interactive elements are, it's his own performance that Hourie sees as powerful. That ghostly figure in the room with you? It's the character Quint, and Hourie doesn't break character as he stays in the room with viewers. He says, "I could use my presence as a way of encouraging the participants of the work to view the space in a different way." And the idea of performance has definitely been central to Hourie's practice: he's designed over 300 productions in theatre, musicals and opera.Find out more about Troy Hourie and his latest project Freaks here.
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