Can you find my article on camouflage?

It’s cleverly disguised as art criticism over at DarkRoastedBlend.

Here’s the lead:

War has inspired many great artistic moments but how often have artists returned the favor? Once, as far as I can tell. During World War I Modernism descended on Allied naval planners with a bang (sorry about that), turning fleets into the largest painting canvases in the world.


The HMS Mauritania — prepared to disappear into a crowd of Pagliacci imitators.
The idea of painting ships this way was the idea of Norman Wilkinson, a British naval officer and painter. Oddly, this was Wilkinson’s only stab at non-representational art. After the war he went on to a successful painting career, including many wonderful posters for British railway lines. Wilkinson
For all of my UK readers (maybe that’s reader singular, maybe that’s wishful thinking), there’s what looks to be a great show about camouflage at the Imperial War Museum through Sunday. Wish I could go.
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Mammon 1, God 0

File under Zen and the art of corporate maintenance.

The first group of monks in China to complete an MBA course have begun reflecting on their achievements.

China continued to show it’s adapting to capitalism when Shanghai’s Jade Buddha Temple commissioned Jiaotong University to design a degree focussing on monastery management, to help its monks mix business with prayer.

“Jade Buddha Monastery needs management just like a company,” Chang Chun, the temple’s general manager and a newly minted MBA-holder, was quoted as saying by China Daily.

In addition to the usual MBA nonsense, the monks’ curriculum included lectures on temple management, philosophy and religious product marketing. Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” was on the reading list.

Now if we could just get more MBAs to study Buddhism.