At one point in the song one of the husbands says, "You know what comes to my mind every time I see him? The Seagram's Building!" Would a DL brethren or sistren kindly explain? TIA!
Perfect. But cold.
The Seagram Building (not "the Seagram's Building") is a stellar example of Mies van der Rohe's modernist design, apparently pure, stripped of ornament (again, only ostensibly; it's just a different sort of ornament), and dramatic against its surroundings (more so when it was built; now it's surrounded by modernist buildings, several of which are imitations of it).
Maybe the best explanation of what Sondheim meant is an analogy Paul Goldberger applied to the CBS building on 6th Avenue, comparing it to a duchess who finds herself at a rather sleazy party, and, in order to minimize the effect on her reputation, refuses to talk to anyone else there. Similarly, the beautiful Seagram building had nothing to do with its context, in which its presence served as sort of a reproach.
Its exterior is all smoked glass windows. You can't see into the building from the outside. Only those on the inside can see out of the windows.
Similarly, Robert is an inscrutable observer of life. He is trapped in his own "inside" looking out while no one outside of him can understand what's going on inside his mind.
Actually, R3, you CAN see inside, and the occupants of the offices near the windows are required to leave their lights on -- to say nothing of all of the lights being installed in a specific, pre-determined pattern to optimize the view inward at night.
Ah yes, R4, but like Robert, you can only see inside it when it's lit up. In the sober light of day it is opaque.
"Oh my God. I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... We finally really did it ... You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
We are switching to the new platform for The DataLounge this weekend. All of our mobile users have been using it for over a week and all first time users have been using it for about a month - which adds up to well over one million users. So we're ready to end this phase of the testing and move everybody to the new site. (more)
And yes, we've changed the look and some of how it operates.
Yes, we know you just *hate* it in well in advance.
Yes, we know we suck.
Yes, we are the biggest suckers that ever sucked.
But it was time for a change and with the huge shift to mobile it was long overdue. We've taken this opportunity not only to update the look but also make major changes under the hood (or "bonnet" if you're either British or pretentious or both). And we have to prepare for 2016 - a presidential election year where we can normally expect to see a 60% jump in traffic (yes, we've seen 5 presidential elections so far…Christ we're old).
The site has a bunch - nay, plethora - of new features which will make the site more usable: better search, the ability to ignore posters and threads, see link previews, to pick up a thread where you left off, spam and malware filtering and more.
If you want you can go explore and see for yourself, Click here.
And while running the tests we've noticed two interesting reactions to the new system - people are spending more time on the site and more people that come stay around longer and look at more stuff. Both good things. Yay!
Possibly we've not slain all the dragons and there will be issues that come up during the switchover. There's a help button in the lower right hand corner of the page which you can use to send us bug reports.
Please include as much information about the hardware (PC, Mac, Tablet, Phone etc), operating system (Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS etc) and browser (Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer etc) that you are using as possible to help us replicate and fix the problem.
Please note that complaints about colors, fonts, icons and the like are not "bugs" - they are design choices that we've made and we expect one or two cases of world-class bitching. But they won't actually cause headaches, scurvy, heart attacks, Restless Leg Syndrome, Morgellon's Disease or the vapors (but have your smelling salts at hand just in case).
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