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  • McNaughton's Art Work

    10/19/2014 3:10:38 PM PDT · by Snoopers-868th · 15 replies
    McNaughton's web page ^ | 10/19/14 | Me
    Has anyone purchased any of McNaughton's art work? If so, was it lithograph or giclee? Were you satisfied?
  • NEW TOY

    10/18/2014 1:34:23 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 49 replies
    ME | 10/18/14 | swampsniper
    Another of the old Minolta classics to play with. It's a constant f4.5, highly rated for IQ and really compact. This may just be my new favorite walkaround lens.
  • Goliath Encounter: Puppy-Sized Spider Surprises Scientist in Rainforest

    10/18/2014 10:38:31 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 42 replies
    LiveScience ^ | October 17, 2014 | Tanya Lewis
    Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat. "When I turned on the light, I couldn't quite understand what I was seeing," said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. A moment later, he realized he was looking not at a brown, furry mammal, but an enormous, puppy-size spider... (click image to enlarge)
  • 7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a limited time (save $35!)

    10/17/2014 6:31:15 PM PDT · by goodwithagun · 8 replies
    bgr.com via Yahoo! News ^ | October 16, 2014 | Zachary Epstein
    Another week is almost behind us, but not before we sneak in one last round of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are currently on sale for free. Yesterday’s list brought us seven solid apps worth a combined $35 (hurry and you can still download a few of them for free), and now we have another seven apps to share with you that normally would cost you another $35 all together, but right now every single one of them can be had for free.
  • Giant sphinx from 'Ten Commandments' film unearthed 91 years later

    10/17/2014 3:21:54 PM PDT · by dware · 59 replies
    Fox News/Live Science ^ | 10.17.2014 | Laura Geggel
    Hidden for more than 90 years beneath the rolling sand dunes of Guadalupe, California, an enormous, plaster sphinx from the 1923 blockbuster movie "The Ten Commandments" has been rediscovered and is now above ground. The public will be able to see the sphinx on display as early as next year, once it has been reconstructed a necessity since it became weather-beaten during its stint beneath the sand, said Doug Jenzen, the executive director of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, who oversaw the recent excavation.
  • 10 Clever Halloween Costumes that Incorporate Amputations and Wheelchairs

    10/15/2014 4:29:33 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 46 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | 10/14/14 | Miss Cellania
    Josh Sundquist said, “When life hands you lemons, make awesome Halloween costumes.” That’s just what these folks did, using a physical disability to take cosplay and Halloween costumes to a new level.
  • Creepy Comet Looms In The Background Of Newest Philae Spacecraft Selfie

    10/14/2014 12:30:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    .universetoday.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell <strike>on
    “Two images, one with a short exposure time, one with a longer one, were combined to capture the whole dynamic range of the scene, from the bright parts of the solar arrays to the dark comet and the dark insulation cladding the Rosetta spacecraft,” the European Space Agency stated. It’s quite the zoom-in after the last selfie that Philae produced for the public in September, which was taken from 31 miles (50 kilometers) away. The spacecraft is expected to make the first touchdown ever on a comet next month. Rosetta, meanwhile, will keep following 67P as it gets closest to...
  • What's a 'Lady Rizo'?

    10/13/2014 12:51:33 PM PDT · by enraged · 4 replies
    10/13/2014 | Me
    What is a Lady Rizo show all about?
  • Large mosaic in ancient tomb uncovered in Greece [Amphipolis update]

    10/13/2014 11:11:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 10/12/2014 | by Demetris Nellas
    Archaeologists digging through a vast ancient tomb in Amphipolis in northern Greece have uncovered a floor mosaic that covers the whole area of a room seen as the antechamber to the main burial ground. The mosaic, 3 meters (10 feet) long and 4.5 meters (15 feet) wide, depicts a horseman with a laurel wreath driving a chariot drawn by two horses and preceded by the god Hermes. According to a Culture Ministry announcement on Sunday, Hermes is depicted here as the conductor of souls to the afterlife. The mosaic is made up of pebbles in many colors: white, black, gray,...
  • Scientists say Indonesia cave drawings the same age as those in Europe

    10/09/2014 6:36:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 10-09-2014 | Staff
    WASHINGTON – Ancient cave drawings in Indonesia are as old as famous prehistoric art in Europe, according to a new study that shows our ancestors were drawing all over the world 40,000 years ago. And it hints at an even earlier dawn of creativity in modern humans, going back to Africa, than scientists had thought. Archaeologists calculated that a dozen stencils of hands in mulberry red and two detailed drawings of an animal described as a "pig-deer" are between 35,000 to 40,000 years old, based on levels of decay of the element uranium. That puts the art found in Sulawesi,...
  • F/A-18 Super Hornet • High-Speed Low-Level Maneuvers (Amazing Cockpit View)

    10/08/2014 6:50:52 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 10/07/14 | Lt. Ian Schmidt, Lt. J.G. Michael Hatfield
    Spectacular footage of F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets as they takeoff and land aboard an aircraft carrier. Impressive footage of the aircraft as they fly at low levels above the water, conduct banking and rolling maneuvers at high speed, and make high speed passes over the carrier in tandem formation and Bombing in Syria. Filmed from the cockpit and pilot point-of-view. Film Credits: Lt. Ian Schmidt, Lt. J.G. Michael Hatfield, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King
  • But They All Vote Democratic ... Strange & Disgusting Fashions Worn In Public.

    10/05/2014 11:46:42 AM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 29 replies
    Pulptastic Site ^ | 5 Oct 2014 | RACookPE1978
    Just a link. http://pulptastic.com/thought-fashion-sense-bad-discovered-god-help-us/ Yes, the images are "Safe for Work" .. Just not recommended for viewing after a meal.
  • Game of Thrones: Texas toilet in race for America's best restroom

    10/03/2014 10:05:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 10-2-14 | Chris Eudaily
    Cintas has released the names and locations of the top 10 public potties for its 13th annual America's Best Restroom contest and the excitement over who will be named winner is palpable. “We’ve assembled an engaging field of unique public restrooms and expect a lot of spirited competition,” said John Engel, Cintas senior marketing manager in a news release. On the list of best public facilities is the Trail Restroom in Austin, Texas, which was designed by Miró Rivera Architects in partnership with the city of Austin. Located on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike–and–Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake,...
  • 10 U.S. Destinations They Never Told You About In Geography Class

    10/02/2014 3:14:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | September 22, 2014 | Hyundai
    There’s more to this country than just knowing your capitals!
  • What's the deal with cats and windows? [photo essay]

    10/02/2014 11:18:36 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 47 replies
    MNN ^ | 8/26/14
    Cats possess many odd quirks and habits, but one of their most endearing qualities is their love of windows. It seems like once they find a good window perch, they won't leave for hours! Why is that?   The feline affinity for windows can be attributed to many factors. Cats are curious observers, and let's face it, the strange outside world is probably a lot more interesting than the interior of a house. After all, why would a cat want to observe his or her human sitting around doing absolutely nothing (e.g. melting into a couch and gluing their eyes...
  • Gone With the Wind and Proud Contemporary Ignorance

    10/02/2014 7:03:53 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Donald R. McClary
    Apparently some of the young, in addition to not reading, can’t even be bothered to watch a classic film, even when they purport to have an interest in films. John Nolte at Breitbart gives us the grim details: Monday we learned that a 25 year-old taking graduate-level journalism classes at New York University had no idea what an editorial was. Today we learn that “most” of the students taking a film class at Georgetown University have never seen “Gone with the Wind.” [W]hen I asked 13 students in a Georgetown University film class if they’d seen it, most either hadn’t...
  • 'Cloaking' device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles

    09/29/2014 12:38:35 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    phys.org ^ | Sep 27, 2014 | Provided by University of Rochester
    Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new technologies—to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester, not only overcomes some of the limitations of previous devices, but it uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a novel configuration. "There've been many high tech approaches to cloaking and the basic idea behind these is to take light and have it pass around something as if it isn't there, often using high-tech or exotic materials," said John Howell, a professor of physics at the University of Rochester....
  • Curses, Fooled Again!

    09/27/2014 9:42:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9-26-14 | Peter Funt
    I SPENT the summer producing new “Candid Camera” shows, and among the many things I observed after a 10-year hiatus was that people are more easily fooled than ever. That may seem counterintuitive, but I’m certain it’s true. Much has to do with multitasking. When my dad, Allen Funt, introduced the show over six decades ago, he had to work at distracting people. Nowadays they do it to themselves. Many people we now encounter are fiddling with cellphones and other devices, tackling routine activities with less-than-full focus. That makes them easier targets for our little experiments, but also more vulnerable...
  • This is what it takes to outfit an airplane with WIFI. (video)

    09/25/2014 4:58:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    dump.com ^ | 9-24-2014 | United Airways
    http://www.dump.com/airplanewifi/https://hub.united.com/en-us/news/products-services/pages/united-installs-satellite-wi-fi.aspx
  • Obama Admin. Plans $1,000 Fine For Taking Pics on Public Land; Will the Media Report?

    09/25/2014 4:02:38 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 9-24-2014 | Matthew Balan
    The Washington Post on Wednesday revealed a U.S. Forest Service plan that would "fine photographers who shoot on federal wild lands without a permit." Reporter Hunter Schwarz noted how "critics have characterized the rules as too vague and say it infringes on the First Amendment's free speech clause," and quoted from a U.S. senator who raised his concerns about the "troubling questions about inappropriate government limits on activity clearly protected by the First Amendment" (Olympic National Park's Ruby Beach pictured at right; taken by Matthew Balan in September 2011). Schwarz cited a Tuesday report by The Oregonian that outlined the...
  • Igor Presnyakov a Cultural Ambassador

    09/24/2014 4:54:09 PM PDT · by Blind Eye Jonez · 1 replies
    Russians always love American culture and Igor Presnyakov is no exception. This Russian is in love with the west and plays a wide variety of classic songs on the guitar. This piece "Misirlou," a Dick Dale instrumental made famous in the movie Pulp Fiction, is one of his best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7dqyQlhaFM
  • 45 Photos That Will Annoy You More Than They Should

    09/24/2014 3:43:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | September 24, 2014 | Hannah Jewell
    Can you make it through this post without muttering “aaarrrggghhh” softly under your breath?
  • Raiders (Raiders of the Lost Ark - silent, and in black and white)

    09/24/2014 10:36:59 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    (Note: This posting is for educational purposes only.) I’m assuming the phrase “staging” came out of the theatre world, but it’s equally at home (and useful) in the movie world, since the term (roughly defined) refers to how all the various elements of a given scene or piece are aligned, arranged, and coordinated. In movies the role of editing adds something unique: the opportunity to extend and/or expand a visual (or narrative) idea to the limits of one’s imagination—a crazy idea that works today is tomorrow’s normal... So I want you to watch this movie and think only about staging,...
  • Opening Weekend of Oktoberfest 2014 (photos)

    09/22/2014 1:00:13 PM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 22, 2014 | Staff
    One million steins of beer were consumed over the weekend, organizers say, as tourists and locals kicked off the 181st Oktoberfest. The Bavarian beer festival, held on Munich's Theresienwiese, lasts 16 days and will welcome more than six million visitors from around the world. This year, the average price of a mug of beer at any of the tents this year comes to €10.67 ($13.70 U.S.). Gathered here are some of the scenes from the opening weekend of Oktoberfest 2014.
  • THE LIST: EVERY JOURNALIST IN THE GAMEJOURNOPROS GROUP REVEALED

    09/22/2014 6:10:12 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Last week, Breitbart News revealed a secret video game journalist mailing list used by a clique of influential writers, editors, and bloggers, some of whom attempted to bully their colleagues with it in an attempt to shape the news agenda for political purposes. We can today reveal the complete list of journalists, some 150 key industry figures, on the list. Outlets with representation span the entire video games journalism universe and include Polygon, Ars Technica, Wired, Eurogamer, Destructoid, Kotaku, Joystiq, TechRadar, and many other well-known brands in games publishing. But they also include freelancers and staffers for publications as solidly...
  • Vintage Mugshot PHOTO … Circa 1924: Pep, “The Cat-Murdering Dog”

    09/21/2014 2:37:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    Eastern State Penitentiary ^ | circa 1924 | Eastern State Penitentiary
    1924: Pep, “The Cat-Murdering Dog” Pep "The Cat-Murdering Dog" was a black Labrador Retriever admitted to Eastern State Penitentiary on August 12, 1924. Prison folklore tells us that Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot used his executive powers to sentence Pep to Life Without Parole for killing his wife’s cherished cat. Prison records support this story: Pep’s inmate number (C-2559) is skipped in prison intake logs and inmate records. The Governor told a different story. He said Pep had been sent to Eastern to act as a mascot for the prisoners. He and the Warden, Herbert “Hard-Boiled” Smith, were friends. Pep was...
  • Atlas Shrugged part 3 in Theaters (find one near you)

    09/21/2014 8:57:42 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 25 replies
    atlas shrugged movie ^ | 9/21/2014 | freeAtlanta
    Atlas Shrugged - the movieFind Theater near you
  • Golf ball thief

    09/17/2014 7:46:42 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | September 17, 2014 | Roger Evans
    Roger Evans of Fairbanks sent in this photo. He writes, "This fox has stolen an approach shot, and is waiting on the green for golfers to chip on so he can make off with another, which he did. He chose a pretty orange one next. This is the fourth ball thieving fox to steal hundreds of balls at North Star Golf Club on Old Steese Highway. He has the black legs of his most recent predecessor from a few years ago. What they do with them is anyone's guess, but we hope they don't think they are storing food for...
  • Ancient 'moon god' monument unearthed in Israel

    09/17/2014 11:02:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12:55PM BST 17 Sep 2014 | By Inna Lazareva, Tel Aviv
    A structure once believed to form part of an ancient town is identified as a 5,000 year old monument believed to have been used to honour the Mesopotamian moon god 'Sin' A stone monument in the shape of a crescent moon found in northern Israel is more than 5,000 years old, archaeologists have said. The structure, known as Rujum en-Nabi Shua'ayb or Jethro Cairn, is located near the Sea of Galilee and predates the construction of Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid in Egypt, as well as the writing of the Bible. It was initially discovered in the early part of the...
  • War Horses -- The KFPS Royal Friesian Horses

    09/13/2014 8:05:24 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    You Tube ^ | 9-13-14
    These horses were originally bred as "war horses" in the days of knights and armour. As armour got heavier, bigger horses were needed and the Friesian almost became extinct. They are back and are one of the most beautiful horses in stature as well as gait. What gorgeous animals. Just watching them becomes an emotional experience. Can you imagine what it would be like to ride one? Their manes and tails are the longest that I have seen and I noticed that when performing on grass, their hoofs do not kick up a divot, as they land flat footed. Creatures...
  • Gravedigger suspended after picture with corpse and dead man’s relative shared on Whatsapp

    09/12/2014 10:12:43 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 39 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | Jimmy Nsubuga
    A gravedigger has been suspended and a family subjected to ridicule after posing with the corpse of a man who died 23 years ago. An image of council worker Celestino Reyna, 55, alongside the cadaver and the husband of the dead man’s niece, was sent to her work colleagues via Whatsapp. The photo then ended up on social media, where is was then widely shared – and Mr Reyna recognised by his employers. ‘We never thought this could have such serious consequences, and I did not want to show any lack of respect for my uncle,’ the apologetic niece, who...
  • Cats v Sloths: The most important battle on the internet rages on [photos]

    09/12/2014 10:08:13 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 50 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | Ross McG
    A war is happening on the web between cats and sloths. Whoever wins, we lose. Well, not really. Whoever wins, we get bombarded with pictures of the two cutest animals on the planet. Whether you’re a cat connoisseur or a sloth aficionado depends on your outlook on life. Love sitting on the couch? You’re a sloth fan. Like chasing mice? Then you’re a cat man. There’s only really one way to find out which animal is cutest… put a lot of pictures of them against each other and hope for the best:
  • The History and Science of Color Temperature (video)

    09/12/2014 7:55:46 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 13 replies
    filmmakeriq.com ^ | May 11, 2013 | Filmmaker IQ
    The way we perceive color is greatly influenced by our cultural understanding. We all grew up learning that Fire is Hot and Ice is Cold. Therefor red and orange are warm colors while blue and cyan are cool colors.This association in our mind is so strong that filmmakers can actually invoke a sense of temperature just by the color palette they use in their films.Take for example Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing”The film beautifully photographed by Ernest Dickerson, is awash in yellows, oranges and reds invoking the heat of a long, hot day in the Bed Stuy...
  • Hollywood’s History of Faking It - The Evolution of Greenscreen Compositing (video)

    09/12/2014 7:29:36 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    filmmakeriq.com ^ | Jul 16, 2013 | Filmmaker IQ
    With cameras and computers everywhere in our modern world, it’s easy to forget that the very first motion pictures were, themselves, essentially a special effect. It’s here at the beginning of filmmaking that we’ll start our journey:  the close of the 19th century with one of the world’s first prolific filmmakers – a man who spent his life studying the art of illusion – Georges Méliès.Georges Méliès In his 1898 film  Four Heads are better than one, (Un Homme De Tête) Méliès employs a visual trick that is the rudimentary beginnings of what we now think of as greenscreen compositing. The...
  • Check Out These Clydesdales' Tribute to 9/11

    09/12/2014 3:54:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9-11-14 | Katherine Rodriguez
    If you're looking for a heartwarming advertisement about 9/11, look no further than this throwback ad from Budweiser in 2002. The ad shows several Clydesdale horses crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and other scenes before the horses kneel down before a scene of New York City. The ad was only shown once during the 2002 Super Bowl, but boy did it make an impact. Here's a little more background on the ad from the St. Louis-based company AB Global Creative: “We filmed in New York City. We had a helicopter going over the Brooklyn Bridge. Mayor Guiliani let us into the...
  • "Moderate Islam": THE MYTH, DEBUNKED! *must watch video

    09/12/2014 8:57:10 AM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 29 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 08/12/14 | Steven Crowder
    The video is already generating death threats. SURPRIIISE! Is "ISIS" merely a radical group? What about EVERY SINGLE Islamic country committing gross violations of human rights? The video debunks... Also, Dana Loesch literally slaps an Islamic terrorist!
  • Parents Release Photo of Daughter Born at 24 Weeks to Stop Late-Term Abortions

    09/11/2014 8:46:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Parents in England have released a beautiful photo of their daughter, born prematurely at 24 weeks, with the hopes that it will demonstrate the humaity of unborn babies who can be legally killed in abortions in the U.K. Emily Caines, 35, has released photograph of birth of daughter Adelaide, born at 24 weeks but who was too small to survive even though that is within the 22-24 week time period that is the earliest for premature babies to survive. Caines hopes the photo will raise awareness of neonatal death and she hopes it will prompt lawmakers in Parliament to re-open...
  • Pictograph Photo Gallery

    09/11/2014 2:06:56 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 18 replies
    Geology.com ^ | 9/11/2014 | Staff
    Pictograph Photo Gallery A pictograph is a drawing or painting that is created on a rock. It is not "carved" into the rock - that would be a "petroglyph." This is a series of photographs of pictographs from around the world. There are many links to other galleries.
  • Man pulls out of garage just as tornado hits. (video)

    09/10/2014 4:14:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 9-10-2014 | Viral Hog
    A man captures a terrifying tornado on his car's dashcam while pulling out of his garage in Bashkiria, Russia. Once the man realizes that he's in the path of the tornado, he tries driving back into his garage only to witness the tornado's power firsthand.
  • Exploding Pianos - Periodic Table of Videos (video)

    09/09/2014 9:53:47 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 9-9-2014 | Periodic Videos
    The Professor uncovers some old footage with an amazing story. Exploding pianos created by the legendary BD Shaw as part of his expert testimony. Flour and flash pot were put in a piano with terrible results.
  • Fever mounts as stunning statues found at ancient Greek tomb (Amphipolis)

    09/07/2014 5:44:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | September 7, 2014
    Athens (AFP) - Two stunning caryatid statues have been unearthed holding up the entrance to the biggest ancient tomb ever found in Greece, archaeologists said. The two female figures in long-sleeved tunics were found standing guard at the opening to the mysterious Alexander The Great-era tomb near Amphipolis in the Macedonia region of northern Greece.
  • Gene Simmons Says Rock Isn't Just Dead, ‘It Was Murdered’ by File Sharing

    09/07/2014 2:09:28 PM PDT · by BBell · 80 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | September 6, 2014 | Greg Gilman
    Gene Simmons not only thinks rock music is dead, it was “murdered” by the internet and the “entitled” Americans using it to steal music.The KISS bassist, who is arguably one of the most successful living rock stars in the history of music, blames file sharing for the death of one of America's most beloved musical genres during a recent Esquire interview conducted by his son, Nick.
  • Vintage PHOTO: Circa 1909 - Cat Photographer

    09/07/2014 11:54:21 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 73 replies
    Retronaut ^ | November 1909 | Retronaut
    Photograph taken in November, 1909 shows three members of the Payro family being “photographed” by their cat. Left to right: Edmund, age 12, Ernest, age 8, and Cecilia, age 5. Payro, J. (Joseph C.), 1862-1953
  • Inside the Kowloon Walled City where 50K residents eked out a grimy living...(Lots of Pics@ link)

    09/07/2014 5:29:34 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 05, 2012 | Pamela Owen
    Once thought to be the most densely populated place on Earth, with 50,000 people crammed into only a few blocks, these fascinating pictures give a rare insight into the lives of those who lived Kowloon Walled City. Taken by Canadian photographer Greg Girard in collaboration with Ian Lamboth the pair spent five years familiarising themselves with the notorious Chinese city before it was demolished in 1992. The city was a phenomenon with 33,000 families and businesses living in more than 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, all constructed without contributions from a single architect. Ungoverned by Health and Safety regulations, alleyways dripped...
  • Study claims cave art made by Neanderthals

    09/03/2014 12:51:29 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 01 SEP 2014 | by Frank Jordans
    A series of lines scratched into rock in a cave near the southwestern tip of Europe could be proof that Neanderthals were more intelligent and creative than previously thought. The cross-hatched engravings inside Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar are the first known examples of Neanderthal rock art, according to a team of scientists who studied the site. The find is significant because it indicates that modern humans and their extinct cousins shared the capacity for abstract expression. The study, released Monday by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined grooves in a rock that had been covered with...
  • Deep Frieze Meaning: What is the Parthenon telling us?

    09/02/2014 11:54:52 AM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/8/2014 | A.&#8201;E. STALLINGS
    The Parthenon represents, for many, a golden age in human achievement: the 5th-century b.c. Greek flowering of democracy, sciences, and the arts. But what if its chief ornament, the Parthenon frieze, turned out to be not an embodiment of reason and proportion—of stillness at the heart of motion, quiet piety, and enlightened civic responsibility—but (or, rather, also) something darker, more primitive: a representation of the critical moment in an ancient story of a king at war, a human sacrifice, and a goddess’s demand for virgin blood? That’s the argument at the heart of The Parthenon Engima. The plot involves not...
  • Baby gives thumbs-up on ultrasound!

    09/02/2014 7:29:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    hintv ^ | staff
    This mom might have the coolest baby ever in her belly. Brandon Hopkins, the baby's father, says that the mom is actually pregnant with twins! Hopkins says this photo was taken earlier this week.
  • Why is Modern Art so Bad? (video)

    09/02/2014 6:32:10 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 76 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 9-1-2014 | PragerUniversity
    For two millennia, great artists set the standard for beauty. Now those standards are gone. Modern Art is a competition between the ugly and the twisted; the most shocking wins. What happened? How did the beautiful come to be reviled and bad taste come to be celebrated? Renowned artist Robert Florczak explains the history and the mystery behind this change and how it can be stopped and even reversed.
  • The Pee-Chee Folder: Illustrated by the Most Interesting Man in the World

    09/02/2014 2:38:46 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 55 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | September 19, 2012 | Sarah C. Rich
    A Pee-Chee folder art hack—afros, hairy legs, and frying eggs(image: Greg Narvas, Flickr) Growing up in Denver, I called sugary, carbonated beverages “pop.” When I moved to California for college and all the coastal kids called it “soda,” I realized just how much geography defines even the most quotidien bits of our lives (I now call it “soda,” too.). I had that realization all over again recently while reminiscing about Pee-Chee folders, encountering a completely blank stare from a New York-native friend who had never heard of them. And here I’d thought the pulpy paper pockets had been a part...
  • These Stunning Photos Show You How a Baby Fits in the Womb

    09/01/2014 9:25:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    life news ^ | Sarah Zagorski
    Marry Fermont, a photographer in the Netherlands, started taking pictures of babies immediately after their birth to document what they look like in utero. Her pictures testify to the humanity of the unborn child, and show women what their children look like before they arrive. Fermont answered a few questions about why she started taking these pictures in a Baby Center Blog: fitinwomb4Where did you first see such a photo? I was the first birth photographer in the Netherlands to start taking these types of pictures. When I documented my first birth it was the midwife who showed the parents...