I am proud

I have been doing this site for over ten years. In that time, I have left the country at least three times, been on vacation a number of times, gone to DC area some 6 times (and stayed over), been under treatment medically, and yet I have not missed a day of posting! I am now the Cal Ripkin of the internet. I mention this because I had been away for 4 days, and now am going away again. BUT I remain “here” for you, gentle reader.

A Masterpiece of Sorrow: Edward Hirsch’s Elegy for His Son


Bizarre but Beautiful Pancake Rocks & Blowholes in New Zealand National Park

On the edge of the New Zealand’s Paparoa National Park, you can walk among bizarre rock formations, many that resemble stacks of pancakes. The Tasman Sea surges into undercut cavities, booms, and then seawater geysers shoot through blowholes, making the spectacular natural attraction of blowholes in Pancake Rocks a “must see” at high tide and/or storms. [45 Photos]


Photos of LGBTQ API families are presented by the Asian Pride Project in the exhibit, “Our Portraits, Our Families.”

Photos of LGBTQ API families are presented by the Asian Pride Project in the exhibit, “Our Portraits, Our Families.”.


Twenty-five-year-old artist Liu Di Photoshopped these distorted animals into his photos of the Beijing in an interesting echo of all the enormous abandoned buildings throughout the city.
—The series, Animal Regulation, is part of a group show featuring the work of other young Chinese artists. Curated by Barbara Pollack, it’s on display in two locations in Florida: at the Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.


Drug Inspector: 1943

Dec. 17, 1943. “Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc., Nutley, New Jersey. Building 28. Pfaudler Co., client.”

via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive | Vintage Fine Art Prints.

Blind Ambition: Erik Weihenmayer’s Great Adventures

Erik Weihenmayer has climbed Mount Everest, raced across the Moroccan desert, and is about to kayak the Grand Canyon’s deadliest rapids – all without being able to see.

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El Salvador, A Mining Town Shaped Like A Roman Helmet | Amusing Planet

Located at an elevation of more than 2,400 meters in the foothills of the Andes and in the middle of the Atacama Desert, the town of El Salvador was built solely to serve as office and residence for those working on the copper mines. The town came into being as a result of discovery of the ore in 1954, when the Anaconda Copper Mining Company, concerned about declining reserves in its Potrerillos mine, sent prospectors in search of a new source. Due to its remote location, the company had to build El Salvador as a self-contained and self-sustaining town complete with housing, schools, stores, water, electrical plants and even a railway.
—Satellite images of El Salvador shows the town to be shaped like a Roman helmet. The legend goes that when an executive of Anaconda Mining Company travelled to the proposed town site with his son, the boy had with him his beloved toy – a Roman helmet, which he lost in the desert. Years later once the city was built, the boy was flown over the town and his father said “Remember the toy helmet you lost as a young boy, look down son, there it is.”


Today’s picture shows a barber and his shop in San Antonio. The picture was taken in 1939. Interestingly, the price of a haircut was ten cents. I can remember growing up in the 1960′s, and I remember a haircut being a dollar. So roughly a 10X increase in 30 years. I am really not sure what the average price for a man’s haircut is today, but I would be around $20. So in the last 40 years or so, a whopping 20X increase in price…. via.

Louis Faurer, [Times Square, New York], 1948 (2013.99.51)

Often images of Times Square meld into an overwhelming mix of bodies and neon lights, but Louis Faurer’s compositions introduce you to individuals within the crowd, pausing to provide a moment of silence in an otherwise deafening barrage of city life.

via Fans in a Flashbulb.

NSA Spying Will Cost US Tech Titans Billions, and That’s Just the Start | Motherboard


Thorn Tree in the Garden: Derek and the Dominos


Professional Kitchens Turned Me Into a Sex Addict


The Alternate Endings of 20 Famous Movies | Mental Floss


Crowd in Times Square celebrating the surrender of Germany, May 7th, 1945.

The Postman who built a Palace made of Pebbles

This is the story of a French postman who spent thirty years of his life building his dream home– a palace made of pebbles and stones he found along his postal route….


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How we can get bystanders to help victims of crime

Won’t they help?

Why bystanders are reluctant to report a violent crime or aid a victim, and how they can be taught to step up and help


Out of Wreckage, Lives Emerge


Islamic State Jihadist Group Opens Marriage Matchmaking Office


German photographer Michel Lamoller created these fascinating collages that seem to show people melting into the landscape behind them….Michel achieved the effect by layering multiple photos of the same location at different times. Check out the entire series below!… via.

French partisan “Nicole” captured 25 Nazis in the Chartres area, in addition to “liquidating” others, August, 1944.

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Teaching Teaching

I’m starting to wonder if we’ve entered some kind of golden age of books about education. First came Paul Tough’s book, “How Children Succeed,” about the importance of developing noncognitive skills in students. It was published in September 2012. Then came “The Smartest Kids in the World,” by Amanda Ripley, which tackled the question of what other countries were getting right in the classroom that America was getting wrong. Her book came out just about a year ago.

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Abstract Paintings Created With The Help Of Larvae


Lou Reed, Mick Jagger and David Bowie hanging out together at Café Royale, 1973

Lou Reed, Mick Jagger and David Bowie hanging out together at Café Royale, 1973—Here are some interesting black and white photos of Lou Reed, Mick Jagger and David Bowie at the Cafe Royale after Ziggy Stardust’s last “live” performance at Hammersmith Odeon in London in 1973, taken by Mick Rock. All kinds of characters showed up, including Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck, Bianca Jagger and Lulu…, but David spent much of his time chatting and laughing with Lou Reed and Mick Jagger…. “I’ve just remembered that I never told you about the party I had at the Café Royal after my last concert, so I’ll make this week’s letter about that… Oh, what a night it turned out to be! Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, Jeff Beck, Lulu, Spike Milligan, Dana Gillespie, Ryan O’Neal, Elliott Gould, Ringo Starr and Barbra Streisand… all there at my last concert party at the luxurious Café Royal – everyone looking so lovely in their sparkling evening clothes and colourful make-up… dancing, sipping champagne and tasting delicious salmon and big fresh strawberries and cream. The disc jockey played lots of really good soul and rock ‘n’ roll records, and the dance floor was absolutely packed all night.” – David Bowie recalled
—The gathering was also a great opportunity for Bowie to celebrate his fame and new friendships with fellow musical heavyweights such as Mick Jagger. But according to biographer Jerry Hopkins (1985) Bowie had reason to be anxious about Mick Jagger’s attendance. Reportedly Jagger had threatened Bowie because he believed that Bowie had put the “make” on his wife Bianca earlier that week. Hopkins even reports that Bowie had wanted to cancel the show because of Jagger’s threats. However, all was made up at the party and Bowie danced with Jagger and briefly kissed both Jagger and Lou Reed when asked to by Mick Rock who was photographing the event.


Smart and smarter drugs

Are we asking the right questions about smart drugs? Marek Kohn looks at what they can do for us – and what they can’t.


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50 Soldiers Beheaded And Their Heads Put On Poles


50 soldier’s of Syria’s 417 Division were beheaded and their heads put on poles.

Jihadists from the Islamic State group have killed at least 50 Syrian soldiers in an ambush, summarily executing most of them after their capture, a monitoring group says.
—The assault in Raqa province, the jihadists’ Euphrates valley stronghold, came amid their fiercest assault yet on Damascus-held territory.

The deaths added to 74 already killed in the offensive across the north and northeast, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday (local time).
—”At least 50 soldiers were ambushed, some of them were killed in fighting but most of them were beheaded,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

IS militants claimed the toll was as high as 75.


FolkStreams » Afro-American Work Songs in a Texas Prison

Pete Seeger and Toshi Seeger, their son Daniel, and folklorist Bruce Jackson visited a Texas prison in Huntsville in March of 1966 and produced this rare document of of work songs by inmates of the Ellis Unit.

Worksongs helped African American prisoners survive the grueling work demanded of them. With mechanization and integration, worksongs like these died out shortly after this film was made.

Bruce Jackson’s book Wake Up Dead Man (University of Georgia Press) is a highly recommended study of work songs in Texas prisons.

The large plantations in the U.S. South were based on West African agricultural models and, with one major difference, the black slaves used worksongs in the plantations exactly as they had used them before they had been taken prisoner and sold to the white men. The difference was this: in Africa the songs were used to time body movements and to give poetic voice to things of interest because people wanted to do their work that way; in the plantations there was added a component of survival. If a man were singled out as working too slowly, he would often be brutally punished. The songs kept everyone together, so no one could be singled out as working more slowly than everyone else.

– From Bruce Jackson’s background notes on making this film.


This is the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Here’s why you should be worried. – video at URL


The Tattered, Haunting Remains of Abandoned Airports


Hitler, Sepp Dietrich and members of the Waffen-SS at a Christmas party, Germany December 1940. (upload.wikimedia.org)

The immediate aftermate of the Wall Street Bombing, September 16th, 1920. The bombing was never solved. (i.imgur.com)

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Spotted at last: “Homo economicus”?

Are we selfish?
—Economists like to say that, to a first approximation, we are. In other words, that we tend to seek to maximize our own rewards, in a more or less rational manner.
—The trouble is that this theory (at least, a straightforward interpretation of it) doesn’t describe how people behave in many situations. For example, given a sum of money and asked to decide how to split it between themselves and an anonymous stranger, most people choose to give some of it away. This scenario is called the Dictator Game, and along with a handful of similar tasks, it’s a problem for the selfish theory.

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Adorable bubble cars

These miniature cars are small enough to hug – and they’re so easy on gas and parking that hugging them would only seem natural!

We covered most of the three-wheeled micro-car varieties in our previous article, and today we’ll have a look at so-called “Bubble Cars” of the 1950s and 1960s: (mostly) four-wheeled marvels of compact engineerin


Superkilen, A Public Park in Copenhagen With Artifacts From 60 Countries

Superkilen is a public park in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, Denmark. Designed by the arts group Superflex with the collaboration of BIG architects and a German landscape architecture firm called Topotek1, the park is considered one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in the Danish capital. Filled with objects from around the globe, it is designed as a kind of world exposition for the local inhabitants, covering over 60 nationalities, who have been able to contribute their own ideas and artifacts to the project.


How Playing an Instrument Creates Fireworks in Your Brain



The Forgotten Book Painter

Have you ever found yourself doodling on the cover of a book, even just tracing over the lines of the artwork with your fingertips, or be it drawing moustaches with a permanent marker on magazine covers? I think we can safely say that American artist Joseph Decamillis has taken this practice to a whole new level…


conflict continues in Gaza

The conflict in the Mideast has intensified in the last month with turbulent fighting in Gaza strip. Over 800 Palestinians have been killed and over 5,000 injured, according to Palestinan health officials. World leaders have been working on a truce between Hamas and Israel to end the bloodshed. –Leanne Burden Seidel (36 photos total)


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Young Europeans Going To Middle East To Become Jihadis


Confessions of a pot addict

After 13 years of daily use, I stopped smoking weed. But quitting only made me feel better about the drug


Siberian crater mystery deepens as two NEW holes appear | Mail Online

New unexplained holes have appeared in Siberia following the mystery over a giant crater on the Yamal Peninsula.A second is in the same permafrost region of northern Russia, and a third on the Taymyr Peninsula, to the east, in Kransoyark region. Both were spotted by reindeer herders who almost fell in.The original hole received worldwide attention after being identified by helicopter pilots some 20 miles 32km from a huge gas extraction plant at Bovanenkov.