Down on Skid Row (1998) [60m56s] – In 1958, Minneapolis initiated a plan to redevelop the Gateway, demolishing 180 buildings and evicting some 3000 Skid Row residents. From 1955-61 John Bacich filmed life on the street outside his Washington Ave. bar, documenting the last years ‘Down On Skid Row’. (youtube.com)
Find out how man y people were on earth when you were born(or your place amongst the world population). (bbc.com)
‘It’s like India’s Holi, Spain’s La Tomatilla, and Rio’s Carnaval rolled into one
New theories have mixed perception and knowledge into the hardest of sciences.
When was the last time you stopped and acknowledged the shape of a door? What about its color and texture? Its weight and its force? Though we hardly go a single day without walking through a door of some kind, we’re certainly guilty of overlooking their formal qualities, treating them solely as symbols of transition instead of architectural objects in their own righ
Ansel Adams, Sierra Club Commissary, 1929 (305.1991)
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, circa 1909. “Congress Street near Market Square.” With at least two painless dentists, an optician, hatter and oyster house among the merchants vying for your trade….via.
New York Times Reporter James Risen Accuses Attorney General Eric Holder of “Wrecking” the First Amendment
A New York Times reporter’s accusation that the Obama administration engages in censorship raises questions about when journalism slides into advocacy.
Since ancient times philosophy has tried to cure us of anxiety. But worry is an important part of being a moral person
Nethers, Virginia Week continues here at OPOD with this picture from 1935. It shows the then oldest citizen of the town. I am guessing he looks to be in his 80’s, so he would have been old enough to have lived through the Civil War. What interesting stories he must have had…. via.
When the last version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol 1.1 (HTTP/1.1) was approved in 1999, fast computers were running 500MHz Pentium III chips, Bill Clinton was president of the United States, and software engineers were working hard at fixing the Y2K bug. As for the internet, the US Federal Communications Commission defined broadband as 200 kilobits per second (Kbps), and most users connected to it with 56Kbps modems. Things have changed, and HTTP, the web’s fundamental protocol, is finally changing with the times, too.
On 27 May 1942, a high-ranking German Nazi official and the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia – Reinhard Heydrich, was being driven from his country villa to his office at Prague when he was ambushed by British-trained Czech soldiers. A fatal grenade attack left him severely wounded and he died eight days later. Reinhard Heydrich was one of the main architects of the Holocaust and one of the darkest figure within the Nazi elite. Adolf Hitler himself described him as “the man with the iron heart”. Getting rid of Heydrich was a long-premeditated plot.
To avenge the death of Heydrich, the Germans launched a terrifying retaliation. Over the next few days, more than 36,000 houses in 5,000 towns and villages were searched, arresting some 3,000 people. Within a week, 157 people were executed, but the most tragic victims of the German reprisal were the residents of an ordinary agricultural village named Lidice, located some 20 km to the west of Prague, in the Czech Republic.
In a marquee in Mogadishu, the newly graduated doctors are being celebrated. There are dressed up people everywhere and up on the stage stand the young graduates, in full gala dresses, overlooking the crowd. Down below them, in the front row, a young man is taking pictures. He is there as a journalist, to cover the happy event. No one in the marquee knows that this young journalist is Abdi Rahman from Denmark. Nor that he, in just a few seconds, will blow himself up and take several young doctors with him in the blast.
—Warriors from the North is about young Somali-Scandinavian men, who leave their comfortable everyday life here in Scandinavia to become fighters, and perhaps even suicide bombers, in Somalia – one of the most dangerous and impoverished places in the world.
It is so cold across North America that the normally rushing falls of the Niagara river have partially frozen. The river is still flowing underneath the ice, which isn’t expected to melt any time soon as temperatures continue to stay below freezing
Men are highly focused on the packaging. It’s disheartening.’ Photograph: Stockbyte/Getty Images
It’s been a week of gloomy thoughts about what one applicant called “the packaging”. In fact, he wasn’t an applicant. He wrote specifically to tell me he wasn’t. “It’s a shame I don’t fancy you,” he said, “because otherwise you tick all the boxes.” Another said I sounded nice, but added: “Though unfortunately I have stringent physical criteria.”
‘I have never met a writer who wishes to be described as a female writer, gay writer, black writer, Asian writer or African writer’ … Aminatta Forna on her frustration at the book world’s obsession with labels and identity
Out of Africa: Did humans migrate quickly and all-at-once or in phases based on weather? — www.sciencecodex.com
Considerable debate surrounds the migration of human populations out of Africa. Two predominant hypotheses concerning the timing contrast in their emphasis on the role of the Arabian interior and its changing climate. In one scenario, human populations expanded rapidly from Africa to southern Asia via the coastlines of Arabia approx. 50,000 to 60,000 years ago. Another model suggests that dispersal into the Arabian interior began much earlier (approx. 75,000 to 130,000 years ago) during multiple phases, when increased rainfall provided sufficient freshwater to support expanding populations.