Renovations on HMS Victory turn to traditional hemp and pitch to keep out the water; modern synthetic alternatives weren't up to the job (I couldn't figure out how to type sempahore into the subject heading).
Once at the butchery, members of the public will be invited to sample and purchase a dizzying array of edible human limbs including hands, feet and a human head, which will be available to buy directly from the shop. As well as these specially created products, gamers will be able to buy 'Peppered Human & Lemon Sausages' and 'J’avo Caught Human Thigh Steaks' along with some specially made pots of Red Herb and Green Herb. All proceeds from the sale of the meat will be donated to the Limbless Association, which provides information and support to the limb-loss community.
"Johann Helfrich von Müller (January 16, 1746 – 1830) was an engineer in the Hessian army who conceived the Difference Engine in 1786. He has also designed - among other things - a large and powerful burning mirror, a sun clock, an air pump, an air gun, a barometer, a range finder device, etc."
''In a discovery that sounds uncannily like the plot of an Indiana Jones film, researchers have discovered that the 1000 year old Buddhist statue found by a Nazi expedition in 1938 is made from a meteorite".
"New data shows the European Union pig herd is declining at a significant rate, and this is a trend that is being mirrored around the world. Pig farmers have been plunged into loss by high pig-feed costs, caused by the global failure of maize and soya harvests."
Understanding the Modern Gamer 9.2012 | North America
"This Google whitepaper examines the changes in video gamer digital behaviors through the lens of millions of tablet, desktop, and mobile searches. It also explores the meaningful link that exists between online engagement and game sales. Our research uncovers the following key trends:"
Cover your assetts: "Simulacrum & Hyperbole, Series 1 British artist Katerina Jebb made this film of Kylie Minogue for her imaginary TV channel Lucid TV Paris. It is part of the exhibition titled" Simulacrum & Hyperbole ". The series was presented at Trading Museum , Comme des Garcons Paris." (hat tip to Mr. Hawk)
Boris Kobe (1905-81) was a Slovenian architect and painter who became a political prisoner in the concentration camp of Allach, a sub-camp of Dachau, near Munich, Germany.
The contextual framework and point of departure of the art project is a deck of tarock/tarot cards made in Allach by Kobe most probably after the April 1945 liberation by American forces (see card XXI which depicts liberation, the Slovenian flag,and a tombstone-like image marked Allach which is aflame). As a whole, this work of art represents a visual summary of life in a concentration camp, the main vehicle of which consists of Kobe's tragic and humiliating sequences spiced with acrid humor.
"... @verumserum says it's as weird and creepy and prog-porn as it sounds -- he says he kept waiting it for it to get less weird (I guess-- to explain late in the film that fascism is not, in fact, a panacea) but it never does."
Gabriel was the brainchild of media titan William Randolph Hearst, whose "yellow journalism" helped start the Spanish American War. By 1933, Jonathan Alter explains in "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope," "Hearst believed that the country needed a dictator but he wasn't sure FDR knew how to fill the role." So with this film, Hearst "set out to show Roosevelt the way."
''The phone even has a lid which makes it the first flip-phone we are aware of, although it is probably not going to win any design awards. ...
"The footage appeared in Eve's Film Review issue 41, a cinemagazine for women which was run by Pathé between 1921 and 1933."
The Taliban are using cell phones to defeat rather more expensive Western IR war fighting equipment and tactics.
A key realization: the enemy uses cheap night vision gear in the form of cameras that have night functions. When our IR lasers, our IR strobes, our IR illumination or our IR spotlights are radiating, they can easily be seen using cheap digital cameras. I recently told this to some Norwegian soldiers, who were as surprised as our soldiers to learn it. I learned this from the enemy, not from our guys.
"Don't you ever do anything that isn't motivated by politics?" Garion asked him. For some reason, Zakath's flippant explanation of his act irritated him.
"Not that I can think of," Zakath said. "Politics is the greatest game in the world, Garion, but you have to play it all the time to keep your edge."
Silk laughed. "I've said the exact same thing about commerce," he said. "About the only difference I can see is that in commerce you have money as a way of keeping score. How do you keep score in politics?"
Zakath's expression was peculiarly mixed - half amused and half deadly serious. "It's very simple, Kheldar," he said. "If you're still on the throne at the end of the day, you've won. If you're dead, you've lost - and each day is a complete new game."
- David Eddings, Demon Lord of Karanda (1988); this quote from the first paperback edition, pg. 108 (1989).
I suspect — and I don’t think this is nostalgia — but it may have been able to become kind of a richer sauce, initially. It wasn’t able to instantly go from London to Toronto at the speed of light. Somebody had to carry it back to Toronto or wherever, in their backpack and show it, physically show it to another human. Which is what happened. And compared to the way that news of something new spreads today, it was totally stone age. Totally stone age! There’s something remarkable about it that’s probably not going to be that evident to people looking at it in the future. That the 1977 experience was qualitatively different, in a way, than the 2007 experience, say.
Project Habakkuk was a proposed fleet of iceberg aircraft carriers meant to provide air cover against U-boats for convoys dashing across the Atlantic gap. The "berg ships" were to be 2000 feet long with 40 foot thick hulls constructed from Pykrete, a machinable blend of frozen water and wood pulp.
According to some accounts, at the Quebec Conference of 1943 Lord Mountbatten brought a block of Pykrete along to demonstrate its potential to the bevy of admirals and generals who had come along with Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Mountbatten entered the project meeting with two blocks and placed them on the ground. One was a normal ice block and the other was Pykrete. He then drew his service pistol and shot at the first block. It shattered and splintered. Next, he fired at the Pykrete to give an idea of the resistance of that kind of ice to projectiles. The bullet ricocheted off the block, grazing the trouser leg of Admiral Ernest King and ended up in the wall.
CBC's Ideas podcast tells the story, including a cameo by Winston Churchill in his bath tub.
From Bayden Packwood Hine's debut EP, Packwood. Engineered by Chris Vallejo (Josh Pyke, Passenger) at Linear Studios in July 2011 and mastered by Sean Magee (Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd) at Abbey Road Studios in London in August 2011, my copy of the EP just arrived from Australia. Canadian tour, please!
Some prehistoric cave paintings - including twenty at Lascaux - were animated by torchlight (video at the link).
The cave drawings were found by archaeologist Marc Azema and French artist Florent Rivere, who suggest that Paleolithic artists who lived as long as 30,000 years ago used animation effects on cave walls, which explains the multiple heads and limbs on animals in the drawings. The images look superimposed until flickering torch-light is passed over them, giving them movement and creating a brief animation.
Asked about it on Thursday, [Ted] Sarandos had to concede that business in Canada could be better if broadband access came without caps and expensive overage fees. Said Sarandos: “The problem in Canada is… they have almost third-world access to the internet.”
"He was on jabber when it happened, that’s the most fucked up thing. In Baghdad the same kind of thing happened - incoming sirens, he’d vanish, we’d freak out and he’d come back ok after a bit. This time he said ‘FUCK’ and ‘GUNFIRE’ and then disconnected and never returned."
Well my bet would be on Andrew Jackson or Zachary Taylor since they were both career fighting men used to killing people with axes and blades. Likewise Teddy Roosevelt would probably make the top 3.
I think George Washington would do well but still fall at another president's hand. And I suspect George H and George W. Bush in their prime would be strong contenders since they'd likely fight as a team and be willing to give their lives to protect the other. Then there are always wild cards like Chester Arthur or Nixon who might be worth taking a flyer on.
"...Jean-Pierre Dupuy proposed a convincing critique of John Rawl's theory of justice: in the Rawls model of a just society, social inequalities are tolerated only in so far they also help those at the bottom of the social ladder, and in so far as they are not based on inheritied hierarchies, but on natural inequalities, which are considered contingent, not signifying merit. What Rawls doesn't see is how such a society would create the conditions for an uncontrolled explosion of resentment: in it, I would know that my inferior status is fully justified, and would be deprived of blaming my failure on social injustice."
It rains both on the just and the unjust. But mainly on the just.
"James Franco got a masters degree in filmmaking from NYU last May, and is even expected to teach a class on directing short films at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts this fall, which is surprising because he skipped 12 of his 14 classes on directing and received a “D”."
"Silvio Berlusconi's summer retreat on Sardinia's exclusive Costa Smeralda, which gained notoriety for parties with topless models, features an underground cave, complete with an emergency escape exit to the sea."
If you must label the absolute, use it's proper name
"The pressure in Mount Fuji's magma chamber is now higher than it was in 1707, the last time the nearly 4,000-metre-high Japanese volcano erupted, causing volcanologists to speculate that a disaster is imminent."
Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003)
"Interstella 5555 is a feature-length Japanese animated musical film originally released on December 1, 2003. The film is the visual realization of Discovery, an album by Daft Punk. Each track from the album has been animated as an episode in the story of the abduction and rescue of an interstellar pop band. The film was produced by the creators of the Discovery album, along with Toei Animation, under the supervision of Leiji Matsumoto."
1 "One More Time"
3 "Digital Love"
4 "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"
8 "High Life"
9 "Something About Us"
11 "Veridis Quo"
12 "Short Circuit"
13 "Face To Face"
14 "Too Long"
"Shortly before the launch, Shepard said to himself: 'Don't fuck up, Shepard...' This quote was reported as 'Dear Lord, please don't let me fuck up' in The Right Stuff, though Shepard confirmed this as a misquote. Regardless, the latter quote has since become known among aviators as Shepard's Prayer."
Imagine David Beckham naked within an ankle-length dress of gossamer linen designed by Mariano Fortuny, his sinuous contrapposto exaggerated by the clinging cloth, his genital mound and the muscles of his buttocks thrusting against it. I write of Beckham because he is by so many regarded as a sportsman of great physical beauty, setting a benchmark for the ordinary mortal of today, and on view in the British Museum there is, for the moment, an Olympian Beckham of more than two millennia ago, a benchmark of male beauty then. It is a sublime sculpture of such realism and sexuality, such serene pride and magnificence, such grandeur, nobility and even majesty, that I stood in awe of it for minutes, in a milling crowd yet quite alone — and just as well, for in its presence I could not have spoken. It was for me a Stendhal moment.
US vs Canada, round 2 (or War of 1812: The Sequel)
- US moves to seize strategic corridors to Alberta and the Prairies, embargoes Halifax and Vancouver. Toronto is amphibiously invaded across Lake Ontario. Ottawa is occupied, nuclear submarine fleet deploys into Arctic.
- Canada throws entire army into "the Vermont gambit"; seizes American maple syrup manufacturing and assets (along with John LeClair)
YOUR MOVE AMERICA.
"Why on EARTH are McLuhan’s works not in ebook form? That’s a sick gag to pull on the man’s legacy."
By requiring us to constantly fill in the spaces of the mosaic mesh, the iconoscope is tattooing its message directly on our skins. Each viewer is thus an unconscious pointillist painter like Seurat, limning new shapes and images as the iconoscope washes over his entire body.