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Past Horizons: Parisian hospital cemetery excavation: from medieval to modern.

An image to give you the heebie-jeebies.

02/28/15 • 12:01 PM • HistoryPhotographyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Popular Archaeology: More on the violent death of Pharaoh Senebkay.

Perhaps horses were widely used earlier than previously believed.

02/28/15 • 12:00 PM • HealthHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Reuters: The ruins of Donetsk airport.

Jeebus.

02/27/15 • 04:08 PM • HistoryPhotographyPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Register: Churchill’s blood valued at £560,000.

Dukes Auctions is estimating the phial of his blood obtained by a nurse in 1962 could fetch £1,000, although a spokeswoman from the auction house said that due to the age of the specimen it now resembles a congealed orange-red blob.” One can safely assume Hayley Atwell will not be choked up and dumping this in the Thames from Tower Bridge.

02/27/15 • 02:32 PM • ConsumptionHealthHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: The ISIS campaign to erase history

Anyone who has visited temples in Egypt and other ancient locations around the Mediterranean can always view the defacement perpetrated by ‘Dark Age’ Christians ... religious extremism breeds this behavior. KJV: “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” Orwell: “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

02/27/15 • 02:28 PM • HistoryReligionScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: What Blogging Has Become.

Of interest. The author states he is a ‘twentysomething’ who experienced the ‘first blogging boom.’ *ahem*. I’m heading into sixteen years now ... how old do you have to be to start blogging? Surely older than single digits? Originally blogs *were* centralized. Editthispage. Pyra/Blogger. And more. They were vital communities. Decentralization began to dilute the stream of info, until individual blogs started relying on the stack o’ links on the home page, or the ‘circles’ and ‘rings’ (those little javascript widgets at the bottoms of pages to cycle you through all bloggers in a particular niche). And then saved by RSS. But I should save all this for my own post. Which may actually be tossed over to Medium itself.

We need to write that history of blogs. I’ll keep sayin’ it.

02/27/15 • 01:18 PM • HistoryInternetWeblogs • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Channel4.com: Islamic State fighters smash historic statues in Iraq.

According to Eleanor Robson, chair of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, the majority of original statues have been taken to the Baghdad Museum for safe-keeping. [snip] Nonetheless, the stone winged bull you can see being destroyed is an original, probably one at the gates to Nineveh, dating back to the seventh century.” My italic emphasis.

02/27/15 • 01:07 PM • ArtsHistoryHuman RightsLawNewsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Italian Ways: Franco Grignani’s fantastic Penguin covers.

These always made my head hurt.

02/27/15 • 01:01 PM • ArtsBooksDesignHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

RIP, Leonard Nimoy.

You will be very much missed.

A random memory: During my A/V days, I began my career as a general tech climbing slide projection towers, shortly to graduate to teleprompting, before moving to video graphics and management. I started using the phrase “Live Long and Prompter” while giving the hand gesture, in order to calm the nervous promptee. A way of letting them know I’ve got their back. Some felt they had to see/hear it before a speech as a good luck charm. Amazing where the Trek references spread.

02/27/15 • 12:20 PM • EntertainmentHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For ‘Open Internet’.

Good news: “... the policy will ensure ‘that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet.’

02/26/15 • 04:14 PM • HistoryInternetLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: Potential jousting casualty unearthed at Hereford.

... there is a considerable amount of evidence suggesting this man was involved in some form of violent activity and the locations of his injuries do match quite closely what might be expected from taking part in mock battles. The fact that he was still doing this after he was 45 suggests he must have been very tough’.” ‘Tough’ ain’t reserved for the young, writer.

02/26/15 • 02:41 PM • HistoryPhysical FitnessScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: New clues cast doubt on ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’.

Great detective work. Very much worth the read, for armchair sleuths.

02/26/15 • 12:07 PM • BooksHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: The Designer Who Humanized Corporate America.

Of Paul Rand. “As one of the youngest art directors for New York-based advertising agency Weintraub, he designed for Orbach’s department store, El Producto cigars, and the aperitif liquor Dubonnet. He worked for Manhattan publishers Knopf, Vintage, and Pantheon creating abstract book covers and jackets, and gained a reputation with designs for blue-chip companies like IBM, Cummins Engines, Westinghouse, Morningstar, even Enron. By 1986 he was such a star that Steve Jobs received special dispensation from Apple’s sworn rival, IBM, to enlist Rand to design his post-Apple venture, the NeXT logo.

02/26/15 • 11:38 AM • ArtsBooksDesignHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Italian Ways: The classy Moretti 1200 Spider by Michelotti.

I wonder, given the resemblance to an AC Ace ... who was the first with this body style?

02/26/15 • 11:29 AM • DesignHistoryVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Henry VIII’s evidence to support break with Rome turns up in Cornish library.

It was an amazing moment. The old long gallery here is about the length of a football pitch, and the professor lapped it about six times when we found the book.” Video or it didn’t happen.

02/25/15 • 09:59 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ArtDaily: Faberge unveils first Imperial egg in 99 years.

Let’s hope it doesn’t get mislaid ... or sold for scrap.

02/25/15 • 09:44 PM • ArtsHistory • (6) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

“Spanish Cowboy.”

Even Picasso.

02/25/15 • 05:02 PM • ArtsHistoryPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WaPo: Why Turkish troops entered Syria to reach a medieval tomb.

Over the weekend, a column of Turkish troops and armored vehicles motored about 20 miles across the border into Syria. In the dead of night, they approached an old mausoleum, held a brief prayer ceremony and removed the site’s historical artifacts and relics. Then, they lowered the Turkish flag that flew over the site and demolished the complex.” The relics would have ended up on the open market, of course.

02/24/15 • 01:02 PM • ArtsHistoryPoliticsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BarnFinds: Parked Since ’87: 1959 Rambler Custom Six.

Now this is a stylin’ ride.

02/24/15 • 11:53 AM • DesignHistoryVehicles • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: The pioneering female astronauts who never saw space.

[Jerrie] Cobb was bought out the tank after nine hours and 40 minutes ‒ a record at the time, as no man had endured more than six hours and 20 minutes and no woman more than six hours. On top of that, Cobb had not suffered any hallucinations.

02/24/15 • 11:41 AM • HealthHistoryHuman RightsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Luxor Times: Egyptologists prove Pharaoh was brutally killed in a battle away from home.

The King was probably on his horse when he was attacked and hit at his lower back then ankles till he got on the ground when the attackers brutally killed him with their axes on his skull.” Ouch.

02/24/15 • 11:30 AM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: ‘First Edition’ Of The ‘Iliad’? Sure, Right Next To That ‘FIrst Edition’ Bible.

Good grief.

Related: Texas Tech ‘politically challenged’ vid.

02/24/15 • 09:45 AM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentHistory • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Kottke: Hunter S. Thompson calls customer service.

What an ass. Nightmare client. Sorry, but I’d kick him to the curb.

02/23/15 • 04:13 PM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Pacific Standard: Who’s Really to Blame for the Black Death?

I get tired of every friggin’ event getting viewed (or bodily into) a climate-change lens. You know I believe in climate change; it’s just that it’s become the go-to culprit for every historical crisis now, to the exclusion of all other influences.

02/23/15 • 04:12 PM • HistoryNatureNewsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: Rare Footage of Civil War Veterans Doing the Rebel Yell.

They do resemble coyotes.

02/23/15 • 03:37 PM • HistoryPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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