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  • Thomas Kinkade's Death Pits Wife Vs. Girlfriend Over Painter's Secrets

    04/25/2012 9:46:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/25/2012 | Aly Weisman
    Artist Thomas Kinkade, known as "The Painter of Light" left more of a dark scene after he passed away earlier this month at the age of 54. Famous for his mass-produced, idyllic images of baseball fields, cottages along rivers and scenes from Disney films, Kinkade was more troubled in his personal life than his paintings suggested. Reports of heavy drinking (Kinkade's brother said he had recently relapsed) and a volatile relationship with his girlfriend came out after the famous painter's untimely death. Kinkade had been living with his girlfriend, Indian-born Amy Pinto Walsh, after he and his first wife, Nanette,...
  • Rare Albino Squirrel Spotted by Photographer in Ramsgate Park

    04/24/2012 9:23:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    This is Kent ^ | Tuesday, April 24, 2012
    AUTHOR Eric C Bartholomew has photographed lots of animals – elephants, tigers, wild boar – but none were as tricky to capture as Thanet's albino squirrel. The 67-year-old scribbler, of St Lawrence Chase, Ramsgate, spotted the white wonder in a park close to Ramsgate's Royal Esplanade on Monday, April 16. Wildlife experts estimate that the odds of a pure white squirrel being born are one in 100,000. Mr Bartholomew, a safari lover, chased the rare rodent around the park for 20 minutes before he got his shot at about 7am. He said: "I was in the right place at the...
  • N. Korea' Propaganda Masterpiece

    04/24/2012 5:17:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    New Focus ^ | 04/23/12
    Left: now famous photo of a very short NK soldier escorted back to his land by large U.S. and SK soldiers Right: N. Korea's photoshopped version

    04/22/2012 3:47:15 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 29 replies
    self | April 22, 2012 | swampsniper
    More from the rookery.
  • A Portrait’s Long Fingers Suggest El Greco

    04/22/2012 12:46:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 12, 2012 | CAROL VOGEL
    Camilla Blaffer calls it her “best find.” A grimy old-master painting of a saint gazing upward, his hands crossed on his chest and a skull perched on a rock in the foreground. A friend of Ms. Blaffer’s bought the canvas, without realizing who painted it, on her behalf about 20 years ago at a small Paris auction. That canvas, along with hundreds of other artworks and decorative objects, languished in a warehouse outside Paris. Some years later Ms. Blaffer asked her friend John T. Spike, an art historian and a scholar in residence at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at...
  • Middleman suffers the insufferable

    04/20/2012 7:14:25 PM PDT · by liesveld · 2 replies
    Mad City Quanta ^ | 20 March | JDL
  • No Ordinary Kids: Children of the Plumed Serpent

    04/20/2012 2:42:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    cbs ^ | April 19, 2012 1:00 PM
    Here in Los Angeles the influence of Mexican culture is part of our everyday experience. The new exhibit at LACMA gives us a chance to see the origins of a culture that is part of our own. Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico is the first large scale exhibition that explores the ancient kingdoms of southern Mexico – known today as Oaxaca, Puebla and Tlaxcala. This exciting exhibition features more than 200 objects spanning from the 10th century to 1580. The legends of Quetzalcoatl – the human incarnation of the Plumed Serpent – provides...
  • Is anyone else really enjoying the Lowes' TV Commercials? Good art!! (chat)

    04/20/2012 12:57:43 PM PDT · by Mamzelle · 12 replies
    tv | 4 20 12 | Mamzelle
    I was dazzled with the first CGI commercial that showed a wife and husband drawing lines on their walls and the lines turning (with CGI magic) into fabulous home improvements. I just saw a CGI with Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal fixing up their bird house, then one with Family Squirrel solving their overflow acorn storage problem. Hey. Everything doesn't have to be doom and gloom. Seems like there's better art in commercials than on the shows themselves.
  • Sea Creatures' True Beauty Revealed in Winning Underwater Photos

    04/19/2012 9:44:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 19 April 2012 | Jeanna Bryner
    A dashing-red sea slug that seems to be hamming it up for the camera in the U.S. Virgin Islands has come into focus in this year's winning underwater photograph in an annual contest put on by the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. More than 700 images were submitted for this year'sunderwater photography contest, Ximena Olds' photo of the headshield sea slug against a brilliant background of green seagrass taking home the "best overall" award. Olds is a local Key Biscayne, Fla., resident. The photos were judged by a panel of experts that included: photographer and...
  • Rare Ancient Statue Depicts Topless Female Gladiator

    04/17/2012 7:25:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 95 replies
    Live Science ^ | 17 April 2012 | Owen Jarus
    Rare Ancient Statue Depicts Topless Female Gladiator A small bronze statue dating back nearly 2,000 years may be that of a female gladiator, a victorious one at that, suggests a new study. If confirmed the statue would represent only the second depiction of a woman gladiator known to exist. The gladiator statue shows a topless woman, wearing only a loincloth and a bandage around her left knee. Her hair is long, although neat, and in the air she raises what the researcher, Alfonso Manas of the University of Granada, believes is a sica, a short curved sword used by gladiators....
  • Levon Helm in Final Stages of Throat Cancer

    04/17/2012 5:06:09 PM PDT · by Terry Mross · 63 replies
    Dear Friends, Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey. Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage... We appreciate all the love and support and concern. From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy
  • A list of unused titles for Dr. Strangelove, lifted from Stanley Kubrick’s notebooks

    04/16/2012 7:59:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 16, 2012 | Robert T. Gonzalez
    A list of unused titles for Dr. Strangelove, lifted from Stanley Kubrick’s notebooks From the notebooks of Stanley Kubrick comes this most excellent list of movie titles that never saw the light of day, but were evidently considered for the film that Kubrick would eventually name Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. There are plenty of mentions of Dr. Strangelove, bombs, and even implications that one should love and cherish said "wonderful bomb," but you won't find the final title in this list. Still, it gives one pause to think how this movie...
  • Zimmerman portrait made of Skittles

    04/16/2012 10:48:00 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 22 replies
    upi ^ | April 15, 2012
    DENVER, -- A Denver artist has created a portrait of George Zimmerman made entirely of Skittles, the candy Trayvon Martin had bought just prior to his shooting death. Andy Bell, a senior at Metropolitan State College of Denver, told The Denver Post he started the portrait, called "Fear Itself," when he first heard that Zimmerman shot Martin in what the shooter says was self-defense. "I wanted to do all I could to raise awareness about the case," he said. Bell said he used 12,250 red, green, yellow and orange Skittles to recreate the much-seen mug shot of Zimmerman. He said...
  • The Mach Loop, or "The Roundabout" in north Wales

    04/15/2012 3:26:03 PM PDT · by Doogle · 13 replies
    youtube ^ | 07/02/11 | Workabar007
    The next time in your in north Wales (smiles), stop bye for some photo ops. I'm thinking the pilots know the photographers by now...nice scenery
  • San Franfrazzled: Once-in-a-lifetime picture of lightning striking iconic bridge

    04/13/2012 7:10:18 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 68 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13 April 2012
    An incredible eight bolts struck the Bay Bridge in San Francisco last night which was captured in this incredible shot by photographer Phil McGrew, who took the photo through the rain-soaked window of his apartment.

    04/12/2012 9:43:12 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 29 replies
    The Goddard Group ^ | 5APR2012 | Gary Goddard
    Gary Goddard looks back on what really happened back in 1992 when the Downtown City Fathers were looking for a way to revitalize the downtown core and attract more visitors. In 1992 downtown Las Vegas had become a distant second to the Las Vegas Strip. Where at one time, downtown Las Vegas was the center of the action, the increasing magnitude of the Las Vegas Strip, with the expansion of Caesar’s Palace, the Mirage having opened, and with more and more mega resorts on the way, 80% of the Las Vegas market was now on the Strip, leaving only 20%...

    04/10/2012 12:44:33 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 34 replies
    The Goddard Group ^ | 5APR2012 | Gary Goddard
    Gary Goddard looks back on what really happened back in 1992 when the Downtown City Fathers were looking for a way to revitalize the downtown core and attract more visitors. In 1992 downtown Las Vegas had become a distant second to the Las Vegas Strip. Where at one time, downtown Las Vegas was the center of the action, the increasing magnitude of the Las Vegas Strip, with the expansion of Caesar’s Palace, the Mirage having opened, and with more and more mega resorts on the way, 80% of the Las Vegas market was now on the Strip, leaving only 20%...

    04/09/2012 4:03:45 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies
    self | April 9, 2012 | swampsniper
    I'm gradually getting some work done, my short naps are using up a lot of time lately.
  • Video Production (Video Producer) Wanted on Long Island

    04/09/2012 1:43:54 PM PDT · by NoGrayZone · 4 replies
    4/9/2012 | me
    My boss's 2 sons want to create a casting video for the reality show Amazing Race. They are both good boys, very athletic. Key is, they want to shoot on 4/22 and have the video ready and sent for 4/23(they both work). If you are in the NY area, and willing to come to Long Island to shoot the video, edit and have it ready in 1 day for casting, this may be a side job for you. They can pay $400. The youngest asked me if I knew anyone and I told him I would post it on my...

    04/09/2012 7:00:25 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 34 replies
    INTERNET ^ | April 9, 2012 | swampsniper
    A friend sent this. I put it on my Photobucket so I could share it.

    04/08/2012 11:26:20 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 31 replies
    self | April 8, 2012 | swampsniper
    Daughter Mary and I made a quick run through the gator farm rookery. It's still winding up but when it gets hotter I won't be able to handle it. I got enough for several posts, these are all I had the energy to process today, gonna take a nap now.This was the first outing for my Sony since it got back from the repair shop. No problems so far!
  • A Musical Interlude for your Morning

    04/08/2012 3:56:40 AM PDT · by RightOnline · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/8/12 | RightOnline
    Some of you have already heard of this amazing singing group, but many of you have not. Let's fix that. Here's just a great little musical interlude for your Easter Sunday morning. No, it's not Easter music....but amazing, nonetheless. The group is called Perpetuum Jazille from Slovenia. I've picked three favorites to share with you, two of which are their renditions of songs by the band Toto (done a capella; as you've never heard them before). First, "Africa" (my absolute favorite); a stunning vocal arrangement (turn up your speakers, especially for the beginning "human rainstorm"): Second, from the same...
  • Minecraft: Is it for children?

    04/07/2012 2:24:11 PM PDT · by raybbr · 48 replies ^ | 4-7-2012 | raybbr
    My ten year old son has been watching videos of "Minecraft" on line. It looks pretty harmless. The thing is I can't find any reviews or whole lot of information regarding the age level this game is for. I am not a game player on the PC. The most I play is chess or hearts, etc. I would really appreciate any feedback on this issue before I plunk down $27 on it. Thanks to all....!
  • (Crappy Commie Architecture) An Extremely Creepy Tour of an Abandoned Soviet Monument in Bulgaria

    04/07/2012 10:31:30 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 6, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar
    An Extremely Creepy Tour of an Abandoned Soviet Monument in Bulgaria Remember those derelict Bulgarian war memorials that resemble space fortresses? Well, it turns out they're just as otherworldly inside. Here's one intrepid urban explorer's journey into the shadowy corridors of the shuttered Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship memorial in Varna, Bulgaria. It's also a case study on why you never tour old Soviet monuments alone. In its Communist heyday, the "Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship" contained an eternal flame, a bomb shelter, and a tourism center. Loudspeakers would also blast Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 on constant loop. The center opened in...
  • Behold, an X-ray of Hitler’s head

    04/03/2012 8:31:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 3, 2012 | Robert T. Gonzalez
    Behold, an X-ray of Hitler’s head You're looking at one of five known X-rays of Hitler's head. The radiograph is just one of 17-million rare, intriguing, and often-bizarre items housed in the the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library on Earth. We've got a gallery. This particular image is part of a larger medical dossier on Hitler that was assembled by U.S. military intelligence following World War II, and one of the 450 images featured in Hidden Treasure — a book published yesterday in observance of the National Library of Medicine's 175th anniversary. Hitler as Seen by...
  • NASA presents mesmerizing visualization of Earth's ocean currents

    04/01/2012 9:53:45 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies
    MNN ^ | 4/1/12 | Bryan Nelson
    Watch in awe as the world's eddying ocean currents swirl in a Van Gogh-esque grandeur. Click here to watch the three minute "Perpetual Ocean" video on YouTubeA stunning new animated video produced by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Earth showcases the flow of the world's ocean currents swirling in a captivating splendor. The video, titled "Perpetual Ocean," takes an astronaut's view, as if the viewer is in a waltz-like dance orbiting around the Earth. The flow of the ocean currents in the presentation are derived from real data collected over two years...
  • Julia Roberts plays 'Evil Queen Obama'

    04/01/2012 2:16:24 PM PDT · by Heuristic Hiker · 12 replies
    World Daily Net ^ | March 31, 2012 | Drew Zahn
    POPCORN AND A (WORLD)VIEW Julia Roberts plays 'Evil Queen Obama' Exclusive: Drew Zahn says 'Mirror Mirror' reveals who isn't 'fairest of them all' At its heart, “Mirror Mirror” is a fairy tale filled with surprisingly value-affirming morals, lessons that Christians in particular and families of all stripes can appreciate. More subtly, it reflects the antics of certain “bad apples” in government, a lesson particularly poignant in America today. A retelling of the story of “Snow White,” the film is told from the perspective of the evil queen (played by Julia Roberts) who is frustrated at every turn attempting to vanquish...
  • Sweeps, nomads, quacks and crawlers: (shortened - photos from 1870s London)

    04/01/2012 4:55:44 AM PDT · by PhilosopherStone1000 · 38 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 31/03/12 | Daily Mail
    In the frantic pace of modern life, it is often easy to forget what life was once like for those who built the world we now live in. These fascinating black and white pictures taken by photographer John Thompson show the reality of existence in the 1800s when photography was in its infancy.
  • It’s Vogue for the veiled! Turkish fashion magazine created for women who wear headscarves

    03/30/2012 5:25:46 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/29/12 | Katie Silver
    It’s Vogue for the veiled! Turkish fashion magazine created for women who wear headscarves By Katie Silver UPDATED: 00:55 GMT, 29 January 2012 A magazine for the modern, fashion-conscious Muslim woman is proving that when it comes to Turkey, you don't need bikinis, breasts and legs to sell issues. Outraged when he saw photos of transsexuals in a magazine, devout Muslim Ibrahim Burak Birer, 31 decided to create a magazine in Istanbul that would contest the ‘diktat of nudity’. With his friend Mehmet Volkan Atay, 32, he created Alâ, a magazine described as the avant-garde of ‘veiled’ fashion. Alâ, which...
  • 'Dreyfus' of the Classical Music World

    03/26/2012 5:50:58 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 4 replies · 9+ views
    The Forward ^ | March 24, 2012 | Benjamin Ivry
    Giacomo Meyerbeer Arrived After Centuries of Anti-Semitism The sudden proliferation of Jewish composers in the mid-19th century was unprecedented in the history of classical music. Until then, Jews had been limited to the role of virtuoso performers, but that all changed when Germany’s two most famous composers were of Jewish origin. These two were Felix Mendelssohn, whose most prominent public manifestation was the oratorio “Elijah” (1846), and Giacomo Meyerbeer (born Jacob Liebmann Beer), the prolific composer of the operas “Robert le diable” (1831), “Les Huguenots” (1836) and “Le prophčte” (1849). David Conway’s “Jewry in Music: Entry to the Profession from...
  • Vanity: How to tell if PS image is composite?

    03/26/2012 1:30:20 PM PDT · by dkazz · 15 replies · 24+ views
    How do you tell that a photoshop image is a composite?
  • So... I have a toy figurine of Michelle Obama..

    03/24/2012 12:49:59 PM PDT · by JoeBrooks · 45 replies
    Joe Brooks ^ | Joe Brooks
    Actually I have three Michelle Obama toys. And I thought it'd be fun to photograph them with messages, and with food. I'm looking for ideas! I'll post some of the unique ones here for free, but, of course, I'm an evil capitalist - so if You have something really unique that think would cost me money to gather the materials (like a bowl full of M&Ms) or it's a personal message to a friend - then please use the Fiverr link above :) Let's have fun :)
  • Sony Reportedly Working on a Full Frame Square Sensor Camera

    03/23/2012 6:58:02 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 26 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Mar. 23, 2012 | swampsniper
    Sony may be working on a full frame square format digital camera, looks like a Hasslebad! I'm not gonna ask how much this will cost, but I can dream, can't I? My Sony A-200 left the repair shop today, headed home, for the 2nd time, they didn't get it right first time. I've been without a good digital camera for about 5 weeks now, just gnashing my teeth and moaning!
  • Recovering three-dimensional shape around a corner using ultrafast time-of-flight imaging

    03/20/2012 2:48:27 PM PDT · by Stoat · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Nature ^ | March 20, 2012 | Andreas Velten, et al
    The recovery of objects obscured by scattering is an important goal in imaging and has been approached by exploiting, for example, coherence properties, ballistic photons or penetrating wavelengths. Common methods use scattered light transmitted through an occluding material, although these fail if the occluder is opaque. Light is scattered not only by transmission through objects, but also by multiple reflection from diffuse surfaces in a scene. This reflected light contains information about the scene that becomes mixed by the diffuse reflections before reaching the image sensor. This mixing is difficult to decode using traditional cameras. Here we report the combination...
  • New clue gives hope to solving Amelia Earhart mystery

    03/20/2012 10:40:52 AM PDT · by Twotone · 32 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 20, 2012 | Matthew Lee
    A new clue in one of the 20th century’s most enduring mysteries could soon uncover the fate of American aviator Amelia Earhart, who went missing without a trace over the South Pacific 75 years ago, investigators said Tuesday. Enhanced analysis of a photograph taken just months after Earhart’s Lockheed Electra plane vanished shows what experts think may be the landing gear of the aircraft protruding from the waters off the remote island of Nikumaroro, in what is now the Pacific nation of Kiribati, they said.
  • Kirk Cameron Debuts Patriotic Movie "Monumental"

    03/20/2012 9:41:27 AM PDT · by llandres · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News Channel/Fox & Friends ^ | 03/20/2012 | llandres
    Kirk Cameron, unapologetic Christian and Patriot, talks about his movie debuting one night only 03/27 live in select theaters.
  • The Big Picture: News stories in photographs -- Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race 2012 (29 pics)

    03/18/2012 7:07:43 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies ^ | 3/16/12
    The 40th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race came to an end earlier this week in Nome, Alaska. Dallas Seavey, 25, bested both his father and his grandfather with his team of nine dogs, becoming the youngest musher ever to win the nearly 1,000-mile race across the Alaskan wilderness. His winnings included $50,000 and a new truck. Gathered here are images from the Iditarod and other events from around the globe.(29 photos total)
  • Hard Truths About the Culture War - Robert Bork

    03/17/2012 10:43:47 AM PDT · by Joe 6-pack · 56 replies · 6+ views via Orthodoxy Today ^ | June/July 1995 | Robert Bork
    Moral liberalism and the decadence of culture. What began to concern me more and more were the clear signs of rot and decadence germinating within American society-a rot and decadence that was no longer the consequence of liberalism but was the actual agenda of contemporary liberalism. . . . Sector after sector of American life has been ruthlessly corrupted by the liberal ethos. It is an ethos that aims simultaneously at political and social collectivism on the one hand, and moral anarchy on the other. -Irving Kristol, "My Cold War" Equivocation has never been Irving Kristol's long suit. About the...
  • Best of the World 2012 (Pittsburgh, PA makes list!!)

    03/16/2012 11:52:35 AM PDT · by dickmc · 30 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 2012 | Unknown
    What places are calling your name for 2012? Whatever your mood, Traveler magazine has a recommendation for you—from the romantic hills of Croatia to the perfect beach in Thailand.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s doghouse: Fallingwater for Fido?

    03/15/2012 3:49:47 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/12/2012 | Maura Judkis
    When Jim Berger, now 68, was 12 years old, he wrote to Wright and asked him for a design for his black Labrador, Eddie, offering to pay for the work with money from his paper route, according to the Associated Press. “I would appreciate it if you would design me a doghouse, which would be easy to build, but would go with our house...,” read the letter dated June 19, 1956. “(My dog) is two and a half feet high and three feet long. The reasons I would like this doghouse is for the winters mainly.” After another exchange of...
  • No, they're not photographs! The astonishing pictures drawn by PENCIL

    03/15/2012 2:51:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 41 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | March 15, 2012 | Kerry McQueeney
    These might look like photographs, but it's not all black and white when it comes to the work of this artist. Despite looking like they have been captured on a camera, these are actually hand-drawn images created by hyperrealist artist Paul Cadden.
  • Full Moon Over Mount Hamilton Wows South Bay

    03/13/2012 11:17:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 | Lori Preuitt
    When the moon hits your eye using a Canon Rebel XTi DSLR, this is what you get. Did you see the moon rise this past weekend? It was full, and gorgeous, and at the right angle - huge. Case in point: this photo of Mount Hamilton taken by photographer Rick Baldridge. He says he snapped the photo Saturday night at 6:08 p.m. near the San Jose airport. Baldridge says he used a DOS-based program called SKYMAP to pinpoint the exact location he needed to get the moon over the Lick Observatory. After he performed what seems to us to be...
  • Angels Flight fares double to 50 cents

    03/13/2012 8:30:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies · 1+ views
    abcgo ^ | Monday, March 12, 2012
    Starting on Monday, the fare is going up from 25 cents to 50 cents. But Metro pass holders and those who purchase commuter books will receive discounts. The fare increase is needed to help cover the line's operating costs. Until now, Angels Flight has relied on donations to make up the difference.
  • Artifacts Show Sophistication of Ancient Nomads

    03/12/2012 3:50:08 PM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/12/2012 | John Noble Wilford
    Ancient Greeks had a word for the people who lived on the wild, arid Eurasian steppes stretching from the Black Sea to the border of China. They were nomads, which meant “roaming about for pasture.” They were wanderers and, not infrequently, fierce mounted warriors. Essentially, they were “the other” to the agricultural and increasingly urban civilizations that emerged in the first millennium B.C. As the nomads left no writing, no one knows what they called themselves. To their literate neighbors, they were the ubiquitous and mysterious Scythians or the Saka, perhaps one and the same people. In any case, these...
  • Fistfight Stuns Patrons At Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    03/12/2012 10:59:11 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 24 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 10, 2012 | unattributed
    It gets so quiet during the second movement of the Brahms Symphony No. 2, you could almost hear a pin drop. Or a sneeze. Or a fist hitting a face. Such was the case Thursday night at Orchestra Hall in a ruckus the Chicago Symphony Orchestra officially described as “an incident” between “two patrons.” But shocked concert-goers and police called it a fist fight in one of the boxes — where the elite typically sit and expect a more refined experience. Just as the second movement was drawing to a gentle close — with Music Director Riccardo Muti at the...
  • "My Eyes Have Seen You" (pics of red tailed hawk)

    03/12/2012 8:36:51 AM PDT · by raybbr · 50 replies · 1+ views
    FReerepublic ^ | 3/10/2012 | raybbr
    I was at a birthday party yesterday in Cromwell, CT. This hawk was kind enough to sit and pose for some pictures.Hope you enjoy.
  • Firesign Theater's Peter Bergman passes away

    03/10/2012 5:33:10 AM PST · by sand lake bar · 47 replies · 1+ views
    We are sad to report that Peter Bergman passed away in the early morning hours of Friday March 9, 2012 due to complications from leukemia. We will have more details as they become available.
  • Think the Giottos Rocket Blower Looks Like a Bomb? The TSA Does Too

    03/09/2012 8:14:58 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 19 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Mar. 09, 2012 | swampsniper
    The Giottos Rocket is a popular tool used by photographers to remove dust from cameras and glass, but if you’re in love with yours, you might want to think twice about flying with it. Reddit user gynoceros found out the hard way that some TSA airport screeners aren’t too enthusiastic about the Rocket’s shape. He writes, FYI — If you attempt to fly with a Giottos Rocket Blower (you know, rubber bulb you squeeze to force air down a nozzle to blow dust off your sensor — no metal, no moving parts), the TSA may confiscate it because it “looks...
  • Tonights' Fare

    03/09/2012 7:36:58 PM PST · by Mariner · 10 replies
    Emerging Dementia | March 9th, 2012 | Self
    Black Sabbath's Last Supper DVD, Rolling Stones 40 Licks DVD...and probably finish with Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys. Loud.Polk Audio towers and PLENTY, PLENTY of watts.
  • Major Sun Storm May Supercharge Northern Lights This Week

    03/07/2012 8:42:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    msnbc ^ | 3/7/2012 7:16:43 PM ET 2012-03-08T00:16:43 | Denise Chow
    A massive solar storm may spark an intense northern lights display for skywatchers at high latitudes tonight and Thursday (March 8) as a wave of charged particles reach the planet. Two huge solar flares erupted from the sun late Tuesday (March 6), triggering one of the most powerful solar storms in more than five years. The solar tempest is expected to intensify aurora displays (also known as the northern and southern lights) on Earth, according to space weather scientist Joseph Kunches, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). One of the big sun flares unleashed a cloud of solar...