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  • Marriott hotels placing envelopes in rooms to guilt guests into leaving gratuity

    09/15/2014 10:19:02 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 175 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 September 2014 | By Associated Press
    Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. The campaign, called 'The Envelope Please,' begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels. The name of the person who cleans the room will be written on the envelope along with a message: 'Our caring room attendants enjoyed making your stay warm and comfortable....
  • Archaeologists find 'lost' medieval village... [Scotland]

    05/01/2014 12:13:06 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    Culture24 ^ | 28 April 2014 | Ben Miller
    German and Dutch pots, jugs and mugs, coins including an American cent, spindles, a sheep skull and horse teeth have been found by archaeologists digging in the Scottish Borders, where doors integrated into walls have revealed a “lost” Medieval village of families, farmyards and hearths. Between Edinburgh and the Northumberland National Park, the outskirts of Selkirk have previously been associated with the Battle of Philiphaugh, a 1645 victory for the Scottish Covenanter Army against their under-strength Royalist enemies... A pipeline-laying project by Scottish Water, though, has found stone brick structures including two pivot stones, used as hinges for doors between...
  • Medieval Graffiti in English Churches – The Case of John Lydgate, O.S.B.

    04/30/2014 6:42:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts ^ | 4/2/14 | Deacon Paul O. Iacono
    A fascinating series of articles came to my attention today by Tatjana Jovanovic, a top contributor of a Linkedin group called Medieval and Renaissance Art, Antiques, Architecture, Archaeology, History and Music. Her article is entitled “Medieval Banksy: Confession of Medieval Graffiti Artist, Monk, and Writer.”Ms. Jovanovic is an aesthetician and artistic designer. She basis her article on two pieces that appeared in the US edition of The Guardian/The Observer. The first by Matt Champion provides a gallery of 13th and 14th century graffiti that is being collected by a British association known as the Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey second...
  • Preserving the Mary Rose

    03/28/2014 1:01:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 March 2014 | Jon Evans
    The Tudor battleship has been stabilised and is now on display in a new museum. Jon Evans explores the chemistry stopping those timbers shivering To avoid potentially damaging shrinkage, the hull was sprayed with water for about 12 years, then with PEG for 19 years © Peter Phipp / / Alamy In many ways, the sea has not been particularly kind to the Mary Rose, the flagship of Henry VIII’s navy when it faced an invading French fleet at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour in July 1545. For a start, it engulfed the ship, with the loss of over 350...
  • ...Map of Europe 1000 AD to present with timeline [Borders Animated 1140-2011 in 3 minutes]

    03/17/2014 5:43:33 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 39 replies
    ...Since I didn't know how this video was made, I assumed that the timeline was linear and based the time calibration on Napoleon's Campaigns (apogee in 1812 at 02:33) and Hitler's invasion of Poland (1939 at 03:04).
  • Why Do 16th-Century Manuscripts Show Cats With Flaming Backpacks?

    03/16/2014 6:29:43 AM PDT · by Renfield · 41 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 3-10-2014 | Brad Scriber
    A series of 16th-century manuscripts that have been making waves on the Internet look like a Monty Python version of the Renaissance: They show cats outfitted with flaming backpacks, attacking castles and villages. But the illustrations are legit. They're intended to show how cats and birds could in theory be used to set fire to a besieged city, according to a University of Pennsylvania scholar. Mitch Fraas, scholar in residence at the University of Pennsylvania—the university digitized the manuscripts last year—says that the drawings are from artillery manuals and are accompanied by notes explaining how to use animals as incendiary...
  • Leonardo da Vinci painting lost for centuries found in Swiss bank vault

    10/04/2013 1:28:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3:32PM BST 04 Oct 2013 | Nick Squires By Nick Squires, Rome
    It was lost for so long that it had assumed mythical status for art historians. Some doubted whether it even existed. But a 500-year-old mystery was apparently solved today after a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci was discovered in a Swiss bank vault. The painting, which depicts Isabella d’Este, a Renaissance noblewoman, was found in a private collection of 400 works kept in a Swiss bank by an Italian family who asked not to be identified. It appears to be a completed, painted version of a pencil sketch drawn by Leonardo da Vinci in Mantua in the Lombardy region...
  • Did the Medieval Catholic Church Have a Female Pope?

    03/17/2013 5:55:14 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 14, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    The election of Pope Francis as the 266th bishop of Rome held many milestones. Francis is the first Latin American pope in history and the first non-European pontiff in about 1,200 years. However, some have claimed that a Medieval pope might have reached a milestone considered impossible given the standards and rules of Vatican City for ordained clergy. Legend has it that in the ninth century the Roman Catholic Church was ruled briefly by a "Pope Joan," who disguised herself as a man, rising through the ranks of the male-dominated hierarchy. Many have hailed the legend as true, with two...
  • How To Restore the West

    01/02/2013 12:13:36 PM PST · by Little Ray · 21 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | Monday, December 31, 2012 | Ron Holland
    By any political, cultural or economic measure the nations of the West are in total decline. The historic virtues of hard work, free-market thinking and a common cultural integrity as well as religious and historical principles are gone. They have been subverted and replaced by an emphasis on rampant materialism and a consumer driven society that exceeds 70 percent of GNP in addition to private and public debt. Furthermore, a kind of parasitism has laid claim to Western culture by which sports stars, politicians, media darlings and financial scam artists get recognition and exorbitant incomes while real workers find their...
  • Columbus debunker sets sights on Leonardo da Vinci

    07/28/2008 6:04:40 PM PDT · by decimon · 34 replies · 88+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 28, 2008 | Tim Castle
    LONDON (Reuters) - Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of machines are uncannily similar to Chinese originals and were undoubtedly derived from them, a British amateur historian says in a newly-published book. Gavin Menzies sparked headlines across the globe in 2002 with the claim that Chinese sailors reached America 70 years before Christopher Columbus. Now he says a Chinese fleet brought encyclopedias of technology undiscovered by the West to Italy in 1434, laying the foundation for the engineering marvels such as flying machines later drawn by Italian polymath Leonardo.
  • Caravaggio Discovery: to Find 100 New Works Is Simply Astonishing

    07/05/2012 6:41:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05 Jul 2012 | Mark Hudson
    Telegraph critic Mark Hudson wonders at the possible discovery of 100 Caravaggio works in Italy and says if confirmed it could throw fresh light on the artist's reputationThe prospect of a hundred newly discovered works by any great artist of the past is little short of astonishing. The entire oeuvres of several of great figures – Vermeer and Giorgione for example – barely gets into double figures. When you think that 200 works is a pretty respectable total for the average, world-changing old master, then the prospect of an extra hundred constitutes a massive increase, that is likely to significantly...
  • Michele Bachmann is worried about the Renaissance (Multicolored Barf With Projectiles Alert)

    08/14/2011 1:41:41 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 44 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/9/11 | Too ashamed to sign their name
    It's the Renaissance, stupid. The economy is not what ails us today. No, what ails Americans is what Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and their artistic spawn have wrought in the culture, starting 500 years ago. The Renaissance has dragged us all down. Tea party queen and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is convinced that America is sinking into tyranny. Why? In a remarkable profile of the candidate appearing in the Aug. 15 issue of the New Yorker magazine, the artistic flowering of the Italian Renaissance takes a beating for having done away with the god-fearing Dark Ages. Bachmann "belongs to...
  • 49% See Romney As Qualified to Be President, Less Confident of Other GOP Candidates

    06/06/2011 10:21:51 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 68 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 6, 2011 | Scott Rasmussen
    Mitt Romney is the only Republican 2012 hopeful that a sizable number of voters considers qualified to be president. Sarah Palin is the one they view as least qualified, but, at this early stage, many voters are still in the dark about all the possible candidates. However, voters feel strongest that Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, is not qualified. Twenty-three percent (23%) say the former Alaska governor is qualified to serve as the nation’s chief executive, but 63% say she is not qualified. Palin is the best-known of the Republicans with just 15% undecided about her.
  • Church Bones 'Belong to Caravaggio', Researchers Say

    06/16/2010 3:43:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 262+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 16 June 2010
    Human remains found in a church in Tuscany almost certainly belong to Renaissance artist Caravaggio, Italian researchers said. The team said they were 85% sure that the set of bones of a man who died in about 1610, aged between 38 and 40, were that of the painter. The remains had been kept in an ossuary in a church crypt in Porto Ercole, after reportedly being exhumed in 1956. Caravaggio was known for his "chiaroscuro" painting technique. The method, in which light and shadow are sharply contrasted, revolutionised painting. Mystery The researchers, from four Italian universities, said they believed Michelangelo...
  • How the Renaissance Led to the Reformation

    06/13/2010 7:30:19 AM PDT · by FredJake · 13 replies · 304+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 6/13/10 | Chuck Wolk
    (my disclaimer)I do not wish to diminish the contributions of any of the many individuals or events that will be left out of my articles, but in order to be as concise as possible I will inevitably fail to give proper credit to the accomplishments some. I have settled upon the following six areas to cover which I put in five parts. Follow any link to read other parts. Part I -------- An Introduction and Overview of the Renaissance (Just part I is posted, follow the links to read the other four parts) Part II ------- Political and Social...
  • How the Renaissance Led to the Reformation (Part V)

    06/09/2010 11:10:26 AM PDT · by OneVike · 9 replies · 55+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 6/9/10 | Chuck Wolk
    (This is the fifth and final installment of a five part series on the Protestant Reformation) Part I ------ An Introduction and Overview of the RenaissancePart II ----- Political and Social ChangesPart III ---- LiteraturePart IV ---- Art, Inventions & ExplorationsPart V ----- Conclusion Conclusion The definition of the word Renaissance is "rebirth" and while it is true that the era was highlighted by man's awakening from a spell of stagnation known as the Dark Ages, the Renaissance helped give men the will that was needed to stand up to the church. It seems quite interesting that, prior to the...
  • How the Renaissance Led to the Reformation (Part IV)

    06/09/2010 11:00:51 AM PDT · by OneVike · 11 replies · 33+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 6/9/10 | Chuck Wolk
    (This is the fourth installment of a five part series on the Protestant Reformation) Part I ------ An Introduction and Overview of the RenaissancePart II ----- Political and Social ChangesPart III ---- LiteraturePart IV ---- Art, Inventions & ExplorationsPart V ----- Conclusion Art, Inventions, and Explorations Art It has been said that if a work of art dwells upon beauty, it will inspire the viewer to make that beauty a part of his life and their outlook on the world. In this sense the art of the Renaissance Age gave men a reason to reflect upon their place in the...
  • How the Renaissance Led to the Reformation (Part III)

    06/09/2010 10:55:44 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies · 26+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 6/9/10 | Chuck Wolk
    (This is the third installment of a five part series on the Protestant Reformation) Part I ------ An Introduction and Overview of the RenaissancePart II ----- Political and Social ChangesPart III ---- LiteraturePart IV ---- Art, Inventions & ExplorationsPart V ----- Conclusion Literature Any discussion about literature of the Renaissance Age must include the Council of Ferrara. In 1439 a large delegation from the Eastern Church held discussions with the Western Church over the doctrinal differences of Christendom. While every agreement made at this council was eventually disregarded, the effect that it had on literature was profound and since the...
  • How the Renaissance Led to the Reformation (Part II)

    06/09/2010 10:50:31 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies · 22+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 6/9/10 | Chuck Wolk
    (This is the second installment of a five part series on the Protestant Reformation) Part I ------ An Introduction and Overview of the RenaissancePart II ----- Political and Social ChangesPart III ---- LiteraturePart IV ---- Art, Inventions & ExplorationsPart V ----- Conclusion Political and Social Changes The Western European feudal system that was begun by the first Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne would eventually morph into a system that was quite different from other feudal systems around the world. Throughout most of the dark ages, the powers of the Church and state co-existed with constant tension between the two. This pluralistic...
  • How the Renaissance Led to the Reformation (Part I)

    06/09/2010 10:45:09 AM PDT · by OneVike · 20 replies · 40+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 6/9/10 | Chuck Wolk
    (This is the first installment of a five part series on the Protestant Reformation) I am presenting you the first part in a series of five articles about the great Protestant Reformation. In this series I will present various historical aspects I believe worked together to create the atmosphere needed for the Reformation to take place. I do not mean to diminish the contributions of any of the many individuals or events that will be left out of my series, but in order to be as concise as possible I will inevitably fail to give proper credit to some. I...
  • Now there's a website for Renaissance Faires.

    05/06/2010 4:11:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 682+ views
    For those of you who enjoy them. Interesting articles, history, details of fairs & festivals, etc...
  • What does Christianity all mean? Renaissance Italy offers an idea!

    04/23/2010 12:41:55 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 8 replies · 270+ views
    04/23/2010 | WesternCulture
    Pico della Mirandola was a thinker who lived in 15th century Florence. The notion of the world he nurtured was somewhat differing to the one we favor today. Not to speak of the ideas of the unforgiving clerics of that time. Despite this, Pico della Mirandola's ideas on the image of man are relevant. This is how educated inhabitants of Renaissance Florence interpreted God's one and only message to man: ``We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select,...
  • A Renaissance , Not a Revolution - Bringing Morality back to America

    07/24/2009 7:15:07 PM PDT · by AuntB · 10 replies · 1,388+ views
    TownCrierNews ^ | July 24, 2009 | TheTownCrier
    renaissance n. A rebirth or revival It’s amazing what goes on in the middle of the night when most of us are sound asleep. After a unfortunate encounter with a Brown Recluse Spider crawling over my bed, and my misguided attempts to kill it with a slipper and then chemicals, I had to abandon my bedroom. So I turned on the radio, unable to get but 3 stations, 2 of them in Spanish, and Coast to Coast Am. I ordinarily don’t listen to conspiracy theories and worries of boogymen I can do nothing about, because as our patriot friend, Terry...
  • About Iran, democracy, Islam, Christianity and ourselves

    06/26/2009 3:01:12 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 23 replies · 618+ views
    06/26/2009 | WesternCulture
    Islam is, undeniably, a major source of inspiration for terrorism, oppression and barbarism. Many would even say the very nature of Islam is nothing but sheer evil and among these gainsayers of Islam we find plenty of well educated and highly literate individuals. Personally speaking, I can't say that I've grown more tolerant of Islam the more educated I've become. But could Muslim nations that today are run by advocates of pure evil eventually be transformed into well functioning democracies? Will Iran ever become a true democracy? Will Iraq? Will Saudi Arabia? - Or will Islam hinder such a development?...
  • Why are there so few Muslim Nobel laureates

    12/27/2008 1:47:44 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 37 replies · 1,979+ views
    12/27/2008 | WesternCulture
    - And so many Christian ones? The institution of the Nobel Prize is one of the few things that's just as big outside Scandinavia as it is within the old land of the Vikings. (There will probably never be a McLutefisk, I guess..) In similarity with most members of this forum, I don't think people like Al Gore belong in the company of (other Nobel laureates) like Einstein, Fermi, Wałęsa, Hemingway, Marconi, Bohr, and Churchill. The older and wiser I have become, the more I've realized we Europeans often look up to the wrong kind of Americans (- but we...
  • Could the Western World of today develop anything resembling a new renaissance?

    08/22/2008 9:38:37 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 47 replies · 299+ views
    08/22/2008 | WesternCulture
    - YES! To begin with, let's try and fully understand what Renaissance Florence actually has accomplished, apart from making tourists feel like this: "I was in a sort of ecstasy, from the idea of being in Florence, close to the great men whose tombs I had seen. Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty ... I reached the point where one encounters celestial sensations ... Everything spoke so vividly to my soul. Ah, if I could only forget. I had palpitations of the heart, what in Berlin they call 'nerves.' Life was drained from me. I walked with the fear...
  • Vanity: What are Secret Service names for McCain and Obama?

    08/07/2008 10:27:21 AM PDT · by llevrok · 101 replies · 355+ views
    8/7/08 | me
    I don't recall the names our Secret Service have given the two main political candidates.Ronald Reagan was "Rawhide". John Edwards was the "Breck Girl"Who are the 2008 Candidates?(suggestions accepted)
  • ‘Renaissance Couldn’t Have Happened Without Muslim Input’

    01/15/2008 5:15:30 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 100 replies · 805+ views
    Arab News ^ | 15 January 2008 | Hassna’a Mokhtar
    JEDDAH, 15 January 2008 — The history of science and civilization, as taught by many institutions in the West, often fails to include more than 1,000 years of Islamic heritage and civilization, according to Dr. Salim Al-Hassani of the UK-based Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilization. “The Renaissance couldn’t have happened out of nothing,” said Al-Hassani while speaking at Dar Al-Hekma College here yesterday. “In the West, there’s total ignorance of the contributions of other civilizations. Did modern civilization really rise from nothing?” Al-Hassani explained how many Western discoveries are of Muslim origin. There was a lost age of Muslim...
  • Researchers exhume 2 Renaissance writers

    07/27/2007 7:55:14 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 8 replies · 296+ views
    Yahoo News Page ^ | 27 July 2007 | Anon
    MILAN, Italy - Scientists have exhumed the Renaissance-era remains of two intellectuals who belonged to Florence's powerful Medici family court, in an effort to learn more about their lives and deaths. The 15th century remains of humanist philosopher Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and writer Angelo Ambrogini — better known as Poliziano — were exhumed Thursday from Florence's St. Mark's Basilica. The men, who were possibly lovers, each died in 1494, and the exact cause of their deaths is unknown. "Bodies are an archive of information surrounding the life and death of a person. With today's technology, we can clear up...
  • Study Reveals Why Blue Frescoes Fade

    10/17/2006 2:04:35 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 809+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | 10-16-2006 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Study Reveals Why Blue Frescoes Fade Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery NewsKeeping Blue Bright Oct. 13, 2006 — Medieval and Renaissance Madonnas will no longer risk their vibrant blue mantels turning into yellowish grey robes, according to U.S. researchers who have discovered why natural ultramarine blue sometimes fades in frescoes. Known as "ultramarine sickness," the irreversible form of discoloration has been observed in frescoes at the Church of Saint Augustine in San Gimigniano, near Siena, and in the Basilica of Assisi. "Our studies explain for the first time the process of fading in ultramarines and may lead to the design of proper...
  • Nuclear renaissance prompts uranium boom

    09/16/2006 2:09:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 532+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/16/06 | Paul Foy - ap
    TICABOO, Utah - The last U.S. uranium mill ever built, in this parched landscape near Lake Powell, shut down almost as quickly as it started operating as nuclear power fell into disfavor about two decades ago. Keith Larsen, chief executive for U.S. Energy Corp., picked up the mill 10 years later for practically nothing, banking it for better days. His patience paid off, making Larsen's company one of the few already taking profits out of a new uranium boom. Larsen's mothballed mill, once a liability, became a $90 million asset with mining claims — the deal he made to sell...
  • Iraqis See Infrastructure Renaissance With U.S. Help

    07/10/2006 5:29:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 376+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 10, 2006 – American know-how and dollars are revitalizing a decrepit Iraqi infrastructure that had withered under Saddam Hussein's rule, a senior U.S. military officer said in Baghdad today. The United States has contributed almost $22 billion earmarked for some 3,700 planned infrastructure-renewal projects across Iraq, Army Maj. Gen. William H. McCoy Jr. told reporters in Baghdad. More than 3,400 of those projects have been started, McCoy said, and 2,700 have been completed. This good-news story highlights "some of the positive things that are happening in Iraq," said McCoy, commander of the Gulf Region Division of the U.S....
  • Renaissance Faire

    05/13/2006 7:41:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 55 replies · 1,426+ views
    Silver Leaf Renaissance Faire ^ | Weekends, July 8 through August 6, 2006 | various
    Silver Leaf Renaissance Faire is excited to announce its partnership with the Calhoun County Parks system and Emmett Township to produce the 15th season of Silver Leaf Renaissance Faire at Kimball Pines Park... With a permanent home for the event, SLRF Productions is looking forward to creating new relationships in Calhoun County and Emmett Township while maintaining solid ties with its current Kalamazoo County suppliers. The faire and park have entered into a 30-year lease allowing the production company to develop its area of the park and plans are in the works to produce several events year round.
  • On history's cutting edge (Dave Barry)

    04/02/2006 9:05:25 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 560+ views
    Maimi Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    On history's cutting edge BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published on March 7, 1999.) I was surprised to learn that there are people in Miami who practice sword-fighting. I never thought of Miami as a sword kind of town. Down here, we like to brandish our weapons at other motorists from inside our cars, which would be risky with a sword: FIRST MOTORIST (honking): Watch where you're going! SECOND MOTORIST: Oh YEAH? (He brandishes his sword.) FIRST MOTORIST (fleeing): Yikes! SECOND MOTORIST: I showed him! (To his children in the back seat:) Kids, could you...
  • Hillary Clinton: Renaissance Woman!

    02/25/2006 10:52:18 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 25 replies · 1,141+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 2/25/06 | Gabriel Garnica
    The sight of Sasha Cohen twirling on Olympic ice reminds me of the stunning victory of Sarah Hughes four years ago. My daughter was crazy about Hughes, and she begged us to attend her hometown victory parade on a cold, windy Sunday afternoon just after that gold medal performance. As we stood at the curb watching the parade and cars crawl by, we suddenly caught sight of Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton approaching in separate cars and waving to the crowd. I remember thinking that these two were acting as if they were the ones who had won that gold...
  • Art Appreciation/Education series II class #3: Art of the Renaissance

    11/24/2005 9:48:40 AM PST · by Republicanprofessor · 22 replies · 110,823+ views
    11/24/05 | republicanprofessor
    In this third “class” of this second Art Appreciation series, we’ll examine the various styles of the Renaissance. The Renaissance in Italy is the most varied and the most famous, but there is also a Renaissance in northern Europe, with the works of Bosch, Durer and Brueghel. (If you want to see the other lectures of this series to which I refer here, check on my name below to get to my homepage for clickable links to those very lectures.) Renaissance means “rebirth” of classical Greek and Roman realism, grace, and dignity. If you remember back to lesson two of...
  • Painted pearl unlocks secret of Raphael's love

    06/19/2005 1:18:03 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 40 replies · 1,238+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/17/05 | Clara Ferreira-Marques
    MILAN (Reuters) - The tiny pearl brooch seems an innocuous detail in Raphael's enigmatic "Fornarina" portrait, but for one group of historians it unlocks a scandalous love affair kept secret for centuries. According to new research published in May, the pearl, pinned onto an elaborate turban, is part of a web of allusions to the Renaissance artist's clandestine marriage to the beautiful sitter, a baker's daughter -- despite a very public engagement to the niece of a powerful Vatican cardinal. Officially, Raphael died a bachelor at 37. "It was an impossible love affair," says Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz, editor of specialist...
  • Look who's shaking things up now!-(conservative renaissance happening;we're the "progressives!"))

    06/13/2005 4:55:51 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 683+ views
    When President Bush addressed the Class of '05 at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, he challenged them to be "champions of change," to cut through "established ways of thinking." Think outside the box and be innovative, he told them: "Pursue possibilities others tell you do not exist." He accompanied the challenge with a warning. "The opponents of change are many, and its champions are few, but the champions of change are the ones who make history. Be champions, and you will make America safer for your children and your grandchildren, and you'll add to the character of our nation."...
  • A Million Bucks; What Do I Have To Show For It?

    05/03/2005 12:39:32 PM PDT · by Reaganghost · 120 replies · 3,008+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 5/03/2005 | Reaganghost
    A Million Bucks; and What Do I Have to Show For It?    I have meticulously tracked my finances in Quicken ever since I got my first computer in 1995. A few days ago, I shared my recent telephone bill experience with the members of FreeRepublic. This article provides a more in depth review of taxes circa the United States, 1995- 2004.     The table below summarizes my experience, but a few explanations are helpful. As a retiree for the entire period, I have not had any debt for more than twenty years, so debt service is not part of this...
  • Governor has state Republicans revved up - Schwarzenegger says GOP going through 'renaissance'

    02/14/2005 10:09:11 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 639+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 2/14/05 | John Marelius
    SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger jubilantly proclaimed the dawn of a "Republican renaissance" as an uncommonly unified California Republican Party spent the weekend planning for upcoming political battles with a confidence unseen for more than a decade. "I think that the Republican Party now in California is going through a Republican renaissance," Schwarzenegger told the opening of the three-day state party convention here Friday night. "The Republican Party is coming back really big." But whether the newfound spring in Republicans' step owes simply to the popular celebrity governor's remarkable ascension to the pinnacle of California political power or whether the...
  • From cathedral to computer, obscure Renaissance music

    10/01/2004 8:12:57 AM PDT · by CatherineSiena · 24 replies · 2,442+ views
    Philadelphia Enquirer ^ | Sep. 30, 2004 | David Patrick Stearns
    PRINCETON - While great cathedrals survive majestically from the 15th century into the 21st, most of the music heard within them has slept in libraries, and would continue to do so unless kissed back to life by an unlikely mechanical prince: a MIDI synthesizer. Hear it happen on your PC. First, call up . The amber-colored Web pages list 15th-century composers almost never sung or even mentioned, such as Gaspar van Weerbeke or Johannes Martini. Click the red ball to the left, and warm blankets of choral sound arrive in remarkably lifelike, computer-generated voices, weaving around one another with...
  • 'Michael Moore Hates America' -- reviewed.

    09/13/2004 8:10:10 PM PDT · by mehster · 24 replies · 1,507+ views
    moorewatch forums ^ | 09/13/04 | meh
    what's going on everybody. i live in grand prairie, tx... inbetween dallas and fort worth, south of irving, and east of arlington... just a point of reference. i drove the 20, or so, minute drive to the addison studio movie grill in prestonwood, tx. it's northeast of where i live. it was my girlfriend sara and i. here's a pic of her, if anyone cares. so, anyway, we arrived about an hour early. the showing was at 7:30 pm, and the website said to arrive 30 minutes early, but there was a cowboy game (vs. vikings) that night, so i...
  • The Meaning of Michelangelo's "David"

    09/07/2004 7:00:47 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 233 replies · 14,197+ views
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | September 5, 2004 | Lee Sanstead
    This September 8 marks the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo’s “David,” one of art-history’s greatest masterpieces. Crowds of visitors have been drawn to Florence to experience this magnificent sculpture over the past 500 years--and they continue to visit in record numbers. Why does a work of art created half a millennium ago possess such a timeless, universal appeal? What meaning does this 500-year-old sculpture hold for modern-day man? To answer these questions, consider the significance of Michelangelo’s “David” to the Renaissance Florentines who first revered it. During the 1000 years preceding the Renaissance, the West had been mired in the medieval...
  • Laocoön and His Son

    08/28/2004 4:07:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 821+ views
    Vatican Museums ^ | circa 2000 | Mary Ann Sullivan
    One of the major discoveries of the Italian Renaissance, this sculptural grouping was found in Rome in 1506 in the ruins of Titus' palace. It depicts an event in Vergil's Aeneid (Book 2). The Trojan priest Laocoön was strangled by sea snakes, sent by the gods who favored the Greeks, while he was sacrificing at the altar of Neptune. Because Laocoön had tried to warn the Trojan citizens of the danger of bringing in the wooden horse, he incurred the wrath of the gods.
  • New Renaissance Music Found In Painting

    03/16/2004 6:20:33 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 238+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 3-16-2004 | Rossella Lorenzi
    New Renaissance Music Found in Painting By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News The Filippino Painting Detail March 16, 2004 — A Renaissance masterpiece has unveiled startling evidence of what may have been one of the first forms of a multimedia representation, it emerged recently at an art exhibit in Florence. Running until July 11 at Palazzo Strozzi in central Florence, Italy, the show "Botticelli and Filippino: grace and passion in 15th century Florentine painting" displays a little-seen work by Filippino Lippi: "Madonna and Child with Singing Angels." Scholars had long thought that the angels were holding a scroll on which the...

    03/12/2004 10:48:25 PM PST · by Nix 2 · 8 replies · 126+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 12, 2004 | Ralph Peters
    <p>It happened on the 21/2-year anniversary of the attacks on Manhattan and Washington - 30 months to the day. The symbolism was intentional.</p> <p>The facts are still coming in. The Spanish government initially blamed the ETA, a Basque separatist organization with minimal popular support and a maximum will to violence. But evidence of al Qaeda links - including a letter claiming responsibility - soon surfaced.</p>

    01/25/2004 6:22:46 AM PST · by drakeraft · 4 replies · 276+ views
    1. HOW THE WWW IS ENABLING THE CONSERVATIVE LITERARY REVOLUTION: by Elliot McGucken The WWW is allowing us to liberate literature from the liberals' vise-like death grip by fostering a free marketplace of ideas where only words that mean things will survive. Only by entertaining and exalting the peoples' spirits, echoing their beliefs and ideals, does literature exist. When it is used as a political prop, "literature" withers into bureaucracy, which is of course the way the liberals want it. The citizens' role in the liberal literary arena is not to be entertained and exalted by the literature, but it...
  • The Jolly Roger: Navigating An American Renaissance

    01/25/2004 4:30:13 AM PST · by drakeraft · 9 replies · 974+ views
    In an era where cool has been commodified and postmodernism has triumphed in the literary, cultural, and financial arenas, where inherent worth is oft dismissed and new-age hype rules the day, has stuck by the guns of fundamental principle. She has sailed steadily along her foreordained course, signing aboard loyal crew members one by one, firing broadsides from the Western Canon to defend the embattled Great Books, and laying the foundations of the world’s classical portal with the most valuable kind of seed capital—heartfelt poetry. In the postmodern culture’s pervasive gray, it’s often difficult to perceive the Permanent Things;...

    01/19/2004 6:16:59 AM PST · by drakeraft · 6 replies · 1,115+ views
    1. Liberals detest the Truth so much that they will often refuse to make money off of it. It's a matter of principle. 2. The main problem with liberal solutions to liberal problems is that they cause more liberal problems which afford opportunities for more liberal solutions. 3. Venture Capitalists can't afford poetry. 4. Cynicism and irony are the liberals' faith, and to be accepted into their elite ranks, one must harbor lowered expectations in one's heart. One must believe that words shouldn't mean anything, one must believe that character is of no import in leaders nor novels, one...
  • Pearls of Wisdom From The Jolly Roger: Shivering Liberals' Timbers

    01/17/2004 8:21:31 AM PST · by drakeraft · 11 replies · 325+ views
    TWO HUNDRED AND SOMETHING PEARLS OF WISDOM FROM THE JOLLY ROGER'S TREASURE CHEST THE PIRATE PROPHETS STRIKE GOLD 1. If words don't mean anything, like how all the liberal-postmodern- administrator-instructors are always saying, then how come they never shut up? 2. Separation of the church and state does not mean the eradication of moral standards by the state. 3. The quickest way to a girl's heart is through her mind. 4. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, and knowledge of it shouldn't be. 5. Bureaucracy breeds mediocrity, and mediocrity returns the favor. 6. The only way to pass a...