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Eye Candy for Today: Edmund Kanoldt pencil drawing

View of Benevento, Edmund Kanoldt On Google Art Project. Downloadable high-res file on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Getty Museum. A beautifully complete, but still economical, graphite drawing by the 19th century German landscape artist. I love the way he has handled the tone and textural variation in the distance, middle ground and foreground […]

Turkmenistan Is Finally Putting the 'Ruhnama' Behind Them

Photo via Wikimedia Commons Earlier this month, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan declared that universities in his nation would no longer test applicants on their knowledge of the Ruhnama. Most of the world ignored...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: N.C. Wyeth illustration

The Passing of Robin Hood, N.C. Wyeth On Wikimedia Commons. If I’m reading the Brandywine River Museum’s N.C. Wyeth Catalogue Raisonné correctly, the original is in the New York Public Library. The illustration is from The Adventures of Robin Hood by Paul Cheswick and N.C. Wyeth. The full edition can be found used; but you […]

Gridlock on Capitol Hill Over Immigration Plan Surprises Precisely No One

last weekNews : Truthdig

Wikimedia Commons So there’s this plan circulating in Congress, hatched by Senate Democrats, that would call for some $2.7 billion to attempt to deal with one pressing aspect of the immigration quandary: what to do about the growing ranks of migrant children crossing the U.S. Show More Summary

Twisted Conflict Spectatorship In Israel and Palestine

A recent Israeli attack on Gaza. Photo via Wikimedia Commons Israelis on a hilltop overlooking Gaza cheered as missiles flashed before them on Thursday. “It is an astonishing, macabre, and awful thing, really, to watch this display of...Show More Summary

Burgenland's 'Stonehenge' discovery

Reconstruction of circular ditches at Heldenberg, Lower Austria. Photo: Wikimedia Commons In a sensational find for Austrian archaeologists, aerial photographs taken two years ago on the southern outskirts of the Burgenland town of Rechnitz have revealed the existence of circular trenches dating back to the Neolithic Period. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Constance Marie Charpentier’s Melancholy

Melancholy, Constance Marie Charpentier On Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France. Charpentier is another of those fine French painters from the 18th and 19th centuries about whom we know little, likely because they were female — even though Charpentier won gold and silver medals in the Pais Salons of 1814 […]

The Dark Side Of Life As A Street Magician

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(Image Via Wikimedia Commons) Ever since Criss Angel hit the street magic scene, in his bedhead, bedazzled shirts and mascara, people have begun to see street magicians as less edge and more Hollywood. But the life of street magician isn’t all rhinestones and flash, and to survive the streets you need more than sleight of hand and a deck of cards. Show More Summary

From Nazi Germany to Middletown: ratcheting up the war on racism

Licensed under public domain via Wikimedia Commons Ruth Benedict (1887-1948), much more than Franz Boas, would define the aims of Boasian anthropology for postwar America. When Franz Boas died in 1942, the leadership of his school of anthropology passed to Ruth Benedict and not to Margaret Mead. Show More Summary

Chelsea Manning to begin gender treatments in military custody

Photo of Pvt. Chelsea Manning that was released to the public after it was submitted as evidence in court proceedings. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency via Wikimedia Commons WASHINGTON — National...Show More Summary

No, less disclosure will not reduce dark money

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons Here's a wacky idea: If you want to reduce the amount of money in politics, and in particular "dark money," make disclosures less frequent. So argues Lindsay Mark Lewis, the executive director of the Progressive...Show More Summary

Tales from the Interview: A Little of Everything

"Chinese buffet2". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Assembler. C. C++. C#. PHP. Javascript. Bash. Perl. Ruby. Java. These were just some of the technologies featured on the resume of a candidate Christian recently interviewed for a senior Linux sysadmin position. Show More Summary

Outdoors Week 2014: Here's What Happens When Starchitects Design Parks

Photo via Wikimedia Commons When commissions for public parks are given to high-profile architects, often the end result is a park that thinks it's a building, or a building that thinks it's a park. But that doesn't mean that avant-garde...

NBA Journalists Are Everything Mainstream Journalists Aren’t

David Aldridge interviewing Gregg Popovich. Photo via Wikimedia Commons In a recent conversation on Twitter about NBA free agency, Elias Isquith of Salon expressed amusement at the fact that mainstream NBA reporters turn into “totalShow More Summary

Swiss Lindt buys Russell Stover

A Russell Stovers box of milk chocolates. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Swiss chocolate giant Lindt & Spruengli agreed on a billion dollar deal to buy U.S. candy maker Russell Stover. The partnership makes Lindt the third largest chocolate...Show More Summary

This Week In Science: Photosynthesis Pics, Inconvenient Chickens, and Faraway Stars

Seven days; lots of science in the news. Here's our roundup of the week's most notable and quotable items. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons/Avenue Scientists captured the first microscopic images of photosynthesis in action, showing a clump of proteins called photosystem II splitting water molecules into electrons, protons, and oxygen. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Waterhouse’s Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott, John William Waterhouse Original is in the Tate, Britain. There is a high-resolution zoomable image on the Google Art Project, and a downloadable version of that file on Wikimedia Commons. I almost hesitated to feature this image; Waterhouse’s interpretation of the scene from Tennyson’s poem is so commonly reproduced, it’s almost […]

Virus kills 100,000 pigs and piglets each week, drives up pork prices

Since May of 2013, 100,000 piglets and young hogs have died each week at the hands of the lethal disease, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDv. Credit: Keith Weller via Wikimedia Commons. Since May of 2013, more than 100,000 piglets...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Jeanna Bauck’s portrait of Bertha Wegmann painting a portrait

The Danish Artist Bertha Wegmann Painting a Portrait, Jeanna Bauck On Google Art Project. High resolution downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Nationalmuseum Sweden. Swedish Artist Jeanna Bauck (about whom there is frustratingly little on the web) painted her friend, fellow artist and studio-mate Bertha Wegmann in the act of painting a […]

Can Science Find a Safe Replacement for Alcohol?

American painter George Bellows's lithograph 'The Drunk.' Photo via Wikimedia Commons There is a knot of pain just behind my right eye that throbs in time with my pulse. My eyes feel raw. My mouth is dry. Last night’s booze-induced heroics are a distant memory. Show More Summary

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