"Some are based on Japanese mythology and culture, others are narratives based on players nicknames and some are created from popular sayings from the game of basketball."
Mad Max: Fury Road
Production Designer Colin Gibson impressive vehicles
Bill Paxton has stepped with ease from one memorable role (Aliens, Weird Science) to another (True Lies, Twister, Big Love).
When we talked with him in Sarasota, FL, we asked for his pick of 5 films that influenced his career.
1. Harold and Maude, 1971, directed by Hal Ashby
2. The Man Who Would Be King, 1975, directed by John Houston
3. Steamboat Bill, Jr., 1928, starring Buster Keaton
4. Midnight Cowboy, 1969, directed by John Schlesinger
5. 127 Hours, 2010, directed by Danny Boyle, starring James Franco
circa 425 BCE
The Western concept of history can trace much of its parentage to this book and this man.
It is however far from dry history of dates and locations.
“Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks”
Here are reports of exotic culture, the recounting of wars and attempts to understand the world which was largely a mystery to the Greeks at the time. Some of my favorite tidbits include the details on the Scythians, the Batte of Thermopylae and some of the oldest reports of India from an outsider.
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There is a blank period in my mind when it comes to northern Europe and England between the fall of Rome and the rise of the Vikings, eight hundred years later. Eight hundred years is a long time to know nothing about.
This is what reading this account of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes of Britain was great for.
Here is an excerpt:
"Such,' he said,'O King, seems to me the present life of men on earth, in comparison with that time which to us is uncertain, as if when on a winter's night you sit feasting with your ealdormen and thegnsö a single sparrow should fly swiftly into the hall, and coming in at one door, instantly fly out through another. In that time in which it is indoors it is indeed not touched by the fury of the winter, and yet, this smallest space of calmness being passed almost in a flash, from winter going into winter again, it is lost to your eyes. Somewhat like this appears the life of man; but of what follows or what went before, we are utterly ignorant.”
Myth, history, tales, stories of heroic people; Geoffrey of Monmouth, a bishop in Wales, chronicled the legends of Merlin, King Arthur, Brutus and the founding of Britain. His detailed histories have influenced all of the English writers than came after him in one way or another.
circa c.e. 1250
"The Prose Edda contains a wide variety of lore which a Skald (poet) of the time would need to know and contains consistent narratives of many of the plot lines of Norse mythology."
Much of the creation myth, as in this excerpt:"The sun knew not where she had housing;
The moon knew not what Might he had;
The stars knew not where stood their places.
Thus was it ere the earth was fashioned."
The Malleus Maleficarum, which translates as the Hammer of the Witches, was the standard medieval text on witchcraft up to the early modern period. The depiction of the evil of witches and how to eradicate them continue to contribute to our knowledge of early modern law, religion and society.
I personally have used its often incantatory and fantastic (in both senses of the word) language as prompts for poems (see my poem Witness for example).
"For there are three things in man: will, understanding, and body. The first is ruled by God (for, The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord); the second is enlightened by an Angel; and the body is governed by the motions of the stars."
FROM THE APOD Explanation: Our solar system's miasma of incandescent plasma, the Sun may look a little scary here. The picture is a composite of 25 images recorded in extreme ultraviolet light by the orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory between April 16, 2012 and April 15, 2013. The particular wavelength of light, 171 angstroms, shows emission from highly ionized iron atoms in the solar corona at a characteristic temperatures of about 600,000 kelvins (about 1 million degrees F). Girdling both sides of the equator during approach to maximum in the 11-year solar cycle, the solar active regions are laced with bright loops and arcs along magnetic field lines. Of course, a more familiar visible light view would show the bright active regions as groups of dark sunspots. Three years of Solar Dynamics Observatory images are compressed in the video:
Robert Götzfried is a favorite of ours here. His photos of metro stations, swimming pools and stadiums dazzled us with their geometry and composition. The set of photos from the abandoned Beelitz-Heilstätten Red Army Military Hospital are striking in their empathetic eye; capturing at the same moment both the pathos and the grotesque of these eery environs.
"Originally designed as a sanatorium by the Berlin workers' health insurance corporation, the complex from the beginning of World War I on was a military hospital of the Imperial German Army. During October and November 1916, Adolf Hitler recuperated at Beelitz-Heilstätten after being wounded in the leg at the Battle of the Somme.
In 1945, Beelitz-Heilstätten was occupied by Red Army forces, and the complex remained a Soviet military hospital until 1995, well after the German reunification. In December 1990 Erich Honecker was admitted to Beelitz-Heilstätten after being forced to resign as the head of the government.
Following the Soviet withdrawal, attempts were made to privatize the complex, but they were not entirely successful. Some sections of the hospital remain in operation as a neurological rehabilitation center and as a center for research and care for victims of Parkinsons disease. The remainder of the complex, including the surgery, the psychiatric ward, and a rifle range, was abandoned in 2000. As of 2007, none of the abandoned hospital buildings or the surrounding area were secured, giving the area the feel of a ghost town. This has made Beelitz-Heilstätten a destination for curious visitors and a film set for movies like The Pianist in 2002, the Rammstein music video Mein Herz brennt and Valkyrie in 2008."
This is a hat I designed. You can get one too.
It was $19.99, but now only $16.99
The artificial Abraham Lake in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies has become know, especially among photogs, for a rare phenomenon where bubbles get frozen right underneath its surface.
Photographer Fikret Onal says:
"The plants on the lake bed release methane gas and methane gets frozen once coming close enough to much colder lake surface and they keep stacking up below once the weather gets colder and colder during [the] winter season."
"Even though I've walked on a frozen lake before, Abraham Lake made me feel completely uneasy since the lake was not covered with snow." "Even though the icy surface was around 8-9 inches thick, it still scared the hell out of me, not only because of the fact that I could see all the cracks...and the darkness of the lake bottom through the glassy surface, but also [because of] the deep boomy, cracking sounds coming from underneath the lake's surface."
Architecture and design studio Hello Wood collaborated with the Palace of Arts (MÜPA) in Budapest to create this towering Christmas Tree made of 365 wooden sleds. After Christmas, the it will be dismantled and the sleds will be donated to kids living in the SOS Children’s Village homes in Hungary.