Lake Michigan is still frozen.  I took these yesterday 4-15-14 at Empire, MI.  It’s breathtaking!



André Kertész     Le chien concierge, Paris      1926


André Kertész     Le chien concierge, Paris      1926

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The Madeleine, Twilight ~ Edouard Cortes


The Madeleine, Twilight ~ Edouard Cortes


Motivational quotes


“We inhabit a deeply imagined world that exists alongside the real physical world. Even the crudest utterance, or the simplest, contains the fundamental poetry by which we live. This mind fabric, woven of images and illusions, shields us. In a sense, or rather, in all…

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A message produced by melodysheep worthy of your attention, for past, present and future generations…

"There’s a question that troubles us all from the time we are first able to think…and that is: where did we come from? And this question is so compelling, that we’ve invented the science of astronomy. We’ve discovered these natural laws so that we can learn more about our origin and where we came from. This is what drives us, this is what we want to know - let’s keep looking, let’s keep searching! We have come to be because of the universe’s existence, and we are driven to pursue that - to find out where we came from. The joy of discovery: that’s what drives us. And these questions are deep within us: where did we come from? What was before the Big Bang? To us, this is wonderful and charming and compelling, this is what makes us get up and go to work every day! You are - you and I - at least one of the ways that the universe knows itself. It fills me with joy to make discoveries every day, of things I’ve never seen before…to know that we can pursue these answers."

Bill Nye “The Science Guy" || February 2014


Digitization: A Bodleian / Vatican project — Interview with Malachi Beit-Arié

In 2012, the Bodleian Libraries and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library) began a joint landmark digitization project to open up their collections of ancient texts to the world. The digitized collections will be in three subject areas: Greek manuscripts, 15th-century printed books (incunabula) and Hebrew manuscripts and early printed books. These areas have been chosen for the strength of the collections in both libraries and their importance for scholarship in their respective fields. With approximately two-thirds of the material coming from the Vatican Library and the remainder from the Bodleian, the digitization effort will virtually unite materials that have been dispersed between the two collections for centuries. The project, will result in approximately 1.5 million pages being made available in digital format.

Find out more about the project and gain behind-the-scenes insight from those involved in our video series.

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january 27 is holocaust remembrance day. it was on this day in 1945 that the soviet army liberated auschwitz concentration camp. it is estimated that at least 1.3 million people were deported to auschwitz between 1940 and 1945. of these, a minimum of 1.1 million were murdered.

it’s worth noting that the u.s. state department knew about the genocide as early as 1942, but actively sought to suppress its public knowledge. also of note, the war department declined to bomb the extermination facilities and the railway lines leading to auschwitz because it was deemed “too far a flight”, even though u.s. bombers flew directly over the camp to bomb oil factories only 5km away.

in 1955, an exhibition at the camp opened to the public, displaying such things as prisoner mug shots; hair (of which almost eight tonnes was found by the red army) and shoes taken from murdered prisoners; and canisters of zyklon b pellets used for gassing.

the sign seen at the gates of base camp reads arbeit macht frei, or “work makes you free”. built by prisoner-labourers, there is speculation the upside down ‘B’ was done on purpose as a signal to new arrivals about what was actually happening behind the facility’s gates.

to learn more, see “auschwitz: the nazis and ‘the final solution" (bbc, 2005), "escape from auschwitz" (secrets of the dead, 2011), "america and the holocaust: deceit and indifference" (american experience, 1994) (william j vanden heuvel’s response), and “god on trial" (masterpiece, 2008). photos by bruno tamiozzo

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