Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ten Reasons I Watched the Wedding (After I Swore I Wouldn’t)

 "I swore I wouldn’t, but here’s what happened. I found myself awake very early for no reason—one of those mornings that are probably God’s way of telling you you’re wasting your life—and thought I might as well get up and do some work. I turned my computer on for a quick look at the news sites. “Oh yes, the wedding,” I thought. “I suppose that’s all over by now.” But it wasn’t and, without my even having to click anything, the front page of the Telegraph site started streaming live footage at me…"
Posted by Leo Carey /The New Yorker/continue reading

Royal Wedding cartoons


Ancient Royal Horse Unearthed in Iran

 "Remains of the oldest known Caspian horse, otherwise referred to as the 'Kings' horse' due to its popularity among royals the world over, have been unearthed in northern Iran, according to CAIS. The more than 3,000-year-old remains were found at an Iranian site named Gohar-Tappeh. In ancient times, royals often chose Caspian horses to ride them into battle and/or to pull their chariots."
via Discovery News /continue reading


Photograph: Beth Cox
The Guardian


The Queen: trolling all the hats.



MC Escher’s Impossible Waterfall Is Not Impossible

via Gizmodo

Friday, April 29, 2011

Croatian Vacation



Not yet Princess, not yet.


Superman 'may end US citizenship', says Action Comics

 "'I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of US policy,' the character says in a story that sees him flying to a Tehran protest.

Adopted by an American family, Superman decides he is better-off serving the world.

Though he only talks about his plans to give up citizenship, the story has been criticised by commentators worldwide.

The superhero, originally from the fictional planet Krypton, does not clearly renounce his citizenship in the issue.

Action Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio said: 'Superman announces his intention to put a global focus on his never ending battle, but he remains, as always, committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville.'

The disputed story sees the hero standing silently at the protest, wanting to show demonstrators that they are not alone.

Superman's announcement comes after accusations from Iran's government that he has caused an international incident, in the nine-page story written by David Goyer.

''Truth, justice and the American way' - it's not enough anymore,' Superman says, 'The world is too small, too connected.'

This is not the first time a comic character has distanced himself from US policy.

In the 1970s, Marvel Comics' Captain America swapped his identity for that of the character Nomad at the time of the Watergate scandal."
BBC News 

The End Is Near



Proof that Men Remember

A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband is not in bed.

She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him.

She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of cocoa in front of him.

He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall.

She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his hot cocoa.

'What's the matter, dear?' she whispers as she steps into the room, 'Why are you down here at this time of night?'

The husband looks up from his cocoa, 'It's the 20th anniversary of the day we met.'

She can't believe he has remembered and starts to tear up.

The husband continues, 'Do you remember 20 years ago when we started dating?

I was 18 and you were only 16,' he says solemnly.

Once again, the wife is touched to tears thinking that her husband is so caring and sensitive…

‘Yes, I do' she replies.

The husband pauses, the words were not coming easily.

'Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?'

'Yes, I remember' said the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him.

The husband continued. 'Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my face and said, 'Either you marry my daughter or I will send you to prison for 20 years?'

'I remember that, too' she replied softly.

He wiped another tear from his cheek and said, 'I would have gotten out today.'

Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel gets first ever authorised release in China

 Photograph: Isabel Steva Hernandez (Colita)/Copyright Corbis

"A Chinese publisher is set to bring out the first ever authorised edition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude in Chinese, after winning an auction for the rights with a fee reported to be in excess of $1m (£600,000)."
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Cyanide & Happiness


How long can you survive on beer alone?

 "An Iowa man completed his Lent-long beer fast on Sunday, marking the occasion with a bacon smoothie. During the 46-day feat, J. Wilson consumed only beer and water, emulating a centuries-old tradition once practiced by the Paulaner monks of Munich, Germany. How long could a man survive on beer and water?"
By Jeremy Singer-Vine - Slate Magazine /read more

Girls vs. Guys



Marilyn Monroe 'spent last night alive with mafia boss'

 "Marilyn Monroe spent her last night alive with a mafia boss, according to the disclosures made by the star's hair and make-up artist before his death."
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Prince William and Kate Middleton kiss on balcony

Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a brief kiss in front of delighted crowds on the Buckingham Palace balcony after the royal wedding.
Video: Prince William and Kate Middleton kiss on balcony - Telegraph


Thursday, April 28, 2011

85-year-old granny from Croatia on her way to royal wedding in London

Marija Kirin (85) Danijel Soldo / CROPIX

The 85-year-old Marija Kirin would not miss William and Kate’s wedding for anything in the world.

The vibrant octogenarian arrived at Zagreb and is headed for London for the Royal nuptuals, bearing gifts.

The granny from Slavonski Brod (eastern Croatia) is bringing the pair two dolls dolled up in the traditional Slavonian dress.

„I am only afraid of the border control officials destroying my dolls looking for drugs, but the police told me I have nothing to fear as I have a letter from the roayl family as a proof that I’m going to the wedding," Kirin told the daily Jutarnji List.

She has one wish for the newlyweds – that they have 12 children, six girls and six boys so that "no one gets mad," the daily writes.
Croatian Times Online News 


“You want to make him interested in you? Then pretend to be embarrassed in his presence” Friedrich Nietzsche

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Wu Man: Tiny Desk Concert

"Nobody wields a pipa like Wu Man, the reigning virtuoso on the ancient four-stringed instrument. Almost single-handedly, she has raised awareness of the pipa — sometimes called the Chinese lute — in the West through her collaborations with a broad range of musicians, from Kronos Quartet and Philip Glass to the New York Philharmonic and Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.

Cradling her pipa, Wu Man holds 2,000 years of Chinese history in her hands. When her fingers start to fly, she can create scenes of cinematic grandeur or serene, moonlit moments.

Her first song, "Ambushed From All Sides" — also known as "Ambushed From Ten Sides" — tells the story of two warring armies in 202 BC. With the tune's violent strumming and percussive special effects, you can practically hear swords clash as troops advance.

"Night Thoughts," a reworking of a 9th-century Buddhist song with old-style tuning, is the complete opposite. Delicately, Wu Man plucks single notes, like applying graceful brushstrokes on a silk painting. She pulls strings over frets, bending the tones for maximum expression. This contemplative song appears on Wu Man's recent album, Immeasurable Light, on which she reconstructs ancient pipa melodies and mixes them with her own pieces. She says it took her years to figure out how to blend the two in a way "that would call up the ancient Chinese music spirits."

The closing number is a popular folk tune, "White Snow in Spring," which Wu Man says we might identify as "typical Chinese music." But nothing seems typical about her playing. Seated on the floor, just three feet from her, I marveled at the array of sounds she commands — from lovely rolling tremolos to metallic buzzes and bouncing harmonics. It all ends in a flurry of ecstatic strumming, like some ancient Chinese rock 'n' roll."


PS3's Dating Problems



Ditch Your Old Couch for Your Dog's Sake

 "Chemical flame retardants used to make pre-2004 furniture and other items have entered the blood stream of dogs, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

The chemicals, which have been linked to environmental and human health effects, are present in the blood of pet dogs at concentrations that are five to 10 times higher than amounts measured in people. Prior research also determined that flame retardants absorb into the bloodstream of cats."
via Discovery News/continue reading

Old German Shepherd

One day an old German Shepherd starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he's lost.

Wandering about, he notices a panther heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.

The old German Shepherd thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in deep doo-doo now!"

Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat.

Just as the panther is about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious panther! I wonder, if there are any more around here?"

Hearing this, the young panther halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees.

Whew!," says the panther, "That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!"

Meanwhile, a squirrel who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther. So, off he goes.

The squirrel soon catches up with the panther, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the panther.

The young panther is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!"

Now, the old German Shepherd sees the panther coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks, "What am I going to do now?," but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old German Shepherd says...

"Where's that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!"

Moral of this story...
Don't mess with the old dogs... Age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery! Brilliance only come with age and experience.


Royal Wedding



Calling animals 'pets' is insulting, academics claim

 "Domestic dogs, cats, hamsters or budgerigars should be rebranded as “companion animals” while owners should be known as “human carers”, they insist.
Even terms such as wildlife are dismissed as insulting to the animals concerned – who should instead be known as “free-living”, the academics including an Oxford professor suggest."
via Telegraph / continue reading