Friday, July 29, 2016

“Object Title
Sword (khanda)
Date
1771-1799
Object Number
XXVIS.118
Provenance
From the Indian disarmament in 1859. Presented by the Indian Government 1861 (Hewitt 1870).
Physical Description
The blade is curved and single edged with two narrow...
Object Title
Sword (khanda)
Date
1771-1799
Object Number
XXVIS.118
Provenance
From the Indian disarmament in 1859. Presented by the Indian Government 1861 (Hewitt 1870).
Physical Description
The blade is curved and single edged with two narrow fullers. Towards the tip the blade gets narrow er on the back edge. The langets are long and onion shaped. The quillons are curved and flat. The guard is flat with pierced sections attached to a knuckle bow. The guard has a red velvet cushion on a leather backing. The hilt is bound with fabric. The pommel is disc shaped with a central dome and curved spike. The spike has been broken and repaired.
© Royal Armouries

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

did-you-kno:
“Abraham Lincoln had a beard because of a little girl’s letter.
Grace’s letter, which reads:
Hon A B Lincoln…
Dear Sir
My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only 11 years...
did-you-kno:
Abraham Lincoln had a beard because of a little girl’s letter.
Grace’s letter, which reads:
Hon A B Lincoln…
Dear Sir
My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only 11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have yet got four brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease… 

…their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to [sic] but I will try to get every one to vote for you that I can I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter direct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chautauqua County New York.
I must not write any more answer this letter right off Good bye
Grace Bedell

Lincoln’s reply, which reads:
Springfield, Ill Oct 19, 1860
Miss Grace Bedell
My dear little Miss
Your very agreeable letter of the 15th is received. I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughters. I have three sons – one seventeen, one nine, and one seven, years of age. They, with their mother, constitute my whole family. As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a silly affectation if I were to begin it now?
Your very sincere well wisher
A. Lincoln

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myapod:
A Mercury Transit Music Video from SDO | APOD | APOD Videos
Video Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Genna Duberstein; Music: Encompass by Mark Petrie
Explanation: What’s that small black dot moving across the Sun? Mercury. Possibly the clearest view of Mercury crossing in front of the Sun earlier this week was from Earth orbit. The Solar Dynamics Observatory obtained an uninterrupted vista recording it not only in optical light but also in bands of ultraviolet light. Featured here is a composite movie of the crossing set to music. Although the event might prove successful scientifically for better determining components of Mercury’ ultra-thin atmosphere, the event surely proved successful culturally by involving people throughout the world in observing a rare astronomical phenomenon. Many spectacular images of this Mercury transit from around (and above) the globe are being proudly displayed.

Six MIFF Docos that Will Leave You Thinking for Days

Because a good documentary doesn’t end when you leave the cinema.
Good documentaries stay with you long after you’ve left the cinema, and work their way into the conversations you have in the days following.
Here are the best documentaries at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) – along with some conversation starters to go with your post-film bottle of wine.

Tickled
Would you ever compete in this extreme endurance sport?
When journalist David Farrier first heard about the world of competitive tickling he thought it would make for an interesting investigation. But as he started to look into it he received pushback and legal threats from his subjects, and things began to look less fun and more sinister.
“It’s a great piece of investigative journalism and a legitimately stranger-than-fiction story,” says MIFF programmer Al Cossar. “He exposes the dark, seedy underworld of the competitive-tickling circuit and the shadowy, sociopathic figure that lurks behind it.”
Tickled has also provoked controversy off screen. Police were called to Sundance after some of the film's subjects reportedly crashed the premiere with a hidden recording device. "The filmmaker himself was served papers at the True/False Film Festival, and there was another confrontation in Los Angeles about a month ago”, Cossar says.

The Lovers and the Despot
The West has long struggled with how to categorise North Korea. Is it a joke (see Seth Rogen’s farcical The Interview), or a legitimate threat? How does this film shape your impression of it?
If The Lovers and the Despot were fiction, and not fact, you’d probably scoff at how unbelievable the plot is.
Filmmaking couple Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee were kidnapped from South Korea and emerged years later in North Korea, pumping out films at the behest of Kim Jong Il. As they gained the leader’s trust through their work, they began plotting their escape.
“It’s one of those incredibly infamous, notorious episodes in the history of cinema,” says Cossar. “The recordings [ Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee] made of their personal conversations with Kim Jong Il, which make up a good portion of the archival material in the film, are just astonishing. As a portrait of 20th-century cinema history it’s a uniquely singular perspective in terms of the dynamic inside that country.”

Newtown
What happens to a small town after an unthinkable tragedy?
Newtown follows the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012. The film takes a highly personal approach; filmmaker Kim A. Snyder shows the way the tragedy changed the day-to-day lives of the victims’ families.
“It looks at a community trying to rebuild itself and come to terms with the unimaginable shock of one of the deadliest massacres in US history,” says Cossar. “It’s a devastating film, as you’d expect it to be, but it also has a degree of hope in it. It really speaks to people’s interest in understanding these situations that are ongoing. The film gives personal context to a community of people trying to understand something that will never make sense. It’s very elegantly made.”
Filmmaker Kim A. Snyder will attend as a guest of the festival.

Peter and the Farm
Why do we relate to this charismatic loner “trapped on a farm”?
US Marine-turned-farmer, Peter, has a love-hate relationship with the rural existence he feels he is trapped in. While this film is a character documentary about an unusual and charismatic man, the themes explored are almost universal.
“It’s a film that doesn’t shy away from showing the reality of his rural existence,” says Cossar. “He’s an amazing subject for a documentary … willing to unpack and unfurl himself on camera,” which is rare, according to Cossar.
The film is beautiful in the way it follows the seasons, “but it also has no sentiment about it,” says Cossar. “It’s very brusque. It’s hilarious, but also sad and melancholic. You get pushed and pulled in this movie in terms of how you relate to the character and his circumstances.”

Starless Dreams
How can you find hope in seemingly hopeless situations, such as living in an Iranian women’s juvenile detention facility?
Documentarian Mehrdad Oskouei takes viewers inside a high-security correction centre in Iran to examine the female experience of law and order in Iran.
Cossar says its brilliance comes from the powerful first-hand testimonies given by the inmates. “It features pre-pubescent-through-to-adolescent girls and [lets] them speak … hearing all of their circumstances,” says Cossar. The girls’ offences range from misdemeanours through to murder. “These girls are trapped inside a very repressive and patriarchal system,” says Cossar. “It’s a fascinating and open-book look at the circumstances of these young women.”

Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie
Is it possible to make an honest movie about the Church of Scientology if it doesn’t really want you to?
This is a film about the difficulties of making a film about the Church of Scientology by the highly sceptical Louis Theroux.
“He’s a serious-minded chronicler of some very eccentric situations, some very fringe, tragic and terrible situations,” says Cossar. “I feel like he’s very well placed to capture the ideology and some of the egos that surround the Church of Scientology and its teachings. “Everything he uncovers brings him closer to this organisation, which is very belligerent in the way it allows itself to be represented on screen.” There are scenes in which Theroux is filming a church boundary. Within five minutes the church turns its own cameras on him, and a stand-off ensues. It feels very much like David and Goliath in terms of filmmaker versus subject.”
The Melbourne International Film Festival runs from July 28 to August 14.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The .38 revolver used by Arthur Bremer in the attempted assassination of Gov. George Wallace on May 15, 1972. It was sold at auction for $28,750.
Now I start my diary of my personal plot to kill by pistol either Richard Nixon or George Wallace. …How will the news associations describe me? An unemployed painter? An unemployed part-time busboy? A colledge (still can’t spell it) drop-out? … I have it. “An unemployed malcontent who fancys himself a writer.”

— Arthur Bremer’s diary, March/early April 1972

anatomicdeadspace:
“Joan Murray (born 1952) is an American bank executive and skydiver who survived falling from a height of 14,500 feet (4400 meters).
Murray lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and worked for Bank of America. She occasionally...
anatomicdeadspace:
Joan Murray (born 1952) is an American bank executive and skydiver who survived falling from a height of 14,500 feet (4400 meters).
Murray lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and worked for Bank of America. She occasionally skydived before her accident. On September 25, 1999, she went on a skydive from 4400 meters. Her main parachute could not open, and although her backup parachute opened at 200 meters, it quickly deflated. She approached the ground at 81 miles per hour (130 kilometers per hour), landing on a mound of fire ants. Doctors believe that the shock of being stung over 200 times by the ants released a surge of adrenaline which kept her heart beating.
Murray suffered serious injuries, shattering the right side of her body and knocking fillings out of her teeth. She went into a coma for two weeks at Carolinas Medical Center, but survived after 20 reconstructive surgeries and 17 blood transfusions. She continued work at Bank of America after the accident, turning down retirement because of disability. She took physical therapy sessions and went on a 37th skydive with her two daughters, Arriane and Carmen, in 2001.
poordork:
“ the-future-now:
“ What would your body need to look like to survive a car accident? Project Graham (meetgraham.com.au) is an interactive online exhibit that redesigns the human body for crash protection. Graham’s brain is encased in a...
poordork:
the-future-now:
What would your body need to look like to survive a car accident? Project Graham (meetgraham.com.au) is an interactive online exhibit that redesigns the human body for crash protection. Graham’s brain is encased in a thick helmet of fluid and ligaments; his chest is covered in flesh sacs (and extra nipples, oddly) and he has strong, hoof-like legs.
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