Notre Dame Cathedral and the River Seine, n.d.
From Impressionist Camera: Pictorial Photography in Europe, 1888-1918
Roentgen Objects, or Devices Larger Than The Rooms That Contain Them: "An extraordinary exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last year featured mechanical furniture designed by the father and son team of Abraham and David Roentgen: elaborate 18th-century technical devices disguised as desks and tables.”
Historical significance and craftsmanship aside, pretty much a baroque transformer.
An ornate 6 shot wheel-lock revolving musket decorated with gold, silver, ivory, and bone. Originates from Russia, 16th century, possibly restored or added onto in the 18th or 19th century.
How to color eggs with onion shells.
This must be the most beautiful DIY tutorial I have ever seen. And it so happens to be in style of this weekend. Found on Ulicam, a very nice blog by Ulrika Kestere, photographer and illustrator. For the whole tutorial and lot’s of inspiration, click here.
David Maisel - History’s Shadow (2012)
“My work as a visual artist concerns the dual processes of memory and excavation, and History’s Shadow provides for the continuation and expansion of these intertwined themes.
During a residency at the Getty Research Institute in 2007, I began to explore the idea of images that were created in the processes of art preservation, where the realms of art and scientific research overlap each other. While photographing the Getty Museum’s conservation departments, I became captivated by x-rays of art objects from the museum’s permanent collections. These spectral renderings seemed like transmissions from the distant past, conveying messages across time.”
His owner told me that according to a Native American myth, dogs with different colored eyes can see both heaven and earth.
Tony Abbott and Free Speech
The Abbott Government is restricting the speech of the following:
- Academics: Academics can now have funding cut if Abbott Govt deems their work “ridiculous.” Normally, there is independence between politicians deeming which academic work is worthy of funding and which is not. What if an academic’s work is criticizing the Govt?
- Asylum Seekers: Asylum seekers shipped to offshore detention centres have little free speech – little access to talk to journalists or others who might allow them to be heard, no protections offered to those who speak up in the ‘Who killed Reza Barati?’ inquiry meaning many will self-censor etc. Further, funding for asylum seekers’ legal services has been cut, which has many impacts on asylum seekers ability to be heard - especially those who are behind detention walls who rely on their lawyer to ‘speak’ for them.
- Indigenous people: Abbott Govt will abolish “scores of statutory indigenous governance bodies”, which weakens Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s free speech on matters in their own communities. Further, funding to ATSI legal services has been cut which has various impacts on ATSI people’s ability to be heard.
- Journalists: Abbott considers it unacceptable for journalists to run stories that criticize the Navy, stating journalists should side with the ‘home team’ .
- Public Servants: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet are disallowed from discussing their political views on social media, and must dob in colleagues if they disobey.
- Refugees: A new 'Code of Behaviour' limits refugees’ ability to protest/enjoy free speech in public settings.
- Social Media users: Department of Immigration threatened a refugee activist to take down a Facebook post on her wall criticising the Govt/ a specific public servant.
- West Papua protesters: Abbott promised Indonesia that he would “do everything that we possibly can to discourage” West Papuan independence protesters.
NOTE: To be able to speak freely, we must have info on what our Govt is doing. Restricting access to info, however, has been a trend with the Abbott Govt. For example, media access to asylum seekers boats info has been cut severely. Abbott dismissed Australians’ right to know what our government is doing with regards to asylum seekers mere 'idle curiosity.’ Further, media access to ministers has become more difficult (PM’s office’s permission needed before any Minister speaks to media).
The Abbott Government is freeing the speech of the following:
- People who wish to offend others based on race: Abbott will scrap section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, so it is now easier for people to offend others based on their race (even if doing so unreasonably or in bad faith).
This is disgusting. Tony Abbott IS disgusting.
"Gulabi Gang" is a gang of women in India who track down and beat abusive husbands with brooms.
this is too thug not to reblog
That’s not all they do - they’ve got more information on their website.
What else they do that is awesome:
- Stop child marriages
- Persuade families to educate girl-child
- Train women in self-defense
- Oppose corruption in administration
- Create awareness about the evils of dowry
- Register FIRs against sex-offenders and abusive husbands
- Publicly shame molesters
- Encourage women to become financially independent
THUG LYFE FROM MY HOMELAND YAAAAAY!!!
This makes me so happy honestly these women deserve medals for the steps they’re taking to change their country!
"We praise people for being “naturally” smart, too, “naturally” athletic, and etc. But studies continue to show, as they have for some time now, that it is generally healthier to praise schoolchildren for being hardworking, than for being naturally gifted. We know now that to emphasize a child’s inherent ability places pressure on that child to continue to be accidentally talented, which is something that is hard for anyone to control. When the children who are applauded for their natural skills fail, they are shown to take the failure very personally. After all, the process of their success has always seemed mysterious and basic and inseparable from the rest of their identity, so it must be they who are failing as whole people. When students are instead complimented and rewarded for their effort and improvement, they tend to not be so hard on themselves. When they fail, they reason, “Well, I’ll work harder next time.” They learn that they are capable of success, rather than constantly automatically deserving of it, and they learn simultaneously that they are bigger and more complex than their individual successes or failures."
Kate of Eat the Damn Cake, The Stupidity of “Natural” Beauty (via theimperfectascent)
I lost whole years of my life to self-loathing and self-sabotaging because I couldn’t sustain being ‘gifted’. Don’t make the same mistake.
This is so, so important for teachers to understand. I try, in every report card, to focus on effort, not natural ability. And you know what? It makes a big difference in my classroom.