Tag Archives: GERMANY

Timeless Classic Of The Day

Sexual by Amber

It can’t just be intellectual…

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Google Celebrates Maria Reiche

Fly high over the Peruvian desert and you will see giant drawings on the ground. Some of them are straight lines, some are spirals and rectangles and trapezoids, and some are animals: whales, ducks, hummingbirds.

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 115th birthday of Maria Reiche, a German mathematician who became known as the “Lady of the Lines,” the scientist known for studying the Nazca Lines.

In 1941, she worked with historian Paul Kosok and was first introduced to the ancient figures that stretch across the pampa. She dedicated herself to the mysterious white shapes. She measured close to 100 lines and investigated their astronomical orientation.

In her discovery, she found that many lines functioned as markers for the summer solstice. Along with Peruvian Air Force, she mapped the area and discovered the figures represent 18 different kinds of animals and birds, in addition to hundreds of geometric shapes.

And she dedicated her life to protect them.

With a household broom, she shielded the figures from people and vehicles simultaneously raising funds for overall preservation.

For her broom work, she was called, the “woman who swept the desert” but soon gained worldwide recognition as “Lady of the Lines.” Her dedication made her a Peruvian hero.

We still don’t fully understand the Nazca lines or know for sure what they mean, but today they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Reiche became a Peruvian citizen in 1992, and died in 1998.

Today Google is honouring her, with its Doodle designed by Guille Comin and depicts “Lady of the Lines” in her element on what would have been her 115th birthday.

A well-deserved homage for this legendary archaeologist. 

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Hot Anarchist

The other day I saw this image on a random blog, and my initial impression was that it was a current live person and someone had made the pic look old.

Usually people who live in the 19th Century, look different than people do today, but it’s a legitimately old photo… Well at least the hottest cause there’s another of him looking older (I suppose?) His name is Louis Lingg and he died in 1887 at the age of twenty-three.

He died of a self-inflected wound to avoid being hung, as he was found guilty of taking part in the Haymarket Affair in Chicago.

An interesting item I found out was that while anarchy and terrorism are never tolerated, the reaction by the police was not so different than what would happen now, but it was only for a limited time.

Of all the guys that were convicted in the Haymarket Affair, he would have stood out as the hot young one. Now, I do have to wonder if being twenty three, idealistic, and single was any sort of reflection on his sexual orientation… Considering that back in those times people used to get married super young.

Before Stonewall in 1969 gay people “didn’t exist”, guys were just confirmed bachelors.

There is really no way to know anything personal about this guy, him being dead for more than a hundred years, but if I came across a guy looking like him on social media, I’d totally try my chances even if he were heterosexual.

After all, modern straights are a lot more permissive.

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rip off, rip off, rip off …

LEGENDS Radiohead believes Lana Del Rey ripped off their 1993 hit “Creep” (one of my favourite songs) on Lust For Life highlight, “Get Free,” and are suing her ass.

She confirmed the surprising development via TwAtter.

While there are definite similarities between the songs (I assumed Lana sampled “Creep” the first time I heard “Get Free”), asking for 100 percent of the publishing is a bit rich, not to mention ironic, given that Radiohead had to share the proceeds of their own smash with The Hollies after they admitted to lifting the melody of “The Air That I Breathe.”

Now…

When Lady Gaga came out with that song “Born this way,” music lovers (and Madonna) threw shade at her because it sounds a lot like Madonna’s “Express Yourself”.

When Coldplay came out with “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” many accused them to rip off the sound of the German band Chocolat and their 90s hit “Ritmo De La Noche,” that was also recorded by Argentine’s band The Sacados and Europeans Mystic and Lorca.

Yet”Ritmo de la Noche” was also inspired by Peter Allen’s 70s hit “I go to Rio”.

Same as when Bruno Mars (whom I ADORE) came out with “Treasure”. It was beyond OBVIOUS he ripped off the much superior hit of the French band Breakbot “Baby Im Yours”

When Robin Thick came out with “Blurred Lines,” he also got sued by Marvin Gaye’s family for ripping off “Got to Give It Up”.

The point is, many musicians get inspired from each other but they don’t acknowledged it.

It would be nice if they do in order to save themselves lots of trouble, educating at the same time the youth that often ignore who ABBA was while thinking Madonna’s “Hung Up” was original.

Or to make it more actual, they sing Jonas Blues “Fast Car” but they have no idea who Tracy Chapman is. Chapman, the original singer and writer of that 90’s hit.

And no words about this ABOMINATION, a copy & paste failure of the epic “Maria Maria”.

Long story short, chances are, whatever you listen to is probably a rip off of an old song.

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Murmuration

Sometimes in nature things happen that seem too good to be true, perfect coincidences that vividly illustrate the beauty and wonder of the world around us.

One such episode occurred over the Costa Brava, in Northeastern Spain, when a mass of starlings began to gather into a shape-shifting cloud, known as a murmuration.

This phenomenon is a true spectacle, with hundreds, sometimes thousands or more birds moving and twisting in what appears to be a coordinated, single organism that can quickly morph into some startling shapes.

Photographer Daniel Biber from Germany was there when the starlings began to swirl and twist, most likely the result of a predator such as a falcon or hawk being in the vicinity.

It was almost supernatural that in response to the predator, the cloud of starlings ended up twisting and turning themselves into giant shapes forming a single bird, as if to say to their tormentor, “we are bigger than you.”

The photos have earned Mr. Biber a prize in an international photography competition, but he didn’t realise that he had captured such unique shots until later on.

Anyone else see a killer whale and a penguin?

These are cool, cute, majestic, elegant, interesting and intriguing at the same time.

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Timeless Classic Of The Day

Major Tom by Peter Schilling 

Far beneath the ship, the world is mourning…

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Tune Of The Day

I Don’t Want It At All by Kim Petras

If I cannot get it right now, I don’t want it at all.

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