12 May 2019

Kelimutu – Indonesia’s Tri-Colored Lakes

They are located on the same volcanic peak yet each of the three crater lakes atop Kelimutu in Indonesia is a markedly different color. It is the only place on earth where this amazing color variation takes place.

 The three lakes all have different names and local people have for centuries believed that the lakes are the spiritual resting place of their ancestors. It is said the lakes change color according to the mood of the spirit – and if that is the case then the souls’ moods are constantly restless.

5 May 2019

Here Be Dragons: Amazing Statues and Sculptures of Dragons Around the World

In the Middle Ages the words hic sunt dracones (here be dragons) appeared on a number of maps to indicate dangerous or unexplored territories.  Yet dragons are still among us, dotted all over the globe.  From Europe to Asia and over to the Americas, ferocious beasts (and some a little less so…) protect our cities and temples.  Here is a collection of amazing dragon statues and sculptures from around the world.

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28 April 2019

The Garden of the Monsters

In sixteenth century Italy the nobility would often leave testimony of their greatness through the form of religious art.  Not so Pier Francesco Orsini.  He wanted to be remembered in an entirely different way – through his Park of the Monsters. He did not want his monuments to please – he wanted them to astonish.

Tucked away in Bomarzo almost seventy kilometers from Rome, the gardens are located in a section of woodland near to the bottom of the valley in which the Orsini family castle was built.  Here, after a career as a mercenary, the latest of the Orsini line settled in to a life of middle-aged Epicureanism.  The park is perhaps holds a mirror to his imagination (or even state of mind) after a lifetime of political and social turmoil.

27 April 2019

Stellar Moves: The Story of Pluto

The hottest dance group in the universe, The Planets, has eight members but they might begrudgingly allow another entry in to the team if they can be suitably impressed.  A competition is held to find the missing planet so that eight might become nine. At home, young Pluto does not think he has what it takes, but receives encouragement from his best friend, one of his satellites you might say! 

Charmingly made by the creative team of Millivette Gonzalez, Tabia Lees and Valerie Sattazahn this will have you rooting for the little guy of the solar system all over again. Stellar Moves is – and you may not believe this such is the high standard of animation - their senior thesis short film. It was produced at Ringling College of Art and Design (if you want to study computer animation in the USA, then this is always in the top three places to go). No doubt they will be inviting the trio back to give talks to their undergraduates in a few years.

The Largest Cave in the World: Hang Son Doong

Its name translates as mountain river cave from the Vietnamese and it is easy to see why. This immense cave – the largest in the world – only became properly known to the outside world in 2010. Now, thanks to filmmaker Ryan Deboodt we can take an otherworldly voyage by ground and air in to this magnificent subterranean world. It is an extraordinary spectacle.

Iron Mountain

When an iron mountain appears on the plains of your homeland then such a threat must be met with force.  So a vast army is gathered and the monstrous trespasser is confronted.  Yet what lies within?  A single warrior hold the future in her hand.  This interesting and entertaining science fiction short was created by students at ArtFX, Europe’s premier special effects and 3D animation school.

The Forgotten Battle: The Japanese Invasion of Alaska

In the early morning of 6 June 1942, 500 Japanese soldiers landed on Kiska, one of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

They took the only inhabitants of the island, a ten man (and six dog) US Navy Weather Detachment by complete surprise and quickly took control of American soil.

Today, the island is one of the USA’s National Historic Landmarks: the aftermath of the Japanese invasion can still be seen on the rolling hillsides of Kiska.

It is now known as The Forgotten Battle but the invasion caused widespread outrage in 1942.  Pearl Harbor was still a fresh memory, having been attacked on December 7 of the previous year.

Yet a Japanese military force had stepped foot on American soil – and the 500 had grown to over 5,000 men.  Although Kiska and neighboring Attu (which had been overrun two days previously) were part of the distant Aleutian Islands they were, nevertheless, American. Plans were immediately drawn up to retake the island, known as the Aleutian Campaign. The campaign would not succeed for over a year and would claim many American lives.

24 April 2019

The Rise of Casinos in Macau

Macau is today the main destination for gamblers from Asia, with a healthy flux of tourists from other continents as well. The Chinese city acts as a magnet for people who enjoy casino games and often play live roulette online, especially those who can’t legally play them in their country. Players from China, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and other countries from Southeast Asia flock to Macau for gambling entertainment. The city acts as a hotspot for highrollers and players can afford to bet huge amounts, but is also appealing to casuals and tourists.

What does Macau have to offer?
There are many similarities between Macau and Las Vegas, the biggest gambling hubs in the world. These two cities are famous for the gambling opportunities they present to players, but also for the exotic forms of entertainment. More than 20 million people come here every year and the number is on a steady growth, so new records are expected to be set in the foreseeable future. The hotel space has also increased greatly over the last couple of years, even though it trails Las Vegas by a factor of seven.

Macau is a city of luxury and glamour, so it comes as no surprise that both the hotels and the casinos appeal to those who can afford a luxurious lifestyle. The costs are significantly higher than Las Vegas, but the city tries to offer similar forms of entertainment. A vibrant nightlife, countless shopping malls and shops selling luxury items are scattered across Macau. The main attraction remains the gambling industry and there are more than 30 major casinos welcoming an international audience.

Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel on Cotai, the City of Dreams, the MGM Grand or the Wynn look and feel different but they are all charming in their way. Recreational players and those who don’t necessarily travel to Macau for gambling, will still get plenty of action here. Visitors should observe the dress code, which can vary from casual to formal, but otherwise they can expect a fun gambling experience.

Macau is the place to be for highrollers
Las Vegas might be well ahead of Macau in comes to hotel space, entertainment and even the number of casinos, but there is one area where the Asian gambling how reigns supreme. This is the ultimate destination for highrollers, especially those who fancy no limit games of roulette, blackjack and baccarat. Huge amounts are wagered at these tables and most casinos have at least a couple of Texas hold ‘em games running throughout the day.

The audience is diverse and tourists entering one of the glamorous casinos in Macau can expect to find everything from recreational players to grinders and big spenders. Highrollers have their own VIP tables and private rooms where they can play their favorite games away from the prying eyes of regular players. The bottom line is that Macau has something to offer to everyone who loves gambling, but can also cater for tourists who seek an entirely different form of entertainment.

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20 April 2019

When Blooms the Coffee

Forget roses or lilies…. for millions of people around the world these are, perhaps unknowingly, the most important flowers in their lives. Without them mornings would most likely be quite different.  The urge to sleep might not be foiled, the two-glasses-of-wine-too-many pounding at the temples would not be relieved and almost certainly the amount of work-based homicides would rise.  Some people might not manifest any discernible personality at all throughout the entire day.

This is the coffee flower and upon its gentle bloom civilization as we know it depends. Not only that, it’s gorgeous.

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14 April 2019

Moving London

Moving Cities is a cross-cultural initiative created by Jevan Chowdury manifests into an ongoing collection of short films using dance to present the now of cities and it is now a year old. The purpose since 2014 is to strengthen intercultural understanding through the arts. To celebrate the anniversary the team have returned to where it all began – London – where we can witness again the bizarre and unusually harmonious relationship dancers have with cities.

The Way Home

A mouse needs a house.  And when you have a house you need things to put in it.  The Way Home is a very sweet combination of live footage and animation which tracks the journey of our new murine friend as he gathers new belongings with which to decorate his humble abode.  The animation was created by students of Liu Song, a tutor at Hangzhou Normal University in Zhejiang Province, Eastern China.

Alien Communications

How do you finally bond with the boy that you have crushed on for years? By discovering an alien probe in the woods and making sure that he’s the first person you call about it.  Yet even then the course of true love never does run smooth.  This charming and funny coming-of-age short was created by Pennsylvania based Something's Awry Productions and stars upcoming actors Evangeline Young and Luke Baxter.

Jantar Mantar – Immense Astronomical Instrument of the Maharajahs

These remarkable constructions appear to all intents and purposes as if they could have been built to create the set for a new science fiction blockbuster set on a planet light years away from Earth. Yet these are centuries old instruments, designed and used in Jaipur, India, to explore the heavens. Their production was ordered by a great Maharaja in the early decades of the 18th century and they have been in constant use ever since.

Jai Singh II was born in 1688 and at only eleven years old became the Maharaja. He was born in to a life of extreme privilege but inherited a kingdom which was on the brink of impoverishment. The Kingdom of Amber (what would eventually become Jaipur) was in dire straits with a cavalry of less than a thousand men. Yet by the time he was in his thirties he would have turned this around and built Jantar Mantra.

6 April 2019

The Century Old Color Photographs of Prokudin-Gorsky

In 1909 a remarkable project was initiated by Russian photographer Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky. His mission was to record – in full and vibrant color – the vast and diverse Russian Empire. Here, with his story, is a selection of his amazing century old full color pictures.

Just over one hundred years ago a Russian photographer, began a remarkable project. With the blessing – and funding – of the Tsar, Nicholas II, he embarked on an extraordinary journey to capture the essence of Russia in full color photographs. Many of these pictures look as if they could have been taken yesterday, with only the costumes worn by the people captured in their moment of time betraying the age of the work. The first shows two men crossing a small river.

24 March 2019


It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  ~Mark Twain

Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.  ~W. Earl Hall

19 March 2019

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day at 17°80°

This is a really unusual way to celebrate a birthday!  Way back in 1780 Jameson Irish Whiskey was established and the rest, as they say, is history.  However, this year the celebrations took an unusual twist.  A group of people were taken to the co-ordinates as the year that the brand was first established.

Is 17°80° in the middle of a beautiful tropical island?  Is it at the heart of a cosmopolitan city with nightlife and culture oozing from every corner? No, it’s at Svalbard in Norway – just 1000km from the North Pole!

This didn’t stop the group from having a huge amount of fun, as you can see in the video above.  The point?  That in order to have a great craic on Paddy’s Day you don’t necessarily have to be in one of the Irish diaspora’s hotspots.  All you truly need is great company and a nip of a wonderful whiskey to mark the date.

Jameson scoured the globe to find four groups of friends who have one thing in common – they all celebrate St Patrick’s Day.  When the search was over and the right people located, they were then packed off on an expedition to the most northerly inhabited area on the globe, Svalbard, Norway

After a number of adventures, they arrived at 17° (longitude) 80° (latitude), and the friends from Ireland, India and Argentina then raised a toast to Saint Patrick – and no doubt to Jameson too.

If you would like to see more details of this St Patrick’s expedition, please visit the Jameson Whiskey Instagram page.

17 March 2019

The Prandtl–Glauert Singularity – Amazing Jet Plane Shock Collar

It’s an amazing site – a cone of vapor appearing around an aircraft which is travelling at transonic speed.  Known as the Prandtl–Glauert Singularity this astonishing effect simultaneously widens the eyes and drops the jaw. Yet how does it occur?

10 March 2019

Sansiantai: Dragon Bridge to the Island of the Three Immortals

The eastern coastline of Taiwan is renowned for its natural beauty.  Unspoiled beaches stretch for miles and at one point, Sansiantai, there is a wonderful surprise.    A beautiful arched bridge, meant to resemble a dragon of Chinese legend, stretches from the mainland across to a group of small islands.

Sansiantai is, as you might imagine, saturated in folklore. The three enormous rocks making up the island's most conspicuous feature long ago gave rise to a native myth that three of China's Eight Immortals once chose the island for a place to rest.  Even the name of the island translates to the Terrace of the Three Immortals.

4 March 2019

Awesome Things to do in Chiclana And Cadiz

Andalucía in southern Spain is blessed with miles of coastline and hilly countryside. Two of the best regions are Chiclana and Cadiz. They have coastal regions featuring golden beaches and places to see and things to do. Let’s take a look at the best places to go and why you should visit this region of Spain.

La Barrosa

Just outside of Chiclana is the beautiful and enigmatic beach town of La Barrosa. It has a laid-back vibe and is hugely popular. The beach stretches for 5 miles and the sand is fine and white. The Azure waters are perfect to partake in water sports of every type.

The beach feels like two beaches in one. The first boats beachfront bars, restaurants, and walkways. This morphs into a more natural environment and you will soon find yourself walking among dunes and woodland.

One of the great things is that there is plenty of choice for accommodation, such as Iberostar Andalucía Playa hotel in Chiclana which offers travellers everything they could wish for.

Playa La Caleta

This beach has plenty of significance to Cadiz. It has a natural harbour that was used by several empires throughout the centuries including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans.  Locals like to gather on the west side and socialise and every large rock has a name. The names date back centuries and are that of an animal or everyday object. Nobody quite knows why.

Again, water sports can be found on the north side of the oceanfront, but here the beach is for meeting friends and soaking up the sun.

There are plenty of great accommodation choices from budget to other hotels in Cadiz aimed at the high-end market.

Ermita de Santa Ana

This 18th-century chapel is of a beautiful design and overlooks the whole city of Chiclana. This is thanks to its construction on top of the highest point. Architecturally, it is stunning and features a semi-spherical vault on a small drum. The architects constructed four holes in the vault to better illuminate the hermitage.

Inside the chapel, a small altar can be found bearing the image of Santa Ana.

San Sebastián Castle

If you follow the Paseo Fernando Quiñones that runs along the edge of the northwestern edge of the city you will come to the fortress of San Sebastian Castle. The views back towards the city are stunning and you can dangle your legs over the Atlantic Ocean when you fill the need.

The fortress was constructed in 1706 but the lighthouse is far older and was built by the Moors.

The castle is often used for exhibitions, film sets, and concerts. Prior to this, it was used as a prison. Well worth a visit.

La Torre del Reloj – Chiclana

One of the most prestigious buildings in Chiclana is the La Torre del Reloj a clock tower.  It was constructed in the 18th century and was once part of the old Town Hall. Later, it was used by the Church of San Juan Bautista as the bell towers were never completed.

When visiting the tower sometimes known as Arquillo del Reloj, you can see the clock mechanism thanks to a cut arch in the tower itself. The tower is situated next to the Church of San Juan Bautista and gives both historical and cultural insights.

Gran Teatro Falla

The Gran Teatro Falla is a 19th-century concert hall constructed in the neo-mudéjar style, harking back to medieval times and is a highly popular destination in Cadiz among visitors and locals.

From the moment you enter the large Moorish inspired alternating voussoirs (red and white archway stones), you get the feeling something exciting is about to happen and often there is. If you want to get to know the Cadiz mindset visit in February and March and experience the Comparsas competition.

Here, musical ensembles dress in matching outrageous outfits and sing satirical songs about politics and culture.

Other times of the year are just as exciting and feature musicians, bands, and artists performing different musical styles.

Islote de Sancti Petri

The Islote de Sancti Petri is an island reachable from El Pueblo de Sancti Petri. After your 15 minute journey, you will find yourself on a barren island that was once controlled by the military.

These days, the island is controlled by the Spanish Environment Ministry. One structure you can’t fail to notice is the Castle of Sancti Petri. Now mostly ruins the tower has been rebuilt and is a fully working lighthouse.  You can learn about the history of the island and the castle which is rich and deep.

No visit to either Chiclana or Cadiz is complete without a visit to this island.

Andalucía is an amazing part of Spain with golden beaches and rich historical delights. It is a must visit destination that you will want to come back to time and again.

3 March 2019

The Depression Era Photography of Dorothea Lange

A look at the work of Dorothea Lange who captured the Great Depression through her lens and created some of the iconographic images of that era.

At a time when women had had the vote for less than twenty years, Dorothea Lange was a pioneer. A professional woman who took photographs for a living. The Great Depression of the 1930s is best remembered, photographically, by the work of the FSA, for which she worked. She travelled the USA recording the deprivations caused by the failure of the economy as well as taking many uplifting images that showed that, despite the hard times, life and love went on.

It is probably best to start with an image of the photographer herself. Unlike some, Lange did not interpolate herself actively in her photographs – those that we have of her show her usually on her own in very much a framed composition. This shot from 1937 shows her in the field with one of her cameras, rather coquettishly positioned atop of her car. Short dark hair and a feminine yet somehow boyish dress sense, the beauty of this shot lies in the baseball boots she is wearing. Her job was not, after all, one that required heels on any sort so why bow to the fashion dictates of the time?

27 February 2019

Are Microsoft 70-462 Exam Dumps Really Helpful?

The Microsoft 70-462 exam is designed for those database specialists who perform maintenance, installation, and other configuration tasks. Other responsibilities for the candidates who wish to opt for this certification test involves setting up database systems, backing up and securing various data from unsolicited and unauthorized access. It measures the student’s ability to accomplish the technical tasks that are listed below. The exam topics have their percentages. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on each major topic area in the exam. The test is associated with the Microsoft 70-462 MCSA Tests credential.

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24 February 2019

Art Forms of Nature – The Ernst Haeckel Collection

Ernst Haeckel – philosopher, professor, physician, naturalist, biologist and artist. The pinnacle of his work – Art Forms of Nature - began publication in 1899 and is still an astonishing record of life on earth. When art and science combine, something sublime can come to pass.

Science and art – a gap, some might say a yawning chasm, has always existed between the two. Then occasionally, just every now and then, someone comes along who attempts (and succeeds) in closing the gap between the two. So it was with the German Ernst Haeckel. In 1899 he began to publish Art Forms of Nature (Kunstformen der Natur in his native German). A contemporary of Darwin, Haeckel would, through his lithographic prints, change the way that many considered the relationship between art and science.

17 February 2019

Whence Come Angels?

Angels are found in many religions around the world. Their purpose varies from one tradition to another, but these transcendental beings usually act as messenger from God. Whether you believe in them or not, these contemporary images of angels (as seen mostly through the Christian tradition) provoke a variety of emotions. Give some thought for the loneliness of angels! When we see them, are we simply looking in a mirror to our own hopes and dreams or is there even more to it? And whence come angels?

8 February 2019

Children who were Ruined by Fame

Fame truly favors the brave. That is regardless of the fact that these brave may be children or adults. However, when the fame comes too soon, to some people, it can lead to total destruction as well as shutdown. 

That was the story for these child stars whose fame came a bit soon in their life and ultimately lead to their ruin.

Child Stars Ruined By Fame

Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay started her career at the tender of 3. During this time, she was a fashion model. After a few years, she rose to the ranks and stared in Disney’s’ film Parent Trap.

It was the point that the dollars started rolling in just like someone who hit a jackpot at sports betting sites, read more at oddshunter.ca. However, a few years after she hand landed her first major acting roles, she was hospitalized for dehydration.

In 2007, she lost two movie contracts and was arrested on a DUI charge. She even tried rehab a couple of times, but all to no avail.

Britney Spears
At sixteen Britney had landed her first record label. With vocals like hers, she quickly managed to rise to the top of the music industry. Her songs were so popular some of them ended up as theme songs to best online casino payouts slots.

However, she soon started to spiral out of control as he was admitted to rehab countless times. During that period she even shaved her head in a desperate plea to get attention.

She did, however, manage to recover in the long run. As we said earlier, her fame came a little bit soon.

Macaulay Culkin
Everyone knew the Home Alone star as he captured the hearts of many fans after the movie was released in 1990.

As a young child, his father managed his fortunes. News broke out that his father mismanaged his funds. This, in turn, led to a nasty court battle. As if this wasn’t enough, at adolescence Macaulay was arrested for being in possession of pot.

The 38-year-old is seen today playing for the band” Pizza Underground”. However, he is a good example of children acquiring fame a bit soon in their lives.

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