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Pianist Facing The Riot Police: Demonstration in Kiev, Ukraine [en]

torsdag den 20. februar 2014

Pianist Facing The Riot Police: Demonstration in Kiev, Ukraine

It is so horrible what is going on in Ukraine right now. This image is from Dec 7, when still nobody could imagine the blood and violence that now fills up the streets of Kiev.

Source: @StankoNastya


mandag den 7. oktober 2013

An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ”UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?” ‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are”

Skeletal Creatures Carved From Everyday Objects [en]

søndag den 6. oktober 2013

What once were doors, rolling pins, coat hangers, and picture frames are now the skeletal remains of vertebrates. Montreal-based artist Maskull Lasserre brings these objects to life- or perhaps death. By carefully carving into the wooden surfaces that we commonly overlook in our everyday environments, Lasserre reveals a deeper world inside. For the month of December until January 19, 2013, his woodworkings were exhibited as a set called Fable in Toronto’s Centre Space gallery. Click on the link to read his philosophical artist statement for Fable and stay tuned after the jump to watch his interview.

According to Lasserre:

The history of these well worn things holds the potential for surprising outcomes. The jeopardy, animation, delicacy and decay, that has slept in the wood through all its prior use and purpose is revealed through my work. My hope is not to illustrate the details of incidental carved motifs, but to reveal the mystery, and the potential for risk and wonder that waits in the untouched wood.”

See more work by Maskull Lasserre in the portfolio on his website.


fredag den 6. september 2013

Computed tomography in paleoanthropology — an overview

by Heike Scherf

"Computed tomography (CT) was first applied in the early 1970s and introduced subsequently a new perspective towards anatomical imaging. In the last decade, high-resolution CT (HR-CT) had a high impact on anthropology and paleoanthropology through its ability to define and explore subtle differences in hard tissue structures in fossil and extant humans and nonhuman primates. CT is very suitable for unique fossil material, because it is destruction free and the original material stays intact while the internal structures are digitized. The imaging yields a virtual copy of the object, which can be used for the generation of detailed copies of original fossil material. CT data allow multiple studies in parallel and independently on specimens which are not commonly accessible. Diverse CT systems with different performance characteristics as designed for different functions can make it difficult for a researcher to choose the most appropriate CT system and to check the image quality of CT scans. The physical principles involved in CT imaging and the principles of signal processing and computer graphics can help to choose the best scan setting and the most suitable CT system for a study. Quantitative and qualitative analysis can also be improved and comparisons between different studies can be facilitated when the above mentioned principles are taken into account. In the following, I will give an overview of the different CT systems and discus both theoretical and practical matters of CT imaging using the example of trabecular bone" (read more/not open access).

Source: Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 2013, doi: 10.1007/s12520-013-0128-5; top image: Max Planck Institute

Via theolduvaigorge

My favorite drink [en]

onsdag den 14. august 2013

Drink Coffee! Do Stupid Things Faster with More Energy.

The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland [da]

søndag den 30. juni 2013

Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to be buried together.

Via @Earth_Pics

I wondered where to find these peculiar graves, and what the history behind them were. I now see that dichotomization can add at least some of the story:

In the Protestant part of this cemetery, J.W.C van Gorcum, colonel of the Dutch Cavalry and militia commissioner in Limburg, is buried. His wife, lady J.C.P.H van Aefferden, is buried in the Catholic part. They were married in 1842, the lady was 22 and the colonel was 33, but he was a protestant and didn’t belong to the nobility. This caused quite a commotion in Roermond. After being married for 38 years, the colonel died in 1880 and was buried in the protestant part of the cemetery against the wall. His wife died in 1888 and had decided not to be buried in the family tomb but on the other side of the wall, which was the closest she could get to her husband. Two clasped hands connect the graves across the wall.

Roermond is in Holland, and you can actually find the grave on Google Maps! Plus som extra photos of the grave, incl. pic no. 2 of the grave dressed in snow.

A canary in a coal mine [da]

lørdag den 25. maj 2013
In Memory of Little Joe. Died November 3rd 1875. Aged 3 Years
A canary in a coal mine Another canary in a coal mine

In the 19th century and well into the 20th century coal miners would traditionally take canaries in cages down into the mine with them. The birds would act as an early warning system for carbon monoxide gas. When the canary stopped singing the miner would know that he had to escape the chamber he was in.

This particular yellow canary on the top photo was obviously a favoured pet as well as a working bird. Inscribed with the legend : ‘In Memory of Little Joe. Died November 3rd 1875. Aged 3 Years’

Where the empire ends! [da]

lørdag den 25. maj 2013

Imperium Romanum

Just to prove the Germans do have a sense of humour, this sign indicating the limit of the Roman Empire is posted on the Limes at WP 2/4 (Forsthaus Wolfsbusch). Looking East.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thearmaturapress/8825665596/

Embalming Lenin [da]

mandag den 20. maj 2013

Welcome to Embalming 101 [da]

mandag den 20. maj 2013

Interesting video on an American mortuary practice that most of us Europeans finds most peculiar.

Source: NatGeo