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Re: Just for fun
« Reply #75 on: August 19, 2016, 01:35:18 PM »


No big deal (literally) at all.  I don't know how the statues were made but the thought of a coven of artists networking a project using 3-D printers has possibilities.  If there was a big ring in the back you could pull to make the statue say 'Make America great again' that would be fine.

Having the statues crap randomly would also be an interesting feature.  Perhaps it is good I'm not an artiste.  I am about three miles away from this statue.  I hope the ladies getting their jollies have cameras with telephoto lenses!
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First Car Designed and Built with Common Core math
« Reply #76 on: September 05, 2016, 06:14:46 AM »


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Banksy: Don’t Forget To Eat Your Lunch And Make Some Trouble
« Reply #77 on: September 11, 2018, 02:08:49 AM »
Banksy: Don’t Forget To Eat Your Lunch And Make Some Trouble

“We can’t do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime, we should all go shopping to console ourselves.” — Banksy

Banksy is an anonymous England-based street artist, vandal, political activist, and film director. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique. His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Banksy says that he was inspired by 3D, a graffiti artist who later became a founding member of the English musical group Massive Attack.

Banksy displays his art on publicly visible surfaces such as walls and self-built physical prop pieces. Banksy does not sell photographs or reproductions of his street graffiti, but art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell his street art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder. Banksy created a documentary film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, billed as “the world’s first street art disaster movie”, which made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In January 2011, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary for the film.

Banksy’s real name is widely believed to be Robin Gunningham, born in 1973 in Yate, twelve miles outside Bristol, England. However, other names have been put forward as well, including that of the British cartoonist Jamie Hewlett.

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For more about the work of Banksy, see “The Story behind Banksy”published bySmithsonian Magazine.

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Debunking the 6 biggest myths about ‘technology addiction’
« Reply #78 on: October 21, 2018, 04:07:11 AM »
Debunking the 6 biggest myths about ‘technology addiction’



Using this many devices at once doesn’t mean a person is addicted to technology. Pressmaster/Shutterstock.com

How concerned should people be about the psychological effects of screen time? Balancing technology use with other aspects of daily life seems reasonable, but there is a lot of conflicting advice about where that balance should be. Much of the discussion – including the World Health Organization’s recent decision to declare “gaming disorder” an “addictive behavior disorder” –is framed around fighting “addiction” to technology. But to me, that resembles a moral panic, giving voice to scary claims based on weak data.

For example, in April 2018, television journalist Katie Couric’s “America Inside Out” program focused on the effects of technology on people’s brains. The episode featured the co-founder of a business treating technology addiction. That person compared addiction to technology with addictions to cocaine and other drugs. The show also implied that technology use could lead to Alzheimer’s disease-like memory loss. Others, such as psychologist Jean Twenge, have linked smartphones with teen suicide.

I am a psychologist who has worked with teens and families and conducted research on technology use, video games and addiction. I believe most of these fear-mongering claims about technology are rubbish. There are several common myths of technology addiction that deserve to be debunked by actual research.

Technology is not a drug

Some people have claimed that technology use activates the same pleasure centers of the brain as cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. That’s vaguely true, but brain responses to pleasurable experiences are not reserved only for unhealthy things.

Anything fun results in an increased dopamine release in the “pleasure circuits” of the brain – whether it’s going for a swim, reading a good book, having a good conversation, eating or having sex. Technology use causes dopamine release similar to other normal, fun activities: about 50 to 100 percent above normal levels.

Cocaine, by contrast, increases dopamine 350 percent, and methamphetamine a whopping 1,200 percent. In addition, recent evidence has found significant differences in how dopamine receptors work among people whose computer use has caused problems in their daily lives, compared to substance abusers. But I believe people who claim brain responses to video games and drugs are similar are trying to liken the drip of a faucet to a waterfall.

Comparisons between technology addictions and substance abuse are also often based on brain imaging studies, which themselves have at times proven unreliable at documenting what their authors claim. Other recent imaging studies have also disproved past claims that violent games desensitized young brains, leading children to show less emotional connection with others’ suffering.

Technology addiction is not common

People who talk about tech addictions often express frustration with their smartphone use, or they can’t understand why kids game so much. But these aren’t real addictions, involving significant interference with other life activities such as school, work or social relationships.

My own research has suggested that 3 percent of gamers – or less – develop problem behaviors, such as neglecting schoolwork to the point that grades suffer. Most of those difficulties are mild and go away on their own over time.

Technology addiction is not a mental illness

In June 2018, the World Health Organization added “gaming disorder” to its International Compendium of Diseases.

But it’s a very controversial decision. I am among 28 scholars who wrote to the WHO protesting that the decision was poorly informed by science. The WHO seemed to ignore research that suggested “gaming disorder” is more a symptom of other, underlying mental health issues such as depression, rather than its own disorder.

This year, the Media Psychology and Technology division of the American Psychological Association, of which I am a fellow, likewise released a statement critical of the WHO’s decision. The WHO’s sister organization, UNICEF, also argued against using “addiction” language to describe children’s screen use.

Controversies aside, I have found that current data doesn’t support technology addictions as stand-alone diagnoses. For example, there’s the Oxford study that found people who rate higher in what is called “game addiction” don’t show more psychological or health problemsthan others. Additional research has suggested that any problems technology overusers may experience tend to be milder than would happen with a mental illness, and usually go away on their own without treatment.

‘Tech addiction’ is not caused by technology

Most of the discussion of technology addictions suggest that technology itself is mesmerizing, harming normal brains. But my research suggests that technology addictions generally are symptoms of other, underlying disorders like depression, anxiety and attention problems. People don’t think that depressed people who sleep all day have a “bed addiction.”

This is of particular concern when considering who needs treatment, and for what conditions. Efforts to treat “technology addiction” may do little more than treat a symptom, leaving the real problem intact.

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Technology is not uniquely addictive

There’s little question that some people overdo a wide range of activities. Those activities do include technology use, but also exercise, eating, sex, work, religion and shopping. There are even research papers on dance addiction. But few of these have official diagnoses. There’s little evidence that technology is more likely to be overused than a wide range of other enjoyable activities.

Technology use does not lead to suicide

Some pundits have pointed to a recent rise in suicide rates among teen girls as evidence for tech problems. But suicide rates increased for almost all age groups, particularly middle-aged adults, for the 17-year period from 1999 to 2016. This rise apparently began around 2008, during the financial collapse, and has become more pronounced since then. That undercuts the claim that screens are causing suicides in teens, as does the fact that suicide rates are far higher among middle-aged adults than youth. There appears to be a larger issue going on in society. Technopanics could be distracting regular people and health officials from identifying and treating it.

One recent paper claimed to link screen use to teen depression and suicide. But another scholar with access to the same data revealed the effect was no larger than the link between eating potatoes and suicide. This is a problem: Scholars sometimes make scary claims based on tiny data that are often statistical blips, not real effects.

To be sure, there are real problems related to technology, such as privacy issues. And people should balance technology use with other aspects of their lives. It’s also worth keeping an eye out for the very small percentage of individuals who do overuse. There’s a tiny kernel of truth to our concerns about technology addictions, but the available evidence suggests that claims of a crisis, or comparisons to substance abuse, are entirely unwarranted.

Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an article originally published May 22, 2018.

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Coffee is Coming...
« Reply #79 on: May 07, 2019, 10:34:53 AM »
Coffee is Coming... or was. The compositors have been at work, and my favorite meme from yesterday is no more: "Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains, and Drinker of Pumpkin Spice."

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            Re: Just for fun
            « Reply #80 on: June 21, 2019, 07:20:03 PM »
            Artist builds wall around Trump's Hollywood star

            • 22 July 2016
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            Image captionPeople have come to see Donald Trump's 'walled' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles

            Donald Trump's controversial call for a "great, great wall" on the US-Mexico border has yet to be realised but a tiny, tiny one has been built instead - surrounding his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

            The 15cm high concrete wall is topped with razor wire, miniature US flags and includes 'Keep Out' signs written in both Spanish and English.

            It was created by LA-based street artist Plastic Jesus and was inspired by comments made by the Republican Presidential nominee last year when he outlined plans to build a wall along the US-Mexico border to stop illegal immigrants.

            The 'wall' around Donald Trump's star Hollywood BoulevardImage copyrightEPA
            Image captionIn June 2015 Donald Trump stated: "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall"

            Curious tourists snapped photographs of the Los Angeles structure, while a picture of the unusual artwork posted on the artist's Instagram account received more than 14,000 likes by Thursday morning.

            One person called the wall "the most genius vandalism of the star yet," while another said it was the "best thing I've seen all day."

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            Image captionOne supporter of the artwork claimed to work for the LAPD

            There were also those who were unimpressed by the Trump-attacking artwork, with one user exclaiming that "A Trump presidency is what the US needs."

            Instagram commentImage copyrightINSTAGRAM
            Image captionTrump's supporters took to Instagram to defend him

            In an interview with the BBC, Plastic Jesus explained why he had built the 'wall':

            "I wanted to create a piece that drew attention to [Trump's] potential policies," he says. "I knew this week was the republican convention and I suppose I was capitalising on the momentum of the convention."

            And so, on Tuesday afternoon he took his tiny wall made from wood and concrete, and placed it on top of Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

            He says the response to his wall has been largely supportive. "I went to Hollywood Boulevard yesterday to take photographs and found myself in an absolute bottleneck of people taking photographs of the piece - it's been absolutely crazy."

            The artist, who emigrated to the US from the UK nine years ago, says he's not a fan of Donald Trump, "In the US you'll interact with immigrants from all over the world and it's one of the things that makes the US so great. Donald Trump's policy proposals are a threat to all of the immigrants."

            Miniature US flag on Plastic Jesus' wallImage copyrightEPA
            Image captionThe 'wall' has a miniature US flag on each corner

            Donald Trump received the 2,327th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007 for his work on America's The Apprentice.

            By Daniel Avis, BBC's UGC and Social News team

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            Re: Just for fun
            « Reply #81 on: June 21, 2019, 09:46:22 PM »
            Artist builds wall around Trump's Hollywood star



            Somebody should drop a Trump Doll sitting on the Throne Tweeting in the middle of it.



            Or better yet, a Trump Doll grabbing a Barbie Doll's Pussy.



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            « Reply #82 on: July 25, 2019, 08:52:01 AM »
            Trump delivered a speech in front of a fake presidential seal that showed a Russian imperial eagle clutching golf clubs
            https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-speech-in-front-of-presidential-seal-with-russian-eagle-2019-7




            --President Donald Trump on Tuesday addressed the conservative youth group Turning Point USA in Washington, DC.
            --The presidential seal displayed on a giant screen behind Trump as he addressed the conference had been doctored to show what appeared to be a Russian imperial eagle clutching golf clubs.
            --A representative for Turning Point USA told The Washington Post it was unclear how the symbol came to be shown behind the president, blaming it on a last-minute audio-visual mistake.


            After a 12-minute video extolling his virtues as a leader, President Donald Trump took to the stage at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Washington, DC, on Tuesday to deliver a speech to thousands of young, cheering supporters at the Turning Point USA conference.

            But as Trump stood enjoying the rapturous welcome, no one seemed to notice that there was something subtly different about the presidential seal that was being shown on the screen behind him.

            Instead of the bald eagle featured in the official seal of the president of the United States, the image featured a double-headed eagle, which bears a striking resemblance to the one on the official coat of arms of the Russian Federation.

            The alteration seemed designed to poke fun at Trump over his administration's controversial ties to Russia, which US intelligence says interfered in the US election in a bid to aid Trump's candidacy.

            And instead of clutching arrows in its left claw, the eagle in the altered image held golf clubs — most likely a not-so-subtle reference to one of Trump's favorite hobbies.

            Here's a picture of the official US presidential seal.



            Here's the Russian eagle, which has two heads and derives from the coat of arms of the Russian czars.



            And here's the mysteriously altered presidential seal that Trump spoke in front of Tuesday. The two-headed eagle is clearly visible, as are the golf clubs on the lower right section of the fake seal.

            Also visible is a fistful of dollars held in the eagle's claw on the left of the image, and a series of hammer and sickle designs in place of the stars on the US flag in the middle of the seal.


            The circles show the parts of the presidential seal that were changed Reuters

            The Washington Post first noticed the discrepancies. The White House told the publication that officials had not seen the image before Trump appeared onstage.

            Citing a reader, The Post said the fake seal resembled one being sold online in which the US's Latin motto "E pluribus unum," which means "Out of many, one," has been replaced by the Spanish words "45 es un titere." This roughly translates into English as "45 is a puppet." Trump is the 45th US president.

            A representative for Turning Point USA told The Post he didn't know where the image came from or how it ended up on a screen behind the president.

            "It was a last-minute A/V mistake — and I can't figure out where the breakdown was — but it was a last-minute throw-up, and that's all it was," the spokesman told The Post.

            "I can't figure out who did it yet."

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            Archaeologists discover a mysterious 'sorcerer's treasure trove' trunk at Pompeii
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            Published: 12:49 EDT, 12 August 2019 | Updated: 13:15 EDT, 12 August 2019

            Archaeologists have uncovered a trunk at Pompeii containing a vast variety of fascinating objects that may have been part of a 'sorcerer's treasure trove'.

            The objects include crystals, amber and amethyst stones, buttons made of bones, beetles from the orient, amulets, dolls, bells, fists, a tiny skull - and even miniature penises.

            Experts say the objects may have been used in rituals for fertility, seduction, or to seek good omens for a birth or pregnancy, although they stress that this is just a theory. 

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            Archaeologists have uncovered a trunk at Pompeii containing a vast variety of fascinating objects that may have been part of a 'sorcerer's treasure trove' (pictured)

            Archaeologists have uncovered a trunk at Pompeii containing a vast variety of fascinating objects that may have been part of a 'sorcerer's treasure trove' (pictured)

            The objects include crystals, amber and amethyst stones, buttons made of bones, beetles from the orient, amulets, dolls, bells, fists, a tiny skull (pictured) - and even miniature penises

            The objects include crystals, amber and amethyst stones, buttons made of bones, beetles from the orient, amulets, dolls, bells, fists, a tiny skull (pictured) - and even miniature penises 

            Mount Vesuvius erupted in the year AD 79, burying the cities of Pompeii, Oplontis, and Stabiae under ashes and rock fragments, and the city of Herculaneum under a mudflow.

            Archaeologists regularly uncover new finds at the UNESCO world heritage site that add to our understanding of the events of the disaster and the people who lived nearby.

            'There are dozens of good luck charms next to other objects that were attributed with the power of crushing bad luck,' the site's director, Massimo Osanna, told Italian news agency , of the latest find.

            He thinks that it is more likely that the objects belonged to a servant or slave than the owner of the house. 

            Indeed, the chest did not include the gold that the wealthy people of Pompeii customarily loved to wear. 

            'They could have been necklaces that were worn during rituals rather than being used to look elegant,' he added.

            Experts say the objects (pictured) may have been used in ritualsfor fertility, seduction, or to seek good omens for a birth or pregnancy, although they stress that this is just a theory.

            Experts say the objects (pictured) may have been used in rituals for fertility, seduction, or to seek good omens for a birth or pregnancy, although they stress that this is just a theory

            'There are dozens of good luck charms next to other objects that were attributed with the power of crushing bad luck,' the site's director, Massimo Osanna, told Italian news agency Ansa

            'There are dozens of good luck charms next to other objects that were attributed with the power of crushing bad luck,' the site's director, Massimo Osanna, told Italian news agency Ansa

            Mr Osanna thinks that it is more likely that the objects belonged to a servant or slave than the owner of the house. Indeed, the chest did not include the gold that the all the wealthy people of Pompeii loved to wear. Pictured: A view of archaeological artefacts on display

            Mr Osanna thinks that it is more likely that the objects belonged to a servant or slave than the owner of the house. Indeed, the chest did not include the gold that the all the wealthy people of Pompeii loved to wear. Pictured: A view of archaeological artefacts on display

            The objects were found at the Casa del Giardino, the same area where an inscription was uncovered in 2018.

            It caused historians to reconsider when they think the Vesuvius eruption that destroyed Pompeii took place, shifting it from August 24 to October 24, 79 AD. 

            The writing came from an area in a house that was apparently being renovated just before the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying Pompeii under a thick blanket of ash and rock. 

            Archeologists found the inscription in a house that was in the process of being renovated at the time of the eruption, so the writing would have probably been covered with plaster shortly.

            'That could help explain why, next to rooms with frescoed walls and ceilings, and with cemented floors -- in some cases with tiles or marble slabs -- there were some areas with plastered walls or even without floors, like the atrium and the entrance corridor,' they said at the time.

            The objects were found at the Casa del Giardino, the same area where an inscription was uncovered in 2018. Pictured: The charcoal inscription uncovered during the 2018 excavations backs the theory that the Mount Vesuvius eruption that destroyed the ancient Roman city took place in October of 79 AD, not August

            The objects were found at the Casa del Giardino, the same area where an inscription was uncovered in 2018. Pictured: The charcoal inscription uncovered during the 2018 excavations backs the theory that the Mount Vesuvius eruption that destroyed the ancient Roman city took place in October of 79 AD, not August

            Mount Vesuvius erupted in the year AD 79, burying the cities of Pompeii, Oplontis, and Stabiae under ashes and rock fragments, and the city of Herculaneum under a mudflow. The inscription found in 2018 was dated the 16th day before the calends of November - i.e. October 17.

            Mount Vesuvius erupted in the year AD 79, burying the cities of Pompeii, Oplontis, and Stabiae under ashes and rock fragments, and the city of Herculaneum under a mudflow. The inscription found in 2018 was dated the 16th day before the calends of November - i.e. October 17. 

            The August 24 date derives from an account of the blast given by Pliny the Younger, who witnessed the eruption and wrote about it almost 30 years after the event in two letters to his friend, the Roman historian Tacitus.

            The Roman author was 17 at the time of the eruption, which he observed from the other side of the Bay of Naples. 

            However, previous excavations have uncovered a calcified branch bearing berries that normally only come out in autumn. 

            The discovery of some braziers over the years also suggested the disaster did not strike at the height of summer.

            WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT VESUVIUS AND THE DESTRUCTION OF POMPEII?

            What happened?

            Mount Vesuvius erupted in the year AD 79, burying the cities of Pompeii, Oplontis, and Stabiae under ashes and rock fragments, and the city of Herculaneum under a mudflow.  

            Mount Vesuvius, on the west coast of Italy, is the only active volcano in continental Europe and is thought to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.

            Every single resident died instantly when the southern Italian town was hit by a 500°C pyroclastic hot surge.

            Pyroclastic flows are a dense collection of hot gas and volcanic materials that flow down the side of an erupting volcano at high speed.

            They are more dangerous than lava because they travel faster, at speeds of around 450mph (700 km/h), and at temperatures of 1,000°C.

            An administrator and poet called Pliny the younger watched the disaster unfold from a distance. 

            Letters describing what he saw were found in the 16th century.

            His writing suggests that the eruption caught the residents of Pompeii unaware.

            Mount Vesuvius erupted in the year AD 79, burying the cities of Pompeii, Oplontis, and Stabiae under ashes and rock fragments, and the city of Herculaneum under a mudflow

            Mount Vesuvius erupted in the year AD 79, burying the cities of Pompeii, Oplontis, and Stabiae under ashes and rock fragments, and the city of Herculaneum under a mudflow

            He said that a column of smoke 'like an umbrella pine' rose from the volcano and made the towns around it as black as night.

            People ran for their lives with torches, screaming and some wept as rain of ash and pumice fell for several hours.

            While the eruption lasted for around 24 hours, the first pyroclastic surges began at midnight, causing the volcano's column to collapse.

            An avalanche of hot ash, rock and poisonous gas rushed down the side of the volcano at 124mph (199kph), burying victims and remnants of everyday life.

            Hundreds of refugees sheltering in the vaulted arcades at the seaside in Herculaneum, clutching their jewellery and money, were killed instantly.

            The Orto dei fuggiaschi (The garden of the Fugitives) shows the 13 bodies of victims who were buried by the ashes as they attempted to flee Pompeii during the 79 AD eruption of the Vesuvius volcano

            The Orto dei fuggiaschi (The garden of the Fugitives) shows the 13 bodies of victims who were buried by the ashes as they attempted to flee Pompeii during the 79 AD eruption of the Vesuvius volcano

            As people fled Pompeii or hid in their homes, their bodies were covered by blankets of the surge.

            While Pliny did not estimate how many people died, the event was said to be 'exceptional' and the number of deaths is thought to exceed 10,000.

            What have they found?

            This event ended the life of the cities but at the same time preserved them until rediscovery by archaeologists nearly 1700 years later.

            The excavation of Pompeii, the industrial hub of the region and Herculaneum, a small beach resort, has given unparalleled insight into Roman life.

            Archaeologists are continually uncovering more from the ash-covered city.

            In May archaeologists uncovered an alleyway of grand houses, with balconies left mostly intact and still in their original hues.

            A plaster cast of a dog, from the House of Orpheus, Pompeii, AD 79. Around 30,000 people are believed to have died in the chaos, with bodies still being discovered to this day

            A plaster cast of a dog, from the House of Orpheus, Pompeii, AD 79. Around 30,000 people are believed to have died in the chaos, with bodies still being discovered to this day

            Some of the balconies even had amphorae - the conical-shaped terra cotta vases that were used to hold wine and oil in ancient Roman times.

            The discovery has been hailed as a 'complete novelty' - and the Italian Culture Ministry hopes they can be restored and opened to the public.

            Upper stores have seldom been found among the ruins of the ancient town, which was destroyed by an eruption of Vesuvius volcano and buried under up to six metres of ash and volcanic rubble.

            Around 30,000 people are believed to have died in the chaos, with bodies still being discovered to this day.

            "It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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            Great mud flood find Surly....
            I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world.
            You don’t know what it is but its there, like a splinter in your mind

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            Winning Sand Sculpture of the 2019 Texas Sand Sculpture Festival
            « Reply #85 on: August 28, 2019, 08:29:42 AM »
            The Winning Sand Sculpture of the 2019 Texas Sand Sculpture Festival
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            liberty crumbling by damon langlois 1 The Winning Sand Sculpture of the 2019 Texas Sand Sculpture Festival
             
            Damon Langlois has been awarded 1st Place for his incredible sand sculpture, “Liberty Crumbling”, at the 2019 Texas SandFest. The 23rd annual Texas SandFest drew 35,000 people to Port Aransas, Texas and is recognized as the largest native-sand sculpture competition in the United States.
            Texas SandFest’s mission is to give back to the community by raising funds for local charities and scholarships for high school students. This year they raised $355,000 usd and have raised $1,261,750 usd for charities in the last 8 years.

            To see all of the winners from this year’s competition click here.
            https://www.texassandfest.org/2019-results/
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            The Secret Story of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’s Last Tango
            « Reply #86 on: September 02, 2019, 09:37:17 AM »
            The Secret Story of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’s Last Tango



            For six years they managed to elude the most powerful detectives on the planet and outrun their past across the wilds of South America.


            Patrick Symmes

            Everything comes to an end, even a tango party in Argentina. It was a perfect combination, that night in early 1904: a warm spring evening, a house full of the great, and a yard full of the good.

            The great: That would be the new governor, Dr. Julio Lezama, accompanied by the chief of police, military surveyors, and various political functionaries. And the good: That would be the 80 or so people standing on the grass, almost the entire population of this remote valley in the Andes. Among the guests were families, local laborers, and misfits from many nations. Some were broke South American cowboys; others immigrants from Italy, England, Wales, and America. Some were indigent; others, like the hosts of the party, seemed to have it all: money, land, houses, and cattle.

            The music was provided by the governor himself. He was a man of many accomplishments—a doctor, politician, and guitarist who could pick out most any regional favorite. Tonight it was the Brazilian samba, plus a new style that was just emerging in Argentina, the melancholy tango.

            Somewhere in the party, mingling with ease and leading the festivities—because this was their house, their life—were three people, each with a $10,000 bounty on their head. Back home they were criminals, efficient and daring experts in the art of separating powerful people from their money. Here, under new names, they were upstanding citizens, free from the past.

            One of the two hosts, James “Santiago” Ryan, had once worked as a butcher, and outside the cabin, he must have cast a critical eye on the men grilling the lamb and beef. The other man, Henry “Enrique” Place, spoke better Spanish than his friend and business partner, and would have spent more of the evening inside with Ethel, his wife. She was the one who made this frontier house sparkle, the social one, the music teacher who spoke Spanish well, whose elegant presence remade the lives of three criminal fugitives into something whole and wholesome-looking. Despite having her face on WANTED posters all over the globe, she took a turn around the cabin floor with Dr. Lezama.

            The party lasted until 2 a.m. The governor himself stayed overnight as a guest of Place and Ryan. In another life, they had gone by other names. Many other names, in fact; the men put on aliases the way other people put on coats. In Argentina, they hoped to conceal forever the names history would remember them by: Butch and Sundance.

            In the 1969 Oscar-winning film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the famous outlaws are shown escaping America to a decrepit village in Bolivia. According to the movie version, they  died side by side, guns blazing, in the crosshairs of half a Bolivian regiment. It’s a great Hollywood ending that happens to be true, mostly: they left America… then died in Bolivia.

            What Hollywood didn’t know is that Butch and Sundance escaped.

            For six years they managed to elude the most powerful detectives on the planet and outrun their past across the wilds of South America. Hidden, for years, in the tranquil frontiers of Patagonia and the deep forests of the Andes, they started new lives as law-abiding citizens. They roped cattle, built ranches, and spent their ill-gotten gains on glorious living, including tango parties and cabin concerts where a governor—and even lawmen charged with arresting them—were honored guests. 

            They tried to let go of the past. But they were hounded for a crime which we now know they did not commit, and the past caught up with them. Found out, the Old West’s smartest robbers responded by going on an epic spree of bank jobs that filled their saddlebags and humiliated law enforcement in three countries. Given the real story of what Butch and Sundance pulled off in South America, it’s no wonder the authorities tried to forget those years.

            Read the rest here.
            "It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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            Someone Stole a Solid Gold Toilet From Winston Churchill's House
            « Reply #87 on: September 16, 2019, 07:26:02 AM »
            Someone Stole a Solid Gold Toilet From Winston Churchill's House



            There is no right or wrong place to begin this tale of toilet thievery, so lets just (I’m going to do this, and I am very sorry) plop right in. A gang of thieves broke into a museum located inside the 18th century stately home where Winston Churchill was born and stole a golden toilet worth $1.25 million that was on display as an interactive art installation.

            The piece, titled America, by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan is a fully functioning toilet made of solid gold. Previously on display at the Guggenheim, the toilet was once offered to Donald Trump in response to the White House’s request to borrow a Van Gogh from the museum. The famed toilet arrived at Blenheim Palace on Thursday. To hype its arrival, Blenheim invited guests to use the opulent toilet for up three minutes at a time. But due to the interactive nature of the exhibit, security was a bit complicated and perhaps also a bit lax:

            “Firstly, it’s plumbed in and secondly, a potential thief will have no idea who last used the toilet or what they ate. So no, I don’t plan to be guarding it,” Blenheim Art Foundation Edward Spencer-Churchill told the Sunday Times back in August.

            Less than a day after the toilet’s arrival, thieves who broke into Blenheim Palace were able to disconnect it from the plumbing, causing significant flooding and extensive damage in the process. A 66-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the theft but the commode has not been recovered. As always, the real victims of any art theft are a public denied the opportunity to shit on something beautiful.
            "It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

             

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