See some of the world’s most beautiful abandoned places
Take a tour of the world’s apparently robust supply of empty castles, power plants, and churches—and witness the surprising grandeur of dilapidation.
A tired screenwriting trope is to use abandoned places as settings where one’s gory horror scenarios might unfold—the house nobody has been inside for years, the decrepit mental hospital kids dare each other to sneak into. But “abandoned” doesn’t always mean “scary.” In fact, in some cases, it can be downright breathtaking—and not in a strangulation kind of way.
As far as photography jobs go, it doesn’t get much better than being the personal photographer to the President of the United States. During his tenure in that position, Jacques Lowe amassed an archive of over 40,000 negatives.
Tragically, all but 1,500 of the remaining negatives in storage were destroyed during the attacks on 9/11. A team of seven imaging specialists spent 600 hours restoring the photographs, which are now on display in New York.
The rough sketch may have actually been drawn by a student of the Renaissance artist.
Carol Inez Charney is a San Francisco based photographer who specializes in manipulating close-up photos of water on windows.
She uses background color that’s slightly out of focus to make the photos resemble abstract oil paintings.
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Learning Vs. Earning At Work: A Value Comparison
When you take a job, they give you resources like money in exchange for your resources, like time.
Conspiracy Theory of the Day: Obama Employs a Reptilian Shapeshifter?
The latest conspiracy theory surrounding President Obama stems from this video clip of a bald-headed Secret Service agent who briefly appears in the background during the president’s speech on March 4th, which of course gave rise to the ridiculous assertion that the man is really a “shapeshifter alien humanoid” due to his peculiar head and facial structures. When inquired by Wired, the National Security Council’s spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden apparently quipped that while she “can’t confirm the claims made in this video, but any alleged program to guard the president with aliens or robots would likely have to be scaled back or eliminated in the sequester.”
New study finds that overconsumption of salt was responsible for more than 2 million deaths worldwide in 2010.
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I have to admit, I didn’t really get what “The 1%” meant before I saw this video. This is pretty straightforward.
Don’t cut yourself on that spike.
A new exhibit at the National Archives highlights an interesting decade—one that gave rise to the environmental movement and some awkward fashion
These photos represent exactly how my brain remembers the 1970s. —heidi
Photo: National Archives
There’s much to admire about the culture of new domesticity. But, as Miller’s story illustrates, the belief in the power of homemaking too often overlaps with a weird brand of neo-gender essentialism. The women in her story, like many people I’ve met during my research, turned progressive sentiments about the value of “women’s work” and the goodness of all things “natural” into an awfully conservative-seeming worldview in which women are “inherently” better parents than men, and it’s “just natural” to cook from scratch, grind your own baby food, etc. rather than rely on modern labor-saving inventions like restaurants and chain supermarkets and daycares. All too often, the movement ignores broad social change (workplace reform, school reform, food reform, etc.) in favor of a DIY approach. That’s a lot more work for mom.
Read more. [Image: The National Archives, United Kingdom]
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