“ It’s a lie. It’s a bunch of sad strangers photographed beautifully and all the glittering assholes who appreciate art say it’s beautiful because that’s what they want to see. But the people in the photos are sad. And alone. But the pictures make the world seem beautiful so the exhibition’s reassuring, which makes it a lie, and everyone loves a big fat lie. ”
I read this book a year ago at the urging of my mother. There are many things that humble me and cause my jaw to drop everyday, but I think Greg Mortenson's story stays very near the top. You will thank yourself if you give this dude a few minutes of your time.
So my Mum attends a lecture by Greg Mortenson about a week ago, where among other profundities, Sahib Greg said that top military and State Department officials have been seeking his help after reading Three Cups Of Tea: One Man's Mission To Promote Peace... One School At a time. In addition, he has been receiving emails from CENTCOMM Commander General Dave Petraeus. DUH. How do you improve people's lives while at the same time counteracting the poverty and ignorance that feeds extremism and violence? Why, build schools in the hinterlands of Pakistan and Afghanistan, of course. Special emphasis on education for girls.
Greg Mortenson (born December 27, 1957) is a humanitarian, international peace-maker, and former mountaineer from Bozeman, Montana. Mortenson is the co-founder (with Dr. Jean Hoerni) and director of the non-profit Central Asia Institute, and founder of the educational charity, Pennies For Peace. He is the protagonist and co-author of the # 1 New York Times bestseller, Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission To Promote Peace... One School At A Time.
(...) In 1993, to honor his deceased sister's memory, Mortenson went to climb K2, the world's second highest mountain, in the Karakoram range of northern Pakistan. After more than 70 days on the mountain, Mortenson and three other climbers completed a life-saving rescue of a fifth climber that took more than 75 hours. The time and energy devoted to this rescue prevented him from attempting to reach the summit. After the rescue, he began his descent of the mountain and became weak and exhausted. One local Balti porter took Mortenson to the nearest city, but he took a wrong turn along the way and ended up in Korphe, a small village, where he recovered... (via Wikipedia)
Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., Catalogue J--foreign section. Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Publishing Company, 1905.
Print no. 7010.
Forms part of: Landscape and marine views of Norway in the Photochrom print collection.
Format: Photochrom prints--Color--1890-1900.
Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.
Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Part Of: Landscape and marine views of Norway (DLC) 2001699563
More information about the Photochrom Print Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pgz
Persistent URL: hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsc.06130
Call Number: LOT 13432, no. 028 [item]
This is how they put out fires during the Victorian era. Do what you have to do, I suppose.
The state archives of Florida has just joined Flickr. I reckon it will take some time for them to get more uploaded. I am particularly waiting to see more of the 2,000+ glass negs from Alvan Harper. The selection so far is pretty puny.
Mockingbirds: among the menagerie of animal specimens that inspired Charles Darwin’s thoughts on evolution. Photograph: Anna Gordon/Guardian
The significance of the two birds lying side by side on a purple cushion with tags dangling from their feet is easy to miss. But the subtle differences - a strip of white on the wing, a smudge of dark on the breast - set Charles Darwin on course to develop the most important scientific theory ever conceived: the evolution of species through natural selection.
The mockingbirds are perhaps the most important specimens Darwin collected from the Galapagos during his five-year voyage aboard HMS Beagle in the 1830s, and today they go on show as part of a major exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London. It reveals Darwin as a tenacious scientist, a pragmatic lover, and a man pained by losing his religion.
It's rare that I will do birthdays, cuz 90 kabillion people blog and reblog "Born On This Date" every morning. The most ubiquitous daily blog topic across the web? I dunno. Gets bunches of traffic, though.
These two birthdays, though, are pretty damn important to me.
If you can get through the nonsense in the intro, please listen to Jeffrey Sachs, (arguably the world's top economist, and adviser to the UN), speak the truth about what we face, and literally SHOUT his outrage over what we are doing to the world and it's poor.
"I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day." (Written by Lincoln to a friend after the Second Battle of Manassas.)
Caption: "The man of the hour, the new President, Abraham Lincoln"
CREDIT: Gardner, Alexander, photographer. "Abraham Lincoln, Head-and-Shoulders Portrait, Facing Front." November 8, 1863. M.P. Rice, copyright 1900. By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies, 1789-Present, American Memory collections, Library of Congress.
This is how the poor chap really looked at the time of his inauguration. This this has been retouched so many times...
Two girls with dirty clothes holding hands. Eastern Kentucky coal fields, 1964
Archive of Documentary Arts 919-660-5822 Item Details Item Number: KY0168 Photographer: Gedney, William Gale, 1932-1989 Year: 1964
More: William Gedney Photographs And Writings
From the mid 1950s through the early 1980s, William Gedney (1932-1989) photographed throughout the United States, in India, and in Europe. From street scenes outside his Brooklyn apartment to the daily chores of unemployed coal miners, from the indolent lifestyle of hippies in Haight-Ashbury to the sacred rituals of Hindu worshippers, Gedney recorded the lives of others with remarkable clarity and poignancy. These photographs, along with his notebooks and writings, illuminate the vision of an intensely private man who, as a writer and photographer, revealed the lives of others with striking sensitivity. Included here are selections from Gedney's finished prints, work prints, contact sheets, notes, notebooks, handmade photographic books, book dummies, and correspondence.
While at the Salvation Army junk store today communing with my Great-Grandfather the Captain and trying my best not to be knocked over by assorted bargain fiends that are, (always), utterly Convinced you are going to steal their treasures... *sigh*
a) A caricature-ish air-brush style print of Johnny Depp
b) A signed photograph of George W. and Laura Bush (*cough*)
c) A very nicely matted and framed Dean by the Snapdragon
I thought of taking Crackberries of the other two and making it a REAL visual extravaganza, but I was lazy.
"One Thousand Postcards is a short radio piece by René Gutel, about how her father, a bus driver, finding his job sometimes dull, decided to write her a postcard every day while she was away at college. I like the fact that after a while the whole campus became fascinated by the postcards, and she found herself having to read that day's instalment to student after envious student. Funny and sweet."
One: I really don't want to give these people too much pub, because I am a little conflicted about the "vintage" equivalent of selling pictures found during a Google search, or maybe a friends cell phone, or discards.
And two: I am very conflicted about having been a teenager in the decade that the above object was taken.
Chinese figures in a doorway, including two children c. 1900
Australia - Victoria - Melbourne - Little Bourke Street
Taken outside 193-195 Little Bourke Street. Some of the children photographed might belong to the Poon family who lived at this address and had eleven children. One child looks part European (far left).