If There Is Much In The Window There Should Be More In The Room

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Secret of Nimrud

Nimrud is an ancient Assyrian city located south on the river Tigris in Mesopotamia. In ancient times the city was called Kalhu. The Arabs called the city Nimrud after the Biblical Nimrod, a legendary hunting hero (cf. Genesis 10:11-12, Micah 5:6, and 1Chronicles 1:10).

The city covered an area of 360 hectares (890 acres). The ruins of the city are found within one kilometer of the modern day village of Noomanea in Nineveh Province, Iraq. This is some 30 kilometres (19 mi) southeast of Mosul. Nimrud has been suggested as the site of the biblical city of Calah or Kalakh. - Wikipedia

Gold jewelry and other precious items recovered from royal tombs excavated at the ancient Assyrian capital of Nimrud, and objects from the royal cemetery at Ur, have been found where they were stashed for safety—in a vault below the Central Bank in Baghdad—before the onset of the Gulf War in 1990.

The 2,800-year-old treasures—which are regarded by some archaeologists as rare and precious as the objects found in Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb—were in three cases that had been sealed and secured in the underground vault. The cases were not found until last week because the basement of the bank was flooded, possibly deliberately by bank officials as a way to protect the treasures from looters.

There’s a stunning set of photos of the Nimrud treasures on the Iraq Museum website.nimrud treasures


The first seven sections (347 photos!) cover the opening of the flooded bank vault in which these and other treasures (including the gold helmet of Meskalamdug, and the headdress of one of the “female attendants,”

and at least one of the gold bull’s head harp decorations, all found in Ur) were hidden, and which are shown being unpacked from sodden crates. Sections 8 and 9 show the items cleaned and on display in the museum.

All should be thankful for the beautiful photography of Noreen Feeney, especially in her extreme closeups, showing us in unprecedented detail the extraordinary Nimrud finds, especially....

For more information: http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB105485037080424400,00.html

Luxor - Valley of the Kings Luxor Egypt - Tomb of Ramses 4 - Ramesses IV - Travel Egypt in 360 Photo


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The Valley of the Kings in Luxor is one of the most visited tourist site in Egypt..
The tomb of Ramses IV is one of the best preserved.

It is is almost intact and with large decorations with scenes from the Litany of Ra, Book of Caverns, Book of the Dead, Book of Amduat and the Book of the Heaven.

The panorama is from the burial chamber with the sarcophagus painted with scenes from the Book of the Gates and the Amduat.

PHOTOGRAPHER: David Firestone

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dont Gross Out The World


Sure you know not to eat with your feet on the table at a fancy restaurant.

But what about eating at a fancy restaurant in Khartoum in Sudan.
Should you bring your camel with you, or leave him outside?
Can you be arrested for making that weird straw-sucking noise
when you get to the bottom of your soda?
How about ants in your soup? Rescue them or let them drown?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Phylotaxis / for Seed by Jonathan Harris



Phylotaxis is an exploration of the space where science meets culture.

Its structure, derived from the Fibonacci Sequence and closely related to the Golden Ratio, is one of nature's most elegant. The Fibonacci Sequence is the set of numbers where each number is the sum of the previous two numbers.

This simple sequence governs phenomena as diverse as the petal arrangement of roses, the breeding patterns of rabbits, and the shape of our galaxy. It is also evident in the design of the Great Pyramids, the composition of the Mona Lisa, and the construction of Stradivarius violins.

Related to the Fibonacci Sequence, Phylotaxis (Phyllos - leaf, Taxis - order) is the study of the ordered position of leaves on a plant stem, and also applies to the shape of pinecones, and the dispersion of seeds on the flat head of a sunflower.

Seed has chosen this shape to represent the perfect synthesis of science and culture.

"Phylotaxis", created for Seed by artist Jonathan Harris, illustrates the delicate balance between science and culture in our world.

Without the randomness of culture, science becomes dry and predictable, imprisoned in a strict square grid. Without the rational thinking of science, culture quickly teeters towards chaos. Only when science and culture act as peers can harmony be achieved, expressed through the astonishing Phylotaxis shape.

The individual beads of the Phylotaxis represent an ever-changing zeitgeist of science news in our world, populated automatically every few hours by a computer program that scours a slew of online news sources and blogs that focus on science. The Phylotaxis is therefore beyond human control, autonomously composing its own new identity, based on what's happening in the world of science.

The miniature Phylotaxis atop the page is the Seed insignia, quivering slightly with Brownian motion, its color composition changing every few hours, each dot taking on the average color of its corresponding Phylotaxis photograph. In this way, the identity of Seed constantly reflects the identity of science.