I have a whole new respect for Playboy now. This shot was in their July 1961 issue…George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom.
Here’s a photograph of Albert Einstein’s Princeton desk taken only a few hours after he died in 1955.
To celebrate the legendary Cambridge University 800 years anniversary, ETC was commissioned to create a light show to mark the celebration. ETC produced a projection spectacular onto the facades of two of the faculty’s buildings – the Senate House and the Old School building. The 50m wide video projections paid homage to the incredible theories and inventions to come out of the famous institution, such as those from Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. The nine-minute looped show played for three nights, attracting thousands of spectators to the town centre.
In aTwitter exchange, Anil Dash just reminded me that the word “avatar” comes from from the Sanskrit word Avatãra. The word means, more or less, “descent.” More, from a related blog post at Heritage Key:
But while the modern day meaning implies gaming and interaction, the original definition has a very different meaning. In Hinduism, avatars act as manifestations of deities. This occurs when a god has decided to come to our world by taking a human or animal form.
The most well-known avatars were associated with the god Vishnu, who often appeared in our world to restore good in the world when evil threatened to corrupt it. The deity would do so by fighting off demons as a fish or a boar. At other times, Vishnu would lead armies to victory as an eventual king (Sounds a little similar to the plot of the movie Avatar?).
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today, March 17, 2010, La Fheile Padraig (St. Patrick’s Day in Irish) is being celebrated around the world.
St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse to party, whether you are Irish or not. Though the holiday began as a Catholic feast day, it’s become a secular celebration of Irish culture.
Named after St. Patrick, who lived in the fifth century AD, St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland.
It’s also a great day to impress your loved ones with these fascinating St. Patrick’s Day facts. Feel free to share them and vote on your favorites!
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