Archive for April 7th, 2011

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‎4.7.2011 … taxes .. yuck… but I am lucky … after all the pain and agony … i end up with a healthy child on April 15. Jack was born on Tax Day and he turns 21 this year!!

labyrinths, Charlotte, me:  Hope to begin my local labyrinth tour this week.  World-Wide Labyrinth Locator – Welcome.

Labyrinths can be thought of as symbolic forms of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment. Many people could not afford to travel to holy sites and lands, so labyrinths and prayer substituted for such travel. Later, the religious significance of labyrinths faded, and they served primarily for entertainment, though recently their spiritual aspect has seen a resurgence.

Many newly made labyrinths exist today, in churches and parks. Labyrinths are used by modern mystics to help achieve a contemplative state. Walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets the mind. The Labyrinth Society[34] provides a locator for modern labyrinths all over the world.

via Labyrinth – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

google, Google Art Project, museums, technology: How cool is this …

But over the last year and half he has been traveling to some of the greatest museums in the world, convincing the directors of 17 of them — including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Hermitage and the Uffizi Gallery — that they should let Google’s cameras into their halls.

What Mr. Sood had to offer were the resources that Google is uniquely equipped to provide — the ability to store vast amounts of information in the remote servers, and just as important, the ability to offer users that information quickly, seamlessly, intuitively.

The collaboration has produced the Google Art Project, which was introduced Feb. 1 and allows viewers to explore these great art collections on their computers in two radically different ways.

First, the project has brought Google’s Street View technology indoors, allowing a user to “walk” through many of the halls of the museums, looking around before stopping in front of the paintings. In these collections, the walls, floors and ceilings can be as much an artifact worth lingering over as the paintings. (The museums are also linked to the wider, world-spanning Google Street View, so that a user can walk out the door of the museum.)

Second, the project has collected more than 1,000 high-resolution images of paintings in those museums, and presents them within a viewing technology that makes it easy to zoom in to study the brushwork, or shine a spotlight on a minor character in a dense narrative painting.

via Google Art Project Teams With World’s Top Museums – NYTimes.com.

history, Civil War, quotes: “Earthshaking events are sometimes set in motion by small decisions.”

Earthshaking events are sometimes set in motion by small decisions. Perhaps the most famous example was when Rosa Parks boarded a segregated bus in Montgomery, Ala. More recently, a Tunisian fruit vendor’s refusal to pay a bribe set off a revolution that continues to sweep across the Arab world. But in some ways, the moment most like the flight of fugitive slaves to Fort Monroe came two decades ago, when a minor East German bureaucratic foul-up loosed a tide of liberation across half of Europe. On the evening of Nov. 9, 1989, a tumultuous throng of people pressed against the Berlin Wall at Checkpoint Charlie, in response to an erroneous announcement that the ban on travel to the West would be lifted immediately. The captain in charge of the befuddled East German border guards dialed and redialed headquarters to find some higher-up who could give him definitive orders. None could. He put the phone down and stood still for a moment, pondering. “Perhaps he came to his own decision,” Michael Meyer of Newsweek would write. “Whatever the case, at 11:17 p.m. precisely, he shrugged his shoulders, as if to say, ‘Why not?’ . . . ‘Alles auf!’ he ordered. ‘Open ’em up,’ and the gates swung wide.”

The Iron Curtain did not unravel at that moment, but that night the possibility of cautious, incremental change ceased to exist, if it had ever really existed at all. The wall fell because of those thousands of pressing bodies, and because of that border guard’s shrug.

 

In the very first months of the Civil War — after Baker, Mallory and Townsend breached their own wall, and Butler shrugged — slavery’s iron curtain began falling all across the South. Lincoln’s secretaries John Hay and John Nicolay, in their biography of the president, would say of the three slaves’ escape, “Out of this incident seems to have grown one of the most sudden and important revolutions in popular thought which took place during the whole war.”

Within weeks after the first contrabands’ arrival at Fort Monroe, slaves were reported flocking to the Union lines just about anywhere there were Union lines: in Northern Virginia, on the Mississippi, in Florida. It is unclear how many of these escapees knew of Butler’s decision, but probably quite a few did. Edward Pierce, a Union soldier who worked closely with the contrabands, marveled at “the mysterious spiritual telegraph which runs through the slave population,” though he most likely exaggerated just a bit when he continued, “Proclaim an edict of emancipation in the hearing of a single slave on the Potomac, and in a few days it will be known by his brethren on the gulf.”

via How Slavery Really Ended in America – NYTimes.com.

Charlotte Latin School, Cum Laude Society, kith/kin, kudos:  Kudos to my Molly and to all the other 2011 CLS inductees!

Seniors

James Butler; Morgan Carnes; Mary Claire Evans; Claire Gibson; Eliza Karp; Megan Kennelly; Siân Lewis-Bevan; Maddie Metz; Katherine Peters; Mary Peyton Roche; Connor Stefan; and Baynes Welch

Juniors

Will Almquist; Roman Berens; Caroline Chiaroni; Aashna Desai; Brandon Ho; Chris Jones; Ashley Medeiros; Brian Mittl; Tai Shaw; Molly Teague; and Hadley Wilson

via 2011 Cum Laude Society.

 




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