04
Feb
13

2.4.13 … Becoming Kind …

King Richard III, anthropology, Shakespeare, Facebook: 500 Year-Old Skeleton Is King Richard III …   Just love this story …and all my friends on FB’s wonderful and sometimes erudite (sometime not) comments!

The University of Leicester unveiled an image Monday of the skeleton of Richard III, the English king who ruled between 1483 and 1485. The university said DNA analysis of the skeleton found at an archaeological dig in a parking lot in Leicester, England, confirmed his identity.

via Video – 500 Year-Old Skeleton Is King Richard III – WSJ.com.

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Richard became king in 1483, taking power from his nephew, the 12-year-old Edward V. Richard said Edward was an illegitimate heir as the product of his father’s second marriage. Richard was said to have imprisoned his two nephews in the Tower of London. Within months of Richard’s taking the throne, the two nephews disappeared, and some assumed Richard had murdered them.

Some historians say Richard was an evil, power-hungry ruler who murdered family members to quicken his rise to the throne. William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” helped to popularize this depiction, describing Richard as a crippled villain who killed anyone in his path to the throne.

Others say this description is fictional, and one spread by Henry Tudor, Richard’s successor, whose army killed Richard in battle. Shakespeare was born about 80 years after Richard died and wrote during the Tudor dynasty. Pro-Richard enthusiasts say a closer look at Richard’s reign shows he was one of the most progressive rulers of his time and one who promoted foreign trade and books.

His death at the Battle of Bosworth Field, outside of Leicester, marked a pivotal moment in English history and in the struggle for power between the House of York and the House of Lancaster, known as the “The Wars of the Roses.” Richard was the last of the Plantagenet kings to rule and his defeat by Henry VII began the start of the Tudor dynasty, which lasted for more than a century.

via Richard III’s Grave Confirmed – WSJ.com.

MS:

All of the Richard III related status updates make me realize that when it comes to Facebook, I am way out of my league.

BC:

“Bloody thou art, bloody will be thy end;

Shame serves thy life and doth thy death attend.” — Shakespeare

Maybe this will allow for a modern-day rehabilitation of Richard’s reputation!!!

Which side are you on?

Richard III – villain or victim? – YouTube.

 

2013 Super Bowl blackout, FYI,  2013 Super Bowl ads,  Oreo ad, Twitter:

fyi … I still don’t have a clue what happened …

 

Super Bowl – Associated Press Interactive.

Loved this!

“We had a mission control set up at our office with the brand and 360i, and when the blackout happened, the team looked at it as an opportunity,” agency president Sarah Hofstetter told BuzzFeed. “Because the brand team was there, it was easy to get approvals and get it up in minutes.”

Oreo had already aired a solid TV ad with their “Cookie or Creme” spot. But they were ready to capitalize on social media as well when the lights went out.

“The big question is, what happens when everything changes, when you go off script?” Hofstetter said. “That was where it got fun.”

The key? Having Oreo executives in the room, ready to pull the trigger.

“You need a brave brand to approve content that quickly. When all of the stakeholders come together so quickly, you’ve got magic,” Hofstetter said.

via How Oreo Got That Twitter Ad Up So Fast.

New Yorker Cartoons, The New Yorker, cell phones, cone of shame, LOL:  I deserve a cone of shame  …

 Downton Abbey, Dowager, quotes:  The Dowager, she gets all the good quotes!

Albert Schweitzer, quotes, A Mighty Girl:  A Might Girl is one of my favorite source for quotes.

“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” — Albert Schweitzer

via A Mighty Girl.

just a thought …, Henri Nouwen, Tolstoi, kindness:

 Here is the great challenge: All people, whatever their color, religion, or sex, belong to humankind and are called to be kind to one another, treating one another as brothers and sisters. There is hardly a day in our lives in which we are not called to this.

via Daily Meditation: Becoming Kind.

Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness. – Leo Tolstoy in A Calendar of Wisdom

via Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other… • literary jukebox.

when bad things happen …, What Gives 365:  From one of my favorite blogs …

I went to church this morning wanting to thank the universe for sparing us … but that assumes, of course, that the universe would have been punishing us had things turned out differently. And therein lies the shame and guilt when bad things happen. The truth is a terrible accident can happen to anyone, at any time, and often there is nobody to blame. But that reality is awfully terrifying to admit; we want our universe to make more sense than that and we want to feel as if our good intentions and conduct will spare us from tragedy.

via Up in smoke. | What Gives 365.

E.B. White, quotes, LOL:

source: Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

2012 Beyonce Bowl, Twitter:  My personal favorite –

This is best new-mom half-time show ever. –

via Beyoncé: Our Favorite Tweets about the Super Bowl Halftime Show | Past Blue Ivy’s Bedtime | TIME.com.


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