Posts Tagged ‘FT.com

22
Feb
15

2.22.15 … Are you okay? …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks,  Almetto Howie Alexander Labyrinth – McCrorey YMCA/Charlotte NC 4/40:

Are you okay? Soon after i started walking, one of the women leaving the Y’s hosted church asked me if I was OK?  i then realized that if you did not know that there was a labyrinth on the raised area near the parking lot, or  if you did, that you did not know what a labyrinth was, you might be confused by a woman walking in circles.  So I tried to explain to them that I was very much ok and that they should try to walk the labyrinth .
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Before walking, I intentionally looked at each of the symbols painted around the center of the labyrinth 11 circuit Chartres-style labyrinth.  I would like to know more about the symbols.
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I also notice, for the first time, that the lunation’s are scored in the concrete …
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The walk ..
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I always laugh when it approach the center because it looks like a Parcheesi board …
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Sirens  … Three fire engines scream as they pass.
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More church members continue to come out of church. They are almost all African-American women with children. I see very few men, except young adult men. Very interesting in light of Edward’s Ethnic Studies class where he has learned about the role of women in African-American culture.
I have been walking this labyrinth frequently for several years. Today I noticed on the billboard (which I have looked at multiple times) the artist drawing as well as the labyrinth’s logo. It became clear to me that the “Parcheesi board” at the center is a CROSS.  I feel really rather silly.
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And then i notice the quote at the base of the labyrinth:  “With patience persistence and prayer, a God-filled spirit can bring a seed to fruit – Almetto Howie Alexander 2011
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“The labyrinth is my dedication to the Washington Heights community to inspire people of all ages to find a peaceful place to reflect, refocus, heal, meditate, find peace of mind and pray,” says Mrs. Alexander.

via Almetto Howie Alexander Labyrinth: The Mission.

A few other things that struck me today:

We Should All Be Feminists, 6 Books To Give Your Best Friend, lists:

We Should All Be Feminists

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

As most of us know, award-winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDxEuston talk on feminism was recently sampled in Beyoncé’s “Flawless.” Now this compact but passionate speech is available in book form. “The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are,” writes Adichie. Girls are brought up “to see each other as competitors… for the attention of men” while boys are raised to prove themselves with their masculinity. Her conclusion: “If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.” Pair this slim but substantive book with Roxane Gay’s best-selling essay collection Bad Feminist, both of which illustrate how being outspoken can sometimes also be the best way to be heard.

— Michele Filgate

via 6 Books To Give Your Best Friend.

Paul Durand-Ruel (pioneering art dealer), FT.com:

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aul Durand-Ruel set out to create value for something that no one wanted, and changed the economics of taste for ever. With a brilliant eye and steady nerve, he was the first dealer to make a business from contemporary art, and for years he was the only one who sold, and often the only one who bought, the Impressionists.

viaPaul Durand-Ruel: pioneering art dealer – FT.com.

The Atlantic Magazine’s Mission Statement:  Interesting mission statement for a 158 year old magazine … one of my favorites.

The Atlantic Monthly was first published in 1857 by the renowned lecturer and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson and fellow poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. They did actually launch with a mission statement back then:

The Atlantic will be the organ of no party or clique, but will honestly endeavor to be the exponent of … the American idea

The Atlantic’s mission statement has since been updated to:

The Atlantic is America’s leading destination for brave thinking and bold ideas that matter. The Atlantic engages its print, online, and live audiences with breakthrough insights into the worlds of politics, business, the arts, and culture. With exceptional talent deployed against the world’s most important and intriguing topics, The Atlantic is the source of opinion, commentary, and analysis for America’s most influential individuals who wish to be challenged, informed, and entertained.

via The Atlantic Magazine’s Mission Statement | Shapes of digital media.

Icehenge:

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An ice Stonehenge, or as five guys from Lake Mills, Wisconsin call it, the “Rock Lake Icehenge” is quite a sight to see as you’re driving down Lake Shore Drive along Rock Lake.

via Five guys built “Icehenge” on a lake and it is beautiful!.

17
Feb
14

2.17.14 … Presidential selfies … Hail to the chief and kudos to the Instagram savvy teen

Presidential selfies,  Chaz Rorick, ohheyitschaz, photo project,  viral, kudos, Instgram: This kid  dressed up like every US president on Instagram!

Collage: Instagram/ohheyitschaz

Hail to the chief and kudos to the teen.

Chaz Rorick spent many of his evenings late last year attaching cotton balls to his head, cutting beards and mustaches out of paper and taking many, many selfies for a project that\’s made him the latest Internet star.

The 16-year-old high school student in Rochester, N.Y., has created an eye-catching photo series on Instagram that features him posing as the nation’s presidents — all of them, complete with similar expressions, poses and facial hair — and then pairing his pictures with images of the real commanders-in-chief.

via Presidential selfies: Teen’s funny photo project goes viral – TODAY.com.

Joe J. Dennard/ JJ Dennard, kith/kin:  So he died “on his piazza reading a newspaper” and not the porch!! Never, NEVER, have I heard my great grandparents/grandparents/parents’ porch called a piazza, NEVER.

Joe J. Dennard, one of the wealthiest citizens of Wilcox County, died very suddenly last Friday, July 3, about 1 o’clock p.m. while sitting in a chair on his piazza reading a newspaper.

via http://files.usgwarchives.net/ga/wilcox/obits/d/dennard13835ob.txt

Lexus,  Chasing Light – Inspired by Ansel Adams, YouTube: I’m not buying a Lexus, but this is pretty cool video about Ansel Adams! Really cool.

via ▶ Video: Lexus Presents: Chasing Light – Inspired by Ansel Adams – YouTube.

Published on Feb 4, 2014

Lexus, with the cooperation of The Ansel Adams Trust, set out on an adventure inspired by some of the legendary photographer’s iconic images.

via ▶ Video: Lexus Presents: Chasing Light – Inspired by Ansel Adams – YouTube.

Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, Chicago STEM, IBM:

“Kids at the school, which launched a year and a half ago, aren’t called students but “innovators.” They receive a hardcore focus on STEM skills (that’s science, technology, engineering and math). And they take six years to graduate instead of the traditional four; the extra two years means they walk away with an associate’s degree on top of their high school diploma.

There’s one more thing they take with them: a job. Every student at Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy graduates with a promise of a $40,000-plus opportunity at IBM, the school’s corporate partner and a key developer of the curriculum.”

via The School That Will Get You a Job – TIME.

Why We Still Need French, Business Insider: It’s beautiful, too. I think it’s the ballet of languages.

3)  All over Europe, French is still the main second language taught in school.

Forget about the Nordic countries, who’ve consciously abandoned their own languages for English — their languages were never important to begin with. When I lived in France, I found it impossible to communicate with the kids from Italy, China, Japan, and Mexico in anything other than French. Nor was English an option when I traveled to Poland and the Czech Republic.

Here is how the French government defines what it calls “the sphere of French language.” It’s much larger than you think:

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4)  If you want to understand modern China and Russia, you need to know French.

via Why We Still Need French – Business Insider.

Pixies, Tiny Desk Concert, NPR:

http://www.npr.org/event/music/269542317/pixies-tiny-desk-concert

February 3, 2014 This three-song set features a 2014 tune called “Greens and Blues,” a song yet to make it onto a Pixies release called “Silver Snail,” and 1989’s “Monkey Gone to Heaven,” which melted hearts and seared minds with a new memory from a time long past.

via Pixies: Tiny Desk Concert : NPR.

John Miller, migratory beekeeper, TEDxUNC 2014 | Taking Flight:

JOHN MILLER

John Miller is the great-grandson of N.E. Miller, America’s first migratory beekeeper. John Miller, also a beekeeper, trucks his hives around the country, from crop to crop across North Dakota and California, bringing millions of bees to farmers otherwise bereft of natural pollinators. While there is a steady demand for Miller’s services, he is faced with ever mounting hive losses as a result of traditional and mysterious scourges. Featured in The Beekeeper’s Lament, by Hannah Nordhaus, his story is complex, moving, and an unforgettable portrait of man in the new natural world.

via TEDxUNC 2014 | Taking Flight.

Ukraine pro-democracy movement, modern day knights and snow forts:

The pro-democracy movement fighting Viktor Yanukovych’s government is organised and inventive – replacing Lenin’s statue with a toilet and wearing suits of armour on the streets

Ukrainian protesters take to the streets in homemade suits of armour. Photograph: Evgeny Feldman/AP

Shortly after midnight on an icy January night in Kiev, crowds surged from Independence Square and laid siege to Ukrainian House, a huge building near the hub of the current protests, where around 150 interior ministry troops were rumoured to be preparing for a new attack.

via Medieval knights, catapults and golden toilets – Ukraine’s innovative protesters – in pictures | World news | The Guardian.

Coca-Cola capsule, FT.com:  I still like 6 oz bottles best …

The companies also signed a 10-year deal that will see Coke’s beverages, which include Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite and Fanta, available in Green Mountain’s forthcoming cold beverage machine.

The device, which is expected to launch in 2015, will allow consumers to make cold drinks at home using single-serve capsules, or pods. It will compete with SodaStream, the Israeli company that sells soda flavourings and a machine that carbonates water.

“Keurig can do for cold beverages what has been done with hot coffee and tea at home,” said Brian Kelley, the Green Mountain chief executive who formerly worked for Coca-Cola. “We believe there is significant opportunity to premiumise and accelerate growth in the cold beverage category.”

via Coca-Cola coming in a capsule – FT.com.

LOL and smile:  OK, It’s a hoax, but a good one!

29
Mar
13

3.29.13 … clean it like the queen of England is visiting! …

Lent, Room for Debate – NYTimes.com:

Lent is a promise to walk with Jesus even into the desert. It is a trusting willingness to put our hand in his at all times, no matter what it requires, to go with him into the wilderness or onto the cross. Lent is about our relationship with Christ; and that relationship, like our ordinary relationships with other people, has seasons of trial and deprivation as well as seasons of joy. Lent allows us to say “yes” to all those seasons. It echoes Ruth’s pledge to her mother-in-law, Naomi: “Whither thou goest, I will go.”

Life will test our love; Lent allows us to promise, each year, that we will try to hold on.

via Lent Is Not Supposed to Benefit You – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com.

bathroom , Queen of England, Photo Gallery – Yahoo!, LOL: 

How to Clean Your Bathroom for the Queen of England

This Alabama family’s bathroom is now fit for a queen, thanks to one mom’s sarcastic note to her son. When 21-year-old Caleb B. saw the note to tidy the bathroom “like the Queen of England is visiting,” he decided to respond just as sarcastically as he was asked. Caleb not only scrubbed the royal room from top to bottom, but also adorned it with a hand-drawn flag of England, and left an assortment of tea on the counter for the Queen to enjoy. “My mom bursted out laughing when she opened the bathroom door,” Caleb told ABCNews.com. “She thought it was great.” Apparently the social media world also got a kick out of it, as the photos he posted have more than 518,000 views on Imgur and began trending on Reddit .

via How to Clean Your Bathroom for the Queen of England | Photo Gallery – Yahoo!.

South Africa,  Brics era, FT.com:  

Nowhere does the celebratory mood of the past decade, which inspired this motley group to launch the Brics summits, feel more absent than in South Africa. With its gross domestic product growing at a pace of 2.5 per cent, South Africa is on track to finish the year as one of the slowest economies in Africa.

This is an ironic turn. When The Economist called Africa the “hopeless continent” at the start of the millennium, South Africa seemed to offer a single bright spot. It brought debts and inflation under control, creating the stability required for growth. Now, it is stuck, and many other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, from Nigeria to Kenya, are growing twice as fast.

The ruling African National Congress is relying heavily on a “liberation dividend” to remain in office. Many South Africans have understandably ugly memories of apartheid and still embrace ANC leaders as authors of freedom, even if they are also the architects of stagnation. Yet the problems of inequality and unemployment are as acute as when the ANC promised “economic justice” two decades ago.

via South Africa should forget the Brics era – FT.com.

Ice Climbing, Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, Iceland: 

Picture of Tim Emmett climbing Myrdalsjokull Glacier, Icelandvia Extreme Photo of the Week — National Geographic.

Davidson College, Humanities, 50th anniversary:

“Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar.”             —Jim Butcher, Dead Beat

In a time when death has been moving prominently in my circles on campus and beyond, I found some strange, hard comfort in reporting and writing a 50th-anniversary story about the college’s Humanities Program, which for me felt so full of life and memory as I approached my own half-century marker.

“Humes” was born the same year I was, so the program and I were both 18 when I ventured unsuspectingly into a Gilgamesh lecture in September 1981. Two very academic years later, I emerged with a deep sense of the broad sweep of my own Western culture in the world. It was a very personal and at the same time a very universal view of things as they are. A broad, deep view represents perhaps the essence of the liberal arts—the word “liberal” springing from the root word for “freedom” and the word “art” harking back to “fit together, join.” Thirty years on, I still subscribe to this very personal, very universal view of humanity through the humanities.

via Thanks for These Four, And So Much More.

Davidson NC, Cornelius NC, Carolina Cones,  DavidsonNews.net:

Don’t get me wrong: I don’t limit myself to post-dental nirvana. I treat myself regularly to this Cornelius treasure, as I know so many of us out there do. What a wonderful example of small town, local goodness. Where else can you pick out a potted plant, peruse the selection of frozen yogurt and ice cream flavors, and watch a model train circle above your head?

via Winter’s over, Carolina Cones is back!  | DavidsonNews.net Guide.

Christianity, Non-Believers,  Shane Claibourne, Esquire: 

At one point Gandhi was asked if he was a Christian, and he said, essentially, “I sure love Jesus, but the Christians seem so unlike their Christ.” A recent study showed that the top three perceptions of Christians in the U. S. among young non-Christians are that Christians are 1) antigay, 2) judgmental, and 3) hypocritical. So what we have here is a bit of an image crisis, and much of that reputation is well deserved. That’s the ugly stuff. And that’s why I begin by saying that I’m sorry.

Now for the good news.

I want to invite you to consider that maybe the televangelists and street preachers are wrong — and that God really is love. Maybe the fruits of the Spirit really are beautiful things like peace, patience, kindness, joy, love, goodness, and not the ugly things that have come to characterize religion, or politics, for that matter. (If there is anything I have learned from liberals and conservatives, it’s that you can have great answers and still be mean… and that just as important as being right is being nice.)

via Shane Claiborne – Letter to Non-Believers by Shane Claibourne – Esquire.

Marriage Equality Symbol, Facebook: 

 

via 17 Different Versions Of The Marriage Equality Symbol For Your Facebook Page.

baseball:

In 2003, there was only one pitcher who threw at least 25 pitches 100 mph or faster. In 2012, there were seven. Pitchers are throwing faster than ever before. Here’s why: http://on.wsj.com/14BH2Us

via Facebook.

Not only does this save time for the crew, stuffed as they are in the cramped Soyuz, but since the Russian capsule can fly autonomously in orbit for only about four days, the shorter commute means more fuel, oxygen and other supplies can be conserved for a possible emergency.

via Commute From Earth To Space Station Just Got Shorter : The Two-Way : NPR.

Paris à la bonne heure – Vidéo Dailymotion.

A Journey Together – NEXT Church.

Disconnect: A New Movie Sounds the Alarm About Our Hyper-Connected Lives | LinkedIn.

DOMA, Thomas Jefferson:

This is the Jefferson Memorial, if any were wondering what the Founding Fathers might say today as the Supreme Court considers the “Defense of Marriage Act.”

Under DOMA, passed 17 years ago, same-sex couples who are legally married in their home states are denied federal benefits offered to opposite-sex married couples.

There are over 1,000 such benefits, such as tax savings, Social Security payments and medical and family leave.

via Facebook.

The Boiling Frog Syndrome, follow-up, Mind Boggling Stories – Quora:

What killed the frog? Many of us would say the boiling water. But the truth is what killed the frog was its own inability to decide when it had to jump out.

We all need to adjust with people and situations, but we need to be sure when we need to adjust and when we need to face. There are times when we need to face the situation and take the appropriate action. If we allow people to exploit us physically, emotionally or financially, they will continue to do so. We have to decide when to jump. Let us jump while we still have the strength.

via The Boiling Frog Syndrome – Mind Boggling Stories – Quora.

David Petraeus, public relations, Vanity Fair:  Philandering ex-head of CIA … can he overcome the moniker …

Philandering former C.I.A. director David Petraeus apologized for cheating on his wife “in a speech to veterans at the University of Southern California, his first public address since the scandal,” The Hill reports. He also revealed that he deeply regrets schtupping his biographer: “Please allow me to begin my remarks this evening by reiterating how deeply I regret—and apologize for—the circumstances that led to my resignation from the C.I.A. and caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters.” No worries, it’s cool, the audience, which did not include the woman to whom he made marital vows, probably thought.

Petraeus also has an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal in which he, spoiler alert, does not address sleeping with a woman whose jealously issues, frankly, sound like they require more maintenance than a 30-something-year marriage. The op-ed concerns the professional difficulties of many veterans after returning home, and reading it is like the moral equivalent of a Hail Mary after the sin of so closely and hungrily following the grotesque sex scandal for all those months.

via David Petraeus: the Public Relations Comeback Beginneth! | Vanity Fair.

The former members of our armed forces have done their part to ensure Americas national security, often sacrificing greatly in the process. Now it is our turn to do our part to help them build promising futures for themselves and their families.Gen. Petraeus U.S. Army, Ret. commanded U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and served as director of the CIA. He is a senior adviser to American Corporate Partners. Mr. Goodfriend, a retired investment banker, is founder/chairman of American Corporate Partners. https://acp-advisornet.org

via David Petraeus and Sidney Goodfriend: Training Veterans for Their Next Mission – WSJ.com.

travel, hidden places, Paris, sewers:

After writing Hidden Cities, I’ve gotten asked one question more than any other: some variation of “so – I’d love to see a part of a city that’s hidden and secret and unknown, but also, you know, safely and legally.” It doesn’t really work like that (in today’s day and age, excursions that are safe, legal, and interesting enough to be found in major publications usually don’t stay hidden and secret for too long), but there are a few off-the-beaten path destinations around the world where you can see the forgotten corners, hidden infrastructure, and underground tunnels of some of the great cities of the world in a safe and legal way – but also get your feet slightly dirtier than your average tourist. 10 of my favorites are:

1. Le Musée des Égouts de Paris (Paris Sewer Museum) – A wonderful, up-close way to see one of the most significant engineering accomplishments of the 19th century. Descend into the bowels of the city, and walk alongside an active part of the Parisian sewer system. The entrance can be found across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, on the Quai d’Orsay near the Pont de l’Alma

via 10 Hidden Places Around the World.




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