It hits many of the sites that have been on my list for a while, like the taj mahal, tibet, the terracota army and being. 2 months ago
1. A tessellation is the tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps. Historically, tessellations were used in Ancient Rome and in Islamic art such as in the decorative tiling of the Alhambra palace.
2. Tessallations in the Alhambra and other buildings in south Spain were the inspiration for the later work of Dutch artist Esscher.
3. Escher did not have mathematical training—his understanding of mathematics was largely visual and intuitive. Through a friend he discovered the ideas he had about symetry were closely related to the work done on the subject in mathmetics. 2 months ago
Just learned of the German version of Saint Nicolas, which has a devilish creature condemning children to hell. Me, I prefer Zwarte Piet…
1. Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Sometimes Krampus appears with a sack or a washtub strapped to his back; this is to cart off evil children for drowning, eating, or transport to Hell.
2. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, southern Bavaria, South Tyrol, northern Friuli, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December (the eve of Saint Nicholas Day on many church calendars), and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells.
3. Outside of krampus, the being has many names. Klaubauf is used throughout Austria, while Bartl or Bartel, Niglobartl, and Wubartl are used in the southern part of the country. Outside Austria, Krampus and related creatures go by Pelzebock or Pelznickel in southern Germany, and Gumphinckel in Silesia. In Hungary, he is Krampusz (often used to refer to the entire race of these creatures), and in Switzerland, Schmutzli. 2 months ago
1. Anton Pieck is a famous dutch artist. Though I stongly associated him with the south of Holland, he is actually from the North and died in Overveen (just a bikeride from my house). He actually made some beautiful drawings of Haarlem.
2. He is burried in the family grave in Baarn, near Castle Drakensteyn.
3. In the war he worked for the resistance and did forgeries. 2 months ago
Since the last month of 2012 i’ve adjusted my morning habits to include 15 minutes of exersize. Not always easy to keep up, but so far going strong. Als switched from bread for breakfast to oatmeal, which I’m really enjoying so far. It’s filling, less fatty, easy to make and i can include some fruit, so i can also check that of the list. 14 months ago
1. Dr. Duncan “Om” MacDougall (c. 1866 – October 15, 1920) was an early 20th century physician in Haverhill, Massachusetts who sought to measure the mass purportedly lost by a human body when the soul supposedly departed the body upon death.
2. In 1901 he weighed six patients while they were in the process of dying. The entire bed was placed on an industrial sized scale. The determination of the soul weighing 21 grams was based on the average loss of mass in the six patients within moments after death.
3. Experiments were also done on dogs, but there was no change in mass. The conclusion therefor was that dogs had no soul. 14 months ago
1. The statues on easter island are of men, who by a ritual were made into he form of their deity on earth. When they died, a statue was made to commemorate them.
2. All statues have elongated nails. This was a sign of divinity.
3. There are no trees on easter island. There used to be, but due to the growth of the population all were cut down. With no trees left the people could not make canoes and were marooned on their own island. Food eventually and all died. 14 months ago