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Icon of the Virgin Hodegetria, based on a prototype from the 14th century from the monastery of Vatopedi, Mount Athos. I have already blogged about the creation of this icon. You are not supposed to mail them so when my mother visited Ireland she was able to bring it back with her.

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Icon of the Virgin Hodegetria, based on a prototype from the 14th century from the monastery of Vatopedi, Mount Athos. I have already blogged about the creation of this icon. You are not supposed to mail them so when my mother visited Ireland she was able to bring it back with her.


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"He bit the chain that bound him, but the more his passion seethed, the more ecstatic his song, the more tender his talk, the tighter the chain. It was impossible for him to create a real relationship out of this misunderstanding; it would, in fact, leave her at the mercy of a perpetual fraud. To explain this confusing error to her, that she was merely the visible form, while his thoughts, his soul, sought something else that he attributed to her-this would hurt her so deeply that his pride rose up in mutiny against it. It is contemptible to delude and seduce a girl, but it is even more contemptible to forsake her in such a way that one does not even become a scoundrel but makes a brilliant retreat by palming her off with the explanation that she was not the ideal and by comforting her with the idea that she was one’s muse."

Søren Kierkegaard writing under the pseudonym Constatin Contantius  giving advice to a young man dealing with problems not unlike those Kierkegaard was facing at the time. I really want to read more Kierkegaard soon.

So it seems as though I cracked a rib while playing basketball. It just felt like I got winded at the time and I didn’t even stop playing. Strange to think how fragile your body can be.

gunsngear:

What is Paracord?

Paracord (a/k/a, parachute cord) is a soft, lightweight nylon rope originally used as suspension lines of U.S. parachutes.  The paracord used in Rip & TiedTMproducts is “550 cord”, which is made up of a 32 strand woven nylon outer sheath with an inner core of seven, 2 ply nylon yarns. Because of the high number of woven strands, the exterior sheath has a smooth feel.  Paracord has a diameter of roughly 1/8th of an inch.

All of Rip & TiedTM products are made in the U.S.A. with “Type III” paracord which is manufactured to have a minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds. The paracord comes from a government contractor which supplies the military.

Although originally used as parachute cord, paratroopers found paracord useful for many other tasks.  As such, it is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians.  This type of cord was even used by astronauts during STS-82, the second Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. 

Currently, virtually all United States military units have access to paracord.  It is used for many situations where light cordage is needed.  Typical uses include attaching equipment to harnesses, as dummy cords to avoid losing small or important items, tying backpacks to vehicle racks, securing camoflage nets to trees or vehicles, and so forth.  When threaded with beads, paracord may be used as a pace counter to estimate ground covered by foot. The threads of the core (commonly referred to as “the guts”) can also be removed when finer string is needed, for instance as sewing thread to repair gear or fishing line in an emergency situation.  The nylon sheath is often used alone, the yarn in the core removed, when a thinner or less elastic cord is needed. Ends of the cord are almost always melted and crimped to prevent fraying.

Paracord is quick drying, and is rot and mildew resistant.

Guardian and Washington Post win Pulitzer prize for NSA revelations

guardian:

The Guardian and the washingtonpost have been awarded the highest accolade in US journalism, winning the Pulitzer prize for public service for their groundbreaking articles on the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities based on the leaks of Edward Snowden.

The award, announced in New York on Monday, comes 10 months after the Guardian published the first report based on the leaks from Snowden, revealing the agency’s bulk collection of US citizens’ phone records. Full story

I believe music is part and parcel with the structures of power at any given time. Romanticism was perfectly part and parcel with the bourgeois individualism, and of course, the renaissance and medieval music was perfectly part and parcel with the church as the dominant structure of power. So today the dominant structure of power is global capitalism, so music takes on this commodified quality, it answers to that and to that alone. But if we want to enter in a conversation with those works, we have to do it through our own objective, historical moment, using the vernacular, which is as far as I can tell - pop music.

I think there’s something really interesting about our music, our language, relative to these other languages. We’ve completely cast off certain conventions, like thematic development, or polyphony, or major-minor tonality. All this stuff is consistent across these disparate musical moments, and then all of a sudden you come to this moment and it’s just four chords repeated over and over again. And I think perhaps that might have to do with power, with The State, with what we’re subject to. Power has sunk its fingers into human being - into art - into thought, in a deeper way than it ever has before - it names so much more. But my wager is that human being continues to exist after the triumph of the spectacle, and it’s our task to share the experience of being here - now, under this cloud, controlled in the ways we are. I mean, we can still speak, I think.
When I was getting the hard line put in my new room they went through the ceiling and this beautiful trim was hidden behind the lowered ceiling. What a shame! They apparently put in the lowered ceiling to support new light fixtures when they divided up the main floor into individual rooms.

When I was getting the hard line put in my new room they went through the ceiling and this beautiful trim was hidden behind the lowered ceiling. What a shame! They apparently put in the lowered ceiling to support new light fixtures when they divided up the main floor into individual rooms.

NSA Abused Heartbleed Bug For Years, Left Consumers Exposed To Attack | Zero Hedge

Of course they did, damn it. But also if you are reading this and you haven’t updated your passwords you should take some time to check out which ones you need to change here more info.

I thought something was wrong with the wifi signal I was using but I just realized it is probably a hardware issue. I think I’m going to switch to a hard line for my internet; soon the i.v. drip of data and information can resume flowing. The spice must flow.

publicdomaindiva:

A time-lapse iris from “The Gift of Green” (1946).

publicdomaindiva:

A time-lapse iris from “The Gift of Green” (1946).

(Source: hq.nasa.gov)