posting without a source is unfortunately pretty common, but it doesn’t have to be. with a few minutes of hunting, you can make sure the artists you like get credit for their work! :) hope this is helpful.
EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THIS
Aaaaand this is why I put my URL on EVERYTHING. Cause I HATE when I find cool art with no source for more. BUT this is incredibly useful and I hope people know about it. :)
J.R.R Tolkien Fan Builds a Hobbit Hole with 2,600 Balloons: In celebrating the upcoming release of The Hobbit, Utah-based Balloon artist Jeremy Telford turned his family living room into an authentic hobbit hole using 2,600 hand-pumped balloons over three days in about 40 hours of work. If you’re curious about the process, be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes video!
Oldest American Ren Faire hires first female jouster Virginia Hankins. Because she’s awesome.
What a majestic human being this is.
If yer had the chernce teh change yer fate
It’s often said that “necessity is the mother of invention” and this idiom could not be further from the truth in the case of self-taught Rwandan engineer Anastase Tabaro.
With no more than six years of elementary-level education, Tabaro proves that sometimes, determination, dedication and initiative are enough to achieve great feats of innovation. The 59-year-old, who started his research in 1990 with the objective of selling power to his neighbours, has now built a hydroelectric system that provides power to some 700 households in and around his village in rural Rwanda.
“I grew up in [neighboring] Democratic Republic of Congo and my village had electricity,” Tabaro says. “Then my family moved to Rwanda and our village had no electricity. I felt I couldn’t live without electricity so I started to research by myself.”
“Hobbit week” pt. III is happening over on my main blog!
This time around it’s about the unusual production circumstances and different methods of coloring I explored.
We are very disappointed that PBS became a political target in the Presidential debate last night. Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation. We think it is important to set the record straight and let the facts speak for themselves.
The federal investment in public broadcasting equals about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget. Elimination of funding would have virtually no impact on the nation’s debt. Yet the loss to the American public would be devastating.
As a stated supporter of education, Governor Romney should be a champion of public broadcasting, yet he is willing to wipe out services that reach the vast majority of Americans, including underserved audiences, such as children who cannot attend preschool and citizens living in rural areas.
For more than 40 years Big Bird, has embodied the public broadcasting mission – harnessing the power of media for the good of every citizen, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. Our system serves as a universally accessible resource for education, history, science, arts and civil discourse.
Each day, the American public receives an enduring and daily return on investment that is heard, seen, read and experienced in public media broadcasts, apps, podcasts and online – all for the cost of about $1.35 per person per year.
There was a story over at NBC’s The Grio three days ago noting that at one Florida polling location, in a heavily black neighborhood, the number of people who voted early was suddenly “revised” from 2,945 to 1,942 – that’s a 34% decrease.
At first, polling officials blamed it on a “computer glitch.” Uh huh. And what glitch would that be?
The local supervisor of elections (SOE) didn’t inspire a lot of hope when speaking about another, smaller, change to the early voting numbers at another polling location:
Broward SOE spokesperson Mary Cooney acknowledged that the Sunday totals were revised, and said she would look into why.
“I can’t tell you definitively now,” Cooney said, “but I queried the person who posts those numbers and the most significant number he told me he changed was an instance where 1050 should have been 1150 — the numbers were transposed.”
He transposed the numbers by hand? And this is how Florida tallies votes?
The Grio followed up on the story the next day, Tuesday of this week, and got a different answer about the 1,000 vote discrepancy: now they’re saying “human error.”
The SOE chief says the changes, particularly at a polling place in a predominantly black neighborhood where National Action Network chief and MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton and a group of pastors held “souls to the polls” rallies over the weekend, were the result of human error.
In a telephone interview with theGrio late Monday, Snipes said the SOE’s office runs two tallies — one manually calculated at the precincts by adding up the total number of voters swiped through an electronic voter identification system called EVID, which was purchased from a Florida vendor, and a second, electronic tally conducted at the Supervisor of Elections office after the polls close each day. The electronic numbers go directly to a database. Snipes said the woman who tallied the votes at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center, which had its vote tally revised downward by 1,003, simply added the numbers incorrectly.
“The woman made a mistake,” Snipes said. “That was absolutely an addition error. The actual numbers are 1942 not 2945, so she made an addition error.”
In the future, they’re only going to report the electronic result, which still begs the question of which result is really correct, and what else do they do that might result in human error? Not to mention, why did they first say it was a computer glitch?
And why is it always Florida? Why always in a heavily Democratic precinct, and why do the errors always help the other guy? Remember that Florida is already dealing with a widespread GOP voter fraud scandal.
Olympic National Park, Washington State, USA
Michael and Alan play a practical joke on Daniel during one of their takes. (x)
Oh my fucking God.
The most important baby turtle in the world addresses the media at the zoo in Dresden. The Borneo River turtle is the first of its species bred in Germany. Photo: Arno Burgi, AFP/Getty Images / SF (via Day in Pictures, Sept. 18, 2012 - SFGate)
This photo makes me smile. Like big time. I love it. :D
Peel by YOY
I love this so much. To put it simply this is just a wall mounted lamp, however it creates a wonderful illusion that the wall paper is peeling away from the surface. The bright illumination given off makes it look as if you’re peeling away the paper to reveal another dimension beyond the walls surrounding you. A very cool effect and something I would love to own.
Very awesome idea, but sadly not very practical. Being in the corner, unless it’s painfully bright it won’t light up the room much. So I would most likely not pay for it, but I love it in concept!
The Bilbo Sword
Contrary to the… Lord of the Rings fans belief, the bilbo sword is a type of 16th century, cut-and-thrust sword or small rapier formerly popular in America. These weapons have well-tempered and flexible blades and were very popular aboard ships, where they were used in a similar role to that of the cutlass.
The bilbo term, Basque: Labana Bizkaitarra, Spanish: daga vizcaína (Biscayne dagger), probably comes from the Basque city of Bilbao, where a significant number of them were made and exported to the New World. These swords were also sold to merchants of every European nation, including England.
Another name theory is that the Bilbo was an old name for a sword, particularly a rapier sword, in use around the 16th century. Nevertheless, the term is an English catch-all word used to very generally refer to the “utilitarian” cup-hilt swords, often found all over America.
The characteristic form of the sword features a crossguard and knucklebow with swollen finials en suite with the pommel, while guard can be in shell guards or cup form. The Bilbo sword is usually broad, double-edged blade of hexagonal cross-section at the forte, becoming lenticular at midpoint and continuing to the tip.
Having an overall length that varies (usually around 90 cm), these swords were very practical and comparatively unadorned. Sometimes the grip was, more often than wood, covered with wire. They seem to have survived better in America probably because in the colonies these were better taken care of, since they were more difficult to acquire, and thus more valuable.
Source: Wikipedia | Book: The Encyclopedia of the Sword by Nick Evangelista; page 55