Apparently Ishtar(neé Innana) has a way with the dead and the undead, a power usually thought of in connection with her sister, Erishkigal. Jim Getz has more and even more on the topic of Ishtar/Innana and zombies.
From the recent Paris Fashion Week, which showcased RTW fashions for spring 2010 comes a perfect example of the importance of angle. Viktor and Rolf exhibited a collection including heavily chopped tulle. The first 2 pieces are amusing, but unremarkable
The third, however, at the right angle achieves what must have been its intent
A more direct view of it makes it far less interesting
(Three large pictures from style.com, smaller one from Jacques Brinon/Associated Press, VIA)
A followup to part 1, with more pictures
one more post of pictures will follow
A one-off clock was built by Panerai to be displayed with the Galileo telescope at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm. It features a hand-wound, 40 day movement and a model of the universe, supposidly built from drawings by Galileo. Following are all the pictures I could find of it, original source is Panerai, pulled from Timezone and La Cote de Montre
More pictures to come
I know Windows is awful. Everyone knows Windows is awful. Windows is like the faint smell of piss in a subway: it's there, and there's nothing you can do about it. OK, OK: I know other operating systems are available. But their advocates seem even creepier, snootier and more insistent than Mac owners. The harder they try to convince me, the more I'm repelled. To them, I'm a sheep. And they're right. I'm a helpless, stupid, lazy sheep. I'm also a masochist. And that's why I continue to use Windows - horrible Windows - even though I hate every second of it. It's grim, it's slow, everything's badly designed and nothing really works properly: using Windows is like living in a communist bloc nation circa 1981. And I wouldn't change it for the world, because I'm an abject bloody idiot and I hate myself, and this is what I deserve: to be sentenced to Windows for life.
Cuneiform Revealed - An excellent online introduction to Akkadian language and cuneiform scripts. It includes links and instructions for installing both Neo-Akkadian and Old Babylonian sign fonts, which are usable through unicode. Much easier than the old way, with undocumented LaTeX.
If you had the fonts installed, you'd be able to read the following:
And for those without:
That would be transliterated into "tippi bit perin" or "the tablet of the home of the person called Erin", roughly "Aaron's Homepage"
* apparently MT is not as unicode safe as they say it is, including the actual UTF-8 encodings broke something inside the engine, so they have been removed
Images from Art Dico.
National Jeweler awarded Shaill Jhaveri their "Best of..." award for gold this summer. The actual award winning piece was a large cuff bracelet from their "Couture" collection, done in 18k gold, a slightly warmer hue than common 18kt yellow gold, diamonds and champleve enamel. As is his custom, part of the design is a word, Ankurit -- Sanskrit for "a spiritual awakening".
To my taste, I find another piece in the same collection, a more traditionally shaped eastern bangle, more interesting
All photos from his website