Monday, May 30, 2011

Giotto's 7 Virtues

Among the multi-coloured, painted marble slabs of the dado level, illusionistically depicted niches open up, in which Giotto has painted, as stone statues, the Virtues on one side of the chapel and the Vices on the other.

The canon of principal Christian virtues in the Middle Ages was made up of the three 'theological virtues' faith, hope and charity, and the four 'cardinal virtues', justice, prudence, fortitude and temperance. The cycle of seven virtues, sometimes paired with appropriate vices (not necessarily the seven Deadly Sins) was widely represented in medieval sculpture and fresco, often associated with the Last Judgment, like in the Scrovegni Chapel.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Armenians Don't Play

A 106-year-old Armenian woman sits in front of her home guarding it with a rifle, in the village of Degh, near the border of Azerbaijan.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Proof Balkan Players are the Best Shooters in the World

a blog called In the Game just published a whole bunch of stats comparing different international basketball leagues (NBA included) and the Adriatic league (NLB) had by far the highest field goal % FULL ARTICLE

Saturday, May 21, 2011

What's more impressive than Vidic winning Premier League Player of the Year?

...him being a footballer with a classy looking wife

#judgementday

What i think of this #judgementday bullshit? 
"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." Matthew 24:36

Thursday, May 19, 2011

World's first 111 GIGA pixel image!

Sevilla 111 Gigapixel have unveiled the world's first 111 GIGApixel image.

Here is a screenshot of an object(identified with arrow) with no zoom used:

Now here is the result of a full scale zoom:

Check it out here: http://www.sevilla111.com/default_en.htm - zoom anywhere you wish for as long as you wish, the results are incredible!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Borat was supposed to be Albanian

BORAT from Kazakhstan first took shape as Kristo from Albania, it is said. In 1994, Channel 4 launched a hunt for new presenters as a replacement for its series The Word. Sacha Baron Cohen submitted a tape of himself as Kristo. In 2000, in Da Ali G Show, Kristo re-emerged as Borat, the naive, racist, reporter from Kazakhstan. FULL ARTICLE

apparently cohen was scared albanians in the uk would fuck him up

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Appreciating the Zen Master in full

 And then he started talking about Kobe. Other than Jackson's health, the biggest reason he nearly retired last June was because he didn't want to be coaching Kobe Bryant when he stopped being Kobe Bryant. If you remember, Kobe struggled in Round 1 of the 2010 playoffs, rallied in the next two rounds, then gave the Lakers just enough to survive a seven-game war against Boston. Looking ahead while factoring in everything he had just witnessed, measuring the lessons of history, counting Kobe's NBA miles … the coach couldn't tell for sure. Either Kobe had one elite season left in him, or he didn't. Jackson's instincts were telling him no. His heart was telling him yes. Once his players started pressuring him to return, then the fans, then his girlfriend, he caved and came back. One more year.

There was a follow-up question that I probably should have asked. Why wouldn't you want to coach Kobe as he's transitioning out of his prime? FULL ARTICLE

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death

It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition—except, they claim, from his wife, who lunged towards them. In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects are apprehended and brought to fair trial. I stress “suspects.” In April 2002, the head of the FBI, Robert Mueller, informed the press that after the most intensive investigation in history, the FBI could say no more than that it “believed” that the plot was hatched in Afghanistan, though implemented in the UAE and Germany. What they only believed in April 2002, they obviously didn’t know 8 months earlier, when Washington dismissed tentative offers by the Taliban (how serious, we do not know, because they were instantly dismissed) to extradite bin Laden if they were presented with evidence—which, as we soon learned, Washington didn’t have. Thus Obama was simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that “we quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda.”

Nothing serious has been provided since. There is much talk of bin Laden’s “confession,” but that is rather like my confession that I won the Boston Marathon. He boasted of what he regarded as a great achievement.

There is also much media discussion of Washington’s anger that Pakistan didn’t turn over bin Laden, though surely elements of the military and security forces were aware of his presence in Abbottabad. Less is said about Pakistani anger that the U.S. invaded their territory to carry out a political assassination. Anti-American fervor is already very high in Pakistan, and these events are likely to exacerbate it. The decision to dump the body at sea is already, predictably, provoking both anger and skepticism in much of the Muslim world. FULL ARTICLE

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Astrology File: Scientific Proof of the Link Between Star Signs and Human Behavior

Gunter Sachs killed himself yesterday and it reminded me of a book of his i ordered a while back called "The Astrology File: Scientific Proof of the Link Between Star Signs and Human Behavior"...now growing up when my mom and aunt used to tell me about this sign shit i thought it was all a bunch of nonsense..however one day when i was about 17 i was laying on my bed and i noticed something peculiar about all the posters in my room...most of the people i had posters of were dead (che guevara, 2pac, biggie) so it showed their birthday and death day...and all of them (like me) were born in June...upon further investigation even the other people who were still alive (lauryn hill, allen iverson) were born in June as well...i then began to do more research and noticed most people i admired were Geminis (malcolm x, socrates, johnny depp) and even other people who i didnt admire (kanye, jfk, marlyn monroe) i could at least respect their swag...i then noticed most people i can't stand are born in December and most of my friend's birthdays were in November and July and almost all the people i worked with had birthdays in January and late June (good order takers)...furthermore even though Gemini swag has almost universal appeal i noticed weird ass virgo and taurus women don't feel the kid as much(!)...all this empirical evidence led me to the conclusion that there is definite truth to the notion that your sign has a impact on how you act...there's obviously numerous other factors which shape a person but i personally believe the position of the stars at the time you first enter this earth has some sort of impact through some magical gravitational pull...think about it - if someone is born in the winter the first environment they experience is dark, gloomy, cold while someone born in the summer has a much brighter and warmer first impression of the world...this is all further magnified by time of day and geographical location of where one is born...however, being the Gemini genius that i am, i set out on a quest to find scientific and statistical proof ...i then stumbled upon this literary gem which Gunter published where he took the Swiss census and compared numerous categories based on what sign the people were born under...this is a very rare book so i will summarize the most interesting finds, enjoy!

LIKES TO DRESS SLUTTY: Libra and Scorpio...(Sagittarius is least slutty)

LIKES TO DRESS DISCREET: Gemini

OWNS A ROLEX: Libra

LIKES EROTIC MAGAZINES: Scorpio...(Aquarius least perverted)

CLEAN: Sagittarius...(Aquarius is dirtiest)

WORKS HARD: Virgo...(Gemini is laziest)

CARES ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE: Gemini

CARES ABOUT BEING RICH: Leo...(Libra cares the least)

WELL-GROOMED: Sagittarius...(Libras are the scruffiest)

GOOD CHRISTIAN: Libra...(Cancer care the least)

HATES FOREIGNERS: Cancer and Leo

THRIFTY: Pisces...(Libra are biggest spenders)

POLITICALLY RING WING: Pisces, Libra and Aquarius

POLITICALLY LEFT WING: Capricorn and Leo

CONSERVATIVE WOMEN: Capricorn and Taurus...(sluttiest: Aries *by far* and Leo)

THINKS THEY'RE FAT: Taurus

THINK HIGHLY OF THEMSELVES: Virgo and Leo

THINK THEY RUN SHIT: Leo

MOST LIKELY TO COMMIT SUICIDE: Taurus (shoot themselves) , Cancer (hang themselves) and Pisces (sleeping pills)

DIES FROM AIDS: Gemini and Libra...Virgo by far least likely

DIES FROM LIVER DAMAGE (ALCOHOLIC): Aries... Scorpio is least likely

DIES FROM URINARY INFECTION: Scorpio...Pisces by far least likely

DIES FROM BRAIN INFECTION: Leo

DIES OF HEART ATTACK: Aries... Sagittarius by far least likely

DIES OF LUNG CANCER: Libra and Leo...Aries by far least likely

DIES BY 'ACCIDENT': Pisces (by far)

DRUG DEALERS: Capricorn (by far) and Pisces...Cancer and Gemini least likely to sell drugs

DRUG USERS: Sagittarius. Scorpio and Libra...Aries and Pisces least likely to do drugs

THEFT: Scorpio and Libra...Taurus least likely

EMBEZZLEMENT: Taurus

FRAUD: Gemini

HIT-AND-RUN: Pisces

CAR THEFT: Sagittarius

DRIVING WITHOUT LICENSE: Pisces (by far)

WORST DRIVERS: Taurus (by far)

BEST DRIVERS: Leo and Scorpio

CAUSE MOST EXPENSIVE ACCIDENTS: Virgo

DRIVES MERCEDES: Leo and Sagittarius

DRIVES BMW: Libra and Capricorn

DRIVES FORD: Scorpio

HEAVY DRINKERS: Scorpio (by far)

WEAR TOO MUCH PERFUME: Aries (by far)

DRIVEN BY FACTS AND NOT EMOTIONS: Libras and Gemini (by far) ...Leo and Scorpio are the most emotional

HELP PEOPLE IN NEED: Sagittarius (by far)...Cancers care the least (jerks!)

TOLERANT TO FOREIGNERS & OTHER RELIGIOUS: Libra, Aries and Gemini...least tolerant: Capricorn and Cancer

LIKES CATS: Libra

LIKES DOGS: Leos

LIKES TO STUDY: Libra...(Gemini hates it)

MOST LIKELY TO BE BLUE COLLAR WORKER: Capricorn, Libra and Scorpio

MOST LIKELY TO BE EXECUTIVE: Cancer, Gemini and Leo

MOST LIKELY TO BE SELF EMPLOYED: Aries and Aquarius

CARPENTER: Capricorn (like Jesus)

COMPANY OWNER: Leo

COMPUTER NERD: Scorpio

JOURNALIST: Gemini

COP: nobody, but Libra and Gemini are least likely

DOCTOR: Gemini and Taurus (wtf)

NURSE: Pisces

PROFESSOR: Gemini

PSYCHOLOGIST: Aquarius

PLAYS FOOTBALL: Virgo and Libra

TREE HUGGERS: Pisces and Taurus...(Leos don't give a fuck about environment)

POLITICIANS: Aries


*this isn't my own opinion the book actually has categories like "more conservative women" and "special interest in nature conservation"


ARIES
- political
- drink too much beer
- watch too much sports
- slutty women
- not religious

TAURUS
- tree hugger
- doesn't help others
- lives in small towns


Gemini
- movie expert
- drinks hot chocolate
- owns multiple houses
- lives in large household

Cancer
- owns a lot of cameras
- often makes home videos
- chews lots of gum
- lives in small towns


Leo
- likes motor racing
- watches too much tv
- gets divorced a lot
- same religion as their parents


Virgo
- loves fish as pets

Libra
- emotional rather than moral
- tolerant towards others
- university educated

Scorpio
- heavy drinker
- plays lots of golf
- smokes cigars

Sagittarius
- likes alternative medicine
- gets injured a lot
- helps people in need
- very active
- lots of single women

Capricorn
- buys lots of sauces

Aquarius
- doesn't watch tv

Pisces
- likes renovation
- likes guests
- tree hugger
- buys lots of lawn mowers
- likes music
- likes to dress comfortable


LEAST LIKELY TO DIVORCE EACH OTHER
Capricorn man and Pisces woman
Pisces man and Scorpio woman
Gemini man and Taurus woman (wtf)

MOST LIKELY TO DIVORCE EACH OTHER
Libra man and Aries woman
Aries man and Leo Woman
Gemini man and Capricorn woman (we get bored of them)

MOST LIKELY TO MARRY EACH OTHER
Capricorn man and Capricorn woman
Aquarius man and Aquarius woman

LEAST LIKELY TO MARRY EACH OTHER
Aquarius man and Taurus woman

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day Massacre

DALLAS -- So long, Phil. So long, chances for another Lakers three-peat.Hello, Western Conference finals for Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks.
Jason Terry tied an NBA postseason record with nine 3-pointers and the Mavericks matched a league playoff mark with 20 3s on their way to a 122-86 victory over the Lakers on Sunday and a sweep of their second-round series against the most successful coach in NBA history and the two-time defending champions.

Terry made five 3s in the second quarter, personally outscoring Los Angeles 20-16 in the period and helping Dallas lead by 24 at halftime. When Terry made 3s on consecutive possessions early in the third quarter, he drained whatever comeback hopes the Lakers had left.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Lakers were so devastated that Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum resorted to throwing cheap shots. They were ejected 45 seconds apart, with Jackson sitting on the bench looking as if he'd already checked out. Kobe Bryant soon joined him on the sideline, with deep reserves playing out the final minutes of what turned out to be the second-widest margin of defeat in Lakers playoff history and in Jackson's storied playoff career. FULL STORY

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Julian Assange: Facebook Providing Information to American Intelligence

"Facebook in particular is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented. Here we have the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations and the communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to US intelligence.
Facebook, Google, Yahoo — all these major US organizations have built-in interfaces for US intelligence. It’s not a matter of serving a subpoena. They have an interface that they have developed for US intelligence to use.
Now, is it the case that Facebook is actually run by US intelligence? No, it’s not like that. It’s simply that US intelligence is able to bring to bear legal and political pressure on them. And it’s costly for them to hand out records one by one, so they have automated the process. Everyone should understand that when they add their friends to Facebook, they are doing free work for United States intelligence agencies in building this database for them."

US military's history of backtracking on initial reports

In 2003, Private Jessica Lynch, a 19-year-old US army clerk from Palestine, West Virginia, became a poster girl for the Iraq invasion.
Despite being badly wounded when her company came under attack near the town of Nasiriyah in March that year, the soldier kept her finger on the trigger of her gun until her ammunition ran out. Nor did her pluck exhaust itself there: Lynch also survived abuse and interrogation at the hands of local hospital staff until she was rescued by US special forcesafter a fierce firefight.
The only problem with the official account is that it was untrue. In fact, Lynch's gun jammed and she did not fire a shot; Iraqi hospital staff treated her kindly and tried to return her to US forces; and, there was no need for a raid by army rangers and navy seals as the Iraqi military had fled the day before. Nor, contrary to initial reports, had she been shot or stabbed – her injuries had been caused after her truck was hit and crashed. FULL STORY

Billy Joel - The Longest Time

Quote of the Week

"What kind of person celebrates death? It's amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We've only heard one side..."
- Rashard Mendenhall

Sunday, May 1, 2011

April Most Successful Month Yet!

April was the most successful month to date for Offspring Of Mama's Beauty with 16,556 hits!!! Thank you Will and Che

Vote for the NDP!!!

IF YOU LIVE IN CANADA VOTE FOR THE NDP TOMORROW, THEY ARE SOCIALISTS AND IT WILL PISS OFF AMERICA