By Tom Rodriguez Perez @Pezzativity
Zahir Belounis, pictured with his two daughters (Photo: CNN)
The shocking case of Zahir Belounis, the French footballer trapped in Qatar after a dispute with his employers, has once again brought to light the oppressive & inhumane nature of Qatar’s…
Man gets hit by car of the military police on the afternoon of Saturday in Sé, in São Paulo.
The GAPP-Popular Protest support group-answered today eight people with open fractures, broken hands and feet as a result of a hit and injuries to the face and head.
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Lots of hi-res images free to own and use - like this hungry crocodile
Yesterday the Getty Museum announced the start of its Open Content Program, which provides 4600 high-resolution images for all to browse and use, including almost 1900 medieval images (read the announcement here). With the help of a clear search engine you can track down what you are looking for very easily and quickly (check it out here). When you click on “view record” you are presented with large images of 20 MB or even more, which you can download without registering. The best thing? You can do with them what you want. You can crop them, change them, print them on your office mug, include them in your Christmas cards, and even use them for commercial purposes (check out the rules of the game here). So why are you still reading this Tumblr? Take a big crocodile-bite out of Getty’s offering!
Pic: Crocodile eating a man, Getty Museum MS 100 (2007.16.49v) (England, 1250-60).
I woke up this morning here in Sydney to see Sophie Nelisse climbing through the window of my computer screen – although not to steal anything…but to deliver stills from the movie of The Book Thief, and an interview with Brian Percival, and Geoffrey Rush.
To read Brian’s…
It’s a different way of understanding what happiness is.
Social psychologists describe this change as a consequence of a gradual shifting from promotion motivation — seeing our goals in terms of what we can gain, or how we can end up better off, to prevention motivation — seeing our goals in terms of avoiding loss and keeping things running smoothly. Everyone, of course, has both motivations. But the relative amounts of each differ from person to person, and can shift with experience as we age.
Research from Northwestern University in the journal Psychology and Aging suggests that promotion-mindedness is most prevalent among the young, because youth is a time for focusing on your hopes for the future, what you ideally want to do — you don’t have much in the way of responsibilities, and you still believe you can do anything you set your mind to. That and you think you are immortal. This is more or less a recipe for strong promotion motivation.
As we get older, illusions of immortality vanish. … The older we get, the more we want to hang on to what we’ve already got — the things we’ve worked so hard to achieve. We also have more experience with pain and loss, having been knocked around a bit by life, and having learned a few lessons the hard way.
Ever since the 1500s, and for hundreds of years after, the only people who used @ were bookkeepers, who used it as a shorthand to show how much they were selling or buying goods for: for example, “3 bottles of wine @ $10 each.”
Since these bookkeepers used @ to deal with money, a certain degree of whimsical fondness for the character developed over time. In Danish, the symbol is known as an “elephant’s trunk a”; the French call it an escargot. It’s a streudel in German, a monkey’s tail in Dutch, and a rose in Istanbul. In Italian, it’s named after a huge amphora of wine, a liquid some Italian bookkeepers have been known to show a fondness for.
Even with such cute names to recommend it, though, @ languished in obscurity for three and a half centuries, only ending up on a new invention called the typewriter when salesmen realized that accountants and bookkeepers were buying them in droves.
In 1971, however, a keyboard with a vestigial @ symbol inherited from its typewriter ancestors found itself hooked up to an ARPANET terminal manned by Ray Tomlinson, who was working on a little program he’d come up with in his goofing-off time to send messages from computer to computer. Tomlinson ended up using the @ symbol as the fulcrum of the lever that ultimately ended up lifting the world into the digital age: email.