my sweet baby boy
my sweet baby boy
The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest narratives in the world, got a surprise update last month when the Sulaymaniyah Museum in the Kurdistan region of Iraq announced that it had discovered 20 new lines of the Babylonian-Era poem of gods, mortals, and monsters. Since the poem has existed in fragments since the 18th century BC, there has always been the possibility that more would turn up. And yet the version we’re familiar with — the one discovered in 1853 in Nineveh — hasn’t changed very much over recent decades. The text remained fairly fixed — that is, until the fall of Baghdad in 2003 and the intense looting that followed yielded something new.
Since that time, the History Blog notes:
the [Sulaymaniyah] museum has a matter of policy paid smugglers to keep artifacts from leaving the country, no questions asked. The tablet was acquired by the museum in late 2011 as part of a collection of 80-90 tablets sold by an unnamed shady character. Professor Farouk Al-Rawi examined the collection while the seller haggled with museum official Abdullah Hashim. When Al-Rawi saw this tablet, he told Hashim to pay whatever the seller wanted: $800.
That’s a pretty good deal for these extra lines that not only add to the poem’s length, but have now cleared up some of the mysteries in the other chapters. These lines come from Chapter Five of the epic and cast the main characters in a new light. Gilgamesh and his companion Enkidu are shown to feel guilt over killing Humbaba, the guardian of the cedar forest, who is now seen as less a monster and more a king. Just like a good director’s cut, these extra scenes clear up some muddy character motivation, and add an environmental moral to the tale.
The History Blog article has an in depth description of the translation, with links to a scholarly paper on this very important find, and prompts the question, how much more is there to be discovered?
In the video above, Hazha Jalal, manager of the tablet’s section of the Sulaymaniyah Museum talks (in Kurdish) about the new discovery, saying (in translation): “The tablet dates back to the Neo-Bablyonian period, 2000-1500 BCE. It is a part of tablet V of the epic. It was acquired by the Museum in the year 2011 and [then] Dr. Farouk Al-Raw transliterated it. It was written as a poem and many new things this version has added, for example Gilgamesh and his friend met a monkey. We are honored to house this tablet and anyone can visit the Museum during its opening hours from 8:30 morning to noon. The entry is free for you and your guests. Thank you.”
In the meantime, if you’ve got a few minutes to spare, you can click here to Hear The Epic of Gilgamesh Read in the Original Akkadian and Enjoy the Sounds of Mesopotamia.
You can also find the epic in our twin collections, 700 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free and 700 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices.
via The History Blog
Ted Mills is a freelance writer on the arts who currently hosts the FunkZone Podcast. You can also follow him on Twitter at @tedmills, read his other arts writing at tedmills.com and/or watch his films here.
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Tourists at the reception center at Volcanoes National Park, waiting to be assigned to a park ranger who will take them to visit one of the 19 mountain gorilla families in the park. Groups are limited to eight people, and each individual pays $750 for the visit – an hour of time with a mountain gorilla family, after a trek that could take anywhere from thirty minutes to three or four hours. Tourism dollars help support protection of the highly endangered species, and also the local economy. Rwanda has been extremely successful in transforming the poacher economy into a tourism economy; former poachers are now employed as porters for trekkers, and the local population is actively engaged in protecting the gorillas and their habitat. Photo by Sara Terry #saraterry13 @saraterry13 #rwandamountaingorillas #mountaingorillas #tourism #rwanda #rwandatourism #africa
Courtney Demone is a trans woman currently undergoing hormone replacement therapy and, as such, is starting to grow breasts.
Given this opportunity, she has a found a brilliant way to #FreeTheNipple.
Demone is launching the hashtag #DoIHaveBoobsNow and will post topless images of herself on Facebook and Instagram, “until those networks decide that my breasts have developed enough to be sexualized and worthy of censorship”
Demone is exposing privilege and hypocrisy all at once.
I always wanted to try this but I’m chicken shit and scared and alone where I live
This is an interesting article. Give it a read.
“Describe a basic attack."
"So… throw a Pumpkin Spice Latte at him?"
something something veils, hidden faces, dehumanization and patriarchy. it's been a long day and i can't brain.
In Japan, it’s quite a common sight to see people walking around or going to work wearing surgical masks. The reason is so they don’t spread germs to others, or potentially catch others’ germs, and they’re all over the place this time of year when people tend to get colds.
However there’s another reason you might see women wearing a surgical mask: research from Hokkaido University says that wearing a mask makes a woman appear significantly more attractive. And if they’re wearing a pink mask, then they basically turn into a supermodel.
Here’s how the researchers at Hokkaido University went about testing this phenomenon:
Researchers had 33 male and female participants rate the attractiveness of woman photographed without masks, wearing white masks, and wearing pink masks. Several of the women in the photographs were the same person, just with a different facial accessory, so the researchers could see how much of a difference wearing a mask would make.
The results were astounding. Women who rated “average” for attractiveness while mask-less skyrocketed to 104 percent more attractive when they were wearing a pink mask, compared to when they were wearing a white one.
And the same went for women who rated “attractive” while mask-less, increasing to 105 percent more attractive when they were wearing a pink mask, compared to when they were wearing a white one.
The study’s obvious conclusion: if you want to look more attractive, wear a pink mask.
▼ Am I doing it right?
ガスマスク画像bot (@gas_mask_bot) September 05, 2015
However, the next question is why would a pink mask make someone look more attractive? The only theory so far is that the color resembles a young, healthy skin color for Japanese people. That plus the lure of the unknown that gives plain white masks their appeal could just be the one-two punch that makes people’s brains work in this mysterious way.
Here’s what Japanese netizens had to say about this pink peculiarity:
“Hokkaido University, don’t you have anything better to do?”
“I dunno, people wearing masks always look like thieves to me.”
“It only works if everything about you is already attractive except your mouth.”
“So you’re saying if I just cover my whole body I’ll be more attractive?”
That last comment hits the nail on the head. Instead of covering up our imperfections and trying to hide them away, we should embrace them, love them, and turn them into our strengths instead. Or, barring that, we could all just get plastic surgery like lots of people in Korea. That’s fine too.
Origin: Breaking research from Japan: wearing a pink face mask makes you more attractive
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Sure, sounds legit.
(There’s this bizarre lateral transmission of Superhero Facts that happens among the small boys at his preschool. They’ve never read the comics or seen the movies, but they know with absolute conviction that there’s BATMAN, and he wears black. SPIDERMAN shoots fire at bad guys. HULK SMASH has torn purple pants, and so forth)
Commence the Dream Sequence slop #albslopart #slopart
A woman in a Breuer club chair, wearing an Oskar Schlemmer mask, circa 1926.
Terrible wordplay in two languages. (at Loblaws Queen And Portland)
Cookpad is easily the largest community cooking website for getting new Japanese recipes to try out in the kitchen. Started in 1997, it grew to be so popular that two years ago it expanded its user base by launching an English version.
It goes without saying that you can find a dish for pretty much anything you have lying around in your kitchen, but because most of the recipes are posted by amateurs, you might have to weed some of the stranger ones out by taking a look at their reviews.
Fortunately there seems to be a whole crew of users willing and waiting to take a hit for the team and try out the latest recipe, including a recently posted recipe for making pizza that requires putting the uncooked crust and toppings inside a box and setting the box on fire. How does it measure up? One net user decided to photograph and review the process.
This original recipe, titled “Super Easy BBQ Pizza Recipe!”, was posted by user seiraku on the popular Japanese cooking website. The pictures are encouraging enough to make it look worth a try, that is until you scroll past the list of ingredients and see that the steps to make it involve placing the pizza inside a pizza box and burning it instead of the traditional oven-baked method. With no reviews or comments to date, I guess having to take your food outside and set it on fire is a little too extreme for most users.
But where there’s a will, there’s a way, and one user on Twitter who goes by the name Heitaro was not to be deterred from giving it a go. He substituted a cardboard box he had lying around his house for a pizza box, and tweeted a step-by-step picture guide as he went along.
“This is pizza I saw on a Cookpad recipe. The Cookpad recipe used a box, but I just used a cardboard box I had lying around instead. I wasn’t convinced it was going to work, but it smelled great and came out delicious. Amazing!”
クックパッドのレシピで見たピザ。 クックパッドだとピザの箱を使ってたけど、それはアリモノの段ボールで。 こんなんでできるんかと半信半疑でやったら香ばしく美味しくできた。素晴らしい http://t.co/m8MCjXoPNs—
ひえたろう＠笑顔と上機嫌こそが最高の化粧 (@hietaro) September 26, 2015
For those interested in trying out their own version at their next BBQ or camping trip, here’s what you need:
– 1 pizza crust, about 25 cm
– a little olive oil
– 1 pizza box (or a cardboard box if you’re in a pinch)
– pizza sauce, to taste
– 1/6 of an onion
– 1/2 of a tomato
– 2 spears of asparagus
– a few slices of bacon
– a dash of ground pepper
– a little bit of dried parsley
– 50 ml (1/4 cup) of cooking sake
1. Cut the onion into thin slices, the tomato and asparagus into 5mm- (0.2-inch) slices, and the bacon into 1 cm slices
2. Layer 2 sheets of aluminum foil about 70 cm (30 inches) in size on top of each other, and fold one side together to make one large sheet.
3. Grease the foil with olive oil to prevent sticking, and stretch out the pizza crust thoroughly.
4. Spread pizza sauce onto the crust, add your preferred toppings, and top with cheese.
5. Pour cooking sake or water over pizza, wrap it up in foil, and then put it in the box.
6. Take an iron plate or a concrete block, put a grill over it, and then the pizza on top, afterward putting charcoal at each of the four corners of the box before lighting on fire with a lighter.
7. Let it burn until the whole box is burnt
8. Now the pizza is finished. Only the bottom of the box should remain, so transfer it onto a plate.
9. Wipe away the ashes, open the foil, and cut the pizza.
10. Top with parsley and pepper to taste, and it’s done.
If successful, this is what it should look like this:
▼ Looks good enough for us!
Heitaro’s post quickly spread online, and spawned a thread of other ridiculously awesome, similar cooking styles, such as:
▼ Cooking hot dogs in a milk carton
▼ Baking a sweet potato in a car muffler
▼ This creative way of making yakitori or kebabs in winter
▼ Or how to make the most out of a dire situation when disaster strikes
We recommend giving any of these methods a try if you dare, except maybe that last one. Remember to cook responsibly!
Origin: Cooking pizza in a burning cardboard box, and other unconventional recipes
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There was a puppy petting session at uni today and I thought that meant there would be real puppies….
Who made this goddess? I love her! The eyes,nose,lips and that haiiirr
anyone know the artist?
looks like Mark Newman.
^^ this one is called “Grandpa’s Favorite”.
^^ this one is called “Iris in Bloom”.
You never see classical inspired sculptures with POC.. So this is really something to me. Absolutely beautiful.
Beautiful, you just have to admire.
In June of 1994, a convicted child molester named Charlie Taylor moved into a small apartment in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, across the street from a community center. He had no family. He had no parole officer. At the time, sex offenders deemed too dangerous to be let out of prison early were, paradoxically, released at the end of their sentences with no ongoing oversight or treatment from the Correctional Services of Canada.
Appreciators of the finest works in cinema history often liken their images to paintings. In the case of Akira Kurosawa, maker of quite a few entries on that grand list of the finest works in cinema history, that makes professional sense: he began as a painter, only later turning filmmaker. “When I changed careers,” he writes, “I burnt all the pictures that I had painted up until then. I intended to forget painting once and for all. As a well-known Japanese proverb says, ‘If you chase two rabbits, you may not catch even one.’ I did no art work at all once I began to work in cinema. But since becoming a film director, I have found that drawing rough sketches was often a useful means of explaining ideas to my staff.”
That comes quoted on “Akira Kurosawa: From Art to Film,” a roundup of such paintings by the Emperor (a nickname Kurosawa earned through his on-set manner), set beside the resulting frames from his movies. “As a painter and filmmaker, Kurosawa stuck to his own style,” writes Popmatters‘ Ian Chant in an examination of this facet of his career, “informed heavily by traditional Japanese painting as well as European impressionists and expressionists, another arena of art where he answered to both eastern and western influences. These painstakingly crafted paintings formed the visual backbone of some of Kurosawa’s most lasting achievements.”
The most vivid examples of canvas-turned-celluloid come from Kurosawa’s later works, such as 1980’s Kagemusha, 1985’s Ran, 1990’s Dreams, and 1993’s Madadayo, selections from each of which you see in this post. “I cannot help but be fascinated by the fact that when I tried to paint well, I could only produce mediocre pictures,” continues the Emperor himself. “But when I concentrated on delineating the ideas for my films, I unconsciously produced works that people find interesting.” Holding the painted work up against his film work, only the strictest cinema purist could deny that, ultimately, Kurosawa caught both rabbits.
Juxtapose more painted storyboards and frames from films here.
Colin Marshall writes elsewhere on cities, language, Asia, and men’s style. He’s at work on a book about Los Angeles, A Los Angeles Primer, the video series The City in Cinema, and the crowdfunded journalism project Where Is the City of the Future? Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.
Akira Kurosawa Painted the Storyboards For Scenes in His Epic Films: Compare Canvas to Celluloid is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, or get our Daily Email. And don't miss our big collections of Free Online Courses, Free Online Movies, Free eBooks, Free Audio Books, Free Foreign Language Lessons, and MOOCs.
A lot of important people died in 2004: Ray Charles, Jerry Orbach, ODB, Avril Lavigne.
nsfw art boobs
In 1969, the BBC’s James Mossman conducted an extensive interview with Vladimir Nabokov, which was first published in a magazine called The Listener, and later in a book entitled Strong Opinions. Some of Mossman’s questions were serious: “You’ve said that you’ve explored time’s prison and have found no way out. Are you still exploring…? Some were lighter: “Why do you live in hotels?” (Answer here.) And still other questions fell somewhere in between, like: “If you ruled any modern industrial state absolutely, what would you abolish?” It turns out that loud noises, muzak, bidets, and insecticides made the great novelist and lepidopterist’s list.
Which raises the question, if allowed to play benevolent dictator for a day, what would you obliterate? Me? I’d probably start with almost anything likely to appear in today’s Billboard Top 5 — dreck that’s not too far from muzak.
As Benevolent Dictator, Vladimir Nabokov Would Abolish Muzak & Bidets: What Would Make Your List? is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, or get our Daily Email. And don't miss our big collections of Free Online Courses, Free Online Movies, Free eBooks, Free Audio Books, Free Foreign Language Lessons, and MOOCs.
You remember in high school history, when the teacher brought up the old, bad days of Jim Crow? With tales of poll taxes and literacy tests to ensure that access to the ballot remained exclusive to white people?
We like to think that those days are gone, that the...
Raw Story reports that a new research study at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business has found that "white people respond to evidence that they are privileged by their race by insisting that they face greater hardships in life". WTF?! The study was conducted by researchers L. Taylor Phillips and Brian S. Lowery, and published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Phillips and Lowery state: “Despite this reality, policy makers and power brokers continue to debate whether racial privilege even exists and whether to address such inequity [...] One reason for this inaction might be an unwillingness among Whites to acknowledge racial privilege — acknowledgment that may be difficult given that Whites are motivated to believe that meritocratic systems and personal virtues determine life outcomes.” The denial is real! CLICK HERE to read more.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor
“Our work suggests that privilege reduction efforts might need to focus not only on convincing or educating advantaged group members about privilege, but also on reducing the feelings of self-threat this information induces [...] The existence of hardships does not reduce racial privilege, since racial privilege entails comparison to someone of a different race with equivalent hardships. People may erroneously think privilege entails complete ease in life and that the presence of any hardships denotes an absence of privilege.”
Check out the latest poster campaign from Indian fashion designer Manish Arora, featuring legendary model Debra Shaw. The 90's fashion fixture is photographed in Arora's debut fall winter 2015 collection, dressed as a “modern-day warrior" (states the designer). The campaign was shot by French photographer Charles Fréger - known for his portraits of sportsmen and soldiers - and styled by Joanna Schlenzka; and appeared on the streets of Paris during the fashion capital's recent fashion week. Explore below.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor