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05 May 10:03

The Empress of China - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Empress of China is a Chinese television drama based on events in 7th and 8th-century Tang dynasty, starring producer Fan Bingbing as the titular character Wu Zetian—the only woman in Chinese history to rule as an emperor. It is the third television production by Fan Bingbing Studio and boasts of a budget of over ¥300 million (roughly US$49.53 million).[1] As such, it is believed to be the among most expensive TV series in Chinese history,[2] beating the previous record of ¥280 million by Heroes in Sui and Tang Dynasties (2013).[3] The television series was first broadcast on Hunan Television on 21 Dec 2014 in mainland China.
04 May 07:41

markweston19: Dar es Salaam


Dar es Salaam

05 May 12:10

Mass. Craft Beer Brewer Blows Whistle, Gets Own Distributor in Trouble - Business news -

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pretty things

Paquette’s October tweets focused largely on the role of bars and restaurants in these arrangements. But it takes two to tango, with the second partner being either a brewer or a distributor. And how’s this for irony: The ABCC has accused Paquette’s own distributor of tangoing.
05 May 07:42

Trinkwassertalsperre Frauenau, Bayerischen Wald 

Trinkwassertalsperre Frauenau, Bayerischen Wald 

05 May 08:03

scotianostra: The Bus Stops Here by The Flying Monk on Flickr.A...


The Bus Stops Here by The Flying Monk on Flickr.

A fine piece of 1970s Hebridean brutalist architecture. Providing shelter from wind and horizontal rain, whatever the direction. Isle of Lewis.

05 May 02:01

Eric Witz on Instagram: “Charming miniature Bols apricot liqueur bird bottle circa 1930s. This is beautifully done and quite delicate. A work of art in its own way. Imported by the G.H. Mumm Champagne company, New York.”

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Charming miniature Bols apricot liqueur bird bottle circa 1930s. This is beautifully done and quite delicate. A work of art in its own way. Imported by the G.H. Mumm Champagne company, New York.
05 May 06:20

The Lenināmṛta, a Poetic Biography of Lenin in Sanskrit « Luther, Out of Station

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via overbey ("You guys this is *amazing*")

I recently stumbled upon a fascinating piece of modern Sanskrit literary history in a library, the Lenināmṛta, a poetic biography of Lenin in Sanskrit.  It garnered a lot of interest when I wrote about it on Twitter, so I thought I should maybe just put the whole thing out here to generate more conversation.
27 Mar 00:25

GEAR | Crisloid Backgammon Set

by Lizzie

Photo by Slim Aarons, Acapulco, Mexico, 1972.

Backgammon is one of the oldest games in recorded history and culturally seems to span so many walks of life. From its Middle Eastern roots to the leisure class of Slim Aarons circles to cowboy bars, it's a game that seems to work everywhere. A backgammon attaché is such a great thing to have on hand as temps warm up. Play in the park, the beach, the pool, a canoe—you get the picture, it's just more fun than sitting and looking at your phone. I recently overpaid for a vintage Crisloid set on Etsy, and am kicking myself because I should have just purchased a handsome new Crisloid set ($150 and up) whose designs haven't seemed to change for over half a century. The boards are beautifully crafted and sturdy with gorgeous marbled checkers—all of this I had to find out after the fact. Crisloid was founded in 1948 in Brooklyn by Alphonse and Lucky Lodato, they are now based in Providence, R.I. and proudly manufacture all their products in the USofA. Gotta love that. Crisloid also makes custom boards, in fact our good friends over at Pierrepont Hicks show us how great a bespoke Crisloid board can look.  And a gallery of images from the archives. Is there an intersection of tomboy style and backgammon? Maybe, just maybe. Keep up with Tomboy Style elsewhere: INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | TWITTER.
04 May 18:50

I have to go somewhere and I don’t think I can come back. But...

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doesn't adequately capture the intense michael-mann-ness of the glowing slow-motion elevator kiss

I have to go somewhere and I don’t think I can come back. But I just wanted you to know… Getting to be around you and Benicio was the best thing that ever happened to me.
05 May 00:32

everyone else should just give up and go home because fan...

everyone else should just give up and go home because fan bingbing is best dressed tonight

05 May 00:50

The Mountain Goats on Twitter: "in Oregon? please help a dying person get some time in just hangin' out with dogs in her last days, if you can."

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in Oregon? please help a dying person get some time in just hangin' out with dogs in her last days, if you can.
03 May 18:30

Government Service Center, Boston, Massachusetts, 1963-71 (Paul...

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Government Service Center, Boston, Massachusetts, 1963-71

(Paul Rudolph)

04 May 16:16

You gonna show up drunk at 4:00 on your first day?

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I feel like I should probably get back into mad men

You gonna show up drunk at 4:00 on your first day?
01 May 19:04

1920s Art Deco Pansy Earrings

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Art Deco Pansy is the name of my new something

04 May 23:20

May wine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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it makes me happy when somebody texts me out of the blue to ask if I've made this (obviously I've made this)

May wine, also known as Maitrank, Maiwein, Maibowle and Waldmeisterbowle, is the name of a German beverage that uses aromatized wine as a base (see sangría). May wine is served in the spring, traditionally on the May Day holiday. The base is made by steeping the fragrant creeping herb sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum, sometimes called Asperula odorata, known in Germany as Waldmeister) that grows in the forests of Northern Europe in a white German wine.
04 May 23:14

The 'Star Wars' Trash Compactor: Dirty Secrets From the Franchise's Smelliest Scene

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Set decorator Roger Christian is the man behind such iconic Star Wars designs as the lightsaber, the Millennium Falcon interior, and the R2-D2 prototype. But the Oscar winner says that his toughest job was the trash-compactor scene. One of the oddest, best-loved, and most-nitpicked scenes from the original 1977 Star Wars, the six-minute sequence aboard the first Death Star finds Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) trapped inside a deadly garbage chamber filled with space sewage, and inhabited by a mysterious tentacled monster called the Dianoga. Based on a new interview with Christian — and drawing from various remembrances of cast and crew members throughout the years — Yahoo Movies took a deep dive into the smelliest scene in the Star Wars galaxy.
04 May 23:12

NASA Posts a Huge Library of Space Sounds, And You're Free To Use Them - Create Digital Music

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In addition to the requisite vocal clips (“Houston, we’ve had a problem” and “The Eagle has landed”), you get a lot more. There are rocket sounds, the chirps of satellites and equipment, lightning on Jupiter, interstellar plasma and radio emissions. And in one nod to humanity, and not just American humanity, there’s the Soviet satellite Sputnik (among many projects that are international in nature). Many of these sounds were available before; I’ve actually used a number of them in my own music. But putting them on SoundCloud makes them much easier to browse and find, and there are download links. Have a listen below. Another thing: you’re free to use all of these sounds as you wish, because NASA’s own audio isn’t copyrighted. It’s meant to be a public service to the American people of their taxpayer-funded government program, but that extends to everyone. There are some restrictions – not everything NASA publishes is covered by the same license, though it appears to be on SoundCloud. And you aren’t free to use NASA’s name or logo or imply commercial endorsement. (The Eagle didn’t land on a bag of Doritos.) But that means just about any imaginable musical application is fair game. They do ask you to list NASA as source, but that’s only reasonable. Read their content guidelines for full details. Let the space remixing begin. European Space Agency, your move.
04 May 20:28

Runner tries to find man she kissed at Boston Marathon, finds his wife

by James Dator
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Woman seeking man she kissed at Boston Marathon hears from his wife

— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) May 4, 2015

This image of a runner kissing an onlooker at the Boston Marathon went viral when the woman's daughter tried to find their mystery man. They got an answer, but it was from the man's wife.

Barbara Tatge locked lips with the man in Wellesley, where it's become tradition for supporters to give kisses to runners. When the man's wife heard about the quest to find her husband she reached out. Perhaps you'd think this would create an awkward situation, but the two women had a nice back-and-forth about it, according to the Associated Press.

"When this story aired on the news we were pretty surprised," the mystery man's wife wrote in a portion of the letter quoted by The Townsman. "For me, I'm not mad. Believe me, our friends have gotten a lot of mileage out of this story and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them give my husband grief!"

The wife continued: "While this may not be the ending that you had hoped for, that spontaneous, silly moment in Wellesley captured the fun, energy and spirit of the Boston Marathon. I greatly admire your spunk and courage and wish you many happy races in the future. Congratulations on your Boston finish!"

Tatge may not have found the man of her dreams, but it created an unforgettable moment.

"The letter was so kind and good-hearted," she said. "She's a great sport, and he's fortunate to be married to someone like her."

She jokingly vowed to only kiss single men if she returns to the Boston Marathon.

03 May 17:32


04 May 21:15

Walmart: We're Not Part of Military Takeover

by Josh Marshall
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"Another theory suggested that there was already a system of underground tunnels below the closed Wal-Marts."

One of the best parts of the conspiracy theory embraced by top Republicans in Texas is the idea that shuttered Walmart stores are actually being prepared as either staging areas or detention facilities for President Obama's planned military takeover of Texas. Some theorize that the military and Walmart may be preparing tunnels connecting the shuttered Walmarts as part of the takeover. But Walmart now says there's "no truth to the rumors" that they're involved.

03 May 21:25

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04 May 14:00


04 May 00:51

nevver:Below the Boat

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03 May 18:18

Cities in 3D, Luis Dilger

Cities in 3D, Luis Dilger

04 May 17:38

Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

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fuck these people, fuck this phrase

bizwriter writes: Companies are trying to get around Equal Employment Opportunity Commission restrictions on age-discriminatory language (like "recent college graduate") by saying that they want "digital natives." So far, no one has complained to the EEOC, but that could change. "Since the 1990s dotcom boom, many employers have openly sought to hire young, tech savvy talent, believing that was necessary to succeed in the new digital economy. At the same time, age discrimination complaints have spiraled upward, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, with 15,785 claims filed in 1997 compared to 20,588 filed in 2014. Out of the 121 charges filed last year by the EEOC for alleged discriminatory advertising, 111 of them claimed the job postings discriminated against older applicants. The EEOC has said that using phrases like 'college student,' 'recent college graduate,' or 'young blood' violate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1966. That federal law protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age."

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30 Apr 16:54

Persona (1966), dir. Ingmar Bergman

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tumblr's primary effect on me lately is to make me feel like I should watch some bergman films (I have watched none, as far as I can recall); this probably means something terrible about me, culturally

Persona (1966), dir. Ingmar Bergman
04 May 13:56

▶ The Novel Ideas | Old Ways | Hardwick Sessions - YouTube

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I can't decide whether I actually like this band that I accidentally saw twice this past weekend, but this is a fucking earworm for sure

Boston based country folk band, The Novel Ideas, play their new song "Old Ways" Download audio here: Video filmed and edited by Danny Hoshino, Justine Bowe and Will Radin. Audio recording and mixing by Will and Daniel Radin. The Novel Ideas:
03 May 20:07

Scarlett Johansson by Mary Ellen Matthews for SNL, May 2015....

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Scarlett Johansson by Mary Ellen Matthews for SNL, May 2015.

I mean I think it’s cool she’s auditioning to play Luci but the WicDiv characters are all late teens/21 at most.

03 May 00:35


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01 May 17:30

The Color Issue + Sydney and Adelaide

by Haley
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trying to determine whether this shrug/blouse/layer thing going to look terrible on me


The May issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read!

In this issue:

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Some favorite quotes from this issue:

“The creative process is a series of highs and lows, and that’s just the nature of the beast.” -Emily Adams, Professional Help

“Developing a personal color palette allows you to sew clothes that always make you feel beautiful. Color then becomes an integral element in your design process that allows you to create garments that are a true reflection of your style and unique features.” -Elizabeth Farr, Design a Personal Color Palette

“Peasant blouses are prime examples of a commitment to creating beautiful clothing despite little resources. These blouses often used no more than a yard of fabric, but hours upon hours were poured into the needlework.” – Behind the Seams: The Peasant Blouse

And here are the two new quick-to-sew patterns in this issue:

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Adelaide is a simple shift dress with a snap front closure, that is ideal for spring and summer. Sewn up in chambray or linen, this dress is the perfect throw on garment for the warm days ahead.


Sydney is a wrap-style layering piece, that perfectly tops off a sleeveless frock. Use a light weight woven like lawn or rayon to make a breezy topper for your summer sun dresses.

You can visit to read the issue, download it from the current issue page, or subscribe to get the patterns.