Showing posts with label history. Show all posts
Showing posts with label history. Show all posts

Sunday, September 4, 2011

March of the Million: 14 Spectacular Photos from Israel's Biggest Ever Demonstration

Some say 400K, others count 430K and - as a matter of fact - the official title was actually 'March of the Million' but the exact figures are obviously minor by now. This way or another Israel saw its biggest ever cross-country demonstration yesterday night, demanding social justice and a lower cost of living. The largest demonstration took place in Tel Aviv, where approx. 300K took part. Additional 50,000 protested in Jerusalem, 40,000 marched in Haifa and many others in smaller protests in dozens of other towns and cities. The following are 14 of the most spectacular moments from yesterday's events.

Bird-Eye Views

The following bird-eye views were taken above Kikar Hamedina square in Tel Aviv from a police helicopter. More in the official Facebook album of the Israeli police.

And here are a couple above Iben Gavirol St. nearby the Kikar Rabin square:


Ground Views

The following faceshots were all published on Haaretz newspaper's Facebook page. More in this Facebook album.

Nearby Building Views

And here are 3 more of Kikar Hamedina, taken by Oren Ziv of ActiveStills.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Twitter: From 0 to 200 Million Tweets a Day in 5 Years [Infographic]

Love Infographics? Here is a new one we think you should check out: created by, a start-up company specializing in machine generated data visualizations, the neat infographic below plots out "key milestones" on Twitter's path to 200 million tweets a day. Cheers, Twitter!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

1960 Ford Prefect Farewell

1960 Ford Prefect farewell

We have been together for 12 years. During three of them she was my best mate. Most reliable piece of machinery I've ever had. Everything with this 1960 Ford Prefect could be fixed with nothing but the simplest tools, a few cheap spare parts and two hands. No computer experts. With a 997 CC, 4 Cylinder engine and more than a ton of steel acceleration was not the best on the road (OK, it was horrible.) but since you can not go faster than 80 KPH anyway it really did not matter much. Safer and better fun looking at the view too.

1960 Ford Prefect: 957 cc Engine

Love matters but nonetheless, after a few years life had its say and attention had to put in some other more important aims. You know. Family oriented "nothing about that old wreck" ones. So, the heart is broken, but - knowing she'll get a good care and be back on the road soon - the mind fills with of joy. The snapshots below were taken in 2 separate occasions. The first - in 2003 during a general work session. The second a few weeks ago, when it was taken after sold. $600 for those who are interested.


1960 Ford Prefect: Front
Front view, 2003

1960 Ford Prefect: Back
Back view, 2003

1960 Ford Prefect: Left side
Left side view, 2003

1960 Ford Prefect: Internal view
Internal view, 2003


Departing 1960 Ford Prefect: Side view
Departing 1960 Ford Prefect: Left side, 2009

Departing 1960 Ford Prefect: Front view
Departing 1960 Ford Prefect: Front side, 2009

Departing 1960 Ford Prefect: Up on the tow truck
Departing 1960 Ford Prefect: Going up on the tow truck, 2009

Departing 1960 Ford Prefect: Up on the tow truck side view
Departing 1960 Ford Prefect: Up on the tow truck, 2009

Departing 1960 Ford Prefect
Departing 1960 Ford Prefect: farewell

Thursday, April 23, 2009

7 English Words and their Biblical Hebrew Origin


English is the world's unofficial "lingua franca" - a language used to communicate between people not sharing a mother tongue. Some English words are used in almost every country and by every nationality. We say OK and Cowboy knowing these words will be understood just as if they were in the listener's native language. The English language originated from several dialects which were brought to the British Isles by Anglo-Saxon settlers in the beginning of the 5th century. It was heavily influenced by the Old Norse language of Viking invaders. However, there are also English words originating in other languages, sometimes very ancient ones. The following are 7 interesting English words and examples from their Biblical Hebrew origin.



The English word Armageddon derives from the Hebrew word combination of Har Megido (הר מגידו) meaning Megido Mountain, the biblical location of an apocalyptic battle.
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The English word Botany derives from the Greek word Botane, meaning a plant or herb. Yet, an earlier source for this word is the Boten – a spoken Hebrew word for Peanut that also appears in the bible. The word Batata, BTW, means Sweet Potato in both Arabic and spoken Hebrew.



Hebrew-Phoenicians were great traders throughout the known world and this is clearly seen in the English word Market that comes from the Latin word Mercari meaning to trade. But hey… where did Mercari came from? Right from the Hebrew-Phoenician word Mokher (מכר) meaning sells or someone who sell. This original Hebrew word has turned into many associated modern words including Commerce, Market, Mart, Mercantile, Mercenary, Merchandise, Mercer, Merchant, Mercury and even Mercy.



The English word Maven comes from the Hebrew word Mevin (מבין) meaning understands or one who understands.



Yes. We are not sure if that is a big surprise but as if inventing the word marketing is not enough, the ancient Hebrew people were also the first to come up with the word Money that comes from the Hebrew word, Mone (מונה), meaning counts or counter. Also the Latin word Moneta meaning Mint and Money comes from a Phoenician Hebrew origin.



The English word Mystery comes from the Biblical Hebrew word Mistor (מסתר) meaning a secret hiding place. The word Mistorin (מסתורין), BTW, means Mystery in both Biblical Hebrew and modern spoken one.



Lastly, the English word Satan comes from the Biblical Hebrew word… Satan (שטן) meaning, well… Satan as we know it.
For more about the English and Hebrew languages see:

Sunday, September 21, 2008

7 Scary Ghost Towns: Eternal Remnants From Abandonment, Death and Destruction

7 Scary Ghost Towns: Eternal Remnants From Abandonment, Death and Destruction

A guest post by acecampillo

With Halloween creeping closer, an average haunted house may not give you the jitters like had before. This year, you want to observe the wicked holiday to its fullest. Bring the essential flashlight, Ouija board, a car low on gas and a cellphone with very poor reception to maximize the terror of being in the middle of nowhere. Following are seven places to spend if you want a truly freaky experience...

Elizabethtown, New Mexico

Elizabethtown was founded in the year 1866 as a gold mining town. This place became infamous on account of the serial killer known as Charles Kennedy. He would lure wandering travelers into his house for food and shelter, slaughtering them in their sleep. He may have been responsible for the brutal murders of 14 or more people throughout his lifetime. He was eventually killed by angry mob of vigilantes, led by Clay Allison. The population of the town was essentially wiped out, due to a widespread fire that destroyed most of it and the decline of the Goldrush era.

Helltown, Ohio

Also known as Boston, Ohio, many ghostly encounters have been reported in the cemetery and other sites located within the boundaries of the township. Satanists would sacrifice animals in an old Presbyterian Church off of Boston Mills Road, just to make it that much creepier. One of the many rumors that have been tossed around report a chemical spill, which lead to a huge python wandering around the woods of the area.

Bodie, California

The town was very known for its richness but later known for its lawlessness such as violence and lust. Everyday killings have been noted in result of the lawlessness. It is being said that the place is cursed, that even if you just take one pebble out from that town, you will be in bad luck for the rest of your life. The place was generally abandoned because of the many natural and man-made incidents that desolated the area of the town.

Ludlow, Colorado

Ludlow is situated at the entrance to a canyon in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Las Animas County, Colorado. It became famous due to a large massacre that occurred in 1914, widely known as “The Ludlow Massacre”. Coal miners and their families were killed by the Colorado Coal strike. The Colorado National Guard attacked the 1,200 people on strike, which lead to said incident.

Tombstone, Arizona

One of the most well-known American ghost towns, Tombstone has been revived as a popular tourist attraction. The remnant of the Wild West nostalgia hosts some rather famous sites. Here was the home of the O.K. Corral, the Birdcage Theater, numerous midday gunfights, and the tombstones in the Boothill Graveyard of the Old West's most infamous characters. Stop by the former mining town for a remake of some of the great gunfights and a drink at the corral.

Dudleytown, Connecticut

Officially known as Owlsbury, but also named Dudleytown, this small Connecticut locale faced a striking decline, despite the hard work of many former residents. The town temporarily prospered, but after a series of problems that plagued the place, it only further weakened. There are many claims that Dudleytown citizens were prone to several suicides, mass hysteria, ghost sightings, and demonic contacts. Even Dan Akroyd has claimed the place is the scariest on Earth. It is currently privately owned, so permission is required to enter the property.

St. Elmo, Colorado

Originally settled in the year 1878, people were drawn to settle in St. Elmo by the promise of silver and gold. The village suffered from a large fire that destroyed most of the business establishments. The only family that is said to have survived is the Stark Family, whose own Annabelle Stark's ghostly presence still lurks around the town.

Image sources: Google Maps, Flickr Creative Commons, Ohio Ghost Hunters Assoc., Prarieghosts, Forgotten Ohio, Legends of America. Top image: Dave' s Travel Corner

Monday, August 18, 2008

5 Mysterious Skulls: Dare They Be Called, Human?

A guest post by s hayes

This isn't your most recent episode of Unsolved Mysteries. In fact, these are five authentic skulls dug up and discovered from nearly every corner of the globe. If the skulls are actually of human origin has been put up for debate by some. Either way, these anomalies will either give you a great costume idea, inspiration to go on your own Indian Jones-style adventure, or just provide a reason for some really freaky dreams.

The Horned Skull

During an archaeological dig in Sayre, Bradford County, Pennsylvania in the 1880s, a number of human skulls were unearthed. These skeletons were anatomically correct, except for the anomaly of their projections, two inches above the eyebrow, and the fact that their average height in life would have been around seven feet tall. The bones were sent to the American Investigating Museum in Philadelphia, where they were stolen - never to be seen again.

Above: Instances today of genetic throwbacks to this race.

Starchild Skull

Starchild Skull

This peculiar skull was found in a mine tunnel, 100 miles Southwest of Chihuahua. Dental analysis have ascertained that the skull is that of a five year old child. However, the interior of the skull is 20cm larger than the average adult cranial cavity. The optic nerve is situated at the bottom of the eye socket, rather than the back.

The back of the skull is flattened, but not by artificial means. Carbon dating places the skull's age at approximately 1100 BCE. DNA testing has determined that the child had a human mother, but useful lengths of nuclear DNA for further testing could not be recovered. In 2004, Royal Holloway College of the University of London revealed “fibers” in the bone of the skull and a reddish residue, neither of which are known or recorded to exist prior to the discovery.

Peruvian Skulls

Peruvian Skulls

These odd elongated skulls originate from Peru. They were excavated in Nazca - close to the mysterious Nazca lines. As with the horned skull race, skeletal remains reveal that this race was extremely tall - up to nine feet in height. Similar skulls have been excavated in Mexico and are on display in museums. Some of the elongated skulls showed evidence of ancient brain surgery, suggesting an advanced knowledge and understanding of biology. Suggestions that the skulls were altered by a process of binding the skull in infancy, when the cranial bones are soft, encouraging them to grow into an un-natural shape, have been rejected.

Nevertheless, skull binding cannot increase the internal capacity of the cranial void - and evidence points to the fact that in the case of the Peruvian and Mexican skulls, the cranial void is significantly larger than in a normal skull. It is intriguing also to consider the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten and his family - who were depicted in hieroglyphics as having a large misshapen skull.

Above: Depictions of Akhenaten and his Daughter

Robert Connolly Discoveries

Robert Connolly was researching the paper “In Search of Ancient Wisdom" when he came across these intriguing skulls. During his research, Robert photographed them:

This skull is in all respects similar to modern skulls, with only several factors out of proportion. The size of eye sockets are about 15% larger than normal. The cranial cavity is almost double that of a normal human - the estimated cranial capacity ranges between minimum of 2600 cm3 to 3200 cm3.

Above: The lower jaw bone of this skull is missing.

What is noticeable about the remnants of the facial portion is that the characteristics are entirely within the range of a normal human skull. The cranial cavity, on the other hand, is extremely large - with the cavity exceeding 3000cm3 Also, the two protruding "lobes" are highly anomalous.

Bulgarian Skull

This skull cannot visibly classified as human - but is interesting. It was discovered in 2001, the Rodopi Mountains, Bulgaria. Very little else is known at this point in time.

Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

Sunday, May 4, 2008

X-Ray Photography as Art: Hidden Faces of The Inner Space

X-Ray Photography as Art: Hidden Faces of The Inner Space

It was the first day of the year 1896. "What's that large dark oval spot on her finger?" Professor Ludwig Zehnder of the Physik Institute at the University of Freiburg, Germany must have asked his teacher, observing the strange photograph of a woman's hand. Wilhelm Röntgen's answer must have been something along the lines of: "Well, it's the ring… my wife just never takes it off". The first ever X-Ray photograph of a human body part was taken on 22 December 1895, about one week prior to Röntgen's meeting with Zehnder. Hand mit Ringen (German for Hand with Ring, left below), had revolutionized the way medical prognosis is done, but Röntgen's photograph was not only a major milestone in the history of medicine. Hand mit Ringen was also the first step towards X-Ray as a unique genre of artistic photography.

The following is a selection of contemporary X-Ray photography artists who all make spectacular images from everyday objects. While each of them has its own unique language, style or preferred subjects, all of them are hunters in a fascinating, sometimes shocking, inner-space reality.

Nick Veasey: The inside becomes the outside

Published last month by Goodman Books, Nick Veasey's book titled X-Ray: See Through the World Around You is probably the most spectacular well-made work of X-Ray art the world has seen by now. For a bit less than $50 (Amazon) we can all enjoy the inner beauty of a female foot in a high-heeled shoe, an electric chair, hands typing on a laptop and other "insides becoming outsides" by this unique British artist.

According to the Daily Mail Veasey, who uses a converted radar station in Kent for a studio, "passes x-rays through the objects he is photographing to create images on special film" and then uses "a 13-foot scanner to turn them into a digital file." As described by Veasey in his book Intro: "Nothing gives me more pleasure than revealing the inner beauty of a subject. The unseen can be seen, the internal elements and workings revealed. The inside becomes the outside".

Veasey's animal photos such as the above (fish) or the below (dog) are especially fascinating. "When we see an x-ray of the human body" says Veasey in his website, "we react to that image with medical associations. Animal x-rays however have a brutal beauty."

Veasey also makes custom per-order X-Ray images for various commercial clients, leading global brands that already realize the amazing visual qualities of his work. One of the most famous ones, known to every graphic designer all over the world, is the glower images used on the Adobe CS2 Suite packaging.

Another one, made for Adidas, reveals a sensor inside the sole of a sport shoe.

Diane Covert: Inside Terrorism

Inside Terrorism by Diane Covert is an X-Ray and CT documentary of terrorism survivors and a most powerful modern art piece following the footsteps of Mathew Brady, an American photographer who documented the Civil War with hundreds of death images. The idea for the Inside Terrorism project began in 2002 as a personal response to the massive terror wave that swiped Israel during the first two years of the Intifada. It was also meant to comment on "the way terrorism has been justified in some circles."

According to Covert the X-rays and CT scans in this exhibit should be observed as "figurative images and portraits" deriving from "the desire to observe and describe reality with the most modern techniques available" but also from the "need to think and talk about" the by-products of terrorism.

In Covert's words: "Terrorists pack their bombs with common objects - hex nuts, bolts, nails, watches - all meant for peaceful, utilitarian purposes. By blasting them into human beings, they create the madness of our times."

Bert Myers: Inner Beauty of Nature

If you happen to have an access to an X-Ray machine you might be interested with this 160 page 10 X 10.5” full color hard cover coffee table book. Dedicated to the use of ionizing radiation in producing art images Inner Beauty of Nature is, according to Myers, the first book to cover both the history of X-Ray photography as a form of art and the technical aspects of this craft with enough details to allow "anyone with access to an X-ray machine can duplicate the work." The book contains 30 color and 45 B&W X-Ray prints.

As a retired Professor of Surgery at LSUMC and academic physician Bert Myers has always been interested in photography as a medium of art. In the 1980's, while using an X-Ray machine to make images of the very small blood vessels growing into healing wounds (microangiography), Myers had noticed some of the images looked like abstract paintings. "I started to explore the uses of Xray as an art medium, thinking I was one of the first to use such methods. In reality I was not, as Goby, Hall Edward, Dain Tasker, Albert Richards, and William Conklin had preceded me, though I was not aware of that until years later.

Myers subjects include various animals, mostly snail shells and fish (top on this chapter, left to right: Nautilus, Martin's Tibia, Giant Whelk), vegetable photographs such as of leaves and flowers (above: Morning Glory, Phalenopsis Orchid, Japanese Iris), minerals, man made devices such as the above Fluorescent Light Bulb.

X-Ray images are all B&W but in the late 80's Myers began experimenting with X-Ray photo coloring techniques, using filters in the enlarger and Cibachrome paper. Most recently he has been digitizing the images and adding color in PhotoShop. The result, as can be seen in the below (left) "Three Lillies" and (right) Loquat Leaves Orange is astonishing to say the least.

Steven N. Meyers: Negatives, Positives, and Solarized

Adobe's decision to use flowers as subjects for their X-Ray styled cover was probably not a coincidence. Flowers and other plants are of the most popular within this line of expertise. According to Steven N. Meyers a flower X-Ray photo specialist, the earliest floral radiographs were created over 70 years ago. Yet, even today there are only very few radiographic artists in the world.

"By using x-rays instead of light, an unusual innervision can be revealed and nature shows us textures, details, and shadows that would otherwise not be seen" writes Meyers in his website. "Visible light is just a small part the electromagnetic spectrum, and falls between x-rays and infrared. My x-ray images are a collection of negatives, positives, and solarized images, solarized being partly negative and partly positive at the same time." The above images were created by Meyers between the years 1998 and 2008.

Judith K. McMillan: Shifting between warm and cold tones

Photographer Judith K. McMillan uses an X-ray machine as camera to reveal the "beauty of natural plant forms invisible to the human eye". Ephemeral, eerie and extremely aesthetic, McMillan’s images include gladioli, poppies, water lilies, orchids, locust seeds and ferns.

McMillan uses a special technique in which she lightly tones the prints created from the X-ray negatives. This chemical process produces a shift between warm and cold tones, creating a dimensionality in the overlapping layers. Thus, unseen microcosm emerges as "predictable, common and familiar is transformed into a world of newly discovered pleasures."