Celtic Swastika

The word swastika is derived from the Sanskrit svastika. Its design is made up of an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles facing either to the right or to the left. Archaeological evidence points to the swastika’s origins dating back to Neolithic era and was first found on the Indian subcontinent where […]

The Hand Colored Photography of William James Harris

Interest in early 20th c. hand-colored photographs by “Harris” has been increasing in recent years, especially in Harris’s Florida scenes. Yet I’ll wager that most collectors don’t even know Harris’s first name, let alone anything about his background. We had no information on Harris ourselves until several years ago when we mentioned Harris in a […]

Blobitecture – Blob Architecture

Blobitecture, also called “blob architecture” or “blobism”, refers to modern buildings with an amorphous, blob-like shape. “Blobitecture” is a term actually coined by New York Times Magazine writer William Safire, who used it to sardonically describe the sudden rise of amoeba-like buildings. Contrary to his intention, architects happily adopted “blobitecture” to describe a new and […]

Knowing The Difference Between Gain and Loss – Samurai Principle Number 5 – A Book of Five Rings

Distinguish Between Gain And Loss In Worldly Matters. (Miyamoto Musashi) Distinguish – To recognize as distinct or different. Recognize the salient or individual features or characteristics of. To perceive clearly by sight or other sense. To discern Between – Distinguishing one from the other. Gain – To get something desired, especially as a result of […]

Credibility of Distance Learning in the Martial Arts

Something in the martial arts that is argued back and forth all the time is the effectiveness of distance learning versus traditional training in a dojo and can one learn the martial arts to any degree of profitability through distance learning. In an age where communicating and learning via the Internet are staples of every […]

Analysis of The Sunflowers – Vincent van Gogh

Vincent's Sunflowers "The sunflower is mine in a way." -Vincent van Gogh Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" are among his most famous paintings, but few people realize he did many sunflower pictures, not just the most famous "Vase with Twelve Sunflowers" and "Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers." These were canases he made to decorate the Yellow House in […]

Energy Saving GLS Light Bulbs

The term GLS, when applied to lighting, literally means 'General Lighting Service'; the name is usually applied to an incandescent bulb with a traditional bulb shape. However the growth in popularity of power saving bulbs has meant that there are a wide range of energy efficient equivalents available. Replacing traditional incandescent bulbs in the home […]

Plasma Donations Put a Price on Human Life

Reminiscent of a medical facility, this plasma center, built only a year before is brimming with white lab coats, face shields and medical gloves. The sound of Velcro and beeps from blood pressure machines and the whirring of hematostats as they separate blood and plasma fill the air. The appearance is all so sterile and […]

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