The Battle of Waterloo, as it happened on June 18, 1815
"I announced to Lord Uxbridge that, the operation being found necessary, the sooner it was performed the better. He said, 'Very .. In the hellish haze of gunsmoke and moisture, Cpt Alex Mercer sees a horse wandering through the batteries, nuzzling ...
June 18, 2015
Dear White Rappers: Stop Using the N-Word and Check Your Damn Privilege
White Hollywood stars hopping on stage with harmonicas and shades to play music that was born of the pain of the black sharecropper was a distortion and erasure of the blues' significance; and the essence of hip-hop gets sterilized and bastardized when ...
June 2, 2015
Hosseini is Kearney's only master mender of timepieces
Amid grandfather clocks, wall clocks, mantel clocks, Seiko watches and a few dainty cuckoo clocks, Saadat Hosseini sits peering through a magnifying loop at a tiny hair spring that is just .02 millimeters in size, as tiny as the head of a pin. He ...
February 28, 2015
The Joan of Arc Nobody Knows
A black cloth had been draped over one of the windows to spare anyone who might be offended by the Confederate battle flag flying out front. A bill called the .. Schairer had barely crossed the border from Holland into Germany when word came that a ...
June 8, 2015
The US government wants YOU for its virtual e-cybermission
It starts innocently enough. You're just a young snow leopard with a flip phone strapped to your ski goggles, the whole world at your fingertips. You program high-concept video games about snow drifts that are also cryptographic mazes and gamification ...
April 28, 2015
Silly old moo: 5 craziest crimes of the week
Police in Troutman say Shannon Marie Farrell and Lekia Hall, both 18, put the clocks in unused lockers at South Iredell High School, then replaced the school's zip ties on the lockers with locks of their own. Next: The school resource officer heard ...
May 29, 2015
The Star's NFL Draft tracker: Chiefs pick CB Marcus Peters; Bucs take Winston ...
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston the first pick in the NFL Draft Thursday night in Chicago. Another quarterback went next: Hawaiian-born Oregon grad Marcus Mariota was selected second by the Tennessee Titans....
April 30, 2015
Chet Hanks, the eldest son of Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, raised eyebrows this weekend when the 24-year old used the “N-word” on Instagram. Hanks, who had a minor role in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull , has been trying to kick-start a hip-hop career (under the moniker “Chet Haze”) for almost four years—having released a single in 2011. In the IG post, Hanks rails... “2 types of people in this world: those who know exactly what it is they want and are doing everything they can to get it. and those who just wander aimlessly through life because they are scared to death of failure,” wrote Hanks. In April, he feuded with shock jock Howard Stern after Stern mocked his fledgling hip-hop career, and he’s posted Instagram pics that appear to downplay the fact that he’s the son of Hollywood royalty. His cultural appropriation is as glaringly phony as Iggy Azalea’s—except he has no musical successes to speak of and even Iggy seems to know better than to get comfortable with that word. White hip-hop artists are expressing themselves in a medium that is defined by its connection to blackness. With more and more white rappers gaining visibility from white platforms and gaining “credibility” from white media outlets, it’s important to recognize exactly what that means.
There is no quote that perhaps sums up the reader’s emotions after devouring historian Helen Castor’s newest bloody book, Joan of Arc: A History , which tackles the popular saint’s role in the Hundred Years’ War. Castor’s account is filled with gruesome murders, even more gruesome accidents, and layers of intrigue that make Game of Thrones look like child’s play. Despite those challenges, what is so enjoyable about Castor’s book is that she unfolds Joan’s story in a largely straightforward, albeit skeptical, manner, but places it within two larger framing devices. The second frame contrasts Joan’s simplistic mindset (just attack every city opposing you) against the incredibly chaotic system of political allegiances, honor codes, and dynastic entanglements besetting Europe during the Hundred Years’ War. The book begins with the Battle of Agincourt, the 1415 English victory against greater French odds. The battle largely sets the agenda for the story prior to Joan’s arrival on the scene—bloody events in which the French usually wound up embarrassing themselves. Agincourt mattered greatly, Castor claims, because for the English, “their king’s.
The Museum of the Moving Image is very interested in your avant-garde web art installation, Secrets That Were Kept And Secrets That Were Not. Fortunately, this is exactly the kind of technological innovation that the National Security Agency likes to fund. On your electronic computer telephone, you dial 1-866-GO-CYBER , where a CyberGuide puts your case before one of the eCYBERMISSION's Virtual Judges. You have taken the science fair out of the auditorium and into cyberspace. Electronic cyberspace. Oddly, electronic cyberspace looks exactly like a coniferous forest. "No organization in the world will apply your cyber expertise like the FBI," an agent tells you at a career fair. After a rigorous physical fitness test and a stint as a Cyber Intern, you are finally awarded the designation of Special Agent (Cyber). FBI Special Agents with cyber skills combat global cyber threats, partner with international law enforcement, and protect the nation's critical cyber infrastructure, promises your contract. Badge pinned to your chest, you enter the FBI cyber center and blink in confusion. There is no wall inside the door. There is no door inside the door.
Inviting Black Forest is anything but bleak
an activity which prompted a debate over whether one would suit our sitting room wall. Prices range from 20 euros for the tiniest clock to more than a thousand for a large carved timepiece. Our tummies were rumbling, and the Black Forest’s culinary ...
May 10, 2015
Germany's Black Forest: Dark woods and mushrooms
The forest, near Enzklösterle, Germany, was the inspiration for the Grimm brothers’ fairy tales. (Photo: Siobhan Starrs, Associated Press) Enzklösterle, Germany – The Black Forest ... room wall. Prices range from 20 euros for the tiniest clock ...
May 2, 2015
N Wall Clock
Its 12 stamped-metal numbers mount to the wall individually with the included adhesives around the central clock mechanism to create a custom-sized clock that fits your space. Operates on one AA battery (not included).
December 10, 2013
Infinity lights seem to extend into intersteller space while reflecting off the back of the Interstellar Clock. Battery operated clock and lights are AC powered. The clock measures 22 inches high by 22 inches wide and features brushed aluminum and infinity ...
December 10, 2013
Dallas Life: Repairman is cuckoo for cuckoo clocks
Nicholas Marchesoni of Heritage House Clocks, an expert in cuckoo clocks, told me that the clocks are hand-crafted in the Black Forest region of southwestern Germany. Originally, they were made in the dead of winter; in the spring, salesmen would go door ...
June 23, 2012
New wall clock features live fish
A clock that doubles up as an aquarium featuring a Siamese fighter is sure to get fishkeepers up in arms. Called the BettaClock, it combines a small single-fish aquarium with a battery operated wall clock and was exhibited by manufacturers Aquavista at the ...
March 29, 2012