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Medieval spoiler

According to evaesque s. medieval manuscripts might not seem dull if one chooses to study them, for instance; the pantoi pictured here was a european medieval  fantasy creature of a mythological inhabitant of the east.

_The panotii had a large head and ears like fans, almost like the little elephant Dumbo on two feet. It was said that at night, the panotii would spread one ear beneath it and wrap itself with the other to stay warm, and if it saw anyone it took its ears in its hands and fled. _

#medieval   #history  
...ever met the panotii?

Fantastical Creatures in The Marvels of the East 

"Those who consider medieval manuscripts as dull are probably unfamiliar with medieval texts that refer to the Orient."
The ninth-century copy of The Marvels of the East in the famous Beowulf manuscript (British Library, Cotton MS Vitellius A XV) is probably the best known early text about the Orient.
The text reveals the belief in the existence of monstrous races during the Middle Ages and draws upon ancient Greek and Roman traditions of writing on exotic inhabitants of foreign lands. It jumps from marvels in Africa to those in Asia and back again, and describes all kinds of creatures with physical deformities. Some creatures were believed to be gigantic while others were believed to be half-human, half-animal.

One of these creatures is the panotii (f. 104r). The panotii had a large head and ears like fans, almost like the little elephant Dumbo on two feet. It was said that at night, the panotii would spread one ear beneath it and wrap itself with the other to stay warm, and if it saw anyone it took its ears in its hands and fled. The Marvels of the East is full of these entertaining descriptions of strange creatures. Thus, medieval manuscripts are not dull at all!"
- Floortje van Gameren (The Manuscript Book in the West)

  #Medieval   #History   #Beowulf  

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Gracious and talented  *Paul Miners does Wildlife Digital Painting* wallpapers.
Wildlife Digital Painting (Mama Lioness with Cub) by Paul Miners

Artist  :   Paul Miners
Works :   Wildlife Digital Painting
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Paul's Statement : "My name is Paul miners and I am a specialist wildlife Artist based in Australia.
I do a lot of research on my subject and surroundings, then incorporate my own ideas and passion into the subject matter. My final creation of artwork is my personal way of sharing my love for wildlife and making a lasting contribution to the viewer. i try to capture the spirit of the animals I paint.
Although I was an award winning traditional artist, I do not create my art using traditional media. Although becoming an established and exhibiting pastel artist in the late 80’s, I now combine my artistic skills with modern digital technology.
By using digital brushes on a Wacom computer tablet, I can offer a number of benefits that traditional paintings can not offer. Because my paintings are created using a digital process, the end result is not limited to one size and style of painting. All of my Wildlife paintings can be printed out onto a wide range of material and at any size. All of my Wild life art can be sized to suit your wall/surroundings".

“My art is a way for me to share my love of the wild and help preserve the beauty by capturing the moment on canvas”…..Paul Miners

#painting #digitalpainting #lions #wildlife #art

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Neat compendium of Australian Music Video Clips

Impressive if somewhat clumsy this website contains a wide range of videos of Australian artists from the 60s & 70s, possibly always being updated with new finds?
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'Islamic State Is a Diversified Criminal Operation’

The Diversified Criminal Operation of Islamic State

Professor Shelley in an interview with German Der Spiegel Magazine reveals much about how the terrorist organization IS funds it's operation.

"Now, IS is financing itself largely through the oil trade, but also many other activities. It is a diversified criminal operation."

Would you believe they trade in cigarettes, pornography,, sell pirated CDs, DVDs, counterfeit goods, forged passports and documents, the illicit wildlife trade and drugs even using ebay and similar legal portals?

"They simply use traditional trade relations. The connections between Iraq, Syria or Turkey are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. They were parts of common empires throughout history. Corruption of officials allows products to cross borders."

#terrorism   #trade   #corruption  

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Thoroughly neat tribute post of Albert Einstein's #Pi-day birth-date.
Today in History: Albert Einstein Was Born on “Pi Day” (3.14), 1879
On March 14, 1879 — 136 years ago today — Albert Einstein, one of the most influential theoretical physicists in history, was born. Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity radically transformed humans’ view of the universe; and his work in particle and energy theory contributed to the development of quantum mechanics. In 1905, at the age of 26, Einstein earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Zurich while he worked at the Swiss patent office. During the year (1905), Einstein wrote 5 pioneering papers that would have a profound effect on man’s understanding of the universe:

(1) In a ground-breaking paper entitled, “On a Heuristic Viewpoint Concerning the Production and Transformation of Lights,” Einstein proposed that light was composed of individual quanta, “photon” particles, which could collectively behave as a wave. This proposal was instrumental in the formation of quantum theory. In formulating this proposal, Einstein studied the photoelectric effect — some solids emit electrically charged particles when light hits them. His observations about the photoelectric effect eventually won him a Nobel Prize in Physics (1921).

(2) In another paper helping to prove the existence of atoms, Einstein put forth a displacement formula to calculate the size and atoms in a given space.

(3) In yet another 1905 paper, Einstein explained in precise detail, via a mathematical expression, the constant erratic motion of particles suspended in a fluid (a phenomenon named “Brownian motion,” after the initial observer, botanist Robert Brown). Einstein explanations in papers (2) and (3) provided conclusive evidence for the existence of atoms.  

(4) Einstein’s 4th pioneering paper of 1905 was on the subject of “special relativity” theory — time and space are not independent entities, but are dependent on the motion of the observer, and the speed of light is a constant to all observers everywhere.

(5) In a final 1905 paper, Einstein explored the mathematics of his special relativity theory and concluded that mass and energy were equivalent and could be determined by the formula, E=mc2. 

Also, on this day, math lovers celebrate “Pi Day.” Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, and it is constant for all circles regardless of their size. For any circle, it turns out that the exact ratio can never be determined (even though the ratio is the same for all circles) because no recognizable digital pattern emerges when any circle’s circumference is divided by its diameter. Computer scientists using supercomputers have calculated billions of divisional digits, and it appears there is no repeatable pattern of numbers into infinity. But the number always starts out: 3.1415 (or today’s date — a once in a hundred year occurrence — and Einstein’s birthday, every year, 3.14!).

YouTube videos:
•Albert Einstein—The Quantum Theory (2014) (1:29:52):
•The Magic and Mystery of Pi:
•What is Pi:

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Book sources:
A. Einstein: Autobiographical Notes by Albert Einstein.
• –Einstein: His Life and Universe_ by Walter Isaacson.

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•Left Bottom: Pi 3/14/15 will be epic:
•Right: Albert Einstein at about age 26. By Lucien Chavan [1] (1868 - 1942), a friend of Einstein's when he was living in Berne. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons:
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Neat quadcopter #ambulance   #concept design
Could this be the ambulance of the future?
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photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte and film director André (Nicolas Vantomme)
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