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Peter Menzel is a photographer known for his coverage of international feature stories on science and the environment. His award-winning photographs have been published in Life, National Geographic, Smithsonian, the New York Times Magazine, Time, Stern and Le Figaro. Together with Faith D'Aluisio, he is the co-creator of the books Material World: A Global Family Portrait and Women in the Material World; and is the co-author of Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects.

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 Kunstmaskinen | The Art Machine
Kunstmaskinen | The Art Machine
A game about modern art

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Paresh Rawal Nargis Neena Gupta Mukesh Bhatt
Neelam Kothari Neha Neha Dhupia Neha Dubey

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 Monsoon by Pablo San Juan | Zonezero Gallery

Manila, Philippines
Monsoon by Pablo San Juan

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 Odd Nerdrum | Selected Works

The Night Guard
Odd Nerdrum

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Name a song that...

01_ makes you want to dance: It Takes a Fool to Remain Sane, The Ark
02_ makes you happy: Every Day Should be a Holiday, The Dandy Warhols
03_ reminds you of an ex: La Femme D'argent, Air
04_ reminds you of an ex-friend: Naveed, Our Lady Peace
05_ describes your relationship with your parents: Icicle, Tori Amos
06_ makes you cry:
07_ makes you laugh: The Only Song, Peter Blegvad & John Greaves
08_ makes you ponder life: Fast Car, Tracy Chapman
09_ says a lot about you:
10_ reminds you of the one you want/wanted: Universal, Blur
11_ you wish you wrote: The Host of the Seraphim, Dead Can Dance
12_ you never want to hear again: Hotel California, Eagles
13_ you want played at your funeral: Happy Phantom, Tori Amos
14_ you want to get married to:
15_ makes friends think of you:
16_ you once loved but got sick of: Bitter Sweet Symphony, The Verve
17_ you love by a band/artist you dislike: Linger, The Cranberries
18_ you sheepishly admit to liking: The Rose, Bette Midler
19_ makes you want to mosh: Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana
20_ you'd do anything to see played live: Gold Dust, Tori Amos
21_ reminds you of your childhood: Thriller, Michael Jackson
22_ sums up your teenage years: Rape Me, Nirvana
23_ most people like but you hate: Wonderwall, Oasis
24_ you love the lyrics of: I'll be Your Mirror, The Velvet Underground & Nico
25_ you used to hate but now love: Poor Leno, Röyksopp
26_ is best played in the car: Someone New, Eskobar featuring Heather Nova
27_ you like to fall asleep to: Track 7 Ágætis Byrjun, Sigur Rós
28_ you like to wake up to: Hello Amsterdam, American Music Club
29_ you like out of your parents' record collection:
30_ you love but wouldn't know about if it wasn't for a friend: Lime Tree Arbour, Nick Cave
31_ makes you think of someone who died: Faith, George Michael
32_ you love the video more than the tune: Karma Police, Radiohead
33_ reminds you of your first crush: Fire and Rain, James Taylor
34_ is good to listen to while holding hands: Have A Nice Day, Stereophonics
35_ you love which is from a favourite movie: Fashion Show, Zbigniew Preisner, from Red
36_ makes you think of the moon: Engkau Laksana Bulan, P. Ramlee
37_ makes you think of stars: Yellow, Coldplay
38_ makes you think of the sun: Perfect Day, Lou Reed
39_ makes you think of the night: Stand By Me, Ben E. King
40_ makes you think of sex: Shag Tobacco, Gavin Friday
41_ makes you think of being alone: Solitude Standing, Suzanne Vega
42_ makes you smile: Jackie's Strength, Tori Amos
43_ you love to hear at clubs: You Remind Me, Röyksopp
44_ is not your "typical type" of style but you love anyway: L'Incontro, Andrea Bocelli
45_ reminds you of your best mate: I Am Mine, Pearl Jam
46_ reminds you of your siblings: Summer of 69, Bryan Adams
47_ reminds you of the one you want but can't have: Glorious, Andreas Johnson
48_ you can sing really well: Sometimes, Ash
49_ you love which is instrumental: Trainspotting, Primal Scream
50_ has only been released recently but you love already: Forget About Tomorrow, Feeder

[ Aye Leona, I finally did the list - seven months late. ]

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 War Talk | Contents | Excerpt

War Talk
highlights the global rise of religious and racial violence. From the horrific programs against Muslims in Gujarat, India, to U.S. demands for war on Iraq, Roy confronts the call to militarism. Desperately working against the backdrop of the nuclear recklessness between her homeland and Pakistan, she calls into question the equation of nation and ethnicity. And throughout her essays, Roy interrogates her own roles as "writer" and "activist."
- South End Press

[ Thanks to Booksurfer for the link ]

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 Edvard Munch | Selected Works | Munch-museet Oslo

Kiss iv, 1902
Edvard Munch

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During the Depression year of 1931, Alfred Mosher Butts, an out-of-work architect from Poughkeepsie, New York, decided to invent a board game. Analysing games, he found they fell into three categories: number games, such as dice and bingo; move games, such as chess, and word games, such as anagrams. Attempting to create a game that would use both chance and skill, Butts combined features of anagrams and the crossword puzzle. First called LEXICO, the game was later called CRISS CROSS WORDS.

To decide on letter distribution, Butts studied the front page of The New York Times and did calculations of letter frequency. LEXICO was played without a board and players scored on the basis of the lengths of the words formed. There were additional scores for words employing minor honours (B, F, H, M, P, V, W, Y) and a higher additional score for major honours (J, K, Q, X, Z). He reasoned that too many S's made the game too easy. So he reduced them to 4. His basic cryptographic analysis of the English language and his original tile distribution have remained valid till today.

Established game manufacturers were unanimous in rejecting Butts' invention for commercial development. Then Butts met James Brunot, an entrepreneur who became enamoured of the concept. Together, they made some refinements on rules and design and, most importantly, came up with the name SCRABBLE®, a veritable word which means to grope frantically. SCRABBLE® was trademarked in 1948. Ghai Mehnaz Jackie Shroff Waheeda Rehman

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