1. 12:36 8th Feb 2014

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    Reblogged from erikkwakkel

    Tags: runesvikings

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    erikkwakkel:

Sealed with a kiss
This discovery about a secret Viking message is special - and will put a big smile on your face. For years researchers have tried to crack a Viking rune alphabet known as Jötunvillur. It is found in some 80 inscriptions, including the one above, which dates from the 11th or 12th century. Recently the news broke that a runologist in Norway was successful. It turns out that you had to replace the rune character with the last letter of the sound it produced. So the rune for “f”, which was pronounced like “fe”, represented an “e”. And so researchers were able to decode the 900-year-old message on the piece of wood above, which turned out to be - wait for it… - “Kiss me”! It gets better, however. It turns out that coding and decoding such messages was a playful game, a leisure activity. This is clear from the fact that some of the inscriptions invite the reader to solve the code, stating for example “Interpret these runes.” This, of course, makes the discovery of the “Kiss me” message even more sensational. The kiss was no doubt the reward for the successful individual who cracked this particular message. Two Viking lovers entertaining themselves with a playful coding game - that came with a delightful climax. Awesome.
More information: this Norwegian article originally reported the story, which is also the source of the image (made by Jonas Nordby, the researcher who cracked the code). I picked up the story from the invaluable Medievalists blog (here).

    erikkwakkel:

    Sealed with a kiss

    This discovery about a secret Viking message is special - and will put a big smile on your face. For years researchers have tried to crack a Viking rune alphabet known as Jötunvillur. It is found in some 80 inscriptions, including the one above, which dates from the 11th or 12th century. Recently the news broke that a runologist in Norway was successful. It turns out that you had to replace the rune character with the last letter of the sound it produced. So the rune for “f”, which was pronounced like “fe”, represented an “e”. And so researchers were able to decode the 900-year-old message on the piece of wood above, which turned out to be - wait for it… - “Kiss me”! It gets better, however. It turns out that coding and decoding such messages was a playful game, a leisure activity. This is clear from the fact that some of the inscriptions invite the reader to solve the code, stating for example “Interpret these runes.” This, of course, makes the discovery of the “Kiss me” message even more sensational. The kiss was no doubt the reward for the successful individual who cracked this particular message. Two Viking lovers entertaining themselves with a playful coding game - that came with a delightful climax. Awesome.

    More information: this Norwegian article originally reported the story, which is also the source of the image (made by Jonas Nordby, the researcher who cracked the code). I picked up the story from the invaluable Medievalists blog (here).

     
  2. 14:07 5th Feb 2014

    Notes: 12

    Reblogged from vsw

    Tags: historyWWIIchildrengas mask

    vsw:

    British Children Being Fitted With Gas Masks

    from the VSW Soibelman Syndicate News Agency Archive

    vsw.org

     
  3. 11:09 2nd Feb 2014

    Notes: 279

    Reblogged from wmagazine

    Tags: qalam

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    wmagazine:

"Our House is on Fire" by Shirin Neshat, 2013. 
Photograph courtesy of the artist. 

    wmagazine:

    "Our House is on Fire" by Shirin Neshat, 2013. 

    Photograph courtesy of the artist. 

     
  4. 14:24 29th Jan 2014

    Notes: 439

    Reblogged from lacma

    Tags: museum

    A museum is a place where one should lose one’s head.
    — 

    Renzo Piano 

    (Not literally, of course. http://bit.ly/lacmavisit)

     
  5. 14:23

    Notes: 169

    Reblogged from guardian

    Tags: photographynycballet

    guardian:

    Eye-popping ballet: JR’s NYCB installation

    New York City Ballet invited the French artist JR to work with the company’s dancers and create an art installation. Here are the stunning results. See more

    Photographs, top to bottom: Marc Azoulay/NYCB; jr-art.net. 

     
  6. 14:07

    Notes: 3390

    Reblogged from vsw

    Tags: librarylondon

     
  7. 13:56

    Notes: 948

    Reblogged from thekhooll

    Tags: turkeyphotography

    thekhooll:

    Nur Uretmen

    A small sampling of the street photography by Nur Uretmen, a self-described amateur photographer from Kusadasi, Turkey. Her images allows us to see the beauty of her homeland beyond the front pages or tourism brochures.

    Check out this blog!

    (Source: archatlas)

     
  8. 13:46

    Notes: 181728

    Reblogged from kenyatta

    1. 12-year-old girl: I don't want kids when I grow up.
    2. Society: You'll change your mind when you get older. You're only 12. You're too young to know what you want.
    3. 16-year-old girl: I'm pregnant.
    4. Society: How could you be so stupid? Do you know anything about safe sex? You should be ashamed.
    5. 20-year-old woman: I'm a single mother with an infant son.
    6. Society: You should've gone to college first. You need a stable career before you can support a child.
    7. 33-year-old woman: I'm married and my spouse and I both have stable careers. I have two young daughters now.
    8. Society: You're not staying home? Who's going to take care of them? You're just going to put them in day care while you work? That's selfish of you. You can't expect to raise decent kids with a full-time job.
    9. 45-year-old woman: I just had my first child.
    10. Society: Why would you have a child when you're that old? Do you realize the health risks of being pregnant at your age? When your kid is a teenager you'll be a senior citizen. That's inconsiderate of you.
    11. 60-year-old woman: I haven't had any children.
    12. Society: Your life must be so unfulfilling. Is there something wrong with you? Why didn't you want kids? How strange.
     
  9. 17:15 26th Jan 2014

    Notes: 102539

    Reblogged from scientificillustration

    Tags: anatomyillustration

     
  10. 14:34 22nd Jan 2014

    Notes: 362

    Reblogged from newsweek

    Tags: artpixelsdigital

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    newsweek:

Duncan Graham reduced famous works of art to their essentials - code-wise - crafting a series of awesome interactives now live on The Washington Post. Go play!  

    newsweek:

    Duncan Graham reduced famous works of art to their essentials - code-wise - crafting a series of awesome interactives now live on The Washington Post. Go play!