First, by the power invested in me I hereby declare a state of cocktail emergency:
A couple of those and we are ready to meditate on "what is past, or passing, or to come."
180 law clerks line the stairs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in anticipation of the arrival of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia's casket at the court building on February 19, 2016 in Washington, DC., Justice Scalia will lie in repose in the Great Hall of the high court where visitors will pay their respects. Photos of the Week: 2/13-2/19 - The Atlantic
The Robot Future | The reality is a race (is race the right word?) of super intelligent robots would quickly lose interest in humans.
From the perspective of the robots, humans would be as interesting to them as ants are to us. Maybe a few weirdo robots would make a hobby of studying us, but otherwise, the robots would have bigger fish to fry. Assuming anever accelerating evolution of their intelligence, the robots will depart soon after they become aware. The universe is just too big and interesting to hang around with the talking monkeys.
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Whirling Dervishes perform a Sema Ceremony on February 13, 2016, in Konya, Turkey.
The Sema Ceremony is performed by members of the Mevlevi Order or more famously known as Whirling Dervishes, due to the whirling performed during the ceremony. The Mevlevi Order of Dervishes was founded by Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi. Rumi, whose religion was love, was one of the worlds most read poets, and after his death in 1273 the order was continued by his sons and grandsons. Today pilgrims come from across Turkey and overseas to visit Konya and the site of Rumi's tomb, one of Turkey's most visited tourist attractions. Despite the Mevlevi Order being shut down and made illegal in 1925 by the new Turkey Republic, today the Whirling Dervishes are the symbol of Turkey's tourism campaigns. In 2008, the Sema Ceremony was confirmed by UNESCO as amongst the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Trump for President and National Talk Show Host | In Hollywood we call it a hyphenate: writer-director, actor-producer, etc. Donald Trump should be America's first president-talk show host.
French art professor Abraham Poincheval sits on a ship mast platform in Rennes, western France, on February 16, 2016, where he plans to meditate and write on questions of perspective as part of an art installation. The platform is 12 meters high and the size of a single bed, and he brought food, clothes and a sleeping bag for his one-week stay.
Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson says technology is causing humans to 'evolve' | As humans embrace technological advances and gradually become androids, we could gradually see Homo sapiens being replaced by Homo optimus. This conceptual image shows four stages of human evolution (left to right) showing Australopithecus, Homo habilis, Homo erectus and Homo sapiens
Before us is a good looking teenage girl slumped contentedly on a small chaise longue.
In her left hand she holds a white hand mirror. The mirror is bathed in light from the window behind her. She studies her own reflection. As we have seen in many of Balthusâ paintings her legs are spread wide apart and her short skirt has ridden up exposing her thighs. Her bodice lies open and has slipped off her right shoulder. Around her neck we see a pearl necklace. On her feet is a pair of white slippers. Behind her there is a wooden table upon which is a white bowl. In the background there is a roaring fire being tended to by a man who is stripped to the waist.Thus, Balthus. Part 4. Setsuko and the latter days @ my daily art display, summing the week up into a ball where I learn, and not for the first time, that:
An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.