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2013-05-18 07:19:01 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)
The Achaemenid Empire
"The Achaemenid Empire is also known as the First Persian Empire. Based in what is now Iran, it ruled over a vast expanse of western Asia, southern Europe, and northern Africa in the period between 550 and 330 BCE."
"Cyrus the Great founded the Achaemenid Empire in 550 BCE after conquering the Median Confederation. He would go on to defeat the Lydians and Babylonians, famously freeing the Jewish people from their Babylonian captivity along the way. Cyrus began the process of creating a highly-centralized, multi-ethnic state, and his successors continued to build upon this foundation."
"Around 500 BCE it began to use Aramaic as its lingua franca."
"Over the next 100-plus years, the Achaemenid Empire witnessed flourishing cultural accomplishments, and bloody succession struggles for the throne. The tottering Achaemenid power... more »
2013-05-17 12:09:33 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)
Hippias (fl. 490 BC), Athenian tyrant.
Hippias was the son of the Tyrant Pisistratus.
2013-05-17 05:12:13 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)
Good morning peeps x with Radium Bromide
Two tablets night and morning.
2013-05-16 20:28:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)
Hope is hard
Radioactive treatment of cancer in the early 20th century.
On a different note, monstrosity in the eye of the beholder is often an inability of understanding others' suffering and not accepting their dignity.
Nighty night x
2013-05-16 14:12:02 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)
Cleisthenes. (His rise to power and his political reforms in the years 508 - 507 BC)
"Cleisthenes was an Athenian nobleman often credited with having given rise to the first democratic political structure in his native city-state. At the end of the 6th century BC he implemented various reforms that changed politics as well as life in general for the Athenian citizenry."
"By proposing a number of major reforms, Cleisthenes boldly garnered support well beyond the traditional bases of support in the aristocracy. He promised that all citizens would have an opportunity to participate in government and declared them to be his companions, or hetairoi."
2013-05-16 08:01:51 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)
Gundestrup Cauldron detail. It's a flattened image, because the cauldron (27 inches in diameter) is round.
Iron Age silverwork, 1st century BC (La Tène Culture). Found in Denmark.
2013-05-16 06:32:26 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)
Design basics and readability of fonts
I'm fine with the stupid obsession for changing anything that works great for the sake of the new no matter if the novelty is totally lame. But the font??? In any design it should be important to keep readability in mind. And this very font is quite unreadable. It demands extra effort to read.
2013-05-16 06:17:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)
Beginning of the Protestant Reformation
A timeline with important events about the beginnings of Protestant Reformation (1503 - 1536)
2013-05-16 05:35:28 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)
A Winged Phallus with Legs to Ward off the Evil Eye
Leptis Magna (modern Lybia, north Africa). Bass relief. 1st or 2nd century AD.
Leptis Magna was an important Roman city port.
2013-05-15 08:25:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)
Solon's Reforms. Solon's Reforms and the Rise of Democracy in Athens.
Solon (ca 638 - 558 BC) undertook deep land reforms.
"Solon, a lyric poet and the first Athenian literary figure whose name we know, came from an aristocratic family which traced its ancestry back 10 generations to Hercules, according to Plutarch. Aristocratic beginnings did not prevent him from fearing that someone of his class would try to become tyrant. In his reform measures, he pleased neither the revolutionaries who wanted the land redistributed nor the landowners who wanted to keep all their property intact. Instead, he instituted the seisachtheia by which he canceled all pledges where a man's freedom had been given as guarantee, freed all debtors from bondage, made it illegal to enslave debtors, and put a limit on the amount of land an individual could own."
2013-05-14 05:13:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)
A flourishing center during the so called Dark Ages (1200 BC - 750 BC) that came after the Mycenaean period, when palaces were collapsing and many sites abandoned.
"Lefkandi is hidden away in Euboea, the Greek island that no tourist ever goes to; yet it was from here that many of the earliest Greek colonies went out and it was also from here that the first recorded war in Greek history was fought. Indeed, Lefkandi is the key to the whole story of the transition from Mycenaean to Classical Greece."
2013-05-13 20:41:30 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)
Attach the nozzle to the garden hose before turning on the water.
Nighty night x
2013-05-13 12:50:33 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)
Cadmus Fighting the Dragon
Front of a black-figure amphora from Euboea, Greece (ca 560 - 550 BC)
After Zeus kidnapped Europa, her brother, the Phoenician prince Cadmus, was sent out by his father to bring her back. He didn't find her, so he never returned. In his travels he had a lot of adventures, like killing the water-dragon that protected the Castilian Spring. After killing the dragon, he sowed a dragon's teeth, from which there sprang a race of armed men called Spartoi.
2013-05-13 08:18:21 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)
As we all use roads, public roads, not private roads, we should have public banks to manage our money and to get rid of the banksters (greedy bastards) once and for all, in order to have that public service covered. Then we should put the banksters on trial and make them give back the stolen money (tax havens and so on) for the sake of public services.
2013-05-13 04:35:04 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)
Linear A is a writing system yet to be deciphered, thus we don't know which language underlies it. It was found in tablets in Crete (Minoan civilization) and it was used from 1800 BC to 1400 BC.
2013-05-12 05:24:17 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)
"Mitochondria are thought to have originated from an ancient symbiosis that resulted when a nucleated cell engulfed an aerobic prokaryote. The engulfed cell came to rely on the protective environment of the host cell, and, conversely, the host cell came to rely on the engulfed prokaryote for energy production."
The leading theory at the moment is that mitochondria originated from alpha proteo-bacteria (purple bacteria).
"Mitochondria cannot be made "from scratch" because they need both mitochondrial and nuclear gene products. These organelles replicate by dividing in two, using a process similar to the simple, asexual form of cell division employed by bacteria. Video microscopy shows that mitochondria are incredibly dynamic. They are constantly dividing, fusing, and changing shape. Indeed, a single mitochondrion may contain multiple copies of its... more »
2013-05-11 11:59:43 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)
A US gallon of mercury weighs more than 113 lbs.
A litre of mercury weighs more than 13 kgs.
2013-05-11 05:26:54 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)
Why is Mercury a Liquid?
"Mercury is the only metal that is a liquid at normal temperatures and pressure. What makes mercury so special? Basically, it's because mercury is bad at sharing... electrons, that is."
2013-05-10 09:51:18 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)
A silly and funny presentation of
Paleogene Period (65.5 - 23 million years ago)
During this period North America and Europe separated.
2013-05-10 06:58:14 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)
"A thirteenth-century surgeon, Theodoric of Bologna, recommended dressings dipped in wine to ward off the development of pus in wounds. English physician Sir John Pringle (1707-1782) published a series of papers entitled Experiments Upon Septic and Antiseptic Substances that contain one of the first uses of the word antiseptic. Genevieve Charlotte d'Arconville introduced the use of chloride of mercury as an antiseptic in 1766. After Bernard Courtois (1777-1838) discovered iodine in 1811, it became a popular antiseptic treatment for wounds."
"None of these antiseptics, however, was sufficient to prevent the almost certain infection of wounds, particularly following surgery. Amputations, for example, were common in the 1800s, especially in the case of compound fracture (bone breaks that injure surrounding soft tissue). Amputations had a 40 to 45 percent mortality... more »
2013-05-10 00:00:12 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)
You are fetching creatures.
Nighty night x
2013-05-09 06:36:29 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)
"So what’s so great about dung beetles? They are mighty recyclers! By burying animal dung, the beetles loosen and nourish the soil and help control fly populations. The average domestic cow drops 10 to 12 dung pats per day, and each pat can produce up to 3,000 flies within two weeks. In parts of Texas, dung beetles bury about 80 percent of cattle dung. If they didn’t, the manure would harden, plants would die, and the pastureland would be a barren, smelly landscape filled with flies!"
Ancient Egyptians imagined that a humongous dung beetle (scarab) kept the Earth revolving like a giant ball of dung, like a shit pellet.
2013-05-08 22:15:31 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)
well, nighty night x
2013-05-08 19:30:31 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)
Why does hair turn gray?
Hair is dead tissue. The sun burns the melanin in it, thus lightening it. Well, mine keeps being black (with more and more white hairs as time passes by). Melanin is what gives hair its color. But gray hair is not caused by the sun but because the melanocytes don't inject melanin in the hair anymore.
2013-05-08 05:51:31 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)
"Prometheus (Forethought) was one of the ringleaders of the battle between the Titans and the Olympian gods led by Zeus to gain control of the heavens, a struggle which was said to have lasted ten years. Prometheus did, however, switch sides and support the victorious Olympians when the Titans would not follow his advice to use trickery in the battle."
"According to Hesiod’s Theogony, Prometheus’ father was Iapetus, his mother was Clymene (or Themis in other versions) and his brothers were fellow Titans Epimetheus (Afterthought or Hindsight), Menoetius and Atlas. One of Prometheus’ sons was Deucalion, an equivalent of Noah, who survived a great flood by sailing in a great chest for nine days and nights and who, with his wife Pyrrha, became the founder of the human race."
2013-05-07 21:17:22 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)
School tablet with multiplication table
Old Babylonian Period (19th-17th century BC), Nippur? (present Iraq)
2013-05-07 05:32:33 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)
Not only chocololate, potatoes, tomatoes, corn... but strawberries as well. Europeans got them around 1600 AD.
"Strawberries are native to North America, and the Indians used them in many dishes. The first colonists in America shipped the native larger strawberry plants back to Europe as early as 1600. Another variety was also discovered in Central and South America, which the conquistadors called futilla. Early Americans did not bother cultivating strawberries, because they were abundant in the wilds."
2013-05-06 20:12:04 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)
Tastemakers and trendsetters are... yawn.
nighty night x
2013-05-06 17:50:01 (43 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)
What could possibly go wrong indeed.
2013-05-06 06:15:35 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)
Outlaws and Highwaymen
Robbery in English Society and Culture. A Historical Survey.
A short history of highwaymen and outlaws in England.
"In 1572 Thomas Wilson, a Crown servant and diplomat, wrote a dialogue in which one character commented that in England, highway robbers were likely to be admired for their courage, while another suggested that a penchant for robbery was one of the Englishman’s besetting sins."
2013-05-05 05:54:07 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)
Beautiful Creatures (2013)
I woke up too early and now it's dawn, so I'm watching a movie at dawn, you see. I've seen only 33 mins, but it's a very compelling&preposterous story, if it keeps on at the same intensity it's gonna be a great movie, but maybe that's to wish too hard or something. Maybe it's that I feel weird this morning... energetic, passionately alive, well, never mind...
She: "We do different things".
He: "So, like, what, you're from Europe?"
A frame of the movie:
2013-05-05 02:48:06 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)
Windfarms break energy record in Spain
2013-05-04 11:03:04 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)
Model of a Pyramid Temple of Late Post-Classic period (1319-1521 AD)
"This small-scale model pyramid temple is so finely detailed as to include the complete iconographic program that identifies it as a temple dedicated to Huitzilopochtl"
2013-05-03 22:33:38 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)
Punic wars and Carthaginian sweets lol
Carthaginians were renowned as master confectioners or makers of sweets
In the 3th century BC Carthage and Rome collided in what is called the Punic Wars (264 BC - 241 and 218 - 201), which ended with the defeat of the Carthaginian empire and the rise of Rome as the dominant Mediterranean power.
In the pic a Carthaginian confectioner's mould used to decorate candies.
2013-05-03 04:45:15 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)
Emperor Elagabalus (204 AD - 222), a troublesome teenager.
He became emperor at 14 and made gay porn history. A monster nonetheless, his story is a drama when too much power and untamed nature combines. He was depicted as a sadist to the extreme, torturer and bloodthirsty among other things, a deranged brat without restrain and maybe there is some truth in all that shit.
2013-05-02 10:31:48 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)
So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men. (Voltaire)
2013-05-02 06:34:50 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)
Good morning peeps x with
Top 10 Worst Plagues In History
Is the worst yet to come? lol
Have a great day :)
2013-05-01 11:00:01 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)
The Antonine Plague - the germs that killed an empire (165 AD - 180)
Also known as the Plague of Galen (the Greek physician that wrote about it), this was a devastating plague brought to the Roman Empire by troops returning from the Near East. At it's height of virulence it killed 2,000 people a day in the city of Rome. I wouldn't say that it caused the fall of the Empire, but that transformed it. It killed a third of the population and damaged the Roman army, the agriculture suffered a great deal as well, and migrations filled the gap.
2013-05-01 05:16:57 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)
Germs: Understand and protect against bacteria, viruses and infection
Bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, helminths and all that shit, you know.
"There's a distinct difference between infection and disease. Infection, often the first step, occurs when bacteria, viruses or other microbes enter your body and begin to multiply. Disease occurs when the cells in your body are damaged — as a result of the infection — and signs and symptoms of an illness appear."
2013-04-30 23:29:08 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)
Before going to bed take some minutes for considering some issues. Nighty night x
Medical procedures are often a bit uncomfortable:
Transrectal Ultrasound Prostate
"Ultrasound may be performed in any room, as long as it can be darkened to see better pictures. Ultrasound does not use, in fact, X-rays and, thus, no special protection is required. The ultrasound device like a computer, it includes a screen, a keyboard and probes that emit ultrasound. The probe is placed on the body part to be studied. Ultrasound conductive gel is applied to either the probe or on the skin."
2013-04-30 22:56:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Desktops and construction
Not that I care much about the icons, customizing and so on, but some icons need to be changed because they are even uglier than you yourself lol. And I've found these. I love the wheelbarrow and the backhoe...
2013-04-30 08:47:22 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)
Ediacaran: 635 - 542 million years ago
"The Ediacara Hills in the Flinders Ranges have given their name to the Ediacaran – the geological period when the first clearly multicellular life appears in the fossil record. It is the only geological period defined by an Australian site."
2013-04-30 07:18:47 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)
Oh my gosh. This nightmare goes on and on. Now my computer has a dangerous virus/worm/trojan/stupid bitch inside. Uhmm.
Good morning peeps... Sigh
I want to be happy but the computer is making it difficult. I need it working soon.
It's raining, that's fine lol
2013-04-29 12:59:49 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)
Oxygen is toxic.
2013-04-29 08:35:51 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)
Evidence of huge asteroid impact in outback (Australia)
"The impact occurred at least 298 million years ago, says Andrew, but further research may reveal it to be older and possibly closer to the Late Devonian extinction event 360 million years ago."
"The asteroid would have caused a global catastrophe and would have impacted at a time when modern Australia was still part of the larger continent of Gondwana."
2013-04-28 16:20:16 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)
Economics from tycoons' circles (greedporations and banksters) is a very profitable fraud, pure science intended to make money and to loot common people's economies.
2013-04-28 12:09:54 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Windows 7 and UAC and permissions and all that shit
Things run smoother with this crap called windows 7 than with the old xp until...
What a nightmare that of the permissions. Why should I want security beyond my control? I want total control over the files, I want to install whatever I want and have total access to any file. I've messed up with the registry and this is becoming just that: a mess.
Don't speak to me of linux' wonders, I hate passwords from the outset and hate long complicated step by step instructions anytime you want to do anything. For those who linuxes suit, great, they are a superior race or something, but I'm not, I'm just a user/dork who wants things to be simple and efficient, that's all.
And security? Oh please, fuck the police.
I'm a punk. Now my windows 7 is a mess with permissions that don't allow things to... more »
2013-04-28 09:32:38 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)
Are you unaware?
Don't flatter yourselves, we don't have followers, just potential posts-muters, uncirclers, blockers and scarcely a few bunch of people a bit (only a little tiny bit) interested in what we say and only for a while.
2013-04-28 09:51:55 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)
Antoninus Pius (Emperor 138 AD - 161).
The fourth of the so called "The five good Emperors". More because of the stability of their reigns than for their ethical goodness. But more than often the most stable regimes are a recipe for many future disasters. Remember that Rome was dominated by elites and underpinned by slavery, rights were based mainly on privileges (either biological/genetic or strategic).
2013-04-27 10:01:18 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)
A somewhat vague and not highly accurate account, but enough for a kick-off.
Basque Country. A Geographic and Anthropologic Enigma
"The Basques may be the direct descendants of the Cro-Magnon hunter-gatherers that first lived in Europe about 35,000 years ago."
"The Romans had little interest in conquering the Basque territory due to the mountainous, somewhat non-fertile landscape. Partly due to the protection of the Pyrenees, the Basques were never defeated by the invading Moors, Visigoths, Normans, or Franks. However, Castilian (Spanish) forces conquered the Basque territory in the 1500s, but the Basques were given a great amount of autonomy. Spain and France began to pressure the Basques to assimilate, and the Basques lost some of their rights during the Carlist Wars of the 19th century. Basque nationalism became particularly intense during this period."
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