Category Archives: Beauty

For Sale: Thai Temple Oil Lantern

I bought this beautiful oil lantern in Thailand many years ago and have never used it. I believe it is designed for outside use (inside it would create soot and CO). I’ve used a flickering LED pumpkin light in it … Continue reading

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Rare Tribal and Asian Art at the 2017 San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show

The 2017 San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show opens at Fort Mason Center on February 9 with a wondrous assortment of art from a variety of indigenous sources. Says John Strusinski, who founded Los Angeles-based Primary Source 28 year … Continue reading

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Hermosas Mujeres y Sus Trajes de Baño (Capítulo 10)

For the 10th collection here of beautiful women of the past, I present the bathing beauty edition. Ample proof that it is not the amount of bare skin presented that defines sexiness. The first section is from the Golden Age of Hollywood: The … Continue reading

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Aurora Australis in Red

Red Aurora Over Australia Image Credit & Copyright: Alex Cherney (Terrastro, TWAN) Explanation: Why would the sky glow red? It’s the Aurora Australis which like its Borealis sister in the Northern Hemisphere is normally green. But a solar storm in 2012, … Continue reading

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The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Goes to L.A.

From the Board of Directors, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art “After extensive due diligence and deliberation, the Board of Directors of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is pleased to announce plans to build the museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles.” “I … Continue reading

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Cobra Gypsies: the Kalbelya of Rajasthan

Filmmaker Raphael Treza traveled to northern India and lived among an ancient tribe known as the Kalbeliya for three months. Cobra Gypsies is the vibrant and enlightening document of that journey. The Kalbeliyas are a highly spirited people; ebullient in their celebration … Continue reading

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New Word to Start the Year: “Sarchasm”

SARCHASM – The gulf between the author of a sarcastic joke and the person who doesn’t get it. ~Found on QI, one of the winners in the Washington Post’s Style Invitational) In hopes of escaping the memories of the anno horribilis we’ve … Continue reading

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Understanding an Overlooked Period of Islamic History

According to most history books, the Islamic empire came to an official end with the Mongol conquests of the Middle East during the mid-13th century. Although by this time the empire had well-surpassed its Golden Age and had entered into … Continue reading

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Godric Gryffindor Inspires Name for Unusual Spider in India

A new species of peculiarly shaped spider has been named after the owner of the Hogwarts Sorting Hat.   It’s almost as if the Sorting Hat apparated to a forest in southern India where it was transfigured into a spider. … Continue reading

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About that Header Image of San Francisco Bay

The image at the top is from the webcam of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California. It sits high in the Berkeley Hills and is one of the sites I visit daily. It’s an excellent ‘weather report’ … Continue reading

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