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May 11, 2019

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May 11, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Funeral Blues — W.H. Auden (1936)

 

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, 

Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, 

Silence the pianos and with muffled drum 

Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. 

 

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead 

Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead, 

Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves, 

Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. 

 

He was my North, my South, my East and West, 

My working week and my Sunday rest, 

My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; 

I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong. 

 

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; 

Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; 

Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood; 

For nothing now can ever come to any good.

 

 

 

[This poem, the first of "Two Songs for Hedli Anderson," was first published in 1936 as "Song IX" from "Twelve Songs." It was reprinted with its present title in the 1976 collection "Tell Me The Truth About Love." Its most famous appearance was in the 1994 film "Four Weddings and a Funeral."]

May 11, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Introducing Blue Moon

YouTube caption: "Blue Moon is a flexible lander delivering a wide variety of small, medium, and large payloads to the lunar surface. Its capability to provide precise and soft landings will enable a sustained human presence on the Moon."

May 11, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Calligraphy

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From Atlas Obscura:

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This remarkable museum houses the private collection of Tareq Sayed Rajad, a Kuwaiti national with a passion for art, history, archaeology and, of course, calligraphy.

Rajad's collection was first opened as a museum in 1980, but suffered a setback in August 1990 when Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait.

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Fearing destruction, the museum staff packed up each item in the collection and hid the boxes in a secluded place that was eventually blocked off.

Not all the items in the museum could be rescued, but in spite of this, the museum reopened again in 1991.

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A little over a decade later, Rajad decided to open a museum entirely dedicated to Islamic calligraphy.

The Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Calligraphy consists of two sections, one dedicated to manuscripts, miniatures, pottery, metalwork, and carvings, and the other to clothing, jewelry, musical instruments, and other items. 

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Given the size of the collection, it is difficult to single out individual items.

But among the most prized artifacts on display are an extremely rare folio with Hijazi script from the 7th century and manuscripts by Yaqut al-Musta'simi, a famous 12th-century calligrapher.

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The museum doesn't only focus on pieces with historical value, however.

Islamic calligraphy is about creating a harmonious work of art that expresses feelings, traditions, and aesthetics.

These themes can be seen displayed throughout the collection, on different media, influenced by different cultures, and ultimately imbued with the aesthetic sensibility and mastery of the artist.

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The museum is located on Street 1 in Jabriya, about 5.5 miles (9 km) southeast of Kuwait City.

 

May 11, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Phone Charger/Sanitizer — "Clean and charge wirelessly"

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That's different.

Looks like a tanning bed for your phone.

From the website:

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Say goodbye to tangled wires and lost charging cables.

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The PhoneSoap Wireless charger and sanitizer utilizes Qi inductive charging technology that eliminates the need to attach your charging cable to your phone to charge your device.

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Features and Details:

• UV sanitizer kills 99.99% of germs

• Safely sanitizes anything that fits inside

• Wirelessly charge your phone using Qi Technology

• Works with all Apple, Samsung, and Google devices

• Extra charging ports allow it to act as a universal charger for devices

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$99.95 (phone not included).

May 11, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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