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Lighting lamps for Diwali, the festival of lights.

You should check out this photo-article on Diwali. Diwali is a festival of lights, celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs. November thirteenth was the first day of the five day festival, in which lamps are lit to celebrate the triumph of good over evil, fireworks ward off evil spirits, and prayers are offered to deities of prosperity.

Here are some of the images that I thought were particularly striking:

Do you have a favorite image from the article? What makes it speak to you?

Have a lovely weekend!

DH

I have a cool thing for you today!

Neat, huh? This is an image by Jean-François Rauzier, a Paris-based photographer who creates hyper photos. What’s a hyperphoto? Well, it’s a image made of a lot of little images and put together to create a work of art that is ten thousand times the resolution of a normal photograph. Why do this? So that you can make a photograph that is the size of two school buses and retain perfect crispness.

Seem too fantastical to be true? Check out this linkHere you will find more of his images, but if you click on them you can zoom in to look at the detail. And then you can zoom in again. And again. Did you see the two people walking through the door to the left of the left-most statue at the bottom of this picture? No? Zoom in.

A screenshot to prove it!

How cool is that?

These are awesome on a technical level, but they are also beautiful. I love the surrealist quality of the images. They are beautifully haunting and I want to crawl inside them and explore!

For more images, visit Rauzier’s website. It’s in French, but Chrome translates it pretty well, and if your browser doesn’t translate, the pictures speak for themselves.

Which image is your favorite? Did you find any cool stuff while you were zooming around?

Have a happy, happy weekend!

<3
DH

When The Boy and I go to trivia, there is almost always at least one science-related question. This is always fun, partly because those questions are interesting, but also because it gives everyone in the restaurant an excuse to yell at the Trivia Guy. Not in a mean way, of course. More in an audience participation sort of way. It goes something like this:

Trivia Guy: “Your categories for this round are sports, television shows, and science.”

The Entire Restaurant: “SCIENCE!”

We always do that. I’m not really sure why, but it’s a thing that happens. Maybe it is because objectively, one might even venture empirically, science is awesome.

So, today I bring you SCIENCE! Well, really scientists, but without them we wouldn’t have science, so it all works out.

This is possibly the coolest thing. So many legendary minds in one photograph — Einstein, Bohr, Marie Curie, Schrodinger, Heisenberg, Planck — I wish I could have been a fly on the wall at this conference just to listen to them talk to each other. Even the mundane must be more interesting when seen through the eyes of such genius.

This is probably the most famous of the Solvay Conferences, which began in 1911. This first conference lead Ernest Solvay, a Belgian industrialist, to found the International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry in Brussels the following year. The conferences were called to discuss outstanding issues in chemistry and physics. The 1927 conference was called for the world’s greatest physicists to discuss quantum theory, which at that time was brand-spanking new. Also, at this conference one of the funniest Einstein related quotes I’ve ever come across was said. Apparently, Einstein didn’t care for Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, and said “God does does not play dice.” Niels Bohr’s response? “Einstein, stop telling God what to do.”

I also found this:

This is the 1945 high school report card of John Gurdon, the guy who won a Nobel Prize in medicine this year. Boy, was that teacher wrong!

In short, science (SCIENCE!) is rad and no matter how old we are we should always try to learn everything we can. Even if it is just so that we can be superstars at trivia every week.

Did you learn anything new this week?

Have a happy, happy weekend!
DH

Hello from Pittsburgh! The Boy and I left Atlanta yesterday to come visit his family. I am writing from the sofa of his childhood home with him on one side of me, his childhood best friend on the other, three beagles flopped in the floor, and a comic book video game on the television.

It’s been a lovely visit — lots of time with his parents (who are delightful), meeting his sister (who is expecting her first baby!), her husband, and the grandparents — and we still have two and half days left! Today I was given a tour of Pittsburgh via car, the incline, and my feet. I took the opportunity to make some photographs, partly to document the trip and also because Pittsburgh’s architecture is fantastic.

So, today’s FPF is one of my photos! I found it while walking around so I stored it in my camera just for you guys :)

They don’t call it the City of Bridges for nothing

Exploring a new place with good company on a beautiful day is my kind of Friday.

How was your Friday? Have any exciting plans for the weekend? Tell us about it!

Wishing you a happy weekend,

DH

Tonight I am posting FPF a little early because I know there’s no way I’ll be able to post tomorrow — Up at 6:00am to get to one job, across town for another, and then back downtown through rush hour traffic for part one of a photo shoot, my first in a while. I’m not expecting to be home until late, late, late, and I know I’ll be exhausted, so early posting it is!

Today has been a happy day. I woke up to good news, allowed myself some relax-time, and have spent the evening cooking, listing to lovely music, and singing with my sweetheart. This has been a good respite after a frustrating few days and I am feeling a bit more optimistic than yesterday.

So, today has been a happy day. Almost as happy as the little one in this photo:

I have loads of love for this image. I found it online a while ago (you may have seen it if you follow me on Pinterest!) and the lighting, the composition, and the content of the photo are beautiful. I love how the photographer used high contrast in the technical aspects of the image as well as in the content — the silhouettes against the bright reflection of the floor are the perfect parallel for the contrast of the drudging grown-ups and this playful child. It’s just joyful.

Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to find out what artist made this image. I’ll be doing some more digging on that, but if anyone knows, please share!

To close, this quote which I feel that all creative types should take to heart:

This can be so hard, but you have to know it’s good advice. The best, really. It was a little piece of wisdom that put a smile on my face today, so I thought I’d share.

Keep on smiling, and help others do the same!

<3

DH

The title of this post may make you wonder if my latest project is a one hundred percent historically accurate B-movie (those exist, right?) about samurai who form a dance troupe whose show-stopping number is to The Bangles’ 1986 hit:

I can’t decide if that movie would be terribly entertaining or just terrible.

Just to clear things up, I am NOT going into film just yet (cue the readers breathing a sigh of relief), but I do have cool picture of some samurai who have walked like Egyptians — as in across the Egyptian sand — to go and see the Sphinx!

The Ikeda Mission at the Sphinx — Antonio Beato 1864

The Ikeda Mission was sent on a diplomatic mission to Europe in 1863 by Emperor Komei in hopes of convincing France to close the port of Yokohama to international trade so that Japan could again isolate itself from the rest of the world. On their way, the samurai passed through Egypt and did a little sight-seeing (see this for more info). You can’t see a lot of detail, but these gents are in full samurai dress, complete with katanas and short swords, as you will see in the portrait below.

Ikeda Nagaoki — Felix Nadar

The Sphinx image is so cool for so many reasons. The obvious one is seeing the icons of such vastly different cultures in the same place. This article about the photo puts it really well: “You only see samurai hanging out at the Sphinx in glitchy arcade games in the dustier corners of dollar movie theaters. And guess what? Reality has popped in the quarter.”

But the thing that really gets me (still, no matter how long I know this information) is that Japan was still feudal in 1864. I mean, when you think about their isolationism it makes perfect sense, but it is a little difficult to wrap my head around it. I always have to remind myself when I am reading or talking about samurai and feudal Japan that all that ended less than two hundred years ago. It seems like it ought to have been much longer, but it wasn’t. They jumped directly from feudalism to imperialism and technological supremacy. Wild.

And if you just can’t get enough of crazy pictures with the Sphinx, here’s one from 1889 of two baseball teams who threw baseballs at the monument to see “who could give the Sphinx a black eye”.

Chicago White Stockings and All-Stars exhibition teams at the Sphinx

That’s your history lesson for today, kids! As always, this class is discussion based, so share your thoughts below!

Have a happy and interesting weekend!

DH

*Yes, I know it’s not Friday. Turns out I have had this post planned for over a week but forgot to write it up Thursday and The Boy was using my computer for awesome game design all day yesterday (He finished it! It’s an Old West game! Go look at it! Here’s the link!). So, it is late, but I hope it being cool makes up for it :)