Before Europe exploded into what was called at the time “The Great War” 100 years ago in 1914, war had not really changed much for centuries. But with World War I, gigantic empires crumbled, kings fell and the way global politics worked has never been the same. When the 20th century started, World War I helped to sweep the floor clean of old institutions and old ways of thinking about nations and governments. Part of it was the technology that allowed armies to cause tremendous destruction with less, but perhaps it was also just the time for the old institutions to give way.
Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer has been celebrated for centuries for his amazingly photorealistic works, created way before photography was even invented. But one man, Texas inventor and NewTek founder Tim Jenison spent seven years showing how Vermeer could have used crude camera obscura technology and quite a bit of technical cleverness to create his masterpieces.
Daily Discussion: For the 70th anniversary of D-Day, tell us IHC, stories of relatives who fought in WWII
I know it’s been forever since we’ve had a Daily Discussion, but don’t hold it against me. Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the day in which Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France to begin pushing back Germany. Do any of you have relatives that fought in World War II? If so, where did they serve and what did they do?
Artist Diemut Strebe made a living replica of Vincent van Gogh’s ear, grown from genetic samples provided by Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo. They share about 1/16th of the same genes, including the Y-chromosome, passed down the male lineage.
So not actually Vincent Van Gogh’s ear if you want to get super technical about it— it’s a replica of his great-great-grandnephew’s ear, but that really doesn’t make it less badass.
For the past 100 years, a box of never-before-seen negatives has been preserved in a block of ice in Antarctica. Recently, Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust came across the 22 exposed, but unprocessed, cellulose nitrate negatives during an attempt to restore an old exploration hut. The negatives are believed to be from Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Ross Sea Party, a group that was stranded in the hut during a blizzard when their ship blew out to sea. They were eventually rescued, but the box remained buried until now.
Ken Kesey’s son is planning a sequel to his dad’s legendary acid-fueled bus journey, only this one will be funded via Kickstarter
Ken Kesey’s 1964 drug-fueled trip from California to New York with a group of friends on a psychedelic bus named “Further” has become a cornerstone of 1960s counterculture legend. The One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest author was on his way to NYC anyway for the debut of a new novel, so he got some people together dubbed “The Merry Pranksters” and they drove across America, freaking out the normals in the process. Now in 2014, Kesey’s son, Zane is looking to re-create the journey, funded in the 21st century way— through Kickstarter.