For the 15.2% of Americans who plan on taking a vacation this last weekend of summer, and in turn stand to improve their job performance over the long run, here are the top 10 late summer vacation destinations.
The International Center of Photography, in a joint effort with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, now offers digital access to its Roman Vishniac archive. Take a look at some of his work, which documents Eastern European Jewish life between 1935 and 1938.
Top: An elder of the village, Vysni Apsa, Carpathian Ruthenia, c. 1935–38. Bottom: Students sharing books in heder, Brod, c. 1935–38. Photographs © Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography.
oooh, bendy lighty tech thing!! Rad. More info via Co.design.
When you get home at night, and you can’t reach for the light switch because your hands are filled already, this would be helpful as some kind of ‘lighting your path’ type of thing. Or, serving as a night time welcome mat…
…Don’t mind me. I’m just thinking out loud. This one’s got plenty of application … at least at my house.
Have some time on your hands? Know how to read? Want to help science?
Join me at the Smithsonian Digital Volunteers Transcription Center!
There are thousands of collection items, field journals, and cataloged diaries and specimens at the Smithsonian, and because the pages and data are hand-written or irregular, digital transcription is unable to decode them.
This is where the Digital Volunteers come in! By transcribing and double-checking the transcription efforts of others prior to final review by Smithsonian staffers, we save the Smithsonian thousands of hours of initial squinting and trying to make sense of semi-illegible words.
Cursive is largely not taught in schools anymore, but the scientific value of these documents and specimens will still be true long after we’re gone. By transcribing things now and getting them into a digital database that can be searched and organized, scientists and historians of both tomorrow and decades in the future will benefit.
There are more difficult transcription pieces (such as the top page posted here), as well as very simple and easy-to-read pieces, such as The Bumblebee Project (SO MANY BEES).
This is where I procrastinate, these days. It’s strangely addicting.
I spent some time transcribing bumblebee records last week.
So I made a thing called Cerulean Radio. It’s tumblr blog based radio. Once you select a blog, it will automatically randomize and play the audio posts from that user.
You can enter a tumblr blog name or you can randomize from the list of stations that have been played by others.
The site should work on all platforms so you can use it on your phone, tablet or desktop.
If there’s any improvements I can make, let me know and I’ll take a look at implementing it.
Thanks to those that tried out the proof of concept I had and providing feedback. I hope this turns out to be something useful.
Wow. Just found this tumblr and I love this radio station based on a Tumblr user’s audio posts. Kudos! I tried it for my Tumblr, and it works so very, very well.
I wonder if a future update can include music video posts too.
Uncovering the Rock Churches of Lalibela in Northern Ethiopia
Nine hundred years ago, workers set out to construct a new holy city in the northern highlands of Ethiopia. Instead of building from the ground up, they began chiseling down into the red volcanic rock. Believed to be built with the assistance of angels working through the night, the 11 rock-hewn churches of Lalibela were carved into giant blocks of sandstone and connected through a series of tunnels, ceremonial passageways, drainage ditches and caves.
Today, Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s most holy cities and carries the nickname of “New Jerusalem.” It has been a pilgrimage site for Christians for centuries and continues to be a destination for worship and daily devotion for the priests, monks and orthodox Christians who comprise the town’s population. Tourists from around the world now also trek to Lalibela to marvel at its stunning architectural accomplishments. Though all of the original churches are still in active use, many of the structures are considered to be in critical condition as a result of water damage and seismic activity. UNESCO declared Lalibela a world-heritage site in 1978 and has organized support to restore the monuments. A number of the churches are now protected under temporary light-weight shelters.
Fascinating history. It’s another reason for travel to Ethiopia. On my bucket list now.
Also, I have a better understanding why the D.C. area has at least a couple Ethiopian restaurants (and the special significance) with the name Lalibela among the great number of good Ethiopian restaurants here.
SAHMRI, south australian health and medical research institute/woods bagot
Oh. my. That gorgeous portrait reminds me of my friend Lacey. She recently graduated from a DC area university… It is such an uncanny resemblance.