Thursday, September 18, 2014
vincentvangogh-art:

Landscape under a Stormy Sky, 1888
Vincent van Gogh

vincentvangogh-art:

Landscape under a Stormy Sky, 1888

Vincent van Gogh

vincentvangogh-art:

Ladies of Arles (Memories of the Garden at Etten), 1888
Vincent van Gogh

vincentvangogh-art:

Ladies of Arles (Memories of the Garden at Etten), 1888

Vincent van Gogh

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
countryhixs:

Happy Birthday to “The Hillbilly Shakespeare” … One of the most significant and influential singers and songwriters of the 20th Century,Hiram King “Hank” Williams, Sr. was born on this day (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama.

countryhixs:

Happy Birthday to “The Hillbilly Shakespeare” … One of the most significant and influential singers and songwriters of the 20th Century,Hiram King “Hank” Williams, Sr. was born on this day (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama.

White Northern Lights in Finland

(Source: mydarkenedeyes)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
wbsloan:

Down By The River 
ufansius:

Undergrowth with Two Figures - Vincent van Gogh

ufansius:

Undergrowth with Two Figures - Vincent van Gogh

historicaltimes:

Oil well fire, Southern California, 1931 by Dick Whittington.

Today’s air quality in the region: somewhat cleaner

historicaltimes:

Oil well fire, Southern California, 1931 by Dick Whittington.

Today’s air quality in the region: somewhat cleaner

Monday, September 15, 2014

todayinhistory:

September 15th 1254: Marco Polo born

On this day in 1254, Marco Polo was born in Venice, Italy to a wealthy merchant family. Polo’s father and uncle spent much of his childhood traveling around Asia, especially China where they found favour at the court of Mongol leader Kublai Khan. In 1271, when he was seventeen, Marco left with his father and uncle on their return trip to China. On this journey they visited the Middle East and crossed the Gobi Desert, eventually arriving at Khan’s court where they stayed for 17 years. In this time Marco became Khan’s special envoy, and was sent to areas never before explored by Europeans, including India, Burma and Tibet. Their eventual journey home was arduous, with many of their party perishing on the way. The family also faced hardship when they returned to Venice in 1295, for they struggled to re-enter Venetian society and culture. Marco Polo became involved in Venice’s war with Genoa, and was captured and imprisoned by the Genoese. While imprisoned he told the stories of his travels to his fellow prisoner Rustichello, who wrote them down and eventually published them in The Travels of Marco Polo. Polo’s stories became widely famous and popular, with the fantastic descriptions of foreign places like China and India astonishing contemporary Europeans, many of whom took Polo’s words to be fiction; Polo asserted until his death that it was all true. Marco Polo died in Venice in 1324 aged 69 but his legacy lived on as his unprecedentedly rich and detailed descriptions of foreign lands inspired later generations to explore the world, including Christopher Columbus who brought a copy of Polo’s book on his journey to America in 1492.

Now I can check the “learn something new every day” box for today.

Friday, September 12, 2014
nprmusic:

At 82, Ernest Ranglin still plays the ska, reggae and jazz sounds he’s been perfecting for more than half a century.
Watch Ernest Ranglin play NPR’s Tiny Desk. 

nprmusic:

At 82, Ernest Ranglin still plays the ska, reggae and jazz sounds he’s been perfecting for more than half a century.

Watch Ernest Ranglin play NPR’s Tiny Desk

theheritagefoundation:

How ISIS Finances Its Terror Operations
read more…

$97 million a month? That’s just swell … 
You know what would have prevented this? Keeping U.S. troops in Iraq. 

theheritagefoundation:

How ISIS Finances Its Terror Operations

read more…

$97 million a month? That’s just swell …

You know what would have prevented this? Keeping U.S. troops in Iraq. 

"Welcome to the 21st century, Dave"

happyacres:

my brother said to me when I bought a smartphone

well, I got on Twitter a few weeks back, gravitated to the fringe, and am having the time of my life listening to these characters, including , , , ,

@Iowahawkblog is a national treasure - a must-follow.  

Funny, smart, quality commentary. Did I mention funny?

Thursday, September 11, 2014
nomosshere:

Never forget.

nomosshere:

Never forget.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
mapsontheweb:

Every red dot is a ship, 52 000 in total

mapsontheweb:

Every red dot is a ship, 52 000 in total