Photo Tampering Through History
. A regularly-updated collection, from 1860 to present, of examples of photo manipulation. Sometimes the changes are made for historical revisionism, sometimes for political maneuvering, and sometimes it's just a "wtf?" The page is part of a larger body of work by Dartmouth's Hany Farid
, who has some other
online. [Warning for the Pepsi Blue detectives: In some of his pages, he's shilling for his consulting services]
Long before people called themselves Muslims or Hindus, long before they fought and died over these or any labels... water dripped and froze inside the Amarnath Cave at the heart of Kashmir.
Amarnath Cave official site
. Amarnath Cave pilgrimage
. Amarnath virtual tour
. Wikipedia's page on the Amarnath land transfer
Baby Bust! After 200 years of exponential population growth, and just four decades after overpopulation doomsaying began filling the bestseller lists, the First World is suddenly gripped with underpopulation hysteria.
The governments of the developed world have always maintained an interest in birthrates and procreation, but the reasons why are changing, and the ensuing demographic debates about gender, race and culture are "ideologically fraught and scientifically questionable."
"How about if we say we met on an oil rig and we were lovers for 50 years!" What if real life was like Facebook? [YouTube, 2 mins.]
From Idiots of Ants
Affairs of the Lips
. "We kiss furtively, lasciviously, gently, shyly, hungrily and exuberantly. We kiss in broad daylight and in the dead of night. We give ceremonial kisses, affectionate kisses, Hollywood air kisses, kisses of death and, at least in fairytales, pecks that revive princesses." But, why
do we kiss?
The Anonymity Experiment
. Is it possible to hide in plain sight? Privacy-minded people have long warned of a world in which an individual’s every action leaves a trace, in which corporations and governments can peer at will into your life with a few keystrokes on a computer. Now one of the people in charge of information-gathering for the U.S. government says, essentially, that such a world has arrived.
. Nearly every culture in human history has sought to encounter and honor the divine, the mysterious, the supernatural or the extraordinary in some way. This most often occurs at sacred sites - special places where the physical world seems to meet the spiritual world.
From ancient wonders
, to Greek temples
, to Biblical sites
, and everything in between, the website has a vast collection of photo galleries
. The website's founder also maintains a travel blog
and posts recent pictures
on Flickr. [more inside]
In Praise Of Melancholy
. We are eradicating a major cultural force, the muse behind much art and poetry and music. We are annihilating melancholia.
Does an overemphasis on the pursuit of happiness cause us to miss an essential part of a full life? Via.
"This will be a woman’s world
, and men will have to learn to fit in." The Wilson Quarterly examines the historical, cultural, and sexual implications of matriarchy. Via.