Libba Bray, Going Bovine
Alvaro Sanchez-Montanes - Indoor Desert (2010)
“By the end of World War I, diamond mines in Kolmanskuppe, a site in the Namib Desert, ceased to be exploited. For over two decades it had been one of the wealthiest settlements in Southern Africa. During that time of splendour, German colonists who run the site had built their peculiar residences there evoking the architecture and décor of those in their homeland Bavaria. After it was closed down and its inhabitants left, Kolmanskuppe became a ghost town engulfed by desert sands. With his series Indoor Desert, Sanchez-Montanes enters these houses abandoned to the desert to unveil the serene enchantment that dwells in their chambers.”
Signs that Bukowski was made for the internet: he drank, he cursed, he loved cats.
notable south asian americans → Kalpana Chawla
Kalpana Chawla is the 1st Indian American astronaut and 1st Indian woman in space.
Born in Karnal, India, on July 1, 1961, Chawla was the youngest of four children.
Chawla obtained a degree in aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College before immigrating to the United States and becoming a naturalized citizen in the 1980s. She earned a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado in 1988, having previously obtained her masters degree from the University of Texas. She began working at NASA’s Ames Research Center the same year, working on power-lift computational fluid dynamics.
In 1994, Chawla was selected as an astronaut candidate. After a year of training, she became a crew representative for the Astronaut Office EVA/Robotics and Computer Branches, where she worked with Robotic Situational Awareness Displays and tested software for the space shuttles.
Chawla’s first opportunity to fly in space came in November 1997, aboard the space shuttle Columbia on flight STS-87.
In 2000, Chawla was selected for her second voyage into space, serving again as a mission specialist on STS-107 in the Columbia space shuttle. The mission was delayed several times, and finally launched in 2003. Over the course of the 16-day flight, the crew completed more than 80 experiments.
Chawla and the 6 other crew members died on February 1, 2003 while Columbia was attempting to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere.
Over the course of her two missions, Chawla logged 30 days, 14 hours, and 54 minutes in space. After her first launch, she said, “When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.”
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The trinity knot was harder to make look nice compared to eldredge knot #ties #trinityknot
Buddy Wakefield, “We Were Emergencies”
fangirl challenge heartbreaking scenes/moments [2/7]
• the west wing, noel
This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, “Hey, you. Can you help me out?” The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole, and moves on.
Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, “Father, I’m down in this hole. Can you help me out?” The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole, and moves on.
Then a friend walks by. “Hey Joe, it’s me. Can you help me out?” And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, “Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here!” The friends says, “Yeah, but I been down here before, and I know the way out.”
Mayor Mills (aka Madam Mayor): perpetual wearer of strikingly red lipstick, perfecter of the sexiest angry face you’ve ever seen, and the classiest practitioner of magic in all the land.
this retailer sells a halal nail polish. this allows for oxygen and water to go through the nail, which makes it acceptable to wear during prayer. spread the word.
“Being a relatively modern creation, nail polish remains obviously unaddressed by early Islamic sources. But the general consensus in the Islamic community is that praying with nail polish is impermissible because of the waterproof barrier it creates on nails, which prevents the wudu ritual from being completed five times a day.” (source)