Daily Archives: June 11, 2013

Quotation: Friedrich Nietzsche on Man as a bridge between animal and superman

Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman—a rope over an abyss … What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: ARTHUR FELLIG, AKA WEEGEE (1899)

Arthur Fellig, AKA Weegee (1899)

A New York City-based photojournalist, Fellig distinguished himself with his stark and often grisly black-and-white images. His nickname, Weegee, a phonetic pronunciation of Ouija, was derived from his seemingly clairvoyant knowledge of where crimes and emergencies were taking place and his habit of frequently beating authorities to the scenes. In reality, there was nothing supernatural about this—he simply possessed a police radio and made good use of it. What did he keep in his car’s trunk? More… Discuss


THis Day in the Yesteryear: THE ARMAGH RAIL DISASTER (1889)


Map of the railway between Armagh and Hamilton...

Map of the railway between Armagh and Hamiltons Bawn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Armagh Rail Disaster (1889)

In 1889, a Sunday school train excursion in Armagh, Ireland, turned tragic when the train stalled while climbing a steep hill. The crew decoupled the cars, intending to climb the hill with the first few cars and then pull the remaining cars separately, but the back section had insufficient brakes and rolled down into an oncoming train. At least 78 people were killed in the crash, including many children. What had the crew put behind the wheels to prevent the train cars from rolling backwards? More…Discuss

Huntington Beach -“Leisure Time” (My Art Collection)

Huntington Beach -"Leisure Time" (My Art Collection)

Huntington Beach -“Leisure Time” (My Art Collection) (FotoSketcher-painting-oil-stylized- Emergence)

From ProPublica_-_The NSA Black Hole – 5 Basic Things We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Snooping

From ProPublica_-_The NSA Black Hole - 5 Basic Things We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Snooping

From ProPublica_-_The NSA Black Hole – 5 Basic Things We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Snooping (click to access report)

Quotation: Mary Shelley

Live, and be happy, and make others so.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: GENE WILDER (1933)

Gene Wilder (1933)

Wilder was just 8 years old when his ailing mother’s doctor urged him to try making her laugh. The boy took those words to heart and developed a passion for performing that eventually led him to Hollywood. He is best known for his roles in comedy classics like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein. He cowrote the latter film with producer and director Mel Brooks, and their screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award. Which film sequel’s script beat them out? More… Discuss


This Day in the Yesteryear: THE LE MANS DISASTER (1955)

The Le Mans Disaster (1955)

The legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race was created in 1923, when cars’ top speeds hovered around 60 mph (97 km/h). Thirty years later, top speeds had more than tripled, with little change to the course. In the 1955 race, a narrow pass near the pit stop caused racer Pierre Levegh to hit another car from behind while traveling at about 150 mph (240 km/h). Levegh’s Mercedes went airborne, and parts flew into the stands, killing Levegh and more than 80 spectators. Why did the race continue? More…Discuss