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Dream Catching at the Ends of the Earth in the Name of Art

Dream Catching at the Ends of the Earth in the Name of Art


Some minds are cornucopias; sources of creative ephemera. Such is the case for artists and photographers Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick, a dream team bringing fairytales to life for the new millennium.Read the rest

New York’s Oldest Dim Sum Restaurant and the Secrets of Chinatown

New York’s Oldest Dim Sum Restaurant and the Secrets of Chinatown


Secreted away in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown is a small, peculiar street. Whilst most of the city is laid out in a uniform grid system, this tiny, one block long street is unusual in that it has a sharp, angled bend in the middle of it. On a map, it is marked down as Doyers Street, but in old New York parlance, it had a much more chilling name – Bloody Angle.Read the rest

Ancient ruins point to the origins of American state power


The palace overlooking the plaza at El Palenque would have been an incredible sight to people living more than 2,300 years ago in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley. The area was built up after a fire destroyed another plaza downslope at El Mogote, and everything about El Palenque was grander than El Mogote. An enormous temple complex bounded the plaza’s eastern side. To the north, the palace cascaded down the gentle slope in a series of grand stairways, gorgeously paved platforms covered in smoking braziers, and private state rooms. The king could address his subjects from two airy courtyards facing the plaza. But this ostentatious display of power was less impressive than what the king’s subjects couldn’t see.

What this palace hid behind its fancy colonnades and

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Eastern Arabic Numerals

In the U.S., children are taught what we call “Arabic Numerals” (1, 2, 3, 10, 20, 100, etc.) as opposed to “Roman Numerals” (I, II, III, X, XX, C, etc.)

But there are many other types of numeral systems, some still used today. In fact, the number system used in some Arabian countries does not look much like what we call Arabic numbers.

These ‘true’ Arabic numbers are better known as Eastern Arabic Numerals and what we use are really Western Arabic Numerals. Although, to confuse things further, in Arab countries, they refer to Arabic Numerals as “Indian Numerals”

Western Arabic 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Eastern Arabic ٠ ١ ٢ ٣ ٤ ٥ ٦ ٧ ٨ ٩
Perso-Arabic variant ۰ … Read the rest

Meet the Free-Loving Folks Behind Hippiedom In This Out-of-Sight Exhibit

Channeling plenty of peace, love, and artistic style, a comprehensive exhibit in the Bay Area focuses on the hippie movement of the 60s and 70s. An era defined by a free-spirited way of unconventional thinking, the time genially welcomed the wildest imaginings from artists. Experimentation with  drugs and new-found interest in social justice contributed to the era’s status as a tentpole in modern American history.

The exhibit, which previously showed at Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center, fills the halls of UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives (BAMPFA), with furniture, books, artifacts, and classic “Hippie Era” films. With a mixed-media approach that encourages a fully-immersive experience of the time, the show combines art, architecture, and design. The show’s themes portend to current … Read the rest