Omnium Gatherum: 20jul2022

An irregular hodgepodge of links beyond the library curated together from @OmniumGatherum at Hrmtc I∴O∴ and more … Omnium Gatherum for July 20, 2022.

Here’s a selection of notable things I’ve recently found that you may also be interested in checking out:

  • Today! “WATCH LIVE — A New Labor Movement: How Workers Are Unionizing Amazon, Starbucks, REI And Apple. Tune in on July 20 to watch our panel discussion with union organizers from the Amazon, REI, Starbucks and Apple battles.”
  • Isabella & Blodwen. An original graphic novel about growing up, fitting in, and a witch from a bottle determined to wreak havoc!”—”Isabella and Blodwen is the latest book from Rachael Smith, creator of Wired Up Wrong, Stand in your Power, and the critically-acclaimed record of the Covid Pandemic, Quarantine Comix.” Crowdfunding effort with 24 days to go …
  • Tweet—”My entire Bandcamp discography is currently available for only £5. More than 40 albums, literally hundreds of songs in numerous styles (from weird spoken word, to rock concept albums, to solo jazz piano improvs, to schizo electronica, and much more).” Pete Murphy’s Bandcamp. “Also, the five albums I’ve made with Dr Vanessa Sinclair … are available over at the Highbrow Lowlife Bandcamp page. They’re free / name your price, and cover a lot of musical ground.” Vanessa Sinclair & Pete Murphy on Bandcamp.
  • Matthew Andrews, New Members Collect 2022“—”I collect the works of Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947), the British occultist who claimed to be The Beast 666.” Online gallery includes images of The Sword of Song, annotated by Gerald Yorke; Magick in Theory and Practice, owned, signed and annotated by Jack Parsons; The Book of Thoth, signed by Crowley as ΤῸ ΜΈΓΑ ΘΗΡΊΟΝ (“The Great Beast”), & others. Also, can be viewed in person at Grolier Club, in New York, through July 30 as part of the New Members Collect 2022 exhibit. Also a photo gallery New Members Collect 2022: Matthew Andrews.
  • On the ‘Queering’ of Ganesha“—”What makes a god ‘queer’? How – and perhaps more importantly – who makes that identification, and when does it become canonical?”
  • On the “third-nature” – I“—”Over on Twitter, I’ve been doing a series of threads examining early Indian texts of various kinds and how they present matters relating to non-normative sexualities and gender presentation, as a preamble to getting around to the tricky concept of ‘third-nature’ (tṛtīyāprakṛti) in classical sources. In this series of posts, I will expand on my necessarily brief Twitter comments. It is complex stuff at times, but I shall strive for conciseness.”
  • Kill the Game: Soccer as a Metaphor for Chaos Magic“—”Somebody once told me that baseball is a metaphor for life, to which I responded, ‘No. Ice hockey is a metaphor for life: The rules are incomprehensible, and everyone gets hurt.'”—”Anyway, in keeping with the never-ending quest to explain what Chaos Magic actually is, and because I don’t feel like playing hockey right now, we’re going to take an allegorical look at soccer.”
  • The People Who Are Finding God Through, and in, Bitcoin“—”However, Laycock suggests that the union of Bitcoin and Christianity isn’t merely coincidental. He sees parallels between Bitcoin belief and a ‘paranoid streak of American evangelicalism,’ which views the world as a battle between good and evil. Bitcoin devotees likewise believe that the cryptocurrency is ‘good money,’ a righteous overhaul of a corrupt, international monetary system.”
  • Sadhguru, the spiritual leader with ties to Will Smith and Modi, explained“—”The West’s obsession with gurus has made him a regular on podcasts and panels. Some say he’s ‘a neoliberal guru for neoliberal times.'”
  • Why do smart people join cults? And how do they get out of them? It’s not just doomsday bunkers and goat’s blood. Cults are all around the world, including in Australia. What are the red flags and how do cult leaders operate?” Several books and resources mentioned.
  • Activist Asks To Lead Satanic Prayer At FL High School Football Game. After the Supreme Court sided with a high school football coach who prayed on the field, activist wants to lead Satanic prayer at a FL game.”—”As a result, several cities, including Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs and Delray Beach, all dropped prayers from their meetings, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.” From 2015: “Dania Beach opts for silence to avoid devil prayer“—”My message is always wrapped in humor. It makes me laugh and I do some beautiful art. It’s all wrapped in my art … My art is wrapped in activism, and it makes me happy.”
  • I Believed I Was Destined To Be A Nun. But When I Moved Into A Convent, Things Changed.“—”This was just another of the many signs barraging me throughout my senior year of college. A gut-dropping confirmation of my greatest fear and my greatest certainty —God was going to make me be a nun.”
  • Watch “Gods’School – Aphrodite and Hephaestus“—”Gods school episode 5. Aphrodite is torn between two gods, Ares and Hephaestus. One day the Goddess of Love takes refuge in Hephaestus’s workshop after a fight with her crush, Ares.”
  • Psychics and Tarot Readers Are Under Siege By Instagram Scammers and Online Fatigue. An already beleaguered workforce confronts a legion of impersonators and a platform they say isn’t doing enough to stop them.”—”I’m not without compassion or empathy for the people pulling these scams … I understand capitalism puts people in desperate and stupid places and people try to get over however they can. This person has convinced themselves it’s OK.” “Ironically, some of them seem to be creating more work for themselves, Tea said; one person progressed from simply taking targets’ money ‘to actually giving readings.'” Fatigue seems to me to be part of the point: to make it too much trouble to exist in public.
  • The Most Important Biblical Character You’ve Probably Never Heard of. One of the most influential people in the Bible is only mentioned in four verses—and his story is more a missing person case than a biography.”—”When someone is snatched by the ruler of the universe, people tend not to send out a search party, so this is all that the Hebrew Bible has to tell us. But the enigmatic conclusion of his life left people wondering.”
  • Watch “The $4BN Upgrade of the World’s Weirdest Airport“—”Denver International is expanding (or so they say).”
  • Watch “CINEMAGICIAN – Conversations with Kenneth Anger“—”A film by Carl Abrahamsson, Sweden, 2019. 48 minutes. Camera/sound by Åsa Ersmark, Carl Abrahamsson, Brian Butler. Color grading by William Tottie. Music by Sinnelag. Written, narrated, edited, produced and directed by Carl Abrahamsson.” “Iconic American filmmaker Kenneth Anger has inspired generations of creative storytellers since the late 1940s. He is a unique visionary who drifts from pure poetry within his magical filmmaking to sardonic gossip in his bestselling “Hollywood Babylon” books.” “In-between these extremes we find a person who never tires of exploring his own creativity. In this intimate documentary, Anger lets us in on his fascinating life story, his approaches to filmmaking, and his relationship to British occultist Aleister Crowley.”
  • Big Publishers Are Putting The Internet Archive On Trial. After being sued for lending ebooks during the height of the pandemic, copyright experts say the site is in danger—and the stakes couldn’t be higher.” Also “CC Supports Internet Archive’s Efforts to Ensure Public Access to Books“—”Yesterday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a motion for summary judgment calling to reject the lawsuit against the Internet Archive (IA) brought by four big publishers that threatens IA’s controlled digital lending (CDL) program. Creative Commons fully supports this motion. Here’s why.” Also “You Can’t Buy These Books. In their attack on libraries, megapublishers roll a Trojan horse into the courts.”—”One book, lawfully bought or acquired, one scan, one patron at a time—no money changes hands. And yet the publishers’ brief does its best to cast the librarians of the Internet Archive as a gang of thieves and pirates.” “In reality, the publishers’ attack on the Internet Archive is a Trojan horse for a very different, and radical, idea: that e-books are fundamentally—legally—different from paper books. If accepted, their argument would remove e-books from the many statutory protections upon which library rights positively depend.” “That outcome would leave libraries vulnerable to the draconian licensing deals under which e-books are increasingly offered. And libraries would have to pay and pay, in the absence of digital books that can be permanently bought and owned outright.” “The publishers’ true goal appears right on page 6: ‘Controlled digital lending, as practiced by Internet Archive, collapses the boundaries between physical books and ebooks. CDL’s basic tenet is that a non-profit entity that owns a physical book can scan that book and distribute the resulting ebook as a proxy for the physical copy. But this ignores that ebooks are a fundamentally different product from physical books.’ They may be a different product, but e-books are still books.” “The real stakes in this lawsuit concern not digital piracy but the preservation of library rights; the real renegades here are not the librarians of the Internet Archive but the publishers, who are looking to take a machete to the Copyright Act in order to make their e-book products rental-only, so that libraries—along with you and me and everyone else—will have to keep paying for them forever.”
  • The Parable of the New Birth: Liber LXV, Chapter 1, verses 47-48 by J Daniel Gunther, first in a new Parables of Thelema series from lectures. “This parable is taken from Liber LXV, The Book of the Heart Girt with a Serpent, one of The Holy Books of Thelema. What makes them interesting is that they emerge unexpectedly throughout the text as stories with mythological qualities yet are intended to teach a sensible lesson.” “Volume One of this Series is entitled ‘The Parable of the New Birth,’ and is a commentary on such a lesson based on the Greek myth of the goddess Persephone, ‘ravished away’ by Hades, the god of the Underworld. The careful analysis of this important text seeks to reveal its Hidden Wisdom and Initiatic teaching.”
  • The Tao of Craft: Fu Talismans and Casting Sigils in the Eastern Esoteric Tradition by Benebell Wen—”For the first time in English, Benebell Wen reveals the rich history and theoretical principles underlying the ancient practice of crafting Fu talismans, or magical sigils, in the Chinese Taoist tradition and gives detailed instructions for modern practitioners who would like to craft their own Fu.” “Fu talismans are ideograms and writings typically rendered on paper and empowered by means of invocations, ritual, and transferences of energy, or Qi. Talismans can be used for many purposes, such as strengthening or weakening personality characteristics, finding love, earning more money, or easing emotional tensions in the home.” “The Tao of Craft shows how metaphysical energy can be harnessed to amplify, strengthen, weaken, dispel, or block other metaphysical energy and to rectify perceived imbalances in the material plane. Supported by an abundance of detailed charts and images, this book serves as a step-by-step handbook that gives readers the knowledge and confidence to craft their own Fu talismans for personal empowerment.”
  • The Fairy Tellers by Nicholas Jubber—”In this far-ranging quest, award-winning author Nicholas Jubber unearths the lives of the dreamers who made our most beloved fairy tales: inventors, thieves, rebels and forgotten geniuses who gave us classic tales such as ‘Cinderella’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Baba Yaga’.” “From the Middle Ages to the birth of modern children’s literature, they include a German apothecary’s daughter, a Syrian youth running away from a career in the souk and a Russian dissident embroiled in a plot to kill the tsar.””Following these and other unlikely protagonists, we travel from the steaming cities of Italy and the Levant, under the dark branches of the Black Forest, deep into the tundra of Siberia and across the snowy fells of Lapland. In the process, we discover a fresh perspective on some of our most frequently told stories. Filled with adventure, tragedy and real-world magic, this bewitching book uncovers the stranger lives behind the strangest of tales.”
  • Mystical Stitches: Embroidery for Personal Empowerment and Magical Embellishment by Christi Johnson, foreword by Alexandra Jacopetti Hart—”Explore personal transformation through the stitching of dreams and intentions.” “Anything but ordinary, Mystical Stitches combines the beloved and accessible craft of embroidery with a spiritual element, introducing a rich treasury of 200 magical symbols you can use to set an intention and create personal icons to wear or embellish items in the home.” “Christi Johnson offers unique patterns inspired by botanicals, animals, numbers, the cosmos, earth elements, zodiac signs, and mythical beasts, for novice or well-practiced crafters to combine into talismans with personal meaning. Johnson’s folk art style is vibrant and unintimidating and provides a framework for bringing spiritual elements into physical form.”
  • Watch “Why the world is going crazy—and how to win back our minds | Jamie Wheal | Big Think”—”The speed at which civilization is progressing has become overwhelming for modern humans and has caused what Jamie Wheal (author of Recapture the Rapture, founder of the Flow Genome Project, and host of the Collective Insights Podcast) calls a ‘collapse of meaning.'”—”It’s really easy to forget we’re just monkeys with clothes.” About Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex, and Death in a World That’s Lost Its Mind by Jamie Wheal—”a revolutionary new practice—Hedonic Engineering—that combines the best of neuroscience and optimal psychology. It’s an intensive program of breathing, movement, and sexuality that mends trauma, heightens inspiration and tightens connections—helping us wake up, grow up, and show up for a world that needs us all.”
  • The Power of Music: An Exploration of the Evidence by Susan Hallam and Evangelos Himonides—”gathers and synthesises research in neuroscience, psychology, and education to develop our understanding of the effects of listening to and actively making music. Its chapters address music’s relationship with literacy and numeracy, transferable skills, its impact on social cohesion and personal wellbeing, as well as the roles that music plays in our everyday lives.” Also open access.
  • Magical House Protection: The Archaeology of Counter-Witchcraft by Brian Hoggard–”Belief in magic and particularly the power of witchcraft was once a deep and enduring presence in popular culture.”
  • ‘How to Change Your Mind’ Examines How the U.S. Government Suppressed Life-Changing Psychedelics. The Netflix docuseries, based on Michael Pollan’s bestseller, tackles the history of psychedelics and the government-backed smear campaign against them.” From executive producers Alex Gibney and Michael Pollan, based on Pollan’s book. How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien describes the ‘intensity’ of elf sex“—”it could not have been endured for a great length of time, without disastrous ‘expense’ … it is longer and of more intense delight in Elves than in Men: too intense to be long endured.” Transcribed from The Nature Of Middle-Earth by J R R Tolkien, ed Carl F Hostetter. The More You Know™️.
  • The Republican Party Now Backs an Anti-Democratic Insurgency.” Excerpt from They Want to Kill Americans: The Militias, Terrorists, and Deranged Ideology of the Trump Insurgency by Malcolm W Nance—”New York Times bestselling author, Malcolm Nance, offers a chilling warning on a clear, present and existential threat to our democracy… our fellow Americans.”
  • Searching For a Lost Medieval City Somewhere in Wales.” Excerpt from Shadowlands: A Journey Through Britain’s Lost Cities and Vanished Villages by Matthew Green—”A ‘brilliant London historian’ (BBC Radio) tells the story of Britain as never before—through its abandoned villages and towns.”
  • We Needed the Great Revolutions to Open the Path to Freedom. Enzo Traverso’s study of revolution in modern history is a monumental achievement, and should be a touchstone for today’s left. We can’t build a future beyond capitalism without coming to terms with the challenging history it confronts.” About Revolution: An Intellectual History by Enzo Traverso.
  • Justine Kurland Cuts the Male Canon to Pieces.” About SCUMB Manifesto by Justine Kurland—”Inspired by Valerie Solanas’ iconoclastic feminist tract SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto, SCUMB Manifesto introduces us to photographer Justine Kurland’s own uncompromising initiative: the Society for Cutting Up Men’s Books.”
  • Everything Keeps Dissolving: Conversations with Coil ed by Nick Soulsby, due October 2022—”Core members of the legendary British experimental band Coil tell its story in the present-tense, as events unfold across their twenty-year history.”
  • Why We Can’t Escape Social Class, Gender, or Culture When We Dream.” About Dreams of a Lifetime: How Who We Are Shapes How We Imagine Our Future by Karen A Cerulo and Janet M Ruane.
  • The Remarkable Story of the Quaker Teacher Who Defied Hitler.” About The School That Escaped the Nazis: The True Story of the Schoolteacher Who Defied Hitler by Deborah Cadbury.
  • “How Trying to Find a Cure For Scurvy Led to the Gimlet.” Excerpt from Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails by Camper English.
  • Dune: Part Two Casting Fixes the Creepiest Thing About the Novel. Léa Seydoux’s Lady Margot could be a bigger game-changer than you think.”
  • “Blade Runner” and the lesson Roy Batty’s Replicant rebellion has to teach us. It’s been 40 years since Ridley Scott’s sci-fi flick warned us – not about the evils of technology – but humanity.”—”The idea conveyed in this exchange and sanctified in Tyrell’s death at the hands of his prodigal son exposes the ironic basis of human dominion over machines and does little more than reflect our own insecurities and weakness in the face of forces that we fear we have lost control over.”
  • The book ban movement has a chilling new tactic: harassing teachers on social media. Educators who stand up to conservative activists are being harassed and called ‘groomers’ online, turning them into potential targets for real-world violence.”
  • Kultfigur? Einzigartige Statuette Stellt Wissenschaft Vor Rätsel” (Cult Figure? Unique Statuette Puzzles Science) (It is possible that people worshiped the small statuette as a water deity almost 2800 to 2500 years ago. At least the place where it was found speaks for its function as a cult object with a strong connection to water)
  • UK forest is home again for European bison, which haven’t roamed there for 6,000 years“—”Bison haven’t roamed British woodlands in 6,000 years, and now they will as part of a trial to combat climate change and increase biodiversity. Bison help the environment by stripping trees of their bark, creating ideal conditions for invertebrates such as butterflies, and carrying seeds in their thick fur.”
  • Iceland is bringing back the forests razed by Vikings“—”If you lived in Iceland 100 years ago, you’d probably never seen a tree in real life. They had all been chopped down by the Vikings who settled the previously unpopulated land starting in the 9th century. But more recently, the country known for its rocky, otherworldly landscapes has been trying to bring back its long-lost forests.”
  • Research shows investigational drug fosters nerve repair after injury. Scientists from the University of Birmingham have shown that a brain-penetrating candidate drug can foster regeneration of damaged nerves after spinal trauma.”
  • Myeloid cell-specific topoisomerase 1 inhibition using DNA origami mitigates neuroinflammation.” Cancer drug being found relevant for suppressing inflammation behind MS.
  • Researchers Have Discovered a Previously Unknown Roman City ‘of Monumental Proportions’ in Northern Spain. Researchers from the University of Zaragoza in Aragón, Spain, signed up to assess neglected ruins. They found an ancient city.”
  • Self-organized lasers from reconfigurable colloidal assemblies“—”Under external light stimuli, these dynamic random lasers are responsive and present a continuously tuneable laser threshold. They can therefore reconfigure and cooperate by emulating the ever-evolving spatiotemporal relationship between structure and functionality that is typical of many non-equilibrium assemblies.”
  • Scientists pinpoint Martian origin of 4.5 billion-year-old ‘Black Beauty’ meteorite“—”‘The origin of Martian meteorites was an old enigma,’ Lagain said. Discovering the birthplace of one ‘is pretty much equivalent to a free sample-return mission,’ he noted.”
  • Tonga volcano “afterglow” causes dazzling skies in Antarctica“—”Antarctica is experiencing stunning skyscapes like those recently seen in New Zealand, thanks to the afterglow effect from the Tongan volcano. Scientists working in Antarctica have captured breath-taking photos of the skies above the icy continent, including these mesmerising shots taken by Antarctica New Zealand science technician Stuart Shaw, who is stationed at Scott Base for the winter.”
  • AN EXPERIMENTAL HORROR ARG IS TESTING THE BOUNDARIES OF AI ART. Horror is in the AI of the beholder.”—”The concept for VIIR started when Sheridan was invited to the early beta phase of a new AI art service called Midjourney.” “On March 29th, 2022, an enigmatic tweet appeared from the Volstof Institute for Interdimensional Research (VIIR), followed by eerie images of a forgotten lab filled with organic horrors pushing through from another dimension. This was the beginning of Sheridan’s own ARG experiment using AI art to flesh out a mix of cosmic horror and alt-history science fiction.”
  • I asked an AI art generator to draw Catholicism in 20 different ways. Here’s what I learned.
  • ‘The Only Moral Abortion is My Abortion’. When the Anti-Choice Choose.”—”I have done several abortions on women who have regularly picketed my clinics, including a 16 year old schoolgirl who came back to picket the day after her abortion, about three years ago.”
  • Tweet—”Pretty wild how the people who are so against abortion are now telling us repeatedly they have no fucking clue what an abortion is”
  • Damning report, new footage show chaos of Uvalde response.”—”Nearly 400 law enforcement officials rushed to the school, but ‘egregiously poor decision making’ resulted in more than an hour of chaos before the gunman was finally confronted and killed, according to the report written by an investigative committee from the Texas House of Representatives.” “It’s a joke. They’re a joke. They’ve got no business wearing a badge. None of them do.” Also “The Police Failed, Says a Texas Congressional Report on Uvalde Mass Shooting. 400 officers were present.”—”According to the document, 142 shots were fired in total, and its authors estimated that 100 of those shots happened before police ever entered the school. 400 officers were present, according to the report.” Those are not the 300 Spartans you were looking for.
  • Texas Official Admits Beloved Black Principal Was Fired for Being Against Racism. Dr. James Whitfield’s letter to parents in the wake of George Floyd’s death, in which he said education was the key to combating hate, touched a nerve in Colleyville, Texas.”
  • Conservative Texas Lawyer Targets PrEP Access After Abortion Rights“—”Mitchell now has set his sights on Descovy and Truvada, two medications that help prevent HIV transmission when taken as PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, because those medications enable homosexual behavior, the suit states.”
  • Thread—”I don’t know, folks. I’ve been doing these long explainer threads on here, trying to put things into perspective, highlighting Ukrainian culture, explaining how Russian propaganda works, etc. Now I just feel like shouting “THEY DEPORTED THE POPULATION OF PARIS” at everybody.” Tweet—”British intelligence says over 2.5 million Ukrainians, including children, have been forcibly deported to camps inside Russia. That’s the equivalent of emptying Chicago.” Tweet—”The scale of this crime is biblical — Two point five MILLION humans stolen from their country. Traumatized. Kidnapped. Taken to the land of their oppressor.”
  • From 2019: “Blind, bisexual and polyamorous goose involved in love triangle dies“—”A blind bisexual goose named Thomas has died in New Zealand at the age of 40. … It is understood there is now talk of plans to bury his body next to his soulmate Henry in the park where they lived for all those years.” Also “Thomas, our good friend, we miss you wholeheartedly but may you rest in peace.”
  • How the spirit of ancient Stonehenge was captured with a 21st-century drone. Photographer Reuben Wu took innovative risks to show one of the world’s most-photographed sites in a new light.”
  • Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel is D&D’s answer to Star Trek. Discover new civilizations through 13 episodic adventures.”
  • Thread—”Ok, I now have permission to talk about this project in full and in public. I’m working with Alan Kay to build six replicas* of a Xerox PARC Alto display for use in a museum exhibit**. Visitors will see a real Alto and then walk over to one of the replicas to futz with Smalltalk ’78***.”
  • Eldritch idols“—”I wouldn’t usually bother writing about new additions to the growing mountain of plastic ephemera generated by 21st-century culture but these items warrant wider attention. Legacy of Lovecraft is a set of six Lovecraft-related action figures made by 52Toys in Japan which include a figure of Lovecraft himself.”
  • Natalie Portman Reveals ‘Thoughtful’ Thing Chris Hemsworth Did Before Their ‘Thor’ Kiss. ‘He’s just a nice person,’ the Oscar winner said of her ‘Thor: Love & Thunder’ co-star.”—”The day we had a kiss scene, he didn’t eat meat that morning because I’m vegan. And he eats meat like every half hour. Like, that was so thoughtful.” You may not like it but this is what peak performance looks like.
  • How Art Helps to Manipulate Minds in Severance. The sci-fi thriller’s meticulous attention to detail offers a world not soon forgotten with carefully chosen subliminal references lurking in the murky waters of our subconscious.”
  • Watch “The 6 Types of Role-players | TKtv”—”There are many reasons why we love playing Role-Playing Games at the table (or virtually). Yet there are different types of players. Alan Gerding discusses the 6 different types of role-playing personalities you will find at your gaming table. Each type represents one of the vowels: Acting type, Exploring type, Investigating type, Optimizing type, Understanding type, & Sometimes Yelling type”
  • Watch “Pee Jokes, the Italian Renaissance, Commedia Dell’Arte: Crash Course Theater #12“—”This week, we’re going to Italy for a Renaissance. The Middle Ages are over, and it’s time to talk about the flourishing of art and humanism across Europe. Painting, sculpture, music, architecture, and plays with fart jokes were all thriving between from 1300 – 1500, and we’re going to teach you about the theatrical aspects of that flourishing, as it happened in Italy.”
  • Vincent Van Gogh self-portrait discovered through X-ray – BBC News”—”A previously unknown self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered hidden on the back of another painting. Experts at the National Galleries of Scotland made the find when the canvas was X-rayed before an exhibition. The hidden self-portrait was covered by layers of glue and cardboard on the back of an earlier work called Head of a Peasant Woman.” And, get this, it apparently shows his left ear!
  • What Does Unicorn Flavor Actually Taste Like? The flavor unicorn is not anything like my childhood dreams.”
  • Quidditch Changes Its Name To Distance Itself From J.K. Rowling. The sport, based on a game in Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ books, will now be known as quadball.”
  • Who is Larry the Cat and how does he keep outlasting UK leaders?Tweet—”Competence.”

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