Archive for March, 2007

Flaming June

Flaming June
Title: Flaming June by Lord Frederick Leighton (1830-1896).

Note:Oil on canvas. 1895. “The model was Dorothy Dene, an actress who was one of Leighton’s favorite models. She appears also in Flaming June and The Bath of Psyche. Leighton was instrumental in helping her with her acting career. Dene was her stage name. Her real name was Alice Pullan, one of four daughters and her family was long time friends of Leighton.”

Original found here.

Personal note: I’ll be away on Vampire Defense League business. Will return soon.

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Friday vampire dance party

TV On The Radio: Wolf Like Me.

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The Daphnephoria


Title: The Daphnephoria by Lord Frederick Leighton (1830-1896).

Note: Oil on canvas, c.1874-1876. “‘The Daphnephoria is the epitome of them all, and in the Daphnephoria are figures of rare beauty, draperies matchless in their adaptation to figure, vivid light as of Italy, movement, colour, gladness, everything except that which was only born when Paganism lost its joyousness and its life. For those to whom the classical times are living, and especially the classical times in their decadence, there is in Lord Leighton’s work an ineffable charm …'”

Original found here.

Lost kingdom found by archaeologists

Via Daily Grail, the story of a lost kingdom discovered in Ethiopia:

Paris – French archaeologists said on Tuesday that they had uncovered the remains of three large towns that may have been the heart of a legendary Islamic kingdom in Ethiopia.

Ancient manuscripts have long told of the kingdom of Shoa, which between the 10th and 16th centuries straddled key trade routes between the Christian highlands and Muslim ports on the Red Sea. But Shoa’s precise place on the map has never been clear.

The National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) said a team of archaeologists had laid bare the remains of three medieval towns, Asbari, Masal and Nora, on a high escarpment of the Rift Valley.


In Asbari, the team found the remarkably well-preserved remains of a mosque that they believe to be one of the biggest in Ethiopia, whose walls are adorned with inscriptions in Arabic. They also found a cemetery covering several hectares (acres) that contained hundreds of graves.

In Masal, they found a necropolis with a tomb emblazoned with stars and Arabic inscriptions that may have been a royal sepulchre.

Bloody, Satanic case baffles Italian police

From The Guardian:

Police and prosecutors in northern Italy are wrestling with a mystery that brings together a man with memory loss, evidence of devil worship and a blood-drenched apartment.

One evening earlier this month, a dishevelled young man wandered into a Carabinieri barracks at Vercelli, between Turin and Milan. He said he had no idea who he was, or why he was there.

Three days earlier, on March 16, the owner of a bed-sit outside Bergamo, more than 70 miles away, had broken into the flat. The tenant had not paid his rent and she wanted to know if he was still there.

She found a scene of pure horror. The apartment was in chaos and there were signs everywhere that it had been used for a satanic rite.

There were upturned crosses, and the walls and floor were smothered with esoteric symbols written in blood. Police forensic experts estimated that as much as 3l had been splashed around.

Entire story well worth the click of the link.

Robotic flying saucers

U.S. military gives contract to build a fleet of robotic flying saucers.

The “flight duration and payload are still limited,” on GFS’ saucer, the company notes. Right now, the firm “is now focused on optimising fan, motors and canopy specifications, with a view to having a commercially solid range of capabilities by 2008. Applications could range from “close quarter surveillance and intelligence gathering” to “shark watch” and “toy.”

Shouldn’t robotic flying saucers be for more nefarious purposes?

Mysterious black cat sighted

From the Banffshire (U.K.) Journal:

THE Beast of Banff, the mysterious large cat-like creature spotted prowling in the area, has been captured on video.

Fighting cancer

In one of my side projects, I’ve been working on an advocacy campaign to fight cancer. In an effort to gauge the extent of number of people touched by the disease, I posted a diary last night calling for people to post their stories. I thought I would get 50 to 100 comments. (Warning: a lot of heart-breaking sad comments.)

Wes Craven on the disturbed dreams of society

From the LA Times:

Craven has been in the business so long that he is now watching movies he made in the ’70s get remade by young directors. Last year a remake of his 1977 film “The Hills Have Eyes” did well at the box office, and a sequel to that film, which he penned with his son, opens in theaters this week.

His new film is the story of a group of young National Guardsmen who are dispatched to the desert where a couple of murders have recently taken place. They find themselves poorly trained, terrified, and facing an enemy much more savvy than what they had expected. Is it any wonder that the interview quickly took on political overtones? You have an amazing legacy of figuring out exactly what people are scared of at a given moment in time. What do you think is scary today?

WC: The current administration. That’s the standard answer now. Unfortunately I’m not even joking. But the basic themes of what is scary have always been the same. A murderous rage that builds up in a family, a neighborhood or a nation, those are things I think are scary. It seems to me that the best horror films tap into a nation’s unconscious fear. Do you think most horror films in the next few years will touch on issues of war?

WC: It doesn’t have to be about this war, but it did end up to be in our case. We liked the idea of people just starting to be National Guardsmen and not intending to get into that situation. They think it is just a rescue mission and then they are in so far over their head they can’t believe it. Politics aside it seemed like a really good idea for a horror film. That sounds so blatantly political. Did you set out to make a political statement with this movie?

WC: Neither one of us thought lets do a political movie, but the war was in the news and in our thoughts. Four of my nieces and nephews kids are involved in this war, so it is very close to home for me. And as we started to bantering ideas around we both liked this idea.

Entire interview well worth a read.

Archaeologists search for ‘lost’ Ithica

I never believed Odysseus was lost. I think he was just making an excuse to stay out of the house.

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