31 July 2008, jd2020 @ 10:59 pm

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston exhibit

While shoes serve a practical function by protecting our soles from the elements and hazards underfoot, they have also become highly ornamented objects of obsession. Whatever the materials or cost, however, shoes always reflect the time and place in which they were made and worn and the culture that produced them. Take the tour…

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26 July 2008, jd2020 @ 5:00 pm

On Aug. 7, 1974, a Frenchman named Philippe Petit, aided by a team of sneaky co-conspirators, managed to string a wire between the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center, 1350 feet above the ground. At 7:15 that morning he stepped out on the wire and danced on it for roughly an hour while police waited to arrest him.

Philippe Petit walks wire Twin Towers

“Meeting the Gods” is how he refers to it. “I’m nonreligious, but the combination of the Twin Towers, my balancing pole, the police, the onlookers, it was a sacred presence, an amazing piece of theater.” Philippe Petit

“Man on Wire,” a documentary chronicling Philippe Petit’s walk between the World Trade Center’s towers on Aug. 7, 1974, opened in New York on Friday, June 25, 2008. It opens nationwide on Aug. 8, 2008.

Interesting info about Phillipe

Time Photo Gallery

Recent interview with Philippe (video)

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4 July 2008, jd2020 @ 3:57 pm

United States Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness… read more

fact:
If you were a member of the Second Continental Congress in 1776, you were a rebel and considered a traitor by the King of England. You knew that a reward had been posted for the capture of certain prominent rebel leaders and signing your name to the Declaration meant that you pledged your life, your fortune, and your sacred honor to the cause of freedom. more facts

last sentence of the declaration:
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Would you have signed after acknowledging that last sentence? Happy Forf of July!

In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was about 2.5 million. Check out this population clock from the U.S. Census Bureau for current figures.

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