17 August 2009, jd2020 @ 6:16 pm

Nice! Contestants prepare during an international hot air balloon festival in Baotou, North China’s Inner Mongolia.

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9 July 2009, jd2020 @ 4:14 pm

Gundam promotes Tokyo 2016’s Olympic bid
Thursday 09th July, 08:47 AM JST      COOL!!!!

TOKYO —
Tokyo 2016’s environmental, technological and youth-engaging credentials were spotlighted Wednesday with the announcement of the Green Tokyo Gundam Project, which kicks off Saturday in Odaiba to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam, the popular Japanese anime series created by Yoshiyuki Tomino.

Check out these photos of the 18 meter tall working robot in Odaiba (click for large view)


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27 June 2009, jd2020 @ 1:20 am

Picasso’s Musketeer – painted in 1969, when Pablo was just 89. This painting brought 11.5 million dollars this week at a Sotheby’s auction in London.
Another painting by Picasso, “Mousquetaire à la pipe“, sold in May for more than 14.5 million. The two paintings were inspired by Pablo’s reading of Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers”.

Picasso Musketeer

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31 May 2009, jd2020 @ 2:11 pm

Le Bassin aux Nymphéas by Claude Monet
Le Bassin aux Nymphéas by Claude Monet“Le Bassin aux Nymphéas,” from 1919, a large horizontal work measuring more than 3 feet by 6 feet, is from a series of four that Monet signed and dated and that experts consider to be among the most important paintings from his late period. Monet’s biography and website.
The summer auction season began at Christie’s on Tuesday night, June 24, 2008, when a standing-room-only crowd of dealers, collectors and art lovers came from all over the world to watch and bid on one of the largest London sales the auction house has held. Early in the evening a record price for a Monet, $80.4 million, was set for one of the rarest of his waterlilies. full story

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9 May 2009, jd2020 @ 1:13 am

Simpsons U.S. Postage Supplies

The Simpsons, currently in its 20th year as a regularly scheduled half-hour series, is the longest-running comedy in television history. The show is a cultural phenomenon, recognizable throughout the world.

“We are emotionally moved by the Postal Service selecting us rather than making the lazy choice of someone who has benefited society,” said James L. Brooks, executive producer of The Simpsons.

Simpsons Beat the Odds The U.S. Postal Service receives approximately 50,000 suggestions for stamp subjects each year, yet only about 20 topics are selected for postage.The Simpsons is the only television show to be featured as the sole subject of a stamp set while still in primetime production. Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee

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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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