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The art of Space Invader on The Triple Bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia

One Place to Find The Art of Space Invader

Went to Slovenia. Met the man in the city, dropped off the bags, headed downtown on foot for coffee and what do I see? Atari man by Space Invader, hooray! I had just watched Exit Through the Giftshop (again) a couple of days prior, and I had taken with me from it a new rush of […]

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The Willard Hotel lobby viewed from a balcony, c. 1904 | Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston, courtesy LOC image collection

One of DC’s Great Urban Myths: The Origin of the Term “Lobbying”

Without a doubt, one of the best-known historic landmarks in the US Capitol City is the Willard Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue — the walls hold a lot of secrets. It is also the backdrop of one of the great legends of Washington, DC. As the story goes, the political term “to lobby” was coined in the […]

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Soweto, South Africa & Forward Acts of Peace

Sometimes, you accidentally hire a guide who turns out to be the best guide that you could possibly hire — the one with the inside scoop. He or she knows exactly where on the back roads to take you, and whom to take you to, as well. We hired that guide at midnight the night before our outing […]

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Piegan Camp, 1900 by Edward Curtis. Image courtesy University of Washington Digital Image Collection

The First Translated Version of Chief Seattle’s Speech on Preservation of Land

To begin, I’ll note that there is some dispute about the origins of Chief Seattle’s famous speech/letter about the preservation of land. As one (the most famous) story goes, Chief Seattle of Washington State’s Duwamish tribe sent a letter in 1854 to President Franklin Pierce — a plea to stop the selling of native land […]

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Adaptation of Chief Seattle’s Speech; a Letter to President Franklin Pierce

The most well known adaptation of Chief Seattle’s letter to President Franklin Pierce was written by a screenwriter from Texas named Ted Perry in 1970.  This adaptation has been long been believed to be the original letter that Chief Seattle sent to President Franklin Pierce in 1854.   The first translated version of Chief Seattle’s […]

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Traveling Light: Crucial on Land and in Space!

Just as travelers have limits on how much they can bring onto planes on Earth, there is a weight limit imposed on what can travel with astronauts into space. Most large airlines allow 50 lbs., while smaller in-country flights might accommodate just 10 lbs. To travel to the International Space Station, you get only 3.5 […]

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Tanzania’s Colorful Maasai — Image Gallery

We passed through the Serengeti plains into the Maasai camps of northern Tanzania to meet Ole Durup — an elder with four wives, hoards of kids, and one very active cell phone. Always working, Durup brings money into the camps giving families currency to buy goats and cattle for milk (but not for meat)—stock that is vital […]

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William S. Burroughs

The Bad Boy of American Literature – William S. Burroughs

American writer of experimental novels, who lived long times in Mexico City, Tanger, Paris, and London. Burroughs’s homosexual themes in THE NAKED LUNCH (1959) and the frankness with which he dealt with his own experiences as a drug addict sparkled the last major obscenity trial in U.S., but won him a following among writers, musicians, […]

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Hadza Bushmen in Tanzania (Image credit: Stefanie Payne)

Hadzabe Bushmen of Tanzania — Image Gallery

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