Monday, December 30, 2013


A modest, unassuming little veh-i-cule. More information here.

How the West Was Won (1962)

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Pioneers, O Pioneers

Nebuchadnezzar the King of the Jews
Suffered from new and original views,
He crawled on his hands and knees, it's said,
With grass in his mouth and a crown on his head.
     With a wowtyiddly, etc.

Those in traditional paths that trod
Thought the thing was a curse from God,
But a Pioneer men always abuse
Like Nebuchadnezzar the King of the Jews.

Black Lord Foulon the Frenchman slew
Thought it a Futurist thing to do.
He offered them grass instead of bread.
So they stuffed him with grass when they cut off his head.
     With a wowtyiddly, etc.

For the pride of his soul he perished then -
But of course it is always of Pride that men,
A Man in advance of his Age accuse,
Like Nebuchadnezzar the King of the Jews.

Simeon Scudder of Styx, in Maine,
Thought of the thing and was at it again.
He gave good grass and water in pails
To a thousand Irishmen hammering rails.
     With a wowtyiddly, etc.

Appetites differ; and tied to a stake
He was tarred and feathered for Conscience' Sake.
But stoning the prophets is ancient news,
Like Nebuchadnezzar the King of the Jews.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Makhlouf Eldaoudi (1825-1909)

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Persian Handstands

Go to this page. You won't regret it.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Selman Waksman (1888-1973)

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Anita Berber (1899-1928)

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Mounira El Mahdeya (1885-1965)

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Umm Kulthum (?1898-1975)

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Iosif Kornilovich Orurk (1772-1849)

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Andrea Dworkin (1946-2005)

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Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis (95-46 BC)

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Wilhelm Wassmuss (1880-1931)

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More information (pay especial attention to the etymology, which rocks) here.

You want nightmares?

Georg Luger (1849-1923)

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Ippolit Monighetti (1819-1878)

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Niko Nikoladze (1843-1928)

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Mohammad Khan Qajar (1742-1797)

An eunuch who was to be assassinated, no wonder he looks so worried. More information here.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)

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Dar al-Funun

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Ali Asghar Khan Atabak (c.1858-1907)

A little more information here.

Mirza Reza Kermani (c.1850-1896)

More information here. He's the man on the left in the photo.

Shah Abdol Azim Shrine

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ármin Vámbéry (1832-1913)

More information here, but the only thing you really need to know is that he is considered by some to be the model for Abraham Van Helsing in Dracula (1897).

Golestan Palace

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Siméon-Eugène Thivier (1845-1920)

Le Cauchemar (1894). More information (not much more, but enough to make me want to go to Toulouse one day) here.

Lucie Delarue-Mardrus (1874-1945)

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Friday, December 06, 2013

Mehdi Bazargan (1908-1995)

More information here. In the picture, he is on the right.

Shapour Bakhtiar (1914-1991)

More information here. In the picture, he is on the left.

Rambler Marlin

Ah, the romance of the open road… More information here.

Samad va Fulad Zereh div (dir. Jalal Moghadam, 1971)

More information here, and the whole film, I think, here.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (1919-1980)

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Bruisyard Hall

Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar (1872-1925)

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Naser al-Din Shah Qajar (1831-1896)

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Monday, December 02, 2013

On the Goodness of the Supreme Being

Orpheus, for so the Gentiles call'd thy name,
Israel's sweet Psalmist, who alone couldst wake
Th'inanimate to motion; who alone
The joyful hillocks, the applauding rocks,
And floods with musical persuasion drew;
Thou who to hail and snow gav'st voice and sound,
And mad'st the mute melodious! — greater yet
Was thy divinest skill, and rul'd o'er more
Than art or nature; for thy tuneful touch
Drove trembling Satan from the heart of Saul,
And quell'd the evil Angel: — in this breast
Some portion of thy genuine spirit breathe,
And lift me from myself, each thought impure
Banish; each low idea raise, refine,
Enlarge, and sanctify; — so shall the muse
Above the stars aspire, and aim to praise
Her God on earth, as he is prais'd in heaven. […]

For the rest, see here.