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the Voynich Manuscript, Which No One Has Ever Been Able to Translate, Has Been Carbon Dated

February 11, 2011 Comments off

The Voynich Manuscript, a book that no one has ever been able to translate, has finally been dated.

Found by book dealer Wilfrid M. Voynichin, in 1912, just outside of Rome, the manuscript was recently carbon-dated by a scientists at the University of Arizona, the results of which a published date of between 1404 and 1438. This book is older than the famous Gutenberg Bible by a little under 250 years.

Check out the Wikipedia Voynich Manuscript page for more details about this absolutely fascinating book.

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(via HuffingtonPost)

Brian Jacques, Author of Redwall, Died at the Age of 71

February 7, 2011 Comments off

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English author, Brian Jacques died on Saturday from a heart attack. 71-year old Jacques was best known for his Redwall book series, as he had sold over 20 million copies. He was also a host a BBC radio show called Jakestown, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Words from the University of Liverpool.

(via Wikipedia)

Was Mona Lisa Da Vinci’s Male Nurse, Gian Giacomo Caprotti aka Salai?

February 3, 2011 1 comment

Gian Giacomo Caprotti, whose features are strikingly similar to Mona Lisa, was a male nurse and muse for Leonardo da Vinci. Caprotti, also known as Salai was da Vinci’s apprentice for over 20 years beginning in 1490. They were also probably lovers says Silvano Vinceti, of Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage. Vinceti, using high-tech to analyze the Mona Lisa says he has an ‘S’ in her eyes. Other da Vinci art, such as ‘St John the Baptist’ and ‘Angel Incarnate’, are already said to have used Salai as a model.

(via IBNLive)

Oprah’s One Week Vegan Challenge. Kathy Freston’s New Book Inspires

February 2, 2011 1 comment

Oprah and 378 staff members agreed to a one-week vegan challenge after special guests, Michael Pollan and Kathy Freston, shared a few facts about some foods, and Lisa Ling explained what happens in a beef processing plant.

In 2008, after reading Kathy Freston’s book Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness, Oprah similarly went on a 21-day vegan cleanse.

Preston’s new book Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World was her inspiration this time around.

(Information and image via HuffingtonPost)

Google Art Project is Up and Running (and Amazing!)

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Google and 17 international art museums have brought a world of art (over 1000 pieces) to your fingertips, using Streetview technology.

 

Google Art Project has the sophistication expected for art coupled with Google’s understanding of what a person would want with such a sight. For example, you can view the actual rooms the art are hung in and also zoom in for ultra detail.

The project came into fruition because of Google’s famous “20%-time” policy, where 80% of the time, staff works on assigned tasks, and 20% they are to work on their own ideas. Gmail, Google Talk, Google Sky, Google News, Orkut and now Google Art Project

“It started when a small group of us who were passionate about art got together to think about how we might use our technology to help museums make their art more accessible—not just to regular museum-goers or those fortunate to have great galleries on their doorsteps, but to a whole new set of people who might otherwise never get to see the real thing up close,” Amit Sood on the Google Art Project blog.

Google will no doubt be adding more museums and art as time progresses and the site’s traffic increases.

(Information and image via GoogleArtProject)

Roseanne Barr Back with Her New, Hilarious Book: Roseannearchy

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Roseanne Barr is back, telling it like it is again. Crass and crude, Roseannearchy is much like the rest of Barr’s comedic life. Don’t be fooled by easy readability and humour of this book, it’s full of thought-provoking material as well.Roseannearchy takes on social norms, hypocrisy, menopause, warfare, feminism, religion, grandchildren and much more. Well written and full of laughs, this book is not to be missed.

Check her new book out at Amazon: Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm.

Dancing with the Stars Champ, Brooke Burke Dishes in New Book “Naked Mom”

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

In her new book “Naked Mom”, “Dancing with the Stars” star, Brooke Burke writes about motherhood:

“How many different words describe you? A handful? A hundred? That’s why I wanted to write this book, because I believe passionately that motherhood is so much more than the sum of its countless roles and dog-eared labels: This is about us. For us. Smart, sexy, soulful moms. Consider this an exposé of who we really are, when you shed the stereotypes and popular myths and the polished façades we all hide behind at times.

The Naked Mom is motherhood, revealed. It’s not about being right or wrong. It’s about being authentic. When you’re raising four children, running a household, tending a relationship, building a multimillion-dollar business, and pursuing a television career, there’s no room for pretense or posturing. I always knew I would be a mother, but I never imagined I would have this many children this fast, or that our lives would be full of changes and new challenges every day. But I was raised to take chances, to be strong, and to find my own way. When I think about myself as a mother, I suppose that’s just what I’ve done. I don’t believe in A-to-Z guides that spell out the “right” way to raise your children, or be a wife, or realize your personal goals. There’s always going to be someone out there wanting to tell you exactly how to do it—that opinionated friend who thinks her way is the only way, another mother who’s doing something better than you are.”

(Information and image via ABCNews)