Lunar New Year 2022: Millions start celebrating
Chinese New Year.
Millions of people start celebrating the beginning of the Lunar New Year on 1 February. This year marks the change from the Year of the Ox to the Year of the Tiger.
From Around The World
A box to dispose of your cannabis in the Chicago airport
Old photo of our farm.
Winter storm in New York City (photo: Marzenka)
Stunning photos taken 384,000 kilometers from the Moon…
Tribune, KS December 15, 2021
Red Hawk in the Badlands of North Dakota (c. 1905)
Sunset at the Ben Franklin Bridge
Vintage view of the Statue of Liberty, taken from the torch balcony-which has been closed since 1916
San Francisco Bay
Meanwhile Back in Russia
Please arrest me!
Russians love Adidas.
World’s Largest Ship Graveyard
The city of Nouadhibou is the second largest city in Mauritania and serves as the country’s commercial center. The port of Nouadhibou is the final resting place of over 300 ships which were abandoned by their owners. These ships rusting in the shallow waters has given the port of Nouadhibou the notorious name of being the world’s largest ship graveyard. Unlike the en masse arrival of ships at Mallows Bay, here the number of craft has built up over time, as corrupt officials accepted bribes from boat owners to allow them to dump their vessels in the area.
The phenomenon started in the 80’s after the nationalization of the Mauritanian fishing industry, numerous uneconomical ships were simply abandoned there. Discarding a ship is quite expensive for a company, so during the decades, lots of unwanted ships ended up in the Harbour of Nouadibou.
A few years ago, the situation was so out of control, that even Mauritanians started to worry. Nowadays there’s a project from the European Union to refloat all these junk ships and take them away, or destroy the remaining wrecks.
Baraka film trailer
A film well worth watching. You will think about this film for days.
Baraka is a 1992 non-narrative film directed by Ron Fricke. The film is often compared to Koyaanisqatsi, the first of the Qatsi films by Godfrey Reggio of which Fricke was cinematographer. Baraka’s subject matter has some similarities—including footage of various landscapes, churches, ruins, religious ceremonies, and cities thrumming with life, filmed using time-lapse photography in order to capture the great pulse of humanity as it flocks and swarms in daily activity.
The title Baraka is a word that means blessing in a multitude of languages.
The movie was filmed at 152 locations in 24 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Nepal, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. It contains no dialogue. Instead of a story or plot, the film uses themes to present new perspectives and evoke emotion purely through cinema. The film was the first in over twenty years to be photographed in the 70mm Todd-AO format.