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Monthly Archives: January 2016
On January 30th, 1703, the 47 Ronin fulfilled their debt of honor, and claimed their place in history. The 47 had been samurai, loyal retainers of Asano, the daimyo of Akō. Asano Naganori was a powerful and respected provincial lord, … Continue reading
Happy Burns’ Night, Scotland! Haggis, neeps, and tatties for all!
There are certain flaws in our world, defects and blemishes, that should rightly be recognized but instead become invisible. They blend in with the background, either through the numbing of repeated exposure or through our willful desire not to see. … Continue reading
Actor, musician, singer-songwriter, and latest cancer-stricken hero to leave us—are we in the midst of a rock-and-roll rapture? David Robert Jones, b.k.a. David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust, and The Thin White Duke, died Sunday just two days after his 69th birthday, … Continue reading
To be sure it was not the most uncomplicated of copyright-protection cases. Wildlife photographer David Slater owned the camera that took the most famous (and arguably, the most glamorous) selfie of the twenty-teens. But it was Naruto the crested macaque … Continue reading