Some excellent reading as Brian Thill takes apart the imagery of the presidential candidates:
In Rick Perry’s oddly dull offering, the color scheme of its central icon is particularly objectionable, the blue bleeding into red, the red into blue, creating a purplish, muddled mess. But here as elsewhere we are dealing with a situation where the images are hamstrung, they have no choice, it seems, but to dabble only in variations in reds and blues. To do otherwise might court disaster in color-blind America. So Perry’s image feels it must embrace those separate shades but has no idea what to do with them. We recognize in Perry’s iconography the pharmaceutical sheen of a throat lozenge, as if Perry held out the hope for us of serving as a blue Pfizer pill against the impotence of secular, post-industrial America.
I myself have been watching these identities pop up with great interest, as the quality of graphic design in a campaign does seem to have some power of prediction in elections. And Rick Perry’s motifs are pretty terrible.
Via The Dish.
It’s been a while since I’ve done geometry, so I forgot the formula for the area of a trapezoid. Luckily, President James Garfield did not forget. He was a smart guy, it turns out!
On the island of Vanuatu, in the Pacific Ocean near New Zealand, there is a village that has decided Queen Elizabeth’s husband Philip is a god.
For centuries, perhaps millennia, villagers had believed in an ancient story about the son of a mountain spirit venturing across the seas to look for a powerful woman to marry.
They believed that unlike them, this spirit had pale skin.
Somehow the legend gradually became associated with Prince Philip, who had indeed married a rich and powerful lady.
From BBC News, via Reddit.
There’s enough iron in a human body to make a nail. And it’s in your blood.
That’s all. Now go about your day.
No big deal, it’s just Kraftwerk
Scholars in Jerusalem have been working for 53 years, studying source materials for the Old Testament. As we already know, the Bible has evolved quite a bit through the years, and the work of these scholars illustrates that.
[T]he ongoing work of the academic detectives of the Bible Project, as their undertaking is known, shows that this text at the root of Judaism, Christianity and Islam was somewhat fluid for long periods of its history, and that its transmission through the ages was messier and more human than most of us imagine.
The Book of Jeremiah is now one-seventh longer than the one that appears in some of the 2,000-year-old manuscripts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Some verses, including ones containing a prophecy about the seizure and return of Temple implements by Babylonian soldiers, appear to have been added after the events happened.
From The Associated Press, via The Dish.