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Secret Service Codenames

I like that Ted Kennedy is 'Sunburn'! Secret Service codenames are a throwback to the period before electronic transmissions were encrypted. Although they serve no practical security function today, the US Army Signal Corps still assigns codenames (mostly out of tradition). John Anderson Miracle, Starburst, Stardust   Keke Anderson Scarlet   Howard Baker Snapshot  (…)

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Hunter S. Thompson’s brutally honest Canadian job request

Hunter S. Thompson’s brutally honest Canadian job request

From The Ottawa Citizen: VANCOUVER — Today Hunter S. Thompson is remembered as a literary icon, whose classic works and impetuous personality firmly stamped his place into the hearts, minds and graphic T-shirts of a malleable generation. With his seminal classics — Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail(…)

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Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi ‘To Be Released’ — (I’m not holding my breath).

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi ‘To Be Released’ — (I’m not holding my breath).

From Sky News: Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be released in November just days after the first election there in two decades, officials say. The Nobel Peace laureate has been detained for most of the last 20 years since winning the country’s last poll in 1990. Unnamed sources told the AFP news(…)

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“The Missing” A photo project by Gustavo Germano, beautiful but sad…

“The Missing” A photo project by Gustavo Germano, beautiful but sad…

Each picture represents a before and after ‘the dissapearance’ shot. Picture above (1970): Maria Irma Ferreira, Maria Susana Ferreira; picture below (2006): Maria Susana Ferreira From Zeit Online: During the military dictatorship in Argentina from 1976 to 1983 nearly 30,000 people disappeared without trace. Der Fotograf Gustavo Germano gehört zu den Opfern des Staatsterrors. The(…)

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Jazz artist portraits by William P. Gottlieb, circa 1938 to 1948.

Jazz artist portraits by William P. Gottlieb, circa 1938 to 1948.

Portrait of Slam Stewart, Three Deuces(?), New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1946 Click images for larger. Portrait of Django Reinhardt, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. Nov. 1946 Portrait of Kaiser Marshall, Art Hodes, Sandy Williams, Cecil (Xavier) Scott, and Henry (Clay) Goodwin, Times Square, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1947 Portrait of Billie Holiday, Downbeat(?),(…)

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Lost collection of Ansel Adams photos found at garage sale worth $200 million.

Lost collection of Ansel Adams photos found at garage sale worth $200 million.

From CNN: Los Angeles, California (CNN) — Rick Norsigian’s hobby of picking through piles of unwanted items at garage sales in search of antiques has paid off for the Fresno, California, painter. Two small boxes he bought 10 years ago for $45 — negotiated down from $70 — are now estimated to be worth at(…)

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MIT software program decodes “lost” languages…

MIT software program decodes “lost” languages…

From Nat Geo: A new computer program has quickly deciphered a written language last used in Biblical times—possibly opening the door to “resurrecting” ancient texts that are no longer understood, scientists announced last week. Created by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the program automatically translates written Ugaritic, which consists of dots and(…)

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TypAchive — Wonderful image library primarily focused on hand painted signage

TypAchive — Wonderful image library primarily focused on hand painted signage

TypArchive is an image library primarily focused on hand painted signage. The objective is to amass a comprehensive global collection of a high-quality images and produce hard-copy volumes. Amidst a landscape of vapid strip malls and sterile signage, hand-painted lettering retains a soulful aesthetic to be treasured. Like other crafts dissolving in the digital age,(…)

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Mark Twain left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is now.

Mark Twain left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is now.

From The Independent: Exactly a century after rumours of his death turned out to be entirely accurate, one of Mark Twain’s dying wishes is at last coming true: an extensive, outspoken and revelatory autobiography which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing is finally going to be published. The creator of Tom(…)

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