The First World War in Colour

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A new book by Peter Walther, “The First World War in Colour” is out with color images from WWI that were made with the “autochrome” process. These extremely rare photos have hardly ever been seen before now.  Although heavily staged, the images give a shocking glimpse into what life must have been like at the front. Image above from Taschen.

Here is a link to the Taschen website that has the book for sale and more images to view.

 

The story of Noc, the talking whale

This story, by Charles Siebert for Smithsonian magazine, is about a Beluga whale that apparently taught himself to mimic human speech after he was captured in the Arctic and was being trained in California to recover lost test torpedoes in the arctic for the U.S. Navy. Very interesting!

Here is Noc (pronounced no see).
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Click here for a link to the story in Smithsonian:

Noc talking:

New Music for Old People

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PICKS OF CURRENT POP, ROCK AND HARD-ROCK MUSIC FOR PEOPLE WHO STOPPED LISTENING TO NEW MUSIC A LONG TIME AGO.

I found out about this great blog thanks to the Wall Street Journal. This is Al Kooper’s project to try to keep us all in the loop. I don’t care for the metal, but I can understand why it’s there.

Thanks Al for devoting your time to this project and being our guide. Very entertaining!

Here’s the link:

http://www.newmusicforoldpeople.com

 

Plug for Lynda.com

I have to give a plug for Lynda.com. In case you have never heard of it, I guess you would describe it as a subscriber learning environment. For a monthly fee, you get access to their huge library of professionally done tutorials on subjects ranging from Education to Photography to Design as well as all kinds of software. I learned how to get set up to sell things on eBay with it! You can see what they have available here.