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Awaiting Rapturization…


 
Just thought I would check in and report on how it’s going on the other side of the world on this momentous day. And I just LOVE this “Prairie-Dog Rapture” pic! Well, so far so good… unless you are a fundie, I guess. No sign of any earthquakes or bodies being mysteriously sucked up into the sky. Yet. There’s still two hours to go ‘til the official kick-off time so you never know, it might happen, but reports from the expanses of the planet that have already hit that 6pm deadline report nothing unusual. Oh, wait, there WERE a couple of earthquakes in the Pacific, but they were small (3-4 on the Richter scale, surely not God bothering size?) and apparently there tends to be a small earthquake somewhere in the Pacific every day anyway.

I am in Ireland at the moment and interestingly (for such a predominantly Catholic country) no one seems too fussed by this whole rapture malarky. Maybe the populace have had other things to think about. This week has seen a royal visit by Queen Elizabeth, the first visit to this isle of a British monarch since Ireland fought for, and won, independence way back in 1922. Now THAT is a momentous occasion. People who would normally be described as “patriots” and who within their own lifetimes have seen periods of real animosity against the British were seen cooing and ahhing at the British monarch’s presence. There were protests, of course, but the turnouts were small, estimated at around the 200 mark. This is what they looked like from the inside:
 

 
By all accounts the visit was a roaring success. Liz had a tour of ghostly Dublin, where roads were blocked off to keep people away from her highness. She was brought to Croke Park, the 80,000+ capacity sports arena that has a very special significance in the history of Irish nationalism. Bought by the Gaelic Athletics Association in 1913, it was used to encourage the playing of indigenous sports hurling and Gaelic football (at a time when the country was under strict British rule) and was seen as a hotbed of anti-British conspiracy by the then powers-that-be. It was at Croke Park that the infamous original Bloody Sunday occurred in 1921 when, in retaliation for a number of assassinations by the IRA, the British army and the Royal Irish Constabulary indiscriminately shot into the crowd during a Dublin-Tipperary football match killing 13 spectators and the Tipperary football captain. It was this incident that turned the tide of the war of independence against the British and ultimately led to the withdrawal of British troops from most of the island. The fact that the Queen visited this specific arena says a lot about how far relations between the Irish and the English have come in the resulting ninety years. 

Her Madge also stopped off at the Coolmore Stud, the world’s largest breeding centre for thoroughbred horses, and in Cork city made a visit to its famous English Market. That bit was of particular significance to me, as my mother’s family have had a fruit and vegetable stall there for over 100 years. The English Market is a beautiful, hidden treasure in the vastly under-rated city (Cork is MUCH nicer than Dublin!) and could dearly use a boost in visits and trade in this era of multinationalization.
 

The English Market - the white haired man is my uncle.

Even more excitingly though, for me and a lot of people other people anyway, on Monday we will be being graced by a visit from President of the United States and the First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama. It’s only a flying visit really, as he is on his way to the UK for 4 days, but while here he will be travelling to County Offaly to look up some of his ancestors, and giving a public address on College Green in Dublin city centre. I expect the turn out for this to be very strong, and even though there will be a stepped up security presence, I really don’t think he has anything to worry about. In fact I think he will be greeted by a very warm Irish welcome, something that eluded President Bush a few years back. I won’t be here then, unfortunately, but the Irish media will be supplying day-long rolling coverage of his visit if you are interested in watching. I expect there to be protests too, but they will most likely be Queen-sized.

Anyway, so where was I… oh yes! The Rapture. Hmm, well there’s still a bit of time to kill before believers get hoovered up (or not). If there is any breaking news on this side of the pond I will dutifully report it. Or I might not actually, preferring to spend that time with my family. But for some reason or other all day I just haven’t been able to get this bloody song out of my mind. Any ideas why? Answers in a comment to the usual address…
 

 

Posted by Niall O'Conghaile
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05.21.2011
10:50 am
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Who killed Bambi? Apparently Karl Lagerfeld
05.20.2011
03:37 pm
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Artist aleXsandro palombo satirically attacks Italian fashion house Fendi and its creative director Karl Lagerfeld in protest of Fendi’s use of fur.

Where’s Mr. Lagerfeld’s ever-present fan?


 

 
(via Design Boom)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.20.2011
03:37 pm
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Gorgeous deep-sea octopus ballet
05.16.2011
02:27 pm
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Here’s a soothing white octopus ballet set to Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” performed by Bryan Verhoye. Simply beautiful. 

 
(via Unique Daily)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.16.2011
02:27 pm
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Excellent detailed digital images of ants
05.13.2011
06:48 pm
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Scientists from the California Academy of Sciences are gearing up to digitally photograph 12,000 species of ants with the help from a Leica Z16 microscope and Auto-Montage 3D. So far over 5,000 ants have been photographed.

Go to BBC Nature to see more really cool images of ants and to learn about the California Academy of Sciences’ ant project : The world’s ants captured in 3D.


 

 
More ants after the jump…

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Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.13.2011
06:48 pm
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Impressive Tyrannosaurus Rex cake
05.05.2011
02:05 pm
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I could not care less about the Internet’s fascination with cutesy cakes, cupcakes and cookies. But I think I’m going to have to give in here because this Tyrannosaurus Rex cake made by Charm City Cakes blew my mind! Wow!

Jack’s Bar Mitzvah was last weekend. He wanted a big, scary, menacing T-Rex cake for his celebration. And boy did he get one. The whole team worked on this huge cake and personally I think it’s one of our best ever.

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Jack’s one lucky kid.

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See more photos of the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex cake here.

(via Super Punch)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.05.2011
02:05 pm
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Thousands upon thousands of birds fly in natural choreography over a bustling city
05.01.2011
12:39 am
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A gorgeous natural phenomenon beautifully captured by civilian technology and made even more surreal by the total contrast of the accompanying unrelenting noisy industrial/cityscape. Can any Turkish (I think?) DM readers out there please illuminate further ?
 

 
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Update: Smart and helpful DM facebook friend Jason L. points out that this is a massive flock of Starlings. Thanks !

Posted by Brad Laner
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05.01.2011
12:39 am
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Spider vs. Ant
04.27.2011
11:22 am
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Just wait for it.

(via Nerdcore)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.27.2011
11:22 am
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Man absolutely TERRIFIED by elephant
04.26.2011
12:53 pm
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Here’s 8 seconds of raw elephant phobia. Cue the Wilhelm scream.

(via BuzzFeed)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.26.2011
12:53 pm
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Buy This Leash or We’ll Shoot This Dog
04.05.2011
02:00 pm
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Get your naughty pooch in line with a gun-shaped retractable leash from Art Lebedev Studios. I wonder if the designers got the idea from the infamous National Lampoon cover of a dog with a gun pressed to its head? It sure looks like it. Whatever the case, it’s brilliant!

Povodokus sports a gun-shaped handle, which retracts the leash when you need to control your target dog. It’s a sure shot!

The lead goes out freely as the dog pulls and reels in when you pull the trigger.

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(via Who Killed Bambi?)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.05.2011
02:00 pm
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Gorgeous photographs of Golden Ray migration
04.04.2011
06:13 pm
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In 2008, amateur photographer Sandra Critelli captured these stunning images of a mass migration of Golden Rays while looking for whale sharks off the coast of Mexico. She said, “It was an unreal image, very difficult to describe. The surface of the water was covered by warm and different shades of gold and looked like a bed of autumn leaves gently moved by the wind.”

Beautiful.   

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More images after the jump…

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Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.04.2011
06:13 pm
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