Photo of the Day: Yevgeny Khaldei, 1941

On 1 September 1941, Reinhard Heydrich, one of the architects of the Jewish Holocaust, decreed that all Jews over six years of age in the Reich, Alsace, Bohemia-Moravia and the German–annexed territory of western Poland  were to wear yellow Star of David badges on their outer clothing in public at all times. The word “Jew”…

The Road to Worthing

I’m finding the futility of life oddly poetic today, given the most recent acts of violence in Dallas. Carved into the hard grain of reality is a word that people seldom know how to pronounce: accountability. Whether we are directly affected by events or not is moot. We are all in some way accountable because…

Days of Art – Same Hate, Different Day

History lies. That is, the human interpretation of historical events is and has always been subject to change and distortion from historians. Stated more directly, people bend facts in order to substantiate whatever socio-political view they are expectorating. However photos, although subject to the same distortions as anything else, are unique in that they allow…

Preserve Net Neutrality

My comment for the FCC’s Proceeding on Preserving and Promoting the Open Internet. You can add your voice HERE. Net Neutrality goes beyond a cable company’s purported desire to allow “faster” access to those willing or able to pay more. In fact, it removes a device and incentive for internet providers to effectively blackmail providers…

We Don’t Know that We Don’t Know

Not surprisingly, if you know either of us, Maria and I spend a great deal of time exchanging ideas. In one of her latest blog posts, she wrote about a recent BBC, Horizon broadcast entitled “Is Everything We Know About the Universe Wrong?” (Spoiler Alert: Yes.) If you haven’t seen the 1-hour video, or her…

100 Days of Art – Day 24: Jim Henson

Today is the 78th anniversary of Jim Henson’s birth. The occasion struck me both because of his great talent, and the realization that he would be almost precisely my mom’s age had he lived. He died at age 53, younger than I am now, from a bacterial infection. Too soon, by decades. Hope there’s a…