Twenty-four years ago today Marc Lepine opened fire at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique, killing 14 women before killing himself. Why? Because they were women.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
"Julian Germain's series of Generations portraits grew out of the earlier ‘Face of the Century’ project, engaging with similar themes concerning the life cycle, the ageing process, human biology, characteristics and questions of nature and nurture. It specifically and sequentially records direct biological lines of descent."
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
OSS Director William Donovan awarded Virginia Hall the Distinguished Service Cross—the only one given to a civilian woman during that war. Hall later worked for the CIA, serving in many jobs as one of CIA’s first female operations officers. In 2006 this portrait of Hall was unveiled at the French ambassador’s residence in Washington, DC forty years after she retired from CIA and almost 25 years after her death. She is pictured radioing London from an old barn near Le Chambon sur Ligon to request supplies and personnel.
"Virginia Hall was a Baltimore native who joined the US State Department in the 1930s, serving as a clerk with postings in Warsaw, Poland, Venice, Italy, and Izmir, Turkey. A hunting accident resulted in the amputation of her left leg and precluded her from overseas assignments with the State Department, so she resigned. At the outbreak of WW II, she eagerly joined the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) to fight fascism. Her fluency in French landed her a clandestine assignment in Lyons, where she went to work developing the area’s resistance operations. Over the next 15 months, every British agent arriving in France passed through her flat for instructions, counterfeit money, and contacts. In addition, she orchestrated supply drops and helped endangered agents escape to England. Betrayed in November 1942, she had to use her own escape route out of France, just steps ahead of her now infamous pursuer, Klaus Barbie, “the butcher of Lyons.”
Hall then joined the Special Operations Branch of the Office of Strategic Services in March 1944 and asked to return to occupied France. OSS promptly granted her request and reinfiltrated her aboard a British PT boat. Disguised as a farmwoman, she carried cheese to local villages to count German troops and identify drop zones for the Allied invasion to come."
Monday, December 02, 2013
Researchers from the National University of Singapore created what they call the Digital Taste Interface, a gadget that will allow you to taste food on the internet. They have created salty, sour and bitter sensations but are still working on umami.