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The Easter FiresANOTHER occasion on which these fire-festivals are held is Easter Eve, the Saturday before Easter Sunday. On that day it has been customary in Catholic countries to extinguish all the lights in the churches, and then to make a new fire, sometimes with flint and steel, sometimes with a burning-glass. At this fire is lit the great Paschal or Easter candle, which is then used to rekindle all the extinguished lights in the church. In many parts of Germany a bonfire is also kindled, by means of the new fire, on some open space near the church. It is consecrated, and the people bring sticks of oak, walnut, and beech, which they char in the fire, and then take home with them. Some of these charred sticks are thereupon burned at home in a newly-kindled fire, with a prayer that God will preserve the homestead from fire, lightning, and hail.

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NSNL 1 - Introduction to Spy Numbers Transmissions (Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 17:03:36 GMT) Introduction | Morse Stations | The SKYLARK | Logs Index | NS NL Home "Spy Numbers Transmissions" are a shortwave oddity which have been around for the last 30 years. They are commonly heard in English, German, Spanish and the Slavic languages and take the form of four and five digit groups of numbers which are preceded by a three digit "identifier" and a group count" which corresponds to the number of number groups transmitted in the crypt. They are generally broadcast by a mechanical-sounding YL, although Morse code (CW) "cut number" transmissions are also frequently reported, as are phonetic alphabet transmissions. Several distinctly different formats have been noted.

Check out these illustrations of Simpsons locales as seen at night If you recently sat through FXX’s society-destroying Simpsons marathon and have found it difficult to close your eyes without seeing yellow-skinned cartoon figures dance across your field of vision, this may provide a way to keep your buzz going. Artist Tim Doyle has produced a series of evocative, moody illustrations featuring locations from around The Simpsons’ Springfield as seen at night. Doyle, who seems to specialize in producing artwork on nerdy topics, also illustrated locations from shows like Futurama, Arrested Development, and Seinfeld, all of which are worth a look. These illustrations originally appeared as a part of Doyle’s UnReal Estate series, which first went on display in San Francisco back in 2012.

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Last FM Visualizations - Rocketsurgeon's Music 2.0 Blog - Initially, i really appreciated the way Last.FM would chart my listening behavior. It provided new insights into my music consumption that were unavailable in iTunes. Over time, they became less interesting. The trapped-in-time snapshots fail to provide me with any additional insight into my behavior. So I decided to take a look at some tools that use your data to make it more personal and insightful. Al Farrow: New Reliquaries. Religious sites built from ammunition and firearms. San Francisco artist Al Farrow uses ammunition and parts from firearms to build miniature churches, synagogues, and mosques. This is heavy stuff, literally and figuratively. Meighan over at My Love for You just stopped by Catherine Clark Gallery where he’s showing some of his latest work, and captured some awesome shots. The show runs through May 28. (images via my love for you and catherine clark gallery)

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Victorian Lithographs (Part I) Another book I picked up and scanned some pages from with design plates made by industrial designer Christopher Dresser (1834-1904). His work derives from a broad range of influences including Gothic, Chinese, Islamic, and his botany background in creating Victorian ornamentation originally intended for ceilings and walls of Victorian homes. Playlist and Tag Manager for Greasemonkey Script Summary: v1.16: Complete playlist/tag management: create, add, copy, merge, convert and delete. Export tracks to tab-separated text output. Import tracks in one go rather than searching for and adding them one-by-one. Please make sure you've uninstalled any and all old version(s) of this script via Tools->Greasemonkey->Manage User Scripts... Select Playlist and Tag Manager and press the Uninstall button.