Singing from the Shadows

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Sri Lankan apartment block to be world’s tallest vertical garden

Clearpoint Residencies, based in Kotte just outside Colombo, will be the first sustainable high-rise apartment complex in the country, with solar panels for electricity generation, a waste water recycling system and planted facades. Building began last year and is expected to be complete by 2016, at which time it is claimed that the building will be, “the tallest residential vertical garden in the world, with planted terraces circling the entire structure.”

The completed construction will rise to 46 stories and a planned height of 186 m (610 ft), although Clearpoint Residencies told Gizmag that the final height may yet be increased. Either way, it will surpass that of One Central Park in Sydney when it is complete.

Clearpoint will contain 164 apartments, each with 2300 square-feet (213.68 sq m) of floor space. The apartments are designed to give the residents a sense of ground-level living, as well as privacy and tranquility despite being located in a bustling city.

"It’s true love!" Who could marry who in Ancient Egypt?

hathor-aroha:

In Ancient Egypt, love was very much a big part of life, and even they knew you didn’t just marry a man you just met a few hours ago. Even if they claim it’s meant to be.

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Once the girl reached puberty, her father tended to play Yente the match-maker, searching for a suitable man for his daughter to marry. The Ancient Egyptians believed the best matches were made in the same family, and though the royal family did practice brother-sister incest, there is not enough evidence to suggest that the non-royals, or even peasants, ever did. However, in the Roman times, there are a few sprinkles of suggestions—but they were likely step-siblings, rather than full blooded. To make it even more confusing, the Egyptians sometimes referred to their spouse as “the brother/sister of my heart”, even if they’re not their brother/sister. But they did definitely marry cousins and maybe even closer relations.

If the father couldn’t find someone within the family to marry his daughter, then he looked to his neighbours as long as they had the same social status and professional class. Of course as in real life, occasionally a commoner might end up marrying into royalty (kind of like with Kate Middleton marrying Prince William). With the number of pharaohs Ancient Egypt has known, it has definitely happened at least a few times.

Also, Ancient Egyptians were not averse to marrying foreigners—numerous pharaohs married foreigners—so if the girl fell in love with a Nubian, Libyan, Hebrew, etc, as long as they could prove they were definitely in love, and not just a crush/infatuation.

In Ancient Egypt, polygamy was definitely practiced among the royal pharaohs, and sometimes they took it to extremes. For example, Amenhotep III had 317 wives at the minimum!

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"I have one wife for almost every day of the year!"

Polygamy wasn’t illegal, but since it involved multiple marriages, only the very rich could afford it. So the poorest of peasants couldn’t just up and marry someone else, as they didn’t have the dosh to have more than one wife. The best they could do would be to divorce the first wife and marry whoever had caught their eye, which would still be a costly process.

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ralphieisadreamer:

snarkbender:

sofriel:

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gadaboutgreen:

did-you-kno:

Source

Uh duh.

What was that?
POCS were thriving and had expansive civilizations BEFORE white people came,colonized everything, and “discovered them”?
Oh…

Go read the source article. And if you haven’t, go read “1491” by Charles Mann. Indigenous people in the Amazon actually found a way to farm that instead of wearing out the soil, actually IMPROVED it with extensive farming. It’s called terra preta and no one has been able to replicate it (not even living indigenous people), and if it were to become replicable it could have enormous impact on agriculture worldwide. #indigenoustechftw
Charles Mann states that for a long time (and still today) outsiders have thought of Amazonian Indian people as “remnants” of the most “primitive” state of humanity, when in fact evidence increasingly points to the idea that modern Amazonian indigenous ways of life are the result of massive upheaval in the face colonizing disease, warfare, land theft, and general genocide. That, effectively, modern Amazonian indigenous people are living in the aftermath of what probably looked a lot like an apocalypse to them.
Which, well, no duh. 

are you sure it wasn’t some alien technology that let them farm sustainably before the White Men came & showed them how to civilised?

White people theworld didnt start with your invasion

I also read that the Amazon is just a giant garden. In other words, IT’S MAN MADE!!!! THE PEOPLE CREATED A STABLE ECOSYSTEM!!!! THEY WERE FUCKING GENIUSES. Read it here and here. 

This is why these pissmice can just piss off with their nonsense.

rhazade-waterbender:

elindigenazi:

ralphieisadreamer:

snarkbender:

sofriel:

setfabulazerstomaximumcaptain:

gadaboutgreen:

did-you-kno:

Source

Uh duh.

What was that?

POCS were thriving and had expansive civilizations BEFORE white people came,colonized everything, and “discovered them”?

Oh…

Go read the source article. And if you haven’t, go read “1491” by Charles Mann. Indigenous people in the Amazon actually found a way to farm that instead of wearing out the soil, actually IMPROVED it with extensive farming. It’s called terra preta and no one has been able to replicate it (not even living indigenous people), and if it were to become replicable it could have enormous impact on agriculture worldwide. #indigenoustechftw

Charles Mann states that for a long time (and still today) outsiders have thought of Amazonian Indian people as “remnants” of the most “primitive” state of humanity, when in fact evidence increasingly points to the idea that modern Amazonian indigenous ways of life are the result of massive upheaval in the face colonizing disease, warfare, land theft, and general genocide. That, effectively, modern Amazonian indigenous people are living in the aftermath of what probably looked a lot like an apocalypse to them.

Which, well, no duh. 

are you sure it wasn’t some alien technology that let them farm sustainably before the White Men came & showed them how to civilised?

White people theworld didnt start with your invasion

I also read that the Amazon is just a giant garden. In other words, IT’S MAN MADE!!!! THE PEOPLE CREATED A STABLE ECOSYSTEM!!!! THEY WERE FUCKING GENIUSES. Read it here and here

This is why these pissmice can just piss off with their nonsense.

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Saw them dancing in your eyesLike shadows in the nightDoing pirouettes around the starsWe were running in a hazeI remember every shadeIn my veins and they shot up sparks
Atmosphere, 2014
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Saw them dancing in your eyes
Like shadows in the night
Doing pirouettes around the stars
We were running in a haze
I remember every shade
In my veins and they shot up sparks

Atmosphere, 2014

Facebook Page / Society 6

bluepueblo:

Shades of Blue, Zakynthos, Greece
photo via doug

bluepueblo:

Shades of Blue, Zakynthos, Greece

photo via doug

bluepueblo:

Ponferrada Castle, Spain
photo via hannah

bluepueblo:

Ponferrada Castle, Spain

photo via hannah

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This is your opportunity to make freedom a reality for hundreds of children in India.

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This is your opportunity to make freedom a reality for hundreds of children in India.