One of my hobbies is making tree swords for kids

I’m not really good at it but the kids like them and I learn something new with each sword I make.

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Árið er 1845

Reykjavík – 1845

Reykjavík – Franski steindafræðingurinn Alfred Des Cloizeaux tekur fyrstu ljósmyndirnar á Íslandi en hann dvaldi hér sumarið 1845. Myndin hér sýnir Reykjaví Grjótaþorpið og skipalægið. Mikið af ljósmyndum hans úr þessari ferð glötuðust.

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Árið er 1844

Edinburgh – 1844

Elsta þekkta daguerreótýpa af mönnum að drekka bjór. Að sjálfsögðu er hún tekin í Edinborg, Skotlandi.

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Árið er 1843

Constantinople – Panorama

Fyrsta þekkta mynd af Constantinople, seinna Istanbul, löng saga, ekki okkar bisness að spyrja af hverju). Nuruosmaniye moskan fyrir miðju, Ægisif (Hagia Sophia) til hægri. Horft yfir Sæviðarsund (Bospórussund).

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Árið er 1842

Alexandria – Egypt

Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (héðan í frá JPGP) leggur af stað í ferðalag sitt um miðausturlönd. Daguerreótýpa úr eyðimörkinni við Alexandríu, Egyptalandi.

Svolítið tillitslaust af úlfaldanum að vera ekki kyrr.

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Árið er 1841

Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey.

Nei þetta er ekki Rob Schneider, þetta er Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey. Franskur aristókrati, dilettante, amatör fornleifafræðingur, áhugamaður um arkitektúr sem og sögu miðausturlanda, listamaður, teiknari, og brautryðjandi í ljósmyndun.

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Árið er 1840

Fyrsta ljósmyndin af tunglinu

John W. Draper við Háskóla New York borgar tekur fyrstu skýru myndina af tunglinu af þaki rannsóknarstofu sinnar þann 23. mars 1840. Lýsingartíminn var 20 mínútur. Daguerreótýpa (daguerreotype) tekin í gegnum 13 cm spegilsjónauka.

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Cain’s Jawbone Literary Puzzle

Cains Jawbone
Cain’s Jawbone boxed set

So, the Cain’s Jawbone Literary Puzzle was recently solved for just the third time in almost 100 years.

Edward Powys Mathers
Edward Powys Mathers

The puzzle book was written by the cryptic crosswords pioneer Edward Powys Mathers under the pseudonym “Torquemada”. The title, Cain’s Jawbone, refers to the first ever murder weapon as described in the Bible story of Cain and Abel. Cain’s Jawbone was first published in England in 1934. The puzzle is a 100-page murder mystery, with the pages printed in the wrong order. The reader is tasked with solving the puzzle by sorting the pages in the correct order.

The puzzle has over 32 million possible combinations but only one right answer. The goal is to identify who had committed the six murders that take place within the framework of the book. Solving the puzzle grants you the bragging rights as well as a cash price. Cain’s Jawbone has only been solved by three people since it was published, the first two instances were in the 1930’s but the last one made the news only very recently.

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The Coin Shield

The Royal Arms (the shield used by the Royal Family) has been on UK coins since 2008.

Design by Matthew Dent was chosen by The Royal Mint Advisory Committee following a public competition which saw over 4,000 designs submitted.

I talked about Indiana Jones for 4 hours

Few weeks ago I was a gest of the Trí Ló Gík podcast talking about the Indiana Jones trilogy (I know, you know, let’s not make a scene about it.) I talked with the hosts, the filmmaker Ragnar and the artist Melkorka about the movies for 4 hours.

The image here was the cover art for the article.

Update: November 2022

The podcast is no longer hosted on the original website and so no longer easily accessible from the web. It’s probably for the best. Nobody needs to hear me talk about Indiana Jones for four hours (But I’d do it again). But here is a link to the podcast hosted on Mixcloud.

Here is a link to an archived version of the landing page for the podcast.

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