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Tzompantli is an Aztek word meaning "Wall of Skulls." This is just one of the amazing things I saw while visiting Chichen Itza this week. The Tzompantli of Chichen Itza served for the conservation of the skulls of the victims that had been sacrificed to the gods. It is a rectangular platform measuring 65.5 yards by 13 yards with steps added at the eastern side.
When a sacrificial victim's head was cut off, it was impaled on a pole and displayed in a tidy row with others. Also carved into the stone are pictures of eagles tearing hearts from human victims. The word Tzompantli is not Mayan but comes from central Mexico.
(words taken from book picked up at Chichen Itza and Frommers Web site)
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at 11:09 PM
April 20, 2008
I believed that since I am in Mexico, I should take advantage of their government's intelligence and try something my own government has placed a serious embargo on for too many years, Cohiba cigars. Cohiba's are made in Habana, Cuba. I know nothing about cigars except that Cohiba's are top quality. I don't smoke cigarettes but wanted to indulge in a little fancy.
I smoked pretty much the whole thing. A little too quickly I suppose I soon grew ill afterwards. I din't smoke nor do I know how to properly smoke a cigar. I am pretty sure you aren't supposed to inhale it and that I didn't do.
I didn't realy "taste" the cigar if that is what one is supposed to do or if it's supposed to happen.
I didn't know what i was doing but wanted to give it a try anyways.
I tried a Cohiba. I didn't make the team but took the field at least.
at 2:18 PM
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April 3, 2008
All those years living in Pittsburgh and I've never been to Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water. I think a trip should be made in the upcoming warmer months. From Wikipedia: Fallingwater, also known as the Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. Residence, is a house designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, and is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. The house was built partly over a waterfall in Bear Run at Rural Route 1 in the Mill Run section of Stewart Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains.
Hailed by TIME magazine shortly after its completion as Wright's "most beautiful job," the home inspired Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead, and is listed among Smithsonian magazine's Life List of 28 places "to visit before ...it's too late." Fallingwater was featured in Bob Vila's A&E Network production, Guide to Historic Homes of America."
While on the topic, how fun is it to look at modern design and waterfalls. I can look at prefab modern houses for days on Flickr....
Spring is pretty much here and Summer is right around the block...some waterfalls to get you siked for it.
at 10:27 AM
April 2, 2008
The nature of my job throughout the years has allowed me to work with many interesting people in the public spotlight, such as Governor Ed Rendell, musician Pattie LaBelle, and CEO of Microsoft Steven Ballmer to name a few. Last night for work I shot video for Kenneth Cole, and this gave me the opportunitiy to learn more about him and his brand. Aside from his role as a great American Fashion designer, he is also known for being very socially conscious towards many causes, from AIDS awareness/research, to homelessness. And did you know that he is an avid blogger? He has a good blog at that, and it is quite informative if you have time to stop by. awearnessblog.com -Jaguarman
The Awearness Blog provides daily updates under four socially-aware pillars of discussion: Social Rights, Well-Being, Political Landscape and Hard Times. This blog hopes to raise awareness around the issues that fall under these four areas in a dynamic and engaging format. In addition to regularly updated news and commentary under these topics, the blog also includes Q&As, original content from Kenneth Cole himself and contributions from staff members of Kenneth Cole Productions.
at 11:06 AM
April 1, 2008
Some cool photos I found of the Mount Pinotubo eruption of 1991. I thought they tied in well somehow with yesterday's quick glimpse of shanty life......this way of living was everywhere when I visited the Phillippines in 1999--people living in the worst conditions and it made you wonder how the hell they can get by. As if poverty wasn't enough, there are natural disasters to add to the misery. Whether it be Hurrican Katrina or the Tsunamis more recently, each event affects so many and makes the people who aren't directly affected realize their fortunate state of being. That winter I drove through northern Luzon and witnessed the aftermath of Mt Pinatubo, which was the 2nd largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century. It was 8 years later and the areas were still destroyed by the blast.
Town covered in ash.
This is what the mouth of the volcano looks like today. It has filled with water and looks like a beautiful lake.
From Wikipedia on Mount Pinatubo:
"Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, at the intersection of the borders of the provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga. Ancestral Pinatubo was a stratovolcano made of andesite and dacite. Before 1991, the mountain was inconspicuous and heavily eroded. It was covered in dense forest which supported a population of several thousand indigenous people, the Aeta, who had fled to the mountains from the lowlands when the Spanish conquered the Philippines in 1565.
The volcano's eruption in June 1991 produced the second largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century. The 1991 eruption had a Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 6, and came some 450-500 years after the volcano's last known eruptive activity (estimated as VEI 5, the level of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens), and some 500-1000 years after previous VEI 6 eruptive activity. Successful predictions of the onset of the climactic eruption led to the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from the surrounding areas, saving many lives, but as the surrounding areas were severely damaged by pyroclastic flows, ash deposits, and later, lahars caused by rainwater remobilizing earlier volcanic deposits, thousands of houses and other buildings were destroyed.
The effects of the eruption were felt worldwide. It ejected roughly 10 billion metric tons of magma, and 20 million tons of SO2, bringing vast quantities of minerals and metals to the surface environment. It injected large amounts of aerosols into the stratosphere—more than any eruption since that of Krakatoa in 1883. Over the following months, the aerosols formed a global layer of sulfuric acid haze. Global temperatures dropped by about 0.5 °C (0.9 °F), and ozone depletion increased substantially, but has since recovered."
at 2:10 PM