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So what ‘Map Projections’-type are you?

Source: xkcd: Map Projections.

My new vintage tripod (Linhof) for my vintage medium format camera (Rolleicord III). These are made to exist forever. #linhof #tripod #rolleicord #camera

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Pretty busy week indeed!!!

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Hitler’s dark charisma

Any attraction to the dark personality as Hitler‘s, it is really hard to comprehend. It is also hard to imagine, how he could hijack the whole nation, almost as if hypnotizing each citizens. Well, there are many ingredients, which paved path to tragic disaster as Second World War. Yet it was his charisma and economic reality which led to put him as a Führer of great nation, thereby contaminating its culture to see the whole mankind as its sole enemy.

This history matters to us today. Not because history offers “lessons” – how can it since the past can never repeat itself exactly? But because history can contain warnings.

In an economic crisis millions of people suddenly decided to turn to an unconventional leader they thought had “charisma” because he connected with their fears, hopes and latent desire to blame others for their predicament. And the end result was disastrous for tens of millions of people.

Read this thoughtful article by Laurence Rees: BBC News – Viewpoint: His dark charisma.

The Nobel Winners Who Foiled the Nazis

Portrait of Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, James...

Portrait of Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, James Franck and Rabi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Very amusing story about two great physicists, James Franck (Jew german physicist) and Max von Laue (non-jew german physicist, but Hitler critic), from the university where I studied (University of Göttingen). They had to hide their Nobel prize medals at Niels Bohr‘s lab in Copenhagen, for not to be confiscated by Nazis. The situation became tricky when Nazi rolled into Copenhagen in 1940, but Niels Bohr and his colleague, de Hevesy managed to hide those medals interestingly very scientific way. Read the whole story below to find out.

Unfortunately, my university, hometown/host to 44 Nobel Laureates, had seen great exodus of mathematicians, scientists and intellectuals during Nazi period. Though few of them came back from exile, including Max von Laue, who in the end got possession of his Nobel Prize Medal.

Source: The Nobel Winners Who Foiled the Führer – Mental Floss.

Linda Christian: The Real ‘First Bond Girl’ | LIFE.com

Linda Christian 1945

Discovered in her native Mexico by the film star Errol Flynn, who reportedly became her lover and convinced her to move to Hollywood when she was barely out of high school, Linda Christian starred as “Valerie Mathis” in a TV adaptation of Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1954 — almost a full decade before Andress starred as Honey Ryder in Dr. No.

Source: Linda Christian 1945 | Linda Christian: The Real ‘First Bond Girl’ | LIFE.com.

James Bond’s real-life inspiration

Ian Fleming's image of James Bond; commissione...

Ian Fleming’s image of James Bond; commissioned to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Behind every successful fictional character, there is an inspiration…

You have been doing some proper research into the British Secret Service: are the books complete fiction or do certain elements of this really exist?

It is not complete fiction. There was a man called Biffy Dunderdale whom Fleming knew and who was the MI6 Head of Station in Paris in the 1930s. He was a man of great sangfroid and style who liked fast cars and pretty women and was quite an important figure. He travelled under the name of John Green, and was a glamorous figure a bit like Bond. On the other hand, …

Read entire interview: James Bond’s real-life inspiration – Salon.com.

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