5 Zen Principles for Minimalist Design
Minimalism is about breaking things down to the barest elements necessary for a design to function. And the roots of minimalistic design can be found in the traditional Japanese Zen values of balance and simplicity. This article talks about the age-old Zen principles of creating good design.
9 Gods and Goddesses of Wisdom From World Mythology
Gods and goddesses of wisdom are usually sagacious counselors or studious scribes. However, some cultures also regard them as divine tricksters.
The Fascinating History of Mansa Musa and Ancient Timbuktu
Mansa Musa was the king of the Mali empire. In his reign, Mali became an African powerhouse and included the countries of Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger, and the Ivory Coast. Africa's legendary, fabled gold city under Mansa was his capital Timbuktu.
Analysis of Poem 'America' by Richard Blanco
Richard Blanco's 'America' focuses on cultural identity, family and traditional foods served at the table. Five stanzas in free verse explore the notion of what it is to be an American citizen having been brought up in a Hispanic culture.
Maud, Princess of Wales, Queen of Norway
Princess Maud of Wales was King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra's youngest daughter. She married Prince Carl of Denmark. Carl was chosen as the new king of Norway in 1905. As King Haakon VII and Queen Maud their success came from the realisation that they needed to become as Norwegian as possible.
A Rationalization of Afterlife in Heaven: A Soul-Stirring Study
Will Heaven ever get overpopulated? Will it be boring? Is everyone healthy? Join me on this soul-stirring investigation of the hereafter to discover what it might be like.
The Six Deaths in Romeo and Juliet and What They Mean
Romeo and Juliet is perhaps the most famous play of Shakespeare's. The deaths that take place in the play have a direct impact on the protagonists' characterization. Romeo is connected to all of the deaths, and in a sense, he is the character who is most burdened by conflict.
Postmodern Period Traits
Postmodernism is a very valid explanation of the world around us. Postmodernism is an intellectual form of discourse that leans toward skepticism and tries to explain reality. The postmodern world does not believe in a fixed notion or a fixed version of events.
Zheng Yi Sao: The Most Successful Pirate in History
Sometimes called the “Queen of Pirates,” Zheng Yi Sao was the terror of the South China Sea early in the 19th century.
Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex's Life and Library
Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex was Queen Victoria's favourite uncle. He married illegally twice according to the Royal Marriages Act 1772. He was liberal in his outlook and more academic than his siblings. Augustus' library of over 50000 books at Kensington Palace was his great legacy.
Analysis of Poem 'The Fly' by William Blake
'The Fly' is one of Blake's poems from 'Songs of Innocence and Experience', a book for both adult and child. Simple in structure, the tone is thoughtful and philosophical, the reader having to decide if the fly is alive or dead, the speaker innocent or guilty.
SS Lieutenant Colonel Otto Skorzeny: The Devil's Commando
During the Second World War, Otto Skorzeny would lead several daring operations including the daring Grand Sasso raid which rescued Benito Mussolini from captivity and a certain death. After the war Skorzeny's life is shrouded in a certain amount of mystery, some say he became Eva Peron's lover.
10 Great Inventions That Changed the World
Scientific discoveries and technological advances have radically transformed the world we live in. Compared to the long period of human history, most great inventions were made relatively recently. This is a list of ten inventions that have profoundly transformed society and our lives.
Elizabethan Makeup: Death by Cosmetics
The pursuit of beauty is an age-old preoccupation with humans. The Elizabethans used ingredients in cosmetics that they didn't realise harmed and killed them. Poisons included white lead, mercury and belladonna, staples in their makeup kit.
Analysis of Poem 'Philemon and Baucis' by Thom Gunn
In 'Philemon and Baucis', Gunn explores the loving relationship of two poor peasants who, having shown visiting gods Jupiter and Mercury great hospitality, request to be changed into trees as they die. The rest of the inhospitable township is drowned by flood.
5 Factors That Contributed to the Bronze Age Collapse
In the second millennium BC, ancient civilisation was at its apex, but then a series of invasions, earthquakes and epidemics brought it all crashing down. Here are five factors that contributed to the Bronze Age collapse.
Ivan the Terrible: The Bloodthirsty 1st Tsar of Russia
Ivan the Terrible was the Grand Prince of Moscow and the 1st Tsar of All Rus (Russia). He hated the boyars, the Russian nobility. Ivan tortured and murdered thousands of people during a campaign called the Oprichnina and he killed his eldest son. Did he have any good qualities?
3 Ways of Judging the Accused in the Dark Ages
Imagine being forced to burn your own hand, then being declared guilty because the burn didn't heal quickly enough. Here are some medieval methods of determining guilt or innocence that were so cruel, the accused would admit guilt simply to avoid the ordeal.
The Hero's Journey: An Eternal Tale of Trial and Transformation
The hero myth is ancient and pervasive. It features in mythical traditions throughout the world, and wherever it appears, it seems to follow the same basic formula. Here is an overview of what Joseph Campbell called "The Hero's Journey."
Princess Cecilia of Sweden, Grand Duchess of Oldenburg
Princess Cecilia of Sweden, Grand Duchess of Oldenburg was the 3rd wife of August I, Grand Duke of Oldenburg (in modern day Germany). In her short life she witnessed political and personal upheaval, was a keen patron of the arts and she composed the music for Oldenburg's adopted anthem.
Daisy, Princess of Pless: Socialite in Britain and Germany
Daisy, Princess of Pless was a fabulously wealthy British-born society beauty. She married into the Prussian House of Hochberg and had 3 sons. Daisy was an Englishwoman in Germany during World War 1. How did she survive?
Vlad the Impaler: Transylvanian Tyrant
"Vlad the Impaler" was born in Transylvania. As Vlad III Dracula he ruled the Principality of Wallachia and waged war against the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II and rivals to his rule. He was a barbaric medieval warrior who inspired Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula.
Spencer Perceval: Britain's Only Assassinated Prime Minister
British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was the son of the 2nd Earl Egmont and he enjoyed notable careers in law and politics before he took the top job in 1809. On 11th May 1812, he was assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons.
Percy Bysshe Shelley’s "The Sensitive Plant"
Shelley’s "The Sensitive Plant" features a poetic drama of an Eden-like garden with the mimosa plant and a Mother-Nature-like personification, a presence that tends the garden. After the drama plays out, the speaker engages in a philosophical musing on the meaning of life and death.
Kat Ashley: Tudor Queen Elizabeth I's True Friend
Kat Ashley (nee Champernowne) was employed as the future Queen Elizabeth I's governess in 1537. As Elizabeth grew older the two women became friends and allies in the Tudor world of intrigues and power struggles. Kat guarded and guided her royal friend well.
Battle of Bicocca: The End of the Swiss Military Dominance
Learn all about the Battle of Bicocca, an important historical battle that brought an end to a period of Swiss military dominance.
The Lambert Simnel Rebellion of 1487
Lambert Simnel was crowned King Edward VI in Dublin in May 1487 after claiming to be the English Edward Plantagenet, Earl of Warwick. Lambert had been training to pretend that he was one of the lost Princes in the Tower. Who was he and what did King Henry VII do with this challenger to his throne?
Johannes Kepler: His Life, Times, and Discoveries
Johannes Kepler was a 17th century German astronomer, mathematician, and astrologer best known for his three laws of planetary motion. His work laid the foundation for Isaac Newton’s theory of universal gravitation. Kepler was one of the key figures in the 17th century’s scientific revolution.
Woodstock Palace: Once a Royal Residence and Jail
Woodstock Manor, later Woodstock Palace in Oxfordshire, England was a royal hunting lodge, a hideaway for a mistress, the birthplace of princes and a jail for Elizabeth Tudor before she became Queen Elizabeth I. Today Blenheim Palace's grounds cover its location.
Why the Confederacy Was Doomed Even If It Won the Civil War
The Confederate states' commitment to state sovereignty would soon have torn them apart.
Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II's Eldest Son "Little Willie"
Crown Prince Wilhelm of the German Empire and Kingdom of Prussia was the successor to a withdrawn throne after his father Kaiser Wilhelm II drew nations into the First World War. In 1918 "Kaiser Bill" found himself on the losing side and exiled. What was the heir to the throne's life like?
9 Gods and Goddesses of Wealth From World Mythology
Many faiths consider an abundance of money a form of divine blessing. Here are 9 gods and goddesses from world mythology associated with wealth.