Flowers Replace Guns in Historic Photo Collages by Blick

French creative Blick creates historic photo collages where large colorful flowers replace guns and other objects. The juxtaposition between the two source materials is immense, with the beautiful flowers contrasting greatly with the monochrome images of men in the clutches of war.

Most of the images you’ll see here are among the most iconic photos from the World War II era. Most will recognize Soldiers Raising Flag on Iwo Jima or Soldiers Wading Through Jungle Stream, and realize that the photos have been altered. By using such widely recognized images, Blick assures that anyone viewing will understand his message and examine the question of what has been replaced and why.

View more work by the French artist on his website.

meeting of the waters, a place in a dream


A statue of Saint Sebastian in an English church, by Sir Ninian Comper

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Can anyone recommend good online shops to buy dresses and stuff from if you’re Canadian?

I really wanted to use Modcloth, but they don’t do proper exchanges and I don’t want to pay $50 for customs and return shipping every time I guess wrong about sizing. :uuuuu

Here’s a couple of Canadian dress makers I found: 1 2 3 4

Keeping in mind I’ve never bought from them. But the quality looks good for all of them, and since a couple of them do custom stuff that might make the sizing thing easier.


The Weighty Issue of Two-Handed Greatswords

  • By John Clements

Popular media, fantasy games, and uninformed historians frequently give the impression that these immense weapons were awkward, unwieldy and ponderously heavy. The facts confirm an entirely different understanding. To understand what we are discussing it is important to first have a working definition. The respected work, Swords and Hilt Weapons, offers this description of the weapon:

"The two-handed sword was a specialized and effective infantry weapon, and was recognized as such in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Although large, measuring 60-70 in/150-175 cm overall, it was not as hefty as it looked, weighing something of the order of 5-8 lbs/2.3-3.6 kg. In the hands of the Swiss and German infantrymen it was lethal, and its use was considered as special skill, often meriting extra pay. Fifteenth-century examples usually have an expanded cruciform hilt, sometimes with side rings on one or both sides of the quillon block.

This was the form which remained dominant in Italy during the sixteenth century, but in Germany a more flamboyant form developed. Two-handed swords typically have a generous ricasso to allow the blade to be safely gripped below the quillons and thus wielded more effectively at close quarters. Triangular or pointed projections, known as flukes, were added at the base of the ricasso to defend the hand.” (Coe et al, p. 48)

In contrast to longswords, technically, true two-handed swords (epee’s a deux main) or “two-handers” were actually Renaissance, not Medieval weapons. They are really those specialized forms of the later 1500-1600s, such as the Swiss/German Dopplehänder (“double-hander”) or Bidenhänder (“both-hander”).


Source: Copyright © 2014 The ARMA 

“We’ve been coming up on six years of existence and we don’t have a use of force on our unit. Which means we never tased anybody. We’ve never shot anybody. We’ve never hit anybody with [a baton]. But patients, talking to them, we get the result we want in the end. And we don’t have to force it on them.”

A San Antonio police officer who has been trained to recognize mental illness and respond to it in a nonviolent manner. The training has saved taxpayers $50 million over five years and dramatically reduced the number of violent interactions between police and citizens.

This needs to be implemented EVERYWHERE. 

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The Ghost of Clytemnestra Awakening the Furies, John Downman, 1781

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