Saturday, May 18, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Solar Impulse program founder Bertrand Piccard called the inaugural flight a crucial step toward fulfilling his goal of circumnavigating the globe in such an unusual aircraft. In a statement from the Solar Impulse team, Piccard said he was relieved to have the first flight completed after seven years of hard work.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
The Crystal Cathedral
Zócalo Public Square featured CRCC Director of Research Richard Flory's op-ed on the Crystal Cathedral on its front page recently.
In the piece, Flory examines what the fall of Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral in Orange County means for other mega churches. The Crystal Cathedral was $50 million in debt earlier this year and is now being sold to the Catholic Church.
Flory writes in the Zócalo piece:
Unfortunately for the megachurches, congregants have not always wanted more. Over the past decade, the megachurch model has been showing signs of giving way, slowly, to a more intimate spiritual culture. Some megachurches have even tried to accommodate this apparent trend by creating multi-site churches to give the impression that they are smaller than they actually are. The new form of religious infrastructure manifests itself in churches that focus less on physical sprawl than on cultivating what they call a more “organic” understanding of religious organizations. The new communities are expected to have a birth, life, and—yes—even death.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Ardent for presidents
Above, Presidential enthusiast Arden Hayes, 5, poses in front of a painting titled "A Presidential Pantheon," by Victor Lee, at the Nixon library in Yorba Linda.
(Everett Collection / Viking Penguin; Viking Penguin)
Saturday, April 27, 2013
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Meet the Man Who Got Deported From Saudi Arabia For Being "Too Handsome"
When Saudi Arabia is not busy shutting down educational dinosaur exhibitions for no apparent reason, it is protecting the rights of Saudi women from the evils of good-looking men.
The Telegraph reports that three men were in attendance at the annual Jenadrivah Heritage & Culture Festival in Riyadh when they were seized by the religious police and later deported because "they are too handsome." One of the men (pictured below) is Omar Borkan Al Gala, an actor, poet and fashion photographer from Dubai.
Monday, April 22, 2013
1985, the orchestra has since performed in many worldwide venues, including New York's Carnegie Hall (2009, 2012), the Sydney Opera House (2012), London's Royal Albert Hall (2008, 2012) and Glastonbury Festival. TV appearances have included: Jools Holland's Hootenanny, BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms, Blue Peter, The Slammer, Richard & Judy, This Morning and Skins.