Word of the Day: Magenta

The word of the day this month is magenta. Most people know that magenta is a deep, purplish red color.

The origin of the word magenta comes from a particularly bloody battle that was fought on June 4th 1859, during the Second Italian War of Independence between France, or more exactly, a coalition of French and Piedmontese armies (overwhelmingly French-58,000 French soldiers to 1,100 Piedmontese) and Austria in the town of Magenta in Northern Italy. Many men died that day. So many, in fact, that a mass grave was dug for the 7,000 dead.

Some Cute Levity

There are a lot of seemingly irreconcilable problems facing humanity today. Global warming, overpopulation, deforestation, vanishing species, pollution, hunger, disease. The list goes on. On top of that, there are a lot of evil people doing evil things … and getting away with it, too. That ain’t right. As a recent example, HSBC, a british… Continue reading

Chasing Ice

James Balog (b. 1952) is a well-known American photographer that has focused most of his career on the relationship between humanity to its environment–to animals, to forests, to the climate, and yes, to ice. One of his obsessions is documenting through photography the things in our biosphere that will likely be permanently changed, even destroyed,… Continue reading