AI, Race, And Architecting More Inclusive Social Spaces

The effects of AI on society are not just limited to the workplace. Recently, there has been a lot of talk about how AI will affect our social interactions and how we create and experience social spaces. AI-driven architecture for social spaces presents us with new opportunities as well as...
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Taj - 9"d x 13"h

Wood, re-imagined; Sugar maple hardwood is lathe-turned, then hand-carved and hand-colored. Inspired by Andalusian and Moorish tribal examples of stained glass and mosaics. 9"d x 12"h. Tabletop display. A signed Certificate of Authenticity is provided to document the inspiration and artwork. Inquire the artist if questions: Dimension. Condition. New,...
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Colourful Sintra City Hall building surrounded by green and lush Natural Park forest, Portugal.

4k aerial drone footage of Sintra, a resort town in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains, near the capital, Lisbon. A longtime royal sanctuary, its forested terrain is studded with pastel-colored villas and palaces. The Moorish- and Manueline-style Sintra National Palaceand the 19th-century Pena National Palace are popular tourist attractions.

Trying “Mini Retirements” Before the Big One

The first time I tried retiring, I failed. It’s simple enough: I didn’t have a plan. I didn’t think I would need one. Retiring may be one of the most significant changes in our lives. I would rank it up there with getting the first job, getting married or divorced, or losing a loved one. Retirement may be the first time we define a significant portion of how, where, and why we want to live. The idea that we just stop working and everything falls into place did not work for me.


QWF lit award shortlists include old St. John’s friend Aimee Wall;. HarperCollins aims to be carbon neutral by 2022… Quick question: how did they account for the offsets needed when their owner is Rupert Murdoch?;. On the rise of the Covid-driven mini-Indie;. More in indie bookselling;. Believe it: The Believer...

Art by veterans among work featured at Off Track Gallery reception

Pete Lanham, presenter Brigadier General Dave Brahms, artist Tony Velez (Jon Clark) Keith Griffiths, artist Danny Salzhandler, Heidi Griffiths (Jon Clark) Dion Harrington, artist Pat Harrington (Jon Clark) 5/19. Artist Ruben “Chato” Hinojosa, Jr. and his dog Simba with his painting “Father’s Love” (Jon Clark) 6/19. Lisa Reynolds, Beth Moss...

A 13th-Century Cookbook Featuring 475 Recipes from Moorish Spain Gets Published in a New Translated Edition

Some of the distinctiveness of Spain as we know it today comes as a legacy of the period from 700 to 1200, when most of it was under Muslim rule. The culture of Al-Andalus, as the Islamic states of modern-day Spain and Portugal were then called, survives most visibly in architecture. But it also had its own cuisine, developed by not just Muslims, but by Christians and Jews as well. Whatever the dietary restrictions they individually worked under, “cooks from all three religions enjoyed many ingredients first brought to the Iberian peninsula by the Arabs: rice, eggplants, carrots, lemons, sugar, almonds, and more.”

A Family Haven by the Pacific Ocean

When you buy a home just steps from the Pacific Ocean, so close that the waves serve as a lullaby, you want to be sure that the rooms make the most of the views. But the owners of this particular home in La Jolla, CA, also wanted it to be a haven where they could relax with their kids and grandkids.

Auditorium Theatre Presents ENSEMBLE ESPAÑOL Review — Olé!

Solar, nuclear, geothermal, hydrogen fuel cell, wind turbine…. Shouldn’t we add flamenco dancing to this list of the world’s power sources?. This is energy in brilliantly colored costume. Male or female, bodies fly as their arched torsos hold steady until microsecond flips of the switch when they change arm, head and leg positions. They periodically twirl their hands as they hold arms above their heads, as though funneling even more power from unseen energy wells above. One dancer, the artistic director, Irma Suárez Ruiz, flips the long-ruffled tail of her vermillion gown like a whip. Ensemble or solo, these are moves that telegraph power. Towards the end of the evening, there is a brief moment when the lighting changes to show the ensemble as a silhouette snapshot, making us realize that, in the back of our minds, this is how we have seen them all along.

Win a 3-night stay in Portugal with Vila Vita Parc

Whether you choose to visit in the sun-drenched heights of summer or steal away from the cold British climes for a bit of winter warmth, a break in the Algarve is always going to be a good idea. Now that we’re able to travel once more, we’re giving you the opportunity to win a three-night stay in one of Portugal’s most exquisite hotels: Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa. You and a guest will be put up in one of the suites for a spoiling stay that includes daily breakfast, an evening supper in one of the hotel’s restaurants, and a seasonal experience to show you the very best that the area has to offer.

Vintage color postcards capture life in 19th century Tunisia

These stunning color postcards of Tunisia show its vibrant streets, spectacular architecture, and the everyday life of Tunisian people. Produced in 1899, the postcards were printed using the popular Photochrom technique invented by a Swiss printer in the 1880s. During this time Tunisia was occupied by the French in 1881...
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Leftwing students call for Michigan to reinstate Bright Sheng

The following letter has been published on a Marxist website in support of the composer Bright Sheng, who has been suspended from teaching by the University of Michigan after showing a blackface Othello film in class. We cannot vouch for the size of the signatory group. The following open letter...
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El Castillo de Hierro (The Iron Castle of Pruna)

Perched imposingly on a rocky, arid mountain peak above the white village of Pruna, Spain in the northern Cadiz mountains, this partially restored fort ruin was famed for being one of the last Moorish strongholds in the region. Because of this, it was christened El Castillo de Hierro, or the Iron Castle.

Spain Upgraded

Each region of Spain has its perks and on this eight-day adventure you will be exploring the history and romance of Andalucia. Travel through five alluring cities sampling food and nightlife as you journey on. From museums and architecture to dancing and fine wine you’re practically guaranteed to have the time of your life as you join in with the locals and have some fun. You’ll catch a glimpse of the Moorish legacy in this region as you tour UNESCO World Heritage Sites and explore the cobblestoned streets of Toledo. There are no fiestas quite like the ones in Spain, so get ready to grab a dancing partner and let the music guide you through the night.

The Most Beautiful Towns and Villages in Alentejo, Portugal

Although Portugal is known for pretty city breaks and surf beaches, the country’s rural breadbasket does a fine line in picturesque hillside towns. Uniformly whitewashed as if rendered in icing, and topped with toytown red roofs and ornate bell towers, some of Portugal’s most beautiful towns and villages can be found all over the central chunk of the country known as the Alentejo region. Day-trip inland or down the coast to uncover their layered history, which is evident in traces of Moorish and medieval architecture, vertiginous monasteries and obstinate city walls.

Spice Up Your Table with Moroccan Thanksgiving Inspiration!

Having grown up in the United States, Thanksgiving is a holiday that is always on my radar. But, since we’ve moved to Morocco throwing a Moroccan Thanksgiving has become more of the norm. Not that there is anything wrong with the usual American recipes but I’ve had a lot of fun creating and adapting recipes to give them a more North African flavor profile.

15 Best Things to Do in Winona, MN

The charming town of Winona, located in southeastern Minnesota near the Wisconsin border, is packed with plenty of things to do and sights to see for the whole family. The city took its name after Chief Wabasha III's legendary first-born daughter, Winona. Winona is a Dakota Sioux figure in the...

Mooers House

Residence — 818 S. Bonnie Brae. A prototype of distinctive architecture of the boom of the 80’s. Declared Historic Cultural Monument No. 45 by the Cultural Heritage Board, Municipal Arts Department, City of Los Angeles. Erected 1967 by City of Los Angeles. (Marker Number 45.) Topics. This historical marker is...