Some people with a pathological interest in the power of life and death tend to be attracted to medical professions or acquiring such a job. These kinds of killers are sometimes referred to as “angels of death” or angels of mercy. Medical professionals will kill their patients for money, for a sense of sadistic pleasure, for a belief that they are “easing” the patient’s pain, or simply “because they can”. One such killer was nurse Jane Toppan, who admitted during her murder trial that she was sexually aroused by death. She would administer a drug mixture to patients she chose as her victims, lie in bed with them and hold them close to her body as they died.
Dental phantom used to teach at schools of dentistry.
Executioner’s mask, possibly late 19th Century.
Mask for the criminally insane. Time period unknown.
Rachmaninov: Song op.21 no.7 (arr.: Michael Rot) - “How Beautiful It Is Here (Zdes’ khorosho)” - Anna Netrebko (Russian Album, 2006)
A daily dose of Bach
Organ Concerto in D minor, BWV 596 - allegro - grave - fuga
(after Vivaldi, Based on Op. 3 No. 11 - RV 565)
Johannes-Ernst Köhler, organ, 1972
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
- Apple Inc.Happy birthday Bucky.
A basic virtual tour of the trenches can be found here. Even more interesting is the “Life in the Trenches” virtual tour. The BBC website on this is generally excellent, and features oral history galleries organised by the various aspects of trench life (for Thomas Courtenay fans, there is a section on gas attacks and William Mason fans can hear stories about recruitment). I also highly recommend the war diaries. A video covers the overall “human experience” of war.
Daniel Craig does rifle stuff in The Trench (1999)