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Apr 26, 2015 at 22:32 o\clock

Koudounaris’ book, Heavenly Bodies is available right away.

by: liam1941   Keywords: Skeleton, Saints

Paul Koudounaris, who is also identified by his nickname ‘Indiana Bones’ is an novelist, photographer and foremost expert on bone-decorated places and ossuarys. Earlier this year, Koudounaris released a hardback that includes hd images of the 400-year-old ‘catacomb saints’ of Rome, a bunch of corpses that had been painstakingly ornamented with jewels and finery prior to being offered as remnants of saints to congregations across Europe.

During the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century, Catholic churches were routinely stripped of these relics, cryptogram and finery. So as to counter this, The Vatican had very old skeletons removed from the Catacombs of Rome and generously decorated as the remains of recognized saints.

Though mostly forgotten until Koudounaris published his book, the catacomb saints continue to fascinate concerned parties; they can also still encourage religious zeal. In 1977, the town of Ruttenbach in Bavaria labored hard to raise enough funds to purchase back 2 of their original saints from secretive collectors, the decorative skeletons had initially been auctioned off in 1803.

The book, which Koudounaris has surreptitiously titled http://www.dolcevittoria.org/?p=132 - Heavenly Bodies - sees its writer attempt to locate and photograph each of the present tomb saints.

In his glory days (a period that lasted over 200 years before finally coming to a close within the 19th century), the saints traversed everywhere, being transported at vast expense by the Church. They were respected as things of affection, or conduits for prayer.

However the saints may seem odd to modern eyes (one Telegraph reporter described them as ‘ghastly’), it is imperative that you remember that those who prayed at the feet of the gilded cadavers were considerably closer to death than their modern counterparts. In the wake of The Black Death (which recurred repeatedly right through Europe from the 14th to the 17th Centuries), art, literature and also worship had come to accept such ghoulish, macabre metaphors.

The remnants were regularly garlanded by nuns and sometimes located in various realistic poses, before being secured in glass cabinets. Some of the thorough decoration took as long as 5 years to complete, with jewelry and costumes being exceptionally grand.

Koudounaris’ book, Heavenly Bodies is available now.

Apr 9, 2015 at 00:17 o\clock

Benefits of Two Way Radios to the Hotel Industry

by: liam1941   Keywords: Two, Way, Radios

Over the years, http://www.hotelnewsnow.com/Article/7386/11-ways-to-better-communicate-in-your-hotel - hotel communication has had to change - and develop, becoming more and more efficient than it was. This is courtesy of the advancement in technology over these years. Passed are the days that two way radios were exclusively for police official use. Nowadays, these pieces of technology that have been improved and made even better are used for hotel communications. These state of the art http://gorezone.co.uk/?p=49 - technology have lots of benefits that any of us - have been recipients of in one way or the other. Being in the hospitality industry, I can outline with ease some of the major benefits that these 2 way radios have brought into hospitality.

First and foremost, the service offered to the customers in the hotels has been improved. When taking orders in the restaurants back in the day, the waiters had to go all the way back to the kitchen to request for the order. Okay, this was not much of a problem for the small establishments. However, as the hotel grew and the number of employees grew, the kitchen area would get so crowded that out was difficult to get the job done. With the new Two-way radio technology however, all the waitress have to do is call out the order through the gadget and it is received on the other end saving on the time.

Also, being in the hotel business, I can testify that just like in any other business, there are major up and downs. However, unlike many other businesses, there is no space for screwing up. A single mishaps can cost you millions. The best way to avoid this from happening, is by communicating with the manager and airing out issues that might be there. Communication is key in this business and the sooner an issue is sorted out the faster you can move on and provide quality service to your customers.

Security. Do we really have to spell out the benefits that Two way radios have with regards to security in the hospitality industry. The hotel industry harbors people of different kinds and who have different intentions. As such, the necessary measures need to be taken to ensure the security of the staff as well as the other peaceable customers. The rate at which the security personnel react to distress calls can be the determining factor to how the security emergency turns out. The 2 way radios have greatly increased the speed in which the security personnel respond to security threats and also ensure that they are on top of every situation as every member in the hotel informs them when there is a security risk.

In addition to the above benefits, the 2 way radios are cost effective and are also very easy to use. With the Two way radios, the management does not have to pay http://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/networks/ - any network provider - so that they can communicate. This reduces the cost of operation of the hotel by a great margin. To talk through to the other person on the other end of the line, all you have to do is press a button on the front and you will get through. It is as easy as that.

The benefits of the Two-way radios are numerous. This makes them a major asset to any hotel.

Apr 7, 2015 at 18:41 o\clock

How does an aeroplane’s black box work?

by: liam1941   Keywords: airplane, black, box

After doing a little research, I can now tell you (basically) everything you ever wanted to know about black boxes...

In the average commercial aircraft, you’ll find the presence of multiple (usually four) microphones in the cockpit at any given time. They are located in the pilot and co-pilot’s headsets, as well as in the cockpit itself. Not only do these microphones record conversations between the pilots and cabin crew, they also record any ambient noise (such as switches being thrown or sounds generated by technical issues). The microphones all connect to the cockpit voice recorder ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockpit_voice_recorder - CVR - ), a master unit that stores the last 30 minutes of sound. The tape operates on a loop, essentially erasing itself every half hour.



This device is known colloquially, but a little misleadingly, as the black box (it is usually quite brightly coloured in order to make it easier to find in the unlikely event of an accident). Another device also referred to as a black box, is the flight data recorder ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_data_recorder - FDR - ), which automatically records data regarding the plane’s flight path, speed and movements in the air. Although the devices are distinct from one another, the information they record goes to the same place and is used for the same purpose, thus their shared name of black box.

In recent years, manufacturers have moved away from magnetic tape-based CVRs and FDRs and towards solid state technology boxes. These improved devices store the relevant data on memory boards, which can hold up to two hours of cockpit recording and 25 hours of flight data. The solid-state devices are also sturdier than their tape-based counterparts.

Crash survivable memory units (CMSUs), are large cylinders that back up all the relevant data and are designed to withstand extreme heat, pressure and violent impact. They are typically contained within the box itself. In the more severe accidents, the CMSU is all that survives of the black box.

The black box, then, simply records all the relevant data before an accident occurs. This serves to provide engineers with an explanation for a crash, as well as providing investigators and regulators with the same information.

So there you have it, of course, a lot of information is http://www.dstate.net/?p=194 - stored in an aircraft’s black box - (much more than I’ve detailed here), but as a general example, that’s what it is and how it works. Hope that helps.