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The whole point about liking horror movies is, perhaps, the initial snobbery you, as an audience member, feels over the main characters.

“No, don’t watch that video that is said to kill everyone within seven days of watching it!”

“The house is haunted. Get outta there! Don’t stick around and film shit!”

“Don’t stay in that remote cabin. Go to a hotel.”

“If the Blair Witch or Bigfoot is in the woods. Don’t go into the woods. It’s that simple.”

But, in the end, you understand the curiosity, wonder, naivety and just plain human stupidity of these characters. Because they don’t deserve it.

Horror is a movie genre essentially about empathy.  It’s why it is so intriguing.

Roman Cavalry Sports Helmet Mask, 2nd-3rd Century AD

A sheet bronze face-plate from a cavalry sports helmet (Russel-Robinson Type E) with repoussé detailing to the hair and coif, brow-band of square panels with ovoid centers, raised herringbone eyebrows and eyelashes; openwork eyes each with central ring, pierced nostrils and mouth; hole to each side of the chin.

The face-plate resembles a mask from the Straubing Hoard. The features have an ‘Eastern’ appearance enhanced by the construction of the eye-rings. 'Cavalry Sports’ helmets are a class of ornate, embossed headgear used in parades, military exercises and on the battlefield. According to Arrian of Nicomedia, a Roman provincial governor and a close friend of Hadrian, face mask helmets were used in cavalry parades and sporting mock battles called hippika gymnasia. 

Parades or tournaments played an important part in maintaining unit morale and fighting effectiveness. They took place on a parade ground situated outside a fort and involved the cavalry practicing maneuvering and the handling of weapons such as javelins and spears. Parades would have taken place at several times in the year, especially at religious festivals and on days marking the birth, and accession to the throne, of the Emperor.  Hippika gymnasia were colorful tournaments among the elite cavalry of the army, the alae. Both men and horses wore elaborate suites of equipment on these occasions, often in the guise of Greeks and Amazons. Calvary helmets were made from a variety of metals and alloys, often from gold-colored alloys or iron covered with tin. They were decorated with embossed reliefs and engravings depicting the war god Mars and other divine and semi-divine figures associated with the military.

NGC 6902 / NGC 6902B / IC 4946 - Galaxy Group in Sagittarius

In the far south-eastern corner of Sagittarius, a constellation otherwise known for its spectacular highlights near the crowded Milky Way centre, lies the very rarely imaged galaxy NGC 6902 and a couple of its neighbours. Despite its beautiful and elegant appearance there is very little information about this galaxy to be found anywhere.

It contains a bright central ring and possibly also an elusive inner bar. The spiral arms are quite faint despite almost 17 hours of exposure, which is indicative of a rather weak population of O type stars. The arms also have a knotted appearance, perhaps due to the presence of brighter HII regions located within them.

A number of other galaxies can be seen scattered across the field of view, including the smaller face-on spiral NGC 6902B to the upper left. At the top of the frame lies edge-on galaxy IC 4649 with some traces of obscuring dust and a hint of a bar structure surrounding its core.

And far in the background countless distant galaxy groupings can be seen as small fuzzy yellowish dots throughout the image.

Credit: Rolf Olsen

“The Hierophant, the Hierophantides, the Dadouchos and the other priestesses wear a myrtle-crown and for these reasons (Sophocles) attributes it as crown also to Demeter.”
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(Gold myrtle spray. The stem is made from gold sheet over a bronze core. There are three sizes of leaf: the two larger pairs are pushed into holes in the stem, the smallest pair inserted into the end of the tube. Inserted beside the pair of middle-sized leaves are myrtle flowers on long wire stems. These consist of a cup with a serrated top, a six-petalled flower, and a central rod holding a ring of twenty-four blob-ended stamens and capped with a disc. The discs have an inner and an outer ring of fine spiral-beaded wire, both of which were presumably once filled with enamel. Found in Eleusis, near a tomb, 400BC-350BCE. Now in the British Museum…)


Urbanscapes of Mexico - Tijuana 

Tijuana is a relatively new city, by Mexican standards being founded only in 1889 along the United States Mexico border. It encompasses 246 square miles and has a population of more than 1.7 million people. Since the 1980′s the city’s population has nearly quadrupled in size adding stress on infrastructure and development. Many informal settlements surround the city in a central ring, though new planned suburban divisions can now be found even further in the periphery. 

Tijuana’s unique position along the American border has allowed it to become a multinational city as many people from other parts of the republic and Central America located here in hopes of achieving the Mexican or American dream. Many people who live in Tijuana work across the American border in cites like San Diego and vice versa. Many tourists visit Tijuana and surrounding cities such as Rosario adding to its international status. Tijuana like other cities in northern Mexico like Monterrey have become the new lands of opportunity though they have been been subject to cartel violence. 

The socioeconomic form of Tijuana is a mix of extreme poverty and wealth. Many new developments can be found throughout the city along side neglected properties in the urban core. The physical form of the city is influenced by its location on hilly terrain which sets a particular challenge for a cohesive urban form.  Tijuana has rapidly grown to become one of Mexico’s leading cities in what seems the blink of an eye. if current trends continue it is set to surpass other leading cities such as Puebla and Guadalajara.