11.11.14

November 11th

Posted in History, Life at 11:11 am by

As this year is the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, it seemed fitting to mark this Veterans Day with a pair of our World War I veterans.

John Ardison returns from WWI
John Ardison returns from WWI, 1919

Postcards from World War I
Postcards sent by George Arthur Benner (Corporal, US Army) from France to his family in Newark, OH during World War I

Uncle George, G'ma, "Jeff"
George Arthur Benner with his mother and dog

George Arthur Benner, 1894-1966
George Arthur Benner, 1894-1966

In Britain, the Tower of London was the site of an art installation titled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the war. Each ceramic poppy represents a British or Commonwealth soldier who lost his life during the war, providing a beautiful memorial to those fallen yet also a somber reminder of the scale of the human cost of the conflict. (For more coverage of this art installation, see the aforementioned link, and click on the photo below from Getty Images and choose “More Like This” to find other views of the installation, which fills the entire Tower moat.)

06.12.14

663399

Posted in Camino, Links at 11:00 pm by

Some years ago now, long after nearly all web standards people had adopted Firefox or Safari, the great CSS guru Eric Meyer was (still) a Camino user. In that capacity, I interacted with him a few times in my role as a member of the Camino team.

Today I join with the global community of those who knew or were influenced by the Meyers in presenting a #663399Becca border on افكار و احلام (and background on the main ardisson.org landing page) as a mark of remembrance for their young daughter who tragically passed away last Saturday.

I have no more words.

(Via Jon Hicks)

06.06.14

June 6, 1944

Posted in History, Life at 6:00 am by

“Into the Jaws of Death”
“Into the Jaws of Death”
(courtesy Wikipedia/National Archives and Records Administration)

Atlantic Pavilion, National World War II Memorial
Atlantic Pavilion, National World War II Memorial, August 2013

Washington Monument from the Pacific Pavilion
Washington Monument from the Pacific Pavilion, National World War II Memorial, August 2013