High Heeled Shoes Were Originally Created For Men

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History is fascinating. I had no idea!

The origin of high-heels can be traced back to 15th century Persia when soldiers wore them to help secure their feet in stirrups. Persian migrants brought the shoe trend to Europe, where male aristocrats wore them to appear taller and more formidable.

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/heels-history-men
A 17th century Persian riding boot. Image © 2017, Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada.
BATA SHOE MUSEUM

“The heel was an additional tool allowing the rider to steady himself, thus using weaponry better and transforming warfare”. But soon after, women embraced the look — just like boyfriend jeans and button-up shirts, right? — and by the 18th century, high-heeled shoes were largely considered women’s footwear. They slowly began to take the shape we know now, with a thinner heel and pointed toe.

https://www.today.com/style/surprisingly-functional-reason-high-heels-were-invented-t100969
A pair of antique chopines. Image courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Clint Eastwood cowboy
Clint Eastwood playing a gunslinging cowboy in the ’50s.Bettmann / Bettmann Archive

I love this country

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I hope my Republican & Democrat (& other) friends can rally behind this simple truth. We all love this country and we all want to keep making it better.

As a naturalized citizen, I am very proud of the United States. It has given me a sense of security, safety and also given me hope that life is worth living. Nowhere else in the world is it this easy for an outsider to just show up and integrate as it is in the United States. Americans are some of the friendliest and nicest people I know. Diversity and inclusivity is ingrained in the culture. People born and/or brought up in the US may not appreciate how liberating and freeing it feels to be an American. When I was a young boy in India facing state persecution, it was the United States that gave me hope that there were better people in the world and that I had a chance at a better life.

It is so disheartening to learn that many of my Liberal friends do not feel proud of this country. They think the US is not good enough. I wish I could show them how wrong they are. I wish I could tell them how important it is to recognize how good the United States is, as doing that directly translates to improving the expectations and standards all over the world. It’s very useful to be critical, and we should always strive to improve, but we also have to recognize all the amazing work we are building on. The liberal cynicism often ends up hurting the world.

Is is also equally disheartening to see my Conservative friends rally behind someone who is no longer functioning in the best long term interest of our great country. We are defined by our values, and we have such inspiring values. Our government functions under some basic assumptions of propriety and we have stretched and strained the limits almost to the breaking point. We need to restore accountability, checks and balances, and truthfulness.

This is such a hard year for all of us. All over the world. The United States has an opportunity to demonstrate to the world how to focus on things that really matter. How we can roll up our sleeves and get going. We have already started new businesses at the fastest rate in a decade. Here’s to us working together, helping each other avoid our blind spots, and keep running this inspiring experiment that this great country is!

Petra, a city cut out from rocks

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Petra, Jordan

Petra (Arabic: ٱلْبَتْرَاء‎, romanizedAl-BatrāʾAncient Greek: Πέτρα, “Stone”), originally known to its inhabitants in Nabataean Aramaic as ̢𐢚𐢛𐢓𐢈 rqmwRaqēmō,[3][4] is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan. Petra lies around Jabal Al-Madbah in a basin surrounded by mountains which form the eastern flank of the Arabah valley that runs from the Dead Seato the Gulf of Aqaba.[5] The area around Petra has been inhabited from as early as 7000 BC.

We set the camera on the tripod, put it on time-lapse, and then walked away from it. This was shot at 70mm. It was quite a surreal experience to be there, to say the least!

Comet Neowise at Night

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Can you believe we didn’t even know this comet existed until less than 4 months ago? And now we won’t see it again for 6700 years! C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) or Comet NEOWISE is a retrograde comet with a near-parabolic orbit discovered on March 27, 2020, by astronomers during the NEOWISE mission of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope. Under dark skies, it can be clearly seen with the naked eye and might remain visible to the naked eye throughout most of July 2020, at least until July 23, the point of the comet’s closest approach to Earth at a distance of 0.69 AU (103 million km; 64 million mi). Comet NEOWISE made its closest approach to the Sun (perihelion) on July 3, 2020, at a distance of 0.29 AU (43 million km; 27 million mi). This passage increases the comet’s orbital period from about 4400 years to about 6700 years.

24mm 6s f/1.8

Easy way to confirm if your 5Ghz router is set to the right channel

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Do you have a Mac?

  1. Turn off your router
  2. On your Mac, press the alt/option ⌥ key and click on the WiFi 📶 icon
  3. Select “Open Wireless Diagnostics …”
  4. Ignore the dialog that opens up
  5. In the bar on the top go to Window > Scan
  6. It will show you all the WiFi networks around you
  7. It will say “Best 2.4Ghz” and “Best 5Ghz” – these are the channels that your router radio should be using for the best performance
  8. Now turn on your router 📻
  9. Login to the admin interface
  10. Set the wireless channel to what was recommended in step 7

I finally found the time to look into this. And I realized the 5Ghz channel set in my router was inefficient. I changed it and my WiFi speeds at home have doubled! 🐫

Oh and this is not just for a Mac. And TMTOWTDI (There’s More Than One Way To Do It)