From his book, Groucho and Me
From his book, Groucho and Me
Normally we don’t get involved with private affairs, but the continued outpouring of grief, praise, remembrance, and love for Robin Williams we’ve seen on Tumblr has been staggering. He gave his gifts selflessly, and was a beacon of sorts to those of us who had a weird time figuring out how our energies and talents fit into the world.
Remember, if you’re struggling, there’s help. We love ya, Tumblr.
And goodbye, Robin. We love you, too.
WHO DIDN’T PUT THEIR TRAY-TABLE UP?
Name: Jimmy Baum
Location: Los Angeles, CA / Nouakchott, Mauritania
- Interpretation of the Qur’an
- iPad Mini
- Timex Weekender Watch
- Fortress of the Muslim Book for du’ā
- Moleskine Notebook
- Pens and highlighter
- Misbaha Beards for dhikr
- Snakeskin Wallet from Sierra Leone
- Beanie made by a friend
- 2tb External HD
August 8, 1974 : Richard Nixon Resigns From Presidency
On this day in 1974, in a radio and television broadcast from the Oval Office, Richard Nixon announced that he was resigning as President of the United States. His decision arose from the near-certain threat of impeachment following the Watergate Scandal. Gerald Ford, his successor, granted him a full pardon, but over 70 others were convicted of crimes.
Photo: President Richard Nixon delivers remarks to the White House staff on his final day in office (Wikimedia Commons)
225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.
On August 3, 1789, President George Washington sent to the Senate a list of nominees to be port collectors. The name of each nominee appear next to each position with a note on the outcome of the Senate’s vote. “Aye” is written next to each name but Benjamin Fishbourn. Fishbourn was the first presidential nominee to be rejected by the Senate, and the event marked the beginning of the custom of senatorial courtesy—a tradition which continues today.
This tradition holds that the Senate may reject a nominee who is not supported by the nominee’s home state senators. It encourages the President to engage the Senate in the “advice” part of the nomination process, as well as the “consent” part.
Nomination of Port Collectors, including the nomination of Benjamin Fishbourn, 8/3/1789, SEN1B-A1, Records of the U.S. Senate
"Marie Curie made some of the most significant contributions to science in the 20th century. And as most people already know, she did so at a great cost to her own health. What most people probably don’t know, however, is that the radiation levels she was exposed to were so powerful that her notebooks must now be kept in lead-lined boxes." - Gizmodo
Art History Appreciation Post no. 6
"First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
Rembrandt Peale / Patriae Pater / ca. 1824
Gilbert Stuart / George Washington (The Lansdowne Portrait) / 1796
Charles Willson Peale / George Washington at Princeton / 1779
From a 13th-century Maastricht church to an old theater converted to book stacks, these bookstores are worth traveling to see: Condé Nast Traveler