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Imperial dreams…

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

– “Ozymandias”  Percy Bysshe Shelly (1818)

The Roman Empire encircled the Mediterranean:


The Mongol Empire once stretched from the Pacific to the Danube:


More recently, the Ottoman Empire was almost as large:


While the British Empire was the most widely dispersed:


As we remark with Shelley that empires come and empires go, we might recall that it was on this date in 1781 that the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union were finally ratified, and the Second Continental Congress became the Congress of the Confederation of the United States of America.

The Articles of Confederation

Where’s Waldo (Salt)?…

Empire is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary with a nifty puzzle, The Cryptic Canvas:  a painting– a scaled-up, interactive version of the one above– in which are hidden clues to the titles of 50 great films from the last 20 (or so) years…  simply mouse over a clue, fill in the box with a title, watch the box turn green when correctly filled… and continue!

As we commune with our inner Pauline Kael, we might recall that today is National Yo-Yo Day (celebrated on June 6th to commemorate the birthday of Donald F. Duncan, Sr., the entrepreneur who populrized the yo-yo in the U.S. in the early-mid Twentieth Century).

Yo-yo champ Brad Byers

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