Baphomet, sometimes referred to as the Goat of Mendes, is, among other things, a potent symbol for the relationship between unity and duality. Light and dark, day and night, animal and human, male and female, creation and destruction.
The Templars (and therefore the Freemasons) have been accused of worshipping Baphomet. There were attempts to tie the word etymologically to Mahomet (Muhammad), though it has been suggested that Baphomet may be a cipher for Sophia, referencing divine female wisdom.
Aleister Crowley has added to the confusion. Read more if you want to see how he dragged the goat of Mendes into all of this.
The Church of Satan adopted it in the 70s, ostensibly to freak out Jack Chick. Good work, Lavey. You scared an already-frightened old man.
Historiae animalium, by Konrad Gesner, was the first known zoological work, and rightly features De Monocerote, vulgarly known as the Unicorn.
The loss of apex predators such as the ‘unicorn’ can lead to the demise of entire ecosystems. The cascade effects are devastating, and can result much further destruction. As a unicorn hunter and steward, I’m committed to preserving them and their habitats for future generations. It’s our birthright.
How to use Photoshop to restore an old, faded photo
I wrote/gif’d a short ‘how-to’ piece for the dailydot, featuring techniques I used to fix this photo.
Before photos existed only as .jpgs, backed up on Flickr andFacebook and Imgur and in cheap portable hard drives, they were subject to the ravages of time.
Prints only lasted so long. The negatives, from which they were originally made, were lost or destroyed. Saving these analog memories from their inevitable destruction can be as easy as a one-click desktop scanner, but sometimes the images have already suffered from damage.
Software like Adobe Photoshop can breathe life back into faded photos—if you know how to do it right.