Blue-Fall / 1966
The University of Sankoré, or Sankore Masjid is one of three ancient centers of learning located in Timbuktu, Mali, West Africa. The three mosques of Sankoré, Djinguereber Mosque and Sidi Yahya compose the famous University of Timbuktu. During the 14th -16th century, Sankore University enrolled more foreigen students than New York University today.
The Mali Empire gained direct control over the city of Timbuktu in 1324 during the reign of Mansa Kankou Musa also known as Musa I “King of Kings”. He designed and saw the construction of one of Sankore’s first great mosques and the Jingeray Ber Masjid in 1327.The foundations of the previous structure were laid around 988 A.D. on the orders of the city’s chief judge Al-Qadi Aqib ibn Mahmud ibn Umar. A local mandinka lady, esteemed for her wealth, financed his plans to turn Sankoré into a world class learning institution.
By the end of Mansa Musa’s reign (early 14th century CE), the Sankoré Masjid had been converted into a fully staffed Madrassa (Islamic school or in this case university) with the largest collections of books in Africa since the Library of Alexandria. The level of learning at Timbuktu’s Sankoré University was superior to that of all other Islamic centers in the world. The Sankoré Masjid was capable of housing 25,000 students and had one of the largest libraries in the world with between 400,000 to 700,000 manuscripts.
Today, the intellectual legacy of Timbuktu is neglected in historical discourse. These pages of WORLD history tend to get ripped out. .
Post-it Notes Left on the Train
Writer and illustrator October Jones, the creative genius behind Text From Dog and these funny train commute doodles, is at it again with these hilarious motivational post-it notes that he leaves on the train and in other random places.The upbeat doodles, which star Jones’ adorable character Peppy the Inspirational Cat, convey positive and funny messages meant to motivate daily commuters. Whether you’re feeling the Monday blues or in need of some encouragement, Jones’ delightful post-it notes are sure to brighten your day and remind you just how awesome you are.
1. Burano, Italy
2. Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
3. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
4. Pollença, Balearic Islands, Spain
5. Garden Door by Kazuyuki Ishihara, Japan
6. Montmartre, Paris, France
7. Bali, Indonesia
8. Copenhagen, Denmark
9. Rabat, Morocco
10. Sesimbra, Portugal
Introducing, Dodocool Lightning Cable.
Dodocool - $9.97
Apple - $19.00
IT’S CHEAPER TOO GUYS
NO MORE BROKEN LIGHTNING CABLE FOR ME YESS
This could change lives.
Don’t do Apple because of things like this (and their dreadful employment conditions that require SUICIDE NETS) but signal boost!
The suicide issues were at Hon Hai, AKA Foxconn, a contract manufacturer in China. Foxconn employees 930,000 people, and manufactures not only for Apple, but also for HP, Dell, Motorola, Nokia, Sony, and Nintendo. 14 people died in 2010. The suicide rates were lower than in the general Chinese and US populations, but any suicides are still absolutely terrible. Anyhow, the point being that this is not an Apple issue (in fact, Apple put major pressure on Foxconn to improve conditions, and give workers raises) - it’s an industry-wide issue with the way that technology manufacturing is done these days. To that end, you may be happy to learn that Apple is moving manufacturing back to the US for some models of computer, something that I doubt you could say of HP or Dell. You can read more about the Foxconn suicides here.