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text 2018-10-16 10:25
Copper was the earliest metal to be discovered by man

Copper was the earliest metal to be discovered by man. As early as 3500 BC, man was smelting copper and tin together to make bronze. This was the beginning of the Bronze Age. In India, the Bronze Age began in around 3300 BC in the Indus Valley Civilization. The history of bronze in India tells us that people were using the alloy to make bronze sculptures, vessels, weapons, tools and other items.What is Bronze?Bronze is basically an alloy of copper and tin and zinc.

Sometimes, other metals are also added. Bronze is hard and durable. It is brownish in color. It is used either in its sheet form or cast into a particular shape. Bronze is the preferred choice for sculpting because it is strong and holds its shape. It isalso comparatively lighter than marble and is hence easy to transport.Initially, bronze was used to make solid sculptures. It was only later that hollow casting was discovered, and bronze sculptures ever since have been created using this method. The first step is the creation of the model. This is made of wax and is an exact copy of what the final bronze sculpture will look like. It is complete with all the carvings and detail. In the next three stages, a mold is created. A thin layer of china clay mixed with water is applied over the wax model, using a paintbrush. It is allowed to dry for two days and is repeated twice.Then, a pasty mixture is applied over the model by hand. It is applied to a thickness of about 2 centimeters. A few holes are made at the bottom of the mold once the paste is dry. Through these, the bronze will later be poured. For the time being, thin wax rods are inserted into them. Thereafter, a mixture of clay, rice husk, and sand is applied. This is allowed to dry. The mold with the plugged openings facing downwards is placed in an oven. The raw bronze is also placed in the oven so as to melt it. Bronze melts at approximately 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. During the process of firing, the wax melts and is lost through the holes in the mold.

The clay mold hardens, and the bronze melts.The bronze is then poured into the holes. It is allowed to cool for two days. Then, the mold is chipped away, leaving behind the bronze sculpture. In the final stage, the bronze is smoothened and polished, and detailed. It is also varnished. Bronze statues are very popular decorative pieces in India, and indeed, all over the world. Bronze is also used to make busts, monuments and idols. In India, bronze sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses are the most favored. Bronze is also used to craft mythological figures. In addition to these Hindu statues , Buddha sculptures are also popular. As are statues associated with other religions. Bronze craftsmen also cast bronze animal figures, and figures of birds. Bronze figures of humans are also admired.Bronze has a dull antique look that is very attractive. This along with its other qualities makes it a preferred choice for decoration.

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review 2018-04-14 19:03
An eye opener, and worth the read
Factory Girl - Josanne La Valley

This was a great eye opener albeit a sad read on what’s going on with the Uyghur and how they’re being treated by the Chinese government. They’re not a very well known group of people and after finishing this book it’s an eye opening experience.


Throughout the novel you follow the narrative of Roshen, who’s left her family behind and a potential fiance to work in a factory. As a reader you already have an idea on how this is going to go as factories over there are usually sweatshops with grueling horrifying conditions. What I was not expecting, and because I didn’t know much of these peoples is they’re on the bottom rung of the ladder everywhere they go. Since they don’t look like your average Chinese, they stick out as a visible minority and because their beliefs are very much different, they get treated horribly and are pretty much slaves.


You follow Roshen and a group of Uyghur girls as they toil through the factory under horrible conditions. You can feel their fear and mistrust, even amongst themselves because anyone can become an informant. What I was not prepared for, was for Hawa’s character. You already had an assumption about her because of her behavior but when she does something completely unspeakable on behalf of Roshen it was a complete blindside. The negative feelings you had towards Hawa disappears completely and is replaced with a kind of respect for what she went through.


Definitely recommended to read. It’s horrifying what these families and girls go through, and awareness is key.

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review 2017-10-13 05:57
The Dragon Factory - Jonathan Maberry
Patient Zero - Jonathan Maberry

I kind of can't even handle how ridiculously pulpy this series is so far. Patient Zero pretends to a kind of scientrism, wherein the zombie outbreak our intrepid heroes race to thwart has, like, a modicum of scientific plausibility, I guess. Baltimore cop and chiseled jaw hero Joe Ledger gets tapped by one of those shadowy X filesy governmental organizations to track down a terrorist with a name like The Jackal. The leader of said alphabet soup organization eats cookies as his ominous tic; Joe has to murder a terrorist twice in a week; international pharma phuckers are the absolute worst. Patient Zero is good fun, with lots of kickass and a fullblown zombie outbreak to salve your need for bloodshed. 


But it's The Dragon Factory which really swings for the cheap seats. There's literal Nazis, genetically engineered chimera, Neanderthals, evil albino twins with a side of incest, clones, and more, so much more. SO MUCH MORE. I kept cackling through this novel, unable to believe how fucking bonkers everything was, and just when I got a handle on it, it would get MORE BONKERS. Uff da, I haven't had as much fun with something this silly in a long time. I'm going to read the shit out every single Joe Ledger novel as long as they stay this goofy, 

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review 2017-05-12 19:25
The Snooze Machine, Neal Asher
War Factory - Neal Asher

Abandoned at p50.
Yet another space opera tome from Asher, the second in a series. I couldn't remember anything about the first book and realised I just didn't care about any of the far too many protagonists and was bored out of my brains. Asher's Polity setting seems to be mined out of anything original or interesting and there's only so much bad-science pew-pew SF warfare a person can take.

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review 2017-04-24 17:02
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - Leslie Bricusse

Awesome book that I read over and over as a child.

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