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One of the oldest forms of storytelling is that of re-enactment, donning the costumes of the story's subjects, miming their actions, performing a narrative before a live audience. Whether organized by history enthusiasts, government offices, religious groups, or just for fun, military battles and religious events are the most popular subjects for re-enactment. Collected here are recent performances from around the world, covering a few events from the past 2,000 years. [36 photos]

Actors wearing military uniforms of the Hungarian and Austrian Hapsburg dynasty reenact the first stage of the 1849 Battle of Isaszeg, Hungary, on April 6, 2013 during the Isaszeg Historical Days event. The battle was part of the Spring Campaign of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 between the Austrian Empire and the Hungarian Revolutionary Army. (Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images)     

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REMEMBERING THE DEAD: Thousands of red chairs lined the main street of Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Friday. One for each victim, 11,541 empty red chairs were set up to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo and the start of the Bosnian war in 1992. (Fehim Demir/EPA)

JET CRASH: The burning fuselage of a Navy fighter jet lay smoldering after crashing into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Va., Friday. The two-member crew ejected. (Associated Press)

EASTER DOWN UNDER: A child ran through a fountain at the Sydney Showground in Sydney, Australia, on Friday during the 2012 Sydney Royal Easter Show. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

DOWN FOR THE COUNT: French boxer Salim Larbi cried after a final knockout at the end of his World Boxing Organization interim champion match against Czech boxer Lukas Konecny on Thursday in Brno, Czech Republic. (Radek Mica/AFP/Getty Images)

ON A CROSS: A boy yawned while resting on crosses to be used during a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Iztapalapa, Mexico City. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

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Frigid temperatures have gripped Europe in the last week, with the mercury reaching as low as 35 degrees Celsius below zero. After what had been a relatively mild winter, the sudden cold caught many unprepared. Eastern Europe is hardest hit, with over 100 deaths in Ukraine, and with over 11,000 people in remote villages cut off by snow in Serbia. Most of the fatalities recorded have been homeless people found frozen to death outside, and emergency tents with hot meals have been set up to help them in several affected countries. Russia and Poland are mobilizing help for the homeless. Travel in Romania has been chaos as a blizzard hampered efforts to clear both rails and roads. Recorded temperatures in Italy were the lowest in 27 years. -- Lane Turner (45 photos total)
A woman looks out a bus in Bucharest on February 2, 2012. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)

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From behind the long-gone, so-called “iron curtain,” nearly-lost musical innovation is beginning to become available. But perhaps more than any geo-political change, the power of an Internet-based community hungry to share knowledge is making national borders that once isolated information melt away.

Earlier this week, I shared reflections I wrote up for Amsterdam’s STEIM on the significant of DIY Music. But one group of artists, the Standuino team from Brno, Czech Republic, really exemplified that spirit. First off, their hardware is utterly brilliant and eminently practical, an Arduino-based platform on which they’ve made it easy to create and modify designs, and share useful tools like the sampler they demonstrated for us in Amsterdam. Secondly, they’re international – the performance brought together a Brazilian, Czech, and Dutch artist in their presentation. Third, they took “DIY” straight to the transportation, hitchhiking all the way from Brno to Amsterdam to be part of our performance, for which we’re all incredibly grateful!

The Standuino crew emphasize that they also wish to make the innovation of the Czech people more visible to the rest of the world. You know Bob Moog or Morton Subotnick, for instance, but do you know the name Standa Filip?

You should. The maker of extensive DIY instruments, interactive work, robotic installations, and new media, Standa (hence Standuino) is inspiring a new generation of artists – first in the Czech Republic, eventually in the world. Those artists, led by Standuino, are recreating some of his work, as well as making new work that carries on his spirit.

Check out the videos here to see him talk about his history and play his instruments, then learn more – and find the Arduino-based hardware designs, which I’ll cover more next week – at the Standuino site:

But there you go – from Rio to Singapore, once I hit publish, just about anybody can learn what it was like to be a lone DIYer in Communist Czechoslovakia – then go find open source ideas with which they can make music from the new generation of creators in the Czech Republic, in a matter of seconds.

Yeah, we overhype the Internet. But that’s pretty damned awesome. I’m going out in the sunshine now for a bit, because that’s awesome, too, but I’m pretty happy that I get to make this my day job. And thanks to you for making that possible, because with you as a reader, none of this would be true.


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HORSE FOR RENT: A horse with a cellphone number painted on it was left on the side of a road on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday. The horse is rented out. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

SKULL AND BONES: A worker was silhouetted near skulls and bones in an ossuary under St. James Church in Brno, Czech Republic, Tuesday. (Radek Mica/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

LITTLE VADER: A Darth Vader actor waited for tourists who want to be photographed with him in front of the Brandenburg Gate during a thunderstorm in Berlin Tuesday. (Michael Sohn/Associated Press)

AT THE RACES; A woman wore an elaborate hat at the annual Royal Ascot horse race near Windsor, England, Tuesday. (Carl de Souza/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

OLD GLORY: A man held a U.S. flag before the arrival of President Barack Obama in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday. President Obama arrived to cheers on the first official visit by a U.S. president in 50 years. He is courting the Hispanic vote in the 2012 election. (Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press)

BY THE SEA: Women bathed in the Irish Sea in Blackpool, England, Tuesday. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

ROW YOUR BOAT: A fisherman rowed on Honghu Lake in Honghu, Hubei Province, China, Tuesday. Recent heavy rains refilled the lake. (Hao Tonqian/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

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