Monday, October 20, 2014

On the stairs to nowhere

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Zagreb's Mayor Milan Bandic arrested

The police in Zagreb, acting at the request of the anti-corruption investigation agency USKOK, have arrested Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic, the chief executive officer of the multi-utility conglomerate Zagrebacki Holding, Slobodan Ljubicic, and the owner of the industrial waste removal company CIOS, Petar Pripuz, on suspicion of a number of corruption-related crimes causing financial harm to the city budget, media outlets reported on Sunday evening, quoting unofficial information.

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Oh Hi, Was Everyone Waiting on Me?

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Richard Estes' Incredibly Realistic Paintings

Times Square is a good place to go unnoticed. A decade ago, Richard Estes stood there, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Sesame Street characters and tour bus promoters, and snapped a series of photos. With so many people doing the same thing, it’s unlikely anyone gave much thought to the septuagenarian shutterbug. But for half a century, the art world has lauded Estes for his photorealist paintings, which he creates from photographs. The work that resulted from his Times Square pictures that day and 45 other paintings are now on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.The exhibition, “Richard Estes’ Realism,” debuted last week and is open through February 2015. Curators say it’s the world’s most comprehensive Estes exhibition ever.

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Sometimes

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Smart Can

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cravat Day in Croatia

On Cravat Day we celebrate fundamental human values - love, respect and responsibility.

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Whaddaya Mean, I'm Adopted?

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Body-snatched zombie ladybugs!

Ladybugs are said to bring good luck—but one infected by the wasp species Dinocampus coccinellae is decidedly unfortunate. When a female wasp stings a ladybug, it leaves behind a single egg. After the egg hatches, the larva begins to eat its host from the inside out. When ready, the parasite emerges and spins a cocoon between the ladybug’s legs. Though its body is now free of the tormentor, the bug remains enslaved, standing over the cocoon and protecting it from potential predators. Some lucky ladybugs actually survive this eerie ordeal.  continue

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Twin Peaks

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From the Street


Tales on message boards that are unlikely enough to elicit significant doubt are often followed by “Pics or it didn’t happen.” In the case of the work of Tom Pfannerstill, we could update that to “Didn’t happen until I touch it.” The works in his “From the Street” series are pieces basswood carved into shapes and then painted to resemble, incredibly, folded and stained pieces of mass-produced detritus like beer cans and KFC containers. They’re close enough to pass for the real thing on first glance, for sure. Only when you look very carefully are traces of hand-painted type evident.

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The Ancient Science of Living From the Heart

One of yoga’s biggest secrets, and often-dismissed jewels by the uninitiated is how to live from the heart.
The heart is the first organ to function when we are in utero. It is another, important intelligence center, the brain notwithstanding, of the human organism. According to Rollin McCraty, Director of Research at the Institute of HeartMath, the heart’s electromagnetic field is about 5000 times stronger than that of the cranial brain, interacting with and permeating every cell of our bodies. McCraty’s book, The Energetic Heart, explains how the heart carries out the bioelectromagnetic interactions within and between people. For example, when we are not consciously communicating with others, our physiological systems are interacting in subtle and surprising ways. The electromagnetic signal produced by our hearts is registered in the brain waves of people around us. The heart is in fact an important carrier of emotional information and a key mediator of energetic interactions between all living things. When the energy of our hearts is coherent, our bodies change, as do our lives.
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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

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Image of the day

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Friday, October 17, 2014

The Fastest Fingers At The Festival, For Django Reinhardt

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A Cat’s Relaxation Tape

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Professor Michael Stipe

REM frontman Michael Stipe is now concentrating on art; specifically he's working as a professor in the Steinhardt Department of art at New York University. Stipe, an art student at the University of Georgia before dropping out to tour with REM in its infancy, maintains that he never stopped creating art between then and now. His projects over the years have included photography and design for REM album covers, lighting and stage design of their live shows, and directing music videos. See a video of Stipe's work and read more about his teaching methods and lesson plan here.

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Rains in Africa

Photograph by Keith Willette, National Geographic Your Shot 

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A manta ray emerges from the deep

Photography by Drew Senter

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One day

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