Thursday, February 28, 2013

Recycling is a good thing to do.

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Getting older really sneaks up on you.

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Embryonic Superheroes

The photos were taken by Jalal Gerald Aro, but the sculptor remains unknown.

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Kinetica Art Fair 2013

Arlo Ricketts, 17 months, sits beside a piece of work entitled 'Columba (Seated Child)' by artist Roseline de Thelin .The display is part of the Kinetica Art Fair.

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'Thank you and good night'

Pope Benedict XVI leaves after making his last public blessing as pope.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

If you aren't looking closely, you might pass by this funny series by Sadi Tekin.

The Istanbul-based illustrator and industrial designer created these lighthearted photos featuring chickpeas in tiny installations. Entitled Mr. Chick Pea And Friends, the series is filled with little illustrations drawn on the surface of chickpeas, which are then placed throughout the city of New York.

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Identity crisis

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Animal rescue, Canadian-style

When a deer and her fawn were trapped on the thin ice of a frozen harbour in Canada, rescue workers decided it was too risky to go out and help the stricken animal. The mother was exhausted after hauling itself out of the freezing water of Antigonish Harbour in Nova Scotia after repeatedly crashing through the ice and could not even stand up on the treacherous surface. Not wanting to leave the deer and its offspring to their fate, a skilled helicopter pilot hit on an ingenious solution - blow the deer to shore using the downdraft from his helicopter's rotors.
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Make a Gummy of Yourself

FabCafe in Japan will be holding a two-part seminar at their Shibuya location in which men can put themselves to the mercies of a 3D scanner and make a replica of themselves -in gelatin! It's like making yourself a Gummi bear, only more personal. The cafe was successful with a project for women to make a replica of their faces in chocolate to present to their sweethearts on Valentines Day, and now the men are expected to reciprocate by giving a romantic gift to the ladies on White Day (March 14th). The gummy men will not be full-size, but they wiil be full-body.
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Jealous Venus

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Stephane Hessel dies at 95

Stephane Hessel, the former French Resistance fighter whose 2010 manifesto Time for Outrage inspired social protesters, has died aged 95. Hessel died overnight, his wife Christiane Hessel-Chabry told France's AFP news agency in Paris. A German by birth, he was imprisoned in Nazi camps during World War II for his activities in France. In Time for Outrage, he called for a new form of "resistance" to the injustices of the modern world. Continue reading the main story “ Start Quote To create is to resist, to resist is to create” Stephane Hessel He expressed outrage at the growing gap between haves and have-nots, France's treatment of illegal immigrants and damage to the environment. The Indignados protest movement in Spain was inspired by Hessel's manifesto, according to Spanish media. The 95-year-old's name was the top trending term on Twitter in Spain and France on Wednesday morning, as admirers paid tribute with quotes such as:        "To create is to resist, to resist is to create."
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Steve Hanks-The Complete Artwork Collection

Steve Hanks is recognized as one of the best watercolor artists working today. The detail, color and realism of Steve Hanks' paintings are unheard of in this difficult medium. A softly worn patterned quilt, the play of light on the thin veil of surf on sand, or the delicate expression of a child—-Steve Hanks captures these patterns of life better than anyone.

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Cute Sloth Alert !



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Yoda for Pope

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Vulcan tops vote to name Pluto moons

"Vulcan" has topped a public vote to name two recently discovered moons of Pluto. The choice will delight Star Trek fans; Vulcan is the home planet of Spock, science officer on the starship Enterprise. The name had originally been suggested by William Shatner, the actor who portrayed Captain James T Kirk in the Star Trek TV series and films. More than 450,000 people voted in an online poll run by the Seti institute. The California-based organisation - which searches for intelligent life in the Universe - and Dr Mark Showalter, who led the teams that discovered the two moons, offered voters a choice of 21 possible names. Currently, Pluto's two newly discovered moons - spotted in 2011 and 2012 - are known as P4 and P5. Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed Spock, had previously tweeted that Vulcan was the "logical choice".
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Tiny Lego tourist

The unique set of pictures was taken by local photographer Andrew Whyte who began taking shots of the Lego man in August last year when he wanted to add a common theme to the snaps he was taking. Since then he has captured the figure in a range of weather conditions and at various locations around the historic city, famed for its Navy base and as being the birthplace of Charles Dickens.

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British designer Patrick Morris created upside down herb pots

A wacky new invention by British designer Patrick Morris is revolutionising the culinary kitchen experience - with herbs that hover over your head. The upside down planters cleverly utilise redundant space in the kitchen and keep the fresh ingredients within arm's length.

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'Haven't you run before?'

Double Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah was left bemused during a gaffe-filled interview when a U.S. television news anchor mistook him for an amateur athlete. Viewers were left cringing when LaTonya Norton on WDSU spoke to the British Olympian after he won a half-marathon in New Orleans on Sunday, and asked: 'Haven't you run before?' Farah appeared stunned by the foolish question, and paused briefly before asking 'sorry?', as if he misheard the journalist.

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Bill Hicks died on this day in 1994.

“The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly coloured and it's very loud and it's fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question: "Is this real, or is this just a ride?" And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, "Hey, don't worry, don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride." And we kill those people.” ― Bill Hicks

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Monday, February 25, 2013

19 Oscar Moments You Didn't See Last Night

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25 years of Matt

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You're going the wrong way!

Photographer and conservationist Octavio Aburto captures the bigeye trevally fish facing the opposite way to its many companions in the ocean at Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico.

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The great illusion of the self

(Image: Darren Hopes) 

 As you wake up each morning, hazy and disoriented, you gradually become aware of the rustling of the sheets, sense their texture and squint at the light. One aspect of your self has reassembled: the first-person observer of reality, inhabiting a human body. As wakefulness grows, so does your sense of having a past, a personality and motivations. Your self is complete, as both witness of the world and bearer of your consciousness and identity. You. This intuitive sense of self is an effortless and fundamental human experience. But it is nothing more than an elaborate illusion. Under scrutiny, many common-sense beliefs about selfhood begin to unravel. Some thinkers even go as far as claiming that there is no such thing as the self. In these articles, discover why "you" aren’t the person you thought you were.

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Frost

Baden-Baden-based photographer Patrick H├╝bschmann captures the frozen, muted beauty of wintery landscapes. Each frame of the German photographer's series titled Frost depicts a bewitching scene populated with trees whose wispy branches are either barren and cutting through the hazy atmosphere or lushly powered in white. more

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bachelor Party Stripper-In-A-Box

Is your hedgehog not paying his share of household finances? Put him to work!

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