Archive for January, 2011
stairway to heaven. | sfgirlbybay: “i love everything about this beautiful home i saw on mixr. can you imagine having a lovely staircase like this, and then having it take you along its winding steps to all of this? this 1970?s townhouse renovated by Swedish interior designer Marie Olsson Nylander, is pretty much a decor dream come true for me. i love all the white, and rustic woods with dashes of bright colors and eclectic, vintage-inspired home furnishings. yep, this is my stairway to heaven.”
Glowing in the dark: Eerie phenomenon turned swimmers brighter shade of blue | Mail Online: ” Swimming is supposed to give you a healthy glow, but these swimmers weren’t quite sure what was going on when they took a late-night dip and turned a fluorescent shade of blue.
‘It was like we were playing with radioactive paint,’ said photographer Phil Hart who snapped the bizarre sight as his friends emerged from a lake in the dark of night.
The light is created by a chemical reaction called bioluminescence, which happens when a naturally-occuring micro-organism in the water is disturbed.”
Top 10 vegetarian mains | delicious. Magazine food articles & advice: “You have chosen – here are our most viewed vegetarian mains. From soups, to curries, to risotto cakes, these veggie recipes are colourful, flavourful, and wonderful – even if we say so ourselves.”
Alabama law firm to Taco Bell: That’s not beef – Business – Consumer news – Food Inc. – msnbc.com: “MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama law firm claims in a lawsuit that Taco Bell is using false advertising when it refers to using ‘seasoned ground beef’ or ‘seasoned beef’ in its products.
The meat mixture sold by Taco Bell restaurants contains binders and extenders and does not meet the minimum requirements set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be labeled as ‘beef,’ according to the legal complaint. “
Bad Ads From The Good Ol’ Days: “Bad Ads From The Good Ol’ Days”
Marijuana pop coming to California – Chicago Sun-Times: “SOQUEL, Calif. — A California entrepreneur has plans to market a line of medical marijuana soft drinks.Clay Butler says he plans to supply medical marijuana dispensaries with his soda pot, which contains the psychoactive marijuana ingredient THC.
Marijuana drinks are already showing up here and there, but Butler says he thinks his branding savvy will make his product a hit.Besides his flagship cola drink, Canna Cola, he will also produce Dr. Pepper-like Doc Weed, lemon-lime Sour Diesel, Grape Ape and Orange Kush.
A 12-ounce bottle will cost $10 to $15.
The Soquel-based commercial artist tells the Santa Cruz Sentinel that he doesn’t do drugs or need medical marijuana for any ailments.
The MacGyver Approach to Winter Biking (Zip Ties!) : TreeHugger: “Low-Cost Solution to Keep On Bikin’ One of the cyclists at Dutch Bike Co was caught without studded tires when it started snowing in Seattle, but no matter, that’s nothing that a box of zip ties can’t fix! This MacGyver trick isn’t new, but now that winter is here, it’s worth bringing up once more.”
Spring Equinox: Sun Boxes | Indianapolis Museum of Art: “Mark the start of spring at 100 Acres with sound artist Craig Colorusso’s Sun Boxes. Marvel at a field of 20 solar-powered speakers, each programmed with a different loop of guitar notes, for an effect of an overlapping field of sound. The sounds of Sun Boxes have been described as both soothing and energizing, as they react to the natural fluctuations of cloudiness and sun to create an ephemeral composition. All are welcome to enter the sound environment at will during the three-day installation.”
Photoblog – Photographer captures lives riddled by drug use, loss in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: “Photographer captures lives riddled by drug use, loss in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Katie Cannon writes:I thought these were both haunting images from photographer Claire Martin’s series on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C. Martin’s description of the area follows below:”
“Impossible” planet from beyond the Milky Way discovered: “It’s not quite the impossible planet, but it’s certainly very improbable. A planet has been discovered around a type of ancient star that scientists once believed couldn’t support planets. Even more incredibly, the planet formed outside our galaxy.
Before the discovery of this gas giant, it was incredibly rare to find planets orbiting ancient stars – and even more rare to find them orbiting a star like this one because it lacks the necessary metals to form planets. This planet’s star, amazingly, is both old and metal-poor, and what’s more the star has entered its red giant phase, in which it expands to an incredible size and threatens to engulf its planets. That’s what you can see in the rather mind-blowing, somewhat impressionistic artist’s conception up top. That black dot just to the lower right of center is the planet in question.
So this planet is impossible for three reasons, all to do with the extreme conditions of its star.
Just to add to the strangeness, the star should have swallowed up its planet, based on the planet’s position relative to the star. But that’s nothing compared to the story of its birth. This star is part of a group that was once part of a satellite galaxy apart from the Milky Way, which was gravitationally disrupted and assimilated into our galaxy several billion years ago. In all likelihood, this planet predates that merger, meaning it’s technically the first planet we’ve discovered that’s from another galaxy.
Famous and Uniqe Guitar Boat: “There is nothing like your own unique style statement to impress the girl of your dreams. And what could be more unique than you sailing ‘purposefully’ on the coolest boat as your ‘girl to be’ waits on your first date alongside the lake? If Antonio Banderas has another chance to star in a Desperado sequel, he would for sure contact Josh Pyke, the Australian singer who owns this boat. It is actually a replica of the original guitar Josh plays all the time. I wonder whether the singer intends to put it up for an auction? And as far as I see, it could be a profitable thought, especially if his ‘make you happy’ song (where this guitar boat has been used in a video) turns out to be a success. Gallery after the jump.”
iClarified – Mac OS X – How to Green Screen Using iMovie ’09: “This entry needs translation. To help us and submit a translation please click here
These are instructions on how to use the iMovie ’09 green screen feature to change the background of your video clip.
Step One For this tutorial you will need two video clips; one that has been recorded with a green screen background and one that is the background you would like to change to.
Launch iMovie ’09 by clicking its icon in the dock or in the Applications folder. “
15 Unique and Creative Staircases: “15 Unique and Creative Staircases”
Top 5 Brilliant Ring Designs | Fundivision: “Today’s post showcases five brilliant ring designs which were inspired by tires, tennis balls, bricks, teeth and pistols. Enjoy”
Incredible Space Maximization in a Small Studio Apartment: “Incredible Space Maximization in a Small Studio Apartment
You’ve seen a lot of ingenious ideas on how to decorate small apartments on Freshome. Here is another tiny crib that manages to maximize space and create a cozy living environment as well. The East Village Studio comes from JPDA Architects, stretches over an area of 46 square meters (500 square feet) and was built as a little ‘nest’ for the owners who also work here. It has all the utilities a common looking contemporary home has and dare we say a lot more. This original crib has storage space and shelves in the most unusual and unexpected places, reducing clutter and contributing to a clean and fresh interior design. The wood gives this home its warmth which is ‘intensified’ by the friendly vegetation pots spread around the open studio.”
17 Excellent Studies About Music, The Brain, and Your Health: “For years, nurses and other health care professionals have known that music has positive effects on the brain. Indeed, the complexities of music are thought to stimulate brain function. On top of that, there also seems to be an effect of music on health. Some health care professionals note that music therapy can help in a variety of ways, leading to increased chances of recovery.
You can see for yourself that music can be a boon to many. Music can help make you smarter and keep your brain functioning, and it can also be a positive influence on your health. Here are 17 studies about music, the brain and your health:”
I’m 120 but my joints are OK | The Sun |News: “A GREAT-great granny reveals how she has lived to be 120 … by smoking CANNABIS every day. Fulla Nayak ? believed to be the world’s oldest woman ? puffs ‘ganja’ cigars and drinks strong palm wine in her cow-dung hut in India. She lives with her 92-year-old daughter and grandson, 72, by the Indian Ocean.”
Hubble zooms in on a space oddity: “Hubble Zooms in on a Space Oddity
ScienceDaily (Jan. 11, 2011) — One of the strangest space objects ever seen is being scrutinized by the penetrating vision of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. A mysterious, glowing green blob of gas is floating in space near a spiral galaxy. Hubble uncovered delicate filaments of gas and a pocket of young star clusters in the giant object, which is the size of our Milky Way galaxy.”
cornelius comanns: bufalino: ” ‘bufalino’ by german industrial designer cornelius comanns is a small camper which is equipped to meet the basic needs of one person. the concept behind the project is to offer absolute flexibility during periods of travel. the minimalist construction is based on the existing piaggio APE 50 three wheeled light transport vehicle; a model chosen for its economic and fuel efficient benefits. however, the more complex structural components such as the frame, the chassis, and engine are derived from the original piaggio model.”