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“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”<p>Jack Kerouac.

Finding Solitude Adventures

7 Trip Ideas For Those Seeking Solitude on a Grand Scale<p>Let the masses line up for Old Faithful and Half Dome. These bold adventures take you to big places with the breathing room to match.<p>Ride the Rim: Canyonlands National Park, Utah<p>The White Rim Trail is a 100-mile mountain-bike route with clear …

David Foster Wallace's Legendary Graduation Speech Is Now An Awesome Short Film

Novelist David Foster Wallace gave a speech called "This Is Water" to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon College.<p>The speech, which has become legendary, discusses how meaningless daily routines take over our lives and that we have to choose how we think, and what we pay attention to.<p>"This Is …

Flawless Dream Home: Two Storey Promenade Residence by BGD Architects

The Promenade Residence is a two-storey luxury home envisioned as the perfect “resort-like” house. The project was designed by BGD Architects in …

Yellowstone and the Adventures of the American West.

The U.S. Geological Survey has a nice collection of photos from the national parks of the American West, including a bunch of images from the various …

David Foster Wallace on Ambition | Blank on Blank

Articles about walter gropius hagerty house on Dwell.com - Dwell

Alongside Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, German architect Walter Gropius was a foundational figure in modern architecture...<p>No nautical nonsense here. How Walter Gropius built the Hagerty House, his first commission in the United States.<p>No nautical nonsense here. How Walter Gropius built the …

Mies Van Der Rohe Birthday: Celebrating The German-American Architect With A Look Back At His Work (PHOTOS)

Today is the birthday of German-American architect and Bauhaus great, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. The master of modern architecture would turn 127 years old if her were miraculously still alive today.<p>This picture taken in 1931 shows an outside view of the Tugendhat Villa in Brno, Czech Republic. The …

Architizer Journal: The Official Architizer Blog

We're building a comprehensive, firm-wide resource for project specifications.<p>Project Connections give your design work the spotlight it deserves.<p>Find the best brands for every architectural product and material.<p>Torggler’s kinetic doors float through space with such fluidity that it is almost eerie.<p>…

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Today is the last day of the International Dark Sky Week! Unfortunately I've been swamped with my upcoming projects I haven't had time to post here in a few days. From the comments I've read on earlier posts, some people don't understand why losing the dark matters. Light pollution interferes with living systems in many ways, causing, for example, sea turtles to lose their way to the sea, migrating birds to become confused and strike buildings, and plant seasonal cycles to be disturbed. It also affects human hormone cycles and our day-and-night cycles of sleep and wakefulness. Using light carelessly wastes energy, resources used to make the energy, and interferes with everyone’s visibility not only of stars but also of things on the ground that we need to see. The last image, or images I would like to share in honor of IDSWeek is a body of work by the artist Thierry Cohen (http://thierrycohen.com/). He photographs major cities, noting the precise time, angle, and latitude and longitude of his exposures. He then shoots the sky at the same angles from remote places at the same latitude, and digitally combines the images to show what the night sky would look like if we could turn off the lights. I want to thank the International Dark-Sky Association for all of their support and hard work promoting dark sky awareness! Celebrate the Night! Light Right! http://www.darksky.org/resources/109-international-dark-sky-week Goldpaint Photography www.goldpaintphotography.com For more information, please read below. Light pollution and human health In the USA today, 56% of children between the ages of 8 and 12 own their own cell phone and many are able to download and use astronomy apps. However, only 1% of those children will be able to see the majority of the objects shown by those apps because of light pollution. This makes for many disappointed, and disillusioned children; uninspired to pursue science. Not only is that frightening from a social and cultural standpoint, it is also terrifying as a health concern. Being exposed to light at night continues to be shown as a factor leading to health problems including obesity, depression, and even cancer, among others. Glare on the Eyes Bright points of light from poorly designed roadway lighting produce a condition known as “disability glare.” Disability glare is so intense that it causes us to avert our eyes from the veil of light being scattered across our retinas. This condition can temporarily cast everything except the light source into virtual invisibility. Older drivers are especially vulnerable to disability glare, because as we age the eye loses its ability to quickly adjust to changing levels of illumination. Fully shielded roadway lighting reduces this hazard and creates a safe and more pleasant driving experience by distributing the light evenly. Circadian Rhythm The 24-hour day/night cycle, known as the circadian clock, affects physiologic processes in almost all organisms, including humans. These processes include brain wave patterns, hormone production (melatonin), cell regulation and other biologic activities. Disruption of these rhythms can result in insomnia, depression, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. In 2012 the American Medical Association has recognized light at night as a carcinogen and a health risk. More information may be found at: http://www.darksky.org/assets/documents/AMA_2012_report.pdf Melatonin Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone which is released by darkness and inhibited by light. It serves many functions in the human body, primarily regulating the daily cycles of our systemic activities. Reduction or elimination of light at night can help maintain a robust melatonin rhythm. While any kind of light can interfere with melatonin production, the short wavelength, blue portion of the spectrum is the most potent for melatonin suppression in humans. Sleep disorders Exposure to the artificially extended daytime of our lighted modern world can lead to desynchornization of our internal rhythms. According to the National Institution of Health (NIH), a shift in our clocks impairs our ability to sleep and wake at the appropriate times and leads to a decrease in cognitive and motor skills. A good night’s sleep helps reduce weight gain, stress, depression, and the onset of diabetes. The NIH believes humans function best when they sleep at night and act in the daytime. If outdoor light is shining into your window and disrupting your sleep, it is recommend you block out the light or request that the light be shielded for everyone’s benefit. Emerging Research

Beautiful roads around the World (23 pictures)

There are certain roads around the world that go above and beyond average. They’re so sceni that traveling them is a true adventure.<p><b>Like it? Share it!</b>

The mystery of how Arnold Palmer orders his own drink has been solved

Imagine for a second that you're Arnold Palmer, a seven-time major championship winner, business icon and refreshment drink namesake. You are out at …

Dreamy Photography by Weerapong Chaipuck

I've been making plans for a big trip through some nice places around the world, and it's always great to see some pictures to inspire me to go to …

The Cheat Sheet for Beef

Wish you knew how to decide which cut of beef to buy? This infographic will inform you about the type of meat, the cost, and method to cook it.

APOD: Earth at Twilight (2013 Apr 06) Image Credit: NASA, ISS Expedition 2 Crew, Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130406.html Explanation: No sudden, sharp boundary marks the passage of day into night in this gorgeous view of ocean and clouds over our fair planet Earth. Instead, the shadow line or terminator is diffuse and shows the gradual transition to darkness we experience as twilight. With the Sun illuminating the scene from the right, the cloud tops reflect gently reddened sunlight filtered through the dusty troposphere, the lowest layer of the planet's nurturing atmosphere. A clear high altitude layer, visible along the dayside's upper edge, scatters blue sunlight and fades into the blackness of space. This picture actually is a single digital photograph taken in June of 2001 from the International Space Station orbiting at an altitude of 211 nautical miles. http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130406 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0406

Giant Penis Shuts Down The Nürburgring

The Nürburgring remained closed for a few hours this morning while crews worked to remove a gigantic white graffiti penis from the track. Seriously. …

The Hottest Cars At The New York Auto Show

The Hyundai HCD-14 concept is meant to point directly to the next Genesis premium sedan. It uses the well-known 5.0-liter Tau V8, a naturally aspirated direct-injection engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

How to Use Temptation to Strengthen Your Willpower

I was running a leadership offsite at The Allison Inn and Spa in Oregon — one of my favorite hotels — and the food, as always, was exquisite. The carrot cake at lunch was so delicious that I ate two pieces. And when the staff brought out big, thick, gooey, homemade cookies during a break, I was …

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Photographer David Orias Makes the Pacific Ocean Look like Rainbows and Gold | Colossal

<p>Photographer David Orias relies on slow shutter speeds, precision camera movement and the rich light of dawn or dusk to capture these amazing images …

Famous Last Words | 16 Manly Last Words | The Art of Manliness

We’ve always been intrigued by the last words of others. What did a person use his final mortal breaths to utter? What were they thinking about? Were …

Bourbon secrets of Derby City

While thousands of racing fans are swigging the obligatory mint juleps at Churchill Downs and in bars across Louisville the first weekend in May during the Kentucky Derby, those in the know are enjoying more interesting variations on the tradition. Starting with the horses themselves, who skip the …

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A pet store in Ballard. #seattle #lol