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People Making Music with Broken Plumbing | Colossal

<p>Here’s an amazing videos of a musician realizing the air pressure from faulty plumbing makes for great music. The violinist from the video is from …

Sublime Illustrated Cinemagraphs by Rebecca Mock

A really well done cinemagraph is really cool, but add a nice ingredient to this, like a complete illustrated cinemagraph, and we're talking about an …

30 Brilliant Test Answers From Smartass Kids

When a child’s answer to a question on a quiz or test is incorrect but clever, should they get credit for it? Here are 30 clever test answers that …

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

Articles about best midcentury homes america on Dwell.com - Dwell

Australia is home to many beautiful beaches, koalas and kangaroos, and most importantly, incredible prefab houses.<p>Palm Springs thrives as a getaway, but lately an influx of people visiting through home-sharing services has some people...<p>Beautiful things can come in small packages.<p>These midcentury …

The Illustrations of Zao Dao Capture A Certain Spirit - The Fox Is Black

Zao Dao is a Kaiping, China based illustrator who does manga-esque illustrations that are full of personality and lots of little details. There’s …

23 Children's Books You Need To Read Again As An Adult

With help from The New York Public Library's Youth Materials Specialist, Betsy Bird, we put together a list of 23 books worth giving a second read.

Wellcome image awards 2014: life in extreme close-up - in pictures

Beautiful, strange and occasionally alarming pictures from the shortlist for this year’s Wellcome image awards – which celebrate the very best in science photography and imaging – from an x-ray of a bat to a micrograph of a kidney stone. The exhibition opens on 12 March at three science centres and …

Who Buried the $10 Million in Coins Found by a California Couple—and Why?

What they found, where it's from—and what are the odds?<p>The dream of discovering buried treasure came true for a California couple who found a real pot of gold while walking their dog. The largest such hoard ever found in the U.S. is comprised of 1,411 gold coins, minted between 1847 and 1894, worth …

Stout Beer Beef Stew

<i>Large pieces of stew meat and root vegetables float lazily in a broth flavored with stout beer. The perfect bowl of comfort to see you through a</i> …

13 Hearty Stews We Love

Gallery13 Hearty Stews We Love<p>Whether you're battling <i>the</i> cold or <i>a</i> cold, a nice, hearty stew is always a welcome wintertime cure. We've collected 13 of our favorite hearty recipes, from meaty to vegan. See them all in the slideshow or check them out below!<p>Get the Recipes!<p>Colombian Chicken Stew with …

Lentil and Sausage Soup for a Cold Winter's Night Recipe on Food52

New sugar limits: 26 'mini health time bombs'

Following the World Health Organisation's warning that adults should halve their daily sugar intake to six teaspoons, here are 26 food and drink products described by Action on Sugar, a campaign group, as 'mini health time bombs'<p>The World Health Organisation <b>has warned that the average adult's daily</b> …

Frank Horvat's best shot: the seedy side of 1950s Paris

In 1956, a New York agency asked me to do a sexy story for a US "men's magazine" about the nightlife of Paris, where I was living. I was 28 and had little money, so was glad to accept. I headed for Place Pigalle and asked nightclub doormen if they would let me in to photograph the girls in their …

Bees Are Now Upcycling Plastic

As cool as it is to see birds using manmade objects to decorate their lovenests, it's a little heartbreaking. But the reality is that the wilderness …

This Is The First Public Art Installation To Use Google Glass

Head on over to the National Portrait Museum if you want to try out Google Glass (and see some art, I guess).<p>Artist David Datuna has an ongoing series called “Viewpoint of Billions,” in which a large collage is layered over with different optical lenses. But for his newest entry in that series, …

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The children's book offering hope for the displaced children of Syria

The baby goose and his mother are driven from their home by drought. While seeking water, they end up at a pond with lots of other geese. There, the young geese decide they will stop misbehaving if it means they can go home. The rains return, the drought ends and it all finishes with a happy …

Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm with illustrations by David Hockney

David Hockney<p>Contemporary art legend David Hockney illustrates the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm – a 1969 gem. Peek inside at the link:

Beloved Illustrator Eric Carle’s Vibrant Ode to Friendship and How It Reunited Him with His Lost Childhood Friend

<b>Eric Carle</b> (b. June 25, 1929) is arguably the most celebrated — and prolific — children’s book author-illustrator alive and a tireless champion of art for young humans. Almost half a century after his beloved classic <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar</i>, which has delighted generations of children, Carle …

End Quotes: Jillian Tamaki on today’s illustrators

After spending a year chairing the Society of Illustrators’ annual illustration show, <b>Jillian Tamaki</b> pens a rah rah intro for the annual, but I think …

Long Before There Was An App To Illustrate Interiors, There Was Jeremiah Goodman

Inside the icon's home.<p>What do Greta Garbo, Dorothy Draper, Cecil Beaton, the Duchess of Windsor, Elsa Schiaparelli, Billy Baldwin, David Hicks, Pablo Picasso, Bill Blass, and Diana Vreeland all have in common? Not only are they 20th-century style icons, they have all commissioned interiors …

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Visual Identity Process: The PopChicken Gourmet Express

The design process behind visual identities are always inspiring. It's never enough to have references about how designers tackle the difficult task …

Graphic Design

The Murmurations of Starlings

When starlings flock together, wheeling and darting through the sky in tight, fluid formations, we call it a murmuration. These murmurations can range from small groups of a few hundred starlings in a small ball, to undulating seas of millions of birds, blocking out the sun. I thought today would …

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art | Colossal

<p>As part of her MA work at the Design Academy Eindhoven, artist and graphic designer Echo Yang created a series titled Autonomous Machines where …

Depression and Treatment

<i>By Prakash Sutradhar, BBN Contributor.</i><p>Depression is a tough emotion that makes the person feel down, empty, hopeless or indifferent to …

The first Noble Truth: Life is Dukkha/Suffering. (Suffering is an inadequate translation for Dukkha but please read on). Most people will have a superficial understanding of Dukkha/Suffering. Their understanding are based on the duality of pleasure and suffering where no argument can bring a concrete conclusion. They need to go deeper into both, pleasure and suffering. They need to understand both pleasure and suffering are but one thing and it's essence is Dukka/Suffering. Buddha was speaking about this 'essence' to existence. When we examine the very essence of worldly pleasure, ... first it is impermanent and beings impermanent and due to our lust and the desire to have pleasure again and gain and again and again, etc. ......... it is totally unsatisfactory. Beings always want their pleasure and happiness repeated, endlessly if possible but it is not possible, because as the Buddha said, Anything that is conditioned is impermanent." Moreover, in pursuing worldly happiness and pleasure, Beings goes through untold suffering, having stress, quarrels over right and wrong, commits all kinds of negative karma, lie, kill, steal, etc. etc., they even losse their limbs, eyes, health and life, ..... and in the end the pleasure they experience only last for a short while. Thus is this every pleasure they seek truly suffering, the cause and source of their suffering, perfumed with Dukkha. It is extremely important to understand this truth thoroughly. No practitioner can progress properly without a proper understanding. It has to sit deep in one's heart. 7th Dalai Lama (from 'Songs of spiritual change' translated by Glenn Mullin: "Hundreds of stupid flies gather On a piece of rotten meat, Enjoying, they think, a delicious feast. This image fits with the song Of the myriads of foolish living beings Who seek happiness in superficial pleasures; In countless ways they try, Yet I have never seen them satisfied." Note that "suffering" is an inadequate translation of the word "Dukkha", but it is the one most commonly found, lacking a better word in English. "Dukkha" means "intolerable", "unsustainable", "difficult to endure", stress, and can also mean "imperfect", "unsatisfying", or "incapable of providing perfect happiness". There is also the under current apprehensiveness of mind at any given time, an uncertainty, restlessness, always looking for something to say or do, etc. etc. This is there all the time. It's all extremely psychological and in the center of it is the EGO. Dukkha/Suffering must be understood in 3 ways too: 1. Suffering of suffering: this refers to the most obvious aspects like pain, fear and mental distress. 2. Suffering of change: refers to the problems that change brings, like joy disappears, nothing stays, decay and death. 3. All-pervasive suffering: this is the most difficult to understand aspect, it refers to the fact that we always have the potential to suffer or can get into problematic situations. Even death is not a solution in Buddhist philosophy, as we will simply find ourselves being reborn in a different body, which will also experience problems. We need to understand Dukkha before we move on. The idea of the 4 Noble truth being pessimistic are held by pessimistic people who do not see the light( Nirvana/Enlightenment) at the end of the tunnel as shown by the Buddha. Those who truly understand the 4 Noble Truth find great joy and hope.

Arya Sanghata Sutra video from 1 to 18 English version

Special thanks to Sanghatasutra.net for the audio recording (which was read and translated by a nun)<p>http://www.sanghatasutra.net .<p>At last, a …

How two archaeologists' hunch led to stunning claim about Buddha's birth date

The two archaeologists had a hunch that the Buddha’s birthplace in southern Nepal held secrets that could transform how the world understood the …

Over Time, Buddhism and Science Agree - Issue 9: Time

I remember my grandfather commenting—wry amusement tinged with grim resignation—that what made him finally feel old was seeing his children reach …

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