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7 Places Where You Can Still Go Off the Grid

<i>This post was authored by Lauren Hunter (Vayable.com).</i><p>I banned Christmas in 2013. I know what you're thinking: <i>How could you do that to Santa?!</i><p>After last year's battle of overanxious crowds and snappy sales clerks, I couldn't look at one more overcrowded shopping mall or department store sales …

Science Says Art Will Make Your Kids Better Thinkers (and Nicer People)

A new study supports our hunch that kids who are exposed to the arts gain benefits beyond just being “more creative.”<p>Those who would consider themselves part of the creative class would probably agree that art is an important part of primary school education. Since school boards concerned about the …

Art History

15 Of The Most Majestic Caves In The World

These stunning caves aren’t part of some fairy-tale world or horror movie – they can be found in some of the world’s most remote places in Asia, …

Oil Paintings of San Francisco Lit Up at Night

It's easy to get lost in the chaos of a busy city. In this series called <i>Concrete</i>, artist Xiau-Fong Wee takes us on a journey into the rush of urban life. Each scene is a snapshot right out of San Francisco area nightlife, transformed into a detailed oil painting. Lights from buildings, cars, and …

Amazing

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass? It’s Not Why You Think

Brain scientists in recent years have discovered a number of surprising ways that the brain influences our overall health, as well as how our …

Crater Burning for Over 40 Years is a "Door to Hell"

<i>Door to Hell</i> is an aptly named natural gas field in the Karakum Desert of Darweze, Turkmenistan that has been burning for over forty years. The flaming crater was originally a level surface identified by Soviet scientists in 1971 as an area rich in gas resources. Unfortunately, the ground collapsed …

Reddit

Robert Seidel's Fountain Projection is a Real-Life 'Fantasia'

Disney's fantasy movie "Fantasia" gave us all false hope when it comes to the magic behind composing music (and hanging out in forests in general). …

Why Ian Nairn, outspoken critic of postwar modernism, is as relevant as ever

Ian Nairn, the Observer's architecture critic, died aged just 53, but his work is now being rediscovered and his life remembered in a new book<p>An Englishman, middle aged, portly, in tie and suit, pushes his way through a beery crowd in 1970s Munich. The young Germans in the post‑hippy uniform of …

"Affirmations Are B.S." and Other Things You Shouldn't Believe

<i>By Orion Talmay</i><p>“Affirmations? Yeah, whatever… I don’t do that new age B.S.! That’s only good for weak people with no self-confidence! The people I …

Meditation

Frank Holl: Emerging from the Shadows – review

Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey Queen Victoria was desperate to own a Frank Holl painting. This jewel of an exhibition shows why<p>When the Watts Gallery in Compton, Surrey, reopened after its long refurbishment in 2011, its director, Perdita Hunt, told me she hoped it would become a centre for …

Art & Painting

Art & Painting

Art & Painting

Art & Painting

David John Kassan - Roughing in the colors on my life sized painting of Audrey. so good to be back in the studio. pic is way distorted. franco