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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 …

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, …

Etymology

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 …

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 …

Natural Gas

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). …

Art

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

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 jeans and straggly facial hair and, swaying, yelping, slurrily intoning a sort of festive yodel, with a note of rising mockery, momentarily …

"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 …

Frank Holl: Emerging from the Shadows – review

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 excellence not only for the study of the artist after whom it is named, but for Victorian art in general. At the time I wondered about …

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