Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Steel

Steel is cold, or so they say. But this material can become the most delicate ingredient in the hands of skilled artists, who turn it into special works of art.
Hereby, you are invited to take a journey into the world of art that requires steel as the main material. Presenting 10 extraordinary artists and their beautiful, extremely delicate, funny, real-life like, sometimes even ridiculous works and their visions as artists. Freedom of expression reflects itself perfectly in art, and you will see that even a “cold” piece of steel can become beautifully animated.

Below you see one of Mary Tailor's works. And there is more.



The Talks

I think I will add "The Talks" to my list of Cool Cyber Places. Here is a small part of today's interview with Jack Nicholson.

Mr. Nicholson, do you often think about dying?
Yes, these are subjects that we think about all the time but don’t necessarily talk about. Everybody has thought about if they want to be cremated, buried, or whatever.

What’s your preference?
I want a big 25-foot pink statue that holds my grave. Or I also might like the way the Indians did it. They hang you up on the top of a tree and the birds eat you. No, really I would probably choose cremating.

Are there any positive aspects of aging?
Plenty. You are more thoughtful because you don’t act as quickly anymore. When I turned 70 it was the first time I felt young for my age. Fifty dropped on me like a ton of bricks – there is something about that number – but when 70 came along I felt good about it.

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I wonder how I will feel when I turn 50. In 2013, the year I will graduate (again).

Friday, June 17, 2011

Watching TV

No one ever claimed that watching TV was healthy, but doctors are only now discovering just how bad it can be.
Evidence from a spate of recent studies suggests that the more TV you watch, the more likely you are to develop a host of health problems and to die at an earlier age.
In a new analysis published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers combined data from eight such studies and found that for every additional two hours people spend glued to the tube on a typical day, their risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases by 20% and their risk of heart disease increases by 15%.
And for every additional three hours the study participants spent in front of the TV, their risk of dying from any cause during the respective studies jumped 13%, on average.
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Abstract art

Do you see the difference?  

Some of the images displayed  in Mikhail Simkin's site are masterpieces of abstract art, created by immortal artists. They carry profound meanings, which are, however, beyond the apprehensions of the vulgar. The rest were produced by the author of the quiz. They mean nothing. Find out if you can see the difference here. Some are real easy.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Let us be friends


It was a scene that perhaps would not have made the final cut of King Kong. This gorilla shares a moment of quiet reflection with a tiny mallard duckling, who seems fairly nonplussed about being in the presence of one of nature's most powerful beasts. The heart-warming image is among Nature's Best Photography Magazine's wildlife photograph winners. There is more here.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Arno



Well, here he is: Arno. Almost 13 years old, looking fluffy.Do not worry, the hairdo will look better soon. And he does not mind.

Karakuri


Karakuri from Matthew Allard on Vimeo.

Craftsmanship at its best in Japan. Its roots can be traced back 200-300 years during the Edo period when skilled craftsmen created automata (self-operating machines). Using nothing more than pulleys and weights they were able to make the Karakuri (Japanese automata) perform amazing tasks.
Japans modern day robots can be traced back to the Karakuri. Today Hideki Higashino is one of the few remaining craftsmen who is determined to keep the history and tradition of Japanese Karakuri alive.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Gimme Shelter



It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.

This song expresses the urgency we all face to unite together as a planet and offers us wisdom with the words, "War, children, it's just a shot away... Love, sister, it's just a kiss away". It really is that simple. We dedicate this song to all the lost, homeless and forgotten people in this world. It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.

http://www.playingforchange.com

Talking Funny

Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Ricky Gervais and Louis CK sit down for a revealing (and hilarious) chat on this HBO special. The four stand-up legends get serious about comedy, discussing how they first got into the business, the merits of on-stage profanity, and the science behind getting a laugh.



You get part 1 of 4 here. There is more out there. Out there is You Tube; Enjoy.