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30 Oct 17:00

A Meditation on Balance: New Stone Work from Michael Grab

by Benjamin Starr
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Michael Grab Gravity Glue 1

It takes a love of nature, a lot of patience, and very steady hands to create work like Michael Grab’s balanced stones. The Boulder Colorado-based artist (covered previously) spends long meditative hours in the woods, finding stones large and small, and placing them at seemingly impossible rest atop their pointed end. Captured in exceptional photographs, his work contains that rare and poetic balance between stillness and motion.

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Although his website is called Gravity Glue, Grab assures his fans that the only adhesives used in his works are the gravity kind. On his Facebook page he explains his process for would-be stone balancers:

“The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of ‘tripod’ for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another. In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters. Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching.
Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, i am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise. “Try not, there is no try…only DO.” – Yoda (Star Wars)”

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30 Oct 16:34

When she was in high school, the First Lady was just like many...



When she was in high school, the First Lady was just like many of you—getting ready to apply for college. What questions do you have? Ask the First Lady by Friday morning in the White House Ask Box, and we’ll post her responses starting at 4pm on Monday.

30 Oct 16:00

Confirmed: Obama Says The Word "Folks" A Lot

He’s said the word more than any president since 1929. It’s part of a broader trend towards more conversational public speech. A BuzzFeed News data-analysis.

That's approximately 7.3 times per 10,000 words — more than double the next-closest president:

John Templon / BuzzFeed

The charts in this post are based on BuzzFeed News' analysis of more than 2,000 presidential news conference transcripts dating back to 1929. (Earlier posts have examined Obama's use of "I" and "we," and presidential jokes.)

Obama’s use of “folks” peaked in 2012:

Obama’s use of “folks” peaked in 2012:

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30 Oct 14:58

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29 Oct 18:55

An Interactive Ranking of the Most Popular Halloween Costumes in America From 2009 to 2013

by Rollin Bishop

Costume Ranking

NPR’s Planet Money blog has an interactive ranking of the most popular Halloween costumes in America from 2009 to 2013. Users can hover over a specific costume, like zombie, in order to see its rise and fall in popularity over time. Witches, vampires, and pirates seems to be a constant favorite but there are a few interesting additions. The chart — created by Quoctrung Bui and LA Johnson — uses data from the National Retail Federation.

29 Oct 18:32

This Cartoon Shows What Americans Truly Find Scary On Halloween

A commentary on what scares Americans and what should scare Americans.

Courtesy Lalo Alcaraz / La Cucaracha

Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz made a cartoon just in time for Halloween that lampoons what scares Americans, what the media focuses on, and what isn't focused on enough.

Alcaraz told BuzzFeed News the "scariest" or "most popular" Halloween costume gag is a seasonal time-saver used by many editorial cartoonists during this busy time of year.

"In my daily comic strip, La Cucaracha, I get to rely on this gag framework just about every holiday season — 2010's version of this cartoon featured Salmonella Humpty Dumpty, a terror baby, the terrifying Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer, a brown person with frighteningly brown skin and real Jersey Shore costumes," he said.

In 2014, he says, the fear mongering only increased.

"This year brought the invisibility of female tech workers, the militaristic tactics of heavily armored American street cops, Ebola, of course, and Central American kids, costumed or not," he added.

"As they say in Mexico, 'TRIKO TRI'"

29 Oct 01:30

Cool Pope Francis Declares Big Bang Theory and Evolution Are Real

by Isha Aran
Chelsea

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Cool Pope Francis Declares Big Bang Theory and Evolution Are Real

Holy canoli, this pope is tearing it up and is showing no signs of slowing down. First Despite previous Pope Benedict XVI (aka Uncle Ben)'s firm beliefs on creationism, Monday, the chill as fuck Pope has decreed that God is "not a magician with a magic wand." Oh shit.

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28 Oct 11:00

6 Charts That Will Help You Understand The Ebola Crisis

How bad is it really, how bad could it get – and how much should you worry?

Tom Phillips/BuzzFeed / Via who.int

How bad could it get?

How bad could it get?

The simple answer is: Nobody knows. The more complicated answer is: Lots of experts have made projections of how widely the epidemic could spread, but the number of uncertain factors involved (such as how well the medical infrastructure holds up, how many beds are available, how quickly new cases are reported and isolated, and how safely bodies are disposed of) mean that the range between the best and worst-case scenarios is vast.

Two sets of projections were made in late September. The WHO, in the same New England Journal of Medicine paper, projected that if the rate of increase didn't change, there could be 20,000 cases by early November. That may or may not be accurate: it's more than the current reported number of cases, but could accurately reflect the situation if (as the WHO suspects) the reporting infrastructure has collapsed in several of the worst affected countries.

At around the same time, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made a longer-term series of projections for the countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone that goes up until 20 January 2015. These took into account how successful the efforts to contain the disease could be. If the efforts were largely successful, the CDC predicted, the epidemic would be virtually over by that date. If the efforts were entirely unsuccessful or non-existent, then there could be as many as 1.4 million cases by then.

The point is not to say that one or the other projections may be right – they're not predictions as such, just models to guide policymakers towards the best decisions. Rather, they serve to point out the incredible amount of uncertainty when dealing with rapid outbreaks of infectious diseases.

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27 Oct 21:52

Dan Levin, Sculptures & Oddities. Sculptor Dan Levin creates...

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Dan Levin, Sculptures & Oddities.

Sculptor Dan Levin creates odd sculptures from decks of cards to multitudes of found objects put together to create something fresh and surreal.  Take a look at more below!

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Dan Levin

Dan Levin

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27 Oct 14:46

Me going to work on a Monday

27 Oct 04:38

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Not all girls are like you
26 Oct 18:20

Salvador Dali taking his anteaters for a walk in Paris, 1969

25 Oct 21:54

They’re Creepy and they’re Kooky! Don’t...



They’re Creepy and they’re Kooky! Don’t miss ‪#‎TheAddamsFamily‬ tonight at 6pm/5c followed by Addams Family Values on ‪#‎ABCFamily‬'s #‎13NightsofHalloween‬!

And be sure to check out 365 Days of Balloons now on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

25 Oct 11:41

‘Gremlins,’ ‘Fargo’ Christmas Sweaters Available For Pre-Order [PICS]

by Lauren Berkley

Nothing says “Christmas” like murder and mayhem!

These officially licensed knit sweaters are available for pre-order for $85. Shipping begins in early December, and sizes Small thru 3XL are available.

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25 Oct 17:11

Evolution of Formula 1 .

25 Oct 19:29

What a time to be alive

25 Oct 06:00

Fashion Styles for Ghosts

by John Farrier

(Gemma Correll)

Ugg boots may be popular among the living this time of year, but the typical ghost wouldn't be caught dead in them. Sure, you can just wear a sheet, but only if you're going with the relaxed fit look. And that's not always appropriate.

I like the cargo style because the pockets are practical. Most ghosts, though, seem to wear it ironically.

-via Tastefully Offensive

25 Oct 00:02

Fascinating: This Animated GIF Shows 3 Different Ways To Breathe

by Benjamin Starr
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Hey there, Air Breathing Mammal. Think you get oxygen just like the other creatures around? Not even close. Eleanor Lutz is at it again, continuing her series of designerly graphics that teach us fascinating science. This installment features a GIF animation of how three different animals breathe: humans, birds, and grasshoppers. For something as simple as “suck air in, blow air out”, this graphic shows a striking diversity of what happens to that breath once it’s inside the body.

Now you’ll know why birds are active on mountain peaks where you won’t find any mammals.

Also check out Eleanor Lutz’ previous graphic on the shape wings trace in flight.

Click here or the graphic below for a full-sized view on Lutz’ website:

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23 Oct 18:25

Global incident maps tell you how screwed the world is in real time

by Jesus Diaz on Sploid, shared by Jesus Diaz to Gizmodo

Global incident maps tell you how screwed the world is in real time

You are looking at the current disease outbreaks in the United States, as displayed in real time by Global Incidents Map. They have many more: Forest fires, hazardous materials accidents, amber alerts, border security, drug interdictions, gang crime, and now two new ones: Human trafficking and food/medicine incidents.

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24 Oct 17:11

Famous Album Covers Start Singing in New Music Video for Roy Kafri’s ‘Mayokero’

by Christopher Jobson
Chelsea

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Famous Album Covers Start Singing in New Music Video for Roy Kafris Mayokero singing music video humor

Famous Album Covers Start Singing in New Music Video for Roy Kafris Mayokero singing music video humor

Famous Album Covers Start Singing in New Music Video for Roy Kafris Mayokero singing music video humor

In this superbly edited new music video for Roy Kafri’s ‘Mayokero,’ famous album covers including photos of Madonna, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Bob Dylan seemingly come to life and begin singing. The project is a collaboration between Roy Kafri and artist Vania Heymann who wrote and directed.

24 Oct 15:29

Who the .... figured that out?

24 Oct 07:02

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23 Oct 21:32

People Are Painting Eye-Catching Designs on Snails to Prevent Them From Being Stepped On

by EDW Lynch

Painting Snail Shells
photo via Stefan Siverud

Bored Panda recently posted a photo gallery of snails sporting colorfully painted shells. Some of the people who paint the shells do so for artistic reasons, but others fancy themselves good Samaritans, believing that brightly painted snails are less likely to be accidentally stepped on by people. However, commenters have pointed out that painted snails may be easier prey for predators. And while non-toxic paint appears to be the standard amongst snail painters, the paint’s effect on snails is unknown.

Painting Snail Shells
photo via Stefan Siverud

Painting Snail Shells
photo via Slinkachu

Painting Snail Shells
photo via Stefan Siverud

Painting Snail Shells
photo via Stefan Siverud

via Bored Panda

23 Oct 14:17

GIF Magnets from Famous Movies

by Valentin

Qui n’a jamais, au moins une fois dans sa vie, rapporter, de la ville phare de ses vacances, un souvenir iconique à coller sur son frigo ? « Impossible magnet » est une série de GIF animés qui fait référence à des villes imaginaires tirées d’œuvres culturelles mythiques. De Hill Valley à Gotham City en passant par Jurassic Park.

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23 Oct 14:48

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22 Oct 22:26

Here's How Differently A Couple Texts Before And After Getting Married

Apparently, you stop writing “love” and start writing “ok” a lot more often.

Alice Zhao is the data scientist and blogger behind this texting project. Zhao analyzed texts from the first year she started dating her now-husband and texts from this year.

Alice Zhao is the data scientist and blogger behind this texting project . Zhao analyzed texts from the first year she started dating her now-husband and texts from this year.

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"On our one year anniversary, his gift to me was a Word doc of all of our text messages since our first date," she wrote. "What I considered to be the most thoughtful gift ever (given that we are both nerds).

"On our one year anniversary, his gift to me was a Word doc of all of our text messages since our first date," she wrote. "What I considered to be the most thoughtful gift ever (given that we are both nerds).

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Zhao wanted to see what exactly changed after six years of being together. Right off the bat Zhao noticed that she doesn't greet her husband anymore and instead just agrees with him.

Zhao wanted to see what exactly changed after six years of being together. Right off the bat Zhao noticed that she doesn&#39;t greet her husband anymore and instead just agrees with him.

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She also poured through the texts looking for individual phrases and the frequency of certain words. "Love" has decreased in frequency, but the words "home" and "dinner" have stayed pretty consistent.

She also poured through the texts looking for individual phrases and the frequency of certain words. "Love" has decreased in frequency, but the words "home" and "dinner" have stayed pretty consistent.

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22 Oct 22:53

Looping Illustrations by Drew Tyndell

by Christopher Jobson

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Looping Illustrations by Drew Tyndell illustration gifs animation

Looping Illustrations by Drew Tyndell illustration gifs animation

Looping Illustrations by Drew Tyndell illustration gifs animation

Looping Illustrations by Drew Tyndell illustration gifs animation

Nashville-based artist and illustrator Drew Tyndell creates these looping animations which he paints frame by frame in Photoshop. He was first inspired by a Stan Brakhage piece he encountered at an animation exhibition at the Frist Museum in Nashville. After creating a 64-frame animation of a cube by hand-painting each slide, he then decided to go digital, exploring forms and shapes found in some of his own geometric paintings on wood. To see more of his animation work check out his Loops gallery. (via The Fox is Black)

22 Oct 19:47

Statue of Liberty to Be Whored Out on Halloween

by Leah Finnegan
Chelsea

what could go wrong...?

Statue of Liberty to Be Whored Out on Halloween

Lady Liberty. The guardian of our shores. The protector of America. Her greenness, the anti-whore, who looks down upon capitalism but does not let herself be defiled by it. Until now.

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22 Oct 18:30

Smart people listen to Radiohead and dumb people listen to Beyoncé, according to study

by Alex Young

How does a person’s intelligence relate to the type of music they listen to? For the last several years, a software application writer by the name of Virgil Griffith has charted musical tastes based on the average SAT scores of various college institutions. For example, students attending the California Institute of Technology have an average SAT score of 1520. By looking at Facebook to determine the most popular (or — “liked”) band of students at Cal Tech, Griffith was able to conclude that Radiohead really truly is music for smart people. A highly scientific study, I know.

As Digital Inspiration points out, Griffith’s chart reveals Sufjan Stevens, Bob Dylan, The Shins, and — uh — Counting Crows as other favorite bands of smart people. Meanwhile, Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, The Used, and gospel music comes in at the lower end of the spectrum — or, as Griffith puts it, is music for dumb people.

Among other interesting revelations from the Griffith’s chart: Smart people prefer John Mayer over Pink Floyd; rock titans like Tool, System of a Down, and Pearl Jam fall right in the middle — so, music for average people?; and people still listen to Switchfoot.

See the full result of Griffith’s findings below. Ed. Note: This chart actually dates back to 2009, but the below graphic is new.

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22 Oct 15:51

New York Times DC Dining Bingo