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I think the wheel adds a very sophisticated touch, right?
Someone sent me this amazing video of wingsuit flying in France. I honestly did not know about this sport before. I looked up its definition in Wikipedia:
Wingsuit flying is the art of flying the human body through the air using a special jumpsuit, called a wingsuit, that shapes the human body into an airfoil which can create lift. The wingsuit creates the airfoil shape with fabric sewn between the legs and under the arms. It is also called a birdman suit.
Today I am happy to introduce to you my friend, Rahi Jaber. I have discovered her talent in photography lately, and I am amazed by the quality of pictures she can take. She has designed a story book for a publishing company called flattenme recently. She features her lovely daughter, Myla, in most of her photos. You can check her work at her flicker account here. Rahi lives in Michigan.
If you love the LOTR trilogy, you are going to love this. This hand-made doll house takes after the famous hobbit house in the movie. Every time I look at it, I get surprised by its superb detail and creativity. The house is fully furnished with everything from the rugs on the floors to the oil lamps on the walls. I applaud Obelia Medusa for putting all this hard work into producing such wonderful craftsmanship. You can see more pictures here.
Last Sunday, we decided to go to the Getty museum. I loved it. The highlight was a medieval exhibition that covered 1300 years of art treasures:Early Christian and Byzantine - Early Medieval - High Gothic - Late Medieval.
It was an amazing feeling to closely examine a book written by a medieval priest 1000 years ago. My hands itched to trace the black brush strokes, the tiny cracks in the faded paper, and the glint of gold ink used to highlight the designs that adorned the borders of each page. I could not help but go back in time and watch the priest writing with utmost patience.
After the tour, we took a coffee break outside to enjoy the view of the Getty's gardens. By the time we decided to head home, the museum was shrouded with a thick layer of fog that elevated the feel of the medieval era. You can read more about the Getty here.
This gentleman's name was Robert Cornelius. He produced the world's first human self-portrait. According to Wiki :
With his own knowledge of chemistry and metallurgy, as well as the help of chemist Paul Beck Goddard, Cornelius attempted to perfect the daguerreotype. Around October 1839, Cornelius took a portrait of himself outside of the family store. The daguerreotype produced shows an off center portrait of a man with crossed arms and tousled hair. This self-portrait of Robert Cornelius is the first photograph of a human to be produced.
The remains of the famous king were put on public display for the first time since his tomb was uncovered in 1922. King Tut was moved to a special display case in the tomb's antechamber to better preserve his deteriorating remains. Visitors will have the chance now to take a glimpse at the king's face and feet which will be the only visible parts. You can read more about this in National Geographic.
Nothing feels better than taking a minute everyday to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding us. I can feel the earth breathing, shifting, and changing around us. This is the trailer of "Planet Earth", a must-see BBC production. Its an eye-opening, breathtaking experience. Amid all the confusion, I hope we will be able to embrace and protect our planet.
One of my favorite memories was a daily exchange between my youngest brother (5 years old at that time) and his friend, David, to make sure they were both done with their homework before going outside to play:
Brother: Hey, David, you done?
David: I done, you done?
Brother: Yes, I done too.
My friend sent me this quiz which I thought was hilarious:
The following short quiz consists of 4 questions and will tell you whether you are smart or not. The questions are NOT that difficult, but you have to answer the questions yourself before you look at the final answer:
1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
The correct answer: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door.
This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.
2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
Did you answer: open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?
The correct answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door.
This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.
3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend.... except one. Which animal does not attend?
The correct answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there.
This tests your memory.
Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.
There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?
The correct answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the animal conference.
This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.
And yes, you guessed it, I failed all the questions.
One of my favorite photographers is Manuel Libres Librodo. Manuel (Manny) is from the Philippines, but he resides in Thailand. There is such magic in his work that you can't help but feel enchanted. Through his lenses, you can see the creativity, passion, colors, and lights of the world around us. I included some of his great shots. You can check out his galleries and read more about his work by going to his Pbase account.
I can lose myself in such beauty. A breathtaking video of time lapse in Los Angeles.
When the Capuchin monastery in Palermo, Italy, outgrew its original cemetery in the 16th century, monks excavated the catacomb below it and began a bizarre tradition that lasted until the 19th century.
The Capuchin monks mummified the bodies of the dead, dressed them up in everyday clothing and then put them on display on the monastery walls. Apparently, it was quite a status symbol to be entombed in the Capuchin monastery - prominent citizens of the town would ask to be preserved in certain clothing or even have the clothes changed on a regular basis according to contemporary fashion!
When the last body was interred in the late 1800s, there were 8,000 mummies on the walls of the Capuchin monastery and in the catacombs.
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