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August 16 2015

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Over 15 Years’ Worth Of Dazzling Art At Burning Man

Photographer NK Guy has been capturing the artworks built for Burning Man on camera for over a decade, recently anthologized his findings in a new book, Art of Burning Man. In it, he pays poetic homage to the way the sun rises over the event’s central sculpture in the mornings, and the glow of LED lights and lasers after sunset. He emphasizes the structures’ ability to bring people together from all walks of life – accomplishing, according to Guy, the feelings of connection that art should achieve, but so often fails to inside of a museum.  

See more stunning art from Burning Man here. 

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Walton Ford “Gleipnir” 2012

In Norse mythology, Gleipnir is the binding that holds the mighty wolf Fenrir. The Gods had attempted to bind Fenrir twice before with huge chains of metal, but Fenrir was able to break free both times. Therefore, they commissioned the dwarves to forge a chain that was impossible to break. To create a chain to achieve the impossible, the dwarves fashioned the chain out of six supposedly impossible things:

  • The sound of a cat’s footfall
  • The beard of a woman
  • The roots of a mountain
  • The sinews of a bear
  • The breath of a fish
  • The spittle of a bird

Therefore, even though Gleipnir is as thin as a silken ribbon, it is stronger than any iron chain. It was forged by the dwarves in their underground realm of Niðavellir.

Gleipnir, having bound Fenrir securely, was the cause of Týr’s lost hand, for Fenrir bit it off in revenge when he was not freed. Gleipnir is said to hold until Ragnarök, when Fenrir will finally break free and devour Odin. (via wiki)

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Because you guys liked my last mushroom/fungus post.

1. Lion’s mane mushroom

2. Golden jelly fungus

3. Red cage fungus

4. Inky cap mushroom

5. Glowing mushroom

6. Veiled lady mushroom

7. Hedgehog mushroom

8. Pinwheel mushroom

9. Pixie’s parasol mushroom

10. Waffleball stinkhorn

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Elephanta Caves, India, late 19th century

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One of my favorite photos of Joan Crawford, by George Hurrell, 1932

August 09 2015

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Castle Churburg, Italy (by lazzo51)

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hi dragon. nice hat

pontifical, Avignon ca. 1330-1340

Tours, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. Diocèse 8, fol. 59r

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‘Downright Scary-Looking’ Anglerfish Found in Deep Sea

“A new species of fish that researchers describe as being “downright scary looking” has just been discovered in the deep sea.”

Scary. But cool. There are still so many more secrets to discover from the deep sea. 

Read more about this odd creature from Discovery News

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August 9, 2013 – High above a stunning cloudscape, the unmanned Japanese “Kounotori” supply ship approaches the International Space Station. (NASA)

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Litres of beer consumed per year per capita in Europe.

More beer maps >>

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Japanese samurais, ca. 1880

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Budapest, Hungary (by Gareth Bevan)

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Temple pendants
Gold, L 13 cm.
Shida Kartli, Akhalgori
Museum of Georgia
Period 4th century B.C

Pictures are mine, description by Museum of Georgia

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Underwater Jorge Cervera Hauser

Jorge Cervera Hauser is executive producer at Calypso Media, co-director at Pelagic Life, and producer of the documentary feature México Pelágico.

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Steampunk wedding flowers - fifty flowers

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Textron Lingerie advertisements c. 1940s

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70 YEARS AGO TODAY: A mushroom cloud rises 65,000 feet over a devastated Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945, killing over 70,000 people with thousands more left to die in the radioactive fallout. The Second World War would end a few days later when the Empire of Japan tentatively surrendered to Allied forces.

(Denver Post)

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Tarakanov Fortress in Dubno, Ukraine (source)

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National Geographic atlases from 1999 through 2014 shows how Arctic ice has melted over time.

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