Nic Fiddian-Green and The Horse Head

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Ever since he saw the Horse of Selene, Nic Fiddian-Green has worked hard at perfecting the form of the equine head. He works in clay, plaster, beaten lead and marble, and he oversees the casting into bronze himself. He was born in Hampshire, England. Many of his exhibitions have been in London. He hast casted international attention in major exhibits in Italy, USA, and Australia. His recent encounter with a life-threatening illness has caused him to revise his work into a much deeper and thought-provoking vision. Even though all his sculptures portray a human head, they are viewed as a form of self-portrait. His sculptures are representations of his strong faith and persistence through life’s challenges.

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For more information,visit his website, nicfiddiangreen.com, or for a little insight into Nic Fiddian-Green’s creative mind, read this interview from The Telegraph.

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Nigerian Teenagers Create A Urine-Powered Generator

As many people around the world have been effected by hurricane Sandy, there’s been a loss of lower and a demand for generators to power hospitals, restaurants, ad homes. Four teenagers from Nigeria are out to change the world. 14-year-olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatyoin, and 15-year-old Bello Eniola created the world’s first urine-powered generator. They premiered their ingenious invention at Maker Faire Africa in Lagos, Nigeria.

Here’s how it works (according to The Next Web):

  • Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which cracks the urea into nitrogen, water, and hydrogen.
  • The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.
  • The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.
  • This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.
  • 1 Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity.

Nigeria, shown in red in the map below, is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populated country in the entire world. Nigeria’s poverty rate is unknown, but according to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, “the poverty rate in Nigeria may have risen to 71.5 per cent, 61.9 per cent, and 62.8 per cent using the relative, absolute and dollar-per-day measures, respectively…” Now, ask yourself, how can you change the world? Most of you reading this have way more resources at your fingertips than those four girls combined. Put your life to good use.

“The Subway That Time Forgot”: New York City’s Hidden Subway Station

Opened in 1904 for the Manhattan Main Line, the City Hall Station was supposed to be the heart of the subway system. With the looks of the Grand Central and the emptiness, the secret station looks like the one from Harry Potter. Due to new, stronger trains, the station was forced to close in 1945 since it wasn’t made for the larger trains. Trains were then forced to get off a stop before at the Brooklyn Bridge. Nowadays, the 6 train passes through the station, allowing passengers to view its glory from inside the car. Even though you can’t get off on the stop, the train travels through slowly enough for people to view the beauty. To make the station even cooler, street artists of the Underbelly Project have turned it into a little, creepy art gallery (look at the picture above). Those who explore deep into the tunnels can see it during the night. However, only go by foot if you don’t mind getting arrested or the small possibility of getting hit by a train…
How to travel to the station: Simply stay on the 6 train instead of getting off at Brooklyn Bridge, the last stop. The train actually makes a turnaround through City Hall station as it starts its return trip uptown.
There’s also some really cool hidden London Tube Stations. Click the links below for some info on them.

Yuri Lane: Human Beatbox

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Yuri Lane. What a cool name and what a cool guy. With just a harmonica (and the sounds of his mouth and body), Yuri creates some sick beats. He has his own website (yurilane.com) and YouTube channel (yurilane). I’m usually not one for harmonicas, but I especially love his video “Beatbox Harmonica in NYC”. I love the sort of soulful beatboxing integrated with his harmonica playing. I wonder how he plays the harmonica and beatboxes at the same time…. He’s such a creative guy.

Here’s the NYC video:

For more info on Yuri, check out his website and his YouTube channel, both linked above.

I thought this article I found on his website was interesting. Check it out: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2006-10-02-interfaith-rappers_x.htm

Friendship

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I wouldn’t be surprised if any of you have previously seen this quote or one of similar meaning. The bottom line is saying how we treat our best friends in a lower manner than a good friend. It’s almost like we are wired to behave in such a manner as ok, now that we seem to be permanently in someone’s life, we don’t need to be as nice to one another. Shouldn’t someone close to you be treated at highest value? Think about it. At least in my daily life, I take those close to me for granted. I would drop them if a good friend needed something because I know they’ll be there when I get back. They refers to family and those friends who are like family. Corny and all, you really don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Why take a best friend for granted and treat them lowly? Cherish those who are near and dear to your heart. We all need to take a moment and think- maybe I hurt _____ when I ditched _____ today; maybe my obviously sarcastic vulgar or discourteous actions like the one displayed in the joking picture add up after a while. I see lots of these quotes all over the internet. I find it sad that we seem to be wired to act this way. Don’t blow your loved ones off; appreciate what you have.

By the way, you got to love someecards.com… they’re just too funny!

La Ville de L’amour et de Lumières

Paris, the city of love and lights! In case of improper French, I apologize to those of you who speak French, for the title was the work of google translate. Oh, how I love Paris. Originally born in Manhattan, New York City, the big apple most always takes the cake on my favorite city. However, Paris is a close second. It has so much culture, a perfect mix of old and new. I love the contrast of architecture seen in Paris. A prime example is the huge glass Louvre Pyramid smack in the middle of the 12th century Museé du Louvre. The point of my shenanigans is French photographer and panoramic master Gilles Vidal. He has created the most ridiculously stunning panoramas I have ever seen. For those of you who want to see just why I am in love with Paris or just want to see a unique view of the city, check out Gilles Vidal’s mind-blowing, full panorama of the City of Paris. It’s from a height above the Eiffel Tower.

Link to the main website: gillesvidal.com

Link specifically to the Paris panorama for those who have trouble navigating through French writing: gillesvidal.com/blogpano/paris.htm

Check out his other work… it’s completely fascinating.

SIDENOTE: This is not the same Gilles Vidal as the Peugeot car company design chief, this one’s way more entertaining.

RageChill

Ahhh RageChill.com, one of my favorite websites, especially for music. RageChill is basically what its title states- it’s rage or chill or somewhere in the middle. Basically, you slide the bar toward rage or chill, depending on what kind of music you want to listen to. It’s an extremely interesting and funny concept. It’s a nice way to get through this monday and the rest of the week. For all you “ragers”, all you hipsters, and everyone else somewhere in the middle, this is the online music source for you. It even makes a great party playlist! Of course, you can skip songs, but it’s rare that you don’t like one of the songs, they’re mostly pretty awesome. A list of songs you’ve listened to automatically appears. If you click on one, the music video pops up. An example of my experience- I’m right in the middle between the two at the moment; I just went from Taylor Swift to a dubstep/electro remix of La Roux’s “Bulletproof”. There’s a huge variety of artists varying from the super famous to up-and-coming acts equally an good. So fun.

Side-note: For an even cooler experience, sign in with Facebook or Twitter to have the option of creating a collection of songs you’ve liked and connecting with friends for a shared experience.

          

In Remembrance on Veteran’s Day

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quaint yet powerful picture, just as our soldiers should be remembered

Originally posted on Passport to Bliss:

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For all those soldiers who bravely serve (or served) our country, and for those men and women who sacrificed their lives in the name of American freedom…we thank you.

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Time Traveler: Michael Portillo and The Great Continental Railway Journey

BBC reporter Michael Portillo’s work may be considered time travel by some, but is definitely considered fascinating by all. Portillo embarked on a journey via Europe’s Continental Railway with his only guide being Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide and General Handbook. This doesn’t sound too impressive until viewers realize Bradshaw’s Handbook is from 1913! Portillo’s hundred-year-old guide whisked him through a time period of innovation that spread all around continental Europe. Read his account on the odyssey in The Telegraph.

A Beautiful World

Earth is filled with many illusory-seeming destinations. Some of these places around the world are literally jaw-dropping…. We all need to learn to appreciate our magnificent surroundings while we can. Click on each name to learn more.

The Uyuni Salt Flats- Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Namibia

Zhangye, China

The Richat Structure, Mauritania

Lake Retba, Senegal

The Wave, Arizona

The Wave - Arizona