Tuesday, 30 June 2015

LED fueled Psychedelic Waterslide

LED fueled Psychedelic Waterslide

This waterslide may look like an ordinary slide from the outside. But as soon as you climb in, you'll know there's something different going on here! The inside of this incredible waterslide is lined with LED lights, meaning you're about to have the most psychedelic waterpark experience of your life!
The "Black Hole" slide measures 256 ft long and stands 25 ft tall. The lights inside are called RGB daylight rings and are actually unique to Northern Germany.
So if you want to try it out, you'll book a trip to Bremerhaven, Germany.
The Bad 1 Water Park in Bremerhaven, Germany, is the home to the most far-out, psychedelic waterslide this side of the 5th dimension, The Black Hole . The ride starts completely dark, but soon you are surrounded in rings and streaks of flashing, colored LED lights.
The Black Hole will make you feel like you're zooming through space at warp speed or cruising though the ending sequence of 2001: A Space Odyssey or you're taking a cab home drunk through the Queens Midtown Tunnel.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Bent Wood Objects by Joseph Walsh Studio Twist and Spiral into Extraordinary Forms

Bent Wood Objects by Joseph Walsh Studio Twist and Spiral into Extraordinary Forms

Designer Joseph Walsh believes that the quality of life can be improved by surrounding ourselves with work that is valued beyond both its form and function, an idea manifested through his functional art and sculptures embedded with calculated chaos. Walsh designs and produces pieces that stimulate the mind, entice the senses, and exist as more than our traditional view of furniture and design objects.
Walsh designs one-of-a-kind pieces like the enormous desk he produced as a part of the Design Show exhibition at the New Art Centre in Roche Court in 2014. At its center the pieces looks almost like a traditional work surface, then it spirals upward, engulfing visitors and ending in a very large shelf that extends against one wall of the gallery.
In Walsh’s Lilium series he explores the relationship between the geometric and the organic, mixing symmetrical repetitions with elaborate abstract shapes. Through each of these techniques Walsh captures natural growth, calling forth nature’s sometimes random generations and curious patterns.
“In ‘Lilium’ I explore the relationship between the ordered and chaotic; the geometric and the lyrical; the perfect, effortless symmetry of the bulb, the regulated, controlled element and its freed form as it reaches through and beyond,” says Walsh. “The Lilium series is both a study and an expression of the relationship between the beauty we create and the beauty we allow to happen; the beauty we participate in creating and the beauty we quietly observe.”
Walsh founded his studio and workshop in 1999 in Co. Cork, Ireland. Self-taught, he continually seeks inspiration for his pieces in patterns of growth and evolution. Walsh does not work alone, but with a team of master makers and technicians, helping to both engineer and craft the final pieces that come out of the studio. You can see more images of his elegantly designed furniture and decorative pieces on his Facebook page. (via My Amp Goes to 11 and My Modern Met)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Puppies Running For Dinner In 9-Month Timelapse

Puppies Running For Dinner In 9-Month Timelapse

The Cheese Patrol, which consists of two goofy young golden retrievers named Colby and Bleu, are becoming Instagram sensations after their owner posted an adorable timelapse video of the pair growing up as they run for their feed bowls.
Their owner spent 9 months recording videos of the goofballs as they race around the kitchen corner to get to their feed bowls. The dogs grow bigger and bigger, but their funny race never changes, with the one on the left always almost hitting the counter (except for when he does).
After their owner’s video went viral, the pups have gained hundreds of new followers on their adorable Instagram. Check it out for more!
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Monday, 22 June 2015

Astounding Facts About Sea Stars

Astounding Facts About Sea Stars :

Familiar yet undeniably alien, starfish are bizarre creatures that inhabit a wide range of ocean environments. Their appearance frequently matches the popular depiction of their celestial namesake, but those freaky bodies hold plenty of surprises. What creature could lack a brain but have eyes on its feet, or have no blood but be able to digest outside of its body? Get ready to learn about creatures that often seem to defy the laws of animal biology.

-> They are not always Star shaped

1- star shaped
The name “starfish” alone elicits immediate thought of the traditional five-point sea star that we commonly see in tide pools, but sea star shapes are very diverse. Commonly present in the right habitats yet far lesser known, sun stars—or sunflower stars—can be enormous and shaped more like a real star with their rounded bodies and multiple “rays” that extend outward. The largest sea stars in the Pacific Northwest, sun stars can measure 1 meter (3 ft) across and can weigh up to 5 kilograms (11 lb) with some of the most well-endowed species sporting over 20 arms.
Sun stars are more active than a lot of other starfish species, and they’re more than capable of chasing after fast-moving prey. They’re also strong enough to rip apart mollusc and crustacean shells. Barnacles and large nudibranches also wind up on the menu. Sunflower stars are expert stalkers and will surprise and seize their prey before it has a chance to escape. While native to colder waters, sun stars come in truly tropical colors. They may form large groups in particularly rich feeding areas.
-> They have no blood and no brain
2- blood and brains
Sea stars are complex and strange animals, yet in many ways, their bodies are also rather primitive. While they have highly adapted stomachs and exceptionally well-developed “skin,” sea stars lack brains and have absolutely no blood. Lacking a bloodstream or gills, starfish live by pumping seawater through their bodies to deliver nutrients, oxygen, and other essential fluids. As a replacement for blood, seawater is distributed through their bodies via a system known as a “water vascular system.” Radiating through the body of a sea star are canals filled with sea water that’s moved through a complex system of corpuscles and spiral systems.

Sea water is circulated through the body in an almost mechanical manner, with muscles and lymphatic glands working to move and adjust the chemistry of the water. Sinuses and various corpuscle and tube systems all work together to make the system work to maximum effectiveness, all without the presence of blood. The starfish body is still something of a mystery, and we still don’t entirely understand how they work. The scientific exploration of the starfish body remains one of the most interesting biological subjects on this planet.
-> Sea stars are aggressive predators with two stomachs
Sea stars look attractive, but they are voracious predators with two stomachs that give them exceptional hunting abilities. One of their more bizarre traits is their ability to eject their stomachs. Using pressure exerted by the water vascular system, the cardiac stomach can be pushed outside of the sea star’s body and inserted inside a shellfish. After a sea star opens its prey’s shell by gluing its feet to the outside and forcibly ripping the shell apart, it’ll shoot its own stomach into the shell. The inverted stomach actually digests the animal inside its shell and turns it into a liquefied soup. Supported by ligaments, the stomach then brings the food back into the sea star for stage two of digestion.

Known as a pyloric stomach, this mechanism is strangely complicated, with extensions called ceca that follow the shape of the sea star to absorb and deliver nutrients throughout the body. The pyloric stomach is located in the central location above the cardiac stomach, processing and releasing nutrients through the pyloric ceca. These advanced digestive organ components form two rows of what look like multiple dendrites strung out within each arm. Each arm of the pyloric stomach has two pyloric ceca. The entire digestive process of a sea star is one of incredible complexity and evolutionary progress, especially considering how primitive the creatures are in other respects.
-> Bizarre Cushion Stars
7- cushion star
Sea stars as a group are named after their star-like appearance, but some species have taken on a completely different appearance. While genetically remaining true sea stars, the cushion stars (Culcita novaeguinea) of the Indo-Pacific region would at first glance be unrecognizable as a member of the sea star group, having almost nonexistent arms and a puffy, blob-like body. Often covered in tiny little spines, these strange animals have developed the appearance of a pincushion. These creatures may measure over 25 centimeters (10 in) across and come in a range of colors.

While sea stars are typically very accomplished as predators, able to hunt shellfish and open them up with powerful tube feet, cushion stars are much gentler animals with less dramatic lifestyles. They mostly feed on detritus, plant material, and sometimes coral. The cushion star also serves as a sort of home for other species of marine animal in a strange symbiotic relationship system. Small fish may live inside the main body cavity of this sea star, which is filled with water, while invertebrates on the outside clean the prickly spines.
-> They have the weirdest eyes
9- starfish eyes
Due to their lack of blood, a typical central nervous system, and any sort of face, we might naturally assume that sea stars also lack eyes. However, sea stars do have eyes that give them the ability to navigate, and they’re located in a pretty weird place: the tips of their arms. These eyes gather visual information to guide the sea star from any direction, and they’re similar in form and structure to the eyes seen in arthropods such as insects and crustaceans. It has long been known that sea stars have eyes, but how they could see without a brain was a prominent question.

Recent studies, however, have now shown how sea stars use their eyes to navigate their way around marine habitats with a fair degree of precision. An investigation by Anders Garm from the University of Copenhagen and Dan-Eric Nilsson of Lund University showed how blue starfish would move around in an undirected manner until coming within 2 meters (6.5 ft) of a reef. Visually sensing the reef, the sea stars would make a beeline for their desired environment. The light-detecting cells work slowly, and sea stars are color-blind, but it appears that steady images such as reefs stand out as dim splotches to guide the animal.
-> They can swap their Gender easily
10- starfish gender
Often, the simpler an animal is, the more remarkable its abilities are, such as regenerating parts or switching gender. Certain sea stars can start out as one gender, switch, and then even switch back at a later date. Reasons for switching genders are diverse, and may include breeding convenience and various responses to water quality, temperature, and food availability. Gender differences in sea stars are subtle from an external perspective, though males are smaller than females in certain species. Even flipping a sea star over may not always indicate its gender.

While most species are born as either male or female, the cushion star is always born male, with individuals switching to female later in life. Sea star sexuality has many unusual aspects. First of all, some species have both male and female sex organs and can take on either role while mating. Second, sea stars do not generally touch while mating, but release sperm and eggs into the water to mix. Third, some sea stars are “protective” of their young, carrying them on their back until they are ready to make their own way along the ocean floor.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Crocheted Leaf Sculptures by Susanna Bauer

Crocheted Leaf Sculptures by Susanna Bauer

To truly appreciate the delicacy of Susanna Bauer‘s leaf sculptures, think of crunching a dead leaf in your hand, how it disentigrates into dust with the slightest effort. To work with dry and fragile leaves as a medium for crochet seems nearly impossible, but Baur somehow manages it with ease, turning leaves into cubes, tunnels, and geometric patterns with techniques that might be more appropriate for durability of leatherwork. She shares about her process:
There is a fine balance in my work between fragility and strength; literally, when it comes to pulling a fine thread through a brittle leaf or thin dry piece of wood, but also in a wider context – the tenderness and tension in human connections, the transient yet enduring beauty of nature that can be found in the smallest detail, vulnerability and resilience that could be transferred to nature as a whole or the stories of individual beings.
Bauer has a new exhibition of work at Lemon Street Gallery in Cornwall, England through June 27th, and you explore a bit more on Facebook
Simon Cook
Susanna Bauer
Susanna Bauer
Simon Cook
Susanna Bauer

Monday, 15 June 2015

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:
1. Give up your need to always be right.There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?
2. Give up your need for control. Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.
“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” –Lao Tzu
3. Give up on blame. Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.
4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk. Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.
“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” –Eckhart Tolle
5. Give up your limiting beliefs about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!
“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind.” –Elly Roselle
6. Give up complaining. Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.
7. Give up the luxury of criticism. Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.
8. Give up your need to impress others. Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not, the moment you take of all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.
9. Give up your resistance to change. Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” –Joseph Campbell
10. Give up labels. Stop labeling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open. 
“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” –Wayne Dyer
11. Give up on your fears. Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.
“The only fear we have to fear, is fear itself.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt
12. Give up your excuses. Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.
13. Give up the past. I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have. The past you are now longing for – the past that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. After all life is a journey not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.
14. Give up attachment. This is a concept that, for most of us is so hard to grasp and I have to tell you that it was for me too, (it still is) but it’s not something impossible. You get better and better at with time and practice. The moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another,  attachment comes from a place of fear, while love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words.
15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations. Way too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think is best for them. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget about themselves.  You have one life – this one right now – you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.

Friday, 12 June 2015

DIY : Bohemian Dreamcatcher

DIY : Bohemian Dreamcatcher


1. Suede fabric
2. Embroidery hoop
3. Feathers
4. String of pearls
5. Gold spray paint
6. Fabric doily
7. Scissors
8. Glue gun
9. Thread


1. Cut out a long strip of fabric to wrap around the embroidery hoop. Secure the ends of the fabric to the hoop with a glue gun. Use as many strips as needed to cover the entire hoop.

2. Attach the fabric doily to one side of the hoop with a glue gun. Cut away any extra sections that hang over the edges.

3. Next you’ll need to play around with the placement of the pearl strands. Once you’re happy with the design, glue the ends to the inner portion of the hoop and allow time to dry.

4. Cut a few strips of fabric to glue to the inner bottom half of the hoop. Feel free to make them as long as you’d like!

5. For the feathers, you can create a “gold-dipped” look by covering up a portion of each feather with paper, and spray painting the other half with gold spray paint. Give the feathers a few minutes to dry before handling them.

6. To attach the feathers, tightly wrap the stem of the feather and the end of a fabric strip with thread. Once the feather feels secure, tie the end of the thread into a knot. Continue to add as many feathers as you’d like!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Playful New Murals and Paintings by ‘Wes21′ Fuse Technology, Humor, and the Natural World

Playful New Murals and Paintings by ‘Wes21′ Fuse Technology, Humor, and the Natural World

With a keen sense of humor and superb control of a spray can, Swiss artist Remo Lienhard (aka Wes21) covers both walls and canvases with his playful sythesis of science fiction and the natural world. The artist imagines a hybrid spaceship ladybug as it blasts into the sky and pair of airborne lighthouses are revealed to be the bodies of ominous looking squid. Lienhard works in a variety of mediums from smaller acrylic and spray pieces on canvas to larger murals that often make use of surrounding objects.
                      Lienhard is a member of a collective of graffiti artists and illustrators called Schwarzmaler and is represented by SOON, and you can see more recent work on his Facebook.
Wes21 & ONUR
Wes21 & ONUR