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Iceman Wim Hof: Master of Tummo Tantra

Thursday 02.23.2012 , Posted by

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Wim Hof has truly earned himself the nickname of “Iceman.” The Dutch world record holder now possesses 18 world records, one of which is the longest ice bath. Doctors have studied his incredible ability to control his body temperature, using the Tantric practice of Tummo, which Hof claims allows him to turn up his own body temperature using just his brain. In addition to his world record setting feat of remaining for 1 hour and nearly 15 minutes in an ice bath, he has also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in two days with nothing but a pair of shorts and completed a full marathon above the arctic circle, again with nothing but shorts. His icy marathon took him a total of just 5 hours and 25 minutes. Still not impressed? In 2007, Hof attempted to climb Mt. Everest in his shorts. He did not make it to the top because of a foot injury, but he did not stop because he was too cold. [Read more...]

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Love Is Making its Way Home

Thursday 02.23.2012 , Posted by

With over 12,000 pieces of construction paper, a beautiful vision, and lots of patience, director Erez Horovitz and his animation team of almost twenty people have produced a captivating 4 minute stop-motion animation that will leave you smiling and whistling. This short music video featuring Josh Ritter’s (voted by Paste Magazine as one of the top 100 living songwriters) song of the same title tells the captivating story of a man leaving the country for the city, falling in love, and… you guessed it… “making his way back home” to the country to settle down. [Read more...]

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Overtaken By Nature: Decaying Cars From the Past

Wednesday 02.22.2012 , Posted by

If you’ve ever read the book The World Without Us – an exploration of what would happen if humans one day vanished from the earth – these pictures might look a lot like how our planet would look after we were gone. Photographer Peter Lippmann has been traveling the countryside, seeking out vintage abandoned automobiles and creating some haunting, yet stunningly beautiful images. In each photograph the cars, forgotten and parked for years, are overtaken by the surrounding foliage: trees poke through fenders, leaves emerge from old chrome grills and vines make a home out of the machines interior. [Read more...]

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Who Loves E-Readers?

Wednesday 02.22.2012 , Posted by

E-Readers have jumped onto the scene in a big way over the last year, with the iPad and Amazon Kindle Fire becoming the must have gifts of the 2011 holiday season. The population of bookshelves across the country are seeing less growth over the past year too, with more and more people purchasing their books on an e-reader. But what are the characteristics of the typical e-reader buyer, and could e-readers become the next big advertising platform in the years to come? [Read more...]

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VISUAL BITS #155 > Sounds of Love

Wednesday 02.22.2012 , Posted by

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Exploded Flowers: The Radial Symmetry of Nature

Wednesday 02.22.2012 , Posted by

What happens when you take one of the most beautiful things in the world, flowers, and break them down into their many parts? The answer, as Singapore based artist Fong Qi Wei found, was that they retain their beauty, while revealing a radial symmetry and structure often overlooked. By taking fresh flowers and carefully disassembling them onto a white photography table, Qi Wei collapses their delicate forms and lays bare the secrets of these decorations custom made by mother nature. [Read more...]

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God Spotted On The Streets Of New York

Tuesday 02.21.2012 , Posted by

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Has anyone ever told you that God is all around you? Well… we have the photographs to prove it! He’s the guy that rode by on a motorcycle this morning and stole your wallet. He’s also the guy at the NYSE placing his bet amongst the other stockholders. Wait, didn’t I see God on The Price Is Right last night? [Read more...]

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Sensational and Bizarre: Marvel-ous Photos

Tuesday 02.21.2012 , Posted by

It is always a pleasure to come across contemporary artists with out-of-the-ordinary concepts, that cause us to marvel at their unique talents. One such artist, photographer, and creative thinker, Koen Demuynck is an amazing designer of fantastically surreal pictures. [Read more...]

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VISUAL BITS #155 > Inspirational To Do List

Tuesday 02.21.2012 , Posted by

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Maddie Stands on Things All Over the Country

Tuesday 02.21.2012 , Posted by

Described as “a super serious project about dogs and physics”, Maddie the Coonhound is a collection of photographs by Theron Humphrey that will continue to grow- almost daily- over the next 6 months. The photographer is bringing his best friend, Maddie, all over the US on a road trip that began last August. [Read more...]

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