It’s no secret that the US has a weight problem, but do you know how fast the country got fat? I’ll be honest, when I first saw this map animated by The Atlantic, my jaw literally dropped when it reached the 2000s… many states explode from around 20% obesity to over 30%. In just my lifetime (I was born in 1980) the whole US has gone from a relatively thin country to a place where the norm in many areas is to be overweight to obese. [Read more...]
It only made sense that adventurer nomads Charlie Brigham and Lily Barlow set their sights on a trans-pacific voyage. They both had lots of travels recorded in their lifebooks, including biking across continents and deserts, sailing as crew across the Atlantic and hitchhiking in 6 continents. While they were both individual nomads themselves, their paths would continually cross and through time their feelings for each other grew stronger. In August 2011, they committed their lives to each other and expressed to their family and friends that if anyone wanted to give something to them in honor of their love, that it be related to their dream: obtaining a sailboat and making it their home for adventures to come. They moved to Marina Del Rey in California, got a Cape Dory Clipper and named her “Portal.” Now after a full year of preparation, the couple and two of their friends set sail on March 10th, 2013 waving good bye. [Read more...]
What started as a hobby after he moved to Singapore in 2008, has blossomed into a career. Danny Santos began capturing pictures of any strangers that look interesting on Orchard Road. He discovered a unique theme that got him some interesting shots. An unexpected rainstorm can change a person’s day in a snap. For some it can turn a good day sour, for others it can make them run for cover; some just laugh, realizing that getting soaked is inevitable. Bad Weather is a series that’s sure to make you smile because rain tears down the “put-together” image of people and let’s their personalities shine through. His goal is to show the pulse and beauty of Orchard Road through his candid shots of the busy street. [Read more...]
Humans are interesting creatures. We look at the world with some of the most advanced eyes and minds, but often fail to realize that others see the world differently than we do. While this idea is often put forward when talking about the way other people experience the world, in this case I’m literally talking about vision, and insects in particular.
In the vast electromagnetic spectrum of wavelengths (extending from below the long wavelengths used for radio, to the short wavelengths of gamma radiation) we humans see only a miniscule fraction that we call visible light. This small sliver, spanning the distance between violet and red is the way we perceive the world around us with our eyes. However bees and other insects have a different view of the world. Their whole range of light is shifted further towards the violet end of the spectrum and further from the red. This means that, while they can’t perceive red, they see colors we simply cannot see – what we call ultra-violet. This also means is that bees see a world literally hidden before our eyes. [Read more...]
Hendick’s Gin is an alcohol unlike any other. It was created by Quaker City Mercantile as a work for hire for William Grant & Sons in 1998, and it’s hard to imagine a time when people went on picnics without the option of being able to make a Gin & Tonic. Just writing this sentence is causing my mouth to salivate. I sit here, daydreaming of a time where I’m out at a park on a warm summer day, the sun on my face, a light breeze through the trees, a hard salami & mustard sandwich in hand; and I’m mixing a Gin & Tonic for the lovely woman sharing the blanket with me. Pour yourself a gin & tonic, and check out how they came about this unusual poison: Hendrick’s Gins new Quinetum.