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20 Families That Went Totally Overboard for Halloween

Friday 10.31.2014 , Posted by
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For most people a simple Jack-o’-lantern on the front porch is enough for Halloween. Then there are families like these.

Suddenly their home becomes a miniature version of The Addams Family mansion, only it’s stuck in suburbia. Or, if you’re like one of the images here – there’s a full-on diorama of a Ghostbusters scene in the front yard. This is some next-level decorating, and we approve! [Read more…]

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This Incredible Dad Creates Halloween Costumes for His Wheelchair Bound Son

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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This Colorado stepdad is a real champ. For the last 3 years he’s been creating fantastic costumes for his wheelchair bound stepson, who’s now 6 years old. Each costume took around 15-30 hours to complete using just cardboard, duct tape and spray paint. [Read more…]

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Adorable Anamorphic Chalk Creatures Make The Streets of Ann Arbor More Playful

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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For the past 13 years, street artist and illustrator David Zinn has been making his neighborhood a little bit brighter with temporary art. His whimsical chalk art uses the sidewalk, brick buildings, and cement walls as canvases for his little creatures to come to life. Although there is only one angle that reveals the 3D nature of his characters, the people of Ann Arbor are often rewarded for looking down at the ground. His characters include fish, mice, monsters, a flying pig named Philomena, and a green alien named Sluggo, who boasts 3,409 fans on Facebook. [Read more…]

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“Let’s Put Pumpkin in Everything!” The Numbers Behind The Pumpkin Foods We Love and Hate

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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The saying might not be “as American as ‘pumpkin pie’ ,” but it might as well be. With autumn comes the wafting scent of the famous desert, along with a growing cornucopia of pumpkin based creations, from sweet treats to alcoholic drinks. Not everything is making our mouths water, however. Microsoft Social Listening went to work, finding out what people loved and loathed, and what was getting discussed the most online this season. The numbers Microsoft uncovered are more than a little surprising. [Read more…]

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A Meditation on Balance: New Stone Work from Michael Grab

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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It takes a love of nature, a lot of patience, and very steady hands to create work like Michael Grab’s balanced stones. The Boulder Colorado-based artist (covered previously) spends long meditative hours in the woods, finding stones large and small, and placing them at seemingly impossible rest atop their pointed end. Captured in exceptional photographs, his work contains that rare and poetic balance between stillness and motion. [Read more…]

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What it’s Like to Spend 10 Hours Walking in NYC as a Woman

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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To truly understand someone, they say you need to “walk a mile in their shoes.” This shocking video certainly does that, bringing home the situation for women just about anywhere in Manhattan. Shoshana Roberts recently spent 10 hours walking the streets of NYC, being secretly filmed by Rob Bliss. The level of street harassment she endures is truly eye opening, and sometimes just downright creepy. [Read more…]

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Bringing the Spirit of the Burning Man Temple to Northern Ireland

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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Every year since 2000, the Burning Man gathering has featured a massive wood structure called the “Temple”. Since its introduction, the ornately designed buildings have become one of the most special places for those who attend. In an environment that celebrates all kinds of radical free expression, the temple inspires reflection, contemplation and honoring. It is a sanctuary where those that come can heal, grieve loved ones or just sit in peace. After one week of its existence, it is gracefully burned, a symbolic “letting go” for some. Now, in its last day seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign, the spirit of the Temple could be flying all the way to the Northern Irish town of Derry for March 2015. [Read more…]

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Understanding The Creative Battle: Steven Pressfield’s ‘The War of Art’

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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Anybody who works in the arts knows that to create art is to struggle. We must struggle against our medium and ourselves in order to do our best work. There is something about the creative mind that makes it hard to create. This is a conundrum that is inextricably linked to the process.

Some artists, as I described in my post on Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals, understand this struggle and create systems of strict discipline to combat it. Others (I would include myself in this category) are more chaotic and disorganized in their creative habits, and while sometimes thriving off of this chaos, also know it can be a major hindrance to their ability to do consistent work. [Read more…]

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This Guy Rode His Unicycle From Canada to Mexico to Fight Human Trafficking

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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As if the 2,755 mile Great Divide mountain bike trail from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border weren’t difficult enough, Gen Shimizu tackled it on a mountain unicycle! With a mission to raise money for Polaris Project and bring awareness to the modern day slavery that is human trafficking, he spent 88 days on the trail and documented his journal entries each night on his blog. Considering the fact that the profits from human trafficking exceed Google, Nike, and Starbucks combined, Shimizu’s efforts were much needed. From the contributions of people following the trip, Shimizu was able to raise $10,000 for Polaris Project. [Read more…]

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Mixed Martial Artist Rory MacDonald Shares the Self-Expression Behind the Fight

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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Creating a masterpiece takes hard work, dedication, and focus, and Rory MacDonald is doing that with his passion for martial arts. The humble and unassuming Canadian UFC welterweight exudes a quiet confidence that verges on the meditative, focusing his energy into a passion for learning the techniques of his trade, rather than the aggression which makes it notorious. In this episode of Moving Portraits: Title Shots, we explore Montreal with Rory MacDonald and he tells us how he can only express himself through martial arts. [Read more…]

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