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Strange plants of Socotra Island

Strange plants of Socotra Island
Imagine waking up on the Socotra Island < > and taking a good look around you. After a yelp of disbelief, you'd be inclined to think you were transported to another planet - or traveled to another era of Earth's history. The second would be closer to the truth for this island, which is part of a group of four islands, has been geographically isolated from mainland Africa for the last 6 or 7 million years. Like the Galapagos Islands, this island is teeming with 700 extremely rare species of flora and fauna, a full 1/3 of which are endemic, i.e. found nowhere else on Earth. The climate is harsh, hot, and dry, and yet - the most amazing plant life thrives there. The name Socotra is derived from a Sanskrit name, meaning "The Island of Bliss"... Was the famous Chtulhu myths creator aware of these forbidding mountains with their hauntingly weird flora (think of plant mutations from his "The Colour Out of Space")? Related:  interesting shitdesign-3d-images

Behind a Little House Project: Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House For his Behind a Little House Project Italian photographer Manuel Cosentino found an unsuspecting muse: a tiny nondescript house on an unexceptional hill. He returned to photograph the small building from the exact same location for nearly two years in order to capture the dramatic changes in weather and light that utterly changed the scenery just beyond the horizon. As part of a traveling exhibition the photos are mounted on a wall behind a book containing copies of a photo of the house against a white sky. The first photograph starts the series with a Big-Bang-like explosion and sets everything into motion, the last is a new beginning – it represents that piece of “carte blanche” that we are all given with our lives. The entire project is currently on view at Klompching Gallery in New York as part of their Annual Summer Show through August 10th. -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids Les 20 choses à ne jamais dire pendant un rapport sexuel Il y a un temps pour tout, et quand il s'agit de sexe, il y a certaines choses qu'il vaut mieux garder pour soi. Des études ont montré que parler de sexe pendant les rapports rend la vie sexuelle meilleure. En effet, les gens qui en parlent ouvertement seraient plus satisfaits sous les draps. Cela permet à votre partenaire de mieux connaître vos sentiments et de le guider afin que les points les plus chauds soient plus faciles à atteindre. Alors pour vous aider un peu, on a dressé une liste des pires choses que vous pourriez lui dire lors d'un rapport sexuel, à haute voix du moins. Si vous pensez à autre chose ou avez une expérience à nous faire partager, n'hésitez pas à nous l'indiquer dans la liste des commentaires ci-dessous. Sans aucun ordre particulier, voici les 20 choses à ne JAMAIS dire pendant une partie de jambes en l'air: Loading Slideshow

Former Attack Attack! Bassist John Holgado is the Stupidest Human Being Ever When I saw both the Lambgoat headline “Attack Attack! singer quitting band” AND the Lambgoat headline “Attack Attack! bassist leaves band” both in my RSS feed, I thought my mind was playing tricks on me, or maybe Lambgoat’s first story was an error and the second story was a correction. But no: both hilariously named vocalist Caleb Shomo and less-hilariously-named bassist John Holgado have now left the group. That’s a shame, obviously, and we can only hope that the group’s fans refuse to accept this new vocalist, or, better still, hear Led Zeppelin for the first time and finally realize they’ve been supporting fucking bullshit for the past four years. In the meantime, at least we have a hilariously stupid statement from Holgado to amuse us. “To clear things up in a very cliche manner, Andrew Whiting, Andrew Wetzel, and Caleb Shomo have been and will always be some of my best friends. Um… what? Um… seriously… what??? It was gracious of you to meet them? NNNNNOOOOO, never. No fucking shit?

Wallpapers | Free desktop wallpapers | Free stock photos What Does Manhood Mean in 2013? What does it mean to be a man in 2013? Consider four data points from recent weeks: 1. 2. 3. 4. What’s striking isn’t the lack of consensus on what defines masculinity now, but the utter confusion about how to go about doing so. And much of that confusion can be traced back to the fact that we’re still adapting to an expanded definition of what it means to be a woman. Brohemian is an apt term: The JWT report gives an overall impression that, just like femininity, masculinity is increasingly defined by both playing to and against type. JWT’s millennial men were more likely to answer affirmatively to statements like "Men can't be men anymore.” “One of the reasons that I think facial hair — mustaches and beards, specifically — have come so much back in vogue is because there seems to be an almost primal urge to reclaim our right to be men and to look like men,” says Phil Walker, a gay man who lives in D.C. and has been known to sport an impressive mustache.

Android Arts 25 must-see examples of kinetic typography | Typography Kinetic typography can come in all shapes and forms. Whether it's a homage to a famous movie speech or song or an exploration of the typography itself, these creations are a feast for the eyes. Here, we've picked our favourite kinetic typography animations including music videos, movie tributes and more... 01. From Paper to Screen This masterpiece was, unbelievably, a graudation project created by graphic designer Thibault de Fournas. 02. Ad agency YCN Studio recently collaborated with LA-based production company Buck on this powerful animation, which encourages children to talk about and report sexual abuse. The video promotes the services of UK-based, confidential, free, 24-hour counselling service for children, Childline. 03. American TV show Breaking Bad has won multiple awards since it first aired back in 2008. Graphic designer, illustrator and animator Paul Cooper decided to pay homage to the infamous scene using kinetic typography. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10.

How long can the Communist party survive in China? As the economy slows and middle-class discontent grows, it is the question that’s now being asked not only outside but inside the country. Even at the Central Party School there is talk of the unthinkable: the collapse of Chinese communism ©Eric Gregory Powell Tiananmen Square, Beijing, last month Tucked away between China’s top spy school and the ancient imperial summer palace in the west of Beijing lies the only place in the country where the demise of the ruling Communist party can be openly debated without fear of reprisal. The Central Party School was established in 1933 to indoctrinate cadres in Marxism, Leninism and, later, Mao Zedong Thought, and past headmasters have included Mao himself, recently anointed president Xi Jinping and his predecessor Hu Jintao. A more significant change for an institution founded to enforce ideological purity is its relatively new role as an intellectual free-fire zone, where almost nothing is off-limits for discussion. Authoritarian resilience

Monsters Monster taming game Index Regarding Pokémon I've always wanted to do a Pokémon game. I was already "too old" for Pokémon when it came out. Now, I feel bad about wasting time. Anyways, the strengths of the game are self evident, so onto the flaws of the game. Pikachu, Rattata, Chikorita and Oshawott are pretty cute, but their evolutions are not. You don't have any meaningful social connection with your Pokémon (unlike the characters in the animé). Trainer Fort Craft! I was thinking something along the lines of, you'd have a group of trainers catching wild monsters and building a base (with the help of the monsters), defending against Team Rocket and their base, and/or natural/random threats. The monsters take on the role as the evil aliens. On Pokémon Monster Design Designing Pokémon is really difficult. So, I think a good Pokémon design (aside from being well drawn) should be: Made from efficient shapes, no filler stuff. Exploration And new 2013. Style test Tangents On Later Gens Diversion Fossil

An Amaz-ing Resume - Philippe Dubost Looking back on the game 'Myst' on its 20th anniversary Few are chosen. Fewer succeed. Journey now to an island world surrealistically tinged with mystery … where every vibrant rock, scrap of paper, and sound may hold vital clues to your unraveling a chilling tale of intrigue and injustice that defies all boundaries of time and space. Only your wits and imagination will serve to stay the course and unlock the ancient betrayal of ages past. You are standing on a dock beside the jutting masts and crow’s nest of a sunken ship, water lapping calmly under your feet. A hill rises in front of you, with what appear to be two giant gears perched atop it, and a short concrete staircase curves up the side. Catherine,I’ve left you a message of utmost importance in the forechamber beside the dock. For the 6 million–odd people who have played Myst since its release 20 years ago, these images are as embedded in their memories as those seven immortal opening notes of Super Mario Bros. Maybe that sense of halting was more prophetic than anything else.