Archive for August, 2013

Astral Projection: Round 2

This time it was unplanned.  I had just spent the whole day moving 300 miles away from where I was, so I was completely exhausted.

At one point during the night, I became aware that my head was buzzing intermittently at a fairly slow rate, I’d say about 35-40bpm.  Soon, it became a continuous buzz, at which point I thought to myself, “Perhaps I can try leaving my body again.”  With that, I lifted gracefully into the air and fell back down, not once but twice.

I decided I would be ready for the third one.  When it came, and through a great deal of air treading, I aimed myself at the wall, struck a Superman pose, and managed to get as far as 20 may be even 30 inches outside the building before waking myself up.

Progress has been made.  I’m so excited.

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Piece of the Week – 8/30/2013

I’m busy moving all day tomorrow so you get the Piece of the Week early this time. I’m sure you’ve all heard this one. Have a great weekend!

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The Abnormalization of the Human Body

Read this.

Live Nakedly

Save Daughter of the SunGiven my interest in body image and the normalization of the human form, you would think that I would have known about “Breastfeeding yoga mom,” whose Instagram photo went viral about two years ago.  In the photo taken in Hawaii, the mother is nude, upside-down in a yoga pose, and her baby is nabbing some nourishment.  It’s a pretty cool photo that captures the Mama Earth-centric life she and her family have embraced.

I did not come across this story until this week, when many of us discovered it via a “Where are they now?” piece (linked above) on news aggregating websites.  I thought the whole thing was great, and as with all things innocent, someone was bound to overreact.  Cue: them.

The viral nature of the story brought many people to Amy Woodruff’s website, Daughter of the Sun, and also to her social media outposts…

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Piece of the Week – 8/23/2013

Hey, do you listen to Bruckner? You don’t? What the hell is wrong with you?

Here’s a clip from his 5th Symphony, but I highly recommend listening to the whole piece.

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Piece of the Week – 8/16/2013

The legendary Herbert von Karajan conducts Tchaikovsky’s Polish Symphony.

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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

Mesmerizing. 🙂

TwistedSifter

 

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that.

Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.

If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends the r/MapPorn sub reddit. You should also check out ChartsBin.com. There were also fantastic posts on Business Insider and Bored Panda earlier this year that are worth checking out. Enjoy!

 

1. Where Google Street View is Available

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Map by Google

 

 

2. Countries That Do Not Use the Metric System

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Piece of the Week – 8/9/2013

Something a bit more obscure this time. I actually found out about this as well as “Vltava” via Pandora Internet radio. It’s Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole – got to play the first movement myself on 2nd horn with a community orchestra last year. Give it a listen if you haven’t heard it, it’s tons of fun.

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