Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Simplicity 4

So many thing to discover every day...
take a look . :)

1. Mozart…Requiem (2005)

2. Rachmaninoff…Preludes (2007)

3. Wager…Parsifal (2007)

Every page of each score superimposed resulting in chaotic single images


Fantastic double exposures 

Florian Imgrund is a German photographer whose works are most of the time in black and white and with a very interesting atmosphere. He photographs with an analog camera and notably makes stunning double exposed photographs. You can see some example in this article. The result is really brilliant. 
Visit his portfolio, his Flickr and his Facebook page to view more works.


Rare Fire Rainbows: It looks like a rainbow on fire but these circumhorizontal arcs aren’t rainbows. They are caused by light passing through high-altitude cirrus clouds. The sun has to hit the clouds at precisely 58 degrees and have just enough crystals in order to form in the sky.


Meet Motala, a 50 year old elephant from Thailand who lost her front left leg in 1999 after stepping on a land mine left over from ongoing conflicts along the Thai-Myanmar border. When the accident occurred Motala was a working elephant who moved trees for a living. She was simply foraging for food in the forest when she stepped on the mine.

Although her owners tried to save poor Motala’s leg, the limb was so badly damaged that it eventually had to be amputated below the knee. It wasn’t until 2006 that she was able to receive her first artificial leg. It was only a temporary solution, but she successfully learned to walk on it. In 2009 Motala received her first permanent prosthesis, made for her at the Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) elephant hospital in the Mae Yao National Reserve in Thailand. Because prosthetic legs must be changed according to weight, Motala has been given other legs accordingly and received a new one last year, her third.

A documentary entitled The Eyes of Thailand shows the amazing moment when Motala took her first few steps on her first prosthetic leg. Check out incredibly moving video of that awesome moment here.

For more information on this topic check out the documentary The Eyes of Thailand


Procedural Landscapes

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Chocolate Pie Recipe with Cocoa

Top this yummy chocolate pie with whipped cream or whipped topping.


3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 cup water, divided
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
baked pie crust or purchased crumb crust, 9-inch


Mix cocoa and flour in top of a double boiler over hot water and whisk in about half of the 1 cup of water, just enough to make a smooth paste. Blend in the sugar and the beaten egg yolks and add remaining water and milk. Cook over low until the mixture is thick; add butter and vanilla. Pour into baked pie crust. Top with whipped cream or whipped topping, or use the egg whites to make a meringue.
 Chill thoroughly.

Not my own recipe

Sunday, February 3, 2013


Every now and then I find a song that's so emotional,
so sad that it makes me cry...

This one is about losing someone you love..
when the pain becomes unbearable.

Brad Paisley feat Alison Krauss 

Whiskey Lullaby


She put him out like the burnin' end of a midnight cigarette
She broke his heart, he spent his whole life tryin' to forget
We watched him drink his pain away a little at a time
But he never could get drunk enough to get her off his mind
Until the night

He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger
And finally drank away her memory
Life is short, but this time it was bigger
Than the strength he had to get up off his knees
We found him with his face down in the pillow
With a note that said, 'I'll love her till I die.'
And when we buried him beneath the willow
The angels sang a whiskey lullaby

The rumors flew but nobody knew how much she blamed herself
For years and years she tried to hide the whiskey on her breath
She finally drank her pain away a little at a time
But she never could get drunk enough to get him off her mind
Until the night

She put that bottle to her head and pulled the trigger
And finally drank away his memory
Life is short, but this time it was bigger
Than the strength she had to get up off her knees
We found her with her face down in the pillow
Clinging to his picture for dear life
We laid her next to him beneath the willow
While the angels sang a whiskey lullaby

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Simplicity 3

Here's is somethings to help you pass the time.

Our world is full of weird and strange things.

Is it not?

This is off the Bermuda Triangle, where 16+ ships washed up on a sand bar. The mystery is still unsolved
Actually the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle has been given a scientific explanation: methane vents which have been discovered in that region. 

Methane reduces the density of water, causing ships that would normally float, to instead sink.

Methane, when in gas form, messes with the electrical components of aircraft, causing them to fail and sometimes fall right out of the sky.

Methane also causes the water to turn a ghostly greenish color, and the “ghost ships” reported to be seen are simply green reflections of the ships that scatter the bottom of the triangle.


NASA - CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) Eruption on the Sun (2012)

“On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT. The CME traveled at over 900 miles per second. It didn’t travel directly toward Earth, but did connect with Earth’s magnetic environment, or magnetosphere, causing aurora to appear on the night of Monday, September 3.”


Soul of a Country in China Old and New 


10,000 feet above sea – five months straight – four years in a row. For 600 days Yu Yamauchi lived in a hut near the summit of Mt. Fuji, getting up while it was still dark to photograph the sunrise every day, from the same location. The resulting series, titled “DAWN,” is a stunning look at the colorful, sometimes abstract view of Earth waking up.

The series is on display at Miyako Yoshinaga gallery in New York through November 21, 2012.


From the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders come these mysterious patterns on the ocean floor off the southern coast of Japan. Japanese scuba diver and photographer Yoji Ookata, who has spent the last 50 years exploring and documenting his underwater discoveries off the coast of Japan, spotted these beautiful and puzzling patterns in the sand, nearly six feet in diameter and 80 feet below sea level, during a dive near Amami Oshima at the southern tip of the country.

So what happened next? Are these rippling geometric patterns the equivalent of crop circles on the seafloor? Not quite, but the answer is still a good one. Colossal explains:

“He soon returned with colleagues and a television crew from the nature program NHK to document the origins what he dubbed the “mystery circle.”

Using underwater cameras the team discovered the artist is a small puffer fish only a few inches in length that swims tirelessly through the day and night to create these vast organic sculptures using the gesture of a single fin. Through careful observation the team found the circles serve a variety of crucial ecological functions, the most important of which is to attract mates. Apparently the female fish are attracted to the hills and valleys within the sand and traverse them carefully to discover the male fish where the pair eventually lay eggs at the circle’s center, the grooves later acting as a natural buffer to ocean currents that protect the delicate offspring. Scientists also learned that the more ridges contained within the sculpture resulted in a much greater likelihood of the fish pairing. To learn more about the circles check out the full scoop over on Spoon and Tamago, and you can see two high resolution desktop photos courtesy of NHK here.”

Busy little pufferfish boys wooing potential mates by sculpting the sand with their bodies. 


Fire rainbows are the rarest of all naturally occurring atmospheric phenomena. For a fire rainbow to occur, cirrus clouds must be 20,000 feet in the air with the precise amount of ice crystals, and the sun must hit the clouds at 58 degrees.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Patriotic Apple Pie

Hmmm...enjoy ;)

When I think of classic All-American desserts, pie always comes to mind. Especially apple pie! So I thought it only befitting to make one with a patriotic these for the 4th of July!

This is actually the first pie I have ever made, so there was a lot of things I've learned. Like for instance, pie crust is extremely temperamental! At first I wanted to have a fully crusted top with three star shapes cut out, but we ran into problems :/ So I decided it would be easier to just cut out a bunch of stars and arrange them on the pie.

Since this is my first pie, I didn't want to make it too complicated. Not to mention, I had some left over apple pie filling, so I just concentrated on the crust. Which, in my opinion, is what makes or brakes the pie anyways. This pie crust recipe is one that my mom collected a long time ago. She makes it for all of her pies and it is super light and flaky. And super amazing! In the above picture I didn't actually have a chance to let the pie cool all the way, cause people were already cutting into it, so I had like 2 seconds to put it on a plate with my still not quite frozen ice cream. If you let the pie cool completely, the filling won't spill out like this. Tastes good either way though ;) I posted the homemade ice cream recipe also. The pie and ice cream are super yummy together! Great apart too, but I can't completely enjoy any pie or cobbler without a scoop of ice cream. Plus this Royal Homemade Ice Cream is the best ice cream I have ever tried! Enjoy!!


2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cake flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons chilled butter
4 tablespoons chilled Morrell lard
3 to 4 tablespoons very cold water
1 to 2 20 ounce cans of apple pie filling
2 eggs

Sift both flours into a food processor. Add the sugar and salt. Cut butter into cubes and add it and Morrell lard to processor. Process until mixture is almost completely incorporated. While processor is on, add 3 tablespoons very cold water. Add 1 tablespoon more if mixture is too dry. (To make water cold enough, place water and ice in a cup to chilled. Then take out quantity of water needed.)

Role out crust, place in pie tin, and freeze for 10 minutes. Remove from freezer and add filling. Role out remaining crust and add to the top. In a small bowl beat 1 whole egg and one egg yolk. Brush egg over the top crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Pet's Shame...

I thought I start the new year with something funny :)

Combine an incorrigible but ridiculously cute Chihuahua with a music video sung to the tune of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues," and voila, you have the funniest/most adorable 5 minutes of your day.

Brought to us by The Pet Collective (those wonderful people behind the Pitbull PuppyCam), the video stars Daisy, a dog with some serious discipline problems, and is a tribute of sorts to the recent Internet sensation of pet shaming.

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