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Riptide video = AMAZING

I'm terrified of scuba diving. I'm even more terrified of free diving. But this video is pretty amazing.

What you get when you cross Cirque du Soleil with a drone

Watchtowers

Leonardo Dalessandri is a very talented artist. He made these two videos about two of my favorite places. You should watch. turkey morocco

Watchtower of Morocco from Leonardo Dalessandri on Vimeo.

The man with the beautiful eyes

A poem by Charles Bukowski, from his collection The Last Night of the Earth poems. when we were kids there was a strange house all the shades were always drawn and we never heard voices in there and the yard was full of bamboo and we liked to play in the bamboo pretend we were Tarzan (although there was no Jane). and there was a fish pond a large one full of the fattest goldfish you ever saw and they were tame. they came to the surface of the water and took pieces of bread from our hands. our parents had told us: “never go near that house.” so, of course, we went. we wondered if anybody lived there. weeks went by and we never saw anybody. then one day we heard a voice from the house “YOU GOD DAMNED WHORE!” it was a man’s voice. then the screen door of the house was flung open and the man walked out. he was holding a fifth of whiskey in his right hand. he was about 30. he had a cigar in his mouth, needed a shave. his hair was wild and and uncombed and he was barefoot in undershirt and pants. but his eyes were bright. they blazed with brightness and he said, “hey, little gentlemen, having a good time, I hope?” then he gave a little laugh and walked back into the house. we left, went back to my parents’ yard and thought about it. our parents, we decided, had wanted us to stay away from there because they never wanted us to see a man like that, a strong natural man with beautiful eyes. our parents were ashamed that they were not like that man, that’s why they wanted us to stay away. but we went back to that house and the bamboo and the tame goldfish. we went back many times for many weeks but we never saw or heard the man again. the shades were down as always and it was quiet. then one day as we came back from school we saw the house. it had burned down, there was nothing left, just a smoldering twisted black foundation and we went to the fish pond and there was no water in it and the fat orange goldfish were dead there, drying out. we went back to my parents’ yard and talked about it and decided that our parents had burned their house down, had killed them had killed the goldfish because it was all too beautiful, even the bamboo forest had burned. they had been afraid of the man with the beautiful eyes. and we were afraid then that all throughout our lives things like that would happen, that nobody wanted anybody to be strong and beautiful like that, that others would never allow it, and that many people would have to die.

Inspirations from Mecca and the Hajj

Inspirations from Mecca and the Hajj Pilgrimage

The village in Burkina Faso where every house is a work of art

  Near the southern border of Burkina Faso close to Ghana is a village called Tiebele-Corabie where the houses are all fantastically decorated. Tiebele-Corabie_-_Google_Maps Travel blogger Olga Stavrakis managed to gain access and take some great photos of the place. She said
… It was only through a process of year long negotiations that we were permitted to enter the royal palace the entrance of which is pictured here. They were awaiting us and the grand old men of the village, the nobility, were all seated waiting for us. Each of the villages has muslims and animists (local religions) and no one much cares who believes in what. However, we were told in advance that we must not wear anything red and we may not carry an umbrella. Only the chiefly noble family is permitted that privilege and to do so would constitute a great affront to our hosts…
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VIDDY

This might convince me to buy a few rolls of film and teach my nephew how cameras work. Then - once I take the film out, drive to the camera store (most of which have gone out of business by now), drop the film off, drive home, drive back a week later, pay as much money as I did for the film in the first place, and then get my processed film and negatives - I'll go back to digital. But it's a good kickstarter that will probably get funded many times over. If you're interested you can read more about it here: Here are some of the photos they say you can get with the cardboard pinhole camera: and here is what the camera looks like out of the box:

Planetary Panoramas

Pretty cool time lapse work here: Here is the rig the photographer, Vincent Brady, used Vincent Brady: Blog Photos &emdash; The rest of the workflow described here. Vincent Brady: Planetary Panorama Project &emdash; Milky Way Rising at Delicate Arch Vincent Brady: Planetary Panorama Project &emdash; Devils Tower & The Heavens Vincent Brady: Planetary Panorama Project &emdash; Inside The Double Arch Vincent Brady: Planetary Panorama Project &emdash; Logan's Pass at Glacier National Park Vincent Brady: Planetary Panorama Project &emdash; Monument Valley

Vintage color photos of America from yesteryear

Via Business Insider