Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Laird Hamilton Shooting the Malibu Pier

Surfer Laird Hamilton took advantage of the big waves due to Hurricane Marie and shoot the Malibu Pier twice:

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Julian Treasure´s 5 Ways for Conscious Listening

Recently I watched an excellent workshop by sound consultant Julian Treasure. At the end, he spoke about 5 things you can do to improve your listening skills.

The 5 things you can do put in writing:

1) Silence: For at least three minutes a day, try to find a place of complete silence (if not possible, at least aim for very quiet). It helps to recalibrate your ears, so that you can actually hear the quieter things once again.

2) Mixer: In a noisy environment, practice focusing your ears on one sound, then another (like the mixing board of a sound system); It will improve the quality of your listening.

3) Savouring: There’s a “hidden choir” all around you; focusing on such mundane sounds as the dish washer or a babbling stream can reveal rhythms and build an appreciation for the simpler things in life.

4) Listening Positions: This is the idea that you can shift your position (or “level” of listening) according to what you’re listening to: active/passive, reductive/expansive, critical/empathetic. These adjust certain filters that we all have, such as culture, language, values, beliefs, attitudes, expectations and intentions, which increasingly focus our listening from all “sounds” down to things we specifically listen to.

5) RASA: An acronym for Receive (i.e. paying attention to the person), Appreciate (giving verbal feedback such as small sounds of agreement or interest), Summarize (feedback of what you’ve understood), and Ask (ask questions afterward). Practicing RASA will improve not only how we listen, but our retention of information.

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Emoji: The New Species

Emoji characters are all around us, almost having become a species of it´s own. In this little documentary, narrated by James Gillies imitating the voice of Sir David Attenborough, we examine our complex relationship with these little creatures:

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Apple Campus 2: Bringing California Back to Cupertino

This is the Apple Campus 2 that after project delays is expected to open in 2016 instead of next year.

Here is footage from the construction captured in August:

Below are screenshots from the official Apple Campus 2 video:

I especially love this project because of it´s environmental focus. As Apple´s Senior Arborist David Muffly so beautifully puts it: "The idea is to bring California back to Cupertino."

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Diane Horner´s Country Hip Hop Dancing

At first glance, I thought this was a joke because of all the ironic remakes out there, but it´s actually for real. I have never heard of Country Hip Hop Dancing before, but it sure looks like great fun.

Diane´s remark, as noted by Got a Girl Crush, puts a smile on my face: “You can even add your shoulders if you want. That’s the fun thing about hip-hop dancing.”

Via Peter Kafka.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Meet Two-time World Beard Champion Jack Passion

The short film Passion by Zach Bainter acquaint us with beardsman Jack Passion, who´s beard has taken him on a winning streak and so far has won him The World Beard Champion title two times.

As a side note, I didn´t expect to hear words such as dark side and lust for blood mentioned in a discussion around beard. That´s passion!

Via Outside.

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Discover and Benefit from the Ultimate Cross-training: Bryan Kest´s Power Yoga

I have been practicing yoga close to three years now, and my practice has for the most time been Power Yoga. I practice from home, and will probably some time in the future seek out a teacher.

Almost on a daily basis, I step on the mat and use one of three yoga sessions from Bryan Kest´s Power Yoga Series. To this day, I still deepen my yoga practice by doing this series.

Bryan Kest:

If I can do yoga, anyone can do it. If you´d seen my very first attempt at yoga compared to what I´m able to do now, you wouldn´t need any convincing. And yes, the practice is very physical.

If someone stumble upon this post and start benefiting from the practice of yoga, you´ve made my day. But be cautious, it´s very addictive, just writing about this makes me wanna get up and do some asanas.

Here are the Power Yoga videos (YouTube) I´m using:

For the time being, I haven´t any membership at Power Yoga Online, but I did try out the service for a month a year ago, and since then, much work seem to have been added to the site with many classes to choose from. Worth noting, it´s no hassle to cancel your membership.

Image credit: Images from Bryan´s blog.

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Healthy and Easy to Make Creamy Avocado Fudgesicles

This is a neat little dessert. Since they are both healthy and seem to be very easy to make with very few ingredients, I´m going to try out these creamy avocado fudgesicles.

This is what you need:

  • 2 small avocados
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1⁄3 cup raw, unfiltered honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1⁄3 cup unsweetened 
cocoa powder

How you put it all together:

  1. Halve avocados lengthwise and remove seed.
  2. Scoop flesh into a food processor.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and puree until smooth and creamy.
  4. Transfer mixture to a silicone, stainless steel, or BPA-free popsicle tray, and insert sticks.
  5. Freeze for 2 hours or overnight.
  6. Unmold and serve.

Featured image: Photograph by Jennifer Olson.

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The Potato Chip Bag That´s Actually Non-existent

Wow! At first sight, I thought illustrator and graphic designer Marcello Barenghi begun this illustration by outlining an existing potato chip bag because of the preview image. Such a skilled illustrator!

This is the art supplies he´s using for all his drawing videos.

Via Boing Boing and Gurney Journey.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pointe Shoes: Striving for the Perfect Fit

A short video with the dancers and workers at the New York City Ballet about a ballerinas most important equipment, the pointe shoes:

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