Tuesday, July 31, 2012

the Mayo Clinic goes to Mount Everest

Let's talk about camping...or hiking. Or anything out-doorsy.

It's torture.

Which is probably why I'll never be asked to do ANYTHING to advance the human race through epic adventures in the wild.

Nature is just not my thing. Or anything cold. Which is strange because I signed up to go abroad at several schools where it snows. I must have been crazy.

This all leads to the fact that I'm a news junkie. I love tid-bits and I check several news sites twice a day just to make sure I know what's going on. So I bookmarked the Mayo Clinic Science Blog a while ago to follow their team of scientists climb Mount Everest in order to study the human body in extreme conditions as well as heart conditions.

from the National Geographic website

Awesome right?

from the Mayo Clinic Science Blog

They're back now but you can still flip through the pictures and see the blog posts about the climb. Safely at home. With the heater turned on. And a bowl of ice-cream.

I have no clue HOW to re-post a Flickr slideshow, but here's the page it's on. It's really cool and I'd hate to have to pay the baggage fee for all those heavy suitcases they had to bring!

From the Nation Geographic Website

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Makeup Art

Oh dear, I didn't mean to take such a hiatus. I got overwhelmed with UK Visa stuff. I'd hate to do everything right and then not be able to enter the country. Especially since I told everyone I was going...

This weekend I went to visit my auntie, who got me a wonderful "congratulations" cake. She's an English teacher and when she had the bakery pipe wording on it, she made sure they wrote "Carpe Diem". Isn't that sweet? My Aunt is the best.

Anywho, when I was taking art history classes I managed to avoid the modern/contemporary classes up until the last minute. Because I honestly don't understand them. At. All. When I did take my one contemporary class...I combined it with my art theory class. Two birds, one stone and all that. It was one of the scariest classes I ever had...because it was just not my cup of tea. And I didn't get most of the art.

I can take you on a tour of the Louvre, the Met, the High (in Atlanta), or the Getty but if we go to the MOMA or Tate Modern...I'll probably be more confused than you.

So recall all that, when I tell you that this contemporary (make-up) art is ridiculously awesome.

The makeup artist is named Ayami Nishimura, and the photographer is named Rankin, who's based in LA.

That's cool right? Especially when you consider that I can barely manage not to poke myself in the eye with the mascara wand.


Ayami Nishimura's website
Rankin Gallary's website. The Gallery is where the exhibit is going to be located.
article about the exhibit, Photographer Rankin Teams Up with Makeup Artist Ayami Nishimura For Beauty Book and Photography Exhibition
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

so. freaking. hot (happy Independence Day!!)

It's so HOT!!!! image via Ecards

I'm dying.

My makeup is melting.

My A/C bill is going to be horrible.

I can't believe we had a hurricane a week ago (flooding) and now a heat wave. I'm waiting for the plague of frogs.

Seriously Florida...cool down!

But, Happy 4th of July rest of the world, and Happy Independence Day USA!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

This is how your news actually gets to you...with bells on!

Lots of the news is digitized, which is really nice because of the instant knowledge that you get. But if you're a reporter (and by that, I mean a real one (intern power!), not one who gets wardrobe and sits on their butt to read off a prompter) you still have to have your running shoes on. No, I mean, literally. You need to wear running shoes.

These pictures are great--they show reporters running to get extra news/info to their stations after the Supreme Court ruled on "ObamaCare".

NPR has a great summary of who "won" and who "lost". As in, whose reporter can run the fastest with the correct news (sorry CNN and FOX and congratulations Bloomberg, who won the News Olympics with 24 seconds over the Associated Press).

At least two of the runners were ID'ed as interns from CBS evening news and ABS news.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Carrie Underwood's legs

if I make it to the gym tomorrow, I should probably reward myself with a cookie. I real one too, not one of those imaginary ones that my doctor thinks I should eat.

Carrie Underwood is, of course, a star. So part of her job is looking amazing. And she has wonderful legs to  show off.

And she doesn't eat fast food. Or meat.

Sometimes a girl just needs some chicken nuggets. And if I miss the elliptical the next day...well, I'll just have to suffer the shame.

Anyways, this article, is all about her exercise routine. They even have names for some of these exercises. I've never heard of most of them, and the rest I avoid by sheer will power. For instance, "Squat Jacks"...doesn't that make you want to go cry in a corner? It should.
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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Britain during the 1920s

I LOVE old pictures. They're always so interesting! What's also really interesting to me, is while we have "old" houses, bridges, buildings and other structures in America---it's not really as old as some places in Europe or Asia. "Old" kinda becomes relative then.

Tower Bridge and Tower of London on March 1921

So, if you want to look at pictures of England (Britain...I'm not really sure the name thing, I've never figured that out) that were taken between 1919 to 1953, there's a website called "Britain from Above" that has about 95,000 images.

England's Houses of Parliament on June 1926
This is the cool thing (ok, to nerds like me, it's super cool). The company that took all these pictures is called Aerofilms Ltd, which was the first commercial aerial photography company in Britain (founded in 1919). They own about 1.2 million negatives/photographs. But I think only the 95,000 from the website have been digitized. Which is still a lot. But you can see the changes of the English/British landscape during those forty years (which includes World Wars and industrialization). It's pretty amazing.

the Crystal Palace on April 1925
The Crystal Palace was created for the World Fair, and was really one of the first "modern" buildings. All steel and glass. As a random aside. I thought it was awesome (picture wise!).

Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens, 1920, look at the Ferris Wheel!

They have the pictures tagged by locations and I went through to see if there were any I recognized by place but I only saw a few. Mostly because I only went to England once so nothing really hit me beyond the touristy places.

Royal Crescent in Bath, 1920

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