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Samhain aka Halloween: A Celt Celebration

October 31, 2011 by  

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Samhain (pronounced differently Samain, Samuin or Samfuin) is an ancient old tradition dating back thousands of years. Samhain was celebrated by the Celts (in Ireland, Wales and Scotland) as the Feast Of The Dead and for the final harvest of the year. It has been adopted into Catholic religion as All Saints Day. The Celts divided the year into two parts on their calendar. The dark half known as Samhain fell on the eve of October 31st and the other half began with Beltane May 1st. The Gaulish calendar used by the Celts marked the dates of these festivities.
Samhain was a three-day festival gathering Celtic clans at the Royal Court of Tara. A bonfire was lit on the hill of Tara marking the three day event and to signal the rest of the Celts to light fires if they did not attend. The sacred colors of the rituals were orange and black, associated with human death and the Crone Deity. According to belief, the veil between the living and the dead was raised resulting in the dead walking amongst the living. Believing the dead could return home the Celts would leave food and wine in the window and keep the all door open. Oracles and…

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Top 5 DIY Halloween Costumes of 2011

October 31, 2011 by  

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The following pictures are some creative ideas for you to be the best Halloween costume ever. Do you wanna know why? Because they are produced and created by recycled or no longer needed materials, 100% avant-guarde and remarkably, truly, extremely simple!!… like this creepy but amazing toy suit made with cast-off baby-doll. I wonder how many other things this artist could have had in his attic but dolls!? Too sinister?? Alright.. nevermind there is still something else for you. It’s much funnier, simpler and above all made out of just cardboard boxes and some butcher paper. Isn’t this crocodile costume enough hilarious and/or scary for your ideal concept of Halloween? Don’t panic, we got more ideas! Extremely easy to make, colourful, even organic (if you choose the right vegetables) and very very sexy! Be honest! You love it, don’t you? Besides, you can also make some variations (like shaving your underarms for example) if you are not totally convinced about it. Or for those of you who thinks this costume…

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Halloween’s Spooky Green Watch Dog

October 31, 2011 by  

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The green dog across from Monk’s Cafe on 16th Street.


Spoooky Candy Apple Halloween Treats

October 31, 2011 by  

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These sinfully delicious seasonal apple treats are from a sweet shop in a ferry terminal in British Columbia, Canada.


Flora in Asia

October 31, 2011 by  

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Waterproof .

At Jalianwala Bagh.



A month old Asparagus in my balcony.



Budding Red.





A Side of the Tall Kalmar Nyckel Ship

October 30, 2011 by  

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The side of Kalmar Nyckel – The Tall Ship of Delaware, docked at Penn’s Landing.


Recycled and Re-conceptualized Music Tracks Releases A New Life of Music

October 30, 2011 by  

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(Image: Melissaandpaulmakemusic) We’ve heard about recycling plastic bottles and even coffee, but what about recycling music? Stolen Voices by White Label is an album made up of recycled and reconceptualized music tracks. The albums takes old tracks and recycles them by revamping them and breathing a new lease of life into them. Old tracks from classics such as David Bowie, Dennis Wilson and The Supremes can be heard. Many samples used in the album are taken from rare and unreleased tracks and from B sides. Stolen Voices separates the voices from these tracks and puts them with a new full-band arrangement to create a mish-mash of the old and the new. Newer is not always better and this album really showcases that Sticking With What You Got works for music too. Our favourite track is called ‘Jean 1′ featuring vocals from The Supremes’ song ‘Plane’, allowing you to listen to the original track in a whole new way. You can hear it here. A fan of the sounds of recycled music? Then you must check out Rubbish Music. (Spotted on Obscure Sound)


The “Divided Brain” and Its Cultural Impact

October 30, 2011 by  

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This Iian McGilchrist explanation of the brain and how it impacts our culture is so cool and so applicable to the often complex and challenging relationships we have with ourselves, the work we do and companies we work for that you’ve just got to watch it. Eleven minutes and forty-eight seconds (alright, I watched it twice, so more like twenty-three minutes and thirty-three seconds) to a deeper understanding of how your brain works and what parts you’re putting most to use.


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