Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fascinating Clouds Photos for Tales from The Amazon

Curated by Stillmind on Nov. 26th. 2010

t’s time to look up and think about all the weird and fascination formations that sometimes appear above our heads. Blue sky is a great place to find inspiration and we are about to prove that to you folks. Being able to see more than just a visual image is one of the best features for designers and our photoset is an excellent proof for the fact that ordinary things can be absolutely amazing when your imagination is ready to accept it. All you have to do is just to make sure you don’t forget to raise your head.
There are many words that would perfectly fit these clouds description – something like mind-blowing, breathtaking, stunning and so on. The main idea behind our post is to help you find nature harmony and not to forget that creative ideas are in the air, they’re all around you and within you – you just have to catch them! We can’t stop admiring the nature’s beauty in its various exposures.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Unlikely friends

This is the type of video you'll never forget. Promise! 
Curated by Stillmind
Unlikely friends. by Ruth

 And if you don't share this, what then, you think is more shareable? (with the same premise, of course)

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Friday, November 19, 2010

20 Things I've Learned From Traveling Around the World for Three Years - StumbleUpon

19) We view other nations by a different set of criteria than we view ourselves.

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20 Things I've Learned From Traveling Around the World for Three Years - StumbleUpon

Friday, November 12, 2010

7 Really Weird Religions You Haven’t Heard Of

7 Really Weird Religions You Haven’t Heard Of

11/13/10 by Alex Andrei and curated by Stillmind
    The imagination knows no limits. People will search for meaning in very odd places (not to say mainstream religions aren’t odd in their own ways).
Now I’m not expressingany real value judgment as to the merits of these “religions” (I guess the quotes aren’t a good start). I’m simply highlighting some of the more unusual (often hilarious) belief systems out there… but again… I make no judgment. ;)
1. Jediism – The Jedi Religion
Little did George Lucas realize what he was starting. With his Star Wars movies, he set in motion a religious movement that has inspired generations of fake-light-saber waving, nylon-cloak-wearing warrior-nerds.
Adherents, or “real world” Jedis believe the Force actually exists.
According to the Star Warsmythology, the Force is the energy that holds the Universe together and flows through every material thing (obviously borrowing some concepts from Eastern religions).
Jedis are monks/knights capable of controlling and using the Force, and bound by a code of morality and justice.
So you can see the appeal to every mathlete hoping to use a light saber to bore a hole in to the forehead of an evil bully.
Jediism has been referred to as a blend of Taoism and Buddhism that also incorporates elements of medieval chivalry. While there’s no formal central doctrine, all this is loosely referred to as the “Jedi Code”.
Though I haven’t confirmed it, there’s a rumor that the Jedi elders force anyone wanting to join to sit in a dark room and watch the original trilogy 16 times in a row (the first trilogy ONLY, as the newer films are widely considered an abomination).
2. The Church of Ed Wood
Ed Wood is famously known in Hollywood as one of the worst (if not the worst) directors of all time (hear that Paul Verhoeven? You and your classic Showgirls are off the hook.)
Since his death he’s gained quite the cult status, and his off-camera exploits were brought to life by Johnny Depp in the 1994 film Ed Wood (directed by Tim Burton).
Ed Wood’s most celebrated picture is Plan 9 from Outer Space, which was in fact the last film of Bela Lugosi (a bit of a trainwreck himself).
So the Church of Ed Wood (or “Woodism”) labels itself a pop-culture religion that hopes to bring spirituality to those people who don’t find it in more mainstream religions. A “punk-libertarian religion” if you will. They look upon Ed Wood as a savior (but as the church notes, not the savior.)
Tenets include upholding the morals and ideals of Edward D. Wood and preaching Ed’s message of total understanding and acceptance, regardless of what modern society may say.
Wood was also a transvestite in 1950s America… probably not a fun time to have a sexual identity crisis.
The church claims there are over 3000 legal “Woodites” worldwide.
3. Aetherius Society
What do you do if you’re stuck as a cab driver, but also have a passion for Yoga? The answer is obvious… you start your own religion.
On an uneventful day in 1954, George King was sitting alone in his London apartment when suddenly, out of the blue, Alf (well not really Alf… but “Aetherius”) shouted:
“Prepare yourself! You are to become the voice of Interplanetary Parliament.”
So he did just that.
King started the Aetherius Society which hopes to combine alien wisdom of the “Cosmic Masters” and Yoga into something useful that will bring balance to humanity.
They believe Jesus, Buddha and Krishna are in fact aliens (yes… plausible), and one of their claims to fame is that the aliens alerted them to the imminent Chernobyl disaster a good 4 hours before it melted down. Well… I’m convinced. Why lie?
They claim about 650 adherents.
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Friday, November 05, 2010

Photo Essay: The Sacred Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

Curated by Stillmind
Photographer Davidlohr Bueso sheds a different light on the ancient temples of Angkor.
The beauty of Angkor’s temples has brought tourists to Cambodia for years, and stacks of photos have come out of the visits. But as with any wonder, whether man-made or natural, there is always possibility for a different view – one that sets the object, and the people of the place, in a new light.
The photos below seem to capture the essence of the energy and spirit contained within the carvings, and people, of Angkor.

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