Friday, April 29, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

SS - Carl Warner's Foodscapes

British photographer Carl Warner makes awesome landscapes with food.  He calls them 'foodscapes'.  Here's one of my favourites:



Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Singing Sheep, Dreams, and Getting Ready for Work

The process of waking up is painful.   One moment you're a sorceress with superhuman powers ruling lands and manipulating minions, and the next moment reality comes crashing down on you and you realize you're an average human running on negative adrenaline trying desperately to simultaneously get dressed and gulp down breakfast in an almost futile race against time to get to work.  Well, at least that's how it is for me.

from xkcd.com

I am one of those people who dream vividly.  Full story plots with complex characters, even more complex situations, and background music to match the mood.  I swear, Hollywood would *weep* with joy if there was a way to record my dreams.  Alas, I don't make the effort to write them down and often forget them as the day progresses.  There are a few that I do manage to remember, and they often inspire my story writing.

Admittedly they make more sense when I'm actually asleep.  For instance, I have no idea why a singing sheep from a Swiss village would follow me into the basement parking lot of a mall to meet a woman in sunglasses from the Russian mafia carrying a baby in whose diaper is a wad of $1 notes, all of which happened just after I had assassinated an evil witch at the top of a mountain who was brewing a plague in her massive cauldron on a bonfire.  No, I'm not exaggerating at all.  This is exactly the fabric with which my dreams are made.

I sometimes have a sort of sleep paralysis when I wake up from a heavy nap, during which only my eyes move, and the real world and my dreams overlap.  Some time ago, I woke up knowing that my husband was in the next room, but at the same time knowing that a group of monks doing yoga had decided to use as their classroom our apartment, which was part of a castle ruin in what I assumed was Italy, for the smell in the air was that of pasta sauce, and in my sleeping head that's apparently what Italy smells like.  I kept trying to call out to my husband to tell him that they needed to go away because I had to get ready for work.  And then I finally got out of bed, got ready for work, and left in my car, only to find that I was in my pjs, and was still, in fact, in bed.

This happened again, this morning.  I thought I was ready for work, and then woke up to find that I really, really wasn't.  It was extremely disappointing.  And painful.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

SS - The Ocelot

Joel Sartore is a National Geographic photographer who takes pictures of endangered species.  I was looking through his blog when I found this breathtaking picture of the ocelot:


It's really a shame that this beautiful creature is endangered!


Friday, April 15, 2011

FF - xkcd and Computer Problems

I have come to the conclusion that technology hates me.  My computer has been throwing both software and hardware tantrums (especially over the last 2 weeks), printers and copy machines refuse to work if I touch them, my phone randomly freezes on me because it's probably butthurt that I hardly use it...I could go on. And so, I've not been able to post, or do much else, really.



At least I've been able to keep up with the best web comic ever: xkcd.  If you haven't read it, don't talk to me until you have!




Sunday, April 10, 2011

SS - Biographies

Here's a picture I took from Crooked Brains.  It's part of an art installation by Alicia Martin called 'Biographies'.


More pictures of her book installations can be found here.  Though they look awesome, a part of me died a little inside to see so many books being wasted.  I love books.  They are like tiny sacred treasure maps that whisper sweet nothings to you as you journey through time and space to collect jewels.

Friday, April 8, 2011

FF - Writing, Psychology and Awesomeness

I've always been interested in psychology and philosophy, and so, was super excited when a good friend of mine, Manon, decided to blog about these fields as she works towards her degree in psychology.  She raises interesting, debatable questions, and I learn something new every time I visit her awesome blog.


Manon has now expanded it to topics related to writing, movie and book reviews, plus random things that strike her fancy, which shouldn't surprise you, considering how random I am! So, if you're interested in writing, or how the human mind works and more, go visit www.manoneileen.com, like NOW.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

QS - Under the Sea

I often fantasize about what aliens would look like.  Would they be tentacled?  Would they glow in the dark? Would they have green blood? 

Lately, I've been watching a lot of documentaries about ocean creatures and I've had to remind myself a number of times that I am not, in fact, watching strange alien movies. The variety of life that exists in our oceans is astounding!  And the fact that there are many more creatures out there living under the sea than we have documented really makes one appreciate just how many creative forms of life there are.  It's fascinating. Our alien fantasies have actually been living all along, right here!

We've got the humpback whales that migrate over 5000 kilometres during each seasonal migration and sing to each other, the monstrous-looking (but in fact pretty tiny) angler fish of the deep sea, and the domino damsel, one of the many, many types of fish that live on the Great Barrier Reef.  There's the blue whale which is nightmarishly huge, with a mouth big enough to swallow an elephant, and the predatory deep sea tunicate that looks and acts like the ocean floor's version of the venus fly trap.

A cuttlefish
But my favourite has to be the cuttlefish.  It has green blood, three hearts and can change colour in an instant! The colour changes are usually to impress mates, drive off competitors, and to camouflage itself while hunting prey.  Its eyes are one of the most developed in the animal kingdom. and though it's colour-blind, it can detect the polarization of light, making its depth perception  phenomenal. The 'w' shape actually kinda reminds me of cylon raiders:


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One of the documentaries claimed that we've done more to explore space than we have our own oceans.  While I'm a huge obsessive space exploration fan, it seems a bit of a pity that we don't know more about the other creatures that live here.  I mean, for all we know, a creature like the cuttlefish could be planning world domination over phytoplankton tea and coral cigars!



A few interesting links:
Top 15 Most Bizarre Sea Creatures: http://www.monstrous.com/Monstrous_Lists/The_Top_15_Most_Bizarre_Sea_Animals.html
More bizarre sea creatures: http://www.squidoo.com/unusualseacreatures
Reef Relief: http://reefrelief.org/
Aquatic community: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com
Sea plants: http://underwaterseaplants.awardspace.com/

And of course, one of the most awesome songs ever:



Sunday, April 3, 2011

SS - Stumpy, the Mascot for the 2011 Cricket World Cup

This year's Cricket World Cup was both played in and won by India!  Just like gazillions of Indians out there all over the world, I am super excited!!  And so, today I share the mascot with you, an elephant named Stumpy:


If you'd like to read about the role cricket plays in India, I've written a post on my other blog, here.

I took the image from this site.

Friday, April 1, 2011

FF - Mighty Optical Illusions

This is not a simple 2-D painting of a white leopard's face. I kid you not, though today *is* the Day of Fools. See if you can spot the brilliance behind this work of art!



Check out this link if you need a hint, or to see how it's done.  I got this from the site Mighty Optical Illusions, which has an amazing collection of illusions! For illusions that are in the same category as this one, click here.


Link to original leopard illusion.