Artsy Fartsy – Pulp Fiction & Ozone’s Angel (Banksy)

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Pulp Fiction is a piece that has a very interesting history. The first time Banksy put it up, the piece had the two main characters of the film pointing bananas instead of guns. Transport for London painted over it because it was “painted in an atmosphere of social decay.”

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Later, Banksy came back to the site and painted the two characters pointing real guns but dressed in banana suits. This new piece was painted over by graffiti artist Ozone who said at the time, “If it’s better next time, I’ll leave it” in the bottom corner.

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A train later tragically killed Ozone, who was merely 19 years old. Banksy paid tribute to Ozone with a piece painted on that same spot of an angel wearing a bulletproof vest, holding a skull. On his website, Banksy wrote, “When we lost Ozone, we lost a fearless graffiti writer and as it turns out, a pretty perceptive art critic. Ozone—rest in peace.”

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Artsy Fartsy – Life is Beautiful (Banksy)

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The mysterious graffiti artist Banksy, the most famous one in the world, has drawn the attention of people all over the world with his artwork in the streets of countless cities. Sometimes subversive and ironic, sometimes comical, but always fresh and original, Banksys art delivered once again with a visually stunning mural painting on a wall on West Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. The piece features a close-up profile of the pretty face of a woman of color with light brown skin, sleeked back black hair, shiny earrings, and a bright rose-colored flower in her hair. Her eyes are shut, and she appears to be singing or yelling with big, bold black letters in all caps written next to her face: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.

The meaning of the piece is unclear. It is worth noting that there appear to be bars on the wall covering a window between the woman’s face and the lettering, which call jail bars to mind, but perhaps the simple message next to the woman’s face says it all.

iCanvasART Life is Beautiful by Banksy Canvas Art Print, 40 by 26-Inch

Laugh Yourself Healthy: Benefits of Laughter Yoga by Teresa Dovapage (BLW Contributor)

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Do you think you have nothing to laugh about? Try a session of Laughter Yoga and you may change your mind.

“Laughter yoga, as an established practice, was developed in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor in India who was researching the effects of laughter on the human body,” said Valerie Clote, a certified Laughter Yoga leader. “He found out that the human body wasn’t able to distinguish between real laughter and fake or intentional one: the benefits were exactly the same, no matter if the people were really laughing or pretending to do so.”

Such benefits include a decrease in the stress hormone cortisol, increase in feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin and endorphins, and improvement of the respiratory, digestive, immune and cardiovascular systems.

“Besides these wonderful physical effects, laughter also helps people achieve better emotional balance,” said Clote. “It relieves anxiety, alleviates depression and fosters a positive mental attitude. This is no laughing matter is today’s stressed our world!”

A funny workout

Laughter Yoga incorporates play, laughter and deep yogic breathing, or Pranayama. Unlike traditional types of yoga, it doesn’t require people to learn difficult postures or hold them for any length of time.

“And yet Laughter Yoga is a form of aerobic exercise,” said Clote. “Only ten minutes of laughter is equivalent to thirty minutes on a rowing machine. It increases circulation and the supply of oxygen to the body.”

Laughing together

The exercises can be practiced alone or in a group, though the collective format tends to produce better results, said Clote.

“Laughter is highly contagious,” she said. “It’s difficult to see someone laughing and not laugh yourself, even if there is no particular reason for it.”

Laughing together establishes a special connection among fellow laughees, a link that goes beyond cultures and languages.

Check out the rest of this great article @ http://teredovalpage.com/2014/11/29/laugh-yourself-healthy-the-many-benefits-of-laughter-yoga/

Knowledge is Power – Stephen Hawking: Questioning the Universe (Science is Awesome)

Professor Stephen Hawking asks some big questions about our universe — How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? — and discusses how we might go about answering them.

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Artsy Fartsy – Four Seasons: Winter by Francois Boucher

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This allegory of the cold months typifies the Rococo style of the 18th Century: instead of depicting nature or even agricultural labour, Boucher gives us a flirty duo sliding along in a golden sledge. (The female figure’s outfit, despite the fur, is definitely not weather-appropriate.) The painting was executed for Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV’s official mistress, and its irregular shape suggests that it probably hung above a door in one of her many residences.

Boucher (The Four Seasons: Winter, 1755) Canvas Art Print Reproduction (17×21.7 in) (43×55 cm)

The Dragon’s Philosophy – Be in the Moment

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These pictures will make you Re-Evaluate your Life (Science is Awesome)

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This is the Earth! This is where you live.

This is the Earth! This is where you live.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image / Via visibleearth.nasa.gov

And this is where you live in your neighborhood, the solar system.

And this is where you live in your neighborhood, the solar system.

Here’s the distance, to scale, between the Earth and the moon. Doesn’t look too far, does it?

Here's the distance, to scale, between the Earth and the moon. Doesn't look too far, does it?

THINK AGAIN. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system, nice and neatly.

THINK AGAIN. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system, nice and neatly.

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This right here is a comet. We just landed a probe on one of those bad boys. Here’s what one looks like compared with Los Angeles:

This right here is a comet. We just landed a probe on one of those bad boys. Here's what one looks like compared with Los Angeles:

Matt Wang / Via mentalfloss.com

But that’s nothing compared to our sun. Just remember:

But that's nothing compared to our sun. Just remember:


Let’s step back a bit. Here’s the size of Earth compared with the size of our sun. Terrifying, right?

Let's step back a bit. Here's the size of Earth compared with the size of our sun. Terrifying, right?

John Brady / Via astronomycentral.co.uk

But that’s nothing. Again, as Carl once mused, there are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth:

But that's nothing. Again, as Carl once mused, there are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth:

Which means that there are ones much, much bigger than little wimpy sun. Just look at how tiny and insignificant our sun is:

Which means that there are ones much, much bigger than little wimpy sun. Just look at how tiny and insignificant our sun is:

And just keep this in mind — that’s a picture of a very small, small part of the universe. It’s just an insignificant fraction of the night sky.

And just keep this in mind — that's a picture of a very small, small part of the universe. It's just an insignificant fraction of the night sky.

And, you know, it’s pretty safe to assume that there are some black holes out there. Here’s the size of a black hole compared with Earth’s orbit, just to terrify you:

And, you know, it's pretty safe to assume that there are some black holes out there. Here's the size of a black hole compared with Earth's orbit, just to terrify you:

D. Benningfield/K. Gebhardt/StarDate / Via mcdonaldobservatory.org

So if you’re ever feeling upset about your favorite show being canceled or the fact that they play Christmas music way too early — just remember…

This is your home.

This is your home.

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

This is what happens when you zoom out from your home to your solar system.

This is what happens when you zoom out from your home to your solar system.

And this is what happens when you zoom out farther…

And this is what happens when you zoom out farther...

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

And farther…

And farther...

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Keep going…

Keep going...

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Just a little bit farther…

Just a little bit farther...

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Almost there…

Almost there...

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

And here it is. Here’s everything in the observable universe, and here’s your place in it. Just a tiny little ant in a giant jar.

And here it is. Here's everything in the observable universe, and here's your place in it. Just a tiny little ant in a giant jar.

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Oh man.

Check out the rest of the articlehttp://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/the-universe-is-scary

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Artsy Fartsy – Freedom of Want (Norman Rockwell)

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The most famous Norman Rockwell WWII paintings, “Freedom of Want,” was one of four paintings in a series, the “Four Freedoms,” that Rockwell created during World War II. It may not have been meant to commemorate Thanksgiving, but the painting embodies the spirit of family and Thanksgiving. 

To all our military veterans and our fallen heroes, thank you for your service and your sacrifices for America and her people. Without your courage and willingness to do what others can’t or won’t, America is still the greatest and safest nation on Earth.

Bless you all on this Thanksgiving. You are our heroes, and most of America embraces and remembers the enormity of what you have done in the name of liberty.

Norman Rockwell – Freedom From Want – High Quality Reproduction Canvas Art Print