Michael Grab has mastered the art of stone balancing. He explains how he does it. “The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of “tripod” for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another. In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters. Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, I am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.”
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Australian Opals from Planet Opal
THOSE AREN’T OPALS THOSE ARE EGGS
THOSE ARE TINY DRAGON EGGS THAT ARE HATCHING
Abandoned Six Flags Amusement Park - New Orleans
Another example of urban decay, this deserted amusement park was destroyed with no plans of reopening. Originally called Jazzland, the park opened in New Orleans in 2000 and was quickly purchased by Six Flags in 2002. The park was upgraded a year later and renamed Six Flags New Orleans, with a Mardi Gras themed area and a respectable collection of rides and coasters. The park quickly became one of the top attractions in the area until nature decided otherwise.
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina not only claimed hundreds of lives, but caused billions of dollars in property loss. The wreck of this once merry place has sat deserted for almost eight years now and is currently a ghost park for urban explorers being chased by police. The land is owned by the city which tried to get Six Flags to rebuild and hold them to their lease. After all these years, nothing has been done.
this is an amazing insight over how we can have powerful female characters who don’t need to fall under certain stereotypes.
It is still a shame that we are not moving forward at a faster peace; that we are still stuck in a point where having a female character on the cover of a product is considered by the publisher a disadvantage, when the feedback says otherwise. Bioshock went to the same treatment, and yet, the developers of the game deserve all the applause for pushing further and tricking their obstacle with such an incredible character.
Paul Caponigro, Temple, Hiei-San, Kyoto, Japan, 1976
holy shit i’ve been here just this christmas