Hydnellum peckii “Bleeding Tooth Fungus”
Wow. I think my dreams just came true.
Hydnellum peckii “Bleeding Tooth Fungus”
Wow. I think my dreams just came true.
Art by Karl Kwasny.
Karl Kwasny is a australian designer (currently liven in New York) with special skills on illustration, typography and calligraphy. His work is very inspiring since he mix the art of illustration and calligraphy with ornaments finishing with a very remarkable work of typography. He also make a lot of plain illustrations, but here are some selected typographic and calligraphic works.
He run his blog on Tumblr: You can find it under the name of Monaux. Also you can buy printed artworks on his society6 profile:
The symbol of pantheism is the spiral as seen in the curves of the nautilus shell, or in the spiral arms of a galaxy, showing the link between the cosmic physical and the biological. The spiral represents a variety of things: it means evolution, eternity, spirituality, growth. Sometimes the Nautilus spiral alone is used; it embodies the Fibonacci series and the golden ratio.
Deep in the Costa Rican jungle, a fisherman named Chito discovered a crocodile that had been shot in the eye by a cattle farmer and left for dead. Chito was able to drag the massive reptile into his boat and brought him to his home, where he stayed by his side for months, nursing him back to health.
He named the croc Pocho. “I stayed by Pocho’s side while he was ill, sleeping next to him at night. I just wanted him to feel that somebody loved him, that not all humans are bad.” said Chito, ““It meant a lot of sacrifice. I had to be there every day. I love all animals – especially ones that have suffered.”
The day finally came when Pocho was strong enough to go back into the wild. Chito took him to a lake near his house and released him, but the animal simply got back out of the water and followed him home.
“Then I found out that when I called his name he would come over to me.” says Chito. The fisherman has been hesitant to tell his story, even though 20 years have passed since he first rescued Pocho.
Pocho is roughly 5.18 meters (17 feet) long. He and Chito play, wrestle and hug on a daily basis. That bond, Chito said, took years to forge.
“After a decade I started to work with him.”, says Chito casually, “At first it was slow, slow. I played with him a bit, slowly doing more.”
Chito has told his story now only to raise awareness of the cruelty that can be done to animals, and the difference that affection and treating other rightly can make.
“He’s my friend, I don’t want to treat him like a slave or exploit him.” said Chito, “I am happy because I rescued him and he is happy with me because he has everything he needs.”
How is this not considered a mythical creature
The Voynich Manuscript is a 240-page book written in an unkown language. Its pages are filled with colorful drawings of strange diagrams, odd events and plants that don’t match any known species, adding to the intrigue of the document and the difficulty of deciphering it. The manuscript’s author is unknown, but carbon dating has revealed that its pages were made sometime between 1404 and 1438. It has been called “the world’s most mysterious manuscript.”
10 of the world’s biggest unsolved mysteries
Leave the vast emptiness on the path behind, enter the light and you will find blossoming of life that got lost inside.
Back in January we posted about an awesome installation by Korean artist Do Ho Suh, entitled Floor, in which glass plates rested on the uplifted hands of thousands of tiny figures enabling visitors to walking upon them. We’re very excited to share another awesome creation by the same artist:
“This giant tornado of piggybacked men is an installation by Korean artist Do Ho Suh that is currently on display at Western Washington University (photographs above depict it in alternate configurations). Via Western:
“‘Cause & Effect’ evokes a vicious tornado. This vast ceiling installation is a composition of densely hung strands that anchor thousands of figures clad in colors resembling a Doppler reading stacked atop one another,” said Do Ho Suh, adding that the artwork is a “physical realization of existence, suggesting strength in the presence of numerous individuals. The work is an attempt to decipher the boundaries between a single identity and a larger group, and how the two conditions coexist.”
Suh has been all over the news lately with his recent Fallen Star Lands installation in San Diego, and his Floor piece in Singapore similarly depicting the might of many thousands of tiny men. See many more views of this piece and other works here.”
This looks like Thomas would like it :3
In the dry lakebed of Racetrack, Death Valley stones as big as 700 pounds mysteriously slide across the surface of the earth without any notable external forces acting upon them. While some researchers believe a combination of natural events, such as wind and ice, cause these stones to “sail”, others question this theory pointing out that the stones don’t follow a predictable path and change directions abruptly.
It’s not just a stone…. IT’S A ROCK. A great, big, beautiful rock!
“It’s a big rock. I can’t wait to tell my friends. THEY don’t have a rock this big.” …sorry; couldn’t help myself!
New brain imaging studies done under the influence of psilocybin (magic mushrooms) show circulation changes in brain regions that control and coordinate the brain as a whole:
Before and after the volunteers tripped out — one described the experience as “dissolving,” another as “kneeling at the foot of God” — their brains were scanned. These measurements revealed decreases in the amount of blood flowing through parts of the volunteers’ brains. Surprised by the result, the researchers repeated the experiment with another group, using a different scanning technique. The same pattern of reduced activity emerged, most pronounced in the hubs that connect different parts of the brain — including the thalamus and parts of the cingulate cortex.
Essentially, if you turn off the control mechanisms, could this unlock the “expanded consciousness” and “beyond self” that hallucinogens provide? This is the most detailed research done into their effects yet.
Yes, the self dissolves in favor of a pure transcendent state of consciousness. Psilocybin allows to perceive without the discriminatory effects of cognitive filters and ego relation. It disconnects pre-existing somatic markers and personality based decision-making in favor of approaching a state of pure consciousness.
Data in data out! It truly is the closest we can medically formulate enlightenment. Also if you look at the full paper of the actual study conducted you might notice the following:
These results strongly imply that the subjective effects of psychedelic drugs are caused by decreased activity and connectivity in the brain’s key connector hubs, enabling a state of unconstrained cognition.
The parts affected and their respective theories of function supply even more credence to this hypothesis. The medial prefrontal cortex is implicated in executive functioning, distinguishing between good and bad and conflicting thoughts. This is important in somatic encoding where emotions and reactions are tied to an internal or external stimulus. There is mounting evidence to suggest that there is an integral link between the mPFC and personality.
The posterior cingulate cortex is said to be a central node in the default mode of the brain and is involved in the recall of episodic memory. The posterior cingulate cortex also allows us to understand what other people believe.
So we can reliably deduce that Psilocybin disrupts both internal and external perceptual filters, somatic markers, preconceived norms and ego involvement. Furthermore, its effects on the PCC reduce the ability to relate to a concept of humanness which is typical of these substances.
Put simply, psilocybin makes you perceive raw data as if you were an alien on his first day on earth. Richard Feynman heralded such a perspective on reality as a way to solve difficult problems.
Adding 1-2g of piracetam (very safe nootropic) to psilocybin causes the effects to be much more ordered and focused. With this combination, the benefits of this powerful analytical tool can be fully harnessed.
Psilocybin is a heavily efficient cognitive exploratory tool and a catalyst of sentience. It induces defragmentation and reconstruction of the self based on new information without discrimination. It is the microscope of thought and the telescope of creativity. Approach with care.