Thursday, 31 July 2014

Hachiko Dog

The last photo ever taken of Hachikō, the dog who waited for 9 years after the death of his master outside the train station every morning until he himself passed away in 1920s. That's why dogs are best friends and they're more loyal than humans. It's really sad, but love the respect to him.  Something to be learned about love and loyalty in this story I have seen the movie it is wonderful but you can't watch it without crying. That was the most beautiful, moving story, his complete and utter loyalty and devotion, day, month, year in and out, waiting patiently for his beloved master. I am sure you be in tearing after reading his story.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Japanese Artist Launches Flowers into Space

Makoto Azuma (A Tokyo based) artist launched his latest project title “Exobiotanica” teamed with Sacramento-based JP Aerospace  a volunteer based organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit, to unveiling a Japanese white pine bonsai and an arrangement of flowers into the stratosphere. They’ve used Styrofoam and a very light metal frame, which created two devices to attach the 50 year old bonsai and the flowers, which were then launch distinctly using Helium balloons. Makoto Azuma attached digital cameras and 6 Go Pro video cameras tied in a ball to record the trip into the stratosphere.
He said; I wanted to see the movement and beauty of plants and flowers suspended in space,” Azuma later explained T Magazine. After both pieces went up, Azuma embraced his team warmly and smiled.  Because I have always in sought of to travel to space and I must say that this is my dream which have come true. The bonsai soared to 91,800 feet until the helium balloon burst, while the flower arrangement rose to 87,000 feet. However; both devices were well retrieved approximately 5 miles from the launch site, but the plants were never found.

Source: Charismatic Planet 

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Great Monsters of the Deep Sea

A monster abruptly ascends from the sea, snatches the boat, and drags the sailors down to a watery grave. This story line provides the plot for legends that have persisted through the ages. But do monsters that large actually exist? In 2007 a colossal squid was by chance caught by fishermen in the Ross Sea off Antarctica. It was almost 33 feet long, including its tentacles, and it weighed over 500 kg, (1,000 pounds approximately). Researchers believe that this species of squid can grow even larger.  An identical sea monster recognized as the giant squid has a torpedo-shaped body, eyes that can be as big as a human head, a parrot like beak strong enough to cut a steel cable, eight arms with rows of suckers, and two long tentacles that bring food to its mouth. It can propel itself through the water at 20 miles an hour and even launch itself into the air. Less than 50 sightings of such giants have been informed in the last century, and these creatures have never been studied in the wild.

Gigantic Whales of the Sea

Colossal and giant squids, however, are just a meal for an even larger animal, the sperm whale, which can grow to about 60 feet in length and weigh as much as 50 tons. One tooth alone weighs two pounds! Dead sperm whales have been found with portions of giant squid in their stomach. These whales also had circular scars from squid suckers on their massive, blunt heads, showing that the squid put up a hard fight. In 1965 the crew of a Soviet whaleboat claimed to have seen a battle among a giant squid and a 40-ton sperm whale. Neither survived the strangled whale was found afloat in the sea, with the head of the squid in its stomach. Enormous indeed are the massive squid and the sperm whale, yet the blue whale, the largest mammal, surpasses them in size. The longest blue whale on record was a 108-foot adult female caught in Antarctica. The blue whale might weigh as much as 150 tons. The weight of its tongue alone is equivalent to that of an adult elephant! And just visualize it gives birth to a three-ton calf that is 23 to 27 feet long, hunted by whalers, the blue whale became almost extinct by the 1960’s and nowadays is classified as a critically endangered species.   

The Ferocious and the Gentle

With its 3,000 formidable teeth, the giant white shark is maybe the scariest carnivorous fish. The biggest great white on record was 23 feet long and weighed 7,000 pounds. This shark has an astonishing sense of smell, being capable to detect one drop of blood diluted in 25 gallons of water. The whale shark is the biggest of living fish, averaging some 25 feet in length. Though, some can reach closely twice that size. Its mouth can be up to 4 feet wide, with no trouble to capable of swallowing a man. But far from being a fierce predator of other large sea creatures, this gentle giant feeds on tiny plankton and small fish. The whale shark’s uncommon digestive anatomy, reported in National Geographic magazine, lends itself to Jonah stories,” referring to the Biblical/Quran Majeed incident about the prophet Hazrat Younis (A.S) being swallowed by a great fish. Whale sharks have “a peaceful way of getting rid of large objects of uncertain digestibility they swallow accidental.

Friday, 18 July 2014

“We Are Flower” By Galeria Melissa

American design studio SoftLab attached 20,000 translucent flowers to a flexible plastic mesh to make this installation for the Brazilian jelly shoe brand's New York flagship store to reflect the shoe brand's 2014 design and marketing campaign called “We are Flowers”. With a shower of colorful petals suspended from the ceiling, Galeria Melissa unveils the “We Are Flower” installation by SOFTlab. The “we’re Flowers” fully covered with flowers of all colors illuminate structures and brighten spaces sales. The flowers of the season have invaded the shops and fully covered with flowers of all colors illuminate structures and brighten spaces sales.

The flexible structure made of 5,000 mylar panels that is suspended from the shop's ceiling to form a canopy and funnels that spread down in different lengths and widths. The canopy is beautifully covered with 20,000 flower shapes, related to those used by Melissa for its new collection of footwear and accessories, which have been recreated in a translucent polyester film that is typically used to apply color to glass surfaces. The softlab Fonder Michael Szivos said; the only criteria were to use the flower shape from that campaign and for it to be very colorful and of course marvelous, which also asked us to do something special that would take over the whole store. The structure was designed by using computer modeling program Rhino, which created drawings that were then used to program a laser cutter.

Every pieces of mylar were riveted composed by hand and the final piece took place 5 days to install, with the team only able to work in the space at night after the shop had closed. If whatever came up regarding the size or complication of the installation they always thought go for it, we want this to look spectacular. That attitude really helped us a lot and I think made the project a real collaboration. We had to do material tests and prototypes, make the geometry through form finding tools, create the tools that would let us to automate all of the drawings for laser cutting, design the details for hanging and then laser cut entirety.

It was a lot of entertaining, but had a lot of parts that all had to come together in the end. SoftLab were asked to give to the shop space after working with Melissa on a project designed by the Campana brothers. We helped out and produce & fabricate that project since the brothers are in Brazil. The project went really well and Melissa was fascinated in our design work so they’ve asked us to design the next installation. There was some talk in the beginning about whether it was really feasible to have a surface cover the entire ceiling of the store, I am glad we did," said Szivos. "I think that is what really changed the store and creates a whole new environment. Some people come in off the street just to see it.

We Are Flowers

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Attractive Colorful Canopy of Umbrellas Charms the Streets of Portugal

Portugal is a European country officially named as the Portuguese Republic is a developed country with an advanced economy and high living standards. But around a special time of the year the Portuguese city filled with an outburst of rainbow colors? The beautiful multi colors umbrellas like Orange, Red, yellow, green, blue, pink, and different hues of umbrellas suspended in mid-air is an exclusive thing to observe in Agueda which makes for a splendid site for the tourists visiting Portugal along the local people here.

It's that time of year again! A new canopy of attractive colorful umbrellas has been formed over the streets of Portugal. It’s been two years ago, photographer Patrícia Almeida introduced the novel idea of whimsical installation put on by production company Sextafeira Producoes for the annual arts festival Agitagueda. The festival is held every July in the city of Agueda, the festival draws thousands of tourists who come to the city to relish art exhibits and concerts.

Though last year's umbrellas appeared darker in color than the previous, with more main colors, this year we grasp a softer palette with sprinkles of purples and pinks. However Europe has a plenty of natural beauty in all its countries and their cities but Portugal’s Umbrella sky has a distinctive charm working for it. In some selected areas of Agueda the streets can be seen covered by these lovely umbrellas. If one is travelling adjacent than this is a must visit place to see the beautiful canopy of umbrellas and if you are not travelling anywhere near Portugal then why not to plan it now. . We can't get plenty of this joyful installation. It is something to look forward to every July!