Husband and Wife in same photo 30 years before they met

As toddlers, visiting disneyland, the married couple were in the same picture thirty years before they met.



Religulous – Bill Maher and Director of Borat Team Up [video]

this is a preview for a new movie called Religulous with Bill Maher (real time with bill maher, politically incorrect) directed by Larry Charles (Seinfeld writer, Borat director, and all around badass) about religion. looks pretty awesome.

can’t wait.

amazing speech: neuroanatomist describes her stroke [video]


you have to listen to this amazing speech from this year’s TED (a really cool conference with presentations from the world’s foremost experts on a wide variety of things).

in it, this woman recounts the experience of her stroke, talks about the nature of the brain and nirvana. it is truly awe-inspiring.
seriously. i almost cried. at work.

watch it now:

update: now on youtube:

breathtaking underground temple [pics]

i don’t even know what to say about this. it’s simply spectacular.

From the daily mail article:

“…in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy, 30 miles from the ancient city of Turin, […] 100ft down and hidden from public view, lies an astonishing secret – one that has drawn comparisons with the fabled city of Atlantis and has been dubbed ‘the Eighth Wonder of the World’ by the Italian government.”

“It all began in the early Sixties when Oberto Airaudi [aka Falco] was aged ten. From an early age, he claims to have experienced visions of what he believed to be a past life, in which there were amazing temples. ‘My goal was to recreate the temples from my visions,’ he said”

“A house was built on the hillside and Falco moved in with several friends who shared his vision. Using hammers and picks, they began their dig to create the temples of Damanhur […] no planning permission had been granted, they decided to share their scheme only with like-minded people.”

“Volunteers, who flocked from around the world, worked in four-hour shifts for the next 16 years with no formal plans other than Falco’s sketches and visions, funding their scheme by setting up small businesses to serve the local community.”

“…weaving their way underneath the hillside are nine ornate temples, on five levels, whose scale and opulence take the breath away. Constructed like a three-dimensional book, narrating the history of humanity, they are linked by hundreds of metres of richly decorated tunnels and occupy almost 300,000 cubic feet”

i suggest reading the whole article.

awesome, long stephen colbert interview


if you’re like me, you can’t wait for stephen colbert to announce his candidacy for lord and savior of both the known and unknown universe.

well he hasn’t done it here, but this interview is thoroughly entertaining.

the interviewer (npr’s terry gross) is one of the best interviewers ever (imho), and even she reveals herself to be a giddy fan of the illustrious mr.colbert. perhaps that’s why he granted an interview where he appeared out of character and answered questions about his family and catholic beliefs? at any rate, i love it.

click here to listen.

amazing hyper-realistic sculptures by duane hanson


i bet you’re saying to yourself, “who is that sad man in that picture?”

well, you’re wrong!

duane hanson is a ‘hyper-realist’ sculptor… actually you could say he’s THE ‘hyper-realist’ sculptor, but either way, he’s good, as demonstrated in this picture of one of his sculptures entitled “man on mower.” check out the full picture of it here.

for some reason most of the pictures of his works on the web look like they were taken of a 1970’s sears catalog, but luckily i was able to find at least one decent image. his attention to detail is amazing, and i really admire his focus. he does extremely life-like and intricate sculptures of people that many of us would immediately look away from or just ignore. it works on a voyeuristic level, but it also encourages us to look deeper into the things we take for granted, as these pictures are only really interesting once we realize that they were created by a man and not the universe.

this one is my favorite:

check out this little gallery and mini-biography on him.

crazy youtube artist guy [videos]

phil hansen is an artist who has received some internet fame by posting stop-motion videos of himself making his pieces onto youtube…
some of his stuff is just okay, but some of it is really amazing.
in this piece, he had a giant, spinning, circular piece of wood as his canvas, on which he wrote down moments that had changed people’s lives to create a bigger picture:

and in this piece (which i had seen before, but only just now realized was done by the same guy), a pretty cool portrait of jimmi hendrix made out of matches… and then lit on fire:

he was featured as one of yahoo’s “People of the Web,” you can check out their report and interview with him here.

and check out his personal site:
or just browse his youtube videos.