Finger painting genius

Finger PaintingMost painters use a brush or palette knife. However, BuzzFeed tells us, artist Iris Scott has mastered the art of finger-painting. Just like a piano player does not play a song with one note at a time, Iris uses her entire hands to create masterpieces. Watch a video of how she works.

Finger painting

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10 authors who are brilliant at Twitter

They can write books, but can they tweet?

You’d think it natural that writers would be good at Twitter – after all, words are their bread and butter. However, some authors have found themselves host to extremely boring feeds, or have misread the medium altogether, never quite understanding what a “mention” is, or a bit.ly link. It’s a sad state of affairs when politicians are better at Twitter than literature’s experts.

Teju ColeTeju Cole in New York City. Photograph: Tim Knox

TWEET:
TO A BLONDE IN THE SUBWAY Your terrified child’s incessant cry of “I don’t like him!” when I sat down is maybe not entirely not your fault. — Teju Cole

TWEET:
The constant challenge of modern relationships: how to prove more interesting than the other’s smartphone. — Alain de Botton

Author tweets

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21 Life-Changing Tweets From Maya Angelou

Spencer Althouse of BuzzFeed has assembled 21 of the tweets of the late award-winning author, poet, and civil rights activist, including:

If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking.

Maya’s tweets

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Grammatically Correct Sentences That Most People Find Impossible

3. The old man the boats.

12. One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas; how the elephant got into my pajamas, I’ll never know.

Difficult sentences

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Raptitude offers us ‘9 Mind-Bending Epiphanies’

David Cain writes a blog about getting better at being human. At Raptitude, he talks about “what school never taught us: how to improve your quality of life in real-time.”

I particularly like #4:

Most of life is imaginary

Human beings have a habit of compulsive thinking that is so pervasive that we lose sight of the fact that we are nearly always thinking. Most of what we interact with is not the world itself, but our beliefs about it, our expectations of it, and our personal interests in it.

We have a very difficult time observing something without confusing it with the thoughts we have about it, and so the bulk of what we experience in life is imaginary things.

As Mark Twain said: “I’ve been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” The best treatment I’ve found? Cultivating mindfulness.

Epiphanies

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Print Your Own Microscope for 50 Cents

FoldscopeFoldscopes

Even though they are the pinnacle of modern science, research microscopes are not designed for field testing,” Manu Prakash says in a TED Talk.  “They are heavy, bulky, really hard to maintain, and cost a lot of money.”

This realization led to the creation of Foldscope, a completely functional Origami-like microscope that costs less than $0.50 to produce, Trinica Sampson reports at Utne.

No bigger than a bookmark but with the ability to magnify samples up to 2,000 times their original size, the device holds within its cardstock frame the same advanced microscopic technology of most research microscopes without the high costs and complex assembly.

50-cent microscope

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Quote of the Day

Amazon also wants to control bookselling, the book business and book publishing. That’s a national tragedy. If this is the new American way, it has to be changed by law if necessary.” ~ James Patterson

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