Planning a vacation soon? Well guess what? SeaWorld's newest attraction, Manta, is opening on May 22nd and SeaWorld is running an awesome contest where you could win a "Front-of-the-line" pass to experience it all. Experience the thrill of spinning, gliding and flying like a giant ray when you ride the only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world. Manta unveils an incredible underwater world filled with tropical fish and rays, many seldom seen by the human eye. Floor-to-ceiling aquariums are filled with rare leafy sea dragons and schools of colorful fish, and if you climb into the unusual pop up aquarium, you can get an awesome 360-degree view of all this watery wonderment that will surround you! Want to find out more about the Manta and have a chance at earning a "go to the head of the line" pass for this extraordinary attraction? Just go to SeaWorld's Manta site, register for free and you're ready to get started! Use your existing Twitter account or sign up for a free account and follow @RealShamu on Twitter for insider tips, plus find answers for the Manta quiz throughout the website. Then when you think you know the answers, take the quiz and be a winner! SeaWorld and the Manta - it's all about the fun!
"This is the camera that makes a timelapse video of your garden to show you the development of individual specimens or entire areas over a period of time. It can focus as close as 20" away to illustrate petal growth or, with its wide 54° field of view, it can capture perennials as they grow to conceal your spent spring bulb foliage (play the video). The camera takes a picture at one of six pre-determined intervals (five seconds to 24 hours) and combines them into a single 1280 x 1024 resolution AVI movie file for easy playback on a computer. It has a light sensor that turns off the camera at dusk and back on at dawn, allowing for continued video capture each day. Movies are timestamped and stored on the camera's removable 2GB USB flash drive, which can take up to 18,000 pictures. The camera's weather-resistant exterior enables operation between 122° F and 14° F."
It's only 159.99 over at Hammacher Schlemmer so check it out!
photo via ohgizmo
Next time you climb into bed for a long night's rest, consider this. What you smell affects your dreams. Studies by German Scientists suggested that if you want to have sweet dreams, then sleep with flowers in your bedroom. Or , lovin' those dark, terrifying nightmares? Then fill your bedside with stinky things like smelly sneakers, last weeks stuffed cabbage, or even the cats litter box.
The scientists concluded that wafting the smell of roses under a sleeping person’s nose gave the person pleasant emotions in their dreams and the opposite effect was had on other volunteers that had the scent of rotten eggs fill their noses while sleeping. The scientists waited until the volunteers entered REM sleep and then exposed them to high doses of smelly air for 10 seconds before rousing them out of sleep one minute later. After questioning the volunteers about their dreams, the women hardly ever dreamed of smelling anything, however, the emotional tone of the dream changed depending on the different smells.
Dr Irshaad Ebrahim of The London Sleep Centre said: "The relationship between external stimuli and dreaming is something we are all at some level aware of. This initial research is a step in the direction towards clarifying these questions and may well lead to therapeutic benefits.
via flickr & inventorspot
The glorious panoramic view of George Washington's stately home at Mount Vernon in Virginia has always been a popular subject for artists. I've seen several renditions of this view, from known artists like Edward Savage, Eastman Johnson, and William Thompson Russell Smith to obscure Sunday Painters that we will never know the names of yet who's work is just as important in merit. Infact my painting was inspired by a watercolor painted in 1942 by amateur artist Susan Whitcomb after the famous Alexander Robertson engraving "Mount Vernon in Virginia" when she attended the Vermont Literary and Scientific Institution. Reading up on this painting in my fav folk art book, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, I am amazed at the price of an education back then. $1.00 per semester! I loved Whitcomb's naive and stylized take on Robertson's engraving and turned it into my own, a bit more colorful, version.
A little too much bacon for my taste but for you BL's...YUMMMMMMMM. Recipe here.
via a hamburger today
"Now over twenty five acres of several thousand sculptures set in large mosaic courtyards linked by walled paths and deep gorges, Nek Chand's creation also combines huge buildings with a series of interlinking waterfalls. The Rock Garden is now acknowledged as one of the modern wonders of the world. Over 5000 visitors each day, some 12 million people so far, walk around this vast creation - the greatest artistic achievement seen in India since the Taj Mahal."
I hate those unsightly cords all tangled up when I'm charging my phone, cameras, etc. , don't you? Now you can charge your rechargeables in this cool grassy charging station and hide all those messy cords. It makes an interesting looking house plant too. ;)
If you're looking for some cool landscaping ideas for your garden this Spring then check out these! A different type of walkway that really makes a statement!
I quit using recruiters since I ran into Lightship Research -http://www.lightshipresearch.com , the “reverse headhunters”. Now I found a way to control my own destiny instead of chasing black holes. I must say, in these days, it's seldom that I find any business or service doing anything right. These guys are an anomaly. When I first hired them, my computer got stolen at a Starbucks and they gave me good advice on how to get reimbursed by my insurance company. My Team Leader drove 35 miles on a Sunday to get a copy of my resume emailed to Kinkos, so I could get it printed for a Monday interview that they had helped me get. This is the best investment I have ever made. They showed my how to get a job and helped me with every detail along the way. I am now a Vice President of Business Development for a fast growing banking software services firm.
T. Ogden, LA
"Castle on the Hudson"
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If you aren't familiar with this spectacular publication that covers the wine industry in the Hudson River Valley region, if you are a collector or a connoisseur of fine wines, or live in this scenic New York State region, then you have to pick up a copy of Hudson Valley Wine. An interesting fact - did you know that the Hudson River Valley region is the OLDEST wine producing region in the United States? I bet you didn't! This great magazine is the first publication dedicated to promoting the wines and winemakers of this region – the historic Hudson Valley.
Flint Mine Press publishes this issue in oversize format in heavy quality recycled paper and the articles include a history of the Hudson River region and it's vineyards and wineries, in depth profiles on area vineyards and wineries, articles on different grape varieties, this year's quadricentennial events and some fabulous recipes that showcase wine favorites. Check out it's website Hudson Valley Wine or pick up your free issue - official launch date April 22nd!
Strange looking masks by Hyungkoo Lee. And this isn't the only strange stuff he does...
Finally! An airline that caters especially to your pet. Pet Airways is a new and unique air transport service for pets. Co founders, Dan Weisel and Alysa Binder got the idea when traveling with their dog, Zoe (who, btw bares a striking resemblence to Poppy Petunia!)
Instead of being treated like baggage in the cargo hold, your pet enjoys secured accomodations in the main cabin making for a safer, less traumatic trip for Fido and Fluffy. The "pawsenger" is checked in at the Pet Lounge at the airport, where a doting pet "attendant" will give him a potty break before boarding. On board the attendants are always present, attending to each pets every bark and meow. And if you want to check on how your pet is doing, a pet tracker is provided to monitor your pets trip.The airline has scheduled its first flight for cats and dogs on July 14th, and will serve five US cities - New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles.
So make your reservations now! Pet Airways - it's JUST COOL!
via BBC news
Here's testimonial from one of Cryo-Cell International's clients:
"My children are the most precious gifts that I will ever have and I want to do everything I can to make sure they are well. While I was pregnant with my first child, I would see articles and ads about cord blood and it bothered me that it was so expensive but what if I one day needed this blood. The reality of having only one chance or it really went in the garbage kept me wondering if I would regret not investing. What if he had cancer or his dad or I were sick, would that blood have been the cure? Through research, I came across Cryo-Cell International, Inc., a company with the most reasonable rates and the assurance of two holding facilities.
When I was pregnant with my second child, we wondered if one bank was enough? Finances were tighter and should we spend the money? Then we realized that his brothers blood might not match for the new baby. The next day, stories were breaking about how Cord blood had saved or changed the lives of children, one cancer, one cerebral palsy. Then we discovered that a friend was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma. He didn't bank his daughters blood and wished he had. Three years prior, I lost a friend to renal cancer when she was 29. We felt like it was our answer.
We are just beginning to see miracles that this blood can bring. We have two "life insurance policies", that is how we look at it. If anyone in the family gets ill, there is a chance that the blood could save our lives. If we don't use it, then it is there for our son's children."
mother of Parker and Davis
Cryo-Cell International Client
( Oh and I forgot to mention, right now, if you enroll at Cryo Cell before 4/19/09 you can get a free Baby Bjorn !Now my little granddaughter Calla, would like that!)
Like most people, I love snow globes. And I love them even more when they are as unique, quirky and odd as these from the NY Artist team Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz.