Australian Artist Covers Stones in Vibrantly Colored Dots to Create Beautiful Mandala Stones

painted stones group

Australian artist Elspeth McLean paints mandala stones in vibrant patterns of colorful dots both as an art form and as a meditative experience for herself. Her bold, beautiful use of color is explained in her artist statement:

Painting is my way to find my “happy place” and colour is a way to express and celebrate the colours of my soul. By using bright and vivid colours and intricate dot work style, the artwork I create becomes a direct expression of my experience of life. I tend to focus on the more uplifting and beautiful aspects of this world because I think there is already enough darkness. This mindset helps me keep alert, in the moment and I try to see the positive aspect in any situation.

McLean sells stones at her Etsy store. More examples of her work can be found on her Instagram feed.

painted stones in a line

Painted stone

painted stone in hand

painted stones in group

images via Elspeth McLean

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Instakilt, Beach Towels for Lads and Lasses That Look Like Kilts

The Kilt Towel
image via Instakilt Beach Towel

The Toronto, Ontario-based company, Instakilt, has designed a fantastic collection of beach towels for lads and lasses that look like kilts. They are available to purchase online from their official store and from Vat19.

This 100% cotton towel is highly detailed to mimic the look of an authentic highland kilt.

The Kilt Towel not only dries off lads and lasses alike but also instantly turns you into the stuff of Scottish lore. Make your showers epic, your dip in the pool legendary, and your beach trip heroic with the Kilt Towel!

The Kilt Towel
image via Vat19

The Kilt Towel
image via Vat19

The Kilt Towel
image via Vat19

‘Windscreenwiperman’, A Short Film About a Man Who Develops an Online Friendship With a Teenage Boy

“Windscreenwiperman” is a short film directed by Sam Baron about a man who develops an online friendship with a teenage boy and the social stigmas attached to such friendships.

Directed by Sam Baron. Written by Sam Baron & Raphael von Blumenthal. Produced by Mark Hopkins, Aidan Grounds & Emily Precious. Starring Raphael von Blumenthal, Joe Hurst & Rebecca Herod.

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A Hefty List of Wonderful Things About Pigs

On the most recent episode of The List Show by Mental Floss, host John Green provides a hefty list of all the wonderful things about pigs, including their personality, their history, their bravery, and their incredibly keen intelligence.

More about how smart pigs are. In a study conducted at Penn State, researchers found that pigs were able to learn to play a video game faster than chimpanzees. Dogs were not able to figure out how to play it at all. Pigs can also use mirrors. In a 2009 study published in the Journal of Animal Behavior, researchers prove the pigs can use a mirror to find hidden food. It’s possible that this shows them as being self-aware and intelligent as apes and dolphins.

Here’s a demonstration of a pig finding food using a mirror from BBC Earth.

‘Game of Brands’, Fake Ads Imagining Great Houses From ‘Game of Thrones’ as Modern-Day Corporations

The creatives at Shutterstock used assets from their vector images and stock photos in 2013 to create Game of Brands, a series of fake ads imagining some of the great family houses from HBO‘s Game of Thrones as modern-day corporations. Shutterstock video editor Niko Brown recently created a short video showcasing some of the made up house brands as television ads.

Game of Brands

Game of Brands

Game of Brands

Game of Brands

Game of Brands

Game of Brands

images via The Shutterstock Blog

Rooting Out What Happens When Plants and Trees Get Cancer

On a recent episode of SciShow, host Hank Green digs around and roots out the answer to the user-submitted question, “Do Plants Get Cancer?” to which the answer is yes, but not in the same way as humans and animals.

It’s not super easy to define what cancer is, but in humans cancer is often described as uncontrolled spread into surrounding tissues. …The advantage plants have here though is that it’s a lot harder for this uncontrolled cell division to spread to other areas in animals cancer cells invade other types of tissue by circulating around in the blood but plants don’t have a true circulatory system in the fluids they use for nutrient transport likes sap don’t have cells in them. And there’s another factor keeping cancers plant cells in place the cell wall. a rigid structure that surrounds the outside the cell and helps the plant stay upright. Those firm cell walls prevent cells from moving around within the plant, so even if it wanted to a cancer cell couldn’t break off from the tumor and go spread to other tissues It’s trap instead these cells keep dividing in place over and over again.

Bobine, A Flexible iPhone Charging Cable That Doubles as a Stand

Bobine

Bobine is a flexible–yet rigid–iPhone charging cable designed by Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based hardware startup Fuse Chicken that doubles as a phone stand, letting users position the handset at different viewing angles and heights. The charging dock, which is compatible with the iPhone 5 and above, is currently available for 28% off through the Laughing Squid Store.

Bobine

Bobine

Bobine

images via Laughing Squid Store

An Interview With Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama

Robert Caplin of The Photo Brigade sat down with Pete Souza (previously), the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama for an hour-long interview about his unique job. The two sat down at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to discuss the day-to-day life of a White House photographer.

Yes, I miss a regular life, but this is a unique opportunity. I decided going in that I was just going to give it everything I have.

Pete Souza

Pete Souza

Pete Souza

Pete Souza

images via The White House

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