The Amazing Geometric Cakes of Dinara Kasko

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Originally trained as an architect, the Ukrainian chef Dinara Kasko designs her desserts putting into practice principles like the Voronoi diagram or the biomimicry.

“I’m trying to connect architecture, design, and patisserie. A beautiful cake as well as a beautiful building, needs preliminary design”.

Utilizing 3D modeling and printing to create different cakes or silicon molds, the final product not only will be edible, but tasty as well.

“I want to make something interesting and fresh, experimenting with new creative ideas”.

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Song of the Day: Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver

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Take Me Home, Country Roads” is a song written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, and John Denver from a a letter/poem their friend (John Albert Fitzgerald) living in West Virginia wrote them. It was initially recorded by John Denver. It was included on his 1971 breakout album Poems, Prayers & Promises.

Lyrics:

Almost heaven, West Virginia,
Blue Ridge Mountains
Shenandoah River.
Life is old there,

Older than the trees,
Younger than the mountains
Growin’ like a breeze.

Country roads, take me home
To the place where I belong:
West Virginia, mountain momma,
Take me home, country roads.

All my memories gathered ’round her,
Miner’s lady, stranger to blue water.
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky,
Misty taste of moonshine,
Teardrop in my eye.

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong:
West Virginia, mountain momma,
Take me home, country roads.

I hear her voice, in the mornin’ hour she calls me,
Radio reminds me of my home far away
And driving down the road I get a feeling that
I should have been home yesterday, yesterday

Country roads, take me home
To the place where I belong:
West Virginia, mountain momma,
Take me home, country roads.

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The song was a success on its initial release and was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 18, 1971. The song became one of John Denver’s most popular and beloved songs, and is still very popular around the world. It has continued to sell, with over a million digital copies sold in the United States. It is considered to be Denver’s signature song.

The song also has a prominent status as an iconic symbol of West Virginia, which it describes as “almost Heaven”; for example, it was played at the funeral memorial for U.S. Senator Robert Byrd in July 2010. In March 2014, it became the official state anthemof West Virginia.

The Country Roads in this song are in West Virginia, but Denver had never even been to West Virginia. Bill and Taffy Danoff started writing the song while driving to Maryland – they’d never been to West Virginia either! Danoff got his inspiration from postcards sent to him by a friend who DID live there, and from listening to the powerful AM station WWVA out of Wheeling, West Virginia, which he picked up in Massachusetts when he was growing up.

Danoff told NPR in 2011: “I just thought the idea that I was hearing something so exotic to me from someplace as far away. West Virginia might as well have been in Europe, for all I knew.

Covers

  • Eddy Arnold recorded it for his 1971 album, Loving Her Was Easier (RCA Victor, LSP-4625)
  • Lynn Anderson recorded a cover for her 1971 album How Can I Unlove You.
  • Loretta Lynn recorded it for her 1971 album You’re Lookin’ At Country.
  • Skeeter Davis recorded it for her 1971 album Bring it on Home.
  • Ray Charles cut a cover of the song for his 1972 album A Message from the People.
  • The Statler Brothers recorded a cover version on their 1972 album “Innerview”.
  • Olivia Newton-John recorded a cover version in 1973 that reached the top 10 in Japan and the number 15 in the UK, but only reached No. 119 in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100. It is this recording which is eventually used as the opening song for Whisper of the Heart (1995) a Studio Ghibli anime that uses “Take Me Home, Country Roads” as a plot device featuring several renditions in Japanese including an end-title version performed by Yoko Honna.
  • In 1974, Lena Zavaroni recorded a cover of “Country Roads” for her album Ma! (He’s Making Eyes At Me)
  • Toots & the Maytals recorded a reggae version in 1974 in which the lyrics are altered to describe Jamaica: “Almost heaven, West Jamaica,” for instance, replaces Denver’s “West Virginia.” This version was itself covered in Almost Heaven, a 2005 German film directed by Ed Herzog. In the story, Helen Shuster is a German girl with a terminal illness who dreams to be a country singer Nashville style and winds up in Jamaica. The song is sung by Heike Makatsch, who plays Helen.
  • In 1975 Aleksander Mežek covered Denver’s single, changed lyrics to Slovene language, which is his home language and named the song “Siva pot”, which means “grey road”. The song is still very popular in Slovenia.
  • Israel Kamakawiwoʻole recorded a version for his 1993 album Facing Future in which West Mākaha, Hawaii is substituted for West Virginia.
  • Romanian singer Gil Dobrică covered the song 1977 with a Romanian text “Hai acasă, hai cu mine” (“Let’s go home, come with me”).
  • Hermes House Band recorded a cover and performed on Top of the Pops when the single was released in 2001.
  • Country pop vocalist Carrie Underwood performed the song during her Play On Tour in 2010. Underwood performed the song in the bed of a pick-up truck over the audience.
  • In 1995, Yuji Nomi, a Japanese composer, adapted the song to the Studio Ghibli movie Whisper of the Heart by changing the lyrics in a humorous and ecology-aware way.
  • In 2008 Punk rock cover band, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, covered it for their album Have Another Ball.
  • Country music artist Daryle Singletary covered the song on his 2009 album Rockin’ in the Country.
  • In 2009 Roch Voisine covered it for the album AmerIIcana.
  • In 2010 Swedish singer Meja covered the Studio Ghibli version of the song on her album AniMeja.
  • In 2012, The Gypsy Queens released “Take Me Home Country Roads” on their eponymous album The Gypsy Queens London Records (Universal Music) produced by Larry Klein.
  • In 2012 singer/songwriter Mike Doughty released a cover on his album The Flip Is Another Honey.
  • In 2013, American folk singers Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris recorded the song for the John Denver tribute album This Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver.
  • In 2013, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out perform “Take Me Home Country Roads” in the Washington, DC studios of WAMU’s Bluegrass Country.
  • The 2016 single “Forever Country” includes the song in a medley with “I Will Always Love You” and “On the Road Again”.

In popular culture

  • In the episode “American Dream Factory” of American Dad!, Stan and his band of illegal Mexican Immigrants sing this song at their local county fair to help them escape from the eyes of the law, in a tip of the hat to The Sound of Music.
  • Bradford City A.F.C., an English football club, has a variation for their stadium Valley Parade, with West Virginia being replaced with Midland Road.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs, an Australian rugby league Club, have a variation with Country Road being replaced with Botany Road.
  • Manchester United F.C., an English football club, have a variation with Country Road being replaced with Old Trafford.
  • Vegalta Sendai, a Japanese football club, sings the song as its theme before home games. While during the game altered lyrics are sung to the tunes of The Lambrusco Kidby the Toy Dolls, Blitzkrieg Bop, and other songs by KISS and Twisted Sister.

John Denver

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Born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.
December 31, 1943
Roswell, New Mexico, U.S.
Died October 12, 1997 (aged 53)
Monterey Bay, California, U.S.
Cause of death Airplane crash
Occupation
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • activist
  • actor
  • humanitarian
Years active 1962–1997 (his death)
Spouse(s)
  • Annie Martell-Denver(m. 1967; div. 1982)
  • Cassandra Delaney-Denver(m. 1988; div. 1993)
Children 3
Musical career
Genres
  • Folk
  • folk rock
  • pop
  • western
  • country
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • acoustic guitar
  • fiddle
Labels
  • Mercury
  • RCA
  • Windstar
  • Sony Wonder
Associated acts
  • The John Denver Band
  • Starland Vocal Band
  • The Back Porch Majority
  • The New Christy Minstrels
  • Chad Mitchell Trio
  • The Muppets
  • Cass Elliot
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Plácido Domingo
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Peter, Paul and Mary
  • Johnny Cash
  • Tina Turner
  • Glen Campbell
  • George Burns
  • Frank Sinatra
Website johndenver.com

photo: Flickr Mark Goebel

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The Ethereal Worlds of Amr Elshamy

01the-ethereal-worlds-of-amr-elshamyWhat doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.

Amr Elshamy is a self-taught artist from Egypt.

“I love to practice all styles/kinds/techniques of art, but my real passion in filmmaking, I like to live in my own world away from the people, down earth kinda guy, sometimes I fly and have friends from another world!”

Website / Behance / Facebook

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Samorost 3 by Amanita Design

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Samorost 3 is an exploration adventure and puzzle game created by Amanita Design, also creators of the award-winning Machinarium.

“Our most ambitious experience to date and a loose continuation of the older Samorost and Samorost 2. Samorost 3 follows a curious space gnome who uses the powers of a magic flute to travel across the cosmos in search of its mysterious origins. Visit nine unique and alien worlds teeming with colorful challenges, creatures and surprises to discover, brought to life with beautiful artwork, sound and music.”

Official Website

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Amazing Worlds by Pyanek

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“Amazing Worlds” is a project by Pyanek a self-taught composer & photographer. This young artist created a series of macro photos that explore everyday objects up close, revealing their minute details while obscuring what makes them so recognizable.

To capture each image Pyanek used a Canon T3i (600D/Kiss X5) with the kit lens reversed and HeliconFocus for focus stacking.

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The Black Eyed Peas – #WHERESTHELOVE ft. The World

“Because we don’t invest in education in the area, you have crime. When a person doesn’t have the tools to survive, they have to tend to other means. That’s selling drugs, that’s hustling. Because they weren’t given the tools to go out there and compete the way they were in Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and Calabasas.

The hood is the hood because down to the core, the investment for education is poor. And everything else that is negative – poverty, unemployment, crime, murder, and deep distrust of the police is a result of that. “– will.i.am

Read the full interview on ATTN.com

Credits: http://www.wheresthelove.com/credits

Black Eyed Peas + The World

(IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE)

  • Father Don Woznicki
  • Debra Cain
  • Chief David O. Brown
  • Sandra Sterling
  • Minister Tony Muhammad
  • Xavier McFrazier
  • Zubayr Muhammad
  • Ronald Muhammad
  • Olivia Munn
  • Taye Diggs
  • Jessica Szohr
  • Kendall Jenner
  • Shailene Woodley
  • Von Miller
  • Nikki Reed
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Nicole Scherzinger
  • Kendrick Sampson
  • Lindsey Vonn
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Diddy
  • Sandra Sterling
  • V Bozeman
  • Cassie
  • Shaun Ross
  • Krewella (Yasmine Yousaf & Jahan Yousaf)
  • Ian Harding
  • Keith Robinson
  • Canaan Cain & Lilliana Ann Cain
  • Vanessa Hudgins
  • M1
  • Erika Christensen
  • Ben Barnes
  • Lance Bass
  • Connie Britton
  • Paula Patton
  • Valerie Castile
  • Andra Day
  • Snoop Dogg
  • The Game
  • Mendy Pellin
  • Shakur Sozahdah
  • Ralston Clarke
  • Tori Kelly
  • Nick Gonzalez
  • Carla Guigino
  • Cameryn Cox
  • Quincy Jones
  • Jessie J
  • Officer Bob Wu
  • Mario Domm
  • Emmanuelle Chiriqui
  • Jo Koy
  • Mechad Brooks
  • Adrienne Bailon
  • Tommy Davidson
  • Lalah Hathaway
  • Scott Porter
  • Ed Weeks
  • Pauley Perrette
  • Dylan Friedlinghaus
  • Antoinique Smith
  • Ryan Guzman
  • Cantor Ester Schwartz
  • Randy Jackson
  • Kareem Abdul –Jabbar
  • Officer Miguel Salcedo
  • Max Carver
  • Charlie Carver
  • Eddie Goerge
  • Big Boy
  • Luis Miguel Coronel Gomez
  • Kent Jamz
  • Wilmer Vilderamma
  • WRENN
  • Daniel Sharman
  • Omarion
  • French Montana
  • Joel Madden
  • Guillermo Diaz
  • Pater Gadiot
  • Rosario Dawson
  • Chanel West Coast
  • Becky G
  • Jhene Ayiko and Namiko Chilombo
  • Kris Jenner
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • Ty Dolla $ign
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Gentry White
  • Adrianne Palicki
  • Officer Abe Capeida
  • LL Cool J
  • DJ Khaled
  • Usher
  • Russell Westbrook
  • A$AP Rocky
  • Jaden Smith
  • Norman Lear
  • Children’s Choir:
  • Laryn Adams
  • Ethan Anapoell
  • Chelsea Baxter
  • Sarah Besikof
  • Leondria Boreland
  • Damoni Burkhardt
  • Tristen M. Carter
  • Samuel Christian
  • Malcolm Clayborne
  • Braylon Coleman
  • Elijah Conkrite
  • Evelyn Cortez
  • Adam Cravens
  • Shayon Daniels
  • Aila Gibbs
  • Leticia Gonzalez
  • Sanaa Gray
  • Sydney Haik
  • Nicholas Hambrick
  • Ciera Hart
  • Osi Holt
  • Jasmine Jacquet
  • Ruby Jay
  • Varrie Johnson
  • Judy Jones
  • Anniyah Littlejohn
  • Nakaiya Moffett
  • Damaris Moore
  • Stone Morylin
  • Jalin Nixon
  • Jamaal Nixon
  • Sanyah Ochoa
  • Amanda Scurlock
  • Leah Scurlock
  • Solomon Sharp
  • Carly Thomas Smith
  • Ellie Soufi
  • Glenndale Taylor III
  • Kimradge Temmer
  • Sema’j Williams
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Subway Doodle by Ben Rubin

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Subway Doodle is an ongoing project by Ben Rubin, it features snapshots of New York City train cars and passengers with a fantastical twist.

Subway Doodle begins while Rubin is en route to a destination“I started sketching on my iPad during my commute just to pass the time. One day I took a picture with my iPad on the train and drew over the picture,” he explained to Odyssey. “It was fun so I did another. And another. Then it just kind of continued from there.”

Instagram /  Facebook

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Wat Rong Khun – The White Temple of Chiang Rai

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Wat Rong Khun better known as the White Temple, is a contemporary, unconventional, privately owned, art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand.

The temple outside the town of Chiang Rai attracts a large number of visitors, both Thai and foreign, making it one of Chiang Rai’s most visited attractions.

It is owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed, constructed, and opened it to visitors in 1997. It is open all year round and admission is free.

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Wat Rong Khun is a unique temple that stands out through the white color and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun. The white color signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings.

When completed, the white temple compound will have nine buildings, including the existing ubosot, a hall of relics, a meditation hall, an art gallery, and living quarters for monks.

The bridge of “the cycle of rebirth”: the main building at the white temple, the ubosot, is reached by crossing a bridge over a small lake. In front of the bridge are hundreds of outreaching hands that symbolize unrestrained desire. The bridge proclaims that the way to happiness is by foregoing temptation, greed, and desire. Next to the lake stand two very elegant Kinnaree, half-human, half-bird creatures from Buddhist mythology.

Gate of Heaven: After crossing the bridge, the visitor arrives at the “gate of heaven”, guarded by two creatures representing Death and Rahu, who decides the fate of the dead. In front of the ubosot are several meditative Buddha images.

Ubosot: The principal building, the ubosot is an all-white building with fragments of mirrored glass embedded in the building’s exterior. The ubosot embodies design elements from classic Thai architecture such as the three-tiered roof and abundant use of Naga serpents. “Inside the temple, the decor swiftly moves from pristine white to fiery and bewildering. Murals depict swirling orange flames and demon faces, interspersed with Western idols such as Michael Jackson, Neo from The Matrix, Freddy Kruger, and a T-800 series Terminator. Images of nuclear warfare, terrorist attacks, and oil pumps hammer home the destructive impact that humans have had on earth. The presence of Harry Potter, Superman, and Hello Kitty confuses the message somewhat, but the overall moral is clear: people are wicked.”

The golden building: “A structure that stands out because of its color is the rest rooms building. Another very ornately decorated structure, this golden building represents the body, whereas the white ubosot represents the mind. The gold symbolizes how people focus on worldly desires and money. The golden building represents the idea to make merit and to focus on the mind, instead of material things and possession.”

By the end of the 20th century, the original Wat Rong Khun was in a bad state of repair. Funds were not available for renovation. Chalermchai Kositpipat, a local artist from Chiang Rai, decided to completely rebuild the temple and fund the project with his own money. The artist intends for the area adjacent to the temple to be a center of learning and meditation and for people to gain benefit from the Buddhist teachings. Kositpipat considers the temple to be an offering to Lord Buddha and believes the project will give him immortal life. Today the works are ongoing, but are not expected to be completed until 2070.  Admission to the wat compound is free. Donations are accepted, but are not to exceed THB10,000, as Chalermchai refuses to be influenced by big donors.

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Beautiful, Edible Compositions of Mosaic Sushi

02Beautiful, Edible Compositions of Mosaic Sushi image via natsuki_717

The Mosaic Sushi is a creative new food trend that involves the preparation of various different types of sushi and then cutting them in squares to create mosaic patterns.

In Japan Mosaic Sushi began appearing on Instagram and other social media, uploaded with the hashtag #mosaicsushi or, in Japanese, #モザイク寿司.

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05Beautiful, Edible Compositions of Mosaic Sushiphoto by @lotus.aa

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