A vertical forest is expected to be completed this year in Milan. There are two tower apartment complexes which contain a total of 400 residential units. The facade of the buildings will be covered with 730 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 perennial plants. It is expected to have the same ecological impact as 10,000 square meters of forest.
Aside from fighting smog and producing oxygen, the foliage is expected to provide insulation to the residential units.
A vortex ring, also called a toroidal vortex, is a torus shaped vortex in a fluid; that is, a region where the fluid mostly spins around an imaginary axis line that forms a closed loop. The dominant flow in a vortex ring is said to be toroidal, more precisely poloidal.
Vortex rings are plentiful in turbulent flows of liquids and gases, but are rarely noticed unless the motion of the fluid is revealed by suspended particles—as in the smoke rings which are often produced intentionally or accidentally by smokers. Fiery vortex rings are also a commonly produced trick by fire eaters. Visible vortex rings can also formed by the firing of certain artillery, in mushroom clouds, and in microbursts.
A vortex ring usually tends to move in a direction that is perpendicular to the plane of the ring and such that the inner edge of the ring moves faster forward than the outer edge. Within a stationary body of fluid, a vortex ring can travel for relatively long distance, carrying the spinning fluid with it.
And did you know that even volcanoes can create vortex rings? (If you haven’t seen the post I just linked to yet, where the hell have you been?!)
But it is generally agreed that the finest examples of vortex rings are those created by our friends from Middle Earth, the Hobbits. ;)
Time-lapse Google Earth GIFs Show Startling Impact of Humans on the Planet
Peacock mantis shrimp- The peacock of sea
This extraordinary beastie is a marvel to see but also has super natural vision.
It views the world in 11 or 12 primary colors, as opposed humans who only see 3 making it possible for them to perceive both polarized light and hyperspectral color vision. Not to mention they possess super strength in their claws, that can break aquarium glass. During mating rituals, mantis shrimp actively fluoresce, and the wavelength of this fluorescence matches the wavelengths detected by their eye pigments. Females are only fertile during certain phases of the tidal cycle; the ability to perceive the phase of the moon may therefore help prevent wasted mating efforts. It may also give mantis shrimp information about the size of the tide, which is important for species living in shallow water near the shore.
OOTD v. With Our Special Guest
Sometimes, you walk into Wal-mart and find this adorable dress that looks like a nightie and is one of the most perfect shades of pink.
Sometimes, you walk into Wal-mart and find this adorable dress that even your boyfriend stops to notice and almost won’t let you out of the house ‘cause he’s too busy trying to paw you.
Sometimes, you walk into Wal-mart and find this adorable dress that makes you feel good and allows you to start the day on a high note.
Egyptian child stands up against the anti-riot police,
at the start of the Egyptian Revolution.
My friend Chrissy linked me to this amazing post by Fit Mama Training about “fitspo” and what she “really” looks like
Both of the above pictures were taken within minutes of each other and they are both of her.
Here’s the best quote from the post:
YOU CANNOT LOOK AT SOMEONE’S BODY AND DETERMINE THEIR HEALTHINESS. Furthermore, health is not a moral issue. Someone can be really unhealthy and a completely awesome person. So judging people based on your perception of their health is really wack. And judging your own body against others is recipe for self-hatred all day. Even if you look at someone else’s body and think, “oh thank god I don’t look like that,” you aren’t building your own self-esteem. Comparison is the thief of joy (Teddy Roosevelt).
this is actually disgusting.
Saw “THIS”?! They immediately dehumanized this woman and then further dehumanized her by stating they would rape her. Every one of these males. Rape was the first thing that came to mind. This is beyond disgusting.
Go on. Tell me rape culture isn’t real. Tell me how “Everyone knows rape is wrong.”
Go on. Tell me again about how that male sexual entitlement over women’s bodies isn’t so much of an issue I’m sexist if I dare generalize men.
I fucking dare you.
Press seats and free drinks for Gatsby, I love my job
Okay. Let me clear the fuck out of this shit, because it is REALLY pissing me off.
Psy was an extremely well-known, well-respected musician WELL before Gangnam Style was even fucking thought of. He’s one of the senior musicians of Korea and he gets a lot of respect for his fearless stages and the way he writes songs to say whatever the hell he wants and believes, regardless of the Korean public’s extremely judgmental eye. I’m so sick of the way he’s being treated all around the world ever since Gangnam Style went viral, he’s just being called here and there to do the dance and whatever and then being sent off like he’s just a comedy dud. When he came on Ellen, she didn’t even bother fucking introducing him, he had to interrupt and ask to introduce himself. He came out on stage and she literally just asked him to teach the dance before he even said anything. Like that is so flat out disrespectful are you kidding me.
Point being, before you ignorant ass little fucks decided he was the new laughingstock of the world and decided all on your own that he was just some annoying, talentless little comedy figure, get your fucking facts straight. Learn some respect, especially to the people that deserve/have already earned it.
SOMEONE FINALLY UNDERSTANDS PREACH IT
Not to mention how skewed this dumbass headline is. Yeah, let’s focus on the fact that a native Korean doesn’t know what herpes is rather than the fact that when it was explained to him, he took it like a champ. “He said I’m like the herpes… that keeps coming back. I think it’s really cool. Thank you.” That was Psy’s response to this incredibly rude shit BJA said. Let’s completely disregard the fact that he even knows enough English from studying in the US for some years to come on these shows and take this shitty treatment with such a good attitude. Psy is a satirist. Gangnam Style was satirical. But he has to come on these shows that only care about his funny faces, funny dances and funny personality and he can’t do anything about it.
Nobody takes him seriously just because he’s not singing in English, because it’s so easy to strip what they know him for of its significance and just look at the fat guy shaking his hips and think that’s all that matters. Nobody takes him seriously because they don’t “get it,” and they don’t want to try to get it, either. And it pisses me off.