15 beautiful pictures from Romania

The Romanian landscape is approximately one-third mountainous and one-third forested, with the remainder made up of hills and plains. The climate is temperate and marked by four distinct seasons. Romania enjoys a considerable wealth of natural resources: fertile land for agriculture; pastures for livestock; forests that provide hard and soft woods; petroleum reserves; metals, including gold and silver in the Apuseni Mountains; numerous rivers that supply hydroelectricity; and a Black Sea coastline that is the site of both ports and resorts.

The Romanian people derive much of their ethnic and cultural character from Roman influence, but this ancient identity has been reshaped continuously by Romania’s position astride major continental migration routes. Romanians regard themselves as the descendants of the ancient Romans who conquered southern Transylvania under the emperor Trajan in 105 CE and of the Dacians who lived in the mountains north of the Danubian Plain and in the Transylvanian Basin. By the time of the Roman withdrawal under the emperor Aurelian in 271, the Roman settlers and the Dacians had intermarried, resulting in a new nation. Both the Latin roots of the Romanian language and the Eastern Orthodox faith to which most Romanians adhere emerged from the mixture of these two cultures.

Black and white photography

“I love the subtlety of tones that black and white images can have. In a world that often boasts about how many millions of colors a TV or monitor is able to produce – I love that in ‘Mono’ there is such a variety of what can be achieved in a photo. Black and White sounds so boring – but the fact is that there are so many shades in between – I love the challenge of bringing them all out in an image!” – Jim

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“I find the creative process with black and white images is so… artistic. It’s like molding clay – you can shape it into a myriad of shapes. Black and White images can be strong, high contrast and powerful – or they can be so soft, gentle and subtle.” – Belle

What do you prefer?

Quotes on Fate/Future along with wonderful pictures of wonderful places

landscape49.jpg“Heal the past; live the present; dream the future.”

“We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.”
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“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”
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“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice: it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
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Madame Tussaud’s Star Wars Exhibition

If you are travelling into London, you can go to the world-famous Madame Tussauds. I bought advance tickets with priority entrance and it cost me a whooping £50! Which I saw was not actually needed at 10:30 in the morning as there was a priority queue bigger than the normal entrance. But I paid so I stayed. I think it’s worth it if you go later on in the afternoon (when I got out the queue was nearly half a mile long!)
You can see the stars and you can see Star Wars – the original series and also some from the new series (they only had BB8 in there!)

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Who said pole dancing was for women only?

Pole Dancing used to be associated only with night clubs where dancers were performing striptease. For a few years, it has become a rage in the world of fitness. And, you can not only burn about 600 kcal during a class, but also helps to tone your muscles with the only use of your body weight.

A Pole Dancing class consists of variety of movements with the fixed bar, including twists and climbs, and the mandatory splits and pauses. These breaks make a pole dancing class into interval training. By the way, the men love it!

Awesome marble sculptures

Think of the epic difficulty of modelling a veil on a face of a material that is among the toughest on the planet, marble (mineral hardness 3 – Friedrich Mohs scale ) . Another problem is that marble has nothing added. It is a sculpture made ​​by subtracting 100 % .

Bust of a Veiled Woman (Puritas), 1717-25 Marble Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Ca’ Rezzonico, Venice
Bust of a Veiled Woman (Puritas), 1717-25
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Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Ca’ Rezzonico, Venice

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Cymatics – See the vibrations of music take on an art form

This video is entitled ‘Cymatics,’ and cymatics is the science of creating visualizations of audio frequencies.

On his website, Nigel Stanford, a musician from New Zealand explains how he became interested in visualizing sound:
“In 1999 I watched a documentary on ‘Synesthesia’ – a disorder that effects the audio and visual functions of the brain. People with the disorder hear a sound when they see bright colors, or see a color when they hear various sounds. I don’t have it (I don’t think), but I have always felt that bass frequencies are red, and treble frequencies are white.
This got me thinking that it would be cool to make a music video where every time a sound plays, you see a corresponding visual element. Many years later, I saw some videos about Cymatics – the science of visualizing audio frequencies, and the idea for the video was born.”
Cymatics (from Greek: κῦμα “wave”) is the study of visible sound co vibration, a subset of modal phenomena.
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Wolf Guy: Ookami no Monshou

OK, I admit to my secret sin: I still read Manga. Much like I did in my HighSchool years when I was a little introvert.
I have just finished reading Wolf Guy: Ookami no Monshou and it was amazing! It starts off light enough like a romance, but pretty soon it develops into a story that will haunt you for a while.

The Story Line

Ms. Aoshika is not only divorced, but an under-appreciated teacher at her job. But one drunken mishap leads her to witness firsthand the brutal assault and murder of a young man. However, after fainting, she awakens to discover that all of the assailants have been seriously wounded.
And to her further surprise, the next day she discovers that not only is the young man, Akira, she met the night before alive, but he is now her new transfer student.

“Wolf Guy – Ookami no Monshou” is a modern adaptation of “Wolf Guy (SAKAGUCHI Hisashi)” with a more violent and mature setting.

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