Wooden Bikes Created by Slawomir Weremkowicz

Slawomir Weremkowicz, a 59-year-old former plumber from Poland, creates functional bicycles using only wooden components.

The talented woodcarver from Biala Podlaska says he had always wanted to be an artist, and since God gave him the talent of carving wood, he he thought he should do something amazing with it. So he decided to go greener than green and create a series of wooden bikes for which he didn’t use a single gram of metal or plastic. Simply looking at a piece of wood, Slawomir can already envision how he’s going to turn it into one of his bicycle parts, and using simple woodcarving tools like chisels and saws he does just that.

The seat, steering, even the pedals and chain are made only from a variety of wood (oak, ash, beech and plywood) and if you’re looking for screws holding them together, don’t bother, as Slawomir Weremkowicz only uses wooden pegs. Carving an entire wood bicycle is a lengthy process which takes about a year, but when he looks at his completed “wooden dinosaurs”, as he likes to call them”, Slawomir doesn’t regret the time he puts into his work.

Weremkowicz is the only man in the world to create functional bicycles entirely from wood, his works have been exhibited at galleries and museums in Poland, and one of them was given to the ambassador of the Netherlands. Slawomir himself rides one of his wooden bicycles, every day.

 

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The Cookie Cup by Enrique Luis Sardi, Drink Coffee in A Cookie Mug

Tired of paying extra when you want a sweet treat to accompany your morning shot of espresso? Wish there was a way to avoid the waste of a paper coffee cup without having to lug your own mug? Venezuelan designer Enrique Luis Sardi feels your pain. Working with Italian coffee company Lavazza, Sardi conjured up a way to combine the cookie and coffee cup to create a portable vessel that you can gobble when the drink is gone.

Apparently, the edible coffee cup tastes like a cross between a ice cream cone and a biscotti. The inside of the cup is covered with a special icing sugar that works as an insulator making the cup waterproof while sweetening the espresso at the same time. Besides being delicious, the cup eliminates paper waste and helps reduce water consumption — no washing required!

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Although this “sip the coffee then eat the cup” is very simple, it’s awfully brilliant. No word from Lavazza yet on price or availability, but the company claims its edible coffee cup has already collected hundreds of awards in ecology, marketing, business strategy and design sectors.

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Setenil de Las Bodegas, a City Under a Rock!!!

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The 3,000-odd inhabitants of Setenil de las Bodegas, a city in Spain’s beautiful Andalucia region, seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. When they enter their houses, they see rock face; when they stroll through their city, they walk on rocks. Has the city been hit by a meteor, and if not what caused its unusual construction?

Setenil de las Bodegas, about 18 km away from Ronda in the province of Cadiz, has wedged itself between the cliffs eroded by the Rio Trejo river. The old houses especially are built under the cliff overhang and the newer ones against the hillside.

The name Setenil developed from the the Latin septem nihil – “seven times no” – which refers back to the period of the Christian reconquest, when Catholic kings tried to win back territory from the Moors, who had come from Africa and ruled the Iberian peninsula since 711. In Setenil’s case, only the seventh reconquest attempt was successful, in 1485, making the city one of the last bastions of the Moors until they were driven out of western Europe in 1492.

Regarding the second part of the name, “de las Bodegas,” at least two different stories circulate. According to one, Sentenil proudly added “de las Bodegas” to its name in the 15th century because of the many vineyards that had sprung up. Sadly, vine pests ended this tradition in the 1860s.

According to another story, since the early 16th century, “bodegas” referred to Sentenil’s big storerooms under the rock, which kept all kinds of produce cool even in the hottest of summers. Regardless of which version is true, the fact is that even today, Setenil is famous for delicacies like chorizo, cerdo, olive oil, honey, jam and excellent Andalucian wine.

Other than being built into the rock, Setenil is also one of the typical White Villages of Andalucia – villages that try to stay as cool as possible in this hottest region of Spain by whitewashing their houses every year, as white reflects sunlight best.

When looking at images like this, with a whole village literally living in the shadow of a huge rock, one wonders: why, isn’t it depressing, especially in the winter?

The reason people choose to live here is pragmatism, more or less. The natural caves at Setenil proved perfect living quarters, it is believed since pre-historic times. Instead of having to build a whole house and insulating it against heat in the summer and cold in the winter, many rock caves just needed a façade and, voila, there was a house in tune with nature!

Also, one shouldn’t forget that Setenil de las Bodegas is a city that is many centuries old and thus has seen its fair share of fighting. And which enemy would go for the city with rock solid defenses, literally, when the next town over has no such protection? After all, that’s why it took the Catholic kings seven attempts before they won Setenil back from the Moors…

Amanda Deviana think: “Overall, a very minimally invasive building style. Rock on, Setenil! I would definitely want to visit this amazing place… someday…”

Professional Shadows Art by British Artist

British-born and -based artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster skilfully skirt the boundaries between beauty and the shadowier aspects of humanity, playing with our perceptions as well as our notions of taste. Many of their most notable pieces are made from piles of rubbish, with light projected against them to create a shadow image entirely different to that seen when looking directly at the deliberately disguised pile.

The photo above shows White Trash (With Gulls), one of Webster and Noble’s earliest trash-based pieces. Six months’ worth of household waste plus a pair of dead seagulls comprise the heap of refuse. It’s no accident that it took the couple a further six months to make the piece, during which time they were eating and consuming – as you do. On the wall, the shadow figure self-portraits of the artists take a break with a cigarette and a glass of wine.

Less within the domain of disgust, the trash pile in Real Life Is Rubbish is constructed out of studio instead of everyday waste. Tools that the artists would eventually run out of – like a screwdriver that serves as Noble’s nose – and discarded items such as used up brass polish are piled together. Out of the apparent jumble of chaos, two perfectly formed silhouettes of the artists emerge.

That the next piece, entitled HE/SHE, looks to display shadows of Noble and Webster urinating is less shocking given that the artists have often chosen to deal with ostensibly cruder themes in their collaborative work. Having met whilst studying at university in Nottingham in the late ’80s, the couple later moved to London, where they gained a reputation for being rebels of the art scene, not content with the position of artist as celebrity.

Notwithstanding their distaste for the conventional, Webster and Noble’s sculptures and installations are not only brilliantly conceived but consummately executed. The second image above of HE/SHE shows more clearly the junk sculpture from which the image of Noble emerges in the light of the projector.

Not all of Noble and Webster’s work uses low grade materials drawn from the rubbish dump or the scrap yard – like this welded scrap metal piece of rat love. No, some of it borrows from the aesthetics of the shopping mall or the Las Vegas light show, with flashing displays and gaudy neon inspired by some of the most crass that culture has to offer. As far as the artists are concerned, it’s all worth recycling.

Yet the idea of reusing materials to create art gets one of its most visceral treatments in this last piece. Casting the by now familiar shadows of the artists’ profiled heads – severed and impaled on spikes in this case – the sculptures are composed of various mummified animals. A nod, perhaps, to aspects of popular culture like vulgar living history, it’s another work by this irreverent pair that might mean you now look at all kinds of trash and waste in a rather different light.

Beware of Brain-eating amoeba in Karachi, Pakistan!

A rare brain-eating amoeba is responsible for at least 10 deaths in the Pakistani city of Karachi in recent months, health officials believe. The source of the parasite is not yet known, but it is thought victims may have been exposed to it when using water to rinse their nasal passages.

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The amoeba, Naegleria Fowleri, lives in warm water and kills its victims by destroying brain tissue. Officials are now increasing the amount of chlorine in the public water supply. The deaths are in various locations across Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city.

Dr Shakeel Mallick, who works for the provincial health department, said nine of those killed were men, while one victim was a child of four. Officials suspect other cases may have gone undetected. Dr Mallick said hospitals were now being “vigilant”. The ministry was “very concerned” about the amoeba, he said.

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Cities on alert

Although the amoeba is usually picked up in contaminated pools or lakes, only one of those killed had been swimming. Officials are therefore concentrating their attention on the possibility that people picked it up when cleaning out their nostrils – a practice which is common in South Asia, BBC regional analyst Jill McGivering says. The amoeba travels to the brain through the nasal passages. Those infected have symptoms including fever, nausea and vomiting, as well as a stiff neck and headaches. Most die within a week.

The World Health Authority’s Musa Khan says other cities across Pakistan have been put on alert. An awareness campaign has also been launched among health workers and the public. “People should avoid getting water too deep into their nostrils,” Mr Khan said. “Those with symptoms should seek help immediately.” People are being advised to use boiled or chlorinated water to rinse their noses, and to clean out domestic water tanks where amoeba may flourish. The amoeba cannot be passed from person to person.

Perawatan-perawatan Kecantikan yang Ekstrim di Dunia

Ada-ada saja cara yang ditempuh kaum hawa agar tampil cantik dan menarik. Cara-cara aneh pun bahkan rela dilakukan supaya tampil menarik di khalayak ramai. Berikut adalah tujuh tips cantik yang aneh dan mengagumkan seperti dikutip dariallwomenstalk:

1. Terapi Ikan Terapi ini bisa saja anda coba agar kulit tampil lebih mulus dan bersih. Terapi ikan ini banyak ditemukan di Inggris bahkan Indonesia. Rasakan sensasi gigitan ikan kecil (Garra Rufa) pada kaki dan kulit anda lainnya. Konon, ikan-ikan tersebut dapat mengeluarkan enzim yang dapat membantu mengurangi jerawat.

2. Spa dengan Bir. Spa aneh dengan bir hangat dapat anda temui di Jerman, Ceko dan Austria. Konon, isi ragi dari bir tersebut dapat membantu kulit dan mengurangi stres otot.

3. Pijat dan Message dengan Ular. Terapi kecantikan ini bisa ditemui di Israel Utara. Terapi ini konon dipercaya dapat meringankan sakit otot dan kaku sendi.


4. Facial dengan kotoran burung. Kotoran burung adalah salah satu hal yang bau dan menjijikan. Namun, bagi Diamond Hawaii Resort Spa di Amerika Serikat, kotoran itu bisa dijadikan sebagai lulur wajah.

5. Tuner Pipi. Tuner ini banyak ditemui di Jepang. Para wanita Jepang menggunakan perangkat plastik yang dipoles di pipinya. Pipi tersebut nampak berwarna merah.

6. Mandi Dengan Kuah Ramen. Terapi aneh ini bisa ditemui di Jepang. Seperti halnya kuah ramen pada umumnya, air dalam spa ini juga ditambahkan bawang putih dan kolagen. Konon, campuran bahan-bahan tersebut dapat meningkatkan warna kulit dan metabolisme tubuh.

7. Ruang Es Artik. Dalam terapi ini, anda akan ditempatkan dalam sebuah ruangan bersuhu 55 ° F. Ruangan tersebut benar-benar didesain seperti kondisi nyata di lapangan. Butiran-butiran salju nampak mengapung di atas tubuh anda. Terapi kecantikan ini bisa anda temukan di Spa Qua, Istana Caesar, Las Vegas.

Ice Cream ‘Nachos’ by Baskin-Robbins, give it a try?

Baskin-Robbins debuted Waffle Chip Dippers on Tuesday — soft-serve vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup, M&M’s and Snickers pieces. The ice cream is served with waffle and brownie chip pieces meant for dipping. Sound a bit like the dessert version of nachos? That’s what Baskin-Robbins is going for.

The tagline attached to the Waffle Chip Dippers is “Think Nachos — Only ‘Cooler.'” In conjunction with the debut, the company actually conducted a survey of 1,004 Americans to get answers to such burning questions as “Do you double dip?” and “What comes first, the ice cream or the waffle cone?” (Thirty-nine percent of respondents admitted to double dipping and 60 percent eat the ice cream before the waffle cone).

The Waffle Chip Dippers are $2.99 but only available until the end of September. With that price, Amanda Deviana said, “that sounds cheap enough to put the “whaaaa?” factor aside and dive in for a try.” But it contains 500 calories… ummm?