The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
Photography by artsy_T

This photo is really great but this quote by Michelangelo is what really caught my attention… 

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it

Tree By Nature

shark or dolphin
Photography: shark or dolphin by schloppy

Check out this amazing story of a surfer who was attacked by a great white shark and lived with the help of God, friends, dolphins and many more…

Truly incredible!

Great White Attacks And Dolphins Help Escape!

Brain tree?
Photography: Brain tree? by gothandy

I’m very fascinated by life and biology, but the human brain is extra-ordinary even in the extra-ordinary world of biology. It is the organ and system that is surely most responsible for the human experience. I have read casually on the ideas of how the brain works and it never ceases to fascinate me.

I recently came across a site and book dedicated to the idea that the brain really isn’t so impressive. I thought it was odd. The author seemed to know what he was talking about so I considered what he said. But I also found this article 10 Unsolved Mysteries Of The Brain and I have to stick to my position, the brain is one of the most impressive systems known to man.

You may have seen this before circulated around in an email or elsewhere. Can you read it?

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.
i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs dgig it or use aentohr srecive wtih the sarhe it btotun bloew!

If you can’t read it, it basically explains that for many people the brain does not read words as letters sequentially from first to last but it takes in all the letter symbols at once. And it seems that as long as the first and last letters are in the right place, it doesn’t matter where the other letters are placed in the word. Your brain will still be able to recognize the word! It works for me as I can read the above and it is fascinating to get this little bit of insight on how the brain works from this demonstration.

Can Your Brain Read This?

Photography: Poésie by kaalam

 This is an amazing photo using a technique called “Lightgraff” by the creator. There are many light effects photos using light like this one. But the combination of skilled calligraphy paired with multiple light effects makes for an outstanding and innovative image.

I really like the work on Kaalam’s page and I’m looking forward to seeing more.

Calligraphie lumineuse (Lightgraff)

After Burn
Photography: After Burn by Dunny

I was thinking it’s about time I post again, and this photo popped into my mind. I found it a while ago and I had it all set up to write about, but when I tried, I just couldn’t pinpoint exactly the thoughts or emotions it evoked in me. Now, I think the best I can do is say this…

Sometimes when it seems that things should have just gone up in smoke and disappeared into nothing, all the sudden they take off and something amazing comes out of it.

But I still don’t know if I got it. Also the fact that a child is holding the match (or at least it appears to be) is very significant. There is so much potential in every human, especially children.

This photo is very inspiring and filled with hope and pleasant surprises (maybe that would put it best :) )

Pleasant Surprises

Sigma 10-20
Photography: Sigma 10-20 by Franky2step

I have purposely not posted photos that I consider having “artistic value” in the past. I chose not to post such photos because there are so many of them. They all have artistic value but since there are so many of them, the artistic value photo becomes boring if that’s all it has. In order for me to post a photo I see on here, it needs to remind me of something I have to say or inspire or provoke a thought. Or be something extremely clever or… well, I guess it suffices to say that it can’t only have artistic value.

I said all that to say that this photo is the exception. This photo is pure artistic value and it is such a work of art in my eyes that I wanted to share it just for its artistic value’s sake. It is truely an extra-ordinary photo and work of art. It’s a wonder how this simple picture was able to paint such a dynamic abstract painting, while still being a true and recognizable photo. It is truely a remarkable image.

Artistic Value

Habu Heading Home
Photography: Habu Heading Home by The Electrician

If you were a refueling boom operator, you might have had a view much like this as the SR-71 came in for a fill-up. (Maybe a little lower.) He’d drop out of the sky from 80,000 feet and suddenly appear, top off his tanks, and be gone again. Magic…

The Electrician

That is amazing!

Habu Heading Home

Hong Kong from The Peak on a Summer Night
Photography: Hong Kong from The Peak on a Summer Night by Stuck in Customs

This is an extra-ordinary photo. It was modified using HDR like I posted about here. For the full effect it “Looks best Large on Black

I imagine this is what a city of our time would look like to someone who has lived their entire life in a rural culture with little technology. Maybe living the way their ancestors did thousands of years ago, and being isolated from the modern world. If they had climbed the top of a mountain to discover a modern city for the first time, I think it would look like this to them, a magical and unbelievable place.

This photo makes Hong Kong look very futuristic, and I’m sure Hong Kong is very futuristic in reality as well.

On a similar note, I came across an article about noted futurist Ray Kurzweil. His views are very much along the lines to the Transhumanists philosophy that I wrote about here. Some of this stuff sounds straight out of a science fiction story, but it seems people give alot of crediblity to his ideas. From the article…

If you went around saying that in a couple of decades we’ll have cell-sized, brain-enhancing robots circulating through our bloodstream, or that we’ll be able to upload a person’s consciousness into a computer, people would probably question your sanity.

But if you say things like that and you’re Ray Kurzweil, you get invited to dinner at Bill Gates’ house – twice – so he can pick your brain for insights on the future of technology. The Microsoft chairman calls him a “visionary thinker and futurist.”

I’m sure a city like the one above would look completely unbelievable to someone from times past. Maybe the future Mr. Kurzweil paints a picture of looks similarly unbelievable to us, here in the present. God willing, we will see what happens in the next 20 or 40 years or so. It’s definately wild stuff to say the least.

A Glimpse Of The Future?

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