Stunning Photos of Calcified Birds and Bats Found at African Lake

Stunning Photos of Calcified Birds and Bats Found at African Lake

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These unusual photos, just in time for Halloween, showcase five creatures: a stony swallow, a mummified bat, an eagle, a flamingo, and a dove, all calcified along northern Tanzania's Lake Natron (map), which contains so much soda and salt that it would "strip the ink of my Kodak film boxes in a few seconds," according to photographer Nick Brandt.   Lake Natron is located near a volcano, which spews alkali-rich natrocarbonatites that end up in Lake Natron via rainwater runoff. Brandt had found the creatures upon the shore, perfectly preserved by the lake. Apparently, the creatures are so calcified that if you pick them up, their bodies will remain in the same position they were found in. Though not evident in these black-and-white photographs, Lake Natron has has a distinctly red color, which…
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Discomfort: An Exhibit from Andrey Kasay in Brooklyn later this Month

Discomfort: An Exhibit from Andrey Kasay in Brooklyn later this Month

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A note to pass along from WallBreaker Andrey Kasay, who's got a show coming up. Here are the deets! -   Name: Discomfort   Where: Venue address: 272 Seigel Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY   When: February 25–28. The grand opening is on Feb. 25 at 6pm.   Here is the event page with more detailed information: https://www.facebook.com/events/179151345782003/ .        
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New Beginnings: Often Untouched Territories That Already Exist in Us – By AyseDeniz Gokcin

New Beginnings: Often Untouched Territories That Already Exist in Us – By AyseDeniz Gokcin

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The following is a guest article by Turkish classical pianist AyseDeniz Gokcin.   One day during college, after my Via was stolen, I got a new Apple computer for the first time, which had Garage Band installed in it. I was familiar with Sibelius and notation programs, but never before was it so easy to import midi files, play, record, and edit music. When I felt like I had too much classical music homework and needed a break, I would have fun writing cheesy pop songs with silly lyrics (about love, of course).   After a while, it hit me how backwards I was in my field, to not know anything technological but to press buttons of the keys. I wanted to produce professional songs and work with other artists, yet…
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Practicing These Techniques Will Be the Best Education You Ever Receive

Practicing These Techniques Will Be the Best Education You Ever Receive

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The following article is a guest post from Cheryl Clarke, founder of City Calm, a company on a mission to help entrepreneurs get the energy and mindset they need to be successful in business.   When I started my business my main goal was to follow my heart and listen to it’s true desires. I wanted to create my business from myself, not from a checklist or formula. The goal was to make money doing the things that gave me energy and fuelled me. In this way I felt I could be of far better service to those that I work with and because of which, going to be in the business for a whole lot longer. I won’t give up. I’ve never taken to the concept of retirement. I’ve never understood it. Why…
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