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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Digital Art

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Street Artists Turn An Old Scottish Castle Into A Psychedelic Graffiti Haven

Street Artists Turn An Old Scottish Castle
Into A Psychedelic Graffiti Haven

By Priscilla Frank
Posted: 12/19/2014

Dear readers, riddle me this: What's the only thing cooler than a Scottish castle? A Scottish castle covered in psychedelic graffiti, of course.

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Allow us to introduce the Kelburn Castle, a 13th century building located 35 miles outside Glasgow. As you may notice, it has quite the unusual facade. The royal housing unit was revamped by Brazilian street artists in 2007, when the Earl of Glasgow, Patrick Boyle, learned he had to remove a cement render that had been added to the building in the 1950s. At the request of his son, he resolved to paint the render prior to its removal. He enlisted artists Nina Pandolfo, Nunca and Os Gêmeos to cover the castle in cartoonish and chromatic designs that could make many a head spin.
 
It was an unprecedented artistic move that fused the ephemeral, urban culture of street art with the traditional, permanent and rural character of the castle, creating a timeless paradox of visual beauty. "It is a project of contrasts and collaboration that bridges between cultures, rural and urban realms and unites two proud and very different cultures," explains the Kelburn Estate.

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The work was originally permitted to exist for only three years, but because of its wildly popular following and the devotion of The Earl, the graffiti feast has managed to hang on for far longer. Unfortunately, a 2012 inspection revealed that the cement was causing damage to the castle's original walls and should be removed, according to the BBC. The graffiti will likely be removed in the summer of 2015, but there is hope. The castle's owners, the Earl and his son David, plan to hold a contest for architects and designers to create equally stunning visuals to live on the castle exterior -- visuals that don't do damage to the castle itself.
 
If you've ever dreamed of decking out a medieval castle in contemporary street art style, this is your (probably, one and only) chance. In any case, you best be buying your ticket to Glasgow to see this rare street art treasure before it's gone. And for an equally magical experience, check out this New York farmhouse turned rainbow playground

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Walking on beautiful clean ice in Slovakian Mountains

Walking on beautiful clean ice in
Slovakian Mountains

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Me and my friend walking on frozen mountain lake in High Tatras Mountains in Slovakia.

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Walking on Water

Claim:  A video shows two hikers walking on a lake of crystal clear ice.


TRUE 
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 Looks fake, there are no frozen fish, and also if sun is shining on that ice so hard that we can see stones under it, why didn't it melt, and why is there no sound of mountain wind?

Origins:   On 8 December 2014, a video was uploaded to YouTube showing two hikers walking on a lake of ice so clear it appeared as if they were walking on air, with the uploader describing what it depicted as "Me and my friend walking on frozen mountain lake in High Tatras Mountains in Slovakia."

That video racked up more than four million views in just a few short days. While most viewers were simply amazed at the beauty of the frozen lake in the Tatras Mountains shown in the video, others were skeptical about the authenticity of the scene. One persistent claim offered by skeptics as an argument against the video's authenticity was clear ice is too thin to hold the weight of two grown adults. This claim was refuted by Accuweather in a post published on
13 December 2014:

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Clear ice is about twice as strong as white ice since it is much more dense, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Ice looks cloudy and white when it has air bubbles due to thawing and refreezing. 

Another factor frequently questioned by Internet investigators was the actual ice itself: Do such crystal clear waters exist? Slovakian Igor Ludma explained to the New York Daily News a sudden drop in temperature amid a snowless stretch of weather could result in the conditions seen in the video above:  

It is only possible when the temperatures fall from being relatively mild to very cold very quickly, and at the same time it's important that there has not been any snow which tends to make the ice very cloudy. And we have had those conditions lately which would explain this very clear ice.  

Accuweather confirmed such weather conditions existed in Slovakia at the time, writing Lomnicky Stit "has been gripped by subfreezing temperatures since the middle of November."
Last updated:   13 December 2014

 
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Walking on glass or water?
Slovakian hikers video themselves tiptoeing across crystal clear ice on lake in Tatra Mountains

Tomas Nunuk made the short video at the High Tatras mountain range
Video was published on YouTube and quickly generated 500,000 views
Some viewers doubt the video was genuine, arguing ice would 'crack'

By John Hutchinson for MailOnline

Published: 13:13 EST, 10 December 2014


This spectacular video of hikers walking across a frozen lake - where the surface is like a crystal clear sheet of glass - has gone viral and sparked a heated debate over whether it is a hoax.

Slovakian hiker Tomas Nunuk, 38, from the capital Bratislava, made the short video of him and his friends walking on the see-through ice after hiking up Slovakia's High Tatras mountain range.

The video, titled 'Walking on beautiful clean ice in Slovakian Mountains', was published on YouTube on December 8 and quickly generated over half a million views in the first few days.
Hikers walk on incredibly stunning crystal clear ice lake
Tomas Nunuk, from Bratislava, made the short video of him and his friends walking on the crystal clear ice

Tomas Nunuk, from Bratislava, made the short video of him and his friends walking on the crystal clear ice
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Some viewers were amazed at the 38-second video that shows three hikers walking across the clear frozen lake, while others doubted that the video was real.

YouTube user Shawn G wrote: 'I've never seen ice that clear in my life. And I'm Canadian, so I've seen quite a bit of ice.'

And another who agreed with him was Narwhal Bacon, a video analyser and Redditor who commented on the video, saying: 'Last time I tried this with such clear ice, it just collapsed from under my feet. I'm calling fake on this one guys.'
Some viewers doubted the validity of the video as they had never seen ice so clear before

Some viewers doubted the validity of the video as they had never seen ice so clear before
The ripples of the waters can be seen here, but could be viewed if the ice was around 2cm in thickness

But others were convinced it was genuine, including a user named John Callaghan, who sarcastically wrote: 'Yep, the guy who was filmed was wearing airboots, than they photoshopped those away, a few hundred thousand square metres of cardboard mountains in the background were then added, and of course the one who was filming was suspended from a helicopter, but they photoshopped the ripples in the water away, and there you have it... fake (lol).' [sic]

Slovak YouTube user Jakub Kutny wrote: 'I would advise you to visit this place instead of arguing about the originality of the video.'

Experienced tourist Igor Ludma, from Slovakia, was able to give a scientific explanation for the fact that the ice look like glass, saying: 'It is only possible when the temperatures fall from being relatively mild to very cold very quickly, and at the same time it's important that there has not been any snow which tends to make the ice very cloudy. And we have had those conditions lately which would explain this very clear ice.'
Several commentators believe the video to be genuine as the cracking of the ice can be heard

Several commentators believe the video to be genuine as the cracking of the ice can be heard

'It looks like it was about 2cm thick and it is therefore able to carry a man.'

And he also backed up the point noted by several other users that it is possible to hear the cracking of the ice as the hikers walk over it.

The creator of the video has not added details about exact place where the video was filmed. But Slovak tourists who know their homeland's highest mountains very well say it is a lake called Velke Hincovo Pleso.

Velke Hincovo Pleso is located 6,300ft above sea level in Mengusovska dolina, under the Koprovsky stit mountain. The lake is 176ft at its deepest point, making it the biggest and the deepest in Slovakia.


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Waterfall in Winter




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Waterfall in Winter



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Monday, December 15, 2014

Skating On A Frozen Crystal Clear Lake In Sweden

Skating on Crystal Clear Ice
 In Sweden
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Video Of Skating On A Crystal-Clear Lake Is Stupid Awesome



At first it looks like a terrible idea, but it doesn't take long to realize that this is pure joy captured on video.
The clip was filmed in late November by Jonas Landmark and Karin Bäckborns on Lake Blanktjärn in central Sweden. Their dogs Trissa and Vilma tagged along too.

While the ice is actually around 10 cm thick, it looks paper thin (you can actually see the fish swimming underneath their feet).
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From the looks of things, this is an example of congelation ice, which can form on a freshwater lake that is mostly free of impurities. Stanford scientist Miles Traer recently explained to io9 that the ideal scenario for ice like this involves "a slow freeze, big ice crystals, close to no air bubbles and water devoid of dust and other particle impurities." 

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Landmark told the Weather Network that the lake doesn't usually look this but that the conditions were just "perfect."
"It was as being at an aquarium," he said.

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There is an outstanding season for ice skating in the Jämtland region, located in the northwestern part of Sweden. This is Lake Blanktjärn, the 10 cm thick ice is clear enough to see the bottom of the lake and fish swimming around.

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