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When Rena Effendi went to Transylvania to photograph hay for National Geographic, she envisioned a fairy tale, someplace almost medieval. But when she arrived in the Gyimes valley, she was disappointed. The scenery had been spoiled, she thought, by modern architecture.

“I was greedy,” Ms. Effendi said. “I wanted to find the real, bucolic, medieval type of scenery, and I couldn’t find it there.” So she consulted an expert.

She googled two words: ‘Transylvania’ and ‘hay.’ Among the first results was Maramures, a Romanian-speaking region where one can find distilleries and mills more than 500 years old. When Ms. Effendi arrived, she fell in love with the “Romanian Transylvanian fairy tale” she discovered.

“I found villages where almost all women know how to do embroidery and almost every man knows how to build a house from scratch,” she said. (read the whole story here)


When I was about 7 or maybe 8 years old, I helped my grandaunt and granduncle making hay. After everything was unloaded, my granduncle threw the fork into a pile of hay, the only problem was my little pink toe in between. Too good that my grandaunt always had some Slivovits at hand for desinfection purposes…

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4yo: “Nice socks, pants, shirt, earrings, and hair Momma!”
Wife: “Thank you!”
Me: “How about me?”
4yo: ***Looks me up and down***

Says nothing.

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this song makes me sad

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"One day, a long time from now you’ll cease to care anymore whom you please or what anybody has to say about you. That’s when you’ll finally produce the work you’re capable of."
J.D. Salinger (via emotional-algebra)
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Ceci est la couleur de mes rêves.


Ceci est la couleur de mes rêves.

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Drapeaux nationaux composés de plats traditionnels de chaque pays.

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“Anger is like flowing water; there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow. Hate is like stagnant water; anger that you denied yourself the freedom to feel, the freedom to flow; water that you gathered in one place and left to forget. Stagnant water becomes dirty, stinky, disease-ridden, poisonous, deadly; that is your hate. On flowing water travels little paper boats; paper boats of forgiveness. Allow yourself to feel anger, allow your waters to flow, along with all the paper boats of forgiveness. Be human.” ― C. JoyBell C

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“Yes, my consuming desire is to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, barroom regulars—to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording—all this is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always supposedly in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yes, God, I want to talk to everybody as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night…” ― Sylvia Plath

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“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.” ― Simone de Beauvoir

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Just posted a GIF (Taken with GifBoom)

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#gif  #gifboom 
2013 roundup →


Some of the most interesting things that happened in science and on this blog in 2013. Previous years: 2012, 2011, 2010.

Story of the year


The story of the year has to be the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson. The new particle’s discovery was announced in July,…

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