undeclared major

I just declared my major, but I still enjoy this webcomic. You don’t have to be in college to relate.

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This next one is true except when you’re trying to sell your used textbook…

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…when it’s worth 15 cents and a stick of gum.

See more undeclared major here.

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The Rudiments of Wisdom

This quirky visual encyclopedia includes sections covering everything from animals to religion, materials, and music. Each entry includes illustrations with information about and the history of its subject, all curiously entertaining and informative.

But my favorite section? The experiments and tricks, under the heading Boom!

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Check it out here.

Wife’s Disaster Manual

(by Deborah Paredez)
When the forsaken city starts to burn,
after the men and children have fled,
stand still, silent as prey, and slowly turn
back. Behold the curse. Stay and mourn
the collapsing doorways, the unbroken bread
in the forsaken city starting to burn.
Don’t flinch. Don’t join in.
Resist the righteous scurry and instead
stand still, silent as prey. Slowly turn
your thoughts away from escape: the iron
gates unlatched, the responsibilities shed.
When the forsaken city starts to burn,
surrender to your calling, show concern
for those who remain. Come to a dead
standstill. Silent as prey, slowly turn
into something essential. Learn
the names of the fallen. Refuse to run ahead
when the forsaken city starts to burn.
Stand still and silent. Pray. Return.

Marina Amaral

Marina Amaral colorizes black and white photos, from iconic portraits to classic scenes.

One day I decided to combine my fascination with history and skill using Photoshop.  I started to restore and put color into photos that were originally black and white, allowing people to see history from a new and colorful perspective.

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Each photo is made to be realistic by recognizing the value behind each one of them, respecting and preserving their stories, paying attention to the finer details and maintaining their original essence.

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Every completed work has gone through long and in depth research, and is supported by the opinions of experts in each particular area if necessary, to faithfully reproduce the original colors and atmosphere.

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Coloring black and white photos is an art that requires a deep work of research, analysis of each object to make it be as realistic as possible, historical knowledge and enough respect to value and preserve every detail in each story. It is a complex process able to transport us to anywhere.  — Marina Amaral

Check out more photos on her website here.

art in a swiss prison

(quotes and photos from this article at Graffart.eu)

Malik and Note, Swiss artists, wanted a new project and contacted a prison director about painting a mural.

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They soon received an answer from Marcel Ruf, the prison director, saying that they should call in to discuss the project.

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The dimensions were enormous. Malik and Note were moving through a complex almost solely comprised of concrete. Gray flowed into gray, complemented by the cloudy sky above: a bare landscape, defined only by the coldness and emptiness of the concrete.

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The murals that can now be seen in the prison were completed over an 18-month period. Exercise yards, corridors, stairwells, and of course the vast outside walls were been painted by the 16 artists. What began as an idea just before falling asleep evolved into a work of art that is probably unique in this form.

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The feedback we received shows that both the prison guards and the prisoners are very engaged with the artworks and that they are often the subjects of in-depth discussion – despite little common knowledge about the topic of art, to say nothing of street art.

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See more photos here.