Our planet is an ocean planet, and whether you live near the coast or a thousand miles from it, the ocean is part of your life. 

Two years ago today, we launched Earth Is Blue to bring the treasures of the ocean and Great Lakes directly to you through images and videos. Earth Is Blue is a tangible reminder that no matter where you are, the ocean and Great Lakes are in your hand, and we hope it inspires you to help care for our ocean and to spread the word that Earth isn’t green – it’s blue

You can see all the photos we’ve shared so far at sanctuaries.noaa.gov/earthisblue. We can’t wait to see what this new year of Earth Is Blue brings! 

(Photo: G.P. Schmahl/NOAA, taken in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary)


Imagine if you could make art with your mind, tangible or visible in this plane. Imagine all the people who are paralyzed that could now work on art when they previously couldn’t move to do so.


Thats how you do your work right?


The Ten Types of Movie (and Personal Statement) Plots
In "Save the Cat," the very excellent screenwriting book by the late Blake Snyder, Mr. Snyder claims there are ten basic movie plots. It’s a rad concept and it just may help you figure out the plot (aka story) for your college essay. Note: big props to Nived Ravikumar, the Statement Guru, for dreaming this post up with me.

Here is a quick list of the 10 plots. (Click on the link of this post for more details and example of college essays.)


What it is: Our hero (male or female) is in a serious situation and needs to find a solution RIGHT. NOW.


What it is: Our hero is on a quest to find or do something (aka a “golden fleece”). And note that the golden fleece can be either:

  • something specific and tangible (like the pirate treasure in Goonies)
  • something abstract (like Carl’s dream of fulfilling his promise to Ellie in Up), or
  • BOTH specific AND abstract (like Indiana Jones’s search for the Holy Grail, an object that is both a tangible thing and something that grants eternal life)


What it is: any film that’s primarily about a relationship, including romantic comedies.


What it is: a story about how a place, group or community has a huge impact on an individual, and how membership in that group benefits or costs that person.


What it is: our main character goes through a crucible to discover something really valuable about him or herself.


What it is: Whereas “Dude with a Problem” is about an ordinary person people in an extraordinary situation, “Superhero” films tend to be about extraordinary people coping with ordinary situations.


What it is: someone makes a wish and ends up getting much more than s/he bargained for.


What it is: A mystery needs to be unraveled, but in this case the WHY is more important than the WHO. In other words the criminal’s motives are more important than his/her identity.


What it is: there’s a “monster” (an evil someone or something) and a “house” (a confined space) and the main characters have to escape from or kill the monster, either literally or metaphorically.


What it is: the “unlikely hero” story in which a normal (or unqualified) person gets in over his or her head and ends up achieving something awesome.

There was a moment when unyielding steel bars,
Shut my heart away in an impenetrable safe.
No more, I said. No more.
No more breaking into a million little pieces,
Only to make the next one walk their way through a bed of broken glass,
Hoping they won’t injure themselves on the shards of the remains that are left.
I don’t know much of anything anymore,
But I do know that before I could stand in front of the locked safe,
And insist no one could pass,
I heard the bars give way and maybe
The door opened just enough to let one sliver of sunlight
Break the stifling staleness of unlovable air,
Maybe the energy that rushed into this dark fortress,
Is as tangible as the hope of the sunrise,
How it feels when those first golden beams spill their way across the horizon,
When the dew of dreams still lingers on the blades of grass,
and anything seems possible,
Maybe you mean that it’s still possible.
That seems like magic to me, just like golden sunbeams.
Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny

In 1628 the Dutch East India Company loaded the Batavia, the flagship of its fleet, with a king’s ransom in gold, silver, and gems for her maiden voyage to Java; the ship itself was a tangible symbol of the world’s richest and most powerful monopoly.


I’m having weirdo dreams constantly but in them I have like a husband????? And in the dreams, I love him so much. Like it is almost tangible. I love him so much in the dreams that it hurts a lil bit when I wake up and he’s not real? It is bizarre. And sad lmao.-

anonymous asked:

I've made a honey jar few days ago and I added coffee but now the coffee and the honey got mixed and it's all dark, I can't see what it's inside. I don't know if this means nothing or is a bad sign or else. So far nothing has happened, apart from a silly penis-shaped wax puddle from the candle on the lid, but I've read that they are slow to work. It's my first time practicing magick and I get worried like a mama-witch with her spell-baby >.<

I don’t think it’s anything to worry about - it’s natural that the ingredients in a jar will mingle. Especially with honey. I don’t feel it’s a bad sign in any way, or even any sign. If that type of magic takes its time to manifest, then it should be fine that you’re not seeing any tangible results right away. Just give it some time and you should be alright. :)


Glazed showcases 19 iconic sculptures by the Della Robbia family of Italian artisans, famous for creating both religious and secular varnished clay sculptures in Renaissance Florence. “For centuries, sculpture has been used decoratively and as iconography. The Della Robbia family created sculptures that take on both of those roles,” Franco says in a press release.

“I was immediately struck by the vibrancy and shine of the glaze of the Della Robbia sculptures in this show, especially the human forms frozen in time as icons. To mimic and modernize these sculptures, I wanted to create living icons emphasizing the glazing process,” he continues. “I filmed them in slow motion so the viewer relishes in the passage of time and can imagine the tangible feeling of the liquid covering each living sculpture.”