LaLa! [via Kayoko Mitsumatsu]

This 10-year-old King Penguin was rescued from a fisherman's line and refused to leave after he was healed. He was adopted by a family in a small town in Japan and became a beloved pet who has his own personal air-conditioned cold room. Lala is so smart - he walks to the fish store with his little backpack to shop for fresh fish every day.

Amazingly Beautiful [via David Adashek]

This Handwritten Book Was 271 Years Before Its Time

If you have ever flipped through a catalog of paint swatches for your home, then you probably used the Pantone Color Guide. It is basically a guide to almost every color you could think of. Pantone has been around since 1963. However, someone else beat Pantone to the punch… nearly 300 years before.

A medieval book historian by the name of Erik Kwakkel came across an extremely old handwritten book, full of color swatches. An author and artist known only as A. Boogert filled 800 pages with watercolors, creating almost every color imaginable. It was meant as an educational guide, but very few have seen it until now.

The guide was carefully handwritten and lasted hundreds of pages.

The guide was carefully handwritten and lasted hundreds of pages.

The artist mixed hundreds upon hundreds of color samples.

The artist mixed hundreds upon hundreds of color samples.

It was called the “Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau.”

It was called the “Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau.”

Back in 1692, the artist began by explaining the process of mixing colors.
He described how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water.

He described how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water.

That simple explanation turned into hundreds of pages of swatches.

That simple explanation turned into hundreds of pages of swatches.

Source: Erik Kwakkel via Colossal

If you’d like to see high resolution images of the medieval book, click here. How the artist was able to create the scope and detail of this book, especially given the time period, is nearly unfathomable. If you’d like to see this historic book in person, it’s kept at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Can you imagine how many weeks, months or years it took the almost-anonymous author to create this guide? Incredible. 

Reposted from Viralnova

Source: Erik Kwakkel via Colossal

Images that make you go awww ... [via David Adashek]

Fireman giving drink to a baby Koala in Australia fires.

Beautiful image of a panda bear helping another.

Panda scared after the earthquake in Japan embraced the leg of a policeman.

Fearless Cat

Exeter's Library - Tolkien's creative space [via Terry Stanfill]

Biz Stone, Founder of Twitter and member of Exeter’s SCR, has joined forces with the Rector to refurbish the library that launched JRR Tolkien on his literary career.

JRR Tolkien leaning on vine June 1914 2012

When 19-year-old JRR Tolkien came to Oxford University in 1911, he lived in Exeter College, founded in 1314, and studied in the College’s Victorian library. It was here that he first conceived some of the ideas that were to blossom into The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
The creative genius that was to produce these great works lay untapped. But in Exeter College Library, the teenage Tolkien found the first key to his astonishing creative drive. In his first term, he came across a book of Finnish Grammar—this book remains in the Library today.
For young Tolkien, the book was life-changing. It laid the foundation for his lifelong hobby of inventing languages, such as the languages of the Elves. There is still a record to show that he checked it out.

There was more. While studying early English literature in the Library, Tolkien began to write poetry seriously, publishing some in the College magazine and reading it to Exeter friends. This consoled him through the early horrors of the First World War, which was to kill 23 of his 56 classmates.

In Exeter's Library, Tolkien began to invent both a language and a world for it to describe—it was in this creative space that a legacy was born. Nearly 90 years later, a different creative space gave rise to an entirely new breed of brilliance written in a different language—a language of code.

A garage in Palo Alto was just the right kind of creative space for two Stanford students writing software code that would become a powerful Internet search engine and one of the most important companies in the world, Google. The library at Exeter was JRR Tolkien's "garage."
This is the connection we are making, through time and great distance, to Silicon Valley. Our environment has a profound impact on our work. Whether it is Larry and Sergey's garage, or Tolkien's library, creative spaces must be available for future generations of legacy builders.

Our goal is to modernise the library at Exeter where Tolkien's journey began. Built in the 1850s, it has changed little—this has both its pros, and cons. We must see to it that this cherished space meets the needs of modern students without losing its Victorian charm.
Together with friends from Silicon Valley who are fans of Tolkien's work, we hope to celebrate this wonderful library at Exeter and give it the attention it requires. We look forward to another century of creative space for students to find their inspiration and change the world.

Biz and Frances

Underwater Pyramid Found Near Portugal Has Portuguese Navy Investigating [via Nina Reznick]

Portuguese news reported the discovery of a very large under water pyramid first discovered by Diocleciano Silva between the islands of São Miguel and Terceira in the Azores of Portugal. According to claims, the structure is said to be perfectly squared and oriented by the cardinal points. Current estimates obtained using GPS digital technology put the height at 60 meters with a base of 8000 square meters. The Portuguese Hydrographic Institute of the Navy currently has the job of analyzing the data to determine whether or not the structure is man-made.

“The pyramid is perfectly shaped and apparently oriented by the cardinal points,” Silva told Diário Insular, the local newspaper.generator

The pyramid was found in an area of the mid-Atlantic that has been underwater for about 20,000 years. Considering this is around the time of the last ice age where glaciation was melting from its peak 2000 years prior, whatever civilization, human or not, that was around before the ice age, could be responsible for building the pyramid. 

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Yoga Gives Back - May E- Letter

Yoga Gives Back

Celebrating Mother's Day!!
The Impact of your Donation!!
With your support, YGB has doubled the number of mothers funded this year to 209 in West Bengal!! You can read their encouraging reports here.

Women are the best poverty fighters. Studies have shown and YGB has witnessed that mothers are more likely to use the profits from their businesses, not only to improve their families' nutrition and living conditions, but also to send their children to school, thereby giving the next generation a much better chance to climb out of poverty. YGB's Sister Aid program also requires all mothers to save at least 50 rupees a month for their daughters' higher education, which is a very innovative initiative worked through with our local partner NGO NISHTHA. 

Exciting FACTS for 2014!!!
  1. YGB revenues have grown every year since its inception. 2013 revenues were up 45% from the previous year, with only 1% spent for admin cost as we are all hard working volunteers!
  2. Total of 503 mothers and children funded this year in Karnataka and West Bengal, more than double from 2013.
  3. This year, YGB's new program SHE (Scholarship for Higher Education) funds 65 high school students in West Bengal and Karnataka. This program aims to give chances to poor high school students to complete high school level and aim for even higher education.

Your chance to act!!! Become a YGB Member to support these mothers and children!!! 

Whether you are a student, teacher, studio owner or business owner, empower yourself by giving back!!! More details here.

Exciting News:
Watch this moving new YGB FILM “Deenabandhu: Home of "Love & Trust” (6 minutes)!!  Music by DJ Drez and Sheela Bringi. You can also become a sponsor for new films, details here!
Thank you for these sponsors already committed to support this new series: Aparna Khanolkar, Ashtanga Yoga Confluence, INC,, Chuck Miller & Chapati Productions,, Namaste Water, ORGANIC INDIA, Sattva Yoga,, YGB Netherlands and Belgium, YogaFit

YGB is delighted and honored to have these new powerful members to our growing global family!!! 

New Advisor and Board of Director 


Melvyn Carlile, CEO
London, UK
MindBodySpirit Ltd 

Kino MacGregor,
Miami, FL
Kino is donating % from her global workshop series for YGB this year!!
Kino Yoga

New Ambassadors and Representative 

 Pete Guinosso,
San Francisco, CA
Pete Yoga
Sachi Doctor,
San Francisco, CA
Yoga With Sachi
Swati Pandey,
Kualalumpur, Malysia 



Stephanie Baker,
London, UK

Ashtanga Yoga Confluence choose YGB as Charity Beneficiary. YGB new film will premiere at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10th!!

22 mornings of YOGA in May! Roisterers are invited to find sponsors to support daily effort and donate to YGB!!

Asia Yoga ConfluenceJune 6-9
Asia Yoga Conference
Hong Kong
YGB is honored to be the Charity Partner again!! Twelve popular teachers will lead a special fundraiser 108 Sun Salutations class, 12:45 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 8th!! View details here.

IronmanMay 31st
Ondrej become "IRONMAN" for Mothers and Children in India
"... I found my purpose by improving and adding value to the lives of others with love through the platform of health, fitness and spirituality… " Read more here.
Ondrej Zouhar will be competing in the Hawaii 70.3 IronMan on May 31st to help raise money for Yoga Gives Back! Support Ondrej's mission by donating here at Crowdrise.

RA Yoga and MelissaJune 21st
Summer Solstice - Celebrating with 108 Sun Salutations Summer with Melissa Christensen
@ RA Yoga, Costa Mesa

Thank you for all these past events and sponsors!!!
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March 15th: Hot 8 Yoga, Beverly Hills, CA with Brit Middleton
April 26th: Yoga80, Carlsbad, CA with Robert Pastor & Reegan Lessie
April 26th: Indian Evening, Santa Barbara with Aparna Khanolkar
May 3rd: Ja Fitness & Wellness, Toronto, Canada with Lorraine Fetcher

Follow our YGB Blog for updated news from India and around the world!!

Thank you for all the past and future events,
which make a real difference one class at a time!!

WEAR YOUR PHONE? [Via Nina Reznick]

Samsung graphene breakthrough promises truly flexible smartphones and wearables. Firm claims to have nailed mass production of possible silicon replacement


 By Carly Page

SAMSUNG CLAIMS to have made a major breakthrough in graphene production, paving the way for truly flexible smartphones and wearables.

Graphene was first discovered in 2004, and is the world's thinnest, strongest and most conductive material. The material has long been heralded as having huge potential, as it is tougher than steel and more conductive to electrical charge and heat than silicon, despite measuring just one atom thick.

Since its discovery, manufacturing the material has been a problem, but Samsung claims to have found a better way.

Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), claims that, in partnership with Sungkyunkwan University, it has developed a way to produce graphene on a mass scale, boasting that it has synthesised a crystal of graphene that retains its charge across a larger area.

Samsung explains, "The new method developed by SAIT and Sungkyunkwan University synthesises large-area graphene into a single crystal on a semiconductor, maintaining its electric and mechanical properties. The new method repeatedly synthesises single crystal graphene on the current semiconductor wafer scale."

According to the firm, this breakthrough paves the way for truly flexible smartphones and wearable gadgets, as well as "next generation" electronic devices.

"This is one of the most significant breakthroughs in graphene research in history," said the laboratory leaders at SAIT Lab. "We expect this discovery to accelerate the commercializsation of graphene, which could unlock the next era of consumer electronic technology."

Samsung's research is still in the early stages, so graphene isn't likely to appear in devices anytime soon. Samsung is yet to cough on such details.

However, during discussion of the 2014 UK budget, George Osborne revealed plans for £74m in funding to exploit the commercial uses of graphene. This will see a graphene development centre set up in Manchester and investment into further research about the possible silicon replacement's capabilities

Reposted from the Inquirer


DOUGH BOY DOWN [via Cacciatore]

The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly.  He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin.

Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch.

The grave site was piled high with flours.

Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded.

Born and bread in Minnesota, Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he still was a crusty old man and was considered a positive roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife Play Dough, three children: John Dough, Jane Dough and Dosey Dough, plus they had one in the oven.   He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart.  The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.
Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community.