Tião Paineira at Work

Originally posted on Cultural Martini:

Meeting Tião Paineira was such a big part of our trip.  He and his family are everything that is good about travel and cultural discovery.  So, this week, I thought I would share a video of him demonstrating his skills for us on this trip.  You can get a sense of the sweet, gentle soul that filled our trip with light, and see those experienced hands, though not as firm as they used to be, still find their way around clay.  If you don’t know about our journey in Tiradentes, read our previous post: The Hunt for Cultural Authenticity: Estrada Real-Tiradentes.

In the video, he talks about the steps to making the moringa taking care that the thickness of the bottom is neither too thick or thin.  He says you need a firm hand to shape the neck.  And intermittently, he talks about how he has been sad these last…

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Pigeons, Paraty and Portuguese mansions

Originally posted on Journeys in my jandals:

For lunch today in Montevideo, Joel – unknowingly – ate a pigeon.

Ordering off the meat (carne) menu, he ordered a dish in Spanish that included the word ‘paloma’. It came with onions, mushrooms & fries – and he thought it might be a type of beef. When it came out – little cuts of stringy, oily white meat – we suspected duck, or even a type of pork. I tried a bit, and it wasn’t that nice, but hunger made him gobble it down.

After we paid the bill, Joel was looking through our translation book in Spanish, and stopped dead in his tracks.

“Alli. You won’t guess what I just ate,” Joel hissed at me, his eyes darting towards the grey birds pecking all over the footpath in front in front of us.


He nods slowly. The pigeons on the footpath look up at him, glaring. My…

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World Cup venue – Estadio Beira-Rio

Originally posted on canada.com:

2014 World Cup venue / Graphic News

2014 World Cup venue / Graphic News

Porto Alegre is one of the most tradition-rich football cities in Brazil, providing the perfect background for World Cup matches.

The city is divided nearly equally by fans from Internacional and Gremio, a cross-town rivalry that is one of the most intense in the country.

World Cup matches will be held at Internacional’s newly refurbished Beira-Rio Stadium, and teams are expected to practice at Gremio’s recently built arena, which could also easily host tournament matches.

The city of about 1.4 million people, a hotspot for German immigrants, is hosting four group games: France vs. Honduras on June 15; Australia vs. Netherlands on June 18; South Korea vs. Algeria on June 22; and Nigeria vs. Argentina on June 25. The Beira-Rio will also host a match in the round of 16 that will include the winner of Group G, possibly Germany.

Porto Alegre is…

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Originally posted on scamwatchbrazil:

There’s a raging controversy in Brazil about the use of natural ethanol as an additive in motor fuels. The debate has been given extra sharpness lately by the proposal to increase the ethanol content in gasoline (petrol) from twenty-five percent to 27.5%.

On the one hand the Cane Sugar Industry Union (UNICA) claimed the move will have no ill effects and will even benefit engines, the economy and the environment generally while reducing Brazil’s need for imported petroleum.

On the other hand, ANFAVIA, the Motor Manufacturers’ Group say that the extra ethanol will damage both engines and the environment and therefore the petroleum percentage ought to be maintained.

The issue is being evaluated by the Ministry of Energy but a final decision is not expected soon.

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Visiting the North of England’s Cities

Originally posted on Student Welfare Team:


The Northern English cities of Manchester and Liverpool are often said to be similar to Glasgow – relaxed, unpretentious and friendly! Of course, both cities have unique characters of their own and they are great places to explore, which can be reached easily and quite cheaply from Glasgow.

You can travel to Manchester easily by bus or train. The bus tends to be much cheaper, but takes a bit longer. A good website is http://uk.megabus.com/ which offers cheap tickets to Manchester from Buchanan Street Bus Station at short notice. Useful websites for finding cheap train tickets are http://www.redspottedhanky.com and http://www.thetrainline.com ; trains from Glasgow Central to Manchester Piccadilly are fairly frequent.
Manchester has several youth hostels offering budget accommodation, such as the Hatters Group: http://hattersgroup.com/ and YHA Manchester: http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/manchester. If you would prefer a hotel, there are many cheap options available at http://www.booking.com. Hotel chains like Travelodge…

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Draw me like one of your French girls!

Originally posted on James Albon:

It’s Monday morning and obviously there are about a million really useful and productive things that I could be doing, but instead I thought I’d bum around doing something almost completely pointless. At the weekend I came across Rebecca Mock’s gorgeous  animated summer illustrations  and thought “I want to do that too!” So I sat down with an online tutorial (which is here  if anyone wants to try it too), which explains how to use the animation feature of photoshop. The animation feature in photoshop takes about fifteen minutes to figure out; the process of drawing pictures for animation takes years upon years. Rebecca Mock  makes it look very easy. It isn’t. 

Nonetheless, here is my first attempt. I had a lot of fun making it, and I’ll probably come back to it in the future.. stay tuned.


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OK Go “Last Leaf”

Originally posted on nowscopitone:

I recently watched the documentary “ Beautiful Losers ” which featured a slew of some of my creative heroes (many who inspired me to get into the creative industry in the first place) and their work. Quite a few of them have transitioned from pure art into commercial work for advertising and music videos. So much inspiration there, so little time.

One of the featured creatives was Geoff Mcfetridge who’s already stellar popularity has skyrocketed due to his work on the Spike Jonze film “Her” (which if you haven’t watched yet, is a damn shame). His style has become pretty distinguished and he has collaborated with great artists to extend his work across various mediums, such as this effort with OK Go. Featuring typical symbolic Mcfetridge illustration stop motion animated across some golden delicious slices of toast.

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“O Jogo da Amarelinha” of the artistic girls.

Originally posted on ARt BRAZIl_Tania:

“O Jogo da Amarelinha” of the artistic girls. Tania T M Castro, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2014.

“Jogo da Amarelinha” is a game for girls. They make the layout designed in this painting and jump across the squares to get to heaven (the rounded curve drawn at one end of the track). There is a set of rules to play the game and reach the sky’s the big goal. I will describe these rules another time.
What inspired me to do this painting?
Well, I loved playing this game as a kid. I also like the yellow color and the name of the game contains the word yellow. Also, I remembered the book from the Argentine writer Julio Cortazar: “Jogo da Amarelinha” A very good book! Finally: I noticed some paintings containing multiple numbers and I immediately thought this painting. For here there are numbers arranged in a way that I…

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The Surreal and the Street – Incredible Art from Designwars.com

Originally posted on Optimal Human Modulation:

Plotbotter Ken1 I first logged onto Facebook for the first time several years ago. However, as time progressed, realized it was causing more mental afflictions than it was worth. Reached a point where I even quit the platform for a year.

However, being the 21st century, it did occur to me that it could prove useful if maintained and operated with wisdom.

Instead of “friending” everyone and their mother, my personal FB page is now strictly limited to a few dozen family members and friends that are sane. (As opposed to the official OpHuMod Facebook page, where no limits regarding sanity, or lack thereof, are enforced.)

Aside from allowing interaction with those near and dear to my heart, FB also serves as an excellent source for adding visual bliss to my day.

Chanced upon the Facebook page for DesignWars.com this morning and was awash in exceptional images of the street and…

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Spray-Painting Graffiti Drone Not Nearly as Effective as You’d Think

Originally posted on orbital pictures:

Robots may be taking our jobs throughout agriculture and industry, but the the duty of defacing architecture is likely to remain in the hands of humans for the immediate future if this semi-autonomous spray-paint drone is any evidence.

Devised by muralist/hacker/mad genius KATSU, this R/C quadcopter replaces the conventional E-O sensor gimbal with a custom rig designed to hold and fire a can of spray paint while aloft.

While the artist has demonstrated the drone’s capabilities on large pieces of canvas as part of the Silicon Valley Contemporary art show, he is confident the system could be used to reach otherwise inaccessible sections 0f walls or fences. However, it currently is too unwieldy for anything other than abstract artistic expression. As he told Motherboard:

To a large degree, it’s up to the drone. It’s like, I’m telling this device to basically accommodate this new attached payload that has an…

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