“California Inspires Me”.

Originally posted on Modular 4:

Here is a nice way to start your post holiday week. An animated short by Freddy Arenas featuring Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. The piece is called “California Inspires Me” and has some really solid animation and illustration work going on. The piece is deceptively simple with black line art over flat colored backgrounds, but the flow and rhythm is so solid. What a really nice little short.

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Maracatu Concert – Exiting Confort Zone

Originally posted on smallcontemplations:

Being in Puerto Iguazu, on your own, for dissertation research can be very overwhelming. I find myself alone most of the time, in a nice hotel, repressed in my room; writing my dissertation and emailing people who will simply not answer.

I was afraid I wouldn’t really meet anyone, and it has kind of been the case. I haven’t come here as a traveller, but as a researcher, which makes it all that more secluding and daunting. I don’t have time to run around the falls and take pictures and make friends. I came here with a purpose and a mission, and that did not involve socialising. On top of that its even harder here because all the other guests are either families, recently engaged couples, or elderly groups. They are not really the kind to invite you to their table and have a chat. My only ‘friend’ would maybe…

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Insights | New Brazilian Stereotypes

Originally posted on A State of Translation:

Screen Shot 2015-07-05 at 6.03.44 PMThere’s a lot I / Americans in general don’t know about Brazil, but in an effort to avoid a long-winded rant about the lack of exposure given to Brazilian news or history in the U.S., I will instead just share 5 new stereotypes I’ve formed about Brazilians since coming here. Perhaps you, too, will be surprised by them.

  1. The people are clean.

    I mean like really clean. Between averaging 2-4 showers a day, washing their cars weekly, refusing to touch any food with their fingers, and having very basic daily routine activities that involve strategies on how to avoid touching your hands to things, it is not rare for me to be the bagunça, or mess, of the group. (Also, when things are as expensive as they are and therefore are not as easily replaceable, you take good care of them.)

  2. Their families are close and well-respected.

    When the world around you isn’t safe enough to…

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Surfing Takes Brazilian Kids Out of Rio Slum

Originally posted on AP Images Blog:
Photos by Felipe Dana It’s dawn and barefoot boys are hustling down the inclined alleys of Rio de Janeiro slums, surfboards under their arms. They’re heading to nearby Sao Conrado and Arpoador beaches, where…

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Made in Manchester

Originally posted on life irrelevant.:
 On my days off last week I made a start on my list of exhibitions to see this summer. I was visiting my mum in Manchester anyway, and my brother for his birthday,  so I thought I’d throw in…

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Postcard No. 30: Tib Street, Northern Quarter

Originally posted on Postcards from Manchester:


Remembering the day we walked down Tib Street.
You asked me why there were wild parrots.
It was the same day you wondered
why the bus driver was on the wrong side.
Look right, I said. Always look right.
You grabbed my arm.
Told me how you liked looking up.
I kept you from tripping
on the paving stones.

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Interactive Atlantic Slave Trade Map

Originally posted on History for Today:

The link below is to a very useful interactive map of the Atlantic Slave Trade – well worth a look.

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Carnival Takes Over Paris

Originally posted on Repeating Islands:


FranceAntilles reports that around 2,000 revelers danced around (on, between) ten floats on Sunday in Paris, from Bastille Square to the Town Hall (L’Hôtel de Ville). This 14th edition, organized by the City of Paris and the Federation of Tropical Carnival in Paris and Ile-de-France, brought together groups from thirty associations from Paris, Ile-de-France, and the DOMS (overseas departments) as well as from other countries including Bolivia, Holland, Vietnam, and Brazil. See the photos of this very diverse carnival parade in the link below.

For the photo gallery, go to http://www.martinique.franceantilles.fr/hexagone/les-carnavaliers-ont-investi-paris-312995.php

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5 Peculiar Eating Habits of Brazilians (or so I am told)

Originally posted on Foreign-I:

When it comes to food and table manners, each culture has its own do’s and don’ts. What is polite in one country may be extremely rude in another, and even simple requests can be met with dirty looks (tell me, France, why can’t I have coffee with my dessert?) I’ve come a long way adjusting to life in the US, but I still hold on to some habits that are a constant source of amusement to our American friends. Here is a list of some of these “peculiar” Brazilian food-related customs.

  1. Brazilians rarely touch food with their hands: What can I say; we use a knife and a fork for almost everything, even fruit and pizza. And if it is some sort of finger food, we hold it with a napkin. No sticky fingers allowed at a Brazilian table. We also look down on eating on the go. It’s considered…

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Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Reduce Dengue Transmitters by 95 Percent

Originally posted on Entomology Today:

The results of a trial of genetically engineered mosquitoes intended to reduce their ability to transmit dengue fever have been published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

The mosquitoes, commonly known as “Friendly Aedes aegypti” mosqitoes in Brazil where the trial took place, were developed by a company called Oxitec.

The results of the trial showed that the numbers of the mosquito (Aedes aegypti) that spreads dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunya, and zika virus were reduced by more than 90%.

“The fact that the number of Aedes aegypti adults were reduced by 95% in the treatment area confirms that the Oxitec mosquito does what it is supposed to, and that is to get rid of mosquitoes,” said Dr. Andrew McKemey, head of field operations at Oxitec. “According to published mathematical models reviewed and recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) working group on dengue, it…

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