17 Top Images from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

February 7, 2014
Aerial Series in Sony World Photography Awards

Aerial Series by Emmanuel Coupe-Kalomiris, Source: Daily Mail

There are few photography achievements more prestigious than the Sony World Photography awards. While the Photographer of the Year title will not be announced until April 30th in London, the World Photography Organisation (WPO) released its shortlist for this year’s awards in early February. The shortlist—which represents international amateur, professional and youth photography—contains some of the most incredible, breathtaking contemporary photos from 2013.

Campaign Category in Sony World Photography Awards

Big Cat, Little Cat by George Logan, Source: BuzzFeed

Sony World Photography Awards from India

Yellow Fellow by Anurag Kumar, Source: South China Morning Post

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No Doubt In 1987

February 2, 2014

No Doubt 1987

While No Doubt is much revered in the music community, their beginning was incredibly uncertain. Forming in 1986, in December of the following year the group disbanded after a founding member’s suicide. Later on, though, the group would re-convene, choose Stefani as the lead singer and grow to sell over 33 million albums worldwide.

The 46 Second Steve Jobs Video Of That Will Change Your Life

January 24, 2014

Stories are mixed about the late Apple CEO’s public and private personas. Regardless of your take on Steve Jobs, his message in the video above is definitely worth remembering.

Jason Everman: Rock Star Casualty, War Hero

January 23, 2014

Jason Everman

Though he was kicked out of Nirvana and Soundgarden on the cusp of their ascent to fame, guitarist Jason Everman achieved honor in a slightly less glamorous arena: the hills of Afghanistan. Swapping his guitar for a gun, Everman joined the Army 2nd Ranger Battalion and served as a member of the Special Forces. Honorably discharged in 2006, Everman went on to pursue a BA at Columbia University. How’d he get in to such a tough school? It might have had something to do with the fact that General Stanley A. McChrystal wrote him a letter of recommendation. Be sure to read more about him on the New York Times.

Social Media And The Seven Deadly Sins

January 1, 2014
Social Media Cartoon

Source: Marc Maron

While giving a speech to the 1974 graduating class of Hobart and William Smith College, humorist, humanist and curmudgeon Kurt Vonnegut said, “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”

We have certainly cobbled together a community. A huge online community that includes roughly one in every four people around the world. But this community doesn’t seem to have actually cured loneliness, or isolation, or our myriad vices and histrionics. In fact, social media seems to have exaggerated a few of our worse traits. To simplify things, we are going to use the seven deadly sins to illuminate the bits of us that we dislike and how they are exaggerated or encouraged by social media.

Pride

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Five Fascinating Lost Civilizations

December 31, 2013
Lost Civilizations Mada In Saleh

Source: Wikipedia

Lost Civilizations: The Nabataeans

Straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, the ancient Nabatean Treasury of Al-Khazneh played host to the final scene of “The Last Crusade” and it’s easy to see why. The mysterious people who occupied Jordan in the sixth century BC are responsible for carving one of the most breathtaking stone cities in the world. Remarkably, their buildings have stood the test of time.

Initially travelers by tradethat moved miles across the desert in their caravans, the sudden settlement of the Nabateans has puzzled historians. As if overnight, they crafted one of the most intricate stone cities, hidden away and accessed only via a 1200 meter long crack in the rock. However, it’s not just the secret city which the Nabateans left historians and anthropologists to unravel. Their history was never recorded and it is here where the biggest mystery lies.

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