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subtilitas: Smiljan Radic - Wood house, Colico Lake 2015. The...


Smiljan Radic - Wood house, Colico Lake 2015. The stilt like structure is designed around the length of un-cut construction lumber, lifting the house above the forest to views of the lake. Scans via, photos and illustrations © Yuji Harada.

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Captivating Plasticine Art from Nora UndaNora (1982 ) graduated... crss

Captivating Plasticine Art from Nora Unda

Nora (1982 ) graduated in Arts with a major in Visual Arts (2006 ) , titled Sculptor with distinction at the University of Chile (2009 ) . The goal of my work is to connect the viewer to children through a material linked play and creativity that is the dough. A turn is an invitation to know forms of nature and dreamscapes that lead the viewer to question his own account and causing generate new interpretations. My work is based on the long process of study , leading from the fragments of my memory that connects me directly with intuition. The idea to frame my paintings in dough, is intended to keep the memory of childhood and care for the work perpetuity. In short, it is a call to cherish the memory that in these times is very fragile. We live daily at high speed and not worry about our memories that shape our personal history .

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Friday, February 24, 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017

Attractiveness Isn't About Appearance. It's About How You Express Your Emotions

When we talk about attractiveness, we think of appearance, which is something we can’t control much. Or we would think of character for a second. But researches have found another hidden factor that is key to determine one’s attractiveness.

In one study[1], participants were asked to watch video clips of women who expressed emotions differently. Then they were asked who they found more attractive. It turned out that if they understood the woman’s emotions better, they found them more attractive. Such finding is quite surprising that usually people would consider cool and mysterious people as more attractive. Instead, the more you express your emotions, and the easier your emotions are to be read, the more attractive you become.

This experiment was done by Silke Anders, a professor of Social and Affective Neuroscience at the University of Lübeck in Germany. Apart from asking them who were more attractive, the researchers also measured their brain activity. And there was indeed increased activity in the area of the brain which is responsible for processing how attractive one person is, when they were certain about the emotions of the women.

Another study[2] got similar results. This time instead of video clips volunteers were asked to observe photos of six different men and women, who show emotions at different extent. It turned out those who didn’t express much emotions were the least attractive ones.

So…how to be more expressive?

Common language

Try to use some common language with the person you’re talking to. For example, if he always uses the word “Oh my…”, try to use it sometimes too (not too often though) to express your surprising feelings. The person would have a stronger understanding of how you feel as you speak a common language.


Whenever you don’t know how to show your expression, just smile. It can show your friendliness and people would know you’re approachable even if you’re not very expressive.

Hand gestures

Don’t overlook the power of your hands. Remember when people argue they often do it with their hands? Remember how charismatic leaders persuade with their hands? Your hands tell a lot. Anger, resentment, nervousness, excitement, etc. Always free up your hands and let them dance in the air. People will get what you mean much better.


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Want To Sound More Confident? Avoid These 3 Things In Your Conversation

Usually when we want to be more confident, we’re told to do this and that. Instead of adding, what about getting rid of some of our habits? We have learned these habits as children. And often we learned them by watching our elders engaging in conversation. Polite conversation is probably one of the worst things we learned because it teaches that our opinions and knowledge are not valued when we assert them.

Below are 3 things people often use in conversations that largely decrease their persuasive power. Remember less is more. When you can cut these 3 kinds of language from your conversation, you’ll instantly become sound more confident and convincing.

1. Hedges Are a No-No

Hedges are defined as vague language and are often considered to be “polite” conversation. It allows you to engage without asserting yourself. Some examples are:

  • Possibly
  • Maybe
  • Might
  • Seems

These words imply that you are unbiased or avoiding persuading anyone to agree. While that could be okay in some situations, for the most part, you really need to avoid those words and use powerful words instead that portray your authority. Examples are:

  • Definitely
  • Clearly
  • Surely
  • Plainly

By using the above words, you assert that you know plenty about the subject at hand and wish to persuade another with your knowledge.

2. Avoid Disclaimers

In legal terms, disclaimer statements are to prevent any incorrect understanding of a subject. People are more likely to use this type of language when they question their own confidence in their knowledge. Often, we are more knowledgeable than we realize and relegate to unconfident language.  Some examples of disclaimers are:

  • “I am not completely sure, but….”
  • “I am not an authority on the subject, but….”
  • “It could go either way, but…”

One common theme you see is the use of hedges and negative language to relegate the speaker into an unconfident realm. The other common denominator is the use of the word “but” after the use of negative and/or hedge language. This can become a bad habit and it’s best to practice changing it. When you find yourself about to use the disclaimer language, try one of these:

  • “I am certain that…..”
  • “I recently learned…..”
  • “It will go [insert opinion]…..”

3. Stay Away from Tagging

Tag questions are just one more habit many of us have when we are engaged in conversation. Here are a few examples of tag questions:

  • “… don’t you agree?”
  • “… don’t you think?”
  • “… right?”
  • “… wouldn’t it?”

The biggest concern with tag questions is that they convey us as seeking validation for our opinion. However, highly confident speakers do not seek out validation to their points. The best way to combat the use of tag questions is to avoid using any question for validation at the end of your statement. If you pose a question, it should be nothing more than “Any questions?”.

Remember again, less is more.

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Illustrations by Iain Macarthur

Iain Macarthur is a freelance illustrator born in Swindon, England in 1986. He became a fanatic of art at the age of eight when he was first introduced to art through the medium of cartoon television shows and comic books. In 2008 Lain graduated from Swindon College with a degree in HND Illustration.  

My work can be described as surreal and unique in its own way. Using mostly pencil, watercolours and pigment pens, I create portraits of ordinary people but create them in a unusual way by, embellishing patterns and watercolour effects into the portrait to give a vivid explosion effect transforming their faces from something plain to something entirely bizarre and wonderful at the same time.

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Charming Tuscan Villa in PalaiaSet amidst seven hectares of...

Charming Tuscan Villa in Palaia

Set amidst seven hectares of olive groves in the province of Pisa, this charming countryside retreat is a wonderful Tuscan-style home whose interiors combine original architectural features such as terracotta floors and exposed wooden beams with elegant contemporary accents. Laid on two floors, the property sleeps 8 guests in 4 romantically decorated bedrooms.

Aside from the fully equipped kitchen and spacious living/dining area downstairs, the villa boasts an additional relaxation lounge with a striking ancient fireplace, as well as three modern bathrooms. The cherry on top is the structure’s traditional tower, from where you can take in spectacular views of the rolling Tuscan hills.  

During the warm season, guests can take advantage of some lovely outdoor facilities, including alfresco dining areas, BBQ, an original wood-fired oven, and a turquoise swimming pool overlooking the valley below.