How To: Tie a Scarf

by on Jan.17, 2012, under Syndicated from the Web

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (or in Hawaii) for the last couple of years, you’ve probably noticed that scarves are really, really in. Which is great, because they keep you warm, you can wear them with everything, and they are a super-versatile piece of clothing that you can get dozens of looks out of. Unless, of course, you are me, and learned everything you know about scarf tying from Tom Baker in the late 70s.

Thank Heavens for the internet!

How to Wear a Scarf for Winter

Passiflora’s How to Tie a Scarf

The Scarf Queen

The Tom Baker Fan Club

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This Saturday in LA: Chet Zar’s Conjoined 2

by on Jan.17, 2012, under Syndicated from the Web

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This Saturday, Bergamot Station’s Copro Nason gallery will host the second installment of Conjoined. The event announcement reads:

The Sequel picks up where Conjoined 1 left off last year at this time. More classic sculptures, Life like models, Surreal assemblages, mixed media paintings, life sized toys and other conjoined works in 3-D. From the twisted and bizarre to the majestic and unbelievable there will be many unusual works!

Curated by painted monster maestro, Chet Zar, last year’s launch saw record attendance, numerous dropped jaws and abundant late-night lingerers, such was the entrancing power of the works displayed. Previews of art to be featured in Conjoined 2 have begun to surface on the Copro website to a similar effect:


Dead Pope, Chet Zar

More examples follow this text! Show up between 8 and 11pm for a chance to see these and many, many other pieces by today’s leading pop-surrealists, film special effects pros and well known toy creators, and say hello to our very own Zoetica, who has two paintings in the exhibit and will be in attendance along with many of the featured artists. This is one show you don’t want to miss – see you there!


Stitch Ears, Laurie Hassold


The Fast Supper, Jason Hite


Filthy Johnson, Paul Chatem


La Petite Mort, Christopher Conte


Cephalotus Geminus, Zoetica Ebb


Vati-Cane, Francesco De Molfetta

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A God in an Alcove

by on Jan.16, 2012, under Syndicated from the Web

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Miyu Decay

by on Jan.14, 2012, under Syndicated from the Web

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HM Sighting in Zink Magazine

by on Jan.13, 2012, under Syndicated from the Web

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Thomas Wylde S/S 2012

by on Jan.12, 2012, under Syndicated from the Web

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Ritual

by on Jan.11, 2012, under Syndicated from the Web

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Lisbeth

by on Jan.11, 2012, under Syndicated from the Web

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Incense and Antidepressants

by on Jan.10, 2012, under Syndicated from the Web

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“Burning Incense Is Psychoactive: New Class Of Antidepressants Might Be Right Under Our Noses

ScienceDaily (May 20, 2008) — Religious leaders have contended for millennia that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. An international team of scientists, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, describe how burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression. This suggests that an entirely new class of depression and anxiety drugs might be right under our noses.

“In spite of information stemming from ancient texts, constituents of Bosweilla had not been investigated for psychoactivity,” said Raphael Mechoulam, one of the research study’s co-authors. “We found that incensole acetate, a Boswellia resin constituent, when tested in mice lowers anxiety and causes antidepressive-like behavior. Apparently, most present day worshipers assume that incense burning has only a symbolic meaning.”

To determine incense’s psychoactive effects, the researchers administered incensole acetate to mice. They found that the compound significantly affected areas in brain areas known to be involved in emotions as well as in nerve circuits that are affected by current anxiety and depression drugs. Specifically, incensole acetate activated a protein called TRPV3, which is present in mammalian brains and also known to play a role in the perception of warmth of the skin. When mice bred without this protein were exposed to incensole acetate, the compound had no effect on their brains.

“Perhaps Marx wasn’t too wrong when he called religion the opium of the people: morphine comes from poppies, cannabinoids from marijuana, and LSD from mushrooms; each of these has been used in one or another religious ceremony.” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. “Studies of how those psychoactive drugs work have helped us understand modern neurobiology. The discovery of how incensole acetate, purified from frankincense, works on specific targets in the brain should also help us understand diseases of the nervous system. This study also provides a biological explanation for millennia-old spiritual practices that have persisted across time, distance, culture, language, and religion–burning incense really does make you feel warm and tingly all over!”

According to the National Institutes of Health, major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the United States for people ages 15–44, affecting approximately 14.8 million American adults. A less severe form of depression, dysthymic disorder, affects approximately 3.3 million American adults. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million American adults, and frequently co-occur with depressive disorders.”

Reference:

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (2008, May 20). Burning Incense Is Psychoactive: New Class Of Antidepressants Might Be Right Under Our Noses. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 10, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­/releases/2008/05/080520110415.htm#

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Galactic Monastic

by on Jan.09, 2012, under Syndicated from the Web

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