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archiemcphee:

It’s been over a year since we last checked in on the gravity-defying balanced rock arrangements created by land artist Michael Grab (previously featured here). Much of his most recent work has been created in and around Boulder, Colorado. For Grab, rock balancing is as much a meditative and stress-relieving act as a form of artistic expression.

"The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of “tripod” for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another.

In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters. Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, i am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.”

Grab is inspired by the wise words of Grand Jedi Master Yoda who famously said, “Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

To check out more of his beautifully balanced rock structures, visit Michael Grab’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

[via FreeYork]

archiemcphee:

Today the Department of Exceptionally Wee Wonders would like to introduce you to Li’l Sebastian Acer, Britain’s smallest horse. The average miniature horse usually measure less than 34-38 inches tall. But Acer, who was born with dwarfism, stand a mere 22 inches tall, making him considerably smaller than the average miniature horse. He’s also 3-years-old and outrageously adorable.

Acer lives on a farm in Corringham, Essex, England with Maureen O’Sullivan, where his tiny legs get plenty of exercise. In addition to playing in the fields, O’Sullivan takes Acer for daily walks on a leash, including visits to the local pub. Even though Acer has his own itty-bitty stable, he also has free run of O’Sullivan’s house. He also has a BFF, a black labrador named Demon, who’s taller than he is.

Video by Matt Writtle

[via Uproxx]

archiemcphee:

Every time we start to wonder if humanity has finally plumbed the smoky, greasy depths of cooking with bacon, we can always count on Nick from DudeFoods (previously featured here) to create something new and awesomely mouthwatering. Today that delectable something is S’mores Bacon: fried strips of bacon slathered in melted marshmallows and sprinkled with crushed graham crackers.

"Then, just to get the marshmallow nice and gooey again and to warm up the graham cracker crumbles I put them in my oven for two minutes at 400°."

The last step? Dip the strips in melted chocolate and eat every last bite.

[via DudeFoods]