The Zen Of Attraction
If Less Is More, Then Nothing Is Everything
I’ve been responding to the idea of attraction put out by the less than scientific Secret folks and found a really cool spin on it by the more practical Coachville community. I’ve abridged the principles and expanded the message.
Ten Principles To The Zen Of Attraction
- Promise Nothing
Just do what you most enjoy doing.
Hidden benefit: You will always over-deliver.
- Offer Nothing
Just share what you have with those who express an interest in it.
Hidden benefit: Takes the pressure off of wanting other people to see you as valuable or important.
- Expect Nothing
Just enjoy what you already have. It’s plenty.
Hidden benefit: You will realize how complete your life is already.
- Need Nothing
Just build up your reserves and your needs will disappear.
Hidden benefit: You boundaries will be extended and filled with space.
- Create Nothing
Just respond well to what comes to you.
Hidden benefit: Openness.
- Hype Nothing
Just let quality sell by itself.
Hidden benefit: Trustability.
- Plan Nothing
Just take the path of least resistance.
Hidden benefit: Achievement will become effortless.
- Learn Nothing
Just let your body absorb it all on your behalf.
Hidden benefit: You will become more receptive to what you need to know in the moment.
- Become No One
Just be more of yourself.
Hidden benefit: Authenticity.
- Change Nothing
Just tell the truth and things will change by themselves.
Hidden benefit: Acceptance.
A good packaging design can serve as the best advertisement for the product it was created to hold. No wonder many advertisers and designers spend a great deal of time and effort to create eye-catching, meaningful, funny, and clever packaging designs. Here’s a collection of some of the most creative and inspiring packaging ideas that immediately put a smile on your face. You won’t believe how clever some of them are.
1. Gnome Bread Packaging
Designed by Lo Siento Studio
2. Note Headphones
Designer Corinne Pant
3. Tea Hangers
Designed by Soon Mo Kang
4. “City Harvest” Grocery Bag
Designed by Andy Winner and One Show Merit
5. Honey Made by Bees
Designed by Maksi Marbuzov
6. NYC Spaghetti
Designer: Alex Creamer
7. Ford Ranger Extreme: Matchbox
Advertising Agency: JWT, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
8. Creative Japanese Pastry Packaging
9. Beehive Honey Squares
Designed by Lacy Kuhn
10. Origami Beer
Designed by Clara Lindsten
11. Kiss: Fruit and vegetable puree
Designed by Alexandra Istratova
12. Kokeshi Matchsticks
Designed by kokeshi-m.com
13. Moustache Paintbrushes
Designed by Simon Laliberté
14. Whitebites dog snacks
Designer: Cecilia Uhr
15. Zen Perfume
Designed by Igor Mitin
16. Fishing Boat Water Bottle
Designed by Designers Anonymous
17. Juicy Juice Boxes
Designed by Preston Grubbs
18. Mini Oliva Olive Oil
19. Blood of Grapes Wine Bottle
Designed by Constantin Bolimond
20. Green Berry Tea
Designed by Natalia Ponomareva
21. Fruit Juice Packaging
Designed by Naoto Fukasawa
22. Coffin-Shaped Cigarette Case
Designed by: Reynolds and Reyner
23. Pink Glasses Wine Bottles
Designed by Luksemburk
24. Butter! Better!
Designed by Yeongkeun
25. Smirnoff Caipiroska
As top human scientists dream of someday creating a quantum computer, are we lagging far behind plants? io9 reports:
Biophysicists theorize that plants tap into the eerie world of quantum entanglement during photosynthesis. Evidence to date has been purely circumstantial, but now, scientists have discovered a feature of plants that cannot be explained by classical physics.
In a way, they’re like mini-quantum computers capable of scanning all possible options in order to choose the most efficient paths or solutions. For plants, this means the ability to make the most of the energy they receive and then deliver that energy from leaves with near perfect efficiency.
The going theory is that plants have light-gathering macromolecules in their cells that can transfer energy via molecular vibrations — vibrations that have no equivalents in classical physics.
In the new study, UCL researchers identified a specific feature in biological systems that can only be predicted by quantum physics. The team learned that the energy transfer in the light-harvesting macromolecules is facilitated by specific vibrational motions of the chromophores. Quantum effects improve the efficiency of plant photosynthesis in a way that classical physics cannot allow.
“Gutter oil” industry takes street slop and animal scraps and renders it into black-market cooking oil.
Considering the rampant amount of food waste that occurs in America, the move toward thriftiness in regards to utilizing scraps and leftovers is a promising development.
For restaurants (and home cooks) who work with whole animals, from chickens to 300 pound hogs, rendering the fat from scraps of meat is one delicious way to make sure as much of the animal can be utilized as possible.
In China, however, that mentality has been taken to disgusting, dangerous ends in what’s known at the Gutter Oil Industry.
In a video posted on AlterNet, produced by Radio Free Asia, a woman is shown pulling slop out of the sewer, scooping up globs of crud into a bucket. “Her slop eventually winds up in a processing plant like this one,” says the narrator, the screen showing a bubbling vat, “where its combined with other animal fat refuse to create recycled cooking oil.”
Remember London’s “fatberg”? Gutter oil is basically a rendered, refined cooking oil based on similar such waste. Unsurprisingly, the cheap cooking oil has been found to contain carcinogens and other toxins. But in China, oil, a requisite for wok-cooking, is in high demand, and the cheap price of gutter oil draws customers despite the grease’s source. The video says that an estimated 1/10 of oil sold in China is gutter oil.
And that sizable market means this form of recycling is big (albeit illegal) business. As AlterNet’s Rod Bastanmehr notes, the government recently moved to shutdown black market production in 13 cities.
“The shutdown occurred after a five-month investigation yielded a reported 3,200 tons of gutter oil,” Bastanmehr writes, “which authorities estimated had been sold to a staggering $1.6 million profit.”