All Around 360
[Resource] 360 Panoramas: This one comes in thanks to LiLi, who showed me this site ONLINE, where you can look around Paris while perched on The Eiffel Tower. Check that one out [Here on PhotoJPL]. Oh, but there's more, and a LOT more! Like hitting up Time Square, or spinning around the Chinese Lantern Festival.
Now WARNING! Danger Will Robinson!!! They have sound and it's almost always annoying music. Quick, when you click a link, go to the bottom of the panorama and click the square audio icon to turn it the hell off. OFF!!! I don't know who is browsing the music and actually WANTS to hear sound coming from a website, but it ain't me. Moving on... while there is no way that PhotoJPL can replace that true experience of a place, it makes for a tasty exploration to get your mouth wet and to familiarize yourself with a target before you actually go there. Check out http://photojpl.com/ for panoramas of places, museums, festivals, and more!
The Vegas Underground
[Port] The Shadow of Vegas: After reading the article "Lost Vegas" in The Sun, I realized that the world being built beneath Las Vegas is even more extensive than the one in the New York City subways, and worlds away from the ratfest beneath Tucson. Underground cities are nothing new to our civilization, and they're perfect destinations for darklovers such as myself.

Entering the tunnels beneath Vegas is no "holiday in the sun", but it sure beats out trying to outrace a subway train. Similar to Tucson, the storm tunnels themselves are the entrance. You're looking at 'em:

Photo by Rex

And inside the tunnels? Rats? Falling pieces of metal and concrete? Zombies? You'd be surprised.

Photo by Austin Hargrave

I'll tell you, this is already more organized than the tunnels in New York. Also, it shows a heightened degree of trust in this community, as these bikes in the photo would never be safe sitting out like that in New York. The organization in the kitchen also shows that they cook together, and my guess is that they have many communal gatherings to keep everyone knit tight as a group. In the shadow of Las Vegas, there is something growing and thriving.

The Vegas tunnels definitely have much more run-off than the ones in Tucson, as the floors are damp or wet at all times. Almost everything is up on crates, boards, or shipping palettes. The "elevated" feeling gives the underground city its own unique texture and atmosphere. I really need to go check this out, and pack me a bag as full of food and spirits and go pay a visit. The underground city, filled with what the Sun was calling "The Tunnel People", has many smiling faces in the darkness, and many families who live here in the shadows.

Photo by Austin Hargrave

And? They have entire areas set aside for graffiti and art, down within the warm darkness where no police will go to stop them from making their art. There is much more in the article, including full-color and full-resolution versions of each photo. Check it out [Here on The Sun].

The Song of the Day: This time, the Song of the Day comes in from my sister Gaea, who got this song stuck in my head for nearly a month. You've been warned, as the melody and rhythm will pull you in, and they're not apt to let you go. If you dig what you're hearing, it's up for free download [Here from the Artist].
Exploding Plants Seeds: The Himalayan Balsam
The Himalayan Balsam is no plant to be trifled with. What's that you say? It explodes, but it doesn't hurt you. Well then. Actually, yes.. . yes it is meant to be trifled with. And yes, you read that right, the seeds of the Himalayan Balsam actually explode. You've got to see this:



If you're feeling particularly feisty, consider the fact that almost all of the plant is edible. Ever tasted an exploding flower before? Me neither. If you have, I want your full report.. but I might just beat you to the finish on that one.

To get you started, get your read on [Here on Wikipedia]. Cheers!
(RoadNews) Memories of a Future LifeMate
Tribute to Og: Remember Sayward, from the Landlore post "Escaping Life on Replay"? This wandering wayfarer has just self-published her very first book earlier this year, a sci-fi epic that journeys in both time and space, and in a specific blend of love, adventure, and suspense. She calls it: "Tribute to Og: Memories of a Future LifeMate". You really need to read up on the extended description and check out the book.


Nuclear Reactor in Hartsville, TN -- Photo by Richard Gubbels

Modern Sci-Fi Ghost Towns: Yes, you read that right... science fiction ghost towns... or, to put it more properly, "ruins". My sister Gaea sent me this article from Cracked and I frakking lost it! 7 Modern Ghost Towns That Look Like Sci-Fi Movies. Fact #1: I need a better camera. Fact #2: I need to be hitchhiking me onesies in a beeline right towards one of these. Fact #3: THESE ARE FRAKKING REAL!!!


Pyestock (England) by Matt Emmett

10 Life Lessons People Learn Too Late: This one is very much related to an earlier post here on Landlore--"The 5 Most Common Regrets of the Dying". But this time around, it's "10 Life Lessons People Learn Too Late". You'll need to read the full article for the complete descriptions, but I'll at least include the titles here:
This moment is your life
A lifetime isn’t very long
The sacrifices you make today will pay dividends in the future
When you procrastinate, you become a slave to yesterday
Failures are only lessons
You are your most important relationship
A person’s actions speak the truth
Small acts of kindness can make the world a better place
Behind every beautiful life, there has been some kind of pain
Time and experience heals pain

Dumpster Diving: DENIED!: And to bring this down to as real as it gets, this is a completely new level of fukkduppedness going on right here. Hundreds of poor people were lining up outside of dumpsters in Augusta, Georgia, so that they could eat the only food they could afford--trash. They were all evicted and the dumpsters were guarded until they could be taken to a landfill where the food added to all the other garbage in that rotting pit in the ground. Police were actually called in to restrain the poor and to take them away. The full details are [Here on GlobalResearch].

The Song of the Day: It's extremely rare that I post a "song of the day" that is NOT available for free download. Today's an exception. I keep hearing one incredible song after another from "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack. Last Friday, these young ladies Tna and Kia made only a single song suggestion--"Back to Black" by Beyonce and Andre 3000 (from Outkasts). I've held off until I got a moment to look it up, and that moment came earlier today. Ever since that moment, the song's been on repeat, with these two musicians turning the original Amy Winehouse song into a truly evil and menacing work of art that is beautifully threatening from start to finish. Tune in!