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…Ze Frank wants you to chillout?

Chillout

Ze Frank received an email from a woman named Laura who had recently moved to a new city for a new job. Laura was overwhelmed with anxiety, and asked Ze to write her a song to help her calm down.

After a bit of back and forth (which Ze published on his site, and I recommend you read) the song Chillout was born, and it’s now available for download for anyone that needs a song to relax to.

[Ze Frank – Chillout]

…Jowling is crazy looking?

Jowling

Jowling (AKA the Slap n’ Flap) is a photography technique where the subject completely relaxes their facial muscles and then shakes their head side to side as fast as they can.

The end result is a funny/silly picture that gives anyone’s face cartoon like proportions, and is perfect for capturing those candid moments.

Just something to keep in mind during your next family portraits…

[Via: Digital Photography School]

[Photos Via: Rent-A-Moose]

…The subway is not a dangerous place?

New York Subway

Lenore Skenazy of The New York Sun left her 9-year-old son at Bloomingdale’s with “a subway map, a MetroCard, a $20 bill, and several quarters, just in case he had to make a call.”

Several hours later…he turned up at home, safe and sound.

Surprised?

Half the people she told that story to were, but for what reason? Have we come to distrust our fellow man so much that we feel the need to keep children under lock and key so that they have no chance to foster any type of independence? I think we have, and Lenore would agree.

The problem is not that we aren’t aware of the risks, and haven’t heard stories of what can happen, it’s that “we all know that story — and the one about the Mormon girl in Utah and the one about the little girl in Spain — and because we do, we all run those tapes in our heads when we think of leaving our kids on their own.”

Except, instead of making them safer, locking them up just makes them dependent and afraid of the world.

    The statistics show that this is an incredibly rare event, and you can’t protect people from very rare events. It would be like trying to create a shield against being struck by lightning.

So perhaps it’s time for everyone to just relax a little bit, trust a little bit, and give a little bit, because otherwise, what kind of world have we created for ourselves?

[The New York Sun – Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride The Subway Alone]

…Caffeine can help you nap better?

Caffeine Nap

If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up, try taking a caffeine nap.

Here’s how:

  1. Right before you crash, down a cup of java. The caffeine has to travel through your gastro-intestinal tract, giving you time to nap before it kicks in.
  2. Close your eyes and relax. Even if you only doze, you’ll get what’s known as effective microsleep, or momentary lapses of wakefulness.
  3. Limit your nap to 15 minutes. A half hour can lead to sleep inertia, or the spinning down of the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which handles functions like judgment. This gray matter can take 30 minutes to reboot.

[Wired – Cheat On The Need To Sleep]

[Via: Lifehacker]