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Cloud is a sofa concept designed for ultra comfort and relaxation. The soft floating upper part is supported by the magnetic force generated by the bottom base. No matter if you want to work and sit with comfort or simply a power nap to release the stress, you can always enjoy your time to relax on the floating cloud.

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In addition to his fast food mealan eight-year-old child in Sweden also received an unexpected “gift”: a Swastika tattoo.

The surprising addition was one of several tattoos included in the meal.

“We could not believe our eyes. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry,” the youth’s mother, Malin Hagglund said.

The owners of the fast food restaurant, Frasses, apologized for the incident. They said the tattoos were from China and including the Swastika was a mistake.

The Local notes that the symbol is found in several Asian languages.

It seems like we’ve got a new Mealbreaker category on our hands; the food may not be contaminated but nonetheless an offensive tattoo can certainly spoil a meal.

How are your baby-catching skills? Probably not as good as those of Wu Juping, a 32-year-old Chinese woman who apparently caught (“bare-handed,” according to state news agency Xinhua) a two-year-old girl who’d fallen from a tenth-floor apartment.

The toddler, Niu, was left alone in the apartment while her grandmother ran errands. After awakening from a nap, she seems to have climbed onto the windowsill and slipped out; Wu—herself the mother of a seven-month-old (that’s her baby in the photo)—was walking by when she noticed the baby hanging out the window. She ran across the street and caught the falling baby, breaking her arm in the process.

Niu, now in the hospital, isn’t out of the woods yet—she may be bleeding internally—but she was saved from head or neck injuries. Wu says she just did what “everyone else would’ve done,” but, as Xinhua points out, “[m]any believe that a mother who was willing to sacrifice so much for a complete stranger should be cherished by society.” We cherish you, Wu Juping!

Spectral whales undulate through ethereal mist, their hides speckled with winking gems that pulsate to a throbbing bass line. Gleaming motes of color spin and coalesce into flowers, layer upon layer of shimmering petals. A girl named Lumi, born in outer space and transported to cyberspace, beckons you to rescue her digital consciousness.

Sounds pretty trippy, huh?

This is Child of Eden, the luminous new game from the Japanese auteur Tetsuya Mizuguchi and one of the most inspirational exhibits of artistry to be found in interactive entertainment today. The game — available now for the Xbox 360 and scheduled to arrive for the PlayStation 3 in September — was developed by Q Entertainment (of which Mr. Mizuguchi was a founder) and published by Ubisoft.

In the quest for commercial success, so many games (like so much of any medium) end up similar. The formulas are known, the structures accepted. For many top games the question becomes how well they fulfill and execute the basic template of their genre.

Child of Eden is an example of what can happen when creativity is liberated from the bounds of convention. It hews to only the most basic form of an arcade-style shooting game (stuff is whirling around on a screen; shoot it), perhaps in the way that even rebellious painters hew to the convention of stretching canvas across a wooden frame. From there Mr. Mizuguchi goes wild, integrating music, sound and the player’s own physical movement into a full-body experience.

And that is because Child of Eden makes the best use yet of the new Kinect system for the Xbox 360. Kinect, introduced by Microsoft last fall, does away with the video game controller altogether. Using advanced technology and software, the Kinect sensor, which sits under your television, can see your body in three dimensions and recognize your voice. So in all sorts of games, you just lean if you want your character to lean. If you want it to jump, you jump, and so on.

In this game you use your hands to control pointers on the screen to direct your fire. After a few minutes of adjustment it feels completely natural. But the beauty is not merely in the controls; it’s in how those controls draw you into what feels like a transformation. (You can also play with a traditional controller, but that completely misses the point.)

When Kinect was introduced, it was immediately clear that the system could usher in a wave of innovative games accessible to a vast majority of people who can’t deal with a complicated controller covered with buttons, triggers and sticks. With Kinect you don’t hold anything.

But that wave of great Kinect games has not been so immediate. Until now the system has been distinguished by a litany of dance and exercise titles. In most of these the program displays a dance move or exercise pose, then grades how well you perform it. That’s fun as far as it goes, but it isn’t especially interesting or creative, which is why you haven’t been reading about many Kinect games around here.

As a matter of visual and audio design, Child of Eden is an aesthetic triumph. The psychedelic graphics envelop you as you delve into the Internet of the future, where Lumi’s soul dwells. As in Mr. Mizuguchi’s previous games Rez and Lumines, the music is not a soundtrack merely accompanying the action. Rather, the mixture of electronica beats and Japanese pop by the collective Genki Rockets is an integral part of the game play, shifting in time with the player’s action.

What Child of Eden truly elicits is a form of synesthesia, the neurological crossing of the senses to produce a new feeling or effect. Think of “cool jazz” or “warm color” or “pungent image” or “sweet sound.” The genius of Child of Eden is its blending of movement, sound and visuals to create an artistic experience.

That all said, Child of Eden is short. Once you get the hang of it, you can blow through the entire basic game in little more than an hour. (It did, however, take me and some friends around five hours to get through it our first time.)

In the game world something this short is akin to a 15-minute feature film. But what if those were some of the most mind-blowing minutes you had experienced in a theater? What if after 15 minutes you felt as if you wanted to find a quiet place to digest what you had experienced? What if you felt completely sated — that any more right away would be unnecessary overload?

In that case 15 minutes might feel just about perfect, which is not too far from the truth about Child of Eden.

Praying Away the Pounds

Yes, it is possible to lose weight, get fit and healthier through prayer. I know prayer works with weight loss and health challenges: I’ve lost 150 pounds and maintained it almost 20 years only by the grace of God, eating more healthfully and through “re-creation.” Without God’s help, I would have been dead long ago.

There are so many weight loss diets, pills, diet “food” products, exercise equipment, clubs, gyms, surgical interventions, books, videos — it’s impossible to keep up with them all. I know about those, too. I tried a bunch of them and spent a lot of time and money, but they didn’t ultimately work because they’re mostly one-dimensional. A lot of them are outright bogus and only exist to get your money. What I learned through years of dieting and nutritional interventions, failing a lot, losing weight and gaining it back, was that I had to also put my mind and spiritual beliefs into practice. I couldn’t just focus on my body. I had to deal with my emotions, mental beliefs and improve my spiritual life as well.

Being someone who was addicted to overeating, I discovered nothing in this material world could ever satisfy me. Stuffing myself with excess food, stuffing my emotions down and avoiding moving at all costs just never satisfied. Being with God through prayer and being guided by Him is far more satisfying than any food, emotion or material thing. These days, my prayer consists of only seeking the will of God, through the Jesus Prayer, asking for His help in everything I am and do.

Twenty years ago, when I was desperate to lose weight, there was nothing available that combined body, mind and spiritual solutions. I had to discover my own methods, and after exhausting every diet imaginable, including diet pills and dangerous fasting, and lots of therapy and counseling, all that was left was to ask God for help. So I did, and miracles happened. I was able to focus my mind, resolve a traumatic, emotional past, and finally learn proper nutrition and enjoy moving my body on a regular basis. I reached out for God, and He answered my prayers.

Everything I needed came into place, and I began to slowly, consistently lose weight, enjoy recreation, express myself, and train and educate my mind. Because there wasn’t anything that combined spiritual weight loss with emotional work, logic and exercise, I wrote a book (“” target=”_hplink”>The Joy of Weight Loss: a Spiritual Guide to Easy Fitness“) and produced two DVDs on the subject (“Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss” and “Big Body Yoga“). I speak publicly about the power of prayer, to groups and in workshops, because so many people ask me how I lost so much weight and keep it off. I’ve also been a spiritual weight loss coach for many years. I want to help people as others helped me when I weighed 400 pounds.

It’s not enough to just pray away the pounds, though — we need to become healthier on all levels: in body, mind and spirit, together. Sound familiar? Not just the YMCA’s motto, or the Trinity, but Plato in his “Timaeus,” around B.C.E 363., taught us that human beings are a composite of not just physical matter, but of mind and spirit as well. The world is seeking balance, and so are we. Plato wrote that humans are like a chariot being pulled by two horses, with mind (intellect) as the charioteer in charge. One horse, the physical body that craves food and drink and pleasure, is unruly. The other horse, representing our higher aspects, is more manageable and calm. Most importantly, Plato reasoned that it was our spiritual self, connecting with our Creator through logic and prayer, that keeps us in balance. We need to nurture and manage all our parts, always moving toward union with God as the highest realm.

So, what to do if you’re struggling with overweight or obesity? Give up! Say a prayer right now, and put whatever faith you have into gear. Pray to God, saying out loud, “I need help, I cannot do this alone, please help me.” If you’re Christian, as I am, pray to Jesus Christ and put your weight problem in His mighty care. If you’re a believer or a member of another religion or tradition, ask your Creator as you know him (or her). If you’re atheist or non-religious, no problem! Put your problems into the care of your Higher Power, Higher Self or to Nature. You might also want to go to the next Twelve Step group, such as Overeater‘s Anonymous. There you’ll find others who you can speak confidentially with, and share in prayer. Or your church, synagogue, temple or shrine.

By praying and giving up your weight and health problems and asking for help, you’re accomplishing many things: you are saying to God and the world that you believe, you’re admitting that you cannot do everything alone, you’re surrendering the burden and literally lifting the weight off your shoulders. As you’re praying, try to be in a peaceful, or even silent place. Enjoy the feeling of being with God in silence, connecting with prayer. Know that God or your Higher Power is not only with you, He’s inside you, hearing the prayer. Do this as often as possible, when waking up in the morning, during your daily work and before going to sleep.

Prayer is the first step in a program that’s balanced with nutritional education, eating well so that you’re satisfied and getting all the right nutrients in smaller quantities, feeling and expressing your emotions, and sharpening your mind and intellect.

With God, all things are possible — especially getting healthier, losing weight and becoming a whole, happy person.

For more on the Jesus Prayer, visit JesusPrayerMovie.com.

 

Jazz Sinkfield Ison, a woman from Atlanta, United States, has never cut her fingernails for 22 years. The longest nail is about 61 cm.

She really cares about her nails by giving special treatment and coloring them, she spent at least $250.

“Nails are women’s best friends,” she said in a TV show.

By having the long nails, of course, they will interfere with her daily activities. Even her husband complained and said,”Sometimes I felt she gives them more attention than to me. She even can’t tie her shoes. Sometimes I had to help her get dressed. She was very slow.”

 

Jen McCreight, a blogger who describes herself as “a liberal, geeky, nerdy, scientific, perverted atheist feminist trapped in Indiana,” has never been a fan of Barbie dolls, yet she was moved to action when she discovered that someone has created an Episcopal Priest Barbie. The Reverend Barbie doll, created by Julie Blake Fisher, an Episcopal priest in Kent, Ohio,  has her own Facebook page and comes dressed in thelatest trends in clergy-wear.
“Man,” wrote Jen in her Blag Hag blog, “why should religious people get to have all the fun? I want an atheist Barbie!” And so (with tongue stuck firmly in cheek) she made one.
Here’s one of Julie Fisher’s Reverend Barbie outfits to compare it with.
With all the positions and professions Barbie has modeled before, can anyone be surprised at these new ones?
Photo Credit:
1) Atheist Barbie (Jen McCreight)
2) Episcopal Priest Barbie (Rev. Julie Blake Fisher)

 

Zachary Woody, 21, of Calhoun, Ga., was charged with aggravated assault in May after stabbing a friend. Allegedly, Woody had escalated what was initially just a fistfight over whether Fords are better than Chevrolets

Joseph Hayes, 48, was arrested in South Memphis, Tenn., in June after allegedly threatening (with a gun in his waistband) the hostess of a birthday party to which his kids had been invited but which ran out of cake and ice cream. “Y’all didn’t save my kids no damn ice cream and cake,” he was heard to say, and “I ain’t scared to go to jail.

Fetishes on Parade

Toshihiko Mizuno, 55, was arrested in Tokyo in June after three girls, ages 9 and 10, reported that he had talked them into spitting for him so that he could record it on video, to assist with “research” he was doing on “saliva.” Police later discovered 26 videotapes, featuring about 400 young girls spitting. According to local media sources, Mizuno has had the obsession for 17 years, successfully getting at least 500 girls to spit, among the estimated 4,000 he propositioned.

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