Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
One of my all time favorite houses in the world:
The Paraty House by Marcio Kogan Architects
Paraty House’s two reinforced concrete boxes, sit atop each other, connected on the mountainside of one of the islands of the colonial city of Paraty and Angra dos Reis (between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro), like two modern prisms between the large colossal stones of the Brazilian coast.
The building projects outward from the mountain, almost onto the beach, in an 8m cantilever. The house finds balance in the topography of the land, creating an extensive open doorway and living space in the practically untouched nature. Paraty House features a furniture collection showcasing 20thcentury design, including works by many well-known artists.
The residents arrive by boat. After stepping out onto the sand a metallic bridge positioned over a crystal-lined reflecting pool leads to a set of stairs connecting to the lower volume. This volume contains the living room, kitchen and service area. The continual internal area has a 27m span and huge glass windows to take advantage of the view of the sea.
The same entrance stairs also lead to the upper volume that houses the bedrooms. In the front part of the house, retractile panels of eucalyptus sticks protect the bedrooms from the sun. The areas that face the mountain have small internal patios with zenithal lighting, and use exposed reinforced concrete, which grants a striking texture to the walls.
The entire top of the house is covered with terraces, used as observation decks for the residents, and as a garden for sculptures, medicinal plants and edible herbs.
Architectural Co-Author: Suzana Glogowski
Interior Co-Author: Diana Radomysler, Carolina Castroviejo
all photos by Nelson Kon
Friday, December 16, 2011
Much Madness is divinest Sense —
To a discerning Eye —
Much Sense — the starkest Madness —
’Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail —
Assent — and you are sane —
Demur — you’re straightway dangerous —
And handled with a Chain —
Ana Cissa Pinto
(image ensemble over francesca woodman's photo)
(image ensemble over francesca woodman's photo)
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A wise man once said, “Drinking beer doesn’t make you fat; it makes you lean… against bars, tables, chairs and poles.” Turns out the guy was half right. The college lifestyle of all-you-can eat dining halls, all night study sessions and partying Thursday to Sunday can quickly catch up to your waist line. For proof, check out 80 Epic Beer Bellies [PICS]. If you’ve recently discovered your gut and sides hanging over your pants like a muffin top, it might be time to cut back on the brewskis.
You may not want to hear it, but in addition to eating healthy and regularly exercising, you have to stop drinking if you want to lose that beer gut.
Alcohol is nothing but empty calories, and when you drink, your body uses the calories from the alcohol for energy instead of fat. Any calories from alcohol that are not used for energy are stored as fat. This is how you gain weight from drinking.
Quitting the bottle to lose weight is especially hard to do when you consider that people drink at most social interactions from sporting events to parties to dates.
Some geniuses think, “I know, instead of beer, I’ll drink liquor! There’s no way liquor has as many calories as beer!”
Wrong choice, pal.
A shot of 80-proof liquor (40 percent alcohol by volume) has 100 caloeries per shot (1.5 ounces), or about 65 calories per ounce. What’s scarier is that a shot of 100-proof liquor (50 percent alcohol by volume) contains 130 calories, or 85 calories per ounce.
There are 7 calories per gram of alcohol so if you drink several Bacardi and Coke Zero cocktails, you’re still taking in a ton of calories especially if you get wasted.
If you still want to drink beer…
What’s that phrase about having your cake and eating it too? Why the hell would you have a cake if you weren’t going to eat it?
Anyway, light beers have fewer calories in them compared with darker, full-body beers. A 12-ounce bottle of Coors Light contains 102 calories, whereas a 12-ounce bottle of Guinness Extra Stout contains 153 calories. If you’re trying to lose the gut and still want to drink beer, light beers are probably your best option. One important thing to remember though is that those light beers quickly add up if you drink several of them, however you most likely won’t drink as many dark beers.
If you’ve been drinking for a while, chances are it takes a lot of beer, and by extension a lot of money, to get you buzzed.
By reducing the amount of alcohol you drink, not only will you lose weight and take in fewer calories, but also your tolerance for alcohol will decrease. That means when you do decide to drink, you won’t have to drink as much to get a decent buzz and you won’t take in a million calories.