odds and ends

The term bokeh is derived from a Japanese word which means “blur.” In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur, or the effect of the out-of-focus regions of an image. This technique is usually done in order to make the main subject stand out in the photo. Lens aberrations and shape of lens aperture are the major things that help in achieving bokeh.  Funspill has 72 stunning examples.

I don’t know about you but I don’t know much about Iceland so I wouldn’t mind reading about these 8 interesting little factoids about the country.

My mouth is watering from reading about these delicious pre-Lenten treats from around the world.

I guess Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind wasn’t so far off.  Apparently, scientists have created a “forgetting pill” that can erase painful memories, which is very good news for victims of PTSD, drug addicts and certain mental illnesses.

You might know that yuor brian cna raed thsi but do you know why?

Ummm…I would love to have a giraffe poke its head into my hotel room! Or staying at any of these other 20 rooms would be pretty cool.

The Guardian gives us a peek into the world of Oscars after parties.  There’s a thing or two that will surprise you and one or two you’ll expect.

It looks like Japan has the best manhole covers in this little list.

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