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Interesting stuff with ‘cigarette’ seeds

An estimated 10 million Britons still suck down cigarettes faster than a troupe of aging rockers in rehab straining to cough out another hit tune. In the UK, cigarette butts sully streets and parks everywhere. What if this nasty habit could contribute to, rather than subtract from, the beauty of outdoor spaces? Cigg Seeds aim to do precisely that. A variety of smokes outfitted with biodegradable filters that contain wild flower seeds, they sprout and blossom into wildflower meadows when finished and flicked, or deposited on the ground. Butts into blooms. Cigarettes into snowdrops—the floral not frozen variety, to be sure.

(Source: moshita)

Rapture.

Stare at the gif for at least 30 seconds. Then look at at any of the images of Rapture.

BE BOLD or ITALIC
but never regular!

BE BOLD or ITALIC

but never regular!

These photographs of a 15th century Ottoman scroll of the Koran come from historian Rachel Leow, who took them at the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore. This is how she describes what you’re seeing:

There are two levels of wording on the scroll. The large Arabic letters, unravelling in perfect thulth script across the scroll, form a prayer, beginning with the invocation of Allah’s blessings on Muhammad, followed by the names of the twelve Shiite Imams and an invocation to ‘Ali. But those letters are shaped from smaller words: in fact, no less than the words of the entire Qur’an, painstakingly inscribed in tiny tiny ghubar script according to the design of the larger prayer…

It’s an incredible work of art, and it must have been tremendously difficult to execute. How much planning would it take to get the entire Koran spaced out just right so that it spelled out the initial prayer and invocation? Not to mention the years of training to be able to write with such tiny calligraphy.

Leow collects and shares photos of extraordinary books and book environments — bookstores and libraries on her blog.