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image via vimeo screen capture - 10328x7760 - A 10K Timelapse Demo from SCIENTIFANTASTIC

I’ve never been much of a photography or videography buff, but even a layman like me (and hopefully you, too) can appreciate just how stunningly gorgeous this time-lapse video of Rio De Janeiro truly is. Created by photographer Joe Capra, the footage might seem misleading at first, but don’t be fooled—For each locale, what appear to be separate shots taken at different distances within the same basic frame of reference, are actually all snapped from a fixed point in astonishingly, almost ludicrously, high 10K definition. Put simply, everything you see is part of a single, incredibly-detailed, larger image.

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Stimulant of the Masses

Meet the radical ex-priest who took on Brazil's military dictatorship.

Almost 25 years ago, I was learning to organize miners and peasants in the north of Chile. One of the movement’s leaders pulled me aside and handed me a worn copy of Comunidades Eclesiales de Base, a book by Leonardo Boff. “This is how to make it work,” he told me. A couple of years later, in a refugee camp in El Salvador, I got the same book as a gift. Since then, I have found Boff’s books on the shelves of human rights lawyers in Colombia, activist journalists in Mexico, and peasants trying to win land rights throughout Latin America. Boff, who spent most of his career as a Catholic priest, was both a spiritual and political leader, providing both moral weight and practical guidance to the fight against dictatorships and rapacious capitalism throughout Latin America’s most tumultuous years.

Boff left the small town of Concórdia, in the state of Santa Catarina where he was born to join the Franciscan Friars in 1959. Over the next 30 years, he organized “base communities,” small groups, spun off from the Brazilian church, to resist the dictatorship and strive for human rights. Writing about religion, community and politics, Boff became the most prolific scribe of liberation theology, a populist movement that questioned the church’s role in preserving a status quo rife with inequality and injustice. The poor and marginalized, he insisted, see power and suffering in a different way than the rich. Not that crazy an idea, considering the Bible is ostensibly a book about poor Judean peasants, carpenters, and fishermen.

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Delightful Playmobil Parking Stops in Rio

Check out these amazing Playmobil-inspired parking obstacles-another example of artists taking mundane parts of a city and making them utterly...

Check out these amazing Playmobil-inspired parking obstacles-another example of artists taking mundane parts of a city and making them utterly charming.As good as Google Translate is, it was hard to find much about them, but here is what we do know: The little guys are in the beachy Rio neighborhood of Botafogo. They are by Rodrigo Pereira, who has engaged in other forms of public art/intervention in Rio. And they are utterly delightful to look at. One of them even has a beard.You can see more of this guy's stuff below, and on his Flickr page.

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