My Modern Metropolis is Busting its Doors Open: July 28th (Monday) at 8am

As much as the Met has opened up new and exciting opportunities and ideas, it’s also given me a fair amount of stress. Putting yourself out to the public is damn scary, I don’t care who you are. So as much as I love conquering that fear, I can’t help but struggle with it each and every day. Here are the particular questions that have haunted me these past few weeks: 1. Will I ever feel ready to open up the Met to the public? 2. How will it change the dynamics of the group? 3. What new challenges will we face? But then I start thinking about all the great things that can come of this. How a lot of people outside of our circle can really benefit from the content we have. And then I shake myself, slap myself around a little, give myself a little pep talk and make myself look not at this picture:

but at this picture:

People are inherently good and as much as this journey has been about trusting myself and my friends, it is also about trusting people, in general. That being said, we are currently writing up our Blog and Forum rules to let everyone (mostly the new people) know what is and is not permissible. These will be released shortly. Though anyone can sign up, admins will still approve everyone signing up. This is to prevent unsolicited companies or spammers trying to come in. Also, I’d like to kindly remind everyone that you can change your privacy setting under “My Settings” in the upper right corner under “Hello, ___”. If you’d like to go completely incognito, go ahead and change your picture or name (or both). Also, if you’d like your pictures, video and blog post viewed by just you or your friends, you can go ahead and make that change.

Please double check all of your privacy settings and feel free to go through and delete anything you currently have that you feel uneasy about in the forum, blog or on your own page. Well everyone, it’s been an exciting two months, hasn’t it?! Are we ready for this? (I am imagining everyone shouting “Hell Yeah!”) In all seriousness, thanks for taking this journey with us and please let all your friends know that on Monday, the Met will open! Thanks for all of your support – you are the original metropolites and we couldn’t haven’t gotten this far without you.

January 17, 2017

Liberating Portraits of Ballerinas Elegantly Dancing in the Streets of Cairo

Like many dance photographers, Mohamed Taher has a knack for beautifully capturing the body in motion. His interest in movement is evident in his Ballerinas of Cairo series, and the captivating collection of photos also serves a more poignant purpose: it helps women fight sexual harassment and reclaim the city’s streets. After learning about the Ballerina Project, an ongoing series that documents dancers in urban settings across the globe, Taher was inspired to carry out a similar undertaking in the Egyptian capital.

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January 17, 2017

Rare Ruby Seadragon Is Spotted Alive for the First Time

While a ruby seadragon may sound like a mythical creature taken from the pages of a fairy tale, this incredibly rare animal was spotted in the deep waters of Western Australia for the first time. Recently, researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Western Australian Museum observed two ruby seadragons for 30 minutes using a mini remotely-operated vehicle.

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