My head’s still fuzzy from running my marathon this morning, so all it can really handle is looking at mesmerizing startrails and gorgeous astroscapes. But, um, you guys see the dragons too, right?
Borrego Stardance is the latest from Gavin Heffernan and Sunchaser Pictures. It takes us to the town of Borrego Springs, California, home to a rather motley assortment of strange metal sculptures (dragons, scorpions, mammoths, etc.) and one of the world’s handful of official “dark sky communities”, where access to the deepest reaches of the cosmos is actively protected from urban light pollution.
Popular Science called this the most trippy time lapse they’d ever seen, and I have to agree. In a good way.
You’re gonna want to give this one the full screen, speakers up treatment.
When we’re not facing our Sun, we get to see our Milky Way, with hundreds of billions more.
"If, on the other hand, you set out to learn a foreign language to challenge yourself, to learn about other parts of the world, to learn how other people think, and how to make yourself think in different ways, then it will be worth the effort. I can attest to nuggets of brilliance in all languages. German is stupendous for its clarity and directness; Japanese for the detail in which allows the speaker to describe things; Hindi for its vigor and vitality; English in the way it allows itself to be molded by the speaker, whether she’s from Nigeria, Nala Sopara, or Nantucket. Arabic and Persian poems are the most heart-wrenching. Each language has its charm."
—The Daily Beast http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/02/14/the-best-language-to-learn-ctd/
Cecil Williams in the 1950s - and today. I am taking the liberty of posting Mr. Williams again so people can see him now. From my original post: I thought about this searing, beautiful picture today in light of recent events in the United States. I, like many others, shared it a few years ago on my blog, but it was only today that I finally found the name of the man in the photograph! His name is Cecil Williams and, he happens to be a photographer himself. The photo was probably taken by Mr. Williams mentor, John Goodwin, who joined him for a talk at Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina in September 2013 about their experiences as black photographers in South Carolina during Jim Crow and the Civil Rights era. Mr. Williams, an Orangeburg, South Carolina native was a correspondent for Jet Magazine when he was only 15 and made national news after shooting some crucial pictures after the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre. This picture of Mr. Williams currently hangs over the water fountain on the Garden level of the Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina.
"A person of good intelligence and sensitivity cannot exist in this society very long without having some anger about the inequality - and it’s not just a bleeding-heart, knee-jerk, liberal kind of a thing - it is just a normal human reaction to a nonsensical set of values where we have cinnamon flavored dental floss and there are people sleeping in the street" ~ George Carlin
this quote is perfect
Doctor Who: 50 Years of Humanism
For 50 years, “Doctor Who” has been more than just delectable entertainment. It has been a consistent beacon of humanism, championing the value of the individual, charging us all with resisting those who oppress the weak, and revealing the universe to be a place of awe and wonder. I wanted to see if I might capture a little bit of what “Who” means to me, and has meant to millions of others for half a century now.
This video divides into five chapters —
* Prologue / You are Unique in the Universe
* The Necessity of Confronting Evil
* Pain and Loss
* Wonder and Skepticism
* Next Stop: The Universe / Epilogue
While I tried to include only the very best quotes, the fact of the matter is, it simply wasn’t possible to include them all. An earlier cut of this video ran twice as long. A half century is a long time, and I trust you’ll find I chose quotes that best represent the focal points of each chapter listed above. Likewise, please forgive some of the audio, which is rough in spots—there was simply no way to erase all of the original background score, and I decided the quotes were worthy, even if their presentation is not. Every doctor is represented, and I’ve include footage from both 50 years of the show, as well as other, supplemental imagery. The music is entirely Murray Gold’s, from the series. Enjoy!
They arrive, breathless
pound the door until it breaks
and they’re tired, I mean they traveled light
speed to get here leaping synaptic gaps
to demand my attention like impatient children.
what they have to say needs to be said NOW;
or else they’ll disappear forever.
This much I’ve learned:
thoughts fear death.
The sad part is
they’re right. If I don’t write,
or remind, it’s gone and I’m left to convince myself
it really wasn’t that important anyway.
But all things are subject to entropy
thoughts, like everything else, fade to nothing
and the more I learn about their nature
the more I know
the more I find I’m able to
“Hometown ft. Adele” - The Incomparable Shakespeare
It’s been a while since I’ve posted this. Enjoy and check this guy out.