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Foggy Day, Sweepin’ The Sun Away

Adrift from Simon Christen on Vimeo.

Thanks, Kurt!

Good Will NSAing

Thanks for the reminder, Kurt!

Bowie’s In Space

I recently began a small, personal project for my own betterment. Exercise, a change of diet, a new charitable cause? No, I began listening to David Bowie’s oeuvre from 1967-1983 (with a couple of stops in the ’90s and a jump to 2013). I don’t just mean starting at side 1, track 1 and letting the entire discography play in the background of my daily activities — nay, I want to go down the rabbit hole. Every album is getting at least a week of rotation. We all know Bowie’s hits, but the more you hear of the man’s work the more you realize the singles cut barely skin deep and are far from the “best” his albums have to offer.

I bring this up only because that journey begins with with an album and a song called Space Oddity.

Cmdr. Chris Hadfield (social media expert, astronaut) is on a far more exciting journey, and as it came to a close this week, he made a video for us. If his voice and the song itself weren’t moving enough, the shots of our beautiful planet from the ISS and the stark, mechanical marvel of the weightless environment bring it to a whole new level. Excuse me while I wipe this lone, masculine tear from the corner of my eye.

Thank you, Cmdr. Hadfield for the work you’re doing.

Thank you for bringing humour and artistry to your job.

Thank you for reminding everyone of how important and exciting space travel still is.

And most importantly, thanks for proving to the entire world that Canadians are simply the coolest.

Originally posted on How Did I Slip Into.

In Bloom

Spring: time to break out those baseball mittens, throw on some Van Morrison, and start grilling things in the great outdoors. There’s also that fleeting chance to catch some cherry blossoms in bloom. In case you can’t reach this year, here’s a stunning time lapse that captures the seasonal magic using some 3,000 photos taken every three minutes over a RIght Coast week in 2008.

Cherry Blossom Time-lapse at Brooklyn Botanic Garden from Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Vimeo.

Bridging The Bay With Light

You may have noticed that we’re big fans of covering up our monumental works of architecture in LED lights. For one, the move typically saves energy. For two, it makes people happy, it makes people wonder, it makes people appreciate the possibilites. Let’s just hope they keep their eyes on the road.

The Bay Bridge, which connects San Francisco to Oakland, has been covered in a sea of LEDs as part of a celebration of the 75 years it has spent in the shadow of that other one. While the Golden Gate will still rule the daytime hours, the night will now belong to Mr. Bay. At least for the next two years.

The 1.8 mile wide and 500 foot high makeover has been declared the “world’s largest LED sculpture.” Ben Davis, the artist behind the work, says the displays will emulate the many motions of the bridge’s ecosystem — water, clouds, and passing cars. “I think it’s what art does well,” he says. “It reminds us of what’s already there.”

No Turtles Were Harmed In The Making Of This Cake

Thanks, Meera!

Evolution In Stop Motion

Sometimes the first thing I do when someone sends me a video is open it and figure out its length. We’re all caught up in our egocentric ecosystems and it can be difficult to consume, reflect, and comment on everything that’s being shared. The best we can do is file something away and do our best to get to it.

My man Maneesh shared this incredible stop motion wall-painted animation of evolution with me many weeks ago while I was at work. In accordance with that “do the best you can” policy, I emailed it to myself. I only recently got around to watching it and it was well worth the — yes, I know — ten minute investment. Promise.

BIG BANG BIG BOOM – the new wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

Have A #Winter

[UNPRECEDENTED EDITORIAL NOTE: The other day I was talking to my dear friend, Jeff. He’s a PHD candidate in Toronto who has something like three weeks of vacation to help kick off the winter season. Hearing of his good fortune helped me recall what it was like to check out for a few weeks in December and January to get warm and enjoy family and friends. If you don’t have a friend like Jeff, you can live vicariously through all the lucky bastards on Twitter who are spending their “#winterbreaks” tweeting about living large. — SR]

They call it the most wonderful time of the year for good reason! If you’re fortunate enough, the Holiday season means connecting with loved ones, eating elaborate seasonal treats and taking some tiiime off from work or school to vegetate, celebrate and repeat.

During the last 30 seconds spent in my office in 2012, I rejoiced with a #winterbreak tweet and to my surprise “#winterbreak” provided a lot of positive Twitter energy. One of the platform’s benefits is exploring how the rest of the world feels about, well, anything, and #winterbreak was a big old fountain of Good calls, moods, and vibes.

Some of my favorites include “@AimeeMalia: “My relationship status is sweatpants, oreos, and netflix. #winterbreak” and “@gerardo_flies: “I can’t wait till tomorrow after first period when I get home I’m taking off all of my clothes B-) #winterbreak.”

Well put, Gerardo. Let’s take our pants off and party.

Sandy Days

I always thought the episodes on TV where people got trapped in an elevator, school, or even a Kmart looked like so much fun. With limited resources and companions, a duo or group had to make do and sort of survive in extraordinary confinement. Thanks to the city of New York, Hurricane Sandy, and a friend’s apartment, I was able to experience my extreme fantasy — almost completely shut off from the outside world.

Being from the temperate state of California, I took little notice of Mayor Bloomberg’s warnings the Sunday before Sandy and headed to visit friends in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Their apartment was clearly in the middle of the “Mandatory Evacuation Zone.”

Over the next three days their minimalistic abode became my cozy fort, filled with three course meals, countless movies, music, games, and conversation. When we were feeling restless, we took shots of vodka and danced to Prince. When we couldn’t watch another movie, we played cards. When the street flooded, Katy and I sat on her bed and looked out the second story window at her roommate, Michael, knee-deep in East River water chatting with his equally soaked neighbors.

Even when the heater and hot water shut off due to the flood damage, dishes were washed with warm water from the kettle and we proudly went a few days without a shower. With no trains running and most of Manhattan shut down, we had no work and the ultimate staycation.

It wasn’t until the storm blew over that we walked around the disassembled corners of north Greenpoint and spoke to some affected that the “disaster” part of the “natural disaster” set in.

Still, if you ask any New Yorker about the tone of the city post-superstorm, the natural ease with which strangers and friends have cohabited and communicated has been the highlight of these Sandy Days.

Summah’s Over? Last Chance For Fireworks!

We’re marking the unofficial end of summer with a rather cohesive glance at what the 4th looked like over and around Los Angeles.

Thanks, Tessa.