Archives: 2010 August

Archive for August, 2010

Silhouette Set

The Boston Globe’s Big Picture series featured a stunning set of silhouette shots yesterday. Among them was the boy playing in a fountain in Tel Aviv (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) that I inserted above for your viewing pleasure, but I recommend you peruse the entire gallery. Some photos depict ineffable scenes of natural beauty, others disquieting conflicts that are captured with poetic artistry.

Double Down: The Point

The Point is a children’s movie that Harry Nilsson wrote after having a “religious” experience in a small park in New York. It’s is the story of boy who is born with a round head in a world where everyone else has a point.

“I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points, and the little branches came to points, and the houses came to point. I thought, ‘Oh! Everything has a point, and if it doesn’t, then there’s a point to it.”
– Harry Nilsson

Double Down: ANIMALS!

I won’t lie. It’s easy to find animal content for Goodosphere–not because there’s so much good and original animal content out there, but because it’s not really subjective. Animals can do no wrong. If you stumble upon that ethereal dolphin or showering owl, chance are people will enjoy the share.

We haven’t had some good animal videos in a while. Let’s do the double down.

DOGS


Thanks to Kelly.

CATS


Thanks to Sunil.

Enjoy This, California

Dre in Space

Between 1914 and 1916, the British composer Gustav Holst composed a seven-movement orchestral suite inspired by, and titled, The Planets.

Today, our solar system’s planets are the subject of a new musical opus- this one by legendary producer Dr. Dre. The good doctor describes his new all-instrumental project thusly: “It’s just my interpretation of what each planet sounds like… I’ve been studying the planets and learning the personalities of each planet.”

So, humble reader, is Dre channeling the ghost of Gustav Holst or did he just learn that Carl Sagan was a toker? Either way, I haven’t been so excited about the intersection of outer space and music since those charming Jewish boys went Intergalactic back in 1998.

If It’s Broke, Don’t Fix It

I sold an iPhone yesterday that I’d had for nearly two years. After a few failed attempts to repair an issue with the dock connector I finally decided to call it quits, sell it as broken and buy a new one. Still, I felt pretty good for having kept the same phone, in largely functional shape for such a “long” time. Then it hit me how incredibly ridiculous that was. How could I be so at peace with disposing of such an expensive item after a mere two years of service?

In a lot of ways I’ve come to accept and embrace the scheduled refreshing of planned obsolescence. However I find as things in my life become more and more disposable, I increasingly cherish the things that aren’t. Things that were created with a eye towards longevity and simplicity. Things that rebuke the deteriorating nature of time and trendiness. My aging steel bicycle, cast-iron cookware, a wooden desk chair of unknown age, and even my decade old messenger bag, all seem to represent a increasingly rare ethos of quality.

Holding on to something, maintaining and repairing it for years is a rare thing these days. Which is why this video segment highlighting a 89 year old woman and her 1964 Mercury Caliente[hot], which she has religiously maintained for over 500,000 miles, is so rad. It may be a hokey local news piece but I think we can all use a reminder that newer is not always better, and that rejecting the influence of marketing and society to “upgrade” can be quite rewarding.

[No comment about the whole gaming the lifetime warranty or packing heat thing.]

Funny Books

There’s nothing funny about foreclosure, but we can all let lose and laugh when Superman saves the day. Though the Man of Steel has ne’er been known to step in during a fiscal emergency, he broke with tradition this month and made an appearance in the form of the most valuable comic book in the storied history of humanity.

Where you ask?

In the basement of an about-to-be-bank-owned house.

A family who had lived on the same Southern spread since the 1950s was about to pack up and peace when they discovered a decently preserved copy of Action Comics #1 in an unmarked box. The 10 cent comic, which most probably belonged to the father of the bride, is now worth a million when mint. The copy in question will probably fetch the family a cool $250,000; enough to save their home and invest in a couple of funny books for posterity.

Thanks to ABC News for the scoop.

Breaking: California Same-Sex Marriage Ban Lifted!

Love

Today, a federal judge ruled against Proposition 8, deeming it unconstitutional.

Says U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker (gasp), “Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license.”

Good, indeed!

Good Quotations: Warren Buffett

“By all means, treat your family well. By all means, treat yourself well. But if there’s a lot left over, think about society.”

–Multi-billionaire and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett, who along with Bill Gates cajoled a gaggle of other billionaires to give it away, give it away, give it away now as part of The Giving Pledge.

Buffett as Axl for Geico

Cuballcle

Now he just needs to lose the chair: