Archives: 2011 January

Archive for January, 2011

Baby Penguin Says Hello To Baby Dolphin

[The Clearly Dope via @kvanhemert]

What Do Boiling Water, The Universe & Dinosaurs Have In Common?

Absolutely nothing, but that isn’t going to stop me from involving them all in this veritable “triple down” of a post.

What happens when you mix creative Canadians, a video camera, boiling water, and freezing weather? No, juggalos, not a miracle, SCIENCE! Watch and see.

And following one miracle bit o’ science with another, Discovery Magazine eloquently questions how deep the universe is in the following editorial!

(Click on said universe to read.)

Finally, we at Goodosphere have been noticing the online trend of slowing down songs in search of interesting results, and we’ve been waiting for the first one worth sharing. The winning results, in our humble opinion? John Williams’ ‘Welcome To Jurassic Park‘ slowed down by 1000% until it becomes an hourlong ambient soundscape worthy of Eno. Skip around and listen to pieces of it, put it on while you do some work, even fall asleep to it… whatever you may choose, the results are very cool.

Happy Friday, readers.

She Gets By With A Little Help From Her Friends


Keep your John Cage! I’m all about Tucker.

Thanks to MB for sharing this musical Schnoodle.

Goodosphere Doubles Down On Jokes: Ships And VIPS

Goodosphere tells its first joke from a boat and Ricky Gervais tells a boatload of jokes in good fun at Sunday night’s Golden Globes:

Thank, Suni!


Big up to Michael Giacchino for the cover of Shambala.

2011 & 1/24

I hate to be that guy, but OMG folks, the year is 1/24 over. It seems like we just recently welcomed 2011. We’re still getting to know her quirks, her temperatures, her moods. If you’re one for resolutions, maybe you’re yet to renege. If you’re still shopping for one, here’s a list of “New Years Rulin’s” that are sure winners from the incomparable Woody Guthrie:

Thanks to the Fountain of Youth.

The BEARst Of Friends: My Bruin Buddy

Casey Anderson, naturalist and perhaps madman, lives with his unique pet: Brutus, the 800 pound grizzly bear! And before you ask- the image below is 100% Photoshop free according to National Geographic.

Daily Mail.

To some, living with a grizzly bear seems like a very poor idea. But, in all fairness, Anderson has known Brutus for seven years, from the time he was just a cub. Today, the two are so close that the enormous bear frequently shares a kiss with his human friend and even acted as best bear at Casey’s wedding (no reports exist as to what Brutus lined up for the bachelor party). When he isn’t hottubbing with his bear buddy, Casey spends much of his time using his relationship with Brutus to underscore the importance of preserving bears’ natural habitats.

Read Anderson’s thoughtful comments on Timothy Treadwell aka “Grizzly Man” at National Geographic and see some astounding photos at the Daily Mail. Thanks to AB.

Splitting The Sudan

If the last ten years have taught us anything it’s that nation-building ain’t easy. Disposing of despots looks good on paper, but the business of sustaining something of a country afterwards can be rather hairy. Starting from scratch can only be hairer still, but they’re trying anyway in southern Sudan and most of the world can’t help but think it’s a good thing.

Pete Muller/AP

The whole world would love to tie a bow around the referendum on independence in southern Sudan. After a weekend of bad news stateside, I’ve been looking to Africa’s largest nation for a counterbalance, but that’s unreasonable. Millions died for Sunday’s vote and more will die before the trouble region at long last finds peace.

It will take more than George Clooney’s satellites, Jimmy Carter’s observers, and the type of turnout we only see when there’s a new Harry Potter installment at the picture house. It will likely take more than shared oil revenues, rights to Abyei, disarmed militias, and peacekeepers. Indeed, it will take a miracle, but many in southern Sudan — like the Lost Boys — believe in miracles.

Valentino Achak Deng — one of some 30,000 Lost Boys of Sudan — survived an unimaginable trauma during the Second Sudanese Civil War. He fled to Ethiopia on foot, negotiating the desert while evading vultures, crocodiles, militiamen, and starvation. The loss of his family, town, friends, and childhood is epically documented in Dave Eggers’ What Is The What.

After spending a number of years in America, Deng returned to Sudan’s south and opened a school. He recently cast a vote for independence. A couple of reporters witnessed the event. He told them it was a moment he never imagined, a miracle.

Good Quotations: A Healthy Healing Process

“So sudden loss causes us to look backward — but it also forces us to look forward, to reflect on the present and the future, on the manner in which we live our lives and nurture our relationships with those who are still with us. We may ask ourselves if we’ve shown enough kindness and generosity and compassion to the people in our lives. Perhaps we question whether we are doing right by our children, or our community, and whether our priorities are in order. We recognize our own mortality, and are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame — but rather, how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in bettering the lives of others.

…I believe we can be better. Those who died here, those who saved lives here — they help me believe. We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another is entirely up to us. I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us.”

— President Obama frames the tragedy and helps the nation mourn

Drew Angerer/The New York Times