Archive for September, 2011
Friday, September 30th, 2011 by Sean
It’s been a great summer for Friday.
Damn is right. Looking good, Friday.
Thursday, September 29th, 2011 by Sean
This unreal image of Saturn is — for the most part — real.
In the shadow of Saturn, unexpected wonders appear. The robotic Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn drifted in giant planet’s shadow for about 12 hours in 2006 and looked back toward the eclipsed Sun. Cassini saw a view unlike any other. First, the night side of Saturn is seen to be partly lit by light reflected from its own majestic ring system. Next, the rings themselves appear dark when silhouetted against Saturn, but quite bright when viewed away from Saturn, slightly scattering sunlight, in this exaggerated color image…Far in the distance, at the left, just above the bright main rings, is the almost ignorable pale blue dot of Earth.
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 by Sean
Bill Moyers: Do you ever have the sense of… being helped by hidden hands?
Joseph Campbell: All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time – namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
— The late, great mythologist and existentialist reminds us to stay on track with our passion and be heroes this autumn with a long-overdue documentary
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 by Sean
Thank you, Canada.
Monday, September 26th, 2011 by Sean
Rap battles are usually about one-upmanship. In that sense, this one is no different. In most every other sense, it is.
Thanks, Embryonic Crusadah.
Saturday, September 24th, 2011 by Sean
If you send any emails to another continent this weekend you can thank the good folks at TeleGeography and NewScientist for this visual that helps you understand how exactly your characters secure passage.
“Ever wondered how your email can cross the vastness of the ocean and be delivered almost instantly, anywhere in the world? It’s all down to a network of fibre-optic cables that link up the continents and transmit terabits of data every second. The map shows 188 active and planned submarine cables, along with their landing points. The map is only a stylised representation, so the real cables and landing points may lie in slightly different locations. That should protect cables from thieves, who have caused communications outages in south-east Asia, but it won’t help ships avoid breaking cables by dropping anchor.”
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 by Nimesh
We all know what the Earth looks like from space. The interesting thing is that the images we most often see still don’t reflect the effect we’ve had on our planet. This video taken from the International Space Station shows what the Earth looks like now, and… it’s beautiful. Maybe it’s all the Star Trek: The Next Generation I’ve been watching, but seeing the web of lights we’ve created makes me hope we really are getting past clubbing each other over the head and striving forward, seeking answers, eager for every next accomplishment. Maybe I don’t even have to hope. Maybe it’s true.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 by Sean
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 by Nimesh
A brilliant actor?
A man who literally can’t contain the fire within him?
Or a genuine, hundred-plus year old vampire?
We may never find out, but as long as he keeps bringing the world joy… what’s a blood-drained body or two? Never stop, Mr. Cage.
Monday, September 19th, 2011 by Sean
Mondays used to bring jokes to this blog, until we realized that most of the ones we knew and loved weren’t “Goodoworthy.” Here’s a practical joke that is: