Archives: 2011 September

Archive for September, 2011

Vintage Friday

It’s been a great summer for Friday.

There was that one Friday and then there was Last Friday. At the end of they day (and week), the more celebrations of Friday we have, the better.

On that note, some classic Friday (before Next, After Next, etc.):

Damn is right. Looking good, Friday.

Thanks, Cube.

Six From The Sun

This unreal image of Saturn is — for the most part — real.

From NASA:

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.

Good Quotations: Follow Your Bliss

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

Thanks, Joe.

Elephantine

Thank you, Canada.

Rap Battle Redone

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.

A Series Of Tubes

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.”

Thanks, NPR.

The Lights In The Sky

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.

Have You Seen This Cat?

What Is Nicolas Cage?

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.

Foo Fighters Tells A Joke: It Takes All Kinds

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:

Thanks, Stella.