Archive for June, 2012
Friday, June 29th, 2012 by Sean
Ryan Gosling undeniably has moves, but did you know he’s also something of a curator of shape throwing? We recently stumbled upon this gem from the Jimmy Kimmel Show, in which R.Go shares a video he captured in a Congolese elementary school. He played Rihanna’s Rude Boy for the children there and witnessed what has to be one of the most beguiling dances to ever make it to YouTube:
Thursday, June 28th, 2012 by Sean
Thanks, Tessa Elizabeth Stuart.
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by Sean
“He taught the whole world. What a wonderful life!”
Sagan’s personal papers — including hypothesis, journals, fan mail, and correspondence with various scientists and fissured ceramics — have been obtained by the Library of Congress thanks to the unlikely collaborative efforts of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane. Some 800 boxes of Sagan’s documents will be sorted through and preserved, placing the master of the universe in good company–the library possesses the papers of Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright brothers, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Margaret Mead, too.
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 by Sean
You saw it here first, folks.
Thanks, K PJ.
Monday, June 25th, 2012 by Sean
Friday, June 22nd, 2012 by Sean
Thursday, June 21st, 2012 by Sean
I grew up in Toronto, Canada, which also happens to be the home of the Hockey Hall of Fame. In elementary school, whether you were a budding superstar on skates or an anemic bookworm wholeheartedly against physical exertion of any kind, your annual field trip to the capital of all things hockey was a good day. It was a day to get away from the classroom to be sure, but it was also a day devoted to feeling a little bit of pride in what your country was all aboot, a day to bask in the sterling glow of Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Before last Thursday, I hadn’t seen Stanley in a minute. Then again, I had never seen it look as good as it did last Thursday when it was hoisted into the air by Los Angles Kings captain Dustin Brown to bathe in the Southland sun at the team’s victory parade. Soon after the hoist came the somehow surprising explosion of streamers, confetti and faux-Angeleno anthems. It was a moment to remember–the first and maybe only time I would live in a city with a Cup. The fact that the Kings had never won it before was just icing on the cake.
This post is in no way an endorsement of Staples and its excellent selection of exotic duct tape.
So, even if you don’t give a whit about hockey, what’s the deal with the Cup? Why is it due all this homage? Well, it’s easily the oldest and possibly the most revered piece of hardware in professional sports, and there’s a hell of a lot of tradition involved in claiming the thing. For one, soon after winning it, you have to take it back to the locker room and drink champagne from it. Not bad, eh?
There’s another ritual that’s a little less familiar to the public: The Cup spends the off-season traveling the continent and, depending on the constituent parts on the trophy-winning team, the globe to spend a day or so with every player, coach, and staff member. Past winners have enjoyed their time with Stanley creatively: Some have taken the Cup to the movies to hold popcorn, to strip clubs to impress strippers, and to churches to baptize children. So, how will the Los Angeles Kings spend summer 2012 with the Cup? What else makes this trophy different from all the rest? Well, part of the reason I went to the Kings parade was to find out. Take a listen, won’t you?
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 by Sean
Happy summer solstice, all! You’re going to need to stay cool as the temperatures climb and we think spending a minute with the most proudly unemployed harp seal in town will help.
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 by Sean
“Something hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Mary—the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there’s a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trim tab: It’s a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. Takes almost no effort at all.
So I said that the little individual can be a trim tab. Society thinks it’s going right by you, that it’s left you altogether. But if you’re doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole big ship of state is going to go.
So I said, call me Trim Tab.”
— Buckminster Fuller, systems theorist, architect, engineer, author, designer, inventor, philosopher, and futurist
Monday, June 18th, 2012 by Sean
Thanks for everything, Krua Thai.