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    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    do you ever find it hard to express your perspective on something because you found a video on the Internet in which a greater being describes more succinctly, more comically, and more powerfully exactly how you feel on that particular subject?

    i do:



    i guess all i can do is continue where Carlin left off. after all, he died a year ago and the times they are a-changin'.

    for example, based on my observations from living on a liberal arts college campus for almost four years, it seems like the battle cry from environmentalists is no longer SAVE THE PLANET but rather SUSTAINABILITY, which actually recognizes what all the fuss is about. according to Wikipedia:

    Sustainability, in a broad sense, is the capacity to endure. In ecology, the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. For humans it is the potential for long-term maintenance of wellbeing, which in turn depends on the wellbeing of the natural world and the responsible use of natural resources.

    sustainability isn't a rephrasing of "Save the Planet." it's a rephrasing of the underlying message in that motto: "Save Humanity." since we rid ourselves of the pretentious phrase, "Save the Planet," why don't we keep the ball rolling and cut some other nonsense out, like Earth Day. according to Wikipedia:

    Earth Day is celebrated in the US on April 22 and is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment.



    awareness and appreciation? if just being alive year in and year out hasn't inspired you to heart-stopping awe for the magnificence, elegance, and beauty of the world around you, is a whole day reserved for the planet really going to make you finally stop and wonder? i've got a big problem with reserved days, in general, because it might encourage everyone to not really care every other day of the year. only on April 22 will i breathe slowly and gasp at how many hairs a siberian husky has and shut my eyes in reverence of the sun and gulp down water with a happiness only stemming from hydrogen and oxygen. the rest of the time i will yell at people in traffic, curse myself for getting a molting creature as a pet, wear sunglasses, and chug liquid syrup.

    i don't know where i'm going with this
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    This year, this semester, this quarter, this period, you ought to do something great.

    Big bang bass undulates eternal void
    And all at once the nothingness destroyed!
    Believe as well that there was treble too,
    No cosmic notes could miss music's debut.


    I consider myself a mediocre poet at best, but nobody gets any better humbling themselves all day. So, I've resolved to try to write some sort of an epic poem in heroic couplets, possibly about what humans consider the story of the universe.

    Music will be involved.
    Thu, Jan 24, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: music, alive, humanity, space, poetry,
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    Voyager 2...[entered] the heliosheath on Aug. 30, 2007. Because Voyager 2 crossed the heliosheath boundary, called the solar wind termination shock, about 16 billion kilometers (10 billion miles) away from Voyager 1 and almost 1.6 billion kilometers (a billion miles) closer to the sun, it confirmed that our solar system is "squashed" or "dented"- that the bubble carved into interstellar space by the solar wind is not perfectly round. Where Voyager 2 made its crossing, the bubble is pushed in closer to the sun by the local interstellar magnetic field.




    Oh, this universe. These humans. Always discovering one thing or another. 1 discovery begets 10 mysteries beget 100 discoveries beget 1000 mysteries, and on and on.



    everything swinging
    everything spinning about
    everything. we keep discovering that it's just a bigger circle, or a bigger orbit, we're almost there, we're in this 'this'. i've almost got it, i'm on the verge of a
    scientific breakthrough.
    Mon, Dec 17, 2007  Permanent link
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    Now, I'm certainly no adherent of astrology, but no one can deny that the moon and the stars have some, if not tiny, effect on the inhabitants of this planet. Just as the great circling rock moves the oceans, it can move us all. It's not that I think that people will go insane during different a full moon nor that a complete lack of moonlight will have other profound effects, but I do think we could all use a little more moonlight and starlight, as those are the two original night light sources of this young planet.

    That's why I think lunar-resonant streetlights are a fantastic idea:

    Lunar-resonant streetlights sense and respond to ambient moonlight, dimming and brightening each month as the moon cycles through its phases.

    Utilizing available moonlight, rather than overwhelming it, saves energy and mitigates light pollution, while facilitating the urban experience of one of the most fundamental and beautiful cycles of nature.
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    Stunning, isn't it? As a very heavy StumbleUpon user and lover of all things space, I stumbleupon pages containing this image quite often. And I never feel anything short of absolute awe. It's the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (I'm sure you already knew) and, in my opinion, it's the greatest image humans have ever produced.

    A collection of snapshots of such a small patch of sky managed to capture about 10,000 galaxies. Such large implications from such small dimensions. And I don't mean to ignore all the other great images the Hubble Space Telescope has produced. I'm practically on my knees, grateful to this machine.

    And now, there's this:



    That's the James Webb Space Telescope, the significantly more technologically advanced successor of Hubble that's slated for a 2013 launch date. To NASA, it's a tool for studying the origins of the universe, the nature of galaxies and dark matter, and for analyzing planets for the potential of life. To all of us, it's another collection of high-resolution pixels to stir our imagination.
    Wed, Aug 1, 2007  Permanent link

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    I'd just like to quickly apologize for the high concentration of Daft Punk references on this page, for now. I just saw them live last night and am doubly obsessed, if that's even possible. I'm only human, after all.

    Aside from my musical preferences though, I've been thinking quite a bit about something lately. The show was outdoors. Surrounded by fog-shrouded tall trees on all sides of the venue along with the faded stars and a bright moon resting on the blackness above me, I began thinking a great deal about how interesting all this was. All of these thousands of people paid a great deal of money to go listen to a couple other people on stage recreate familiar music that merely says Look at how human we are! Dancing! Love! Humanness! Life! I am alive! ALIVE!

    And we are a tribe dancing around the fire to the drums. Nothing more. But we're alive. And that's all that matters.
    Sat, Jul 28, 2007  Permanent link
    Categories: music, humanity, alive
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