Remember That Philea Lander? The One That Died Last Year? Well, It’s Alive!!!


Last fall, I spent several weeks being fascinated by The European Space Agency (ESA) and their Rosetta project. ( OK, so maybe “several week full-on obsessing over” is a bit more accurate than “fascinated by,” but why do you wanna be so mean?) Sadly, the indomitable Philae lander proved not actually indomitable, succumbing to a lack of power [Read More...]

Today’s HD-Mandatory Video: “Reflections from Uyuni”


Mirror images are some of my very favorite things, both photographically and cinematically. So yes, I love this. (I will not complain if you watch it in full-screen mode, either. Not one bit.) Reflections from Uyuni is a Time-lapse short film that shows the intrinsic beauty of the sea salt of Uyuni and the province [Read More...]

Weathering Some Typical Wyoming Weather, Thanks to The Master Singers


“If you don’t like the weather we’re having right now,” we Wyomingites say, “wait five minutes. It’ll change.” As someone who’s a) hoping to play baseball tonight, and b) watching scattered raindrops fall outside my office windows at this very moment, I’m hoping this ol’ saw is as accurate today as ever. I’m also listening to [Read More...]

“Share this freely with others to promote the love of Bach.”


I love this entire idea, brought to my attention by the folks at OpenCulture and (more directly) by the website of classical pianist Kimiko Ishizaka: This is the Open Well-Tempered Clavier – RECORDING AND SCORE – set free by fans like you! The download includes a 4-page booklet with cover art, and liner notes from Kimiko [Read More...]

The View From My Office Window Today


OK, so “office” might not be entirely accurate. Neither’s “window,” come to think of it. But “view’s” alright, right? Also, “sunburn.” Ouch. Attribution(s): “Vacation(s)” courtesy of my own sunburned self. [Read more...]

Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure On This Shining Night” Needs No Season


View image | I stumbled across this piece a few months ago as I was researching my post on Morten Lauridsen and his love for Mary. I think it’s part of his “Mid-Winter” song cycle (or at least it’s usually featured on a CD with his Mid-Winter song cycle), so it might not be exactly [Read More...]

No One Sees the World Quite Like a 6-Year-Old


A few days ago, I came home from work and found this odd/inexplicable assortment of magnetic letters lying on our dining-room table. Because I have yet to learn better, I asked who it’d come from. And what it was. James (the Fifth Son) piped up from behind me, a slight exasperation matter-of-factly hidden under his [Read More...]

Boss-Level Ping-Pong


FORREST GUMP: We were the first Americans to visit the land of China in, like, a million years or something like that, and somebody said that world peace was in our hands. But all I did was play ping-pong. Some of my fondest teenage memories revolve around a ping-pong table set in the basement of my cousins’ [Read More...]

Finding Peace at the End of the World


The headlines have me down a bit today. Not because they’re new and/or unexpected, but because they’re the exact opposite. So when a Laughing Squid headline flitted across my screen that promised something both “Stunning” and “Incredibly Serene,” I thought “That’s just what I’m looking for.” (The fact that it also said “Antarctica” was just a [Read More...]

Best Miyazaki Tribute Ever?


I’m not saying this is the best Miyazaki tribute I’ve ever seen… …but I’m not saying it’s not. Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies Project: A trailer for a 2D animated sci-fi/adventure feature Pitch: A young boy who lives in a village perched on a huge tree falls in the depths of the forest [Read More...]