Face-Meltingly Hi-Res Rocket Launch Footage via SpaceX

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Again, I include my usual “Full-Screen” and “HD” recommendations, though the warning below is a fair one. (I tried it out on 2160 at first and my Internet…pretty much died.) Oh, and HT to the good folks at Laughing Squid, who provide the InterWebs with an inordinate amount of awesome each and every week. (If you’ve got a [Read More...]

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In Memory of Stan Freberg, Here’s “Elderly Man River”

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I knew Stan Freberg (the “madcap adman and satirist” who passed away on Tuesday) mostly as the Beaver in Lady and the Tramp. Or as various voices in various Looney Toons production. Or as The Man We Praise and/or Blame for Weird Al. But he also did this hilarious “Elderly Man River” radio routine, which [Read More...]

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“It’s Great Not To Be Nominated!”

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View image | gettyimages.com Today, while looking for something else entirely, I found this video. And it is awesome. In fact, if the modern Oscars had stuff like this, I’d probably watch ‘em. All 137 hours. OK, fine. I watch ‘em anyway. So maybe I should say that if the modern Oscars had stuff like this, [Read More...]

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“A Condition of Complete Simplicity” from T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets”

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I can’t remember how this came to pass, but over the past few days, I’ve found myself listening a great deal to T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets.” And especially listening to the performance of “Little Gidding” by Paul Scofield (that can be found on YouTube). Now, as I’ve listened to Eliot off and on through the years, I’ve come to [Read More...]

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The Himalayas from 20,000 Feet



Stunningly clear, mind-blowingly beautiful imagery from some of the world’s highest mountains. (“HD and Full-Screen?” you ask. “Why are you even asking me that question?” I respond. Nicely, of course. But seriously.) “The aerial cinema experts at Teton Gravity Research release the first ultra HD footage of the Himalayas shot from above 20,000 ft. with the GSS C520 system, [Read More...]

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Identifying the Seeds of My Childhood (Literally)

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When I was a little kid, wandering through the empty fields down the road from my parents’ house, there were two plants (in particular) that always fascinated me when I ran across them. One was a long, pointy pod that I used to pull apart until it looked like an open mouth. And the other was [Read More...]

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Sir David Attenborough, Harmless Lunatic

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View image | gettyimages.com Here in the U.S., we have “Shark Week.” In the U.K., they have “Attenborough Week.” Well, they had one, anyway. Last April. To celebrate “the 60 years of amazing Natural History created by Sir David Attenborough.” And as a long-time fan of the man and his work — always interesting, even [Read More...]

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Seeing the Familiar in a New Light: Denise Bossert’s “Gifts of the Visitation”

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Devotion to the Blessed Virgin has never come to me naturally. I knew the reasons for such devotion, the rightness of it, even the necessity for it.  My parents prayed the rosary with us almost nightly, and my father’s visceral, Irish faith was never more obvious than when he spoke of “Our Mother”.  But as [Read More...]

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Using the Next Five Seconds to Make Your Internet World a Bit More Beautiful

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I spend a lot of time on the InterWebs. A frightening amount of time, really. And the vast majority of that time — almost 100% — is spent in Chrome. With somewhere between 100 and 1,000,000 tabs open at once. (I’m exaggerating. But only slightly.) Yes, it can be a bit mind-numbing. (Or in my case, “mind”-numbing.) [Read More...]

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An Uncomfortably Challenging Quote from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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I can’t remember when I first stumbled across this quote, or how. It’s from his Gulag Archipelago, I think. And it’s been sort of bothering me ever since I read it. (Not because I disagree with it, but because I think it’s right. And because it’s hard.) “If only it were all so simple! If only there [Read More...]

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