An Uncomfortably Challenging Quote from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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...]

Vietnamese Cave + DJI Phantom 2 Drone = Stunning Video


Full-Screen and HD and take it away! Stunning. The location is Hang Sơn Đoòng (“Mountain River Cave”) in Vietnam, and the short’s creator is Ryan Deboodt. And with a bit of help from Laughing Squid, the two of ‘em pretty much made my Sunday. Attribution(s): “Generic Vietnamese Cave” provided by Shutterstock. Although it’s hard to call anything as [Read More...]

Each Piano, A Masterpiece


For some strange reason (connected to reworking their podcast delivery system, I think), the folks at NPR Control sent me a sort-of-random podcast this week. From something they did back in 2011. Something from the folks at Morning Edition called “Musical Innovation: A Grander Grand Piano.” Best mistake ever. Most pianos have 88 keys. And most great [Read More...]

Saying “Good-Bye” to Sherlock Holmes


Stand with me here upon the terrace, for it may be the last quiet talk that we shall ever have. A friend who knows that I’m a) just a bit of a movie fan(atic), and b) that I’m almost as much of a fan(atic) when it comes to Sherlock Holmes, recently asked for my thoughts on the [Read More...]

I Can Almost See Springtime From Here. Almost.


The arrival of Springtime(-ish) in Wyoming is always a bit of a moving target. We’ve had some early Springs in our eight years (meaning something sort of April-y) and we’ve had some late ones (falling a bit more in the mid-to-late May range). But it’s all part of the charm, right? Besides, as Sean (Second Son) remarked [Read More...]

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow(s)


“She should have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a [Read More...]

Just Putting This Here, In Case Anyone Needs It


It’s been less than a week since the Oscars ground their 3+hour-way through my Sunday, and this is already pretty much the only thing I can remember. Yep, that’s Will Arnett. In Val Kilmer’s Bat Suit. And yes, that’s Devo’s (and Wes Anderson’s) Mark Mothersbaugh. And Roots drummer ?uestlove. A mishmash of such random awesomeness that [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — “Drone vs. Volcano”


My first reaction? “Gosh.” But that was before I hit the 1:50 mark. Then it was a bit more like “G.O.S.H.!.!.!.” Worked my way here through Laughing Squid’s “Filmmakers Destroy Drones in Service of Capturing Unseen Angles From the Inside of an Active Volcano” article, which led me to National Geo’s “Adventurers and Drones Go [Read More...]

Cricket, Growing More Cricket With Each Passing Day


I have a guilty secret. …OK, so maybe it’s not a secret, because I’ve actually admitted it publicly on the blog before. But still… Some nights, when I’m all by myself, I watch cricket. Now, if we’re talking about The-World-At-Large, the fact that I enjoy this strangely-familiar (to my irretrievably-baseball-ish mind) game  would make me pretty [Read More...]

“So it was a tale come true; A mighty oak from the acorn grew.”


Taking a few minutes to slow. Things. D.O.W.N…by way of this astonishing little video from Neil Bromhall, who runs a plant identification site called RightPlants4Me: The acorn was collected in September and filmed in an underground set using a 2-hour interval between exposures. The acorn split soon after it was planted and continued to split during [Read More...]