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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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“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…]

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Imitation, Flattery, and Moths

Mimicry in Nature is nothing new. But this has got to be one of my favorite examples. That’s a Hornet Moth or Hornet Clearwing (Sesia apiformis), and it’s a great example of what’s know as Batesian mimicry: the “most commonly known and widely studied of mimicry complexes,” wherein “a harmless species has evolved to imitate the warning signals [Read More…]

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“Every Frame a Painting:” The Art of Cinematic Observation

Last week, fellow Patheotte Frank “YIMCatholic” Weathers sent me this clip. It is good to have friends who understand one so well. “A masterpiece of visual storytelling,” indeed. And Mifune is so, so good. (That’s not a remotely revolutionary or revelatory claim, I know. But still…gosh.) Also, the takeaway is great. “If you like this exercise, [Read More…]

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Magical Murmurations

These fantastical phenomena are pretty much my favorite things ever. 1.An act or instance of murmuring 2. A flock of starlings (The following video, which inspired today’s outburst, comes with a 1080p HD option. Take it. And full-screen would surely not be amiss. Volume? That’s up to you. I’m not a huge fan of the [Read More…]

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