Archives for the month of: February, 2012

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Replay it, because after you know where the ejection occurs, you can see the filament breaking away from the surface in the superimposed EUV!

via NASA Goddard on Flickr

be sure to rollover ‘notes’ to see photo captions!

When I first moved to Colorado, before I settled in Boulder, I braved the heat and spent a few hours at the Denver Botanic Gardens, walking along the winding paths and enjoying the mist from the fountains and waterfalls.

A real ad for a real college. Amazing. Watch out though—gets disturbing.

Cats as Fonts is also great, but too long to post here.

via Last One to Sherlock is a Sissy! via BuzzFeed

Takanori Aiba uses food packaging and bonsai trees to create tiny complex cities. Many more here.

Bonsai B

Bonsai B

Ice Cream Packages Tower

Ice Cream Packages Tower

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This is a great short film that involves horrible monsters, but manages to make them scary and gross without ever showing one. Pretty great filmmaking. ‘Cost of Living’ stars Brandon Routh and Bret Harrison, and was directed by BenDavid Grabinski. It’s about…security guards? That’s all I’ll say. I recommend watching it on Vimeo and going full-screen.

And her performance of ‘the Star Spangled Banner’:

A list of all her awards, and a roundup of her hits.

Helicopter pilot Mike Schaeffer was wrapping up a tour when he spotted this incredible weather phenomenon along the coast of Panama City Beach, Fl. on Sunday. As soon as he landed, he alerted Panhandle Helicopter owner JR Hott of the “cloud form waves,” and together they went up for a better view. They moved quickly knowing that it is only in very specific weather conditions that this beautiful effect occurs.

Read and see more at MSNBC’s PhotoBlog.

JR Hott / Panhandle Helicopter

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And to depress and delight. Girls are Pretty is a writing Tumblr written by Bob Powers. Here’s Keep a Secret Day:

The man in the raincoat will be reading a message on his smart phone when he slips off of the subway platform and falls onto the tracks. Run to the edge and see him there, belly down, conscious but moving slowly. Look around but there’s no one else to help him. Peer into the tunnel. No train coming. There’s time.

Your hand extended: “Here.”

The man will roll over half-way to look up at you. He’ll look down the tracks, searching for anyone else who might be watching from the platform. Then he’ll look at the message on his cell phone once more.

“Can you keep a secret?” he’ll ask.

You can. You don’t say so, but he must be able to tell from your eyes, because the man nods, stuffs the cell phone back in his pants, then reaches out and grabs the third rail.

Tell the police you ran to the edge and saw his body shaking, already cooked.

His wife will track you down because she wants to meet the last person who saw him alive. Tell her you only caught a glimpse of him before he disappeared over the side, and the next time you saw him he was gone.

If it will help you keep the secret to know what was in the email he was reading just before he died, the email he was reading was an email from Netflix asking about the picture quality of Sons Of Anarchy Season 1. If he was getting service down there on the tracks he would have selected, “The quality was very good.”

Happy Keep A Secret Day!

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Priceless. …also if you haven’t seen ‘the Artist’ yet, you should. Or at least rent it eventually. It’s delightful.

A for effort, T-Rex.

A selection below; see more of Hugh Murphy’s brilliant work at T-Rex Trying…


by Bill Watterson

Quoted in its entirety from the original article here.

On life’s constant little limitations

Calvin: You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.

On expectations

Calvin: Everybody seeks happiness! Not me, though! That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world. Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!

On why we are scared of the dark

Calvin: I think night time is dark so you can imagine your fears with less distraction.

On the unspoken truth behind the education system

Calvin: As you can see, I have memorized this utterly useless piece of information long enough to pass a test question. I now intend to forget it forever. You’ve taught me nothing except how to cynically manipulate the system. Congratulations.

On the cruel reality of commercial art

Hobbes: Van Gogh would’ve sold more than one painting if he’d put tigers in them.

On the tragedy of hipsters

Calvin: The world bores you when you’re cool.

On the tears of a clown

Calvin: Isn’t it strange that evolution would give us a sense of humour? When you think about it, it’s weird that we have a physiological response to absurdity. We laugh at nonsense. We like it. We think it’s funny. Don’t you think it’s odd that we appreciate absurdity? Why would we develop that way? How does it benefit us?

Hobbes: I suppose if we couldn’t laugh at things that don’t make sense, we couldn’t react to a lot of life.

Calvin: (after a long pause) I can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.

On the falling of sparrows (or providence’s lack of timetable)

Calvin: Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one.

On why winter is the most frustrating season

Calvin: Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery.

On the gaping hole in contemporary art’s soul

Calvin: People always make the mistake of thinking art is created for them. But really, art is a private language for sophisticates to congratulate themselves on their superiority to the rest of the world. As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.

On the evils of mangling words

Calvin: Verbing weirds language.

On realising God is more Woody Allen than Michael Bay

Calvin: They say the world is a stage. But obviously the play is unrehearsed and everybody is ad-libbing his lines.

Hobbes: Maybe that’s why it’s hard to tell if we’re living in a tragedy or a farce.

Calvin: We need more special effects and dance numbers.

On why ET is real

Calvin: Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.

On looking yourself in the mirror

Hobbes: So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they’re already met?

On the future

Calvin: Trick or treat!

Adult: Where’s your costume? What are you supposed to be?

Calvin: I’m yet another resource-consuming kid in an overpopulated planet, raised to an alarming extent by Madison Avenue and Hollywood, poised with my cynical and alienated peers to take over the world when you’re old and weak. Am I scary, or what?

On the truth

Calvin: It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy…Let’s go exploring!

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