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‘A Curious Account’

I’ve been watching — and totally digging — this Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’ all week week. Eratosthenes was off the chain!

[good part starts at 1:45]

Wikipedia says:

He was the first person to calculate the circumference of the earth by using a measuring system using stades, or the length of stadiums during that time period (with remarkable accuracy). He was the first to calculate the tilt of the Earth’s axis (also with remarkable accuracy). He may also have accurately calculated the distance from the earth to the sun and invented the leap day.[4] He also created a map of the world based on the available geographical knowledge of the era.

What’s even more amazing is that after the remarkable discoveries of the Greek mathematicians, barely anything happened in the field of astronomy for 1600 years. Millions of people lived and died during a period where Ptolemy was the best information around.

I have no idea why it is that the west went through such an intellectual drought for so long. The other yellowed documentary I’ve been watching this week says it’s because the ancient civilizations were sacked by ‘barbarians’ who had no interest in science, math or literature. The did, after all, destroy the library at Alexandria.

As appealing as that narrative is, it seems a bit too easy, and doesn’t explain why the drought went on so long. I have no alternate explanation. I’m just glad to be living during one of the times when so much is being discovered.

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Sports and Star Wars

together at last

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Inception is real!

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Why can’t this be killing you?

Goldfrapp – Lovely Head

This makes me wonder if anyone goes to laser shows anymore. Remember those? I used to go a lot when I was a teenager, before my default weekend activity became the current, increasingly stagnant, bar-hangover-bar-hangover binary. I must have seen Laser Dark Side of the Moon 11 or 12 times.

I went again about three years ago, on a visit to Seattle, and the entire time I kept thinking, 'this is just a Windows Media Player visualization. My iPod can do this'. It wasn't unpleasant, really, it was just a recreation-asaurus. I can't imagine they're still around.

Another thing that struck me as I was watching this is that you rarely hear the 90's catchphrase 'someone has too much time on their hands' anymore. There are still a shitload of people who objectively do have too much time on their hands, but it's no longer populist-cool to derisively mention this when viewing other people's creativity. Whoever made this video clearly spent a fucking epoch making it, but what else was he supposed to do with his time? I think it's great that people have so many opportunities to 'waste' their time putting something new into the world.

Come to think of it, you never hear 'talk to the hand' anymore, either. But that's because the UN recognized that phrase as a human rights violation, and banned it within the OECD.

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Holy shit he might actually believe all that stuff he said

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… Or maybe this is what Kool Aid tastes like, I dunno. All I know is that it's really nice to see your president speaking polysyllabically without cue cards or Teleprompting.

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Sheer Denmarkian chaos

"It’s like some Athens shit"

"Buckets?"

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Mr. Rogers is the shortest distance between YouTube and crying

Mr. Rogers testifies to Congress

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Forskellige rester

I can't believe I forgot to post this after I came back from Panama.

I've been thinking a lot lately about how much I need another vacation like this. But with a monthly income that probably qualifies me for food stamps in Pakistan, YouTube nostalgizing is about as close as I'm gonna get.

(OK, during the first 10 seconds, watch the bottom righthand corner…)

Behind the scenes bonus: We shot this video 20 minutes before I opened the door of our hostel and almost stepped on a scorpion the size of a housecat. I miss that country…

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Not without my animated bunny

OK, sorry for ranting in that last post. Here, rabbit makes it all better:

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