stuff in my head...foolish shapes.flattened dreamlessnesses
Cowards die many times before their deaths,
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear,
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.
Nelson Mandela’s favorite Shakespeare passage. Above, a handwritten draft page from his memoirs. (via)
Weather conditions in Arizona’s Grand Canyon last week gave rise to a rare phenomenon called total cloud inversion. Last Friday, and again on Sunday, the ground apparently released some of its heat rapidly enough at dawn to create a layer of cool, damp air inside the canyon, trapping it beneath the unusually warmer sky above the canyon walls and filling the space with a sea of fog. Park officials said the phenomenon is a once-in-a-decade occurrence and ran to capture these fantastic photos.
"To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
- Nelson Mandela
We’re sad to hear of Nelson Mandela’s passing. To honor his legacy, we’ve gathered a few talks inspired by his extraordinary approach to peace amid the violent South African apartheid:
Fighting with non-violence, on the philosophies that power peaceful protests.
In defense of dialogue, on how honest conversations can solve global problems.
Thula Mama, a soulful song by a crucial artistic voice in the fight against apartheid.
May he be remembered for many years to come.
Nice work, buckeyes: you curse more than any state in the union. (Not to be confused with our Ohio-born associate editor’s odd penchant for exclaiming, “Jesus Christ and all his merry elves!”)
bullshit…no, really. customer service calls make for who curses most?
Day 4 of the 2013 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar, one of 25 photos eventually. This interacting galaxy duo is collectively called Arp 142. The pair contains the disturbed, star-forming spiral galaxy NGC 2936, along with its elliptical companion, NGC 2937 at left. Once part of a flat, spiral disk, the orbits of the galaxy’s stars have become scrambled due to gravitational tidal interactions with the other galaxy. This warps the galaxy’s orderly spiral, and interstellar gas is strewn out into giant tails like stretched taffy. Gas and dust drawn from the heart of NGC 2936 becomes compressed during the encounter, which in turn triggers star formation. These bluish knots are visible along the distorted arms that are closest to the companion elliptical. (NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team - STScI/AURA)
i don’t really know/care what advent calendars are (yeah, i know, something to do with the christians and what not), but these pictures are fucking amazing. that’s reason enough to check it out.
You may have seen this photograph (or one like it) floating around your social media feeds in the last week.
It’s the Grand Canyon filled with fog.
Gorgeous. Stunning. All the adjectives we use to describe things like space photos. They make sense here.
But is it real?
It certainly looked to be good to true to my eye.
But lo and behold, these images are real, tweeted out by the National Parks Service’s Grand Canyon team itself. I love when there is a simple answer to a viral photo question.
Read more. [Image: National Parks Service]