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Aspire to Greatness: Tattooed Buddhist Monk Shares Meal with Tiger

Let’s start today off right.

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“Time is Nothing” Traveling the World with Time Lapse Photography in Under 5 Minutes

Here’s a time lapse video from Kien Lam that we found roughly a month ago. We’re sure it’s made the round on the blog-o-internet-sphere but it’s a damn fine ride that deserves posting.

YOu can learn more about each scene on Kien lam’s website.

17 Countries. 343 Days. 6237 Photographs. One incredible journey.

Original Music: “Places and Faces” by William Lam. Will is an extremely talented musical composer whose range is barely touched in this composition he wrote specifically for the video. He’s also my little brother. If you want to commission William to write music, email him at MetaphysikaSounds[at]gmail[dot]com.

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Interview: “Warren Ellis Thinks Newt Gingrich’s Space Ideas Are Full of Shit”

Over on Motherboard , Abraham Reisman interviewed Warren Ellis about Newt Gingrich’s aspirations for a USA moon colony. We figured Mr Ellis might have a word or two on Gingrich’s obvious vote grabbing statement. Mr Ellis did not disappoint.

The following excerpts are just a few choice moments from the interview. It was a bit difficult deciding which thoughts were best.

Abraham Reisman: What kind of merit is there to Gingrich’s proposals — which he’s self-described as “grandiose” — for developing a rocket that can reach Mars, establishing a permanent moon base, and so on?

Warren Ellis: Well, let’s start with the “51st State” bit that’s being bandied about. Speaker Gingrich knows as well as the next political mammal that the Outer Space Treaty forbids any one nation from claiming sovereignty over the moon. So, not so much with the 51st State crap.


Going to Mars is important. Going back to the Moon is, I think, important. But his plans and reasons for going make about as much sense as if he had said we had to go to Mars to find him something new to marry. I’m genuinely interested in seeing the human race escape the planet and go exploring. Speaker Gingrich would like to be elected.

Are there other technological goals on the scale of space travel that you think humanity should be pushing for, right now? If so, do you see models for us achieving them?

I’m not sure where everyone got the idea that the human race can only do one thing at a time. “What about here on Earth?” people say. “Shouldn’t there be other goals here that we should be pushing for?” Sure there are. But at this late date I’m fairly sure we’ve mastered walking and chewing gum as a simultaneous operation.

I’m not suggesting that we can’t do two things at once. But if there were things in addition to space travel that you think could have a similarly massive effect on humanity’s ability to grow as a species…

Curing cancer. Increasing quality human longevity. Induced pluripotential cell treatments. Nailing down that weird neutrino anomaly that seems to allow for faster-than-light communication. The usual shopping list. Also I want an orbital death ray.

You will read the entire interview on Motherboard.

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Our Strange Sky: The Pileus Iridescent Cloud of Ethiopia

Pictured, behind this darker cloud, is a pileus iridescent cloud, a group of water droplets that have a uniformly similar size and so together diffract different colors of sunlight by different amounts. The above image was taken just after the picturesque sight was noticed by chance by a photographer in Ethiopia.

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Our Strange Sky: And in the Sky, a Crown of Clouds and Light


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Today in Star Wars: Ewan McGregor, Chris O’Dowd and Graham Norton Lightsaber Battle, Nerd it Up

Below the jump, what you’re gonna get: Ewan McGregor showing off his lightsaber skills with a Force EFX lightsaber and Chris O’Dowd grilling him over a Wikipedia entry we read once.

It’s pretty fricking cool.

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Music Break: Cassini Solstice Mission Set to Nine Inch Nails “Ghosts”

Vimeo’s Chris Abbas honors the lads and lasses working on the Cassini Solstice Mission by sexing up the images caught by Cassini with the sounds of NIN Ghosts I–IV.

Open your eyes. Darken your room and/or cubicle and absorb.

This is the perfect opportunity for a Carl Sagan quote:

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

The footage in this little film was captured by the hardworking men and women at NASA with the Cassini Imaging Science System. If you’re interested in learning more about Cassini and the on-going Cassini Solstice Mission, check it out at NASA’s website:

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Our Strange Sky: For the First Time in Half a Century, Puyehue Erupts!

Mother nature’s brewing up some heat.

Puyehue volcano on June 4, 2011

Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain near southern Osorno city June 5, 2011

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In Afghanistan: Memorial Day 2011

“We reflect on those who have gone before us. We reflect on their service and their sacrifice on behalf of our great nation,” said Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta, who commands a Marine division in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province. “We should also remember those serving today who embody that same commitment of service and sacrifice. They are committed to something greater than themselves and they muster the physical and moral courage to accomplish extraordinary feats in battle.”


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RESTREPO Director Tim Hetherington and Photographer Chris Hondros Killed in Libya

Hetherington was with a group of photo journalists who were all injured in the attack, including Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros, whose wounds are said to be “grave.”

Above is an ABC news video about the tragedy with a trailer to RESTREPO included.

We’ve not seen RESTREPO yet. A good friend and Iraq veteran has insisted that it should be at the top of our to-watch list.

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