Thursday, September 30, 2010

I am sure that no one coming to this ceremony expected a High
Court judge to use the occasion to talk about that four letter word, love.

But that's a good thing. In life, never be predictable. It's so uncool.

The Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG
16 DECEMBER 2008

Monday, September 27, 2010

Watership down: Story of Creation

"All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed."
— Richard Adams (Watership Down)

Macropinna microstoma: can't I just call it the metroid fish?

Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane

re: the Bait Ball

Deerhunter - Desire Lines

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hey fish! Stop walking. You're not even a real quadruped.

The accompanying caption:
This image provided by NOAA shows an as-yet unidentified creature seen by the Little Hercules ROV during the INDEX 2010 Exploration of the Sangihe Talaud Region off Indonesia in July, 2010. (AP Photo/NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program)

Saturday, September 18, 2010


I am a small man. from brandonnn on Vimeo.

And the quote:

Always keep Grit from being pessimistic. Avoid printing those things which distort the minds of readers or make them feel at odds with the world.
Avoid showing the wrong side of things, or making people feel discontented.
Do nothing that will encourage fear, worry, or temptation... Wherever possible, suggest peace and good will toward men.
Give our readers courage and strength for their daily tasks. Put happy thoughts, cheer, and contentment into their hearts.

Dietrick Lamade


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Dammit, Craig.

Asteroid Discovery From 1980 - 2010

What follows is an excerpt from the description of the video:
Notice how the pattern of discovery follows the Earth around its orbit, most discoveries are made in the region directly opposite the Sun. You'll also notice some clusters of discoveries on the line between Earth and Jupiter, these are the result of surveys looking for Jovian moons. Similar clusters of discoveries can be tied to the other outer planets, but those are not visible in this video.

As the video moves into the mid 1990's we see much higher discovery rates as automated sky scanning systems come online. Most of the surveys are imaging the sky directly opposite the sun and you'll see a region of high discovery rates aligned in this manner.

At the beginning of 2010 a new discovery pattern becomes evident, with discovery zones in a line perpendicular to the Sun-Earth vector. These new observations are the result of the WISE (Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer) which is a space mission that's tasked with imaging the entire sky in infrared wavelengths.

Instant Elements

Check this out.

Call me weird, but I think I just saw something fairly badass.

At about the 0:33 mark in the video, you see something utterly obliterated in the bottom left quadrant of the video. It only lasts for a fraction of a second, but it looks like some kind of an impact out there. It might help to full-screen it.

Joshua Tree Under the Milky Way from Henry Jun Wah Lee on Vimeo.


The image above seems to capture whatever it is only an instant prior to impact.

...the causes of the sad death of Mr Bellamy were his manner of driving and the actions of a pedestrian he hit. I am unaware of anything I could suggest that might reduce the likelihood of young men engaging in such high risk behaviour – it is a problem that has confronted society for centuries and has been amplified more recently by the ready availability of powerful motor vehicles, drugs and alcohol.

Mr Michael Barnes
State Coroner
25 August 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Trends in Fantasy Cover Art.

I note the necessary distinction between damsels in distress and damsels in their natural state.

Catfish: not sure if want.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Bureau tells me we have 2 more days of rain coming. Bring it on, I'm ready.

Although I'd be doing better if I was able to secure a copy of The Passage. I've been to 5 bookstores, and it's sold out bloody everywhere.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Enrollments are up from last year...

[EDIT] In all (relative) seriousness, if you are mildly interested in both Starcraft and have a basic idea of game theory, the lecture is actually pretty digestible. Also, it would probably be a good idea to cut in to about 19 minutes after the opening remarks.

Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan

I love it when a good plan comes together.