Gorgeous vintage chemistry illustrations from the father of Popular Science, 1854
We hold up iPhones and, if we’re relatively conscious of history, we point out that this is an amazing device that contains a live map of the world and the biggest libraries imaginable and that it’s an absolute paradigm shift in personal communication and empowerment. And then some knob says that it looks like something from Star Trek Next Generation, and then someone else says that it doesn’t even look as cool as Captain Kirk’s communicator in the original and then someone else says no but you can buy a case for it to make it look like one and you’re off to the manufactured normalcy races, where nobody wins because everyone goes to fucking sleep.
I miss this.I love the christmas train!
If you’re not Chicago, your city sucks. Does anyone else have have Santa commandeer their public transit. I think not!
Mother Nature needs a salesman.
Project Wild Thing is a documentary with a message: “Go play outside.”
Filmmaker David Bond wants to know what happens if an entire generation of children grows up completely disconnected from the natural world. In an era of proliferating screens, kids are spending less time outdoors than ever before — and the impact could have profound consequences on our societal well-being.
Bond’s mission takes on a sardonic edge when he enlists a team of marketing experts to help him sell nature back to the people, transforming an informative doc into a funny and provocative experience. Now all he needs is the funding to finish editing the film and deliver it to interested distributors.
With a little boost from Kickstarter backers, Bond can complete his transformation from curious filmmaker to nature marketeer. It must be working, because Project Wild Thing is our Project of the Day.
I supported this and I would like it if you did too.
Many wins were had by America.
We re-elected Barack Obama, who is now the first black/mixed-race President for TWO terms.
We elected the first openly homosexual Senator…and she’s a woman.
We elected the first Asian-Amerian woman to the Senate.
We elected the first combat-wounded disabled female veteran to Congress.
Maine, Washington, and Maryland voted for marriage equality.
Minnesota voted down an anti-marriage equality amendment.
Openly misogynistic rape-apologist legislators Akin, Walsh, and Mourdock were voted the hell out…two of them by women.
Record-breaking numbers of young voters, women, and voters of color turned out DESPITE extraordinary suppression efforts and hardship in many districts.
Women and the young were the majority of the electorate for the first time in history.
For the first time in history, the electorate reflected the actual racial demographics of the country, with 28% voters of color.
Mary Gonzales, a Hispanic woman in Texas, became the first pansexual State Senator.
Puerto Rico voted to petition to become the 51st State
In other words, tonight America proved that things really, SERIOUSLY do get better and that no matter how much kicking and screaming, we are stronger in our diversity.
The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize that, in life, they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (via an-introspective-heart)
Non-Gratuitous Picture Of Yourself Wednesday: On Wednesday, October 31, the Curiosity Mars rover took this self-portrait:Self-portraits like this one document the state of the rover and allow mission engineers to track changes over time, such as dust accumulation and wheel wear.