Wondrous!

Space Shuttle Endeavour lifting off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Monday May 16, 2011 as seen from an aircraft window.

From: Stefanie Gordon, http://twitpic.com/4yg6hs

Via: Boing Boing, http://www.boingboing.net/2011/05/16/space-shuttle-endeav-6.html

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APOD: 2011 May 8 – Shadow of a Martian Robot

Shadow of a Martian Robot

Shadow of a Martian Robot

Explanation: What if you saw your shadow on Mars and it wasn’t human? Then you might be the Opportunity rover currently exploring Mars.

For more, see APOD: 2011 May 8 – Shadow of a Martian Robot.

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99¢ DREAMS

I’m not dancing or jubilating… we’re not children and this isn’t a fairy tale.

99¢ DREAMS

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via #4321: THE GOLDFISH COSMOLOGIST.

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Disasters in Japan: Rashomon, 1950

War, earthquake, winds, fire, famine, the plague. Year after year it’s been nothing but disasters.

The actions in Akira Kurosawa’s movie Rashomon played out as a series of stories – flashbacks and reminiscences – told to a naive, faithful Buddhist monk. Each of the four major stories related decidedly different versions of the same basic events. The contradictions between them revealed even more about the nature of character and personality than they did about supposedly black and white matters of truth or justice.

These four frames showed the young monk overwhelmed by the suffering in the tale of the least of the major characters, a humble woodcutter. Despite the bravado, vanity or pride of the other higher-born characters however, no one in this film has had it easy – – or necessarily made the best of their lot in life. Indeed the monk himself, representing the viewers as witnesses to the tales, is included among in the list of flawed and believable characters.

I’m not sure why “this isn’t happiness” picked these up today. Probably simply the surface appearance: taken out of context these represented an arresting commentary on the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and nuclear disaster for the blogger who posted them.

from Something Like an Autobiography, Akira Kurosawa on Rashomon, by Akira Kurosawa:

“…three assistant directors … came to see me at the inn where I was staying. I wondered what the problem could be. It turned out that they found the script baffling and wanted me to explain it to them. … For their persistence I gave them this simple explanation:

Human beings are unable to be honest with themselves about themselves. They cannot talk about themselves without embellishing. This script portrays such human beings–the kind who cannot survive without lies to make them feel they are better people than they really are. It even shows this sinful need for flattering falsehood going beyond the grave—even the character who dies cannot give up his lies when he speaks to the living through a medium. Egoism is a sin the human being carries with him from birth; it is the most difficult to redeem. This film is like a strange picture scroll that is unrolled and displayed by the ego. You say that you can’t understand this script at all, but that is because the human heart itself is impossible to understand. If you focus on the impossibility of truly understanding human psychology and read the script one more time, I think you will grasp the point of it.

From Akira Kurosawa on Rashomon, by Akira Kurosawa: http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/196-akira-kurosawa-on-rashomon

Movie page with trailer at Criterion Films: http://www.criterion.com/films/307-rashomon

via this isn’t happiness, Rashomon.

via Aphelis, Disasters in Japan: Rashomon, 1950.

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A wave approaches Miyako City from the Heigawa…

Seen in multiple places. This one from ProducerMatthew.com:
http://producermatthew.com/post/3824534318/a-wave-approaches-miyako-city-from-the-heigawa

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Whirled of Kelly (January 1, 1953)

Click the comic for a larger version. This is just the first panel… visit Whirled of Kelly for the complete scan.

From: Whirled of Kelly, http://whirledofkelly.blogspot.com/2011/03/i-see-my-doody-i-dood-it.html .

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Why I am not worried about Japan’s nuclear reactors. | Morgsatlarge – blogorific.

The news has been full of scary, illiterate, and politicized reports regarding the nuclear reactors in Japan. This post by a nuclear engineer (and the commentary / discussion that accompany it) was a welcome antidote. The post itself contains some speculation and has it’s own self-evident pro-nuclear bias, but it’s like nourishing food for your brain. Gives you something to grow and work with.

Why I am not worried about Japan’s nuclear reactors. | Morgsatlarge – blogorific.

(http://morgsatlarge.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/why-i-am-not-worried-about-japans-nuclear-reactors/)

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Impact to TEPCO’s Facilities due to Miyagiken-Oki Earthquake (as of 1:00PM)

TEPCO : Press Release | Impact to TEPCO’s Facilities due to Miyagiken-Oki Earthquake (as of 1:00PM).

http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/11031308-e.html

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A Perfect Marriage

Click the image or the following link for the full-sized original and more thought-provoking cartoons.

John Sherffius Political Cartoon, 02/23/2011.

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Those Buildings on the Cliff in Pacifica Are Slipping, Still

SFist: Those Buildings on the Cliff in Pacifica Are Slipping, Still.

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Snoozin’

From The Mind of Christopher David Ryan » Blog Archive » Snoozin’.

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