Yosemite

10 Mar

So yeah, my love for time lapse videos of the stars is well documented on this very blog.  Today iteration is from Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill, who spent ten months backpacking around Yosemite National Park to bring me such lovely lovely things.  (And hey, the music is M83!)  I’ve never seen the Milky Way before – too much light pollution – and this video makes me want to go on a long hike into the wilderness so that I actually can see it.

The Immortal Jellyfish

3 Mar

I’m a big fan of all the work Hank and John Green do, but one of my favorite projects is probably SciShow.  I mean, how else would I know about an immortal jellyfish?

Stromae

24 Feb

Over the weekend I discovered this catchy song from the Belgian rapper Stromae.  It’s a fun, bouncy song up until the point where you really listen to (or translate, depending on how good your French is) the lyrics.  Turns out, this dance song is about a young boy lamenting his absent father.  It’s somewhat autobiographical in nature, which makes it even sadder.  Still, I can’t help but sing and dance along.  It really is that good.

Frozen

17 Feb

Over the weekend, I finally went and saw Disney’s Frozen.  I realize it’s been out for at least two months now, but if you haven’t seen it yet you should try to catch it in theaters.  I was super impressed.  The storyline is clever, the characters are lovely, and the music is quite catchy.  Idina Menzel sings a showstopping number called “Let it Go”, which fankly wins all awards and all the love.

However, Youtube also suggested the link for the multi-lingual version.  This is surprisingly fun as well, since you find yourself singing along in Japanese or German despite not being able to say anything in either.

Meditations on Snow

10 Feb

ImageOne of my neighbors has this lovely Buddha at the head of their driveway. I feel like the Buddha is dealing with the weather much better than I am. (Why yes, it snowed even more last night, why do you ask?)

Year of the Horse

31 Jan

(Photo/Xinhua)

Today marks the beginning of the new Chinese lunar year. Goodbye water snake, hello wooden horse! Supposedly, this year is going to be one of conflict, when people stick to their resolutions and principles and refuse to negotiate. But never fear, you’re in for a good year if you work in any “wood” related industries, like lumber, agriculture, and media companies.

Oblivion

27 Jan

I watched the Tom Cruise sci-fi movie Oblivion last week and was totally blown away. It was definitely better than I expected. The film was visually stunning, even if the story was a little derivative of generic sci-fi tropes. And the music was excellent, including this fantastic credit song from our old friends M83 and Susanne Sundfør on the vocals. The soundtrack in general is a fun one to play, and I would definitely recommend watching the movie.