The trouble with geraniums

A lesson from Mervyn Peake to start the new year:

THE TROUBLE WITH GERANIUMS

The trouble with geraniums
is that they’re much too red!
The trouble with my toast is that
it’s far too full of bread.

The trouble with a diamond
is that it’s much too bright.
The same applies to fish and stars
and the electric light.

The troubles with the stars I see
lies in the way they fly.
The trouble with myself is all
self-centred in the eye.

The trouble with my looking-glass
is that it shows me, me;
there’s trouble in all sorts of things
where it should never be.

Stormscapes 2 by Nicolaus Wegner is stunning, majestic and powerful. Full screen, immediately!

He says on his Vimeo page: “High plains storms are some of the most beautiful and wild in the world. I spent May – September 2014 photographing all types of severe weather in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado. This time lapse project is a result of that effort. From rainbows to tornadoes, there is a little bit of everything in here.”

Copyright Nicolaus Wegner/lightALIVE Photography. Found by browsing kottke.org

And if you liked that, watch his first one!

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Nuggets

An amazing animation about dependence.

 

This backpack designed for poor kids does so much more than carry books

dysonology:

What a wonderful idea. And a very good point about the apps.

Originally posted on Quartz:

Sometimes, the best innovation isn’t an app.

South Africans Thato Kgatlhanye and Rea Ngwane are co-founders of the business Rethaka. Their brand of Repurposed Schoolbags are made from recycled and reinforced plastic shopping bags. Recipients are all poor.

But it’s so much more than a bag. Because the kids often live in shacks and remote areas with no electricity, Repurposed Schoolbags are built with some other smart features. On the outside of the flap is a pocket for a solar panel, which charges on the long walk to and from school. That screws onto a Consol glass jar that the kids use as a lamp at home when doing homework in the evenings.  The bag is also reflective because many of these kids wake up at the crack of dawn and walk in the dark to get to school on time.

Aesthetics were also important, says Kgatlhanye, who is in charge of branding…

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Pendulum Wave – the sort of demo you’ll remember

Completely agree with Weird Al…except for the split infinitive at 3.27 #wordcrimes

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