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The Beauty of the Days Gone By

My sisters sent this to each other on their Facebook walls. It’s lovely.

When I recall just how it felt
When I went walking down by the lake
My soul was free, my heart awake
When I walked down into the town

The mountain air was fresh and clear
The sun was up behind the hill
It felt so good to be alive
On that morning in spring

I want to sing this song for you
I want to lift your spirits high
And in my soul I want to feel
The beauty of the days gone by

The beauty of the days gone by
It brings a longing to my soul
To contemplate my own true self
And keep me young as I grow old

The beauty of the days gone by
The music that we used to play
So lift your glass and raise it high
To the beauty of the days gone by

I’ll sing it from the mountain top
Down to the valley down below
Because my cup doth overflow
With the beauty of the days gone by

The mountain glen
Where we used to roam
The gardens there
By the railroad track
Oh my memory it does not lack
Of the beauty of the days gone by

The beauty of the days gone by
It brings a longing to my soul
To contemplate my own true self
And keep me young as I grow old

And keep me young as I grow old
And keep me young as I grow old
And keep me young as I grow old

Raquel Welch – is there NOTHING she can’t do?

Wearing a Chelsea kit, roller skating, whipping AND holding a gun. She could well be the perfect woman.

“The world becomes more beautiful as you explore it” – Richard Feynman on the pleasure of finding things out…

The Most Astounding Fact About the Universe

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked in an interview with TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer.

By Schlick, who says:

Special thanks to: Reid Gower saganseries.com/
Michael Marantz vimeo.com/2822787
Carl Sagan hulu.com/cosmos
Neil deGrasse Tyson facebook.com/neiltyson
NASA nasa.gov/
…for their inspiration.

Here are some edited highlights from the original interview (full video at bottom of page):

What’s the difference between astronomy and astrophysics?
There was a day long ago when all you could do to study the universe was pull out a telescope and look up. Physics did not come of age until the late 1800s. Now any modern-day astronomer is also an astrophysicist. We use them interchangeably.

What should be done about the fact that American children lag behind kids in other countries in science and math?
We need to do something about the stigma. Somehow it’s O.K. for people to chuckle about not being good at math. Yet if I said I never learned to read, they’d say I was an illiterate dolt. You can’t look at science and math as separate. They’re fundamental to what it is to be alive because they’re all around us.

Which area of astrophysics interests you the most?

I’m fascinated by the deaths of stars and the havoc they wreak on their environments. As a public scientist, I like the subjects the public likes: the search for life, NASA missions, black holes, the Big Bang.

Do you believe in the possibility of extraterrestrial life?

Anyone who has studied the problem recognizes the likelihood that there’s life elsewhere in the universe. Now, if you want to say that there is life out there that is intelligent and built a flying saucer and traversed the galaxy to come here and land on Earth and be spotted by people who see lights in the sky … okaaay.

What is your favorite part of the work you do?

When someone comes up to me with a question about the universe. And I reply. And I see the person’s eyes light up because they learned something new.

You talk about events that can cause the end of the world. Does this keep you up at night?
Yes! If it doesn’t keep you awake at night, what’s wrong with you? However, it might keep me awake in a different way. I think of ways to prevent them from happening.

How long do you think it will be until we colonize other planets?
Do you know that Antarctica is balmier and wetter than the surface of Mars? Yet I don’t see people lining up to build condos in Antarctica. So how long? A thousand years. Never. We can visit them. But to land there and say, “What an oasis!”–not anytime soon.

If you could meet any scientist who ever lived, who would it be?

Isaac Newton. No question about it. The smartest person ever to walk the face of this earth. The man was connected to the universe in spooky ways. He discovered the laws of motion, the laws of gravity, the laws of optics. Then he turned 26.

What is your favorite science-fiction movie, and in that movie, what science is plausible?
Deep Impact and Contact. They spent a lot of time getting the science right. I’m on a crusade to get movie directors to get their science right because, more often than they believe, the science is more extraordinary than anything they can invent.

Do you think that man is fully capable of understanding the universe’s design?
I lose sleep at night wondering whether we are intelligent enough to figure out the universe. I don’t know.

Watch how he talks about Isaac Newton:

I love to see passion like this for learning. Makes me want to be better at EVERYTHING.

Photographer Eric Cahan shows what sunset is all about

Photographer Eric Cahan‘s Sky Series is stunning. Imagine these as 7ft tall prints, each taken at first or last light…such vivid colours. I’ve only put up a few, simply can’t do them justice here, but it’s good enough for an idea. Check his edit of the series HERE – and view large. It’s worth it.

Bridgehampton NY. Sunset. 7.48pm

Fort Pond Bay, Montauk, NY. Sunset 8:10pm

The Dunes, Amagansette, NY. Sunset 6:47pm

Zuma Beach, CA. Sunset 6:36pm.
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ps – two short videos by him here as well.