If assaulted ~ Don’t defend yourself with a knife

The illustration below graphs the percentage of assault victims that were injured while defending themselves with specific weapons. Not sure how reliable this data is, but if accurate it suggests some interesting conclusions. Offering NO resistance is safer than...

REAL Stephen Colbert interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson ~ Montclair Kimberley Academy

Stephen Colbert (out of character, as himself) interviews astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the prep school MontClair Kimberley Academy. The topics are far ranging, but orbit around science, culture, truth, and Tyson's enthusiasm for learning--all wrapped in good,...

We are stardust…literally

Some think the seeds of life came from the Big Bang, but that misses a critical part of how the elements of life came to be.

W. Eugene Smith’s ‘Country Doctor,’ 1948

While I was doing a short stint in photography school, W. Eugene Smith quickly became an idol. I studied his photographs, tried to model his work. I was not successful, but I remain awed by the depth of his eye and how seriously he took his craft. W. Eugene Smith's...

“Introducing…our little 9 month project” ~ Adorable time-lapse of pregnancy

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Totally adorable idea. Love everything about this time-lapse video recording of a mother's/couple's pregnancy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKnfjdEPLJ0 Welcome to the world Amelie Amaya! You have creative, fun parents! This was recorded...

Fresh Air interview with Jonah Hill, director of “Mid90s”

My sister and I watched Mid90s, Jonah Hill's first, full-length film as a director. I can say we enjoyed it, but we both felt we needed more context to understand and appreciate what the film meant. Was this autobiographical for Jonah Hill? Were the actors in the film...

Lisa Hannigan – I Don’t Know – Sung in Irish Pub

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m0Vq9pPblE "I Don't Know" is one of my favorite songs by Lisa Hannigan. I think this was the video that caught the interest of Stephen Colbert, which lead him to put her on his Colbert Report show. According the YouTube blurb, the video...

How to make a Peet’s Freddo

Critbritlit on blogger shared this recipe for Peet's Mocha Freddo, and I'm VERY appreciative. At over four bucks a hit, my Freddo addiction is killing my financial status. I've been using Swiss Miss Cocoa(w/ marshmallows) blended with ice and espresso as a substitute,...

Bioshock Infinite ~ What Elizabeth REALLY wants to say

Elizabeth in Bioshock Infinite ~ This parody video from machinima captures what Elizabeth REALLY wants to say while I'm playing Bioshock Infinite. It's also a good approximation of what my son says when he watches my play 🙂 NSFW, mostly due to F-bombs. Machinima made...

George Clooney Witnesses War Crimes in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

As with any crisis, it's easy to dismiss it when you don't know or see the victims. Say what you want about George Clooney, but the guy has my respect for using his celebrity to get the message out about Darfur and Sudan. For more, visit the ENOUGH Project....

You are my forever

At some point, while submariner Mikhail Averin waited at the bottom of the Bering Sea to be rescued, he wrote this short letter to his wife. No one has forever... But I wanted more. I wanted to give you more...more babies. Love our son and the baby for both of us....

Glorious Octopus Image

I bumped into this image of an octopus recently and had to share. Such a striking, symmetrical geometry to this octopus' pose. Totally mesmerizing.