1. I found it free on Hulu.com. I started, accidentally, on episode 2.

    The 2nd episode starts with life, as opposed to the stars. Not what I initially expected, but still promising.

    Neil DeGrasse Tyson is good, REI rustic next to a fire. He is talking about evolution. Most of the talk of evolution is about wolves -> dogs. It is well articulated.

    After the dogs, he goes down to the molecular level, exploring DNA. He connects plants to humans, which is truly awesome.

    I am amazed by the sheer scope of this episode! All of evolutionary science distilled down to a bite sized chunk. Yet it doesn’t seem rushed so much as orchestrated.

    Neil also talks about Tardigrades, which are one of the most hardy of all organisms, surviving every major extinction! He drops in little memorable tidbits like this, which keep one’s attention piqued.

    In the end, Cosmos is what I was hoping it would be: a celebration of science.

     
  2. reedusburritas:

    This is shouted in my house ALL the time

    If you missed this movie when it came out in 1999, see it now. Aside from some artifacts like a discman and pager, it has aged really well. And Willem Dafoe is magic in it.

     
  3. Pain and healing. #mindfulness

     
  4. 0marina0:

    billyxvx:

    Dad jokes brought to you by Rick Grimes

    oh god

    this is the greatest post ever.

    Knowing how tragic this scene actually is makes it even funnier.

    This needed to be done.

    (Source: lookatwhattheyredoingtome)

     
  5. This book brings back a lot of memories. It was my introduction into the great wild world of theoretical physics. Thanks @indelibleimprint for reminding me of it!

     
  6. Well, it had to happen at some point. I couldn’t just keep driving forever…or at least not until I retire and buy a cheap RV. Today concludes the 14 day road trip which started and ended in Portland, OR. I saw so many beautiful things along the way — I am feeling truly blessed right now. Well, blessed and depressed that I have to go back to work on Friday, and normal life has to commence. But that’s not what I wanted to make this about!

    If this trip had just been about seeing the sights, that would have been cool. But what made it truly special were the awesome people I got to hang out with. I spent a few days in the Baton Rouge area primarily hanging out with Joanna (indelibleimprint), her husband Jamin (vakarianmindset), Niki (zanafleur), and even got to see Elizabeth, who lives near Alexandria, LA! I had a great and meaningful time with all of them. My only lament is that I don’t live closer so I could make our lunch/coffee/dinner dates a regular thing.

    [The pics are in no particular order, and if you don’t know, you’ll just have to guess on who is who ;D]

     
  7. West Texas, where the sky is blue and the land is full of wind turbines.

     
  8. At Zilker park in Austin. Seems like everyone’s out enjoying the beautiful weather here.

     

  9. benefits of traveling alone

    1. Couple in front of me at restaurant: table for 2 please.
    2. Maître D': okay...we'll be able to seat you in 30-40 minutes.
    3. Me: table for 1.
    4. Maître D': come right this way.
    5. Me: yes!
     

  10. You might be a *tad* too detail-oriented if…

    you conclude a daily to-do list with: “sleep”.