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Research suggests that opening out the body with postures reminiscent of Blake’s Vitruvian man increases esteem, confidence in speaking, and risk-taking. Two ways to open your body are to do some very particular yoga postures or dance. In the below video, Daft Punk … Continue reading
First vantage. Astronaut Suni Williams on what it’s like to look down on Earth from space: When you’re flying in space some of the things down on Earth seem trivial. Things like politics leave your mind. […] For me, [most] news … Continue reading
Apparently of a heart attack while in Italy. He was 51. Here’s a bit from The New York Times’ obituary: James Joseph Gandolfini Jr. was born in Westwood, N.J., on Sept. 18, 1961. His father was an Italian immigrant who … Continue reading
Daft Punk meets Soul Train. The French musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter (who make up Daft Punk) were both born in the 1970s, so this seems an apt remix for one of their songs. And the dancers, in terms of age, are pushing 60 now. … Continue reading
I’m down with this. __________ More on coffin therapy here. Carpe diem.
A powerful appeal from Hitchens when he was clearly in decline. Carpe diem. _____ Hitchens would have had his 62nd birthday this past week, and Charlie Rose did a powerful roundtable discussion with four of his closest friends—Salmon Rushdie, Martin … Continue reading
If you worry about detecting cancer early, and therefore anxiously get regular cancer screenings, the New York Times today has an article on cancer screening that puts the whole subject into perspective: early detection doesn’t reduce the actual mortality rates from most … Continue reading
The below image was recently taken of the Earth and moon by Juno, a NASA space probe currently on its way to Jupiter. Seize the dot.
Daedalus’s son Icarus famously flew too close to the sun. Ecstatic Jeb Corliss nearly flew too close to the rocks (which would have made him Dead-alus). Yes, this is real. He cuts it incredibly close. Then laughs.
Gil Scott Heron died this week, and on hearing of this I remembered that he was on Saturday Night Live in its 1975-1976 inaugural season. (I love Saturday Night Live and like to watch the old ones.) Richard Pryor hosted that particular … Continue reading
The following photo essay is by Charles Hood, who, like my wife and I, teaches English at Antelope Valley College in Southern California. Unlike us, however, when Charles is between semesters he is not curled up on the sofa sipping hot spiced … Continue reading
Here’s a video of Andy Irons, a three-time world surfing champion, talking about his love for surfing and one of the purest moments of his existence as a human being:
Old film footage of Santa Monica Pier, 1954. No sound. Like the moments in this footage, we too are fast becoming the ghosts of time.
Both of my wife’s parents are alive and in their late 70s, and here’s what her mother said in response to the idea of having a big 50th wedding anniversary party: Everybody who came to our wedding is dead! My wife’s … Continue reading
It was on a street in Paris, and it was 1838 (over 170 years ago). A man is having his shoe shined by a “shoe shine boy.” At this period in the history of photography, the exposure time required to … Continue reading
Jump to the five minute mark and watch passengers heading off (and onto) a NY subway train, at 42nd Street, circa 1905. Why is this old footage so curiously moving (at least to me)? There’s something about the busy, seemingly time-urgent, … Continue reading