Flash Mob in Spain.
Thanks to Bill H. and Cathy B. for this link.
I previously posted my strong recommendation for the HBO series “Newsroom.” To those who doubt something bad is happening to our “media”, I urge you to watch this story by Ted Koppel. This aired on September 21st, 2012 I hope you’ll share it with your friends. There are TWO links below for part one and part two. -Robert
From Bill O’Reilly describing how some media pundits “smash” politicians, to Ann Coulter describing why O’Reilly isn’t opinionated enough, Rock Center Special Correspondent Ted Koppel investigates the role of the media in the degeneration of politics into an ugly war of words.
Fly above the Earth on the International Space Station at night.
Thanks to Peter B. for passing this along to us.
On Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012, I told my girlfriend to meet me at my parent’s house for dinner. When she arrived I had stationed my brother to sit her in the back of an open Honda CRV and give her some headphones. He “wanted to play her a song”…
What she got instead was the world’s first Live Lip-Dub Proposal.
Here at Pixel Harbor, we celebrate the “good stuff”. After the tragedy in Florida that has saddened our country this week, here’s a different kind of story. It is important too. This story comes from my father’s home town of Picayune, Mississippi. – Robert
(CBS News) PICAYUNE, Miss. – In Washington Thursday, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honored 10 teachers for their power to inspire. CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews spoke to one of them as well as the student whose life she changed.
Thanks to Carolyn T. for bringing this story to us.
Jason Mraz’s new song, I Won’t Give Up, speaks to us as individuals and as a Nation. — Robert
Thanks to Cathy B. for bringing this link to our attention.
After organizing our bookshelf almost a year ago my wife and I (Sean Ohlenkamp) decided to take it to the next level. We spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto (883 Queen Street West)
Thanks to Doug B for passing this one along.
Here’s to the Sane Ones. The people who use their brains, question dogma, don’t accept sound bytes as “reality” and want to see our country thrive. Here’s to the people who know that solutions are full of complexity, compromise and balance. Here’s to a year we can vote for people of character, statesmanship, vision and imagination. Stick a pin in the blow hards and reward the heros and heroines. Here’s to the bright ones who want to make a positive difference, and that’s everyone I list as friends. Happy New Year to all of you.
Pixel Harbor is back for a new year of sharing what’s interesting, notable and qualifies as some of the better examples of excellence.
I hope you’ll find value in what you see here and keep coming back for more. I’ve received a number of good pieces from the collective “you” during the downtime while we’ve been moving to Reno. These contribution will find their way to the screen in the coming months. I plan to post less often and let Facebook and Google+ continue to be THE social nets they’re intended to be. Pixel Harbor is more like a digital magazine focused on inspiration and brain food.
Your feedback is encouraged. Your comments and contributions help us all. Please invite your friends to subscribe. The more the merrier. — Robert
“The knife. The pencil. The pinhead. The dog. The fence. Rope. Glass. Concrete. Velcro. Baking soda. The roundabout. The Wellington boot. The ‘back’ button. The cuss word. Paper tissues. SQL. The Haber-Bosch reaction. The detachable high-speed chairlift. Cat’s eyes. Hay.”
— Some responses to New Scientist’s query “What’s the most underrated invention?”
“We’ve all seen SO much tsunami footage of late and you may not want to see more, but I found this mesmerizing – surreal.” – N
Thanks to Nettie O. for bringing this to our attention.
Note: if you got this posting via an email subscription or RSS and the video doesn’t appear to be an active link… Click the read more button to visit Pixel Harbor and watch it there direct off the web site. – Robert
Only one of many efforts to help. Google Japan Relief for more.
The Grateful Dead Archive, scheduled to open soon at the University of California at Santa Cruz, will be a mecca for academics of all stripes: from ethno musicologists to philosophers, sociologists to historians. But the biggest beneficiaries may prove to be business scholars and management theorists, who are discovering that the Dead were visionary geniuses in the way they created “customer value,” promoted social networking, and did strategic business planning.
CLICK HERE to try Hipmunk. ( Bookmark it if you find it useful)
Thanks to Carol W. for passing this along to us.
Juxtaposed items for your consideration.
“For All Our Failings, Despite Our Limitations and Fallibilities, We Humans Are Capable of Greatness”.
Thanks to Joe O. for this link. He writes: “Today seems like the right time to relink this wonderful short film by Michael Marantz, based on an excerpt from Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot.”
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
Thanks to Bill V for passing this link along. He adds: “A relic of the analogue world…”
This is 2009 data and I’m serving it up as a “rear view mirror” to shed some light on “who” was doing “what”. Note the average speed of connections. Note the ranking of the US versus the World in connection speeds. Hopefully the 2010 review will show some improvements.
The editors of Focus take a look at exactly who is using the Internet the most, how they are using it and how much the amount of usage is increasing. At a glance, we can see that there are the same number of men and women who use the Internet. However, their age, educational background and level of income may influence how much time they spend online.
It’s one long infographic that takes but a minute of your time to view. – R
Everybody knows what a cloverleaf looks like — but could you identify a volleyball, a double trumpet, or a “spooey” if you drove on one in the course of your highway travels? These are among the distinctive designs that transportation engineers have conjured up to keep traffic flowing and motorists headed in the right direction when major roads intersect.
For your driverly edification, we’ve compiled photo examples of more than 20 different kinds of strange and delightful highway interchanges found both here in the US and abroad. In fact, right now stimulus dollars are being spent to build or upgrade many interchanges into one of these forms.
There are two parts – see both.
Like thousands of others, I grew up inside the images of LIFE magazine. The earthquake in Alaska, the Zapruder film, Richard Avedon, Jay Maisel, and countless other greats. It’s one of the fundamental inspirations that made me become a professional photographer. – It’s fitting that these images live on in the printing press of the 21st Century. They are some of the best of the best. They set the standards for the rest of us. -Robert Barnes
Vern Seward from the Mac Observer brings this FREE app of real value to our attention.
To quote Mr. Seward:
Life photographs are not merely pictures, they are mirrors reflecting us at our best and worst, they are windows into out past, bridges to our present, and links to our future.
Life Magazine now has an iPad app: Life for iPad. Get it. It’s free, but it shouldn’t be. It is so full of photos that you literally can’t see them all, but you’ll want to. They are all just that good. -VS
This is a companion piece to the Scale of the Universe. It’s one of my favorites. It was created in 1977 and is still great today.
Click on the video to play.
Take a trip back in time. This 11 minute reel of film, shot from a cable car on Market Street, captures a city full of life and promise-which was destroyed only days later in the great earthquake of 1906.
On the Road with Candide uses The New York Public Library’s on-site exhibition Candide at 250: Scandal and Success as a jumping-off point for a unique online journey … inviting the involvement of students, scholars, artists, and more. Check out a new kind of pick-and-choose visual storytelling, plus a “Candide Journey” project created in Google Maps by Brooklyn 10th graders. One of the first journeys you can choose takes you through the great American illustrator Rockwell Kent’s edition of Candide from 1928 (the first book published under the Random House imprint). See how the Internet helps bring to life this 250-year-old text, with all its raciness, for today’s audiences.
Other highlights of this digital project include:
Do-It-Yourself Candide, in which visual artists and writers contribute their own visions of Voltaire’s brilliant satire.
A multimedia section, including a video of NYPL President Paul LeClerc discussing Voltaire’s relevance today.
All Possible Worlds, featuring blog posts from a rotating all-star roster of NYPL curators and guest writers discussing the many paths Candide has taken through the popular and scholarly imagination.
Candide Digital Edition, a full electronic edition of the book in which commissioned readers and the general public can post digital marginalia alongside Voltaire’s text.
If you didn’t quite make it to the rank of Eagle Scout because you were a few merit badges short of the requirements… This might be the store for you.
Plenty of real merit badges, sashes, patches, National Jamboree and Philmont items, plus a whole bunch of spoofs for you to give as a gift to that certain someone this coming holiday season.
OkTrends is original research and insights from OKCupid, a dating service. They have compiled their observations and statistics from hundreds of millions of OkCupid user interactions, all to explore the data side of the online dating world.
They seek to answer the question: What is it that makes a culture unique? How are whites, blacks, asians, or whomever different from everybody else? What tastes, interests, and concepts define an ethnic group?
For instance, it turns out that all kinds of people list sushi as one of their favorite foods. But Asians are the only group who also list sashimi; it’s a racial outlier. Similarly, as we shall see, black people are 20 times more likely than everyone else to mention soul food, whereas no foods are distinct for white people, unless you count diet coke.
Actors talking about Random Roles.
That’s just ONE example of what you’ll find at the A.V. Club with more than 100 interviews with great actors. The list includes Elisabeth Shue, CCH Pounder, Oliver Platt, Lilly Taylor and Richard Dreyfuss.
TIP: Use the Previous and Next buttons above the map and the slider for Most Rented to Least Rented and see the patterns on the maps change.
Nothing is ever certain, says the psychologist Ellen Langer. We should make the most of that.
Last summer Ellen J. Langer posted an entry on her Psychology Today blog that caused a minor uproar. A friend had just described a group trip taken to India, many years earlier. “They met a guru and asked a bystander to take a picture of them with him,” wrote Langer, a prominent social psychologist and a professor at Harvard University. “Two pictures were taken, using two different cameras.” Yet when the film was developed, the guru—who had been standing in the middle—was missing from both photographs.
Langer didn’t speculate why—she didn’t propose, say, that the guru had reached a state of such spiritual purity that light passed through him. Her point was this: No amount of evidence would be enough to persuade most scientists of paranormal phenomena, because too many of them were “stuck in soon-to-be-outdated theories.” Rather than ignore data that don’t fit those theories, she said, “we need to open our minds to possibility.”
Commenters scoffed. A fellow Psychology Today blogger, Stanton Peele, was moved to write a long post of his own, headlined, “Ellen, we don’t need more irrationality (you must be a sought-after guest at seances!).” While acknowledging Langer’s “brilliant” career, he urged psychologists to protect their discipline as “a beacon for a commitment to empiricism and reasoning.”
Langer’s response, the next day, was mild: “My last post seems to have upset people,” she wrote. “My intention was to suggest that we keep our minds open to the possibility of new phenomena, but perhaps the example I gave was too far from current beliefs to do the trick.” She sounded a lot like a teacher realizing that she was going too fast for the class.
Thanks to Ann R for suggesting this link to us.
From the 1770′s to the 2000′s, You’ll find something that stirs your memories.
Scientists call it the Naked Photo Test, and it works like this: say a photo turns up of you nakedly doing something that would shame you and your family for generations. Ask yourself how many people in your life you would trust with that photo. If you’re like the rest of us, you probably have at most two.
Even more depressing, studies show that about one out of four people have no one they can confide in.
Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.
Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.
Visuwords™ uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers. Combined with a visualization tool and user interface built from a combination of modern web technologies, Visuwords™ is available as a free resource to all patrons of the web.
The Visuwords™ Interface
To use the applet you only need to type a word into the search query at the top of the page and press ‘Enter’. A network of nodes or ‘synsets’ will spring out from the word that you entered. A synset is essentially a single concept that is represented by a number of terms or synonyms. Synonyms are words with different spellings that convey the same idea. For example when you lookup “seem”, you see that the word is connected to four synsets each represented by a green circle. Green denotes verbs so all of these synsets represent verbs. Two of these synsets have the lone word “seem”; one has two terms: “appear” and “seem”; and the third has three terms: “look”, “appear” and “seem”. Each of the four synsets has its own definition. Hovering over a node with the mouse will reveal all of the synonyms for a given synset as well as its definition. Some synsets will also show a few examples of usage. These synsets link to each other and to other synsets according to entries in the WordNet database.
You can zoom the model in and out by rolling the wheel on your mouse. You can click the gray background within the applet and drag the mouse in order to shift the whole model around so you can explore. You can grab any node and pull it away from the others to clarify connections.
I confess. I’m a big Noel Neill fan. She won the hearts of many boys and young men when Superman came on each week. She was far better as Lois Lane than Phyllis Coates.
One of the best moments of my career was meeting Noel through work at TBS and sharing a moment that will, for me, last a lifetime. You can tell from the smile on my face.
But, there is more to her story here. If you are a movie buff at all, read her short biography below and see why I like Ms. Neill so much.
On a more “of the moment” note: Ms. Neill broke her hip last week and is in the hospital in her home town of Tuscon. Please send her your best wishes, vibes, mediations and prayers. — RB
Date of Birth
25 November 1920, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
5′ 4″ (1.63 m)
Early life and career
Neill was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota; her father was a journalist, and her mother a dancer on the stage.
In her teens, Noel was a popular photographic model. While Betty Grable‘s pin-up was #1 among GIs during World War II, Noel Neill ranked next.1 Noel also worked as a professional singer and dancer, signed up by Bing Crosby.
Signing a contract with Paramount Pictures led to appearances in many of the studio’s feature films and short subjects. In the mid-1940s Noel had a leading role in one of Monogram Pictures‘ wayward-youth melodramas, and she became a familiar face in Monogram features for the next several years, especially in the recurring role of Betty Rogers.
The film role of Betty Rogers, aggressive reporter for a high-school newspaper, led to the role of Lois Lane. In 1945 producer Sam Katzman gave Noel Neill the recurring role of Betty in his series of “Teen Agers” musical comedies. When Katzman was casting his Superman serial for Columbia Pictures, he remembered Noel Neill’s newshawk portrayals and signed her to playLois Lane. She played the role in the film serials Superman (1948) and Atom Man vs. Superman (1950), with Kirk Alyn portraying Superman/Clark Kent.
When Adventures of Superman came to television in 1951, veteran movie actors George Reeves and Phyllis Coates took the leading roles for the first season. By the time the series found a sponsor and a network time slot, Coates had committed herself to another production, so the producers called on Noel Neill, who had played Lois Lane in the movies. She continued in the role for five seasons until the series went off the air in 1958.
While Phyllis Coates generally distanced herself from the role, Noel Neill embraced her association with Lois Lane, giving frequent talks on college campuses during the 1970s, when interest in the series was revived, endearing herself to audiences with her warmth and humor.
Noel Neill has continued to appear in Superman related productions. She played Lois Lane’s mother in a cameo for the 1978 film Superman, with Kirk Alyn as Lois’ father. In an episode of the TV series Superboy she appeared alongside her former cast-mate Jack Larson, who had played Jimmy Olsen on TV. Her personal appearance at the Metropolis, Illinois, Superman Festival was featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. As “Aunt Lois”she has a guest appearance in the independent superhero film Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes, and she plays the role of Gertrude Vanderworth (the dying elderly wife of Lex Luthor) in Superman Returns (2006).
In 2003, an authorized biography of Neill was published. It was entitled Truth, Justice, & The American Way: The Life And Times Of Noel Neill, The Original Lois Lane by Larry Thomas Ward (Nicholas Lawrence Books, softcover, ISBN 0-9729466-0-8). A limited-edition, expanded version of the book was released in 2006.
Noel Neill and Jack Larson donated their time to record commentaries for the DVD releases of the Superman TV episodes. Noel remarked on the documentary Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman that a frequent question she would get from children at the time was, “Why don’t you know that Clark Kent was Superman, just wearing a pair of those darn eyeglasses?” And Neill replied to the children (and later to college audiences), “I don’t want to lose my job!”
On June 15, 2010, the southern Illinois city of Metropolis, Illinois (the city that calls itself the “official home of Superman”) unveiled a statue of Lois Lane. The Lois Lane statue is modelled on Noel Neill. Neill stated that she was honored to be memorialized with the statue.
On July 23, 2010, Neill fell in her home in Tucson, Arizona and broke her hip. She was hospitalized for surgery at Tucson Medical Center. Neill’s friend and biographer, Larry Ward said. “At this point, all we can do is keep her comfortable and hope the pain subsides soon.”
If you were to strap yourself to the cowcatcher of the train that runs from Bergen, Norway, across the mountains to the capital of Oslo, here’s what you would see — all seven hours of every scenic mile (here’s a 10-minute sample from the Finse area, which stood in for the snowy planet Hoth in “Star Wars”).
Warning – if you decide to download the full length HD train ride, you’ll need 256 Gigabytes of disk space. The “smaller” 720×1280 version is only 22 Gigabytes.
For those who have been fans of Science Fiction for years, here is Glenn Harris and his collection of vintage SF magazine covers.
And for those who want new works to enjoy—there is SffMeta, a meta-review site for science fiction and fantasy books. I looked up my old favorites and read reviews of the books I had missed by the same author.
Looking for summer reading suggestions? Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, The Shadow of the Wind, How Starbucks Saved My Life. and my personal favorite Truth Machine by James Halperin.
Something To Think About
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use. However, this prize had rules, just as any game has certain rules.
The first set of rules would be:
Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.
You may not simply transfer money into some other account. You may only spend it.
Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400.00 for that day.
The second set of rules:
The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, It’s over, the game is over! It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.
What would you personally do?
You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right?
Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love, right?
Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, right?
ACTUALLY, this GAME is REALITY!
Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank.
We just can’t seem to see it.
The MAGICAL BANK is TIME!
Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.
What we haven’t lived up that day is forever lost. Yesterday is forever gone.
Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time….WITHOUT WARNING.
SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?
Aren’t they worth so much more than the same amount in dollars?
Think about that, and always think of this:
Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.
So take care of yourself, and enjoy life!
Here’s wishing you a wonderfully beautiful day!!!
Thanks for Cathy B and Lani S for passing this along. – R
What a great movie, I heartily recommend it to you. Beyond the fact that it’s a very good movie, is that Morgan Freeman is one of the Executive Producers. Which leads me to the Morgan Freeman Chain Of Command. – Robert
Robin Williams as the American Flag. Robin Williams portrays the American flag in “I Love Liberty,” a two-hour television special created by Norman Lear and presented by People For the American Way. Website: http://site.pfaw.org/ “Robin Williams as the American Flag ” Just 5 minutes long.
Celebrating the 4th of July Weekend – Click Here to view this excellent bit.
Squashed Philosophers lets you digest deep thoughts from the likes of Sartre, Descartes and Cicero in about half an hour.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
THE BOOKS WHICH DEFINED THE WAY WE THINK NOW.
Their own ideas, in their own words, neatly honed into little half-hour or so reads.
“Like reading the bible without all the begats” – Jim Curtis
Thanks to Ann R. for this link to Amusing Planet. -R
A company called Bevshots has produced a series of shots of booze under the microscope at the Florida State University’s chemistry labs.
The process consist of letting a droplet of liquor dry out completely on a slide in an airtight container, and photographing the result with a 35mm camera. The entire process can take up to three months and as many as 200 attempts to properly capture the drink’s constituent parts.
Cocktails can have fruit and soft drinks in them which contain citric acids and complex sugars which dry out well and look great photographed. The incredible shapes and colours of the boozy artwork are highlighted by shining natural light on top and through the bottom of the slide. Just like images of snowflakes, each drink is different.
These images are available for sale at Bevshots. Open for business since August 2009, Bevshots estimate that they have sold over 20,000 examples of their alcoholic art works.
We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.
It is so easy to be cynical, jaded, and worldly – no jump-rope video could be worth a moment of my time. But I would be wrong in saying that. This little video is just short of 8 minutes long. Half way through it, I started grinning. Sometimes people do exceptional things and we owe ourselves the smiles they obviously worked so hard to achieve. This won’t change your life – but you will enjoy it a tiny bit more. – Robert
In the last five years, mining companies have expressed the desire to mine on 800 claims within five miles of the Grand Canyon—close enough that the cyanide and other toxic chemicals they use to separate ore from rock could run off into the streams that feed the Colorado River and the trails and wild lands that surround it. According to the EPA, mining waste has polluted 40 percent of the watersheds that provide Western communities with drinking water.
The Obama administration has launched a new initiative to reconnect Americans, especially kids, with our country’s amazing natural beauty. They’re calling the initiative America’s Great Outdoors and they’re looking for public input on the places that need more protection. We think the Grand Canyon should make the list.
That’s why I signed Environment New Mexico’s petition to ask Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to protect the Grand Canyon through America’s Great Outdoors program. You should sign the petition too!
Check out this page at the Environment New Mexico Web site:
Money makes the world go around, faster and faster every day. On NPR’s Planet Money, you’ll meet high rollers, brainy economists and regular folks — all trying to make sense of our rapidly changing global economy. Visit this podcast’s Web site
Duration: approx 25 minutes
June 14th Topic (as an example) : Will Afghanistan Fall Victim To The ‘Natural Resource Curse”?
by JACOB GOLDSTEIN
Afghanistan may be sitting on nearly $1 trillion of gold, copper, lithium and other minerals, the New York Times reports.
It’s an incredible sum — nearly 100 times the size of the country’s gross national product — that could transform Afghanistan’s economic future.
But for many countries, discovering valuable resources in the ground leads to no end of trouble for the people.
“You’d think it’s like winning the lottery, but it’s become associated with all these negative outcomes,” Todd Moss, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, told me this morning.
Economists call this the “natural resource curse.”
At 6 pm this evening, 30 years ago today, I held my breath and crossed my fingers and said a prayer for the people who had just built CNN. We were going live and “never sign off”.
The CNN of today is not the creature we created back in 1979. It is something else and that topic could fill a number of books. The news business became big business and a polarizing tool somewhere along the way, but this too shall pass.
Suffice it to say that we merry band of news junkies yearned to have a forum where “what is going on” mattered in real time. And the viewer could be a witness to history as it happened.
My continuing thanks to Ted Turner, Burt Reinhardt, Reese Shonfeld, Peter Kolstad and Ed Grudzien for the opportunity to be part of the grand adventure.
I’m proud to be one of the fewer than 80 people who were lucky enough to be selected and actually build CNN and take it live on June 1, 1980.
If you can find a copy of “CNN The Inside Story”, it is a great read and I recommend it to you.
This blog is closer to being ready for prime time. You can subscribe via email at the bottom of the Home page.
Anyone who loves color and sound and music… with a healthy mix of good ideas is welcome here.
We seek to celebrate the best in life and “smell the roses” even if it’s just here on line.
Consider this a new watering hole. Drop in to cool your brain and think outside the box.
Life is Short. Art is Eternal.