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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Too Hot Labor Day!

September 1st, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Too Hot

 

Not again for 823 Years

August 1st, 2014 at 10:10 am

August 2014This month, August 2014, will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens only once every 823 years.

 

Cloudy Day

July 14th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

CloudLampThe Cloud is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment. Using motion sensors the cloud detects a your presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by your movement. The system features a powerful speaker system from which the user can stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device. Using color-changing lights the cloud is able to adapt to the desired lighting color and brightness. The cloud also has alternative modes such as a nightlight and music reactive mode. See the animation below for an up close look at The Cloud.

[Available from Richard Clarkson Art & Design Laboratory]

 

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The Path Less Traveled

June 19th, 2014 at 7:22 pm

ip-2014-13w-u697Most ruled journals out there are printed with straight lines that run horizontally across the page. According to famed San Diego based artist Naomi Ritchie, straight lines can inhibit the artistic flow. Fortunately there are drawing pads with our lines and now there is the Inspiration Pad, a composition book with each page sporting a different pattern of lines and grids.

 

The Pale Blue Dot

June 10th, 2014 at 8:42 am

PaleBlueDotFrom this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

—Carl Sagan

[The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 spaceprobe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles, 40 AU) from Earth.]

 

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