Waves, Icelandphoto credit: Sophie Carr
This is a one-second exposure of the trails left by a crashing wave over small icebergs on Jökulsárlón beach; I think it looks a bit like an octopus.(via National Geographic)
A gynandromorph cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis): half male, half female. The red half is probably the male half.
(via Why Evolution Is True, hat tip Quipsologies)
Happy July 4th!
photo credit: mamojo
NGC 6302: The Butterfly Nebula
image credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team
Swifts, Iguazu Falls
photo credit: Francesco Filippo Pellegrini
(via National Geographic)
The basic idea is that in order to achieve success, or even happiness, you have to choose yourself for it. Nobody else is going to do it for you. … I’ve changed careers ten different times since I was 25. I’m heartened by the fact that Henry Ford didn’t start the assembly line until he was 60. Raymond Chandler didn’t write his first novel until he was 52. Colonel Sanders didn’t start franchising until he was 65. And on and on. Everyone wants to know what their “purpose” in life is. This is a man-made myth. We don’t have to have a purpose. Best is to take a step back. To be healthy physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. This makes you a beacon. A beacon has no idea what ships on a foggy night it helps bring to shore. It’s just a beacon. This is how you choose yourself. Not “choose yourself for success.” But “choose yourself today.” Every day. —
James Altucher, author of Choose Yourself
Milky Way Over Crater Lake with Airglow
image credit: John H. Moore
…the green glow in the sky is airglow, light emitted by atoms high in the Earth’s atmosphere as they recombine at night after being separated during the day by energetic sunlight.
Heehee…Alex Balk makes me laugh:
What’s more irritating about all your friends who have moved to Brooklyn, the way they expect you to give up an hour of your life to the F train so that you can come visit them and eat overpriced Italian food that is only notable for the fact that it is being served in a borough where a mere two generations ago a collection of angry old ladies in black would have dumped you in their garbage river for attempting to sell the cuisine of poverty at that ludicrous price point or the way we’re all supposed to pretend that people who have moved to Brooklyn haven’t given up, that they can’t handle the intensity of Manhattan any more and would rather live in a less crowded space where you get more room for your money and everyone isn’t on top of you all the time and the pulse of existence is better suited for the gentle souls who would prefer to take things a little bit more slowly and avoid all the aggravation and nonstop craziness with which those of us who make the effort to stay in town contend? Like, terrific, good for you, move where you’re happy, but don’t expect me to participate in your little charade that you’re still living in New York, okay? You go to your adorable rummage sale in Fort Greene and then get your fancy $13 cocktail on Smith Street and pat yourself on the back: you may live in a suburb, but you live in the best suburb there is, because it is the closest to the greatest city in the world, and that’s something to be proud of.
(via The Awl)
Joshua Katz made maps of differences in American speech. His maps are based on similar maps by Bert Vaux.
No more metal tags at The Met. :( Today is the last day. Tomorrow they start using paper tickets.
Did you know that the different colors have nicknames? There are 16 in all. The purple one is called Barney and the pink one is called Piglet. Hahaha.
On the upside, The Met will be open 7 days now. They used to be closed on Mondays.
photo credit: Karsten Moran for The New York Times
This American Life: #464 - Invisible Made Visible -
Tig Notaro’s Taylor Dayne story is too funny. She knows how to deliver a story. Starts at 16:30.
Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. And by doing it, they’re proven right. Because, I think there’s something inside of you—and inside of all of us—when we see something and we think, “I think I can do it, I think I can do it. But I’m afraid to.” Bridging that gap, doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that—THAT is what life is. And I think you might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s special. And if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself. Now you know. A mystery is solved. So, I think you should just give it a try. Just inch yourself out of that back line. Step into life. Courage. Risks. Yes. Go. Now. — Amy Poehler (x) (via yearofrebecca)
(Source: tinytruant, via binks711)
Radiolab: Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl -
A good example of how things that seem simple to judge really aren’t.
This is the story of a three-year-old girl and the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl is a legal battle that has entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American children taken from their families.