Category Archives: Signs of Intelligent Life

A Simple Drop of Water

Here’s kind an interesting animation of the life of a simple drop of water. Stuff we all know but very fun to watch.

http://all-that-is-interesting.com/water-drop-life-cycle

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R’ha

A short and stunning sci-fi film by 22-year-old German director, Kaleb Lechowski. Really well done.

Even if you think you won’t, you will.

And the song that accompanies it is wonderful, so have your sound up . . .

A Fascinatingly Disturbing Thought

Pretty interesting. 12 minutes of well worth it.

One of the Best Moments EVER

This has to be one of the best things I have ever seen. Talk about a peak experience.

Wow!

Necktop Computer

Saw a reference today to the brain as a “necktop computer“. Then the question following was “what software do I use on my necktop and where did I get it from”?

Interesting question when you think about it. And how do we find and download updates?

MindApples – One a Day for Your Mind

Came upon an interesting site today called Mindapples. Normally I’ll pop into a site like this, look around, and pop back out.

But today I created an account, contributed 5 Mindapples, and look forward to the daily interaction that may develop from an association with this site. I find that spending a lot of time on the web (the nature of the job) causes my mind to turn to twisted mush sometimes. I can get so far out there following link after link that a need real breadcrumbs to find my way back. My daily mantra? Focus, focus, focus. Success rate? Sketchy.

Could someone toss me a mindapple? I don’t know if I’ll stick with the site or not, but topics having to do with the mind interest me. Especially in light of my mom’s difficulties with memory loss and whether I’m previewing my own future when I’m with her.

While I was reading through the Mindapples blog, I read an entry with the following quote by Steve Jobs:

“I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

That’s is a Mindapple that I’ll savor for quite a while.

The “I Write Like” Craze

I couldn’t resist. I had to find out. Now I know.

I write like
James Joyce

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

A Semester At Sea

My friend Luana and her husband Bob decided late last year to take advantage of a great deal offered by the Semester At Sea program. She’d been laid-off from her job several months back, and had been unable to find another, and Bob had taken reluctant early retirement in the midst of layoffs taking place where he worked.

Bob & Luana

I think this was the best decision ever. When given the gift of time – willingly or not – the precious gift of time, a person ought to take advantage of it by doing something life-changing. Which Bob and Luana have done.

Anyway, they’re keeping a great blog of their journey. Both are wonderful writers and have captured in both photos and prose the essence of a bunch of places around the world. I’ve been keeping track of their progress both by map and by blog. I’m looking forward to the next time Lu and I meet up at Peet’s. I want to hear the stories.

Oh, and did I mention I’m envious? Yep, I sure am. Here’s the deal: there’s plenty enough time for work. What there’s not nearly enough time for is living. Of course you never find this stuff out until, well, you know.

Cow Pies

Ganges River

Cheetahs in the Wild

The Ghana Bread Lady

Foreshadowing a Lasting Marriage

On the news that other night, there was a story about a couple in the UK who just gotten married. The bride and groom were Wilma & Fred Flintstone respectively, and the entire wedding party was attired in Flintstone get-up.

Yabba-dabba-doo wedding.

Yabba-dabba-doo wedding.

It occurred to me as I was watching the story that this couple would probably have a very successful marriage. They share the same sense of humor and playfulness, can probably laugh at themselves, and agree on approaches to important decisions. They must also generally be surrounded by equally blessed friends and family who – even if they don’t completely feel comfortable with an approach, support it nevertheless.

There must be certain signs or good omens that signal a successful long-term relationship in the same way that you can just tell when a couple is not meant to be. I think these kinds of weddings signal something big, something grand and wonderful about a relationship.

Flintstone Wedding Party
Flintstone Wedding Party

This story reminded me of the wedding video from the Dancing Bride and Groom (Jill & Kevin’s Wedding) – one of the best wedding videos of all time. Here again, the same set of factors in play. I imagine these two will be together for a long, long time.