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The Voyagers

In 1977 NASA launched the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft on a journey through our solar system and beyond. These space craft carried with them golden records, literally records coated in gold, with recordings of clues to human culture. “The launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life […]

Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities

Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities is a documentary series taking us through more than 3,000 years of spiraling history in Istanbul. This is a city which has been known by many names including Byzantium, Constantinople, and today of course as Istanbul. This modern name derives from the Greek phrase ‘meaning to the city’ because […]

Foraging Fungi

I recently went mushroom foraging. It was a curious and bountiful experience. These thoughts on foraging for fungi from Cal Flyn over at Aeon Magazine are worth considering… Every few feet, we stumbled across a new, unidentified species. What about this? I called, waving him over. An Amanita excelsa, do you think? We squinted at […]

Cars by Color

A wonderful video of San Diego afternoon traffic, reorganized by car color (via Gizmodo, Vimeo)

TwainBot: classical literature meets digital media

I’m excited to share with you all the public release of a new project I’ve been working on: Mock Twain!    About a month ago I came up with the idea to tweet an entire book, and immediately using Twain as a source sprang to mind! It’s a simple enough idea, mixing a new-world digital medium with old-world art/content. […]

A Clay Fired Duke

To terminate an illness of culture you could shatter a clay fired duke. Inside you would find a desperate character — Clay Duke.  The performance of Dayna Hanson’s The Clay Duke was as desperate as the character itself. This is art imitating life that makes watching the performance compelling.   In Panama City, Florida on December 14th 2010 at a school board meeting Clay […]

Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

Wade Davis speaks eloquently on why ancient wisdom matters in our modern world and how experiencing a multitude of cultures adds to our understanding of what it means to be human, Our world is only one of many. A chance to live amongst people who have not forgotten the old ways who still feel their […]

Would you cross the Atlantic on a sailboat?

You always leave for just one reason. To touch land again one day.   “Shouting: Tierra” is a short documentary that investigates the philosophical motivations that push people to sail the seas and to challenge the unknown. It is a film about the Atlantic crossing, but it is also a film about Nature and human […]

Pale Blue Dot

Carl Sagan penned these words while pondering over a photograph of Earth taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft when it was 6 billion kilometers from Earth. Out of context these words take on strange meaning, From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again […]

A Manifesto for the Truth

On Sunday Edward Snowden published a piece in Der Spiegel “A Manifesto for the Truth” where he argues that the United States government’s spying programs and subsequent suppression of dissent are against the public’s interest. Reasonable arguments within the public discourse continue to strengthen his position calling for at least some restraint to be shown by the […]