“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”

-Albert Einstein

And here’s 49 48 more interesting quotes from Einstein.


For your viewing pleasure, a collection of “hyperspace” scenes from various movies:

from here.

From the video poster’s page:

The hyperspace is an enduring concept in science fiction, as it provides a kind of panacea for all conflict. The slip into hyperspace/warp speed as a plot device is ordinarily used either as a) An accidental tunnel to the unknown, or B) An escape from danger via total oblivion.

I originally found this video here, via the always cool Topher Chris.

Also pretty cool, though not as cool as Topher Chris, is this video I found on youtube featuring a colossal zoom out from the Earth and our solar system into the larger universe around us and eventually into hyperspace and multiversal fractals of all existence and beyond:

All things should have a “and beyond” tacked onto them, don’t you think? That’s fast tracking your shit to next level epicness.  Anyway, tomorrow (or relatively soon) there’s something I want to do here, something semi special, and something that I’ve been thinking about for a little while now. That’s what’s next, whenever “next time” is. See you then, space cowboys and cowgirls.

“People care what I think. I have a prestigous blog, sir!”

Once again, RIP Party Down. Goodbye, Roman.

from here.

The cure for the common television show.

Mad linkage:

John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe (and hopefully teaming up with young Abe Lincoln to hunt vampires).

Obama urges Americans to “turn the page” on Iraq.

Bill Compton as Doctor Doom and either Jack Bauer or John McClane as the Thing.

Jon Hamm: “If Rob Lowe had been cast in the part, it would have been different. There was no backstory with me.”

An interesting write up on Phonogram: The Singles Club.

Behind the “Frazenfreude.”

Stephen Hawking changes his views on God.

Just imagine this: An 80 hour Lost marathon.

5 mind blowing ways that your memory plays tricks on you.

5 UFO sightings that even non-crazy people find creepy.

5 stupidest ways that movies deal with foreign languages.

6 famous unsolved mysteries (that have totally been solved).

January Jones: “I need not to think about my character. Betty is so blissfully ignorant in certain ways, so I feel like I should be too.”

Speaking of Arcade Fire: Their new collab with Google folks, The Wilderness Downtown.

A cannibal restaurant in Berlin. Figures.

Laura Marling’s award-nominated love triangle.

Self-described CIA assassin dies in ([accidental] self-imposed) gun accident.

Some of these pictures are, of course, from Rolling Stone, which will be featuring Mad Men on the cover of their new issue. Great idea. Bad photoshopping on that cover though.

And, I tell ya, August and I have really missed doing our Mad Men write ups the past few episodes, especially since, as far as I’m concerned, this has been the show’s strongest season yet, but on the plus side, it’s probably spared you an incredible amount of Nora Zehetner photos that I would’ve just bombarded you with…


Creepy artificial arm from the 1800s.

Peter Travers talks with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Weezer’s just trying to sell some clothes and Cee-Lo says “Fuck You.”

Is Barnes & Noble really going bye bye?

Blah blah blah bedbugs.

The Bloom Box: A power plant the size of a coffee mug.

Why do hurricanes often curve out to sea?

There’s some NSFW happening in the new Conan movie.

One year after Disney bought Marvel: Not much has really changed.

The perilous profession of underground mining.

Wormholes in NYC.

I honestly can’t believe that they renewed Human Target.

Booty calls are their own special type of relationship.

Oh, and hey, the next post will be the 750th!

Morning star.

It’s late where I am, or maybe early, depending on how you look at it. Maybe where you are it’s late at night or early in the morning, who knows. But I know I’m several months (at least) late to this…

Carl Sagan “A Glorious Dawn” (featuring Stephen Hawking), wonderfully autotuned and as part of something called “Symphony Of Science” on youtube. That’s just… ridiculous. And brilliant. I love it. It’s exactly how I want to end my night/start my day on this planet.

Objects at rest, objects in motion.

Private little chats, existential crises, pleas to crazy girls, men down wells, leaps of faiths, deals broken off, loyalties betrayed, and baptisms of… water.

And stuff exploded too.

Lots of stuff, in fact.

And all of that on last night’s Lost, entitled “The Last Recruit.” Savor this time, people. Savor it and cherish it. This moment, this building to… to… something, this can only come once, and this is it. And soon, it’ll all be gone…

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Without your permission.

Mad linkage:

A visual representation of Ice-T telling Aimee Mann to eat a hot bowl of dicks in their recent twitter spat.

The entire archive of Twitter is going into the Library Of Congress. Seriously.

Think gene patents are controversial now? Just wait.

Steampunk Indiana Jones French hotties.

Psychedelic information theory.

Steven Seagal sued for allegedly keeping sex slaves.

Mel Gibson is splitting with his new girlfriend and Larry King is cheating on his wife with her sister.

Street Art pictures from here.

Conan O’Brien going to TBS. “Very funny.”

Does our universe live inside a wormhole?