Carl Sagan, says one of his colleagues at Cornell, “is very often right and always interesting. That is in contrast to most academics, who are always right and not very interesting. ” In his books or off the cuff, on the lecture platform or sitting across from Johnny Carson, Sagan has a distinctive gift for expressing scientific notions vividly and with infectious enthusiasm.
October 20, 1980: The cover of TIME crowns Carl Sagan the “showman of science.” And for good reason – he had a singular way of enchanting people with the cosmos, knew how to capture the essence of science and its transcendent, spiritual quality, and he even received fan mail from Isaac Asimov.
Here’s to the normal ones. The conformists. The pushovers. The followers. The square pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things the same. They’re fond of rules. And they have respect for the status quo. You won’t quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. The only thing you can do is ignore them. Because they don’t change things. They hold the human race back. And while some may see them as safe, we see mindless destruction. Because the people who aren’t crazy enough to think they can change the world, don’t.
During the gloomy falls and winters we all need something to color and light up our lives. The Japanese devoted a whole botanical garden for that purpose, and transformed it into a 7 million LED light winter illumination.
Your move, creep.
I was shocked by what I saw in the seas, and by what I didn’t see.
I saw no sharks, no whales, no dolphins. I saw no fish longer than 11 inches. The larger ones had all been fished out.
When I swam in the Aegean, the sea floor was covered with litter; I saw tires and plastic bags, bottles, cans, shoes and clothing.
Korean artist whose main inspiration is nature. His elegant sculptures, installations and photographs show us the powerlessness of humain being in front of the forces of nature.
Incredible work, everyone. These numbers are huge.
How huge? With 10,000 sites participating in yesterday’s net neutrality effort, a total of 304,993 calls got made. You made nearly half of them. Bravo.
Also…which one of you made that 61 minute call? What’d you guys talk about?