GUH. This is so amazing. Oh Stoya ♥



She doesn't know it, but we're going to get married.
What earth would look like with rings like Saturn:



Ridiculously gorgeous time lapse video of stars and sky:

The Mountain from TSO Photography on Vimeo.



Everyone in the LFoD is depressed and constantly tired and we're unmotivated to do anything but sleep. It is uncool.


How bad does this look?

How much will I totally be seeing it?

Don't pretend that Conan the Barbarian wasn't an important part of your childhood! ...or maybe that was just mine? You know... looking back on it... Arnold Swarchenegger really was quite involved in my formative years: Terminator(s), Predator(s), Conan(s), Total Recall (which SCARRED ME, If you're reading this, mother!)

But this Conan is different. Because this Conan is Jason Momoa and I want into his pants. Like every sane person should.
A video about the universe and it's place in (or out of) religion.



"Religions tells children they might go to hell and must believe, while science tells children they came from the stars and presents reasoning they can believe."

Except I sort of want to quote every single part of this video because the way it talks about the beauty of the universe is overwhelming. Because the beauty of the universe is overwhelming, and I understand so much that feeling of staring up at the night sky and just feeling amazed that I am a part of this infinite, beautiful, eternal thing that is our vast universe it all its glory. (The night sky makes me feel all poetic, forgive me. Our universe just makes me all gooey inside with happiness.)

The stars are the closest thing I have to a religion these days. I spent my first couple of teenage years considering myself Christian before realising I'd made a wrong turn somewhere and that I couldn't hold myself close to a religion that hated so many things that I embraced. I spent more years trying to escape the guilt and fear that my short time as a Christian had instilled in me than I spent actually being part of the religion in the first place. That terror of hell remained with me for a long time even after I denied it.

After that I considered myself Pagan for almost a decade, embracing that completely and feeling comfortable in a way the church had never quite made me feel. And after I lost that faith I missed it for a long time. It made me really sad to have moved away from what felt so important.

But I don't feel like anything is missing anymore. I don't believe in Gods above or Devils below. I don't believe in divine punishments for sins or supernatural rewards for jobs well done. I don't worship the earth as the god-like being, but respect it instead for what an amazing thing it is, for how it formed, for all its natural intricacies.

This post turned into a personal sort of thing instead of just a video, so I leave you with a quote from the great Carl Sagan:

Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme leader", every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.


Billie Holiday ♥ This song never fails to make me want to cry and she sings it with such pain.
Earlier on youtube I came across an amazing piano cover of Night on Bald Mountain which has filled me with such joy for its sheer sexiness.

video )

HOW DO YOU DO THIS. FROM WHENCE COME SUCH SKILLS??

And then, when I was filled with said musical joy, I came across this incredible girl who does her own piano covers of rock/metal songs. I may suddenly have a crush on a random youtube person. Which I think is acceptable since she's only gone and made amazing versions of some of my most favourite songs ever. )

That was a lot more videos than I thought I was posting... But she's got about two hundred more on her account so just be thankful I stopped at all.
Russel Brand improvising a five minute backstory for his character in The Tempest. Bloody Enthralling is his manic off the cuff stuff. Half the time I am apathetic to him and the other half I think "Good LORD man where do you pull this sheer brilliant babble from?"

On a related subject, how freaking excited am I about The Tempest movie? A LOT. I love that play; despite what most people think of it it’s one of my favourites of Shakespeare. And Helen Mirren cast as the lead? Freaking brilliant. The trailer for it looks incredible too. Very magical and true to the play, I think.

youtube link under the cut in case you haven't seen it yet )


Gosh, that's very yellow. I promise that we aren't actually that jaundiced in real life.
Electricity!

Hey, let's have some more Tim Minchin. I don't need a reason.



I love his voice. And, you know, his general adorableness.

lyrics )
I watched this again today and it still makes me cackle. Thus I share it here. Because I can.



Holy crap, I love you so much Mitchell & Webb. You own parts of my soul.

Aaaand because that was mostly Webb, let's have some Mitchell in the form of the latest soapbox )
I know it's not Christmas but I've been listening to this song on repeat for the last few days. Oh Tim Minchin, you're supposed to always make me laugh, not make me cry, you bastard.



I miss my parents and I really can't wait to see them in a few months. (I love all three of you wonderful people ♥)

Chances are there will be white wine in the sun.
Must sleep. Must sleep.

But first - David Mitchell is hilarious and fantastic and David Mitchell's Soapbox entertains me no end. Because I &heart; when that man starts ranting, at anything really.

(I may have been watching Mitchell and Webb / Peepshow clips on youtube all night...possibly.)
I've finally got around to watching season two of Dollhouse and I'm sort of shocked and amazed to find that it's actually really good. No, seriously, the second season (as opposed to the first) is not actually complete rubbish that simply annoys and frustrates me. It's kind of awesome. Eliza still can't act, god bless her little cotton socks, but I'm really enjoying it anyway.

There is apparently football/soccer going on at the moment of some important world variety. This is what I hear on the streets. It's the hot gossip. But all I can think of whenever I hear about it is this:




(Eliza, honey, I'm sorry for what I said up there about you. You know I still love you like burning and will continue to watch all things you do with a slightly naughty tingly feeling in my pants region.

You warm my heart region as well, but I didn't want to sound, you know, creepy.)
I want to be this guy.



I'm like :O
Ooooh, it's a living room computer OoooOOOooOOOOoooOOOOOoo. Since mine is dead, Lara so kindly offered to put her desktop in the living room (because she's a GODDESS) and so I am now trying to get used to the EPICLY HUGE SCREEN on it as well as the slightly different keyboarder. (I'm a crazy two finger typer but I don't look at the keys and I do it quite quickly - MY TYPING AMUSES JEN NO END - and thus typing on keyboards I'm not perfectly adjusted to means I keep hitting the wrong keys.)

It's very shiny though. So big and shiny and connected to the internet. Which, as we know, is the most important thing.

And now I put a question to you. Who's going to come see the new Predators movie with me when it comes out? trailers... )
This is so lovely.



Neil Gaiman + Amanda Palmer + Bill Nighy = THINGS I WANT TO HUG.

In other news, it is WAY too hot today :/

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