31 August 2012

Work hard and be nice to people

sounds about right



Vin Scully

Vin Scully night.  Kicking myself for not going.


29 August 2012

Kershaw

He must be throwing a whiffle ball

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22 August 2012


We've started roving today

Curiosity touched down in the crater now called "Bradbury Landing" on August 5, and started driving today.  The news brief at JPL opened with this clip of Ray Bradbury reading his poem "If Only We Had Taller Been" in 1971.  He had been invited to participate in a symposium at Caltech on the eve of Mariner 9 going into orbit around Mars.



IF ONLY WE HAD TALLER BEEN

The fence we walked between the years
Did balance us serene;
It was a place half in the sky where
In the green of leaf and promising of peach
We’d reach our hand to touch and almost touch the sky,
That blue that was not really blue.
If we could reach and touch, we said,
‘Twould teach us, somehow, never to be dead.

We ached, we almost touched that stuff;
Our reach was never quite enough.
So, Thomas, we are doomed to die.
O, Tom, as I have often said,
How sad we’re both so short in bed.
If only we had taller been,
And touched God’s cuff, His hem,
We would not have to slip away and go with them
Who’ve gone before,
A billion give or take a million boys or more
Who, short as we, stood tall as they could stand
And hoped by stretching thus to keep their land,
Their home, their hearth, their flesh and soul.
But they, like us, were standing in a hole.

O, Thomas, will a Race one day stand really tall
Across the Void, across the Universe and all?
And, measured out with rocket fire,
At last put Adam’s finger forth
As on the Sistine Ceiling,
And God’s great hand come down the other way
To measure Man and find him Good,
And Gift him with Forever’s Day?
I work for that.

Short man, Large dream. I send my rockets forth between my ears,
Hoping an inch of Will is worth a pound of years.
Aching to hear a voice cry back along the universal Mall:
We’ve reached Alpha Centauri!
We’re tall, O God, we’re tall!


21 August 2012

Mos Def and Muhammad Ali for Louis Vuitton

Yasiin Bey recites Muhammad Ali's words.  Graffiti artist Niels Shoe Meulman mops the canvas with black paint.



Oreo

An image tweeted by Oreo hours after the Mars Rover touched down on the red planet.  They have this site dedicated to recognizing daily cultural happenings.  Pretty darn cool if you ask me.


17 August 2012

Happy Friday

Palm Springs, here we come

defeat  ||  victory
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08 August 2012

Vin Scully translating a tirade

Vin is my fave and here's another reason why.  Skip to the minute mark.

there can be only one


07 August 2012

The xx "Chained"

I was as big a fan of The xx as you were until I saw them in concert couple years ago.  This might have just won me back over.

02 August 2012

Power Hour 2008

Another one from the archives.  Friends celebrating Christmas 2008 with the Power Hour - one shot of beer every minute for 60 big ones.

Seth's birthday hike

Digging through my hardrives for the family project, I stumbled across this oldie but goodie I put together a couple years ago.

Seth was turning 31. Plus, after some historic rainfall, Saturday was going to be the first dry day in a week. With our charming grey-brown "marine layer" temporarily washed away, what better day to go for a hike?

+ In n Out
+ winding canyons
+ car sickness
+ Sandstone Peak, the highest point in Santa Monica
+ lots of pictures of heels and butts
+ and middle fingers
+ novelty size bottles of Glenlivet
+ Neptune's Net

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