Pale Blue Dot: Animation

Image capture from Animation of Pale Blue Dot

I went looking for something cool, and maybe a little quirky to post tonight, but instead I found this groovy little animation by Sheridan College student (alumni now?), Adam Winnik. Check out the video below that illustrates an audio excerpt from Carl Sagan’s: A Pale Blue Dot. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard this before, but I don’t think it had quite the same impact on me the first time around. I mean, dude, we’re so insignificant… what’s the point of it all? Are we really all alone in the universe? Is this just an insignificant spec of dust spinning it’s way around a vast, dark, universe? Is there any meaning to life at all? Damn, I feel all weird and meta now. I think I’ll go eat some waffles and watch some porn to cheer up.

Wait a sec, that’s it! Waffles and porn, two of the best reasons why our planet and we as a species matter! Two glimmering examples of man’s (or woman’s) positive impact on this universe. Thank you waffles and porn, you’re the hitch that keeps this buggy rolling!

Pale Blue Dot – Animation from Ehdubya on Vimeo.

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  1. Goddamn it. Why did Carl Sagan have to die? I mean, the rest of us, I understand. But, why him?

  2. It sucks. His book “A Demon Haunted World” was this naive bastard’s first introduction to skepticism.

  3. I learned from Carl Sagan that the voice of reason did not need a derisive tone when addressing those who followed faiths, spirits, and Gods. His voice is the voice of ineffable reason; calm, assured, serene in the understanding of the eventual victory of human reason over the ghosts of our past and the terror of new frontiers.

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