Tag: Carl Sagan

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.

Carl Sagan’s Fictional Cosmos

Carl Sagan's Fictional Cosmos

Well… I woke up really late this morning. I went to bed early last night (10:30 or so), so I’m not sure why. I did have a really weird dream though. The last few nights I’ve been reading a cheap paperback copy of Dracula that I found at the bookstore. Last night I ended up having a dream where I was in this very old house and Dracula was trying to break through the door. I guess he wanted to get at the women inside the house (Mina, Lucy, and a couple asian hookers I had picked up earlier in the dream). Dracula looked more like the man/bat thing from that shitty 1992 film, but much larger and more wolf like. As I would try to throw all my weight against the door to keep him from coming in, his huge gray claw-like hand would come through and stop me from closing it all the way. So I would stab at the hand with a silver knife I had. Eventually he gave up, and I was able to shut and lock the door, but before he left he said something like I’ll be back… more powerful… yada yada yada… and I shouted back “Bring it on! Dipshit with a nine-toed woman!” It made sense in the dream to shout Walter’s insult from the Big Lewboski, but now I can’t remember why… Maybe I read somewhere in the book where one of his brides was missing a toe…? I don’t know.

Anyhow here’s something cool I found on the web this morning—not as cool as my dream, but still pretty neat. It’s a nifty animation from Dan Meth, on CollegeHumor.com. I’ve always liked Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series, so I thought this was an awesome mash-up for it. Check it out below.

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