Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Memorial Day began in 1865, not long after the War Between the States. It started out as “Decoration Day” and was a day to decorate the graves of those to whom we are indebted. 
Decoration Day was a day of general remembrance for deceased relatives without regard to whether they served in the military. 
May we pause today to also remember civilian men and women who served with courage and honor the causes of liberty and justice for all.
Wiki article on Memorial Day

Monday, May 16, 2011

Clouds and Sky

As you may know, teachers get terribly busy at the end of the school year. I don't have time to visit your blogs or to develop my thoughts into posts. I expect to be on hiatus till past mid June.

On occasion, though I find something to put up here that may lift your spirits or just inspire some awe. So, here: The last post featured a slo-mo video of tiny droplets colliding. This video, the one below, takes us in the opposite direction: vast spaces as can only be seen with a time-lapse camera. We get to see long periods time compressed into a few minutes.

The beauty on this end of the time spectrum is just as stunning. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

El Cielo de Canarias / Canary sky - Tenerife from Daniel López on Vimeo.

Time Lapse Clouds and Sky Over the Canary Islands 
Credit & CopyrightDaniel LópezIACMusic: Matti Paalanen, Angel's Tear (Aeon 2)

If you could sit back and watch clouds and the sky move all night and day, what might you see? One answer from the island of Tenerife, captured over the course of the year, includes sequences that are not only breathtaking but instructive. Visible in the above time-lapse movie include clouds that seem to flow like water, a setting sun that shows numerous green flashes, the Milky Way Galaxy rising behind towering plants, a colorful double fogbowlenticular clouds that appear stationary near their mountain peaks, and colorful moon coronas. The above video was shot solely from the Teide National Park on Tenerife in the Canary Islands ofSpain, off the north west coast of Africa.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Droplet Collisions

I've been fully engaged in my non-virtual life as a kindergarten teacher, ukulele player and family man in the past few weeks/months, with little time for online life. Once in a while I find something I want to share here. This wondrous video, I think, is worth the two minutes it takes to see.

In this video you can see droplets splashing and colliding at 5000 frames per second. It's astonishingly lovely.

The world is so beautiful!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lovely Interesting Discussion

Richard Feynman was a legendary thinker and teacher. The best education is personal. It's one-on-one. No pressure. Just lovely interesting discussion.

Feynman reminds me very much of my own father. Watching these videos (the first in a series of five is below) about the Pleasure of Finding Things Out brings back the same feelings I had as I listened to my dad when he was feeling good and sharing his wide and amazing view of the world.

If you want to listen in on the kind of conversation that stimulates thinking—deep, deep thinking—find 10 minutes and watch:

Be well.