In a few hours time Neil deGrasse Tyson will present the new series of Cosmos. We won’t see it in this part of the world for another week unfortunately. I never saw the original series and only know Carl Sagan by reputation as the only time I’ve heard him speak at length was in this 1996 Science Friday interview they rebroadcast in December. I still have it on my phone despite the fact I listened to it several weeks ago. It’s a great interview, you should listen to it too.
Thanks to Reddit here’s a short interview with a younger Neil deGrasse Tyson where he explains the influence Carl Sagan had on him and tells of first meeting him. It’s a lovely and charming story.
Some good news if you’re drinking a diet soda and people have warned you it’s poisonous.
Everything in moderation of course. I’d say don’t drink sodas (diet or otherwise) at all on a regular basis. (via Reddit)
A horrific road traffic advert from New Zealand. Thanks Anthony.
When two planes collide it was lucky everyone had parachutes on. They all survived, even the pilots. One plane landed but the other pilot had to bail out. I think I read he had to use a reserve parachute to escape.
This is an extended 1080p version of the grainy video that was out a few weeks ago. It has footage from multiple Gopro cameras mounted on the helmets of the divers. Amazing that nobody was injured or killed.
Another cracking video from Republic of Telly.
I had read several positive reviews of this beautiful puzzle platformer and picked it up during a sale some time ago but alas haven’t played it for much more than an hour yet.
It’s not a game that will tax your nerves or make your brain ache but it’s beautiful to watch and the puzzles draw you in. Definitely worth buying and experiencing.
Cork band Crystal Swing’s new song and crazy video.
I recognise Eddie Rocket’s in Blackpool but what school is that? (via)
It can get pretty crazy at live performances can’t it? I’m 100% guilty of taking photos at concerts and I recorded video of my son’s stage performances at school. I even sneaked a camera into the Irish Bruce Springsteen and Take That concerts.
Meanwhile, this is what Louis CK has to say about posting videos of your kids on Facebook. It’s very NSFW obviously so be warned!
Do you wonder if you’ll ever watch any of those videos again? You need to make it easy for your family to do. Grab Plex, install it on your PC and tell it where your family videos are. It will do the hard work of indexing them. You can browse them from a web interface, on your phone in their app, on PS3 or Xbox 360 even. I’ve rediscovered videos taken when my son was only two years old that make me smile and laugh all over again!
I found the video above on fstoppers where Mike Wilkinson mentions a singer named Mayer Hawthorne who told people to get out their phones and cameras and he and his band posed for photos. Apparently everyone put their cameras away afterwards and enjoyed the show. Good idea. Taking that one step further it’d be great if performers put photos and videos of their shows online for fans to download. Put that URL on the ticket. Could schools do something similar? Most schools must have a reasonably competent (or enthusiastic) photographer and videographer as a parent. Delegate the job perhaps?
Finally, keep making memories and recording them but as I’ve been reminded many times, get your face out from behind the viewfinder too!
There’s something about watching this video that got me thinking I need to eat a Yorkie. Dunno why.
“Like and Subscribe, it really helps me out” – Every Youtube video ever made.