The Power of Optics

The Power Of Optics!

After hundreds, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of years struggling to free itself from the sun’s awesome grasp, a lowly photon is finally free to speed off, at 186 thousand miles per second, on an almost 93 million mile journey to arrive here, on earth, roughly 8 minutes later. And what happens then is, well, less impressive than such a journey would seem to deserve. That is until you realize that our lowly photon did not come alone.

In fact, lowly photons like that, arriving at a staggering multi-trillions per second rate, are perhaps the prime driver of all the magic that happens here on our little world. And when I say “magic” I mean life baby. And, at the top of that flourishing tree of life is us, who, after our own long and epic journey through the evolutionary grinder, have finally learned enough about how it all works to be able to do really cool things like this…

Michael Winslow Does Zeppelin

Michael Winslow Does Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”

For those who don’t recall, Michael Winslow played the crazy, weird voices and sound effects making “Larvell Jones” character in all those “Police Academy” movies back in the 80s and 90s. Well, would you believe he’s still going strong? Just check out this little performance, with folk pop-musician Odd Nordstoga, on Norway’s “Senkveld med Thomas og Harald” (Late Night with Thomas and Harold) TV show!

Fab Ciraolo

FAB CIRAOLO…

I was so taken by the images that my friend Rincewind reblogged from the KlímtBaLan blog that I decided to go directly to their source and grab these awesome images as well. Wow! :)

Russian Tornado Caught On Dashcam!

Russian Tornado Caught On Dashcam!

After sleeping practically all of yesterday, I decided that I’d better go with half doses of the painkillers today. I’m not quite as ‘comfortable’ as I was, but then I do like being able to think straight… O_o

Anyway, being up before the sun this morning did allow me to catch this awesome video on one of the news shows. Imagine backing out of your driveway into this. Talk about life on the edge! :o