On this last day of May, I present the Phototopic Sky Survey—a seemless combination of photographs taken of the sky from all over the world. Check out the Interactive 360° feature that allows you to scan the span. You can also zoom to see star clusters and constellations in more detail. It is beautiful.
Jack Horkheimer would be proud.
If you share my love for foxes, you will enjoy this video of a pair’s playing on a trampoline:
What I find remarkable is the joy, or at least curiosity, that the one fox takes in jumping on the trampoline. Such wonder at the unexpected betrays rather intelligent behavior.
If you have not yet watched this “viral” video, enjoy a Friday dog treat:
I wonder if this behavior indicates some sort of mental impairment that prevents the dog from realizing that the disinterested man is not a man. There are many weird but interesting cognitive deficiencies among people, like prosopagnosia. It seems likely that dogs would have peculiar mental disorders, as well.
The earthquake that devastated the northeastern shore of Japan occurred two months ago, and thousands of people continue to rebuild their lives after the destruction. The 24/7 circuit of short attention span media forgets what happened yesterday, not to mention March. Let us keep the Japanese in our prayers.
More footage of the resulting tidal waves has been uploaded over the past two months, and some folks have criticized the videos as natural disaster porn. I do not think that such is fair. It is normal for us to find the terrible forces of nature interesting, and the magnitude of the destruction in Japan is undeniably captivating. Apocalyptic themes have always captured the human imagination.
C.B.S. News also features a shocking but instructive video of the tidal wave’s nature as a port town floods.
It is easy to ignore that the events shown involve widespread death. I am reminded of Tucholsky: “Der Tod eines Menschen: das ist eine Katastrophe. Hunderttausend Tote: das ist eine Statistik!” At a certain level, the mind just disassociates information from normal emotional responses.