Actually, shortly after I put out this video I was informed that it’s turtles all the way down. But you should still watch it! :)
NEW VIDEO! The Negative Side of Positive Thinking. Because some self-help isn’t all that helpful.
"I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!"
I’m loving all this looking down from the clouds you guys are doing. Isn’t a change of perspective refreshing?
If you haven’t seen my sciencey ode to clouds, watch last week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart here:
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If we allow trivia to pass for science, should we be surprised when people treat science trivially?
Human beings have only been able to drill down a third of the way into Earth’s crust. That’s only about 0.3% of the radius of the Earth. So how we know so much about its internal structure?
In this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart, you’ll earn why the Earth is organized like an onion filled with sizzling magma and metal as hot as the sun, plus how it got to be that way. You’ll also discover how the leftovers from dying stars and a little bit of density put “life” in Earth’s destiny.
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PS - My t-shirt game is strong in this one, if I do say so myself.
The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost. Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. It disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in water. Water is colorless, shallow water appears to be the color of whatever lies underneath it, but deep water is full of this scattered light, the purer the water the deeper the blue. The sky is blue for the same reason, but the blue at the horizon, the blue of land that seems to be dissolving into the sky, is a deeper, dreamier, melancholy blue, the blue at the farthest reaches of the places where you see for miles, the blue of distance. This light that does not touch us, does not travel the whole distance, the light that gets lost, gives us the beauty of the world, so much of which is in the color blue.
Cloud week continues here on OKTBS!
In 1802, pharmacist and amateur meteorologist Luke Howard drew up the first classification system for clouds, providing the origin of the Latin naming system we still use today. Meteorologists later developed a system of cloud symbol line drawings in order to standardize weather maps.
Those symbols, the legends for which I’ve included above (for low, medium, and high clouds), strike me as a beautifully simple and artistic way to translate such a varied and unique phenomenon as clouds. They’re half zodiac, half typography. I just love them.
Can’t get enough of our fluffy sky friends? The great Every Cloud print also included above comes from artist and designer Joseph Perry, whose work I’ve featured before. If you’d like one for your own wall, Perry’s print available in a limited edition run of 100. Find it here.
This is going to be my automatic Out-Of-Office reply on my email, October 11-31st.
Vamos ir al selva! Estudio peces en los rios!
Let’s all wish Team Brain Scoop the best during their trip to the Amazon! Can’t wait to see what Emily’s brain brings back.
Hope you guys don’t get too much malaria :)