Few things, first of all - I’d like to go where ever it is that Kate Rentz has been going to take photos. Those places do however look like they require some camping to get there, and I’ve already made clear how much a like that prospect - so alternatively, I’ll just wait till I can afford to be dropped there by helicopter, take a few photos and then be back pool-side with my Martini before it’s dark.
One outdoorsish activity I do enjoy is surfing, unfortunately, due to all the cycling I somehow got involved in, I’ve now developed a physique that can only be described at the complete opposite to the perfect surfing build. My now under-muscled, Tyrannosaurus Rex arms would barely get me beyond the first sandbar, while my growing Fencing physique would have a more entertaining outcome, where a much more dominant right arm would just see me paddling out in a wide arc, gradually away from any surf. - which is why I feel Tarp Surfing could be my savior. There’s two lovely video’s over at Booooooom, which you should check out, and this one by some French folk.
Obviously, Tarp Surfing requires an ability to skateboard, which I also do not posses. In fact, outside of stabbing people for sport, riding bikes, drawing things and passing things off I read on twitter as my own wit - I really have no other useful skills.
Anyway, what else? - I’ve got 700 or so unread posts on my reader and I’m going to try to get to them and weed out the good stuff for you, but I probably won’t - because I have a secret project to do. - what is this secret project? I can’t tell you, because having secret plan is important.
In the meantime, more links! - first up, Podcasts of the week: This old Radiolab episode on Colour is pretty amazing, especially when it comes to describing something very visual via the radio medium. Radiolab’s also putting up one of their episodes for download and holding a competition for the best remix of the episode, listeners are being encouraged to "Re-edit them, re-score them, change the narrative structure, turn them into an opera, or do whatever you feel inspired to do." - which I think is an excellent idea. The whole remix thing is a pretty broad topic, but if you get a chance, read The Pirates Dilemma - which in order to not contradict its own message is available for download, at a price "entirely up to you"
Still on the Remix: here’s my favorite chair, and here it is remixed. There was also those ‘Everything is a Remix’ videos from a while back, which are worth a viewing: here’s Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4.
Also, don’t forget to check out The Transit of Venus, because it won’t be happening again for a while - the next one is in December 2117, which unless the Transhumanists get their act together, might be just a little too far off. I remember seeing the 2004 transit while I was living on campus, we managed to convince the college to let us up onto the (usually locked) roof of the tower, under the pretense that we’d ‘be able to get a closer look from up there’ - perhaps worrying for the science kids who relied on them for tutoring, they actually agreed with us and so we spent the afternoon drinking beers on top of the tower while occasionally looking through a stack of film negatives that we’d taped together.
Unfortunately, in Melbourne at least, it’s going to be too overcast to view - but don’t let that worry you, because Universe today is showing it live, with…
"a live 8-hour webcast that will provide views from around the world using multiple telescopes along with commentary from astronomers, space scientists and other special guests. Viewers will also have the chance to interact and ask questions about this uncommon event to learn more about its significance in aiding our understanding of the Solar System."
Just think about that for a second: In 1769 they sent a guy halfway around the world just to observe it, and now you’ll be able to watch it on multiple telescopes with commentary from scientists, all on your freakin iphone!
Actually, to be fair, you wouldn’t have been able to do that in 2004 either…