The Pale Blue Dot: A Cosmic Perspective (TW/NSFW)
via Brandon Fibbs:
While I generally strive to create films of uplift, there are times when a dirge is appropriate. Inspired by the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon, I was seeking a way to show the futility of human barbarism in the context of the plumbless cosmos in which we live. I chose to employ the method used in the film “Contact,” in which, as we pull away from Earth and race across millions of light years, we witness, in reverse chronological order, those events to which humanity has subjected itself. This list is not intended to be comprehensive, and given the video’s length, I have already removed several incidents—from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Six Day War, to the Israeli bifurcation of Gaza and the Columbine school shooting. Included only are examples of man’s inhumanity to man, and not unintended tragedies or natural disasters. (This pullback and its events are meant to be symbolic rather than literal; I am aware no broadcasts of, for instance, World War I, were originally broadcast into space.) We end with a familiar admonition from Carl Sagan—a plea that we recognize the cosmic perspective given the insignificance of our “pale blue dot.”
NOTE: Due to its subject matter, this video contains graphic imagery; viewer discretion is advised.
A 12-year-old in his cell at the Harrison County Juvenile Detention Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. The window has been boarded up from the outside. The facility is operated by Mississippi Security Police, a private company. In 1982, a fire killed 27 prisoners and an ensuing lawsuit against the authorities forced them to reduce their population to maintain an 8:1 inmate to staff ratio.
World’s Most Beautiful Abandoned Places
Italian product manager and web designer Francesco Mugnai recently added a collection of images to his blog touting some of the most beautiful images of abandoned spots and modern ruins that he’d ever seen. The images Mugnai has captured come from empty castles, shuttered power plants, and dilapidated churches around the world. From a sunken yacht in Antarctica to a forever-closed amusement park in Japan, these images all make up a sort of anti-phoenix; rather than rising as new from the ashes, these husks remain preserved in decomposition, forcing viewers to confront the strange beauty of ruination.
i love these more than anything
She would, but i wouldn’t.