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December 19th, 2009


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03:07 pm - Total Perspective Vortex
Here is an animation which takes you from the Himalayas, out into space, and to the limits of the observable Universe and back in six minutes. It's quite mind-expanding.

I was thinking that the scrappy bit of fossil I got from the limestone bank in Dudley is 400 million years old, and 400 million light years is about as far out as it gets when you see the message 'the empty areas where we have yet to map'. When I touch an old fossil like that, I want to feel that time.

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From:happytune
Date:December 19th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Great bit of animation - have let all my teachery friends know about it. :-)
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From:communicator
Date:December 19th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
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I never thought if it as a teaching aid but what a good idea
From:egretplume
Date:December 19th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
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That was a great video!
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From:communicator
Date:December 19th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Yes - it gives me the feeling I get when I do hypnosis
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:December 19th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Stunning. Can't remember if you're a fan/reader of Russell Hoban, but this video brought a line from Riddley Walker instantly to mind:

it ben a girt box of knowing and you hook up peopl to it thats what a puter ben. We ben the Puter Leat we had the woal worl in our mynd and we had worls beyont this in our mynd we programmit pas the sarvering gallack seas and the flaming nebyul eye.
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From:communicator
Date:December 19th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
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People are always recommending Riddley Walker. I don't know why I haven't read it yet. I read The Mouse and His Child when I was a girl, and I loved it.
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:December 20th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
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It really does strike me as a novel you would like and appreciate, based on your love of language, poetry, and science fiction.

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