One of my favourite mythological creatures - The Lion Turtle, Last Airbender
Enlightenment is not of the divine, but is rather the experience of self.~ The Buddha.
A fog had lifted.
To him, it was more than birth, but activation; all senses finding life during one singular moment. The first inhale, the first flash of light to his amber eyes, it was overwhelming. His body reeled from the heft of his newly found pain, the saturated toughness of his skin stressed to points of near breakage. A wrenching of noise split the air around him, and with it came the sensation of gravity.
"Musicians Read Mean-Spirited Tweets About Themselves"
In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.
The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive— which is a lot to expect of a rat.
The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy— and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.
"A study by Science/AAAS shows that rats preferred freeing caged rats rather than eating food placed in the cage, suggesting that the rats show empathy, a trait only previously known to primates."
Just let that sink in.
Photographs from Nightmares Fear Factory [website]
Creating solutions for space, creates solutions on Earth.
Many of NASA’s solutions for space exploration have been adapted for use on Earth. These adapted technologies are known as NASA spinoffs. To date there have been over 1,800 NASA spinoffs. The Apollo program led to many spinoffs, including CAT scans, better water purification technology, a life raft that can withstand choppy conditions at sea, and athletics shoes that were adapted from moon boot technology. Memory foam was even originally developed by NASA to improve the safety of aircraft cushions. Recently a new technology startup Scanadu developed the first real life Star Trek tricorder, which uses the same technology as the Mars Curiosity rover.
NASA has continued to better lives on Earth by developing innovative technologies for the space shuttle and Viking spacecraft that were adapted to create more functional artificial limbs for amputees and insulin pumps for diabetics. NASA also developed fire resistant polymer fabric, which protects firefighters and military personnel. One of the latest NASA spinoffs, the FINDER radar, helps emergency responders rescue victims of disasters. NASA technology has protected us and we should protect its budget.
NASA is valuable both for space exploration and for bettering life on Earth. The government shutdown is halting innovation. Write to Congress to tell them you want the government shutdown to end and for NASA to continue innovation for space and Earth.
Time for Amy Dallen to get her Geek & Sundry CCG card! Enthusiastic as ever, she’s a real asset.
Tomorrow we’ll see a card full of cats! Oh, Caitlin and Vaughan from Songs of Adventure might be there somewhere. But mostly it’s about cats.
The Geek & Sundry team would like you to know that this has become our favorite thing to look forward to every day! We so wanna’ play this.
Last drawing in the series done for RP purposes.
I ask that this drawing, like those that came before it, not be used for any purpose without my consent. Thank you. :D
Banksy Takes Over the Streets of New York
Last week, English street artist Banksy (@banksyny) embarked on a month-long “artists residency on the streets of New York.” The world-renowned—and anonymous—artist is known across the globe for his satirical and often whimsical critiques of government and social issues.
The project, “Better Out than In,” brings Banksy’s signature site-specific stencil art to the streets of New York City and invites the city’s residents to seek out and document the pieces he unveils each day by posting their general location in his captions.
Follow Banksy’s project through Instagram: @banksyny.