Monday, August 31, 2015

The Faith Instinct - Nicolas Wade

The Faith Instinct by Nicolas Wade

NPR book summary: "Draws on a broad range of scientific evidence to theorize an evolutionary basis for religion, considering how religion may have served as an essential component of early society survival and that the brain may be inherently inclined toward religious behavior."

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

NOVA: Chasing Pluto

PBS NOVA New Horizons journey to Pluto

Chasing Pluto: Watch as the New Horizons spacecraft captures our first clear view of Pluto’s icy surface.
Aired July 15, 2015 on PBS

Friday, June 26, 2015

President Obama: South Carolina, Eulogy of Clementa Pinckney

President Obama delivered the eulogy of Clementa Pinckney, pastor of the African Methodist Episcopal church Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015. Pastor Pinckney was a victim of an act of white terrorism when a young racist shot and killed him and 8 others during a prayer service June 17, 2015.

African Methodist Episcopalian church Boston

Thursday, June 25, 2015

What Happened Miss Simone?

Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.

Release June 26, 2015 (Netflix)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

W.E.B. Du Bois - The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk is a classic work of American literature by W. E. B. Du Bois.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NOVA: The Great Math Mystery

The Great Math Mystery:
Is math invented by humans, or is it the language of the universe?
Aired April 15, 2015 on PBS

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Yokohama History Museum

Yokohama History Museum
Tsuzuki-Ku, Yokohama City

The museum has relics from pre-historical Jomon, Yayoi and Sekijidai leading up to current times. Adjacent to the museum and opened as the external grounds is an actual Yayoi archaeological dig along with the building rebuilt on the same spots where ancient ones from 2000 years ago once stood. The Yayoi period (弥生時代, Yayoi jidai) is the Iron Age era of early Japan.

Friday, February 13, 2015

PCAST: DARPA Director on DARPA's Mission(s)

DARPA Director Dr. Arati Prabhakar to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) about DARPA's mission and priorities.
Washington, DC
November 14, 2014

DARPA’s Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program (ALASA)

Launches 100-pound satellites into low Earth orbit within 24 hours of call-up, for less than $1 million per launch.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

American Experience - Last Days in Vietnam

"During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The United States has only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. As Communist victory becomes inevitable and the U.S. readies to withdraw, some Americans begin to consider the certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends. Meanwhile, the prospect of an official evacuation of South Vietnamese becomes terminally delayed by Congressional gridlock and the inexplicably optimistic U.S. Ambassador. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans take matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible."

NOVA - First Man On The Moon

"He risked his life for the nation and became a world icon, but who was Neil Armstrong?
Aired December 3, 2014"

"Everyone knows Neil Armstrong was the first to set foot on the moon. But this modest and unassuming man was determined to stay out of the spotlight. Now, for the first time, NOVA presents an intimate portrait of Armstrong through interviews with his family and friends, many of whom have never spoken publicly before. Discover and relive Armstrong's achievements before and after Apollo, from his time as a Navy combat veteran and later as a pioneer of high-speed flight to his leading role in the inquiry into the Challenger disaster and his efforts to encourage young people to take to the skies. Along the way, we learn how Armstrong's life became the inspiring story of heroic risk-taking and humble dedication that ultimately advanced humanity's adventure in space."

Thursday, January 15, 2015

This American Life #544: Batman

This American Life
544: Batman
January 9, 2015

"Can other people's expectations of you alter what you can do physically? Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller of NPR's new radio show and podcast Invisibilia investigate that question – specifically, they look into something that sounds impossible: if people’s expectations can change whether a blind man can see."

I found this show extremely fascinating. I believe people's expectations affect those with sight too. I couldn't help think of how common expectations and people treat each other might affect how well they cope with life, whether that be family, romance, or discrimination in general. Listen to this and it may be true for us all, treat people in a way that leads them in the direction of self confidence, not false dependency.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christopher Nolan - Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar is a 2014 science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan. The film features a crew of astronauts who travel through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity. Not just science fiction, also based on real science facts.

PRI Science Friday - Into the Wormhole: The Science of 'Interstellar'
NOV. 21, 2014

Colbert Report Finale - "We'll Meet Again", Obama does 'The Decree'

An amazing number of famous folks. A sudden where are they now; onstage all at once.

PBS - The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation (2005)

PBS - The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation (2005)

Get Lucky - 2014 MTV Music Awards

Get Lucky - 2014 MTV Music Awards
Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rogers and Pharrell: Amazing performance.

Happy - 86th Academy Awards

Because I'm happy.


25th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Gimme Shelter

U2, Mick Jagger, Fergie - "Gimmer Shelter" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Shows

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Winter Solstice 2014

A natural holiday. Happy New Year.

Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Winter solstice occurs for the Northern Hemisphere in December and for the Southern Hemisphere in June.

Friday, December 12, 2014

NASA - New Horizons Mission to Pluto and Chiron

"New Horizons is a mission designed to fly by Pluto and its moon Charon and transmit images and data back to Earth. It will then continue on into the Kuiper Belt where it will fly by a one or more Kuiper Belt Objects and return further data."

New Horizons should perform a flyby of the Pluto system on 14 July 2015.

PBS - Richard Pryor Icon

PBS Richard Pryor Icon
November 23, 2014
"About the Program:
Richard Pryor: One of the greatest American comics of all time. His impact on comedy and this generation’s top comedians — who cite Richard as their biggest influence — is unrivaled. He was one of the first black men ever on television. He pioneered a new brand of humor: black man impersonating white man while making fun of himself. And he was a hit. His comedy was universal. His rise to fame was nothing short of miraculous."

Richard Pryor, A Comedy Pioneer Who Was 'Always Whittling On Dynamite'
NPR Fresh Air
December 11, 2014

via Youtube - instead of the the PBS link, firewall, international rights restricted.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon is a science fiction short story and subsequent novel written by Daniel Keyes. The short story, written in 1958 and first published in the April 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy; Science Fiction, won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1960.

The eponymous Algernon is a laboratory mouse who has undergone surgery to increase his intelligence by artificial means. The story is told by a series of progress reports written by Charlie Gordon, the first human test subject for the surgery, and it touches upon many different ethical and moral themes such as the treatment of the mentally disabled.

I read it when I was 8 years old and now find it analogous to our life experience; attaining everything what life has to offer and losing everything at the end.

Charly - 1968 film starring Cliff Robertson, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. I watched it for the first time last month. At first I thought the film looked dated, but found I loved that the film is set in the Boston, Mass of my youth.