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The Art Of Flying by Jan van Ijken. Via Aeon, my latest favorite site.
A two minute film about “murmurations”: the mysterious flights of the Common Starling. It is unknown how the thousands of birds are able to fly in such dense swarms without colliding.
Every evening the starlings gather at dusk to perform this stunning air show.
From Neil Halloran, via Chart Porn which seems to be on hiatus, if not defunct since the presidential election of 2016.
At 17 minutes, this might be a mite long for some of you.
You know who you are.
But I find it to be among the more powerful presentations that I have ever sat for.
Reposted at the suggestion of Donna.
The Fallen of World War II from Neil Halloran on Vimeo.
Elon Musk’s highflying 2018: What 150,000 miles in a private jet reveal about his ‘excruciating’ year
In addition to a real fun graphic that is absolutely worth the price of admission depicting all of Musk's travels for the year, we get the following. "In September, a few days after calling fossil fuels “the dumbest experiment in human history,” his plane burned thousands of pounds of jet fuel flying 300 miles from L.A. to Oakland so Musk could view a competitive video-gaming event. (Tesla said Musk went to the video-gaming event with this kids but also met with a Tesla board member and went to work at two Tesla offices in Fremont before flying home.)"
And since we're already on the subject, here's some old news.
I think that's about all the senseless violence and hypocracy I have time for this morning.
Be careful, it's a dangerous world out there.
It's Friday Night.
Time to rock.
Formed in 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa by the Gallo Record Company to cut supporting tracks for their Mbqanga vocal artists, The Makgona Tshole Band, "The Band That Can Play Everything" ranks among the greatest session bands in the history of recorded music.
Name your favorite studio outfit: The Funk Brothers, Swampers, Wrecking Crew, Booker T and the MGs ... you just go right ahead and choose ... The Makgona Tshole Band's work stands up to all of them.
From left to right this is, I don't know but I'm working on it, on the accordian, Vivian Ngubane along with the great Marks Mankwane stepping dangerously with untied shoelaces, on their guitars, Lucky Monama on the drums, Joseph Makwela on bass guitar, and West Nkosi on his saxaphone.
We've been saving this one for months.
Seventy seven years ago today, four teenage boys Marcel Ravidat, Jacques Marsal, Georges Agnel, and Simon Coencas followed their dog, Robot (seriously ... Robot ... if you can believe Wikipedia) into a narrow cave near Montignac, France and discovered the Lascaux Cave Drawings.
Click on the photo below for just the coolest video/interactive tour of the cave and it's thought to be 17,000 year old drawings.
You can noodle around this fine site in French, English, German, Spanish, or all of the above.
Way super, double highly recommended.