"[According] to a recent study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the average American consumes twice as much water as she thinks she does. Furthermore, we Americans are not quite sure which practices are the most water-intensive. As it turns out, the Olympic-sized pool isn’t the biggest concern — 70 percent of personal water use occurs within the home, according to a 2005 EPA study. And the biggest culprit under the roof? Toilet-flushing, accounting for 27 percent of all indoor water use.”
I felt the need to post this for three reasons:
- 1. people in general asking how I did it
- 2. people questioning if I took a gifset and ran it through photoshop filters
- 3. because I want people to know that its digital art- painted in photoshop- not traditional. In my original post I used the words “hand painted” because I was groggy and exhausted and I wanted to imply each frame is a from-scratch illustration but I think some people took it to mean there are 16 physical hang-on-the-wall paintings of this which there certainly is not. I tried to change the wording but the post kinda went viral before I had a chance to catch myself. Sorry about that. I may be less awesome than you thought. Oh and on a side note this method of animating is called rotoscoping (same method was used in the movie Anastasia).
Neil deGrasse Tyson
"Pluto Files" was a fascinating and interesting short book about the history of Jupiter, which is not as long as I would have originally believed. Tyson explores the cultural influence, discovery, and further exploration of Pluto. Filled with the type of interesting repeatable facts one uses at parties such as the Disney character Pluto being named very shortly after the discovery and naming of the once planet.
"Pluto Files" walks this line between simplifying scientific explanation for the layman to understand and sounding condescending. Neil deGrasse Tyson achieves this by instilling so much of his personal charm in his writing that it feels more like a conversation or friendly personal dissertation at a social event.
This is a great book for middle-school children to adults. I will probably recommend this as a first book for people interested in audible. It is an easy read and relatively short by comparison to other books in the catalog.
Mirrion Willis is a great narrated and perfectly suited for this project. He sounds very similar to Neil deGrasse Tyson and matches many of his inflections with embodying his sense of humor.
This will be a re-read in 2015.
Dr. Seuss turns 110 year old today. This iconic author, philosopher, poet has created a body of work so beautiful that it transcends generational and societal changes. Each new generation of children fall in love with the vast area of charters and personalities which echo in their minds.
His first national publication is the second picture above. Featured in the Saturday Evening Post on July 16, 1927.
Argue able his best work was his last, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”. It was and was not surprising that this was his last work. The book so well documents the journey of life to almost feel personally prophetic. The development from youth to old age captured as innocently as it is powerfully in that very Dr. Seuss way.
There is never error in the gift of his work .
Happy Birthday Theo Seuss Geisel
The Grand Budapest Hotel
A Film by Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson never disappoints. His movies are clever, fun, and above all beautiful. His legacy of films leave us with an impression of what’s coming and no idea where it’s going.
It is must see.
Nick Reding’s “Methland” is a fascinating history and exploration of the drug meth. He specifically focuses on the drugs impact on small town America; especially in areas of economic deterioration caused by shifting agricultural trends.
This book is largely anecdotal with many comments and reiterations supported by published statistical information and reports. Although near the end of book the reliability of statistics pertaining to drugs is debated with an implied, if not stated, conclusion that statistic outlining the rise, fall, or existence of drug trends are inherently unreliable.
His personal interviews with meth producers, addicts, transporters, doctors, law enforcement, political figures, and their families puts an enduring face on meth’s impact at every level and scale.
One of the more intriguing parts of “Methland” is the study of the word “epidemic” and how it’s definition in pathology can be applied to the social definition associated with drug epidemics.
Reding comes to some interesting, and for me new, theories as to the emergence and proliferation of meth. It plays to my already established prejudices against the agriculture and pharmaceutical industries. It captured my attention enough to provoke further research and possibly amend this post. Reding does not disclose his connection to the agriculture industry until later and has forced me to review my notes.
This is not a great statistical analysis of meth. It is too personal for that distinction, although it poses many of those traits.
Methland is worth reading simply for the description of Lori Arnold, Tom Arnold’s sister and an important character in the book.
Very well narrated by Mark Boyette. He captures the seriousness of the book while giving life to the many characters it displays on both sides of the law. I will be strongly influenced in my future reading based on his narration.
"NASA’s annual budget is half a penny on your tax dollar. For twice that—a penny on a dollar—we can transform the country" - Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson
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