- We can all rest easy — Jerry Sandusky is writing a book in prison.
- Seventy-seven years after it became law, Social Security is keeping 20 million Americans out of poverty.
- Michael J. Fox is returning to prime time in a series inspired by his own life.
- From Hypervocal: The incredible story of the Oregon boy who escaped from an underwear-clad priest.
- From Slate: The thrilling demise of the daily dealbusiness model.
- From the Daily Beast: Jodie Foster to everyone —“Leave Kristen Stewart alone!”
- Obama gets his own Swift Boat attack ad — and it’s only 22 minutes long.
- What’s a McGangbang? Well, if you must know…
- The “iconic movie sunglasses” supercut.
- The safe sex rap — circa 1993.
Look At This:
- Presenting the 2012 winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
- A Chinese farmer who lost both arms in an accident spent eight years building himself new ones from scrap metal.
Happy Hour Tumblr: Emceez Ansari
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…who seem not only painfully unfamiliar with the legal system (where divorce is, I assure you, absolutely an option), but also blissfully unaware that sometimes, people leave their spouses, and those left behind get no say in the matter, and it would be lovely if society would stop traumatizing them even further by judging the everloving shit out of them.
Kepler-11, a Sonata
The Kepler project works by essentially staring at any distant star and watching for the tiny flicker of darkness that happens when a planet orbits between the star and Earth. It’s very similar to what we saw during the recent Transit of Venus.
Kepler-11 is a six planet system around a distant star! Astronomer Alex Parker has taken their orbits and distances from their star and given them each a note. Then, as they orbit, their note is played, with larger planets getting louder notes.
Of course, their orbits don’t match up to our usual Earthly time signatures. Th resulting musical piece is something that teeters on the edge of resolution, but never quite getting there. Sort of like the search for exoplanets themselves.
Previously: This is a wonderful translation of astronomical data into music, and it reminds me of this hauntingly beautiful piece designed after our own solar system: Mandala. (Probably the best of its kind)