Friday, December 31, 2021

Watch 1,000 Musicians Play Foo Fighters' 'Learn To Fly' With Special Guest Dave GrohlWatch 1,000 Musicians Play Foo Fighters' 'Learn To Fly'

My mother disliked the sea
after we arrived in Australia.  She would say,
‘Four weeks on a ship. Waves. Waves.
that’s all it was… And
the horizon never getting closer. (p.198)

For her the ship was a prison, and once she escaped it, she turned her back on it.

Returning from her day job
She would bring home
seedlings and packets of seeds
from the nursery
to add to the flower garden.
It took me decades to learn
that’s where she belonged —
and she’d reached her horizon
by turning her back on the sea. (p.199)

The weirdest and wildest political moments of 2021 - Washington Post: “Everything you’re about to watch really did happen this year.” [Oh my]

2021 A Year in First Lines

Britney, Bennifer, Beatles and Broadway: Pop culture in 2021 AP

Watch 1,000 Musicians Play Foo Fighters' 'Learn To Fly' With Special Guest Dave GrohlWatch 1,000 Musicians Play Foo Fighters' 'Learn To Fly' With Special Guest Dave Grohl

Fast Company – “Everyone knows they need to manage their stress. When things get difficult at work, school, or in your personal life, you can use as many tips, tricks, and techniques as you can get to calm your nerves. So, here’s a science-backed one: make a playlist of the 10 songs found to be the most relaxing on earth. Sound therapies have long been popular as a way of relaxing and restoring one’s health. For centuries, indigenous cultures have used music to enhance well-being and improve health conditions. Now, neuroscientists out of the UK have specified which tunes give you the most bang for your musical buck. According to Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International, which conducted the research, the top song produced a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date…” [Perhaps listen while reading all the news about Omicron]

MediaWise, Poynter’s digital media literacy program, has expanded to in the U.S. and abroad. But anyone can learn to spot misinformation right now. Poynter: “Here are six tools and techniques you, your friends (or enemies) and family can use to make a dent in the false information flowing on the internet today…”

Is Santa Claus Real? Wikipedia Editors Battle It OutDefector

Finnish Man Passes on Paying $22,600 to Replace His Tesla’s Battery, Blows Up Car Instead Gizmodo

The Single-Staircase Radicals Have a Good PointSlate

5 things we can learn from Marlene DietrichDeutsche Welle

‘Of Sound Mind’ Review: Do You Hear What I Hear? WSJ

There Will Be Blogs Commonweal

Reflections of a Non Political Man The Point

The backstory: What I learnt about the inequities of a ‘noble’ profession Scroll

What Happened to the Friendly Neighbourhood (Working-Class) Spider-Man? The Wir

Photographer Captures Comet, Aurora, and Milky Way in Epic Panorama

PetaPixel – Stanley Aryanto is an award-winning Australian landscape and travel photographer, explorer and educator. The former engineer quit his nine to five job to pursue his passion for photography and now mentors photographers from all walks of life. You can find more of his work on his website.