20 Feet from Stardom

A year or so ago, I had a chance to watch an absolutely phenomenal documentary called 20 Feet from Stardom, on back-up singers. I was reminded of it today and found an almost complete version on YouTube. It’s plenty good enough to watch and get an appreciation for those singers, mostly women, if you don’t want to watch it fully on some paid source.

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Who Will Be First to 3D Print Pluto at Scale?

NASA has just released some amazing high resolution files of Pluto.

Pluto Close-up by NASA

Pluto Close-up by NASA

The resolution is more than good enough to create a 3D print of the planet, at something like a room sized scale, and maintain all of the details captured, in my opinion. If done smaller, you’ll even lose some details! That is, the information might be finer than the 3D printing technology that is currently available!

So the only thing remaining for me to ask is who will be the first?

I think that would be quite something to see, Pluto in 3D compared to just a speck of light we knew of its appearance only a short prior to whenever they get enough information to print the 3D model!

Watch Earth from Space (Discovery Channel Documentary)

Earth from Space is by far the best video I have ever seen about the Earth. The videography is absolutely stunning, but the information presented also rivals that. See how natural forces work on Earth, on its own and, of course, together. You really get a sense of how everything influences everything else. There’s a TON of information to learn, then contemplate consequences after that. Headache medication makers should really sponsor these awesome documentaries!

Below is the entire documentary. You can watch it in HD if you have the bandwidth and want to see it in all its glory. Do that by clicking on the YouTube icon near the bottom left corner.

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Watch Canadian PM Stephen Harper Sing “With a Little Help from My Friends” with Yo-Yo Ma

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has finally found a better use for his mouth than for politics!

In a surprise moment at the National Arts Centre Gala in Ottawa last night (Oct 3), Stephen Harper appeared on stage to sing the Beatles classic With a Little Help from my Friends with Yo-Yo Ma… and he wasn’t bad. That’s a lot more than I can say about him in politics!

[I’ll try to find a better quality full video for this soon]

While Stevo Beatle sat in a Franz Liszt pianist concert posture side on to the audience, the filming was from an angle that hid his hands, defeating the objective of the Liszt seating arrangement. His piano playing might have been as shady as his politics, for all we know, and was definitely all behind the scenes.

However, I was all right with his singing so he’s got a future after politics that’s going to end soon. He’s relied on a little help from his friends and some Canadian apathy to stay in power so far, but his friends are dwindling. He’ll need a little more than that to stay in power long cause we’re becoming a lot less apathetic about his pathetic performance so far.

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Stephen Harper Singing at the National Arts Centre Gala on Oct 3 2009

I’ll give Stevo this, though. That performance in Ottawa was the first thing Stevo’s done that I’ve tolerated to any extent. As for Yo-Yo Ma, well, let’s just say I’m trying really hard not to judge him by the company he keeps.

And that part of the song where Stevo Beatle sings “I need somebody to love”, that’s going to be priceless for the post-election celebrations when he goes down in the next election. đŸ™‚

Finally, isn’t it ironic of all the people Stevo could perform with, he chooses a guy named Yo-Yo? Given all of Stevo’s unfulfilled promises, retracting on so many campaign promises, Yo-Yo is a name Stevo might consider for himself.

Yo-Yo Harper. One who harps but goes back and forth on it. Kind has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

Credit to my friend Liz Shouldice for the video alert.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 7.5