Cycles of Creation

from Disney's Fantasia (1940)
via Youtube


The Rite of Spring, Part 1: Genesis

Music: Igor Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps

The Rite of Spring, Part 2: Evolution

Music: Igor Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps

The Rite of Spring, Part 3: Extinction

Music: Igor Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps


from Disney's Fantasia 2000 (2000)
via Youtube



Music: Igor Stravinsky - Firebird


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Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.
Instructions: Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish (or read an excerpt). Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses!

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare 
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens 
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma -Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery 
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood 
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck 
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 Night - Elie Weisel
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 The Road - Cormac McCarthy
69 Midnight’s Children and Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 East of Eden - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce 
76 The Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker 
84 Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl 
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Go read something... worthwhile, K?



Silvia by Miike Snow


Check out Miike Snow, folks.

visit the band's website here!



Hello United States of America!

Confused? Apathetic (or even blatantly ignorant)? Upset and frustrated, but don't know why?


The real source of all your daily problems.

Ass-erica lived up to its name this week at the G20 Summit. And was very proud and patriotic about it, too!

White House Undecided On Whether To Let Republicans Walk All Over Them
via Wonkette
Democrats in Congress were too afraid even to try to pass an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the middle class before the election, because Republicans saying anything at all about Democrats and taxes is very scary!
At least deciding to let Republicans completely grab control of the law-making process and all of the ground at the bargaining table is a concrete resolution, and one that could shift the blame of the sagging economy to the Republican Party.



"Wall Street hands out record bonuses. Poor people--get ready to be trickled down on!"
- Stephen Colbert

"I'll say this -- the president [George W. Bush] is everywhere talking about his book. And he is being very candid: In one interview, he said that he used to do stupid things while he was drunk. But think about it: Who among us hasn't had a couple of drinks and invaded Iraq?"
- David Letterman

Excuse me, but Alaska does not belong to you.

Sarah Palin's new reality show, Sarah Palin's Alaska, premieres this Sunday on The Learning Channel.

"Whether you think Palin is America's breath of fresh air or a lightweight opportunist, there can be no argument this show is way more Palin than Alaska," New York Daily News columnist David Hinckley wrote. "If she were buying the time, she couldn't have created a more flattering infomercial."

He's Got the Whole Planet, In His Hands...

This is the Republican who wants to be in charge of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, John Shimkus.

We don't have to worry about global warming or pollution or other such merely human problems! God promised that we never have to worry about that again, and he believes in the truth of the literal word of god.
We are so screwed.
- PZ Myers

Consider Humanism.

...because I believe that education is the best investment for humanity.

The good news?

There's still one person out there with some sense in this head.



The Mimic Octopus


Astronomers Find Most Earth-like Planet to Date
via ScienceNOW

Survivalists take note. Astronomers may have found the most Earth-like alien planet to date, and it's located only a short distance away, cosmically speaking. The team says that the planet's proximity to its sun, coupled with the ease with which it was detected, suggests that the galaxy could be teeming with habitable worlds.
Most of the 500 or so planets astronomers have found orbiting other stars have fallen into the gas-giant class: very large worlds, some much bigger than Jupiter, that can't support life, because they lack solid surfaces, and because they orbit either too far from or much too close to their suns. The few rocky worlds discovered so far also orbit too near or far from stars to fall into what planetary scientists call the "habitable zone," in which liquid water—and therefore life—could exist.
But Gliese 581g looks like a game-changer. Detected from the minuscule amount of gravitational influence it exerts on its star, the planet lives a mere 20 light-years away in the constellation Libra. Gliese 581g is the sixth world discovered around its sun—and the fourth most distant. Yet its orbit brings it closer to its parent star than Mercury is to our sun. Still, it's squarely within the habitable zone, because the planet's star, which is a type known as a red dwarf, contains only about 30% of the sun's mass and shines with only about 1% of its brightness, the researchers will report in an upcoming issue of the Astrophysical Journal.
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Flux by Bloc Party
via YouTube





Fall Rhapsody by Rabin Photography


Are you a Skeptic like me?
Got a bone to pick with that "book" called the Bible?

Go check this out. It will make your day!


...just in case you hadn't seen it already.

from Caricature Corner
drawings by Bob Doucette

Sweeney Todd and Ms. Lovett

Henri Marie Raymond Toulouse-Lautrec Moŋfa

Edgar Allen Poe


moar to follow...



Fran Learte

Fran “drfranken” Rodrìguez Learte, was born in La Coruna, Spain in 1979. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Salamanca in 1998. 

drfranken lives and works in Madrid, Spain. For many years he experimented with different techniques and mediums. Now he concentrates on digital art and his work as a computer programmer in engineering.

bizə göstər


Stephan Balleux
via ArtistADay

Stephan Balleux’s paintings, 3D videos, drawings and sculptures explore issues of pictorial perception and the conceptual idea of painting. The artist is engaged on an exploration of painting’s identity and the place it holds in the current artistic production challenged by digital and virtual technologies.

Far from denigrating or reacting against these new media, the painter employs all available tools, old and new, in order to endlessly question the pictorial medium.

Balleux’s artistic research, which inscribes him to a post-modern pictorial tradition, consists of taking painting itself as the main subject matter. The artist aims to produce specific sensations such as the distortion of the senses or the creation of a visual ambiguity within pictorial practice.


If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
                           - Rene Descartes

The human race is intoxicated with narrow victories, for life is a string of them like pearls that hit the floor when the rope breaks, and roll away in perfection and anarchy.
                                                             - Mark Helprin

Nikon Small World: Image of Distinction 2007
Dr. Robert Berdan, Diatoms (400x)

coming soon:

a film by Darren Aronofsky
via youtube

from 5 Random Comics
 by The Oatmeal