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The Mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated. By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spell-bound by exciting stories; and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.
~ Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

The bridge in Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite, one of my favorite spots in the world, in celebration of 100 years of US National Parks!
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Celebrating the National Parks Service Centennial with hundreds of the most beautiful maps of America's best idea.
A park ranger is diligently uploading these free cartographic resources for the enjoyment and convenience of all.
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I hear you, +Wolfgang Rupprecht Here is one I love of the Grand Canyon, but the rest of them? Yeah, I get it.
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What I hope is that the term 'Anthropocene' will be a warning to the world.
~ Paul Crutzen, Dutch Nobel prize-winning atmospheric chemist who first coined the term and wants to focus attention on the consequences of our collective action—and on how we might still avert the worst.

The International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), the bureaucracy that governs geologic time, is searching for the "Golden Spike," a clear marker in the stratigraphic record to mark the beginning of the Anthropocene, "The Age of Humans."

I have my preference.
Geologists vote to seek a “golden spike,” but call for formal acceptance faces skepticism
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WALL-E End Title Sequence: Art, Hope and Inspiration

Did you think that your feet had been bound
By what gravity brings to the ground?
~ Peter Gabriel, Down to Earth, Wall-E End Titles

For me, more than anything else, Wall-E is a movie that speaks directly to the cynics, the apathetic, and to anyone who has lost touch with the fundamental urge toward creativity and expression, with the sheer joy and heights of emotion that art can bring. Just watching the closing credits is inspiring, as they move through the style of cave drawings, Greek and Roman art, Seurat, Van Gogh, all the way up through 8-bit video game-style graphics. It drives home the message that the world is full of inspiration, sometimes where we least expect to find it.
~ Bridget McGovern,, Wall-E: Pixar's Lasting Tribute to the Power of Art


"Something beautiful.

Jim Capobianco’s end credits to Andrew Stanton’s WALL·E are essential; they are the actual ending of the film, a perfect and fantastically optimistic conclusion to a grand, if imperfect idea. Humanity’s past and future evolution viewed through unspooling schools of art. Frame after frame sinks in as you smile self-consciously. It isn’t supposed to be this good but there it is. This is art in its own right. Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman’s song, “Down to Earth” indulges you with some incredibly thoughtful lyrics and, from the Stone Age to the Impressionists to the wonderful 8-bit pixel sprites, you are in the midst of something special.

In a great and successful attempt to preserve our likeness through the lens and canvas of art history, Jim Capobianco, Alex Woo and many others have rendered something epic; art without sublimation and an imprint of hope."

the main goal of the credits was to finish the story. To communicate that the humans were going to be okay. They would survive...
~ Jim Capobianco, Title Sequence Director and Animator, Pixar Animation Studios


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"Down to Earth" is a song, sung and produced by Peter Gabriel featuring the Soweto Gospel Choir. The lyrics were written by Peter Gabriel. The music was composed by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman. [...] The song was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 66th Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards"

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During World War II, Capt. Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — created a small booklet explaining how to prevent mosquito bites. More great maps at VisualLoop!

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“Mapping the Medieval World in Islamic Cartography” is one of the 258 episodes (at the time of this publication) in the archives of the Otoman History Podcast, a modest academic project that begun in 2011 and grew to become one of the largest digital resources for academic discussion concerning the Ottoman Empire and the modern …
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Huge progress, +Olivier Malinur​. Thank you. 
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Taxibot! Taxibot!

For small and medium-sized cities, it is conceivable that a shared fleet of self-driving vehicles could completely obviate the need for traditional public transport.
~ International Transport Forum, on how self-driving cars and "taxibots" could change life in cities.

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The pdf is a must read:

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International artist Martin Haake makes extraordinary pictorial maps, all conveniently curated in a lovely "City Atlas." Find more of Haake's beautiful maps here:

Thank you, +Tam McDonnagh!
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Love 'em, +Ann Kennedy! Thanks!
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Take a ferry across the bay, walk across the Golden Gate, ride a Cable Car, and visit the Painted Ladies, but whatever you do, do not miss the Exploratorium, the world's best science museum for children of all ages. Martin Haake's gorgeous pictorial map of San Francisco brings the fun to life.

Thank you, +Tam McDonnagh!
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It's very folk-artish, +Ann Kennedy​ 😄
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Taz Mopula never ceases to enlighten. Happy Thursday, Plussers!
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Hi and thank you, +Alistair McHarg​!
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The views of lofty mountains, of gigantic trees, of falls of water which seem to descend from heights in the heavens and break into mists before they reach the ground, are indescribably unique and beautiful. Nothing in the way of landscape can be more impressive or picturesque.
~ Exhibition Review of Carleton Watkins Yosemite Valley photographs by The New York Times, Fine Arts Section, December 12, 1862

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National Park Service at 100: The Prehistory of the Parks

There is no shortage of things to see in America’s national parks. Whether the view is of dappled Acadia or striated Zion, they all share one thing: somebody recognized that it was special enough to set aside for us all. First you have to see, and then you can save.

That’s worth keeping in mind on Aug. 25 as the U.S. National Park Service celebrates the 100th anniversary of the act that established it. The parks are celebrating with much fanfare: all 412 of them have free admission on the big day and throughout the following weekend. The Postal Service is issuing commemorative stamps to celebrate and the U.S. Mint is making special coins.

Yet America’s majestic national parks actually predate Woodrow Wilson’s signature 100 years ago. It was 1864 when the bill came across Abraham Lincoln’s desk to grant “Yo-Semite Valley” and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the State of California “for public use, resort, and recreation”—the first time in recorded history that a government had set aside land for public enjoyment rather than profit.


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How one photographer helped give birth to the National Park Service
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Do you know why teachers use me? Because I speak in tongues. I write metaphors. Every one of my stories is a metaphor you can remember.
~ Ray Bradbury, Born in 1920, Bradbury would be 96 today.
The Illustrated Man

Published in 1951, The Illustrated Man is a book of dark and fantastic short stories by science fiction great, Ray Bradbury. Each story is tied together through the plot device of the illustrated man's tattoos, each one coming to life and telling a different story if you gaze upon them long enough. Don't look away. You might even glimpse your own demise.

"What seems to be the trouble?" I asked.

For answer, he unbuttoned his tight collar, slowly. With his eyes shut, he put a slow hand to the task of unbuttoning his shirt all the way down. He slipped his fingers in to feel his chest. "Funny," he said, eyes still shut. 'You can't feel them but they're there. I always hope that someday I'll look and they'll be gone. I walk in the sun for hours on the hottest days, baking, and hope that my sweat'll wash them off, the sun'll cook them off, but at sundown they're still there." He turned his head slightly toward me and exposed his chest. "Are they still there now?"

After a long while I exhaled. "Yes," I said. "They're still there."

The Illustrations.

"Another reason I keep my collar buttoned up," he said, opening his eyes, "is the children. They follow me along country roads. Everyone wants to see the pictures, and yet nobody wants to see them."

He took his shirt off and wadded it in his hands. He was covered with Illustrations from the blue tattooed ring about his neck to his belt line.

"It keeps right on going," he said, guessing my thought. "All of me is Illustrated. Look." He opened his hand. On his palm was a rose, freshly cut, with drops of crystal wake among the soft pink petals. I put my hand out to touch it, but it was only an Illustration.

As for the rest of him, I cannot say how I sat and stared, for be was a riot of rockets and fountains and people, in such intricate detail and color that you could hear the voices murmuring small and muted, from the crowds that inhabited his body. When his flesh twitched, the tiny mouths flickered, the tiny green-and-gold eyes winked, the tiny pink hands gestured. There were yellow meadows and blue rivers and mountains and stars and suns and planets spread in a Milky Way across his chest. The people themselves were in twenty or more odd groups upon his arms, shoulders, back, sides, and wrists, as well as on the flat of his stomach. You found them in forests of hair, lurking among a constellation of freckles, or peering from armpit caverns, diamond eyes aglitter. Each seemed intent upon his own activity, each was a separate gallery portrait.

"Why, they're beautiful!" I said.

How can I explain about his Illustrations? If El Greco had painted miniatures in his prime, no bigger than your hand, infinitely detailed, with all his sulphurous color, elongation, and anatomy, perhaps he might have used this man's body for his art. The colors burned in three dimensions. They were windows looking in upon fiery reality. Here, gathered on one wall, were all the finest scenes in the universe the man was a walking treasure gallery. This wasn't the work of a cheap carnival tattoo man with three colors and whisky on his breath. This was the accomplishment of a living genius vibrant, clear, and beautiful.

"Oh, yes," said the Illustrated Man. "I'm so proud of my Illustrations that I'd like to burn them off. I've tried sandpaper, acid, a knife . . ."

The sun was setting. The moon was already up in the East.

"For, you see," said the Illustrated Man, "these Illustrations predict the future."

More on The Illustrated Man here:

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+Vicky Veritas thank you for the quote. I have read most of Bradbury's works. They are filled with delight and melancholy in equal measure.
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    Earth Science, 2000
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