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The night sky of Namibia is one of the best in the world, about the same quality of the deserts of Chile and Australia. This 13 min video contains about 250 hours of actual exposures, gathered at Tivoli Farm, Namibia, during 10 perfectly cloudless nights.
Love the looks for the people in the train. They don't know whether to be happy or offended! :-)
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Realizing that A) someone has lied to me, and B) I was stupid enough to fall for it.
I'm not talking about someone telling me that I don't look as old as I am, or that my purple shorts go really well with my chartreuse shirt. I'm talking about filling my head with outright lies that shape my behavior and worldview, until the day comes that I see how stupid I've been for believing it. And then I get stabby.
We all got fooled as kids. You can't escape it. My mother told me that a fat man climbed down my chimney every Christmas and left me presents. She also told me that a funky chick with wings left a quarter under my pillow every time I lost a tooth. I won't even discuss her story about a rabbit who lays eggs and shits chocolate for Jesus.
My church told me things, my teachers told me things, my government told me things, and the TV told me things so I would sit quietly and behave myself. Behave, conform, consume. Work hard and your company will reward you with raises and stability. Obey the law and the government will leave you alone. Believe in this particular Christian god and you will go to our brand of Heaven.
But I eventually found out the truth, and I laughed it off, and then moved forward. Because that is what we do when we become adults.
Like most men my age, I was born into a world that still clung to the belief that women were second-class citizens and only knew their way around the kitchen. Family, religion, advertising, and mass media all told me that women were flighty, emotional, shallow, and irretrievably stupid creatures that needed a firm hand to be controlled. They held no opinions or had any knowledge that meant anything useful outside the house, and even then it was somewhat useless because cooking and laundry and child-rearing was a woman's work anyway. It was below our notice. We made the money, gave out a stipend (grudgingly) for shopping, and controlled the rest. Real men don't talk, or reason, or apologize, we were told. We kick ass and take names and then let off a smart-ass quip that makes the women swoon. Those same women we just told to "shut your whore mouth when men are talking."
Now comes the internets, where everyone has a chance to broadcast their opinions world-wide. And we find that half of 7 billion people on the planet are women, and some of them are pretty smart.
Like anyone else who's having their dearly-loved personal philosophies and beliefs challenged, lots of men dismissed these upstart women as fat ugly whores and forwarded the opinion that they should get their asses off the internets and back into the kitchen. After they get raped for being radical enough to speak out.
We all know the jokes, jibes, insults, and abuse. And what I realized recently is that it's out of fear.
Men, who've never progressed or evolved past the frightened little boys they were, are lashing out the only way they know how - violence. Be it physical or verbal, it's still violence and it's the lingua franca of perpetually adolescent males who long for the days when they could hit and kick and punch the weaker humans who dared exist in their universe. Because they were scared -- of being perceived as weak, as thoughtful, as reasonable.
And while I truly believe that some of them need a good old-fashioned asskicking at the hands (and feet) of the rest of us men who actually grew up, I also believe that they are more deserving of our pity than our anger. Because while they may be six feet tall with a three-piece suit, inside every workplace or internet bully is a scared 11 year-old boy. And we all know that you just don't pick on someone who's smaller than you.
CloudFTP lets you share a whole hard drive full of movies wirelessly with your iDevice! It started out as a Kickstarter project that and I helped fund. (You can read about it here: http://geekbeat.tv/cloudftp )
Well, they shipped the first batch and we're giving a pair away!
HOW TO WIN:
1) Do you have me in a Circle here on G+? Perfect! Move to Step 2.
2) Publicly share this post.
That's it! Once you've done those two things, you're entered to win the CloudFTP that I'm giving away. (And YES, this one is open to EVERYONE, not just people in the US or Canada.)
If you want to double or triple your chance of winning, John is giving away another on her post right here ==>
And if you leave a comment below you get an extra chance at winning! (Remember, G+ only allows 500 comments, so there's that...)
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