Before you lies a collection of various means of expression that has grabbed my attention in some shape or form. Main focal point: my taste. Not considered: your taste.

Books. Art. Film. Music.


This account is going to be inactive

I’m going to be away from tumblr for a while because I’m pretty bored with it. I’m choosing to not delete it entirely because I want to utilize it as a personal blog that only focuses on my day to day life; this switch shall occur in the fall or winter. Feel free to unfollow this blog or find me on instagram @masterofsome


MSL Curiosity: Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) @ 1080p/30fps

This is absolutely one of the most pristine and immersive, ultra-high-definition videos I’ve ever seen. 1080p recommended for jaw-dropping clarity, smooth motion and a stirring views of the Martian surface via the MSL Curiosity’s MARDI camera. Enjoy. And happy birthday, Curiosity.

Article below via Wired:

Ultra-HD Video of Curiosity Rover’s Landing Is the Best Yet

Immerse yourself in every eye-popping detail of Curiosity’s harrowing plummet to the Martian surface in this new ultra-high-definition video.

The painstaking labor of love comes from filmmaker Bard Canning, who spent over a month getting every piece of the video in tip-top shape. Extrapolating the original Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) camera’s low-res four frames-per-second video, Canning boosted it up to 30 frames per second and rendered the footage in 1080p. By adding hundreds of motion-tracking and adjustment points, he was able to create a smoother ride and show off the most interesting features of the Martian surface.

In order to watch the heat shield smoothly fall away, Canning separated the film into two independently moving layers and rendered each one separately. The result provides the best possible video accuracy while really enhancing the footage.

On top of everything, Canning added something that other Mars descent videos have lacked: sound. Simulating the rover’s booming entry from space into the high atmosphere and then the quieter whooshing winds of Mars as it was lowered on its supersonic parachute really adds to the realism of the video. When the sound of Curiosity’s rockets kick in, you can almost feel yourself jerked back.

The video seems to have struck a chord with people already, climbing to one of the top spots on Reddit this morning. To get a nice behind-the-scenes look at Canning’s process, he has helpfully provided a “making of” video.

Video: Bard Canning
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Still “curious”? Explore the below….

Bard Canning’s “Making Of" Video (explaining how he put together all the frames in the video you see above)

Side-by-Side Comparison: Original MARDI Video/Bard Canning’s Video (side-by-side comparison with the above video)

Dare Mighty Things | Brandon Fibbs’ Tribute Video to the EDL Sequence (re-live the moment that brought Mars back into our homes, computers, smart phones and minds)

Full Video (1hr 30mins 35secs): Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” Landing Day, 2012 (landing sequence @ 55:00, touchdown @ 1:00:35)

7 Minutes of Terror: Curiosity’s Risky Mars Landing Video (Entry Descent and Landing Explained via JPL)

Longest and most disturbing out of body experience I’ve ever had; complete with painful ringing noise in left ear, hovering and paralysis, and the visual of entering my body upon awakening. At one point I told myself that I had to figure out a way to keep myself from hovering in my sleep because it never ceases to terrify me (OBE occurs more often for me than lucid dreaming). I wrote a whole post detailing my experience but it turned out to be way too long. I wish the read more option was available on the app. Also, I had never known prior to this morning that these reoccurring episodes of hovering above my bed was considered an “Out of Body Experience”. It was pretty cool to read articles and studies on the internet dedicated to understanding why and how these things occur.


Hearing hair-cells in adult mammals regenerated for the first time
— Potential treatment for deafness 

Harvard Medical School researchers used a drug on the cochlea of deaf mice that stimulated stem cells (that were isolated from the ear) to grow new hair cells within the inner ear. The drug inhibited a signal generated by a protein called Notch and the supporting cells turned into new hair cells. The deaf mice now had improved hearing and the improvements could be traced to where the drug had been placed and the new hair cells grew.

"We’re excited about these results because they are a step forward in the biology of regeneration and prove that mammalian hair cells have the capacity to regenerate," Dr. Edge said. “With more research, we think that regeneration of hair cells opens the door to potential therapeutic applications in deafness."

The images are of stereocilia, the bundles of hair within the inner ear that allow for hearing.

The Dangling Conversation.

"I did not love Catherine Barkley nor had any idea of loving her. This was a game, like bridge, in which you said things instead of playing cards. Like bridge you had to pretend you were playing for money or playing for some stakes. Nobody had mentioned what the stakes were. It was all right with me." - from A Farewell To Arms


For almost every day last month Malaysian artist/architect Hong Yi (who often goes by the nickname Red) created a fun illustration made with common (and occasionally not so common) food. Her parameters were simple: the image had to be comprised entirely of food and the only backdrop could be a white plate. With that in mind Yi set out to create landscapes, animals, homages to pop culture, and even a multi-frame telling of the three little pigs. The project, which still appears to be ongoing, has been documented heavily around the web.”

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (via larmoyante)

From my rotting body, flowers shall grow, and I am in them, and that is eternity.

Edvard Munch (via wolf-cub)

(Source: chandr-a)


A man on the radio said that within the next ten years beef burgers will no longer be offered in fast food joints because of Obama care. What I find disheartening is that people are going to take that and run with it.

Super sleepy

I got up early this morning to do a thorough scrub down of my apartment because management is going to do a walk through at 9 AM. Can I just say that I found out how to make THE best stain remover on Pinterest? I used it for my clothes the other day, and today I used it to spot clean my carpet. It’s cheap and perfect for those that have kids or are just generally a klutz like me. I haven’t met a stain it hasn’t been able to remove, I love it!
2 Tbsp Baking Powder
3-4 Tbsp Hydrogen Peroxide
1 Tsp Orginal Dawn Dish Detergent
1 Old Toothbrush (to scrub)

Try it out! The ingredients only cost $5 all together.