This makes me want to ditch the smartphone I’ve got even more. It would help me on so many levels - personal interaction, mental health, productivity, creativity, and just general well being. Looking at a phone screen, mindlessly consuming content, hour after hour is not healthy. Literally the first thing that happens when I get up - look at the phone to see what has changed in the world. LIKE IT MATTERS. Anything that impacts me immediately upon waking up, I will notice. Either someone has already called me or I can see that the world is on fire through the window (after I put my glasses on, of course). Who cares what the latest meme on Facebook is? Why am I so worried that I might miss an email from a company that is offering a ridiculous sale?
This morning, I cooked myself breakfast and had a cup of tea. This is super rare. Usually, it’s shower, browse Tumblr, Facebook, G+, email, etc for longer than I should, and then scramble to get dressed and out the door before I’m far too late for work. Today, I cut back on the browsing, cooked myself two eggs and some toast, and relaxed a bit while sipping hot tea before realizing I was running late and bolting off to work. It was a morning routine I’d like to refine.
My goal - substitute the browsing with a workout, drink more tea, and actually enjoy my mornings. This goes for all of you reading this as well - let technology and instant connectivity take a back seat for a portion of the day. Enjoy the simplicity of being disconnected, and let your mind take a break.
This beautiful new image, taken during a time lapse set at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is another dramatic Ultra High Definition photograph from the ESO Ultra HD Expedition. ALMA, located at 5000 metres above sea level on the remote and empty Chajnantor Plateau in the Chilean Andes, marks the second destination for the four ESO Photo Ambassadors n their 17-day trip. The ambassadors are equipped with state-of-the-art Ultra HD tools to help them capture the true majesty of sights like the one pictured here.
Some of the 66 high-precision antennas that comprise ALMA are visible here, with dishes pointed aloft, studying the cold clouds in interstellar space, and peering deep into the past at our mysterious cosmic origins.
The spectacular javelin of light over the ALMA array is a shooting star, slicing through the image in a vivid streak of colours. Emerald green, golden and faint crimson hues blaze brightly as the meteor burns up as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere and makes its fiery voyage across the sky. As the high-speed fireball — which is, in reality, a small grain of rock from interplanetary space — interacts with the atmosphere it heats up, vapourising the surface layers of the meteor, which are left behind in a glowing trail. These trails disappear in just a few seconds, but are captured here at the click of a button.
The brightest star in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin), known as Spica, and our neighbouring planet Mars glow brightly in the centre of the image — cosmic spectators to this fiery descent as they rise above the horizon.
Starting at the age of nine, I played the clarinet for eight years. Actually, that’s not true. I took clarinet lessons for eight years when I was a kid, but I’m not sure I ever actually played it. Eventually, I…
This resonated with me. I don’t think I’ve ever put in the pain and drive to bring a skill or product of mine up to where I know it could be. Instead, I’m a victim of the thought “Good enough” far too often. When the going gets tough, I often push just a bit more and then call it quits. Slogging through something has never been my strong point. How do you get past that? The knowledge that I’m capable of much more than I do eats at me. I know I need to stop looking at things on the internet, to put down the mouse and keyboard and go work with my hands. Or take up the mouse and keyboard and create something wild and wonderful - code, a website, a mindblowing Photoshop creation. And yet, here I am on Tumblr, wasting my time away. Is there a secret to becoming good at something? Or is it just pure determination and grit?