Today: If Ever There Were a Day So Perfect

Today: If Ever There Were a Day So Perfect

Today

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house

and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

Billy Collins

Today: If Ever There Were a Day So Perfect

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Andrew Sullivan on tonight’s second presidential debate: “This has not just been an Obama victory. It has been a wipe-out. It has been about as big a wipe-out as I can remember in a presidential debate.”

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While You Were Asleep

The sound of a heavy rain is the result of millions of individual droplets splashing down to earth with surprising volume. The music of a downpour is a velvety hissing sound that approximates white noise, while in the foreground droplets form and drip like heartbeats. The fleeting image of the landscape in the raindrops as they swell from drop to drip is an optical phenomenon, but to some it’s pure magic. And then they form into streams and pulsate hypnotically like radiant quicksilver

Rain: While You Were Asleep

Film by: Jeff Scher

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Train of Thoughts: A Languorous Ballet of Motion

Train of Thoughts: A Languorous Ballet of Motion

The tableau of the landscape racing past a train’s window can be in concert hypnotic, nurturing and energizing. Every display of the scenery alfresco seems to be vigorously animated simply by the train’s speed. The optical illusion of the closer objects appearing to move faster than the farther objects creates a ballet of motion perspective. Power lines along the tracks can seem to undulate urgently, while distant buildings glide by with elegant languor. A train that passes by from the opposite direction becomes a soaring and dreamy blur of motion.

Capturing video impressions now can be as spontaneous as writing or drawing. This animated film was shot with a digital still camera in the “movie mode” and it’s remarkable that nowadays something as small as part of a bar of soap can produce motion pictures. It is a notebook for the eyes or a kind of external memory hard drive with stereo sound, simultaneously both a way of seeing and remembering. The music was composed by Shay Lynch, an arrangement of 15 tracks of his guitar playing, which is an ideal evocation of the film’s trance-like quality, while also leaving you the liminal space to follow your own train of thoughts.

The Animated Life: Train of Thoughts

Animation by: Jeff Scher

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A Beautifully Calming Island Sunset

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We Were Born to Shine: Obama Issues Commemoration for Gay Pride Month

Because We Believe:

Photography by: Annie Leibovitz

United States Senator Barack Obama released the following statement last week to commemorate Gay Pride Month:

“Pride Month is a reminder that while we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do.

Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It’s about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect.

It’s time to turn the page on the bitterness and bigotry that fill so much of today’s LGBT rights debate. The rights of all Americans should be protected — whether it’s at work or anyplace else. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” needs to be repealed because patriotism and a sense of duty should be the key tests for military service, not sexual orientation. Civil unions should give gay couples full rights. And those who commit hate crimes should be punished no matter whether those crimes are committed on account of race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

This Pride Month, let’s make our founding promise of equality a reality for every American.”

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The NCAA Division I baseball championship brackets were reported this afternoon. The NCAA announced that tiny Wofford College will face No. 9 nationally ranked University of South Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Regionals on Friday.

Last Saturday, Wofford won the Southern Conference championship for the first time in its school history. The Terriers posted a perfect 5-0 record in the Southern Conference tourney.

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Tiny Wofford College Continues as NCAA Cinderella Team Against South Carolina

The NCAA Division I baseball championship brackets were reported this afternoon.  It was announced that the Wofford College baseball team will travel to Columbia, S.C., to take on No. 9 nationally ranked University of South Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA Regionals on Friday, June 1.

The Wofford Terriers received a No. 4 seed in the Columbia regional bracket and will face No. 1 seed South Carolina at 7 p.m. in the first round of the double elimination tournament.  Wofford joins No. 2 seed North Carolina State and No. 3 seed University of North Carolina-Charlotte in the four-team field.  Initially, it had been announced that Wofford would be the No. 4 seed in the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill regional bracket, but the NCAA changed its original decision and placed Wofford in the Columbia regional.

Wofford College was awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional after taking the Southern Conference championship for the first time in its school history.  After drawing a No. 9 seed in the tournament, the Terriers went on to post a perfect 5-0 record in the tournament, becoming the lowest seeded team ever to win the Southern Conference tournament.  The “yellow-brick road” to the championship included a 5-3 play-in victory over No. 8 seed Furman University, a 19-6 trouncing of No. 1 seed College of Charleston, a 12-5 triumph over No. 5 seed University of North Carolina-Greensboro and back-to-back wins of 6-2 and 4-2 over No. 7 seed The Citadel for the dramatic conference championship win.

Wofford third baseman Brandon Waring was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after knocking in 16 runs with five home runs, while batting .560 (14-for-25) over the five-game spread.  Junior pitcher Ben Austin was named to the All-Tournament Team after picking up a pair of victories in both of his starts while Waring, shortstop Michael Gilmartin and second baseman Eric Sturkie were also named to the All-Tournament Team.  Senior Austin Redwine also picked up two victories while Gilmartin and senior Charles Vartanian combined for three saves.

Brandon Waring, a first team all-conference selection, set several records while leading Wofford to the championship, including the most home runs, RBIs, hit and total bases in Southern Conference tournament history.  With 27 home runs on the year, Waring also surpassed the school and conference single season record while also setting new marks for the most homers, RBIs, hits, runs scored, extra base hits and total bases in Wofford’s history.  He is tied with The University of Texas slugger Kyle Russell for the most home runs in the country.  Also, it was announced today by Collegiate Baseball that Waring has been named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week for the second time this season.

The Terriers finished the season by knocking their 106th home run of the season to become the nation’s collegiate home run leader.   Wofford will look to add more to that total when they face The University of South Carolina on Friday, which is the second-best home run hitting team in the nation with 104 homers so far this season.

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