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

Animation by Little Fluffy Clouds

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.

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The Animated Life: Train of Thoughts

Animation by: Jeff Scher

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A Beautifully Calming Island Sunset

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