All Packed and Ready to Go Forth and Conquer Yourself? Yeah, It’s Journey Time.

The Journey is such a deceptive phrase because it implies a beginning, middle and end when there really is none.  One thing leads to another and then to another so there’s always an ongoing journey — an infinite plot-line, if you will, that never reaches any conclusion. If it did then entropy would set in, and that would be the end of, well, everything as we know it. On the other hand, that might not be such a bad thing for cleaning slates and starting over from scratch.

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Roads and travelers come in all shapes and sizes–literally and figuratively.

Keiko Matsui ~ The Road  album title track.

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Into the Wild ~  LP – Live, of course. Whistle with her, if you can. I dare you. 🙂 So says moi, who can NOT whistle at all.

 

Rust and Bone soundtrack  I Follow Rivers ~ Lykke Li ~  Who’s up for a hard-core, edgy and no punches pulled journey into love?

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Blank Maps ~ Cold Specks.  If someone has found the kiosk with the life maps, please announce it on the intercom for everyone’s benefit.  Thank you.

 

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Into the Wild –Eddie Vedder ~ There are a number of videos with this music connected to the film by the same name.  I decided to stick with the focus on Vedder’s voice and lyrics.

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Why Across the Universe?

Because of all the concrete and abstract journeys it contains: a young man’s journey from home to find his biological father; journeys of the heart and mind; journeys into and out of the war machine; journeys of friendship; creative journeys and spiritual journeys. The film is pretty much jam packed with a lot more than great Beatles’ music, though that alone is reason enough to give it some of your precious time–if you’re a Beatles fan, of course.

Across the Universe ~ I Want You 

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A great survival story is a great survival story—that’s my response to those folks who have issues with the source material for this film.  Frankly, I just don’t give a damn.  Considering the way serious political history is constantly abused, misused, spun, and misrepresented by some film industries, I can’t get worked up about whether or not everything in this film is factual or not.

The Way Back ~  Tibet by Burkhard Dallwitz

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I’ve served  The Thin Red Line on other occasions–sigh. Listen closely and let Private Witt speak for himself.

The Thin Red Line ~ The Swing Scene

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Where have Bear and the others gone? Let’s find out.

Bear ~ http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/journey-music-themes/

Maddie ~ http://1earthunite.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/%e2%99%aathe-journey-where-do-your-tracks-lead-music-themes/

So far we’re all on different tracks. Oh yeah. No visas required. Yet.

Johnny ~ http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/music-theme-journey/

Lisa, Lisa ~ http://undergroundenergy.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/music-theme-the-journey/

the incredible red dot lady herself ~ willowdot21 ~ http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/the-journey-musical-theme/

~~~ Like Johnny said, there are 7 billion life maps out there and none of them are the same. In other words, all our journeys are unique with this musical theme.

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ps. This is subject to massive revision without notice. 🙂  Don’t forget your meal tickets.

Feel free to offer some detours of your own.

Colors — painting musical numbers + fire

Colors is the musical theme chosen by Johnny.

Oh yeah.

Let’s Dance.

Play with fire.

What’s your desire?

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OPI Instinct of Color

OPI Products

Featuring ‘Down the Road’ by French DJs C2C.

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Colors of India – “India 101” Music Video Jonah Goldenberg

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Get “India 101 – Hosted by Sazzy Varga” on DVD or watch instantly online http://www.amazon.com/India-101-hoste…
Enjoy Sazzy Varga’s India adventures and this film makes a great gift on DVD or download to own or rent online at Amazon. For the DVD
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Online: http://www.tibetanphotoproject.com/do…

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Miles Davis The Kind of Blue Sessions

Alex van Starrex

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Kermit, “It’s Not Easy Being Green”

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U2 “Bullet the Blue Sky”

Martin Maláček

This is a student animation project, which was done in 2011 by me and my brother.
It’s inspired by one of our most favorite U2 songs: Bullet the Blue Sky.

Made by: Michael Malacek & Martin Malacek

Music:
U2 – Bullet The Blue Sky

More info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullet_t…

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Angus & Julia Stone-All The Colours

Aboo Adl

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Amy Winehouse  “Back to Black”

BBC One Sessions

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Extras:

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Jared Ficklin: New ways to see music (with color! and fire!)

TED

http://www.ted.com Designer Jared Ficklin creates wild visualizations that let us see music, using color and even fire (a first for the TED stage) to analyze how sound makes us feel. He takes a brief digression to analyze the sound of a skatepark — and how audio can clue us in to developing creativity. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate

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Color, Music, and Emotion

GoogleTechTalks

June 30, 2011

Presented by Stephen E. Palmer
Professor of the Graduate School
Psychology & Cognitive Science
University of California, Berkeley

ABSTRACT

Arnheim (1986) once speculated that different aesthetic domains (e.g., color and music) might be related to each other through common emotional associations. We investigated this hypothesis by having participants pick from among an array of 37 colors the five colors that went best (and later the five that went worst) with each of a set of 18 brief samples of classical orchestral music that varied in composer (Bach/Mozart/Brahms), tempo (slow/medium/fast), and mode (major/minor). They also rated each musical selection and each color for its emotional associations (happy-sad, lively-dreary, strong-weak, angry-calm). Systematic mappings were found between the dimensions of color and music: faster music and major mode were associated with lighter, more saturated, yellower colors, whereas slower music and minor mode were associated with darker, desaturated, bluer colors. More precisely controlled musical stimuli (single-line melodies by Mozart on a synthesized piano) produced more refined relations between the music and the colors chosen to go with them. These color-music mappings are mediated by common emotional associations, because the correlation between emotional ratings of the musical selections and emotional ratings of the colors chosen to go with them were extremely high (.90 to .98) for all emotional dimensions studied (e.g., people picked happy colors to go with happy music and dreary colors to go with dreary music). The mediating role of emotion was established by obtaining analogous effects when people picked the colors that went best (and worst) with faces and body poses that expressed emotions (happy-sad and angry-calm). Similarly high correlations were obtained when the emotional ratings of the faces/gestures were compared with corresponding emotional ratings of the colors chosen to go with them. Further findings identify a stable aesthetic difference between people in terms of their level of “preference for harmony” across the domains of color combinations, musical compositions, shape preferences, and spatial composition within a rectangular frame.

For more Musical Color Numbers please visit:

Johnny        http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/music-theme-colours/

Willow         http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/4747/

Bear             http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/music-themes-colors/

Deborah    http://myriad234.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/listening-in-color/

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“Bridging” @ewa

Flash Mobs for Everyone! Let’s Sing and Swing!

Time for true confessions: the reason I picked this “Flash Mob” musical theme is because I got so carried away with willowdot21’s  “All Things Travel” theme that I could not resist continuing travelling around the world.  Blame the choice of Flash Mobs all on the “Ode to Joy” video which I’ve included here because it was the piece that sent me searching for mobs in places of transportation. Yes, you can travel the world via Flash Mobs everywhere. Some of them will even moon you. Yes, indeed, five guys and a fountain where it’s illegal to wade…yeah, I wonder if Bear, Willowdot21 or Johnny have selected that piece of young guy fun?  What I enjoy most about these Mobs are the expressions on those watching and those performing.
Enjoy, be careful with the mob from Moscow. Damn, I wonder what sort of a riot one hot guy with a boombox can incite if he were inclined to do so? LOL.
Imagine all the great music, fun and dancing everyone could be enjoying every day around the world if all the warmongering would just cease and desist. As Tracy Chapman sings: This could be heaven here on Earth.
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Willowdot21, Bollywood selections are for you. 🙂
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All text hereafter is from the youtube uploaders for each video. Thank you.
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‘One Day More’ Polish Flashmob
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Watch the Polish cast of LES MISÉRABLES perform a flash-mob version of One Day More in Warsaw!Having just released the Original Cast Album in Polish, the entire cast descended on Warsaw’s most popular shopping center, Zlote Tarasy (Golden Terraces), located 5 minutes from the Musical Theatre ROMA on April 15th 2011.For information on the theatre and to book tickets, click below:- http://teatrroma.pl/
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Flash mob in Moscow, Russia 26.02.12
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Flash Mob: Gypsy Song from Carmen.mov
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Flash Mob: Gypsy Song from Carmen
One World Symphony Sung Jin Hong, Artistic Director & Conductor Anna Yelizarova, Carmen Jane Hoffman, Frasquita Adrienne Metzinger, Mercedes One World Symphony Vocal Artists
September 17, 2012 Whole Foods, Columbus Circle, New York City
http://www.oneworldsymphony.org
One World Symphony was invited to perform its first flash mob at Whole Foods in Time Warner Building near Lincoln Center on September 17. With less than two days of preparation, thirty-five musicians including vocalists and instrumentalists gave the shoppers a surprise treat jamming selections from One World Symphony’s 12th season opener Carmen. As always, One World Symphony shared their passion with all live and unplugged musicians with instruments without any use of pre-recorded music.
Videographer: Nick Johnson

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Flash mob flashwaltz classical- 40 students Perform Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers
analogueproductions
The surprise concert was part of Good Deeds Day, an annual event that originated in Israel in 2007 and now takes place in over 50 countries worldwide.Forty students from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance took a classical approach to the flashmob as they flashwaltzed Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers at the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem. Physicians, patients and everyone who passed by joined in the fun.On this day volunteers reach out to the less fortunate and the vulnerable.The Academy students enjoyed the day so much that they have decided to schedule regular concerts at the hospital.Hadassah Medical Organization treats over one million patients annually, without regard to race, religion or national origin.

http://www.jamd.ac.il/
http://www.jamd.ac.il/en

Violin
Ariella Zeitlin-Hoffman
Dana Barazan
Noam Gal
Ilana Kleiman
Maayan Shaked
Tamar Peretz
Leikie Glick *
Gili Rivkin *
Barak Shosberger *
Avital Mazor *

Viola
Anna Shapira
Yshayahu Ginzburg
Noa Dekel

Cello
Kama Sambira
Gali Cnaani
Dan Amichai
Karin Markovich *

Bass
Liad Mor
Daniel mor

Flute
Maria Dragonov
Timor Novoslasky
Noam Sharet

Oboe
Josue Cortes
Arielle Fereyrre *

Clarinet
Adva Hadida
Tomer Amikam

Bassoon
Isaac Leyva

Horn
Adrian Aroyo
Netanel Bass
Ben Davis
Ido Hayek *

Trumpet
Ofri Abramov

Trombone:
Maayan Heymann
Gil Saada
Bar Tal

Tuba
Itay Agmon

Triangle
Boaz Dorot

Harp
Rivka Amar

Dancer
Tal Benouri

Conductor
Gaddiel Dombrowner

Project Manager- Initiator
Anna Shapira

Orchestra Manager
Lilach Krakauer

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El Bolero de Ravel, en la estación central de Copenhague
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Parece que cuando se habla de un flashmob este tiene que ser un baile “improvisado” en una estación de tren, por lo que habrás visto este esquema una y otra vez, sin ninguna originalidad. Sin embargo aún se pueden hacer flashmobs preciosos y llamativos como este de la Filarmónica de Copenhague (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) en la Estación Central de la capital danesa, donde sorprendieron a todo el mundo con esta interpretación del Bolero de Ravel.
Encore:
Musical Flashmob on Metro Bilbao by an orchestra from the Basque
Flashmob de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao BOS en el metro de Bilbao durante un viajeThe musicians from BOS (Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa) play Maurice Ravel Bolero on the Bilbao’s underground. Flash Mob / Los músicos de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao tocan el bolero de Ravel en directo en el metro de Bilbao (Euskadi / País Vasco)
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Fanfare For The Common Man performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Terminal 2, Dublin Airport
Passengers in Dublin airport’s Terminal 2 got a pleasant surprise on Sunday as the RTÉ Concert Orchestra performed ‘Fanfare For The Common Man’ by Aaron Copland.The Orchestra, conducted by David Brophy, were there to kick off RTÉ Big Music Week 2012.
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Flashmob Bogotá C.C Gran Estacion (estudiantes de Medicina Unal)
Estudiantes de medicina de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia.. Congelados al no tener un Hospital universitario propio donde hacer sus practicas..
HSJD
http://youtu.be/475mrWrmNW0
Si podemos!
http://youtu.be/IrNZLdZDu7o
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ATS® Flash Mob WORLD WIDE 2012: 3 Tribes, Munich, Bavaria,
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One Dance – One Song – One World UnitedTribes “Andra Colleen”, “Aradia” and “ialo benii” feat. very special guest Salem Whalen of Hodge Podge Tribal rocked the Munich central station as part of the ATS® Flashmob WORLD WIDE on October, 13th 2012 , 9 o´clock in the evening (German time).
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Bollywood Class Library Flash Mob
Northwestern’s Bollywood “Cultural Forms” class puts on a study break show for students studying in the university library.
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Flashmob Bollywood 2013 Lima-Perú
Difusores del Cine Indio Peru
Primer Flashmob en honor a Bollywood, organizado por la unión de Difusores de Cine Indio en el Perú (ex AADCIP).
** Visítanos en ► http://www.facebook.com/DifusoresDelCineIndioPe­ru  y entérate de nuestros próximos eventos.
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Flashmob Flash Mob – Ode an die Freude ( Ode to Joy ) Beethoven Symphony No.9 classical music
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Zumba Flash Mob 2: Warrington Bus Station
For more info visit:http://www.pwpersonaltraining.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/pwpersonaltra…Music featured:El Simbolo – 1 2 3
HERE: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/1-2-…Eminencia Clasica – Pitchea
HERE: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pitc…Video & Photography © http://www.robertpoulson.com 2011
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Flashmob:  Heathrow airport welcome
A welcome home to remember in one the most crowded airports of the world, Heathrow Terminal 5
International arrivals / It’s so good to be back home !
Country: UK
Brand: T-Mobile
Year: 2010
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi (London)
More commercials : http://www.youtube.com/CulturePub ..  All rights reserved. For all inquiries, please mail to culturepub@wizdeo.com
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Denver, Colorado, USA  Denver Airport Holiday Flash Mob
Holiday travelers at Denver International Airport (DIA) were surprised with an entertaining treat when a flash mob broke out in Jeppesen Terminal on November 22nd, 2011. Approximately 100 dancers from Community-Minded Dance (cmDance) performed a Lindy Hop to a medley of Swing classics in the airport’s Great Hall in Denver, Colorado. Video by Rich Clarkson & Assoc.Coordinated by cmDance
Choreography by Ceth Stifel, Heather Ballew, Joseph DeMers, & Lark Mervine
cmDance creates world-class educational dance and music experiences. The non-profit organization’s programs bring the music and dance of the Americas to Colorado schools and audiences, including Lindy Hop, Argentine Tango, Jazz, and other American Vintage and folkloric dances. For more information, visit http://www.cmdance.orgOrganized by DIA’s Art and Culture Program
Today’s dance performance was presented by the airport’s Art and Culture Program. DIA is home to a world-class
collection of public art, funded by the City and County of Denver’s “one percent for art” requirement for public facilities. In addition to its renowned permanent art collection, DIA curates temporary exhibitions, collaborating with museums, cultural institutions and arts organizations to present the highest quality two- and three-dimensional work. For more information on DIA’s public art program and its temporary exhibitions, visit http://www.flydenver.com/art.Produced by Rich Clarkson & Associates
RCA is a multi-disciplinary creative agency, based around the core of fine visual storytelling. Beyond our strengths in original photography and video production, our activities range from publishing high quality photographic books to major exhibition design to digital asset managment and project management in the latest rich media applications. For more information, visit http://www.richclarkson.com
You are cordially invited to more MOBs:

All Things Travel, Songs of Seen Scenes, A Musical Theme

I chose these musical selections based on places I’ve visited and hope to see again.  Each has moments and memories connected to the specific locations  and the people encountered.

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Because I love beaches and water everywhere, and definitely “here.”

Sarges, Portugal  Surf paradise “Always Gold” by Radical Face

*Who needs a four star hotel when there are hostels? Seriously folks, unless you’re in need of serious down time alone, hostels are wonderful places to stay.
Good Feeling Surf Hostel “Move by Yourself” by  Donavon Frankenreiter
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 Delphic Oracle, Greece  Produced by James Ayala,     “Progeny” by Lisa Gerrard
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Sligo, Ireland  “No Good in Space”  Music by Sligo’s very own Túcan!  http://www.youtube.com/user/tucanmusic
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 Street Music & Fireworks in Florence, Italy 2012
The Beautiful City of Florence (Firenze in Italian) set to Music performed LIVE on the streets! The video concludes with a Fireworks display over the River Arno on the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist (San Giovanni Battista), the patron saint of Florence. The Fireworks were launched from Piazzale Michelangelo on the hillside above Florence. All the music in the video was recorded LIVE as it was heard on the streets (and in one church) – except for the Mozart I added during the Fireworks! Filmed around 24th of June 2012.
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Florence, Italy  busker
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Paris, France
Paris 1920
Music creation by gentys.
More music at http://www.jumpingfish.gr/gentys
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Robert Doisneau with French Accordion  “La vie en rose” Alan Dunn
Paris Trip #2, Fireworks, Louvre and Tuileries Garden
Hope you enjoy the second part of my adventures in Paris!Edited, Written and Produced by myself
Shot by myself and Basia ZielinskaBLOG : http://raspberryandred.blogspot.com
FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/raspberryandred
INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/weronikazalazinska

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Surf the cyber waves to Bear, Johnny and Willow’s blogcasas for more music of All Things Travel.

Space ~ what’s between your ears?

Hey folks, this post is the result of a brainstorm shared with bearspawprint. We’re both posting music connected to Space–as in “the final frontier”–actually I think the final frontier entails an exploration of interior space, but that’s not on the docket today. Except a little, yeah, it’s here too. Bearspawprint will also post her choices for Space today  –>> http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/   & here –>>  http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/music-themes-space/   .

You are cordially invited to explore all this SPACE to your ears’ content–or dispute. Please share your own favorite music connected to Space at will..

Namaste

Who? Why? Because it’s all the outer and inner journey through space and time! The ending is very important so don’t skip the best part. What will who come up with next?

Doctor Who ~ Music of the Spheres

upload by nanceoir

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To go where no human has gone before–into dark, cold space and yet where do we always end up again and again? Dealing with the incomprehensible hearts of matters.

Star Trek Into Darkness music by Michael Giacchino

Upload by New Tulkas

Star Trek: Into Darkness
by Michael Giacchino

Tracklist:

00:00:00 Pranking the Natives
00:03:48 Spock Drops, Kirk Jumps
00:04:51 Sub Prime Directive
00:07:19 London Calling
00:09:32 Meld-Merized
00:12:16 The Kronos Wartet
00:17:45 Brigadoom
00:21:30 Ship to Ship
00:24:24 Earthbound and Down
00:27:05 Warp Core Values
00:30:05 Buying the Space Farm
00:33:25 The San Fran Hustle
00:38:29 Kirk Enterprises
00:41:33 Star Trek Main Theme
00:45:01 The Growl (Bonus Track)

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In a clear night sky the Milky Way teases and tempts all travellers.

Time lapse captures the galactic core of the Milky Way

Luc 2255 upload

Time lapse space/nature compilation – Music is Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico Einaudi, this was made by Terje Sorgjerd.

Watch the HD version with a description from the photographer here; http://vimeo.com/22439234

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All beautiful space joy photography brings!

Hubble Space images with piano music by Richard Clayderman

Earthstudy upload

A COMME AMOUR (1978)
BALLADE POUR ADELINE
LADY DI (1984)
LETTRE A MA MERE (1984)
RHAPSODY IN BLUE (1978)
ELISE (POUR ELISE)

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Okay, it’s comic–and yet–it’s so appropriate–dolphins + space = The HItchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. What else?

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

upload by Fihshsticks

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Yeah, I think the why of this choice is self-evident

A Space Journey

Uploaded by Impermanence

A small tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope (http://www.spacetelescope.org). Music by David Schombert: – Earth: http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/2239/… – Nebulae: http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/2242/…
Main characters:
The Solar System Earth NGC3603 Orion Nebula Veil Nebula Large Magellanic Cloud Antennae Galaxies NGC1275 “Mystic Mountain” in the Carina Nebula Crab Nebula

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Star Trek travels in one direction while Babylon 5, well, it was/is Babylon 5.  Over the years any science fiction fan has seen and heard any number of battles in space. What would any of these be like without powerful music? So take this for what its worth–dramatic images of a battle in space with solid strong music that brings the action to life–of all things. Imagine that.

Babylon 5 Epic Battle Montage

created and uploaded by RubberDuck3h
0:003:00  – “Black Blade” by Two Steps From Hell, from the album “Invincible”.
3:004:04 – “Dawn of Destiny” by Troels Foelmann, from the Fired Earth Music album “Vulcano”.
4:045:07 – “Akkadian Empire” by Audiomachine, from the album “Chronicles”
5:076:16 – “Master of Shadows” by Two Steps From Hell, from the album “Invincible”
6:166:52 – “Rising Force Remix” by Sonic Symphony, from the album “Epica”
6:5210:00 – “Starvation” by Thomas J Bergersen, from the album “Illusions”

Come too!

"gathering" @ eva wojcik

Another view from the Painted Hills in Oregon.

It’s Friday. Why am I not thankful that it is? 

Here’s random question–well, perhaps not so random considering I’ve got a taste of the wanderlust Al aka artist at exit O mentoined in a recent comment–what’s the rising price of gasoline in your location? Here it jumps up and down at will.  No wonder Big Oil keeps posting Record Profits. Those extra dimes and nickels per gallon add up fast.  Well, I’d love to hit the road to parts known and as yet unmet, but the constantly increasing price of gas deters me very effectively.  I have no desire to donate to the corporate coffers. 

What’s the going rate for GAS for you?

“run way” Painted Hills style

"run way" @ eva wojcik

Because I have the sense that I ought to write something entertaining I’m writing. Though the entertainment rating of what I’m currently typing is probably going to prove to be very marginal indeed. Photo above is from the Painted Hills in Oregon. I stayed at a Historical Hotel which offered hostel beds at the time for  just ten buckeroos per night in Mitchell, Oregon. Not bad considering I had all the bunk beds to meself AND a huge tub in which to languish in a hot bath one evening. It was good. Plus, there was Henry the Bear right across the street. There is much to be said for going “hostel” when travelling. Cheap beds say a lot to me. Spent two weeks in Washington D.C. at a hostel for the price of probably one night at some swanky hotel down the street. I bet no one at the high dollar bedrest met any of the interesting folks available for yapping at the HI-hostel. No siree. Philosophy professors, indie film-makers, teachers, retirees, globe-trotting backpackers, and free spirits galore milling about 24/7.  Bet the over priced hotellies also didn’t have pool table for 24 hour play in the lobby either. As for entertainment–well–there were the very hard-working Ladies of the Evening from dusk to 7:30 am on the corner of K and 11th.  Hostels are often equipped for do it yourself cooking–and that’s a plus if you endure food allergies and your wallet.  You  can learn a lot about people from the food they cook to how they go about cooking it. Don’t ever think you know exactly what German potato pancakes ought to be–because someone will surely share some version with you that you never dreamed existed. Ever hostelled and willing to share your adventure? Hm? Anyone else meet up with Henry the bear in Mitchell, Oregon? Do tell. We can amuse each other endlessly, I’m sure.

Off the beaten asphalt

come to me

@wojcik

Only on those two lane highways does the call of the open road make any sense these days.  Interstate highways are just that–ways to get from one state  to another without having to endure the growing paranoia of the ever more unfriendly skies.  For some air space and explorations it’s necessary to exile yourself from the interstate highway system and enter the worlds along old state and county roads.  Instead of blue signed rest areas there are tiny towns and cities each with their own flavors. Some like Faith in South Dakota tout a population of about 500 and the dubious appeal of the Ruth Mason quarry where T-Rex Sue rested for a few million years before being disinterred for scientific show and tell. Oregon’s  Mitchell advertises itself as The Gateway to the Painted Hills. With a population of 175 humans and Henry the Bear, Mitchell manages to keep the non-ghost parts of town lively enough to warrant an overnight or two if you’re game to shooting film in those glorious Painted Hills. Don’t concern yourself about Henry. He keeps pretty much to himself as if he knows all about that bear-skin warming a wall at the Historic Oregon Hotel.  Elko Nevada is considerably  more populated than Faith or Mitchell, and it’s rather close to Interstate 80 –but it offers both a Basque Festival, complete with bulls, and legal brothels and The Thunderbird for roosting. Sort of something for everyone venue menu. To get back off the beaten asphalt there’s Cody, Wyoming. With a fairly well hidden population of about 9,000,  it does all it can to keep the memory of that buffalo dude alive and profitable in this century. Yep, you can cowboy your way to Yellowstone  from Cody. Just watch out for when those covered wagons start rolling in memory of Westward Expansion in true western fashion.

Or, you can take advantage of the lack of traffic and pull over to the side of the road whenever the urge to click a vista hits you.  Just try that on an interstate, if you dare.

Lures of DC

Randomness is rampant in moi’s mind this day cycle of no sleep–and my latest posts tell only a small piece of the tale—lucky for you. Much thanks to dave, the lazy photographer trolling Toronto for whatever trips his camera snaps, for inspiring this post about DC.   http://lazyphotog.wordpress.com/

These days one HAS to wonder what goes in Washington, DC besides lobbyists going  mad. Well, corrupt politics aside, here are a few things that DC has to offer:

Teaism–Not all for the love of tea –there are wonderfully good  yum yums for your tum tum. Do NOT pass on the cookies or green tea ice cream. 

http://www.teaism.com/Restaurant/PennQuarter.aspx?SubModuleID=7

Way affordable lodging for those willing to share bunks, bathrooms, kitchens and one funky pooltable—-every hostel is unique and this is no exception.

http://hiwashingtondc.org/

Hankering to play history detective? Oh the National Archives are loaded to the max with all sorts of secrets.

http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/

Great Thai food that won’t break your budget can be had at Haad Thai.

http://www.haadthairestaurant.com/

Feasts for your eyes at the Freer Gallery–oh for the loves of Whistler don’t miss it.

http://www.asia.si.edu/

Oh and yes, there is PUBLIC transportation in DC–the metro runs runs runs–and sometimes there’s live music too–but it’s affordable and reliable and if it’s crowded another train will be along soon—wake up the rest of America and get one of these systems.

http://www.wmata.com/

Whatcha got to say about Santa Fe?

To road-trip or not to road-trip –such is the source of  this quest-ion.

Yes, I want to know all about Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Can we say ‘research project?” What do you know about this place in the Southwest?  Do you live there? Have you lived there? Why should some  lunatic relocate to Santa Fe? Or not? Will it gratify as a roadtripping destination or just frustrate with exploding lodging prices?

Good, bad, ugly parts of the town?

Live here, there, or nowhere anywhere?

Spill the beans on the best places to eat, grab some java, catch  the world wide web net, find used books, clothes, recycled sounds.

Who hires who for what sort of work-play?

Paint a picture of the arts scene.

Give a tour of the tourist traps.

Take us on a walk around the city–is it safe to do that after dark?

Any public transportation or is it all automobile gas woes?

Anyone got the goods on St. John’s or the community college?

In other words, just what does the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico have to offer? Upsides? Downsides? Spin it all out for this bufffalo’s eyes and ears.

Tell all, tell all, big and small! What’s Santa Fe like winter, spring, summer and fall? Is the land of enchantment reallly enchanting or it all glib spin?

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