Ten for Tuesday: Beauty, Inspiration and Popcorn

We're keeping it mostly light this week: 1. A popcorn kernel popping at 30,000 frames per second. Watch it bloom:



2. Productivity in Terrible Times. OK, not everyone who reads this blog is dismayed by the state of the world. But for those of you who are, how can you possibly care about completing your TPS reports amid the spread of crypto-fascism? Good advice here. [Language warning.]

It is not a good idea for you to resign from stable work that supports your family and community because you’re no longer satisfied by SQL queries. The Trevor Project needs your donation more than they need a JS developer proficient in easing animation.


3. The Moana soundtrack. The kids and I have this on high rotation lately. We're all going to be OK, because Lin-Manuel Miranda.



4. This wisdom from filmmaker Robert Rodriguez:

“Nothing ever goes according to plan. When I hear new filmmakers talk, they [complain] about their film. “Nothing worked, it was a disappointment.” They don’t realize: that’s the job. The job is that nothing is going to work at all, and you have to turn that into a positive, and get something much better than if you had all the time and money in the world.”

Improv, people.


5. The March. Still basking in 3 million people coming together in peace, good humor and defiance on all seven continents:

Demonstrators protest against U.S. President Donald Trump during the Women's March inside Karura forest in Kenya's capital Nairobi, January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya           NYTCREDIT: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters


6. Deeper reading. I wrote the other week about setting up some systems and tools to allow me to read more deeply and without online distraction. I'm happy to say it's going well. Go to my Goodreads if you're interested in what I'm reading right now.


7. Miniature dioramas by Tatsuya Tanaka. A favorite:

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8. It's still a beautiful world:

Russia, Siberia, Lake Baikal

By the way, this image by Kristina Makeeva and the diorama both came to me via the Bored Panda instagram feed. Definitely worth following.


9. Kitty! We adopted a kitten six days ago, to fill out our household and give Baxter a friend since his brother died four weeks ago of a heart defect. Rey is ten weeks old and just as fearless as her namesake in The Force Awakens. She's also jet black:


We've been introducing the two cats to one another slowly, and it's been going well. Rey hisses a little, and Baxter gives her a wide berth when she seems nervous. Last night Robert and I were overjoyed to see the two cats playing together! Stalking, chasing, batting at toys together. It's the happiest we've seen Baxter in weeks.


10. The Oscar nominations have been announced! How many of the Best Picture nominees have you seen? For the second year, I'll be joining my mother for the Best Picture marathon at the AMC in Georgetown. Nine movies in 24 hours. It's insane and awesome. I've only seen one of the nine, Arrival, and am happy to see it again.

From the film Moonlight, which is the one I'm most excited to see, followed by Hidden Figures and Lion.

What's on your list today?