A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
If you imagine the 4.5-bilion-odd years of Earth’s history compressed into a normal earthly day, then life begins very early, about 4 A.M., with the rise of the first simple, single-celled organisms, but then advances no further for the next sixteen hours. Not until almost 8:30 in the evening, with the day five-sixths over, has Earth anything to show the universe but a restless skin of microbes. Then, finally, the first sea plants appear, followed twenty minutes later by the first jellyfish and the enigmatic Ediacaran fauna first seen by Reginald Sprigg in Australia. At 9:04 P.M. trilobites swim onto the scene, followed more or less immediately by the shapely creatures of the Burgess Shale. Just before 10 P.M. plants begin to pop up on the land. Soon after, with less than two hours left in the day, the first land creatures follow.
Thanks to ten minutes or so of balmy weather, by 10:24 the Earth is covered in the great carboniferous forests whose residues give us all our coal, and the first winged insects are evident. Dinosaurs plod onto the scene just before 11 P.M. and hold sway for about three-quarters of an hour. At twenty-one minutes to midnight they vanish and the age of mammals begins. Humans emerge one minute and seventeen seconds before midnight. The whole of our recorded history, on this scale, would be no more than a few seconds, a single human lifetime barely an instant. Throughout this greatly speeded-up day continents slide about and bang together at a clip that seems positively reckless. Mountains rise and melt away, ocean basins come and go, ice sheets advance and withdraw. And throughout the whole, about three times every minute, somewhere on the planet there is a flash-bulb pop of light marking the impact of a Manson-sized meteor or one even larger. It’s a wonder that anything at all can survive in such a pummeled and unsettled environment. In fact, not many things do for long.
Minor breakdown on set today had us CRACKing up.
#productionlife at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows – View on Path.
Barco glitching out, eating his own face. (at Vail Mountain)
@jefferyjake’s failed attempt at winning the 2013 Vail World Pond Skimming Championship, and successful attempt at winning my heart.
The answer to “Are Breck and Vail are opening back up this Friday through Sunday?”
Yesterday I skiied in fresh powder. Today I swam in fresh powder. – at Colorado Athletic Club – See on Path.
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.
Keeping my runner friends in the Marathon and everyone in Boston in my thoughts.
Vail World Pond Skimming Campionships 2013 contestant #634, @jefferyjake (at Vail, Colorado)
Mmm, iOS Bacon Icon.
Modern Vampires of the City