I am thankful for time-lapse photography.
I am thankful the Sun is 400 times bigger than the Moon, and 400 times farther away, making them approximately the same size in the sky.
I am thankful for the adventurous spirit in humans that makes them travel thousands of kilometers to seek out beauty and wonder, to glimpse something ephemeral in the vastness of time, and to be not only happy, but joyous, even when the stars metaphorically did not align.
I can only hope I would be so upbeat if I journeyed that far and not see an eclipse. Still, photographer Geoff Sims did get that wonderful sequence showing the shadow of the Moon moving across the clouds (I wrote about this phenomenon for a picture and video of the eclipse taken in Uganda). And it does appear he had a good time; it probably helps that he’s seen eclipses before and taken stunning photos and videos of them.
Finding success in failure is a good thing to keep in mind. I suppose that’s another thing to be thankful for.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.