William Shatner: My Trip to Space Filled Me With Sadness – Variety

William Shatner: My Trip to Space Filled Me With Sadness – Variety.

but when I looked in the opposite direction, into space, there was no mystery, no majestic awe to behold…all I saw was death.

I saw a cold, dark, black emptiness. It was unlike any blackness you can see or feel on Earth. It was deep, enveloping, all-encompassing. I turned back toward the light of home. I could see the curvature of Earth, the beige of the desert, the white of the clouds and the blue of the sky. It was life. Nurturing, sustaining, life. Mother Earth. Gaia. And I was leaving her.

Everything I had thought was wrong. Everything I had expected to see was wrong.

I had thought that going into space would be the ultimate catharsis of that connection I had been looking for between all living things—that being up there would be the next beautiful step to understanding the harmony of the universe.

I had a different experience, because I discovered that the beauty isn’t out there, it’s down here, with all of us. Leaving that behind made my connection to our tiny planet even more profound.

It was among the strongest feelings of grief I have ever encountered. The contrast between the vicious coldness of space and the warm nurturing of Earth below filled me with overwhelming sadness. Every day, we are confronted with the knowledge of further destruction of Earth at our hands: the extinction of animal species, of flora and fauna…things that took five billion years to evolve, and suddenly we will never see them again because of the interference of mankind.

Best Jim Carrey Movies & Performances Ranked – Variety

Best Jim Carrey Movies & Performances Ranked – Variety

What a career Jim Carrey has had. It’s fun seeing him in the movies my kids have grown-up with and love: Sonic, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Grinch, to name a few. It’s also been fun to show them some of the movies that made him famous: Ace Ventura, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber.

My top 5 Jim Carrey movies:

#5. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
#4. The Mask
#2. Dumb and Dumber and The Truman Show (tie)
#1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Mozilla stops accepting cryptocurrency, Wikipedia may be next: Are dominos falling? – TechRepublic

Mozilla stops accepting cryptocurrency, Wikipedia may be next: Are dominos falling? – TechRepublic

As of this writing, a single transaction on the Bitcoin blockchain eats up the same amount of energy as the average US household in a 77.8-day, or roughly two and a half month, period. Ethereum, though nowhere near as large, still eats up the same amount of energy that a US household does in 8 days.

2021 Reddit Recap

Reddit has become one of my top social media platforms over the last couple of years. It almost always shows me content that is relevant to my interests, it’s civil, the discussions are enlightening, it’s fun, etc. I have found myself spending more time on Reddit than Twitter, Instagram, and others. In the last couple of years, it’s also become a search engine for me. Example: the other night my wife and I watched “Interstellar” and we both had the same question about how the wormhole was placed next to Saturn. She performed a Google search and I went straight to Reddit to search. The discussion in the Reddit thread we found was more helpful than the Quora thread she found. Anyhow, I spend way too much time on Reddit.

Here are some highlights from my 2021 Reddit Recap:

I’m guessing that 144,120 bananas is a large amount of time. Thank God they didn’t tell me how many days, hours, and minutes I lost to this site.

I enjoy this sub.

And these subs.

2021 Spotify Year in Review

Another year in the books and the first year in review–this one from Spotify.

I have to believe that this list is accurate, but like most years, I have my doubts about the accuracy. Here we go…

Compared to last year, I listened to less music which is surprising to me (7,354 minutes in 2020 and 6,568 minutes in 2021). I primarily listen to music while working out and this year there was a lot more working out. Prior to getting my vaccine, I was working out 2-3 times in my basement. After getting my vaccine, I was working out the same 2-3 times in the gym but for longer durations.

No surprises here. I’m guessing the East Coast Hip Hop is The Beastie Boys?

The top songs are way off. If I had to guess, I would say that “Hypotheticals” by Lake Street Dive, “Leave the Door Open” or “Smokin Out the Window” or “Blast Off” by Silk Sonic, “Careless Whisper” by Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, “How Not to Drown” by Chvrches, or “Scavengers” by Thrice would make up my top five.

I listened to more artists this year (478 in 2020 vs. 656 in 2021).

Again, this thing is busted. New albums from Lake Street Dive, Silk Sonic, Thrice, Circa Survive, and others that I listened at least 2-3 times through and they are not on the list.

Again, this thing is busted. I listened to the entire series of Heavyweights…some 40 or so episodes at roughly 30 minutes in length.

Here’s my favorite 2021 songs.

Here’s my 2020 Spotify Year in Review with links to previous years.

Italian hospital employee accused of skipping work for 15 years – BBC News

A hospital employee in Italy has been accused of skipping work on full pay for 15 years, local media report. The man is alleged to have stopped turning up to work at the Ciaccio hospital in the southern city of Catanzaro in 2005. He is now being investigated for fraud, extortion and abuse of office, Italian news agency Ansa reports. He was reportedly paid €538,000 (£464,000) in total over the years he is thought not to have been working.

If you’re employed and don’t report to work in 15 years and don’t get caught, there should be a rule that you get to keep all of the wages that you technically didn’t work for. Goodness gracious!

Yamauchi No.10 Family Office

This website has been making the rounds this week and for good reason–it’s so refreshing, delightful, and fun! It hearkens back to the late 1990’s and early 2000’s when websites used to be more creative, whimsical, and interesting.


This was fun to play around with. It appears that I only use Google search to look up random information–nothing too personal. If Google is building a profile of me based on my search history…good luck!

google search history

The Definitive Ranking of the Players From the ‘Mighty Ducks’ – The Ringer

Fun list. I recently re-watched the Mighty Ducks films with my kids (it was the first viewing for them). After watching all three, back-to-back, I would have put Adam Banks at the top of this list–he is clearly the best hockey player among the Ducks and probably should be playing on a more competitive team. But the case for Guy Germaine is legit. I had ranked him at four behind Banks, Reed, and Gaffney.