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I <3 physics

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Sharing the tea-love
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What is the It Gets Better Project? Started by Dan Savage, it's a video project designed to give hope to young GLBT people. As Dan says: If you're gay or lesbian or bi or trans, and you've ever read about a kid like Billy Lucas and thought, "Fuck, I wish I could've told him that it gets better," this is your chance. We can't help Billy, but there are lots of other Billys out there—other despairing LGBT kids who are being bullied and harassed, kids who don't think they have a future—and we can help them....

The idea of the Project is to get as many diverse voices out there as possible to let GLBT kids know that life gets better after high school. To encourage them to hang in there and make it through.

I think most of us, gay, straight or somewhere in-between, can relate, and wish we had someone to tell us it was going to get better when we were in school, being bullied for being too smart, too different, too ugly, for just not being the same as everyone else.

This seems like a really worthwhile project to me. If you have a story, please consider sharing it.

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Ever heard of "El Caminito Del Rey"? It's an old footpath in Spain, built between 1901 and 1905 during construction of a hydroelectric scheme. The path was upgraded in 1921 to allow the King of Spain to tour the completed dam works, which is how it got it's name (the king's pathway).

Caminito del Rey
Photo by Gabirulo used under the terms of a Creative Commons licence

It's fallen into pretty bad repair these days, and the local government has destroyed the access points to the walkway to stop people walking the path. This hasn't exactly deterred the adrenaline junkies that come to pit themselves against the crumbling path. For those who, like me, prefer to experience vertigo from the comfort of their armchair, one climber has made this excellent video of his journey along el Caminito...

You can find more photos of the path, including some great historical images, here:
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I missed posting a video the last two weekends due to being in Melbourne, surrounded by wonderful friends. Now I'm back in Hobart and finding myself spending a whole lot more time on my own. Seems like a good time to remember How To Be Alone...

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Hullo all, this bright and shining morning brings us a hung parliament in Australia, and a tasty little treat for you all care of the talented people at

Ladles & jellyspoons, I present the adventures of one Morgan M. Morgansen and Destiny!

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Hooray, I finally have a decent internet connection again! In lieu of posting a vidoe last week, here are three this week. Though they're all short variations on a theme, so it kinda counts as one anyway.

Here's Avery Ellis, showing you what it's really like to work in a music store:

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Ok, here's one of my favourite TED talks ever. If you don't know about TED, you should really take a look at the site - you may find something that changes the way you think.

Here's Sir Ken Robinson with an amzing and funny talk about the impacts of the modern education system on creativity. Enjoy.

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I've decided to try to post a bit of film each weekend; things I've found on my travels around the web that I found inspiring or thought-provoking. After last week's more serious film, here's something a little sweeter (but a little meloncholy - I just can't help myself). Enjoy!

Crater Face from Skyler Page on Vimeo.

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