poetry, pictures & music

1962 to 2012

Mr. Bond has staying power.

Poem: Invictus by William Ernest Henley

William Ernest Henley. 1849–1903

OUT of the night that covers me,     
  Black as the Pit from pole to pole,     
I thank whatever gods may be     
  For my unconquerable soul.     
In the fell clutch of circumstance
  I have not winced nor cried aloud.     
Under the bludgeonings of chance     
  My head is bloody, but unbowed.     
Beyond this place of wrath and tears     
  Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years     
  Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.     
It matters not how strait the gate,     
  How charged with punishments the scroll,     
I am the master of my fate:
  I am the captain of my soul.

Damien Rice - Volcano (with Lisa Hannigan)

A beautiful and unforgettable song.

A much needed reminder.

A much needed reminder.

Popcorn in slow motion!
Did you know that humans have been eating this fun snack since 4700 BCE?

Popcorn in slow motion!

Did you know that humans have been eating this fun snack since 4700 BCE?

A Song About Zombies

Lovely instrumentals on this memorable song. I heard this on a local independent radio station and had to look the artist up, especially with lyrics like these:

We are awakened with the axe
Night of the living dead at last
They have begun to shake the dirt
Wiping their shoulders from the earth
I know, I know the nations past
I know, I know they rust at last
They tremble with the nervous thought
Of having been, at last, forgot

Click here for a link to the full lyrics on his official website!

Beautiful helmet and swords that look like they belong in a museum instead of an armor, weapons, and props department.

Source: Weta

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese co-production

Cinematographer: Peter Pau

Director: Ang Lee

Click here for an amazing blog on cinematography with HD screenshots and more!

Lovely photos from the U.S. National Park Service

  • Acadia (Maine)
  • Glacier Bay (Alaska)
  • Colonial Parkway (Virginia)
  • Grand Canyon (Arizona)