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Carl Sagan Sings

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the billions-and dept.

Music 183

gijoel writes "Someone with too much time on their hands and access to Auto-Tune has taken clips from Carl Sagan's Cosmos series to make this fantastic song. Watch for the Stephen Hawking cameo."

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Question about the first clip (2, Interesting)

Winckle (870180) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561159)

What episode of Cosmos is the section where Sagan begins "I'm not very good at singing" ?

A scientific icon (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29561189)

But from a professional point of view, he was a nobody. Never did much real science, but got on TV. Comparable, to say, Alan Alda, who is less pompous.

How is this less important? (4, Interesting)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561339)

He inspired a generation to be interested in science. How many actual scientists today can trace their choice of career back to Cosmos?

Oh, and read Demon-Haunted World.

Re:How is this less important? (4, Insightful)

Scott Ransom (6419) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561707)

I'm certainly one of them (thanked him for Cosmos in my PhD thesis specifically).

And I agree with you about Demon-Haunted World. I think that should be required reading for all high school students.

Re:How is this less important? (4, Informative)

kidcharles (908072) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561959)

My thesis has a quote from his wife: "He didn't want to believe, he wanted to know."

Re:How is this less important? (2, Insightful)

syousef (465911) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562147)

He inspired a generation to be interested in science. How many actual scientists today can trace their choice of career back to Cosmos?

Oh, and read Demon-Haunted World.

Read all his stuff. Pale Blue Dot is great for instance. His short essays were brilliant. Pity he was an arrogant man and so harsh on Sci-Fi though (especially Startrek) but that too is a lesson - don't idolize people.

Re:How is this less important? (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562213)

Meh. I'm also an arrogant man, and also quite harsh on Star trek. I'll watch it, but I'll argue with it in the process...

I think he would've liked Firefly.

Re:How is this less important? (1)

InfiniteZero (587028) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562891)

> Pity he was an arrogant man

Considering the challenges of spreading the "gospel" of science in a "demon haunted world", it takes a man of extraordinary wisdom, confidence, and strength to do the job. Such a man will inevitably come across as arrogant to some people.

Ordinary, everyday nice guys simply won't cut it.

Re:A scientific icon (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29561507)

Alan Alda, who is less pompous.

I wouldn't have thought that possible!

Re:A scientific icon (1)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562099)

Only on the internet could someone called Anonymous Coward try to slam Carl Sagan for being "a nobody".

Re:A scientific icon (1)

alfs boner (963844) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562307)

Hmmm... I know who Carl Sagan is, and I know who Alan Alda is, so they definitely aren't "nobodies." You, on the other hand are no doubt known only by the urine-filled mountain dew bottles who watch on as you play WOW in your underpants, and your parents, who probably despise you.

Re:Question about the first clip (5, Informative)

TrevorB (57780) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561219)

Episode 11: The Persistence of Memory

Around the 10:24 mark.

Where is the Original Cosmos series??? (3, Interesting)

rmdyer (267137) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561739)

Does anyone have any idea of how to get a hold of the very original Cosmos television series that aired on P.B.S. back in the early 80's ?

The Cosmos series was bought, remastered, and remade in the late 90's by Ted Turner, and that is the series that I own (the DVD set), however it is not what I watched as a child. I liked the original better. The original had much better ambient music, and in the transitions between scenes, worked much better I thought (more powerfully evoking). The remastered version may be more up to date scientifically, but the music has been replaced with mostly classical that doesn't fit the emotion, and is hacked up quite a bit.

I know the story is that Carl had a large disagreement with the way the original series was produced by KCET out of Los Angeles. Later the series was remade with the help of his wife, but some of the original music could not be relicensed (or was not even licensed correctly the first time) when the series was sold to Turner.

I have most of the episodes of the original 80's version on cassette, that I have now digitized. But the sound isn't that great since it was recorded by simply placing a microphone in front of the TV. There are other tape "abnormalities" as well, like the side A to side B change over.

I know there must be some remaining VHS or Beta tapes around of the original series somewhere, since they were sold as sets to schools and universities back in the 80's. I'd love to have a copy of those! Digital of course.

Re:Where is the Original Cosmos series??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29562289)

All of the episodes are available on any good Torrent tracker site.
(ahem, or so I am very reliably told)

May I suggest that a Google for 'MV Group' be performed?

Re:Where is the Original Cosmos series??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29562425)

This guy has it all: http://www.youtube.com/user/Zuke696

Re:Where is the Original Cosmos series??? (1)

GonzoPhysicist (1231558) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562637)

They are all on Hulu, just search for Cosmos.

Let me guess (-1, Troll)

HangingChad (677530) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561167)

Slow news day.

You guessed wrong (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29561201)

your mother and your sister both like to examine my "hanging chad"

I don't care. (4, Insightful)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561215)

It was worth watching.

Re:Let me guess (1)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561773)

worth watching. not slow news at all. matter of fact, its much cooler than another 'lets toot the linux/FOSS horn' and the 'F to the RIAA' pitter patter that constantly resounds here.

Re:Let me guess (1)

flewp (458359) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562411)

And honestly, it's so much better than the music in your sig. "Girls say they like my complexion - I got it from your descendants, god bless them" That doesn't even make any fucking sense. Or maybe it does, but how does that work? Your offspring and future generations develop time travel to go back in time and give you a better complexion?

Re:Let me guess (1)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562549)

thanks for taking the time to listen to real hip hop! Stay Positive!

Question: (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29561171)

Should this not be posted under idle?

Re:Question: (4, Insightful)

Abreu (173023) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561497)

No way! This was too beautiful for idle!

Re:Question: (2)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562249)

On the contrary, imho, this is what idle SHOULD be, instead of the worthless crap we saw at the first launch of idle (though I've got to admit, idle stories have gotten noticeably less shitty over the past few months).

Re:Question: (1)

msimm (580077) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562939)

Agreed. That was amazing both musically and intellectually.

Re:Question: (1)

velja27 (1427879) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561651)

Maybe it should have been posted under Entertainment but who cares when the video & song are awesome.

Autotune the News (4, Informative)

NevermindPhreak (568683) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561177)

Autotune the News has been doing this kind of thing for a while now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bduQaCRkgg4&feature=related [youtube.com]

Re:Autotune the News (2)

RobDollar (1137885) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561207)

True, but this is actually the best use of Autotune I've heard yet, amatuer and professional alike.

Re:Autotune the News (1, Insightful)

Xtravar (725372) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561257)

That you've noticed. If your pitch correction is noticeable, you're doing it wrong. Unless you think the effect is cool - in which case you're a retard.

Re:Autotune the News (2, Insightful)

ksandom (718283) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562305)

Unless you think the effect is cool - in which case you're a retard.

This is where art and profession differentiate. And why they need each other.

Opinion != fact

Re:Autotune the News (4, Interesting)

wiredlogic (135348) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561477)

His tune-up of MLK's I have a dream speech [youtube.com] is pretty awesome. It's good enough to actually consider a mainstream artist doing a proper cover in the mode of the Obama "Yes we can" video.

Re:Autotune the News (1)

indiechild (541156) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561767)

Agreed, I love their MLK song.

Autotune the News #8 was the best mix (2, Funny)

Gopal.V (532678) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561909)

Yo, I'm happy for Autotune #1 and all, but I'ma let you finish... the Autotune the News #8 [youtube.com] was the best news mix of all time.

Especially the lip-sync video editing was just too good. It had me singing along to Michael Vick ... that's gotta count for something :)

Re:Autotune the News (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29562125)

Except that Autotune The News is unbelievably dull, and its creators have no sense of songwriting or rhythm. The Sagan video is something you could actually hum twenty minutes after hearing it -- Autotune The News is atonal noise.

Re:Autotune the News (1)

bobaferret (513897) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562135)

gotta say that the Sagan song was better though.

Censored from youtube due to copyright violations (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29561185)

Censored from youtube due to copyright violations.

Re:Censored from youtube due to copyright violatio (2, Insightful)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561245)

It is perhaps unquestionably true that there is nothing more pathetic than the inheritors of the estate of great personages who choose to enrich their own endowments than carry on the work from which it came.
 

Re:Censored from youtube due to copyright violatio (2, Insightful)

Clover_Kicker (20761) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561469)

perhaps unquestionably?

Re:Censored from youtube due to copyright violatio (1)

windsurfer619 (958212) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561567)

You know it hasn't actually been censored, right?

Re:Censored from youtube due to copyright violatio (2, Informative)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561849)

Cosmos is continually being removed from Youtube and re-added.

Re:Censored from youtube due to copyright violatio (2, Informative)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562183)

Good point.

You can download both the mp3 and the high rez video from this page

http://www.colorpulsemusic.com/youtube.html [colorpulsemusic.com]

Re:Censored from youtube due to copyright violatio (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29562499)

Or watch it for free on hulu...

fuck autotune (0, Flamebait)

ZosX (517789) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561195)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8RqgDsO3c4 [youtube.com]

even the new skinny puppy album has autotune all over it. :( that shit was old from day one.

Re:fuck autotune (3, Insightful)

d474 (695126) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561251)

fuck autotune...that shit was old from day one.

Yeah, but Carl Sagan is dead, so there aren't many other ways to make it seem like he's singing. If anything, this is the most appropriate use of autotune technology I've seen to date: Making the dead come back to life in a new way.

I'm sure Carl would approve :)

Re:fuck autotune (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29561677)

Maybe they can use it to make some new Michael Jackson songs. You know, from back when he was alive and still black.

Re:fuck autotune (4, Funny)

Zerth (26112) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562525)

Do you think he'd be for or against sounding like Kermit the Frog gone techno?

Re:fuck autotune (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561271)

They seem to be objecting to artificial voices and a lack of originality...

I wonder where that music in the background came from? Synthesizer? Or sampled from someone else?

If you don't like how autotune sounds, fine. But that video was pretty hypocritical.

Re:fuck autotune (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29562081)

It was written specifically for the piece. The composer does some really beautiful piano work. I wouldn't be surprised if he sampled some of the synth themes from _Cosmos_ to do it.

Re:fuck autotune (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29561411)

I would even expect autotune in Skinny Puppy if it wasn't done in a hot-topic mall way. I'm probably in the minority but the big "electronic" acts in that day (Skinny Puppy, Ministry, and even Nine Inch Nails) all seemed to pretty much fall apart near the same time. After Last Rights ('91), The Downward Spiral ('94), and Psalm 69 ('92) everything from them has been pretty mediocre (sorry Fragile fans but the album would have been much better as a single CD without the crud).

Re:fuck autotune (1)

poopdeville (841677) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561441)

Ugh, my 25 year old roommate still shops at Hot Topic. And she leaves clothing tags on the kitchen floor. I have to move out of here soon.

fuck you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29562021)

you have no idea what the hell you are talking about

fuck you

Re:fuck autotune (1)

lysergic.acid (845423) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561547)

Sorry to burst your bubble, but nearly every mainstream (especially pop, country, hip-hop/r&b, etc.) album that includes vocal parts in it these days has been "enhanced" through the use of auto-tune. Heck, auto-tune is even used in live concerts nowadays. Don't confuse the general usage of auto-tune, which is merely a tool for pitch correction, with the specific practice of feeding extreme parameters into auto-tune software to produce synthetic- or electronic-sounding vocal effects (some like to call this "auto-tune abuse"), as was initially popularized by Cher in the track "Believe."

Even artists in genres you don't typically associate with electronic vocal effects, like rock, metal, punk, jazz, etc. use auto-tune to some degree these days. It's just part of the recording process now, and it's something you'd expect as "part of the package" when you hire a professional sound engineer to mix/master an album.

Not every musician out there uses it (and some musicians have even taken a stand against it), but it's a fact of life that the majority of albums you see on retail store shelves have been pitch-corrected [npr.org] to some degree.

Re:fuck autotune (1)

sartin (238198) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561809)

A while back I was working with a producer and studio engineer on a web site. We were talking about pitch correction and they told me they almost ignore being in tune (within limits) for deciding which take is good. They focus almost exclusively on timbre and emotion. Minor imperfections can be fixed in edit without ruining the sound. Their concern was the downward spiral this could lead to as vocalists get sloppier at learning the fundamentals, but they still did it.

Re:fuck autotune (1)

Mix+Master+Nixon (1018716) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562853)

that shit was old from day one.

Mod parent insightful.

anyone got hires of the beach scene ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29561249)

would make a great desktop background - galaxy rising over the beach at 0:56...anyone got a hi res version ??

Re:anyone got hires of the beach scene ?? (1, Informative)

Fireye (415617) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561989)

The mpg on the creators site is a bit higher quality, but not much.
http://hinome.net/EFh9F10/galaxyrise.jpg [hinome.net]

A Still More Glorious Dawn (of some sort) (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29561291)

I think about the time in which Sagan lived, and the hope and threat of a more glorious dawn awaiting. Someone once compared the light of a nuclear detonation to the light of a thousand suns. While the current nuclear stockpile wouldn't reach the light of 400 billion suns, I think it would be close enough for all intended purposes. The current poll on /. seems to be leaning heavily towards the expectation that we will have destroyed ourselves in 100 years; Hawking has repeatedly stated that if we are to survive long term as a species, we will have to inhabit other worlds or at least colonize space. It seems that, barring any of a thousand other extinction events, the current age of humanity, whatever span of time it may be, will in fact rest upon which more glorious dawn we, as a species, choose, or allow to be chosen for us.

Re:A Still More Glorious Dawn (of some sort) (0, Troll)

Namlak (850746) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561799)

Hawking has repeatedly stated that if we are to survive long term as a species, we will have to inhabit other worlds or at least colonize space

And I thought guys like this were supposed to be *smart* and understand the scope and scale of things universal. Why exactly, does the universe need or want us to survive? If the universe doesn't need us, why do *we* need us? Our likely eventual nuclear destruction won't even register as background noise. You know, if the LHC creates a black hole and sucks in the Earth and 7 billion people into in in a minute, I'm OK with that - really. Nobody will be around *not* to be OK with it.

So let's say that we do colonize space and/or other worlds. Why do these guys think that the "colonists" won't end up just like us in due time? Because they'll all be peaceful, collective "space hippies"? Puhhhleeze. How odd that incredibly intelligent people who study nature on the grandest of scales refuse to acklowledge nature's most basic laws such as supply-and-demand of limited resources which create greed, jealousy, crime, class separation, etc.

Re:A Still More Glorious Dawn (of some sort) (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29562185)

Why do these guys think that the "colonists" won't end up just like us in due time? Because they'll all be peaceful, collective "space hippies"?

That's like saying that because everyone is going to die, the human race no longer exists. The colonies might evolve into worlds and countries with their own conflicts, and may destroy themselves. But the point is that it probably won't happen to all colonies all at once. Raze a planet, but the human species still lives on. The current problem is that all of our eggs are in the same basket, and that's bad. No need to get nihilistic about it.

Re:A Still More Glorious Dawn (of some sort) (2, Funny)

tsm_sf (545316) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562537)

So let's say that we do colonize space and/or other worlds. Why do these guys think that the "colonists" won't end up just like us in due time?

Nobody thinks that. You think there are people thinking this, but I think you're wrong.

Re:A Still More Glorious Dawn (of some sort) (3, Insightful)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562539)

Those guys are smart. Those guys never said the universe needs or wants us to survive. That's the ramblings of some moron posting things on the internet, rather than a top physicist.

Why do *we* want to survive? Probably because most of us (other then the aforementioned moron) still have the desire to survive, procreate, and pass on our genes to a future generation. That's been hard-wired in most life on the planet for quite some time now.

Re:A Still More Glorious Dawn (of some sort) (1)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561855)

Since the US finally has a president who is talking about getting rid of all nuclear arms, even our own, I think there may just be a galaxy rise in our future :-)

This article is totally false. (1)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561315)

I have been eating live bugs since I was six, yet I am less than 4 percent insectoid and have no significant super powers. Carl Sagin is a fraud and his feet smell like pig cheese. This article is a joke, but I'm sure slashdot nerds will eat it up like a pig eating pig cheese. I prefer live bugs, thankyouverymuch.

How many hits will this video get? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29561357)

Let's see if we can make this video get biiiiiillyuuns and biiiilyuuns of views!

Amazing... (4, Insightful)

Loomismeister (1589505) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561395)

I could listen to those two all day. That song just overflows with profoundness.

Not Autotune (1)

Given M. Sur (870067) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561425)

That doesn't sound like Autotune to me. It sounds like a vocoder [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Not Autotune (1)

x1n933k (966581) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562449)

Then maybe you should read about Auto-tune: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto-tune [wikipedia.org] because Cher's "Believe" was not processed with a vocoder but Autotune. The wiki entry article talks of other popular songs as well.

The fact the author of the video mentions auto-tune in the video's description is a good indication to the processing he used.

[J]

Re:Not Autotune (1)

u38cg (607297) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562777)

Autotune doesn't sound like anything until you overdo it, when it suddenly sounds like sandpapering an innocent baby's bottom.

New Slashdot meme? (5, Funny)

areusche (1297613) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561431)

(Jostles for microphone) I'm sorry Carl, but Beyoncé had the best music video of all time!

Re:New Slashdot meme? (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29561715)

Stop now.

Loud (4, Insightful)

WeblionX (675030) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561481)

It's nice, but the music track is too loud compared to the voice.

Expurgated version (2, Funny)

LSD-OBS (183415) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561485)

Is there a version edited for rednecks?

MC Hawking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29561487)

MC Hawking [mchawking.com] did this years ago.

F.E.Dec (1)

surgeon (61206) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561519)

Auto-Tune is the Frankenstein Computer God Voice simulator

Oh my god. (-1, Troll)

MrMista_B (891430) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561521)

I did not realize until now how far Slashdot has fallen in it's attempt to become dig. A two-sentance summary linking to a youtube video?

This is ridiculous, kdawson should be ashamed, his bosses should be embarrassed, and the advertisers should be asking some difficult questions.

Re:Oh my god. (1)

mb1 (966747) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561721)

Oh, comon, there's not even a comment list with Profit! at the end yet...

Re:Oh my god. (1)

jellyfrog (1645619) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562017)

This is ridiculous.
1. kdawson should be ashamed
2. His bosses should be embarrassed
3. The advertisers should be asking some difficult questions
4. PROFIT!!
5. ???
Oh, wait.

Re:Oh my god. (1)

macshit (157376) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562093)

Don't be silly.

Carl Sagan is always on topic on Slashdot.

Cosmos was as profound and inspiring as TV gets, and a defining moment for an entire generation of nerds; any excuse to talk about it is welcome.

Good Tune (1)

BeaverAndrew (1645577) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561537)

I honestly enjoyed this. Carl Sagan to a good beat. -- Stephen Hawking at 2:20 is what truly made it awesome! "A still more glorious dawn awaits..."

Great (1)

GarretSidzaka (1417217) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561621)

This was truly grand. i can believe someone would make this! i forwarded this to everyone i know :D

Moron geek (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29561709)

This is not a "fantastic song", this is a piece of shit by any decent artistic standard.

Got to love it! (1)

nnnich (1454535) | more than 4 years ago | (#29561859)

I think it speaks volumes of the so called "slashdotter" that this video is a news story - very classy my friends. plus it makes me want to do some acid real bad....

The most awesome thing I have seen all day. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29561937)

Beautiful rational thought, presented beautifully, with a kind of wistful emotional quality. Brought a tear to my eye it did.

Interesting piece of work! (1)

Announcer (816755) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562019)

I genuinely enjoyed this! A very clever and imaginative work of art, I'd say. Lyrics, music, and visuals... two thumbs-up, for sure!

Geez (1)

Fotograf (1515543) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562111)

it was cool. 100% better then most of songs vomited at us today.

Sagan is the man (1)

Ladysman3621 (947228) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562217)

Did a good job with this. It makes me want to go back and watch the whole Cosmos series. I think they are all on hulu.

Re:Sagan is the man (1)

BenBoy (615230) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562523)

Also on netflix, as instant play.

Bitch.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29562219)

got nothin on MC Hawking.

Beautiful (1)

stoicio (710327) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562233)

That's really beautiful.
I love the 'Galaxy Rise' line.

Cosmos (1)

physburn (1095481) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562377)

That series [wikipedia.org] was a real classic. It amazing that a science show from the 80s is still so remembered today. Carl Sagan died over twelve years ago. So let the song, be tribute to him.

---

Astronomy Feed [feeddistiller.com] @ Feed Distiller [feeddistiller.com]

Better get out more (0)

rueger (210566) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562393)

Hey guys - if you're trilling on about how beautiful and inspiring this "music" is, it's probably about time that you got out of your basement and headed out to see some real live musicians (rock, punk, baroque - doesn't matter). There are about a million living breathing artists out there doing truly beautiful (or at least seriously rocking) music. No need for this odd ersatz stuff.

Re:Better get out more (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29562703)

This is why we can't have night things!

Re:Better get out more (1)

pat sajak (1368465) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562761)

Music comes in many forms, and different genres appeal to different people. Listen to some film soundtracks, and ambient music (Brian Eno) and you might find that quiet subtlety can be beautiful.

That was actually kind of awesome (1)

perlmangle (49439) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562433)

But does the way Carl Sagan talks remind anybody else of Agent Smith? "That's a billion suns, Mister Anderson."

Re:That was actually kind of awesome (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562645)

You're not the first to think of Carl Smith [youtube.com] . (Or Agent Sagan, if you prefer.)

Carl Sagan is amazingly inspiring (2, Informative)

Dasher42 (514179) | more than 4 years ago | (#29562567)

I was given the book Comet which he co-authored with Ann Druyan, and while you might think the subject matter smaller, the vision it showed for how we could travel to space and spread life between the stars was amazing. It showed there's more to do out there than invent a spaceship to go from world to world at - how we do not know - speeds far greater than light's. We can be the ancestors of life made to be out there. Panspermia might not be a fact now, but we can make it so. I think that's a beautiful goal to pursue.

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