Sunday, February 9, 2014

30 Week Blog Challenge - Week 5: Quotes

Now Playing: Karen O - The Moon Song

Ughhhhh, why is Her such a perfect movie? It pretty much has everything I love about sci-fi--it's subtle implementations of the genre, acknowledgement of the future complexity of A.I.'s and the depth of intelligence and emotion, great acting, beautiful cinematography...

AND THE SOUNDTRACK.

That song. Must not cryyyy.

Moving on~

I know, I messed up last week. Which is weird because I could have probably written essay-long explanations for my book choices, but I'm thinking if I go back and edit it'll be cheating. Also, I have so many essays and personal writing, I'm being way too lazy to fix the last entry >.>

So we continue on!

Original challenge!

Uh. Confession time. I usually can't stand quotes, especially motivational ones. I mean...I think sometimes they can be nice, but they usually feel...terribly soulless. Quotes give me the exact same feeling people usually get when reading a fortune cookie: a momentary smile and then "meh."

But that's probably just the hipster in me. I can still fall to the fuzzy warm feelings of reading a good, inspirational quote. The first are kind of self-explanatory, and the others I just like particularly because of their context.

1) "There is a fundamental reason why we look at the sky with wonder and longing—for the same reason that we stand, hour after hour, gazing at the distant swell of the open ocean. There is something like an ancient wisdom, encoded and tucked away in our dna, that knows its point of origin as surely as a salmon knows its creek. intellectually, we may not want to return there, but the genes know, and long for their origins—their home in the salty depths. But if the seas are our immediate source, the penultimate source is certainly the heavens… the spectacular truth is—and this is something that your dna has known all along—the very atoms of your body—the iron, calcium, phosphorus, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and on and on—were initially forged in long-dead stars. This is why, when you stand outside under a moonless, country sky, you feel some ineffable tugging at your innards. We are star stuff. Keep looking up." 
~ Neil De Grasse Tyson

That connects to this poem I found on tumblr by Starredsoul; while I think the rest of the poem is just okay-ish, these lines will always stand out:
2) "...don’t you see? The stars collapsed  to build your criss cross of cells; seas haves rushed  forward to keep you alive. There is a universe under your paper skin..."

3) "Oscar Wilde quite rightly said, ‘All art is useless’. And that may sound as if that means it’s something not worth supporting. But if you actually think about it, the things that matter in life are useless. Love is useless. Wine is useless. Art is the love and wine of life. It is the extra, without which life is not worth living." ~ Stephen Fry

Bonus! Three from ASOIAF/GoT, in gif form. (The first--and I guess also the third--one because CONTEXT)



"Science and science fiction have done a kind of dance over the last century... The scientists make a finding. It inspires science fiction writers to write about it, and a host of young people read the science fiction and are excited, and inspired to become scientists...which they do, which then feeds again into another generation of science fiction and science..."
- Carl Sagan, in his message to future explorers of Mars.