Aftermath

Cary Agos

This line, in the aftermath of the shocking death on ‘The Good Wife’, pretty much sums it up for me right now.

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One more star in heaven

I remember the first time we met, the last time we spoke. And all the moments in between, too many to count. More press conferences than I can recall, the dozens of interviews we did together. All those tennis events we covered – those were always extra special, somehow – that time we snuck into the VIP lounge at KLIA to get a photo with Richard Gasquet and Rafael Nadal. That was all you; I didn’t have a clue where they were. You always found a way, and that was just one of the many things I admired about you. Thanks for letting me tag along for the ride.

I never told you how lucky I felt to have known you, how grateful I was that our paths crossed. You were one of the kindest, sweetest, most generous people I had ever met. Doubt I’ll meet too many more like you. Sentimental to a fault, sure, but also arguably the single most patient human being that ever walked the face of this Earth. I’m not the only one who thinks so, and all of us can’t be wrong so it must be true. I hope you know how cherished you were, that even in your too-short time with us, you made such a big, big difference. Thanks for, well, everything.

Rest in peace always, Mei Ann. I’ll think of you often. You used to joke that we had a psychic link (“psycho link”, you called it). Does it still work? Because you are so fondly remembered, deeply loved and dearly missed.

Till we meet again.

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One person, eight singers: Christina Bianco covers ‘Let It Go’

My 3yo is obsessed with the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack, and her favourite is – no surprise – ‘Let It Go’. I don’t think I’ve paid this much attention to a Disney movie since maybe ‘Mulan’, but even I have ended up learning the songs because she listens to them that many times. Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was my first movie in a cinema and the beginning of my love affair with musicals. ‘Frozen’ will, hopefully, be hers.

And speaking of ‘Frozen’, here’s a pretty funny cover of ‘Let It Go’ by impressionist Christina Bianco, who performs it as Idina Menzel, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion, Kristin Chenoweth, Adele, Julie Andrews, Barbara Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Liza Minnelli – and herself, of course.

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Chasing Ice: Majestic, stunning, scary

I recently came across this clip from ‘Chasing Ice’, a documentary about the melting ice caps in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Canada, the Rockies and the Himalayas. The accompanying info: “On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water.”

What we see in the video is pretty majestic and stunning, but scary too. Global warming is real. Climate change is real. You can’t read about all the extreme heat waves and crazy winters happening around the world and not wonder: What’s going on?

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Only seems fair

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…that my 3yo should get to put up some of her art too.

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Coolest ever weather announcement from a school

By Durham Academy Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner and Assistant Head of School/Upper School Director Lee Hark. Attention all school administrators (and weather announcers): The bar has been set very high.

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Felix Baumgartner’s space jump in HD is just… wow

Happened to catch this live way back in October 2012 (OMG, has it really been that long?) and it was the craziest, most thrilling thing I’d seen in a long while. In case you missed it, Felix Baumgartner rode a stratospheric balloon up to 128,100 feet above Earth, opened the door, and jumped. On his way down, he broke the speed of sound and set three world records. Watching everything unfold in real time was pretty awesome, but to see it in HD and hear everything that was said is another thing altogether. By the way, Vanity Fair also did a profile piece on him.

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Thanks to artist Klemens Torggler, you’ll never look at doors the same way again

Think something as common and mundane as a door cannot be reinvented? Then Austrian artist Klemens Torggler has done the impossible. It’s not just what he did, which is pretty amazing, but the fact that he actually thought to do it. It’s a lesson in opening our eyes to the possibilities of everyday objects around us, and in pushing boundaries. Perhaps anything can be reinvented. Story originally from Business Insider.

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