“Nearly all the pros I can think of who make it to the top and stay there — a fairly small number — have a little bit of craziness to them. In fact of the most gifted ones I know who didn’t make it, that same kind of craziness is the one thing they lack. The nature of How We Practice determines success more than any single factor — excluding overly generalized terms, like ‘gifts’ or ‘drive.’”— Rodney Mullen
“That fight made me work so much harder when I got back to the gym, even though I cried and I was sad. It made me hungrier.”— 2012 Olympic Gold medalist Claressa Shields. She won her first national title last night.
“We see these beautiful structures falling from the sky, and we still cannot explain how they came to be. When you ask how snowflakes form, you are really asking about how molecules go from a disordered gaseous state to an ordered crystalline lattice. Unexpected phenomena can emerge — snowflakes are one fascinating example.”—Kenneth Libbrecht, physicist at Caltech, snowflake designer http://popte.ch/zmfbE6
“Social enterprises like these tend to form in response to system failures—the malfunction of government to successfully render social services or the failure of the market to efficiently allocate goods and services. Yet most of the time social ‘innovation’ is palliative, tinkering within the parameters of a system to mitigate harm or make it partially more responsive to the needs of those marginalized or underserved by it. But big impact usually happens when we address the fundamental causes of a system’s failure, not just its effects.”— From Forbes: Is the System Getting You Down? Two Entrepreneurs Are Making the Market Work for Everyone
Mickey Hart, former drummer for the Grateful Dead, teamed up with Nobel Prize-winning cosmologist George Smoot to translate universe frequencies into music. They collected light and electromagnetic waves with various radio telescopes and then shifted them up to octaves that humans can hear. The result was a twelve track album released last spring that includes sonification along with “Earth music” as described by Hart, to make the listening experience more enjoyable.
"Pulsar B0531 + 21" is a track based upon data from the Crab Pulsar, a young neutron star.