Loved on Screen: The Theory of Everything

Movies & TV

We recently saw the movie The Theory of Everything, a biopic of physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking focussing on the relationship between him and Jane, his first wife.

The Theory of Everything

I picked the movie basically because I really like the female lead, Felicity Jones; she also rocks in Northanger Abbey and Rogue One, plus visits as a society burglar in the Doctor Who episode “The Unicorn and the Wasp”. Every performance in Everything, however, was excellent, as was the writing and directing.

The stunning, gripping soundtrack is by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who was nominated for a Grammy, BAFTA and the Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for it. I really loved his work on Arrival, too. Jóhannsson sadly passed away in 2018, about a month before Hawking.

Here’s the end credits music: “Arrival of the Birds” & “Transformation” performed by The Cinematic Orchestra.

The Theory of Everything – Soundtrack ending scene (The Cinematic Orchestra – Arrival of the birds) via sintomopersistente on YouTube

I don’t think these two pieces are Jóhannsson’s, but they’re nevertheless so, so beautiful.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Trappist-1 Illustrations

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A NASA Tumblr post about the newly found exoplanets in the Trappist-1 system included fantastic artist’s renderings of what the system and the planets might look like.

NASA Tumblr Trappist-1 Illustration System

NASA on Tumblr.

“The planets also are very close to each other. How close? Well, if a person was standing on one of the planet’s surface, they could gaze up and potentially see geological features or clouds of neighboring worlds, which would sometimes appear larger than the moon in Earth’s sky.”

NASA Tumblr Trappist-1 Illustration Planet

NASA on Tumblr.

One is even a retro-style travel poster! (See other NASA retro travel posters here.)

NASA Tumblr Trappist-1 Illustration Poster

NASA on Tumblr.

Love ’em! Find more at NASA on Tumblr!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: Woolly Thoughts – Knits with a Mathematical Twist

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Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer are two mathekniticians – maths people who not only knit and crochet, but present mathematical ideas through their yarn craft. And it’s fascinating!

They make afghans, wall hangings, tabletops(!), cushions, shawls, toilet-roll covers, puppets, sweaters, hats and so much more. Some of my favorites include these pillows and puzzles, for example…

Woolly Thoughts Pillow Puzzle Combo

Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer at Woolly Thoughts. Clockwise from top right: Tangram pillow, three Hexaflexacube pillows (in pink, green and orange), and Diabolical Cube puzzle.

…and the square root afghan:

Woolly Thoughts Afghan square root

Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer at Woolly Thoughts.

Their conjoined Möbius hat and the penrose table are also really, really awesome and neat; please have a look. Also visit the Woolly Thoughts website or design collection at Ravelry!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: More Exoplanet Retro Travel Posters

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Do you remember the exoplanet retro-style travel posters I blogged about last year? Now there’s more of them! NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released a series of 14 posters:

“Nine artists, designers, and illustrators were involved in designing the 14 posters, which are the result of many brainstorming sessions with JPL scientists, engineers, and expert communicators. Each poster went through a number of concepts and revisions, and each was made better with feedback from the JPL experts.”

NASA-JPL Planet Poster Collage 2016

Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech; collage by Eppu Jensen.

Aren’t they just fantastic? They’d make a great wall art, especially if hung in a large grouping. Many of them also remind me of book covers.

Access the collected posters at the JPL site. The posters are available free for download. Check out the JPL Image Use Policy for more details.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

New Horizons Pluto Flyby

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I’ve been following New Horizons’ approach to Pluto, and excitedly gawking at the gorgeous photos we’ve received.

Pluto tn-p_lorri_fullframe_bw

Pluto. Photo by NASA/APL/SwRI.

Pluto 476,000 miles (768 000 kilometers) from the surface. Photo sent to Earth on July 14, 2015, just before New Horizons’ final approach to the dwarf planet. Photo by NASA/APL/SwRI. Compared to our previous photos, this is huge!

We’ve now officially started our exploration of the Kuiper Belt. Exciting times for space buffs! See more on the NASA New Horizons site or image gallery, or follow New Horizons on Twitter.

I also spotted this nice retro-style, tongue-in-cheek Pluto skiing poster:

DeviantArt Steve Thomas Ski Pluto

Steve Thomas.

Ski Pluto poster by Steve Thomas on DeviantArt. Love it!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Cross-Body Bags: Prototypes and Two OOAKs

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My book bag project inspired me to try sewing cross-body bags. As usual, the first step is making prototypes to try out different fabrics and proportions. It only took two tries – the photo below shows my second attempt – to find something both pleasing and functional.

It must mean I’ve gained more experience points. Lovely!

I also made two one-of-a-kinds to sell. They’re both made with lightweight cotton duck (canvas) off the bolt and have accents pieced together from various quilting cottons; inside there’s a pocket.

 

I’m quite pleased with how they turned out. Perfect for rainbow lovers, from the reading kind to the parade kind and everything inbetween. 🙂

The wide accent stripes in a rainbow of colors were inspired by how a spectrograph disperses white light into color spectra (and originally made waaay back). The burgundy red bag has 18 colors, the navy 17 in the accent stripe. As usual, there’s more photos on Flickr.

Pi Day Trivet

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Saturday is Pi Day in the U.S.: 3/14/15. If you have access to a laser engraver, this would be a neat Pi Day craft:

Evil Mad Scientist Pi Cork Trivet

Lenore M. Edman at Evil Mad Scientist.

A cork trivet with the pi up to the first thousand digits by Lenore M. Edman at Evil Mad Scientist. Happy Pi Day! Bonus points for pi activities done at 9:26 in the morning.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Exoplanet Retro Travel Posters

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released retro style travel posters for three confirmed exoplanets: Kepler-186f, HD 40307g and Kepler-16b:

NASA-JPL Planet Poster Collage

Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech; collage by Eppu Jensen.

So cool! They’ve also included little snippets of information on each planet in the poster write-ups. The images are available for download in high resolution from JPL’s website! (Make sure you check their Image Use Policy, too.)

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Houses of Awesome Exploration

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You may have seen this already, but the project is so fun and laudable that I’ll boost it some more.

Students from the Albert Einstein Institute created these Game of Thrones style science house sigils. They commemorate some of the most exciting projects in physics and space exploration. LISA Mission shared them on Facebook. Below are two of my favorites – visit LISA Mission for more!

House ISS

LISA Mission; image via Science Llama.

House Curiosity

LISA Mission; image via Science Llama.

Individual images via Science Llama.

Sadly, I’m not a hard sciences person. If I were, as a European, I’d probably be in House ISS.

Online Finds: Lunar and Planetary Institute Maps

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The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) has quite an impressive amount of resources available on their website. I lost myself for quite some time yesterday among their image repositories. They include for example a Lunar Map Catalog, an Apollo Image Atlas, the awe-inspiring Apollo Surface Panoramas plus Mars Map and Venus Map Catalogs – and that’s just some of the image resources! Here are three of my favorite pictures.

Topographic lunar map with gradient tint printing, sheet 2:

LPI Lunar Topogr 2 Gradient

Topographic lunar map with gradient tint printing, sheet 2. Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Almost looks like a vintage map, doesn’t it?

Lunar farside chart, LFC-1B, from the 1st edition, August 1967:

LPI Lunar Farside Chart LFC-1B

Lunar Farside Chart LFC-1B. Lunar and Planetary Institute.

A partial geomorphic/geologic map of the northern hemisphere of Venus:

LPI Geomorphic Venus North

A geomorphic/geologic map of part of the northern hemisphere of Venus. Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Can you imagine how great they would be as computer wallpaper? I’m actually quite intrigued by my geomorphic Venus map!

Venus Map Computer Wallpaper

They’d also make great wall art or gift wrappers if you blew them up at a copy shop. (The LPI has a few different resolutions available for many images.)

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.