The Pale Blue Dot

I have a strong belief that every human being must understand the importance of our home planet. And yet, our planet is nothing but a speck of dust in vast cosmic space. But nevertheless, it’s our only home and we must try hardest we can to preserve it. I have read a text by Carl Sagan, a famous astrophysicist. He explained the importance of our planet for human race. The entire quote:

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

I am sorry for making it so long, but I feel that I am helping everyone by sharing this. Readin these wise words can make us think differently about our planet. And I hope we will.

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My prediction of NBA fandom territories in the next season

Being one of the most popular sport leagues in the country, NBA has a huge fanbase. Not only in the US, but all over the world too. Every single basketball player from every place in the world have his favorite NBA club. My personal favorite is San Antonio Spurs, because of their game system, and maturity they show on the court. It reminds me of basketball that is played back in my homeland.
The Upshot portal gave us an insight into this season’s NBA fanbases located in the US. Some of them are quite impressive, but some don’t even exist. Arguably, the best club in the franchise history, the LA Lakers, without a doubt have the biggest fandom of all clubs in the league. They are followed by the NBA vice-champion, Miami Heat. Occupying the most of the east coast, they are threatening to become the most beloved NBA club, at the moment. But considering the fact that LeBron James has abandoned them, it’s highly doubtful. Having that in mind, the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron’s new-old club, have a big chance of creating a nation-wide fanbase. Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and LeBron James are the new big three – the new moneymakers for the club owners. Having superstars of that calibre, will affect the ticket sales enormously.
The actual NBA champion’s fans, San Antonio Spurs, occupy the southernmost part of the country – southern Texas. But I believe their glory comes with time. You can say that their fanbase ages like wine.
The biggest franchise rivalry – Boston Celtics and LA Lakers, is not so much present now. With the both teams losing their best players in last couple of years – their fanbase has considerably shrank. Celtics’ especially, and Miami Heat is the main reason; they overtook nearly whole east coast.
The best NBA team from the end of the last century – Chicago Bulls still have a large fanbase, considering that they are surrounded by numerous NBA rivals – Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves. With the return of Derrick Rose, they are expected to make a huge expansion fan-wise.
In contrast to the east coast, which has a NBA club in nearly every major city, the west coast is pretty poor. The Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns hold the majority of the fans (with the Lakers excluded)
With all being said, I predict that this season’s fanbase modification will be dramatic. Heat will go down rapidly, Cleveland will pick up most of their fans, White Mamba (Kobe Bryant) is back, so LAL will hold most of it’s “territory”. And the Heat fans from all over the world will probably follow LeBron to Cleveland, bringing them absolute superiority over the other clubs in the league. I look forward to see this year’s NBA fandom map.
*Photo courtesy of http://www.nytimes.com

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10 Simple life tricks

These are some simple tricks that will make your life alot easier. Some of them, my mom taught me, and some of them I have learned in school, TV, internet, etc.
1. Always remember the name of the person you just met. You don’t want to meet them again not knowing ther name.
2. If you feel tired or exhausted, use apple cider vinegar, mix it with he water, and you can use it like shampoo, or as a food supplement.
3. Caramel milk helps with sore throat, you probably didn’t know this, but now you have the reason to take some sugar in.
4. When you are heating some food leftovers in the microwave oven, the best way to do it is to leave an empty spot in the center of the plate, so the food heats up evenly.
5. If you have those ridiculously expensive candles whose wick is located too low and you can’t reach it with your lighter, try using a raw spaghetti.
6. If you want to cool you drink fast, you just need to wrap the bottle with wet toilet paper, and leave it in the fridge for 15 minutes.
7. Lowered sleeping pillow will be back in it’s original form, if you keep it on the sunlight for 30 minutes.
8. If you ran out of bleach, simply use vinegar to remove stains fromm your white clothes.
9. Use toothpaste to clear up hazy car headlights.
10. Chewing gum uring onion cutting will prevent you from crying.

My favorite band

Originaly, there was four of them – Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andrew Fletcher and Vince Clarke. Then Clarke left the band, Alan Wilder replaced him. Then Wilder left the band – which made them one of the most famous trios of all time. The band was formed in 1981. in Basildon, Essex, England. Traveling around the world, moving from one place to another, made them pick up various influences and inspirations for their music. Their breakthrough hit – “Just can’t get enough” is still one of the most popular songs in United Kingdom. As the years were passing, their music matured with them. During the 1980’s they released seven albums, and in 1990 in climax of their career, they released one of the best music albums of all time – “Violator”. “Enjoy the Silence”, “Personal Jesus”, are only some of the classics that can be found on that record. The next album came out in 1993. and since then they have a tradition of releasing a new album every four years. The last one came out last year – “The Delta Machine”. Depeche Mode is named one of the most influental bands of all time, because of their innovations, and different approach to making music. They had a concert last year in my city (Belgrade), and that night was the best night of my life. I was feeling so alive, feeling like ai belong there, that is an experience that I will never forget, and definitely, I need to do that again, ASAP.

Credits for the image: http://krutopridumal.ru/music/depeche_mode

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