According to legend, celestial forces gave Five Colored Pond its hues. Here the Tibetan goddess Semo stopped to wash her face, and her cosmetics forever pigmented this pool.
Photograph by Michael Yamashita
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog.
I feel like I’ve been preparing for this image all my life.
oké, akkor még egy árvíztűrő tükörfúrógépet kérek…
What This Man Found In A Bag Of Mulch Will Blow Your Mind. What He Did With It Will Melt Your Heart.
A Florida man opened a new bag of mulch and, to his surprise, he found a baby squirrel inside. We found the man on Reddit, where he is known by the handle “Nadtacular,” but now the Internet is starting to know him because of his compassion. The baby squirrel appeared to be only days old when he found it. It was so young, he initially mistook it for a mouse or rat. But he decided to take care of it, and lucky for us, document his its development.
As you can see from the photographs, a bond developed between the man and the squirrel, which he named “Zip.” There is no definitive answer to how baby Zip found its way into the bag of mulch, but it’s safe to say Zip appears to be enjoying his new home. It’s also safe to say that this man’s selfless act has restored our hope in humanity. Way to go!
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Peter Jackson is a great adapter of Tolkien's stories. He really understands what Tolkien was trying to do as a storyteller.
- Tolkien's Aragorn: I've been waiting all my life to fulfill my destiny. Now is the hour!
- Jackson's Aragorn: I don't want to be king. I'm just a regular guy. Quit bugging me about my destiny!
- Tolkien's Gimli: Dwarves can run farther and faster and longer than anyone. We are a noble race with a rich and storied and secretive history.
- Jackson's Gimli: Hey, what for me, guys! I have a cramp! I know we've only been running for five minutes, but someone has to be the comic relief here!
- Tolkien's Legolas: I don't see eye to eye with dwarves, and I've always lived in the forest. Everything's about to change...is that the Sea I hear?
- Jackson's Legolas: Make sure the camera focuses on me while I surf this shield.
- Tolkien's Faramir: Not even if I found the Ring on the highway would I take it! I admire the history of my people going back to Numenor, and do not enjoy war for war's sake.
- Jackson's Faramir: Hey, this guy has the Ring. Let me kidnap him and take him back home, just because I'm pathologically obsessed with what my father thinks of me!
- Tolkien's Treebeard: I am the shepherd of the forest, and know everything that's happening in my realm from the Misty Mountains to the plains of Rohan. I've been planning on moving against Saruman for a while; I just needed a catalyst of sorts.
- Jackson's Treebeard: Hey, this part of the forest has been chopped down and burned, and it's clearly been this way for a long time! I had no idea this was going on! I'm going to now completely change my view of Saruman and march against him.
- Tolkien's Elrond: I am as kind as summer, as fair as an elf-lord, and as wize as a wizard.
- Jackson's Elrond: I am as surly as a thunderstorm, more sternly than a judge, and I'm clueless and cowardly in terms of what's going on in the world.
- Tolkien's Ring: I bend people to evil if they try to use me, or if they already have corrupted desires, simply because that's the nature of how I work: by dominating and controlling other wills.
- Jackson's Ring: I'm a sort of psychic crack that no one, especially not Men, can ever hope to resist. They don't have to have corrupted motives or actually possess me; all they have to do is see me, then boom! Total Ring lust.
- Tolkien's elves: Our age is passing, and we are vanishing from the world. The time of Men is drawing near. We have a bloody history, but we're wiser for it, and we share our wisdom with others and delight in the natural world.
- Jackson's elves: We're more powerful than anyone, and even though we're leaving Middle-earth, no one else can hold a candle to how cool we are. Oh, and Men? Men are weak. They'll never amount to anything. We would take delight in the world around us if we ever had a moment free from acting prissy and flouting our cultural and moral superiority. (Oh, and for some reason we're vegetarians, even though we're hunters. Don't worry — just go with it.)
- Tolkien's magic: Magic is essentially art, raised to its highest form. Or else it is spiritual power, expressed almost entirely in the form of words, whether in the form of poetry, songs, or spoken conversation.
- Jackson's magic: Magic is waving your wizard staff, throwing fireballs, possessing people's bodies, vanishing into thin air when the other person closes their eyes, and other such physical encounters, such as making someone spin around while they float to the top of a tower.
- Tolkien's White Council: We're the wisest people in Middle-earth, and we've been meeting for centuries to work against Sauron and his servants, in order to protect the people of Middle-earth.
- Jackson's White Council: Who, Sauron? That guy's dead, man. Quit worrying. Oh, and we can't allow a quest against Smaug. That's too risky, and we wouldn't want to upset the status quo.
- Tolkien's stone giants: We're a fun and whimsical line in the middle of The Hobbit. Though we don't really add to the story, we don't really interfere with your enjoyment of it, either.
- Jackson's stone giants: We monopolize at least ten minutes of movie footage for no reason but to provide suspense that still doesn't really affect the plot at all.
- Tolkien's Great Goblin: I'm a fearsome, savage goblin who wants to enslave anyone who comes into my kingdom.
- Jackson's Goblin King: I would be fearsome if I didn't try to spout comic one-liners every other scene, or say things like "I feel a song coming on".
- Tolkien's ending: War and adventure change you. Things aren't ever entirely what they used to be. History is a slow yet constant march downward. Often the worst evils aren't out in the world, but here at home, chipping away at the good that is left when the dust settles. True healing cannot wholly be found in this world, though a measure can be achieved, before death, in the Blessed Realm, which is part of the material world.
- Jackson's ending: And they all lived happily ever after! Except for Frodo, but he's okay because he got to go to Heaven, right?
It is then Bres, son of Elathan, rose up and said: “It is a wonder to me the sun to be rising in the west to-day, and it rising in the east every other day.”
"It would be better for us it to be the sun," said the Druids.
"What else is it?" said he.
"It is the shining of the face of Lugh, son of Ethlinn," said they."