Random Musings: Justin Timberlake, SEAGames, Earth-view, 5-second rule

I thought it was rather decent of Justin Timberlake when he accepted Cpl. Kelsey De Santis’ invitation to a Marine Corps Ball. Well, the ball has come and gone, and from the reports I’ve read,  everyone had a good time. Timberlake even wrote a stirring report on his blog. I’m impressed–his report was all about his date, the event, and the people he met; not a hint of the “look-at-me!” attitude we get from far too many stars. For being who and where he is, he seems to have his head screwed on amazingly tight.

I can’t say I’ve paid much attention to Timberlake–not my era, mainly. I can’t say that I remember much negative press about him, though it could be just a poor memory. I remember him coming to Brittany Spears’ defense at least once. What little I do remember does seem like he’s a class act. Whether that’s really who he is, or he’s just very careful with his image (and if so, even that is amazing in the entertainment industry these days), it’s good to see.

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Not that anyone in America is paying attention, but Indonesia is hosting the Southeast Asia Games right now. So seriously are they taking their role as host that they are assigning their students to go to events to cheer for other countries that may be underrepresented by fans. This includes Indonesia’s chief rival Malaysia (and from the sound of it, it’s not a friendly rivalry like, say, Finland and Sweden).

Now that’s hospitality!

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Michael Konig has a beautiful video montage of images from the International Space Station as it passes above the earth. I’m not sure if the embedding will work, but I’ll try to embed it here, too:

 

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

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Everyone’s heard of the “5-second rule”–pick up something you dropped within five seconds and it’s still considered clean. Our local news station has done a report on it.

Now, for my part I’ve always enjoyed the imagery of a herd of germs seeing something fall to the floor and galloping at full speed to reach it, only to have it snatched away just before they reach it. Disappointment all around. Now KSL has ruined it for me. It turns out they’re everywhere, just waiting for something to fall on their heads so they can be picked up, like little microscopic goat-head thorns, and find their new home.