Dec 08 2012

Animation student’s thesis: Pale Blue Dot

Adam Winnik produced this lovely animation for Carl Sagan’s poetic musings on our place in the cosmos, as his school thesis. From his video’s description:

I’ve been enrolled in illustration at Sheridan College for the the last 4 years and this is my final thesis project. I have always thought of Carl Sagan’s writings as “scientific poetry” since they lack the cold touch that science is often cursed for having. I think Sagan’s words resonate more than ever, and will continue with each generation until the human species “wakes up”. The first time I heard this excerpt from his book “Pale Blue Dot” it literally changed my life, and I hope it does for you too. Enjoy.

Pale Blue Dot – Animation from Ehdubya on Vimeo.

I was especially amused by the “derp”‘s all over the holy man’s holy book.

@Felix3333 pointed out something I missed though — if this was the only example of human culture you saw, you’d think the human endeavour is mostly only man’s domain. This picture shows why you might get that impression.


  1. 1
    CompulsoryAccount7746, Sky Captain

    Reples are glitching for me.
    Lots of preview errors (I’d thought quotes within blockquote tags were breaking it, but it turned out to be intermittent), a couple apparently dropped submit attempts, and a duplicate comment warning (yet no pre-existing replies were visible).

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    CompulsoryAccount7746, Sky Captain

    “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.”

    Video: Nina Paley – This Land is Mine
    * If this shows up, I’ll blame the url I’d been trying to link, which is still reachable via this mirror’s youtube description, at least.

  3. 3
    Jason Thibeault

    Weeeeird. All three of them went to spam, CA. I not-spammed them then deleted them, so Akismet should hopefully know for the future that you’re not a dirty dirty spammer.

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