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.

Animation student’s thesis: Pale Blue Dot

3 thoughts on “Animation student’s thesis: Pale Blue Dot

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    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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    “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.

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    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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