Autotune for science, or when youtube got smart

When I first stumbled across  Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking (Cosmos Remixed) I thought I would find a quick laugh, instead I found something profoundly moving. This autotuned mash-up of documentary footage ends up leaving viewers feeling much of the awe which so much of formal science education fails to communicate. The video and song capitalize on the sing-song voice, poetic statements, and dramatic style Carl Sagan, and many other astronomers are known for, and use them to develop engaging and moving video and music.

I was delighted to see that the feelings this piece evoked in my wife and I was not just our own funky science geek tastes. Since September 17th the video has been viewed 1,550,136, and those viewers have left their thoughts and feelings about the work in the comments. While youtube comments are notoriously  the lowest form of communication, these comments reflect and reiterate my own feelings about the piece. The National Science Foundation is always looking for ways to get the public excited about science. I say they should give that money to melodysheep. Think about it, how many of the 1.5 million people that viewed this video would have viewed the two documentaries which the video drew from?


For his follow up piece, which underscores that this is not just a singularity, see Symphony of Science – ‘We Are All Connected’ (ft. Sagan, Feynman, deGrasse Tyson & Bill Nye)

Since Last year

Realizing that we haven’t posted anything for nearly a year now I thought I would give a year in review of the Chmiel Owens household in photos. Far from any kind of comprehensive recap this is more of a walk through of some of our photos over the last year.

We were happy to spend this year with Bowser and Zelda, and we were also happy to spend time with the three dogs we fostered for a local small dog rescue. Luigi, Jung Le, and Yoshi were each great pets, and each found a great home. We are thrilled that Yoshi found his home with Marjee’s mom.

Stop it dad! I'm too cool for pictures luigi lounges
Luigi in your face
Jung Lee Movie Poster for a buddy comedy Poster Child

It was a great year for old friends and new. We visited some of our World of Warcraft Friends in Boston, and took a short new England vacation, we spent time at the Chmiel family cabin in Crivitz, and drove back and forth between Milwaukee and Chicago several times to visit with friends and family back in the homeland.

Mike Alt at Kops Jenny
jamie Devane - Profound no doubt Dave visits Oh hi, Subway samurai
Home Improvement:
Started several projects, but still have plenty of work to do. Spent time with mom and todd framing the basement, and tiled one of our bathrooms.

Tiling Makin walls

We made monsters:
We also made some monsters. Marjee took a sewing class and we both had a bit of fun with the sewing machine.

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A furiocious beast A Face you can trust