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You Can Now Explore 286 Miles Of The Colorado River In Google Street View

Google Canyon, anyone?

1. Today Google announced the launch of its Colorado River Street View program, where you can virtually float down the river yourself.

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=IdVXrVxziXc.

2. In August 2013, Google staffers traveled on an eight-day, 286-mile journey down the Colorado River.

During the trip they captured a 360-degree view of the river, along with five popular side hikes, captured using Google’s street view Trekker camera.

This is the first time Google has used Street View technology to capture white water rivers in the United States.

In August 2013, Google staffers traveled on an eight-day, 286-mile journey down the Colorado River.

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3. Here are just a few of the views you can see while exploring.

Here are just a few of the views you can see while exploring.

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6. Bravo, Google.

You Can Now Explore 286 Miles Of The Colorado River In Google Street View

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7. Check it out for yourself here.

E.B. White's Fantastic Letter About Why He Wrote "Charlotte's Web"

In 1952, just a few weeks prior to the publication of his classic children’s book Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White was asked by his editor at Harper & Row, Ursula Nordstrom, to explain why he wrote the book.

In a letter to back (recently obtained by Letters of Note), White responded with a beautiful anecdote about the bond between humans and animals, his appreciation of spiders, and how a book is like a sneeze:

“I have been asked to tell how I came to write ‘Charlotte’s Web.’ Well, I like animals, and it would be odd if I failed to write about them. Animals are a weakness with me, and when I got a place in the country I was quite sure animals would appear, and they did.”

3. “The theme of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ is that a pig shall be saved, and I have an idea that somewhere deep inside me there was a wish to that effect.”

“A farm is a peculiar problem for a man who likes animals, because the fate of most livestock is that they are murdered by their benefactors. The creatures may live serenely but they end violently, and the odor of doom hangs about them always. I have kept several pigs, starting them in spring as weanlings and carrying trays to them all through summer and fall. The relationship bothered me. Day by day I became better acquainted with my pig, and he with me, and the fact that the whole adventure pointed toward an eventual piece of double-dealing on my part lent an eerie quality to the thing. I do not like to betray a person or a creature, and I tend to agree with Mr. E.M. Forster that in these times the duty of a man, above all else, is to be reliable. It used to be clear to me, slopping a pig, that as far as the pig was concerned I could not be counted on, and this, as I say, troubled me. Anyway, the theme of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ is that a pig shall be saved, and I have an idea that somewhere deep inside me there was a wish to that effect.”

4. “Only in rare instances has anybody ever come to grief because of a spider.”

“As for Charlotte herself, I had never paid much attention to spiders until a few years ago. Once you begin watching spiders, you haven’t time for much else—-the world is really loaded with them. I do not find them repulsive or revolting, any more than I find anything in nature repulsive or revolting, and I think it is too bad that children are often corrupted by their elders in this hate campaign. Spiders are skilful, amusing and useful. and only in rare instances has anybody ever come to grief because of a spider.”

“One cold October evening I was lucky enough to see Aranea Cavatica spin her egg sac and deposit her eggs. (I did not know her name at the time, but I admired her, and later Mr. Willis J. Gertsch of the American Museum of Natural History told me her name.) When I saw that she was fixing to become a mother, I got a stepladder and an extension light and had an excellent view of the whole business. A few days later, when it was time to return to New York, not wishing to part with my spider, I took a razor blade, cut the sac adrift from the underside of the shed roof, put spider and sac in a candy box, and carried them to town. I tossed the box on my dresser. Some weeks later I was surprised and pleased to find that Charlotte’s daughters were emerging from the air holes in the cover of the box. They strung tiny lines from my comb to my brush, from my brush to my mirror, and from my mirror to my nail scissors. They were very busy and almost invisible, they were so small. We all lived together happily for a couple of weeks, and then somebody whose duty it was to dust my dresser balked, and I broke up the show.”

6. “I haven’t told why I wrote the book, but I haven’t told you why I sneeze, either. A book is a sneeze.”

“At the present time, three of Charlotte’s granddaughters are trapping at the foot of the stairs in my barn cellar, where the morning light, coming through the east window, illuminates their embroidery and makes it seem even more wonderful than it is.

I haven’t told why I wrote the book, but I haven’t told you why I sneeze, either. A book is a sneeze.”

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If You Hate Winter, This Will Change Your Mind. Or Maybe Make You Hate It A Little Less.

Soon, in many parts of the world, the temperature will drop dramatically and we’ll be consumed by snow. This makes the roads dangerous, the heating bills rise, and the time spent inside increase exponentially. In a nutshell, there’s a lot of bad that comes with it. But, there’s a lot of good, too. Well, at least one thing. It’s beautiful. Here are 23 places that look absolutely gorgeous in the winter.

Alcazar de Segovia, Spain

Bern, Switzerland

Blefjell, Norway

Buskerud Fylke, Norway

The French Alps

Gullfoss, Iceland

Hallstatt, Austria

The Italian Dolomites

Knife River, Minnesota

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Darashkol, Altay Mountains, Russia

Lake Tahoe

Lapland, Finland

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park in Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Northern British Columbia, Canada

Norwegian Boreal Forest

The Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine

Southern Sweden

South Yorkshire

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

The Tadami River in Fukushima, Japan

Yosemite National Park

Okay, I’m slightly more ready for the winter. How about you? Share this on Facebook and prepare others for the impending change.

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Former NY Gov. Mario Cuomo dies at 82


Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo pictured in 2012.
Image: Louis Lanzano/Associated Press

Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York and father of current Gov. Andrew Cuomo, died Thursday of natural causes due to heart failure, his family announced in a statement. He was 82.

Cuomo, known for his oratory skills, served as governor for three terms from 1983 to 1994. The democrat was the 52nd governor of New York. He also served as lieutenant governor and secretary of state of New York prior to his terms as governor.

His 1984 Democratic National Convention speech in San Francisco got him national attention after he slammed President Ronald Reagan, characterizing him as out of touch with poor Americans.

Party leaders unsuccessfully urged Cuomo to run for president twice.

He died, with his family at his side, just hours after his son was sworn into his second term in office on New Year’s Day.

Andrew Cuomo, Mario Cuomo, Election

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo kisses his father, Mario Cuomo, as he celebrates after defeating Republican challenger Rob Astorino, at Democratic election headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

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“He’s not well enough to come,” his son told a crowd of dignitaries at One World Trade Center, according to The New York Daily News. “He couldn’t be here physically today but my father is in this room.”

Condolences—from politicians to supporters to journalists— began to flow in after news of the former governor’s death broke.

Former New York Gov. George Pataki, his successor, described him as a “great New Yorker” of “soaring intellect” and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called him “a giant.”

To President Barack Obama, Cuomo was a determined champion of progressive values, and an unflinching voice for tolerance, inclusiveness, fairness, dignity, and opportunity.

“His own story taught him that as Americans, we are bound together as one people, and our country’s success rests on the success of all of us, not just a fortunate few,” Obama said in a statement.

He was survived by his wife of 60 years, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, his five children and 14 grandchildren.

Watch Mario Cuomo speak at the 1984 DNC

UPDATED 6:30 p.m. PT: to include family’s statement
UPDATED 8:30 p.m. PT: to include Obama’s statement

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If You Tell This Dude To 'Man Up,' You Better Be Prepared To Learn Why What You Said Is Awful

We often talk about how the media treats women horribly in this country, but we also often lose sight of the way media pigeonholes men to reinforce all those horrible attitudes. In this amazing video, an artist named Guante explains how what hurts women can also damage men.

NSFW warning: He uses some pretty coarse language at the beginning, but I promise it’s worth staying to the end. At 1:25, he calls out the media for hurting girls and women. At 2:10, he calls out the media for hurting boys and men. And at 3:15, he gets to the point.

If you think dudes should be allowed to express feelings, you could Like Guante on Facebook. And you could share this. Your call.
When This Family’s Dog Went Missing, They Didn’t Know What To Do. That’s The End Of The Story.

Fuzz was the Manning family’s dog for eight years. They got him when he was just a furry little puppy, and it didn’t take long for them to feel like he was another member of the family. So, when the Mannings came home from church one day to find the gate open and Fuzz missing, they didn’t know what to do.

That’s the end of the story.

They didn’t find him. It’s been about two months now, and no one’s seen him. They’re not even really looking for him anymore because it seems hopeless. The worst part is that they don’t know if he’s dead, and they probably won’t ever find out. That’s just the way it is.

“When Fuzz went missing, we thought he might never come back,” said Keith Manning, who adopted Fuzz nearly a decade ago with his wife, Melissa. “And that’s exactly what appears to be happening. He’s just gone, and it’s really sad.”

Wow. What an amazing story. It really shows how sometimes miracles don’t happen, and we’re left alone and bereft, picking up the pieces of our broken lives, unsure of how to move on.


This? That? Which? IDK? 10 Struggles Of Overly Indecisive People


Ameilie Rose

This is an article about being indecisive, I think. Not 100 percent sure yet, actually. I’ll let you know soon.

Does that sound like something you do often? The “sorry, I’ll let you know soon” answer is almost a knee-jerk response for me at this point.

It’s a classic trait of a “people pleaser,” mixed with a fear of committing to something just because it makes others happy. Okay, I see the irony now.

Maybe I’m over-thinking this.

Anyway, as a self-declared indecisive, I’ve decided to write my struggles in list form, so other indecisive people can read it and feel like they’re apart of something. But, that’s up to them.

Here it goes:

You’re indecisive so you don’t piss anyone off.

And, that sucks. No one wants to be the bearer of bad news, even if your BIG decision is whether or not to make the pizza guy “sad” because your friend wants to order Chinese. It’s a hard life.

You LOVE restaurants or services that decide things for you.

That tasting menu at your favorite sushi restaurant? It’s your savior.

Or, if you’re having something like Chinese or pizza, you either let someone else choose for you or you just order the same thing, over and over again, never interested in trying something new.

You MUST get everyone and their mother’s opinion first.

This, funnily enough, will make your decision-making process more confusing. Trust me, the hobo on 31st Street doesn’t care what color your throw pillow is.

But, you’ll ask, regardless, so I won’t try to stop you.

You feel bad for your indecisiveness and apologize for it incessantly.

“Sorry, not sorry” isn’t your thing. It’s more, “Sorry, so sorry. OMG, so sorry.” But, why? We shouldn’t feel badly about not being able to make up our minds. Or, wait, should we? I don’t know, whatever. I give up.

Which leads me to my next point…

Decision-making is so tiring, you end up choosing to do nothing (sometimes).

Do I go to dinner with my out-of-town-don’t-really-care-about-you friend, or do I go bar-hopping with people I half-like?

After a few “um, I’ll let you know” answers, you end up having a mostly horizontal weekend streaming Netflix. Not that this is exactly a WRONG decision, amirite?

Indecisiveness makes you feel all the feelings.

Ever had to make a semi-big decision? I’m talking bigger than Nutella over Ben and Jerry’s, but smaller than choosing which twin to abort.

When this semi-big decision finds its way into my life, I find myself recoiling into a human ball of despair. But, after a few drinks, I feel a sudden thrill. I can choose anything! I can be anything and do anything I want!

This, of course, eventually turns itself into sheer dread, and then, I find myself seeking out tall buildings.


You overthink everything.

This is one of the worst parts of indecisiveness. When I make a decision, it becomes the only subject about which I can think.

Then, I overthink every pro and con of the decision, until even my pro-con list doesn’t want to listen to me anymore.

Don’t even start with small decisions…

No, really, don’t start. Or else, you’ll suddenly find yourself stuck at the store for two hours, deciding between two identical banana bunches.

People get annoyed of your overthinking.

Basic tip for indecisive people: Surround yourself with patient, honest people, who can tell you to STFU once in a while. You need it more than you think.

You have to release your indecisive feelings once in a while.

Like I mentioned earlier, indecisiveness is hard work. It makes you feel all the feelings, which get bottled up inside you if you don’t do something to release that energy every once in a while.

Everyone has his or her own way of letting off steam. But, for us, if we don’t cut loose every now and then, our steam will overflow and suffocate us.

So, do what you need to do is have sex, punch pillows, take deep breaths and do yoga.

That’s all I’ve got.