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Good Morning, San Diego!

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My personal tribute to the beautiful city of San Diego (California, USA), where I’ve had the pleasure to live for almost 15 years. All the scenes in this video were captured around sunrise over a period of four months, from August to November of 2014.

Shot entirely using a GoPro HERO3 Black Edition camera (1080p, 60fps, Medium FOV) mounted on a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter with Zenmuse H3-3D 3-axis gimbal. Edited using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

This video was made solely for hobby and recreational purposes. Filming locations were researched and selected in July 2014 taking into account recreational flight safety guidelines reported in the news at the time.

More succinct guidelines were widely publicized later that year, including the “Know Before You Fly” educational campaign at knowbeforeyoufly.org that started in December 2014. Visit faa.gov/uas for the latest U.S. Federal regulations on unmanned aircraft systems. Please fly safely.

Music: “A Closing Statement” by Dexter Britain.
Used under license from The Music Bed, LLC.

Copyright 2014 by Eladio Arvelo, eladioarvelo.com

Source: https://vimeo.com/113168936

Find Star Wars in Copyright | Copyright: Creativity at Work | Library of Congress

May 4, 2022 by Alison Hall

One of many Star Wars registration cards.

If you’ve ever watched The Big Bang Theory, you know that the guys are obsessed with Star Wars.

In one episode, Leonard suggests a Star Wars marathon weekend to Sheldon, who replies with “Movies or video games? Or board games? Or trading card games? Or Legos? Or dress up? Or comic books? Or dramatic readings of novelizations? Yes to all!”

They settle on the online game. The scene just scratches the surface of all the Star Wars derivative works, many of which I owned “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . ” (or, more accurately, forty-some years ago in Pittsburgh).

So, just how many hits do you think searching “Star Wars” gets in the Copyright Public Records System? On this Star Wars Day, I got more than 8,400.

Searching “Star Wars” in the Copyright Public Records System found more than 8,400 results.

Now, not all of them are related to the first Star Wars movie, registered by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1977—for example, some are about the star wars defense system from the 1980s.

But most are on topic, and several can be seen in the Find Yourself in Copyright exhibit.

How do I find myself in Star Wars? I’m an old-school fan—the original trilogy was a huge part of my childhood. I know I’m not alone, given that all three original movies have been added to the National Film Registry. I remember seeing the films in the theater, and I remember how big of a deal it was when Star Wars was on TV for the first time. But even greater are my memories of the creative works that came from the movies.

Source: Find Star Wars in Copyright | Copyright: Creativity at Work

7 hours may be the ideal amount of sleep starting in middle age | Health | CNN

By Katie Hunt, CNN, Updated 12:13 PM EDT, Mon May 2, 2022

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The optimum amount of sleep is not too little but not too much – at least in middle and old age.

New research has found that around seven hours of sleep is the ideal night’s rest, with insufficient and excessive sleep associated with a reduced ability to pay attention, remember and learn new things, solve problems and make decisions.

Seven hours of slumber was also found to be linked with better mental health, with people experiencing more symptoms of anxiety and depression and worse overall well-being if they reported sleeping for longer or shorter stints.

“While we can’t say conclusively that too little or too much sleep causes cognitive problems, our analysis looking at individuals over a longer period of time appears to support this idea,” Jianfeng Feng, a professor at China’s Fudan University and an author of the study published in the scientific journal Nature Aging, said in a statement.

“But the reasons why older people have poorer sleep appear to be complex, influenced by a combination of our genetic makeup and the structure of our brains.”

Source: 7 hours may be the ideal amount of sleep starting in middle age | CNN

How Much Garden You Would Need to 100% Survive On? | Lifehacker

Could you grow enough food to feed yourself and your family if you wanted to—or needed to?

By Jeff Somers, Friday 11:00AM

Photo: Irina Fischer (Shutterstock)

Gardening is often pitched as a relaxing, therapeutic activity—and it is relaxing and therapeutic!

But it’s also a sign of how advanced society has become that we can regard growing food as a charming hobby instead of an absolute necessity.

On the one hand, that’s a clear sign of mankind’s mastery over the world. On the other, it’s left us remarkably dependent on a system of farming and delivery logistics that has been shown to be distressingly fragile.

Anyone who has ever successfully grown a tomato plant in their backyard has wondered if they could go “off-grid,” grow their own food, and be done with their local supermarket. The answer is yes, but that’s the wrong question.

The question isn’t whether it’s possible—the question is how. It’s all about the logistics: How much space do you need to grow enough crops to feed you and your family? Math will help you figure this one out.

Source: How Much Garden You Would Need to 100% Survive On