Elk River Fight

This is impressive — a pair of bull elk have a bit of a set-to in the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. It’s from a DVD of which I have very little additional information. It’s spectacular, though, to see the two bulls fighting briefly in the river:

Couple things to look for. The bull with the larger rack appears to be injured before the fight. He’s limping on his right foreleg before and after. And, I got a bit of a chuckle when the young buck tried to come up and pick another fight then appeared to think twice when he saw how large that bull was.

I need to go elk hunting. Or, as my dad says, “Take my rifle for a walk in the woods.”

Carl Sagan and his Fully Armed Spaceship of the Imagination

An awesome webcomic from Ninjerktsu. Go, read.

The last frame with the crumbly apple pie is awesome.  I’m going to go watch some Cosmos now.

And, a completely off the wall trivia question, followed by a brief bit of obscure knowledge and babble on my part: Without going out and looking it up — because, honestly, one really should watch the entire series — what was the name of the song playing in the background while Dr. Sagan was in the cave describing supernovas?

The piece in question was written and performed by a group whose members played in bands with names like, Sigma 6, The Spectrum Five, and The Tea Set.

The latter name, which they preferred, had to be dropped at the last moment when it was discovered that another band, also named The Tea Set, was to perform at the same gig with them.

The new front-man for the band had to create a new name quickly to distinguish themselves, so he used a combination of names of two blues musicians from his own collection: Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

The Pink Floyd Sound, whose name later was shortened to Pink Floyd — and is now known to a few generations of music fans as just, “Floyd” — wrote and performed the song in question, One of These Days.

One of These Days was the first track from Pink Floyd’s 1971 album Meddle and contained but a single sentence spoken in the middle of the — by 1971 standards — fast-paced, progressive, instrumental rock piece. An album which, with the exception of one track that I honestly don’t understand (Seamus, seriously?), makes its way into my own iTunes rotations on a very regular basis.

There probably isn’t much evidence to the fact, but because One of These Days was included in Cosmos even though it was only about a minute’s worth of play time, I like to think that the late Dr. Carl Sagan was, in fact, a huge Pink Floyd fan.