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nationalballet:

The first ever World Ballet Day will take place on Wednesday, October 1. This unprecedented collaboration will see five of the world’s leading ballet companies – The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet – presenting a live stream of rare behind-the-scenes action direct from their rehearsal studios.
The National Ballet of Canada’s live stream will begin at 10:00 am EST with company class and continue with rehearsals of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic masterwork, Manon, which opens the 2014/15 season at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on November 8, and John Neumeier’s transformative work, Nijinsky, which runs November 22—30.
View the livestream at national.ballet.ca/worldballetday or visit our YouTube Channel on October 1 at 10:00 am.

Like to dance?  Check out these behind the scenes looks today.

nationalballet:

The first ever World Ballet Day will take place on Wednesday, October 1. This unprecedented collaboration will see five of the world’s leading ballet companies – The Australian BalletBolshoi BalletThe Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet – presenting a live stream of rare behind-the-scenes action direct from their rehearsal studios.

The National Ballet of Canada’s live stream will begin at 10:00 am EST with company class and continue with rehearsals of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic masterwork, Manon, which opens the 2014/15 season at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on November 8, and John Neumeier’s transformative work, Nijinsky, which runs November 22—30.

View the livestream at national.ballet.ca/worldballetday or visit our YouTube Channel on October 1 at 10:00 am.

Like to dance? Check out these behind the scenes looks today.

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How Mandelbrot’s Fractals Changed The World

by Jack Challoner/BBC News

During the 1980s, people became familiar with fractals through those weird, colorful patterns made by computers. But few realize how the idea of fractals has revolutionized our understanding of the world, and how many fractal-based systems we depend upon.

Unfortunately, there is no definition of fractals that is both simple and accurate. Like so many things in modern science and mathematics, discussions of “fractal geometry” can quickly go over the heads of the non-mathematically-minded. This is a real shame, because there is profound beauty and power in the idea of fractals.

The best way to get a feeling for what fractals are is to consider some examples. Clouds, mountains, coastlines, cauliflowers and ferns are all natural fractals. These shapes have something in common - something intuitive, accessible and aesthetic.

They are all complicated and irregular: the sort of shape that mathematicians used to shy away from in favor of regular ones, like spheres, which they could tame with equations.

Mandelbrot famously wrote: “Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line.”

The chaos and irregularity of the world - Mandelbrot referred to it as “roughness” - is something to be celebrated. It would be a shame if clouds really were spheres, and mountains cones.

Look closely at a fractal, and you will find that the complexity is still present at a smaller scale. A small cloud is strikingly similar to the whole thing. A pine tree is composed of branches that are composed of branches - which in turn are composed of branches.

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Fractal images © Laguna Design / Science Source

Mandelbrodt photo © Emilio Segrè / Science Source

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An Airplane In Front Of The Moon(and It's Not a Photoshop)

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No, this incredible image is not a Photoshop montage and that’s not Batman’s plane. It’s a Qantas Dash 8 Q 400, a twin propeller passenger airplane passing in front of the Moon in Australia. This is how it was taken:

Today, I achieved something I have wanted to do for a…

Great shot. They build this plane near my place. I’ll occasionally see one before it is painted for delivery doing test flights. It is an odd sight.

jordanmatter:

DANCERS AFTER DARK reveals a world I’m creating after midnight in the streets of Manhattan and Montreal. For the adventurous dancers and circus performers among us, email me to volunteer: info@jordanmatter.com.

More awesome photographs of contortionists, dancers, and circus people in the nude on the streets of Manhattan and Montreal after dark.