Stephen Fry Writes a Letter to a Depressed Fan

From Letters of Note:

Here are some obvious things about the weather:

It’s real.
You can’t change it by wishing it away.
If it’s dark and rainy it really is dark and rainy and you can’t alter it.
It might be dark and rainy for two weeks in a row.

BUT

It will be sunny one day.
It isn’t under one’s control as to when the sun comes out, but come out it will.
One day.

It really is the same with one’s moods, I think. The wrong approach is to believe that they are illusions. They are real. Depression, anxiety, listlessness – these are as real as the weather – AND EQUALLY NOT UNDER ONE’S CONTROL. Not one’s fault.

BUT

They will pass: they really will.

(via Ramou)

Las Vegas Review: Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE

From Broadwayworld:

Cirque du Soleil’s Love launched in Las Vegas in 2006 and features music from the Beatles that dates back almost a half-century. However, this tour de force shows no signs of aging; it’s a gorgeous multi-media masterpiece, a Vegas gamble on which you can’t lose.

From the moment the doors are opened at the custom-built Love theatre (a 2,013-seat space at The Mirage Casino, presented in the round), an eerie, otherworldly tone is set. Several screens separate the seats into four quadrants; the air is smoky and colored with blue light. A strange costumed character, a peculiar kind of clown, sneaks up on patrons as they find their seats, blowing puffs of mist on them from an antique lamp. Almost before they can react, he has scampered away to his next victims, easing the audience’s transition from the clanging, overly-bright world of Las Vegas into the fictional land of Love.

There are 26 musical numbers in the production, all created from The Beatles familiar catalogue. Despite the ubiquity of the songs, there is nothing tired about the sound. Cirque made a smart move in collaborating with Sir George Martin, producer of all but one of the Beatles original records, who arranged the music for Love; in doing so, the production earned the approval of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as the living spouses of the late John Lennon and George Harrison (all of whom attended the show’s premiere in June 2006). Martin incorporated original recordings from Abbey Road Studios, including unreleased versions of The Beatles hits as well as original session dialogue that had never before been released. The soundtrack alone (available on CD from Capitol Records) is a gorgeous sonic tribute to The Beatles. And with speakers mounted within the headrest of each seat, an individualized “surround sound” experience expands each audience member’s total involvement with the music.

I’m not a big Cirque fan but I did catch Love on a trip to Vegas. I wasn’t expecting much except great music and ended up loving the show. We caught it a second time back in February because there was so much going on in it we felt like we missed a lot.

The 15 most toxic places to live

From The Mother Nature Network:

As the world’s population balloons to almost 7 billion, it’s become more and more difficult to find anywhere on Earth unaffected by man-made pollution and development, and far too often it takes things going really wrong before people take action to keep our planet clean. So here’s a list that might help to motivate: The 15 most polluted places in the world.

(Ok, number 16, the Earth’s orbit, may be polluted but I think there a few other reasons why I wouldn’t want to live there.)

Disaster unfolds slowly in the Gulf of Mexico

From The Big Picture:

In the three weeks since the April 20th explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and the start of the subsequent massive (and ongoing) oil leak, many attempts have been made to contain and control the scale of the environmental disaster. Oil dispersants are being sprayed, containment booms erected, protective barriers built, controlled burns undertaken, and devices are being lowered to the sea floor to try and cap the leaks, with little success to date. While tracking the volume of the continued flow of oil is difficult, an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil (possibly much more) continues to pour into the gulf every day. While visible damage to shorelines has been minimal to date as the oil has spread slowly, the scene remains, in the words of President Obama, a “potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.”