volcanoes.

Gain a new perspective on earth science with a look at volcanoes through the eyes of Werner Herzog.  In typical style, his foray into this topic goes beyond plate tectonics and molten rock; it’s somehow more of a film about the human condition than anything else.  From tribal rituals to North Korean propaganda, this tour exposes how our dynamic planet shapes our lives.  Here’s the trailer.  It’s worth a view:

recommended: once while traveling.

Anyone who has attended my lectures knows that I am a strong advocate for getting out and seeing the world.  If you ever need any inspiration to do just that, I recommend picking up a copy of Once While Traveling.  It is the story of the adventurous minds behind the indisputable masters of the guidebook, Lonely Planet.  It’s at once a global adventure as well as a wild ride along the ups and downs of building a business with the most unlikely of entrepreneurs.  Good reading.  I highly recommend it.