1) O Me! O life! by Walt Whitman
O Me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish;
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean—of the struggle ever renew’d;
Of the poor results of all—of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;
Of the empty and useless years of the rest—with the rest me intertwined;
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.
2) World in Pictures
Valletta, Malta: A child waits to disembark from a boat in Malta’s Maramxett harbour after a three-day crossing from Libya. More than 500 Eritreans and Somalis arrived in two large wooden boats on Monday (Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters)
Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters)Wales, UK: A view of Llyn Dinas, in Snowdonia national park, for which the National Trust is launching its biggest countryside appeal for more than a decade to buy (Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
An religious offering of food and alcoholic drinks placed on a mat with chopsticks and glasses sits on the bank of the partially frozen Songhua River in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province.
New Delhi, India: Tribal people from Orissa state wait for their turn to perform at the Indigenous Peoples’ Conclave (Photograph: Kevin Frayer/AP)
What is the most exotic location you have been to?
3) Two very interesting videos, for two very different reasons:
a. Mandelbox trip
b. The Kelly Family with little Angelo getting his grove on