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19 August 2011 @ 09:21 am
People are amazing!  
What's something you've seen recently that has made you say, "People are amazing!" (in a good way)?
 
 
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"I've been ionized.  But I'm okay now."gentlescholar on August 19th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
South Station.

The first time I walked in, I spent a minute in awe, that squabbling,
dumb, pigheaded, selfish humans could cooperate well enough to make
something so big, functional, and beautiful.

Wednesday I was impressed again because I found parts of the station I had
never seen before, and it's still a good design.
Jonathan Woodward: Roowoodwardiocom on August 19th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Other people's babies.

They're amazing!
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on August 19th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
INCREDIBLE COSMIC POWER! itty-bitty living space.
dreams_of_wingsdreams_of_wings on August 19th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
I was just in Portland, Oregon, visiting some "family" and that place is just full of things that makes me think people are amazing. Some of them are localized to my group of friends, like the fact that everybody gives each other the code to the keypads on their doors, so you always have a place to go if you need to get away from home or see a friend or whatever and you don't have to worry about keys, or the fact that my friends live in a house called "monster Palace" and they're in the process of building enormous papier-mâché dinosaurs to put on their front porch. Some things are more general to the city, like the existence of Powell's bookstore and also the incredible gardens you see everywhere. And some things are just totally unique to Portland, like the existence of the Sprockettes, a girl dance team in black and bright pink who do tricks with bicycles in the routines.
Yagayagagriswold on August 19th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
I sent someone a thank you for work well done, and they sent me a thank you for my thank you!
existential hot showerveek on August 19th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Just this morning, the article about the 13yo's solar power breakthrough totally did that for me.
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on August 19th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
This video, which I rewatch periodically because it always makes me tear up with awesomeness:

born from jets!!!catness on August 19th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
That is indeed pretty awesome.
TWPyouvebeenpixied on August 19th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
That one makes me clap every time :)
born from jets!!!catness on August 19th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
Space shuttle launch. Hands down, the most amazing thing I have ever seen, and I was 6 miles away. I can't get over it.

"Sometimes, people do amazing things."
Chipceo on August 19th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
This article in the current National Geographic about an elephant orphanage in Kenya.
Sapere Aude: dancerprimal_pastry on August 19th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
E and I went by Guru for dinner the other night. When we got there, it was well before the normal closing but the owner and his family were all outside eating together. We tried to sneak away but the owner saw us and jumped up, shook our hands, and apologized for not being able to invite us to eat with them. And then, he asked us to wait, got some food from the kitchen, and sent us off with it with more smiles, blessings, and good will.
Chipceo on August 19th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
The owner of Guru is the nicest person ever.
Bryt: Erstwhile Shield of Nearly Impregnable Sillybryttan on August 19th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
Two things!
Last week, one of my cow orders gave me a lovely burned wood plate engraved with a motorcycle & motorcyclist and my name (he has a CNC rig in his kitchen and he made it for me!!!).
Earlier this week, one of our new grad students arrived early and brought me a set of earrings from Brazil for helping her out during the Visit Weekend in March.
MRFmrf_arch on August 21st, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
This xkcd: http://www.xkcd.com/938/
Which leads to this underlying NEJM article: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1103849#t=article

Not bad, considering that the structure of DNA itself wasn't even known until 1953.