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Thanks, and a note on ranking guidelinesEdit
I thank you for contributing quotes to various pages and quotes and rankings to the QOTD pages. I will point out that it has been a long-standing guideline that in ranking the QOTD suggestions, the extreme approval of a 4 has generally implied a foremost approval over all other quotes available, and should only be used by each person only once per year, per date. There have been a few occasions over the years where this has been neglected with relatively new people who aren't familiar with that guideline, and it has never been specified prominently enough, so after noting it now, and well aware of the need for more prominent indication of it, I believe I will probably finally get around to making note of it on all the date pages within the next week or so — perhaps with a new template. So it goes… ⨀∴☥☮♥∵ॐ …Blessings. ~ ♞☤☮♌Kalki·†·⚓⊙☳☶⚡ 22:33, 13 October 2016 (UTC)
Pale Blue DotEdit
The audio recording of this quote is from the audiobook version of Pale Blue Dot, read by Sagan himself. (The end of the first chapter.) There's a version on YouTube with "Heaven and Hell" (the Cosmos theme song by Vengelis) as background music that you may want to check out, if you haven't already. ~ DanielTom (talk) 23:40, 13 October 2016 (UTC)
- Thanks, DanielTom, for taking the time to share your thoughts on this subject. I agree that hearing Sagan read his Pale Blue Dot passage in the YouTube video is great. However, there are two reasons I cited the Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey television series as the source for the Pale Blue Dot quote that I submitted as a potential quote-of-the-day on November 9th (Sagan's birthday).
- First, the 2014 version of Cosmos combined Sagan's reading of the passage with gorgeous, computer-enhanced graphics that retrace the path of Voyager 1 on its way out of the solar system, accompanied by award-winning new music from the film composer Alan Silvestri. I would like everyone else to see and hear this, but I also want them to pay for it (and thereby reward 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Channel for taking a chance on high-quality science television). Each episode from Cosmos: ASO is available for $2 on YouTube, including the the final "Unafraid of the Dark" episode (which contains the Pale Blue Dot / Voyager 1 segment). Another way that Fox can be paid is by commercials. All of the video clip links from the Wikiquote page I created for Cosmos: ASO are to the official series webpage on the National Geographic Channel's site, and they are preceded by commercials for things like Geico Insurance, Lexus cars, Clif energy bars, Rolex watches, etc. Unfortunately, the Pale Blue Dot segment from Cosmos: ASO isn't one of the available video clips there.
- Second, even though I know that the Cosmos: ASO Pale Blue Dot segment is available for free on YouTube, I won't link to any of the free Cosmos: ASO short video clips available on YouTube because I don't want to deal with copyright cleanup hassles. Unlike the 1980 version of Cosmos (which was produced by a PBS-affiliated public television station), the 2014 version was produced by the for-profit media conglomerate 21st Century Fox. Private companies (notoriously, Disney) are typically more assertive in protecting their copyrights than not-for-profit companies like PBS. I'm guessing that the free YouTube short video clips are tolerated forms of publicity but are not officially sanctioned, and I just don't want to push the envelope on this issue.
- Thanks for giving me a chance to explain my approach to the video links I have created from quotes in the Cosmos: ASO television series.