Don’t watch this on your phone


Watch this remarkable short film on the biggest monitor you can find. In 1080p high definition. With the sound turned all the way up.

This awe-inspiring compilation of image and sound is the work of filmmaker Dustin Farrell. Here is some of what he says about the project:

“Transient” is a compilation of the best shots from my storm chasing adventures of summer 2017. Most of the lightning footage was captured in uncompressed raw at 1000 frames per second with our Phantom Flex4K. This summer I chased for over 30 days and traveled 20K miles. My respect and admiration for storm chasers became even stronger this year. This is one of the most difficult projects I have ever attempted in my career. …

Lightning is like a snowflake. Every bolt is different.

Unrelated personal note — The blog has been more sporadically written this fall than I would have liked and more sporadically written than those of you who have been kind enough to subscribe deserve. I chalk it up to two key factors.

1) I have a day job teaching International Relations that has been far more demanding this semester than I had anticipated. This has cut into my writing time, both in terms of research and here at the blog.

2) The pace of the news, and the seemingly daily series of never-seen-before unprecedented outrageousness has been largely beyond my capacity to keep up with or respond to intelligently.

I’m hope to get back in the swing by the turn of the new year. If you’re still reading, thanks for your patience.