Home planet: For a truly global perspective, Michael König of Berlin posted a mix video of recent time-lapse photography from the International Space Station. Note the auroras (borealis and australis), the electrical storms, the city lights, the space.
• What did the High Line look like before its transformation? Photographer Joel Sternfeld’s 2000-2001 pictures of “a veritable urban prairie” growing in the abandoned rail bed are cited in the November 24 New York Review of Books as a turning point in the effort to build the elevated park.
• L.A.-based photographer August Bradley visited Zuccotti Park at the end of October with Hasselblad and studio lights. In a week of many headlines for Occupy Wall Street, his portraits of the OWS activists provide a sense of the people behind the protest.
• Congestion pricing is when cities charge motorists more to use roads or related services during periods of peak demand, thus encouraging alternative transportation. A few cities have it, Chicago is considering it, new research finds it the only way to alleviate the problem of unmoving traffic, and Mayor Bloomberg says the failure to achieve congestion pricing is “far and away” the greatest regret of his tenure. Live in the U.S.? Find the cost of traffic delays in your city, courtesy of researchers at Texas A&M.
• Over at the Believer, Lab | log contributors Jon Cotner and Claire Hamilton continue their exploration of the art of the slideshow with “Fire Island Slideshow,” based on a meditative eight-mile walk along the island. Don’t miss the deer and the flamingos.
• Lab participant, author, and sonic expert George Prochnik writes to recommend Sound Transit, a collaborative database of sound recordings from all over the world. You can search for sounds, book a sonic tour, or check out the latest uploads. Yesterday they included “leaf blower,” “musical layers at Baghwati temple,” “labor picking granite and marching goats,” and “dripping water in iron bucket hotel room”). Go and listen.
• Pioneers Lab: A Learning Laboratory is a documentary about a group of honors students from the University of Amsterdam finding their way in an unconventional leadership course designed by Thieu Besselink, a participant in the BMW Guggenheim Lab. The film is candid about the economic and cultural uncertainty awaiting the students, and unexpectedly moving.
• “The best for the least for the most”: the New York Times covers Eames: The Architect and the Painter, a new film about the influential mid-century design duo Charles and Ray Eames. Opening today in New York and Los Angeles.