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During a phone conversation over this past weekend, I was for some reason reminded of this opening sequence from the movie "Contact," based on Carl Sagan’s novel and starring Jodie Foster.  This has got to be the greatest "pull out" ever put on film:

You know, whenever I see a photo or film that impresses me for its vantage point, I almost automatically wonder, “where’d they put the camera?”
Which, I think — as the hiatus ends and I contemplate the imposing volume sitting on my desk — may be be something like the question I’m asking myself now.

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