Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I’m meaning to apply.
I’m outing myself to find about
Why the Red Sky’s I.
Trying to give time,
To the subscrivener,
To the heart’s circulation.
It is the evening
Of our tomorrow.
Striving not to fear
The scarecrow’s wizened grimace,
For the world’s singed wings beat a straight line
From me to where your breath hangs still.
Beseeching you to dream yourself
In a sea of suns.
Old Einny knew the aether
Holds all separation
We can feel faster than photons.
And with the flick of ash,
Our trials have begun,
2007, 2008, 3, 2, 1
Embrace the noble face,
And name what you will.
Monday, December 17, 2007
I like how our love is falling...
Like slow, beautiful snow flakes
On the surface of a secret lake
Like strong, steady sunshine
On our burning bright smiles
Like warm midnight rain
Soaking us through as we walk home together
A constant, patient irresistibility,
A funny truth I dare not name completely,
Yet fear more than fearlessness to ever let go
Monday, December 03, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Mourning faces in the street,
Two, the many faces I meet,
Too conscious of
Too few today.
My shaven hairs bristle
In electronic reception,
Receiving every breath and twitch
Of their restless penchants resting.
A day for fighting my way back home,
To girl and glow,
To love wrapped in shinny bows,
To the she and me serenity.
And all the while
The invisible dragon smile
Waits for his grinning hour,
His gnashing advance upon history.
26 days hence,
Hear the screeching hinge
Of a forgotten fence.
Dire matters, and comforts familiar.
Drama’s death, boxed and sold,
As we to our solid leaning pillar hold.
No new subjects to reveal,
No new kings to flay and peel
Of our eyes and their sightless clothes.
Bathed in twilight fires,
Just kiss me softly hard
And stay with me waiting
For the first falling stars.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
What Up, indeed.
Hat tip to Urban, once again, for keeping tabs on
what stories don't make the 11 o'clock news.
Here's some interesting language.
A article in New Scientist tells us that Comet Holmes has brightened by a factor of a million in 24 hours and according to David Morrison, senior scientist at the NASA Astrobiology Institute in Moffett Field, California, "This is equivalent to the planet Saturn suddenly becoming as bright as the Full Moon."
Science tells us that the comet is heading away from us, but cannot explain why it has suddenly brightened. Although there are many theories of why we can't see the tail of the comet, many are speculating that we can't see the tail because the comet is heading towards earth. Most do not believe it will hit earth, but think we may be due for an amazing sky show as the months pass. Others feel that this close encounter will change us as a society and that the comet has been brought to us because we are war hungry.
While reading as much as I could on Comet Holmes the most interesting thing I discovered is how little coverage this anomaly is receiving. Although this comet is not new, its explosion of light is unusual and I am confused as to why the major news outlets have yet to report this story. Could it be that since the experts don't understand what is ocurring, the decision makers don't want to cause fear? Whether Comet Holmes continues to grow and brighten or simply fades out of sight and mind, no one seems to know, including the experts, so take a look and be amazed.
I say, WTF?
...the BBC report
...the SpaceWeather gallery
...the SkyandTelescope gallery
a nice close up of Holmes...
Friday, October 26, 2007
with Sean McCarthy of Steorn.
FE Truth: Surely politicians would be interested in the technology for lots of reasons.
Has Steorn ever been contacted by anyone in political positions?
Sean: We’ve been contacted by everybody from humanitarian groups to top range politicians, however we have taken the same position with all of them. We are not engaging with the political community or the industrial community until after validation.
FE Truth: Can you give us any news on Steorn’s African water pump project?
Sean: It’s an ongoing project. We have contracted a local engineering company to conduct water surveys and to design a one-fits-all water pump, (i.e. a water pumping system that can be used in multiple sites in Kenya) that work is ongoing, they haven’t finalized their work. Effectively what we will be providing them is the power to drive this system.
FE Truth: "In your opinion does Orbo create or extract energy?"
Sean: It’s a question of views. I would say that, in the same way as there is a mass/energy equivalent there is also a form of time/energy equivalent and whether you consider that energy creation or conversion is a matter of semantics. The explanation behind Orbo is that ÄT can equal E as simple as that.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
When I had first come to realize, as a boy, that the green circle of the moon was in fact a sort of island hung in the sky, whose color derived from forests, now immemorially old, planted in the earliest days of the race of Man, I had formed an intention of going there, and had added to it all the other worlds of the universe as I came in time to realize their existence. I had abandoned that wish as a part (I thought) of growing up, when I learned that only people whose positions in society appeared to me unattainably high ever succeeded in leaving Urth.
Now that old longing was rekindled again, and though it seemed to have grown more absurd still with the passage of the years (for surely the little apprentice I had been had more chance of flashing between the stars at last than the hunted outcast I had become) it was immensely firmer and stronger because I had learned in the intervening time the folly of limiting desire to the possible. I would go, I was resolved. For the remainder of my life I would be sleeplessly alert for any opportunity, however slight. Already I had found myself once alone with the mirrors of Father Inire; then Jonas, wiser by far than I, had without hesitation cast himself on the tide of photons. Who could say that I would never find myself before those mirrors again?
- Gene Wolfe, The Sword of the Lictor, The Book of the New Sun
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Those, like myself, who've read The Baroque Cycle,
remember Robert Hooke fondly.
Hat tip to the TimesOnline for calling our attention to:
The papers of one of Britain’s greatest scientists, which were lost for centuries and saved for the nation in a £1 million sale last year, become available to read online today.
The innovative “digital folio” provides unprecedented public access to hundreds of pages of manuscript notes and minutes kept by Robert Hooke, who is sometimes described as Britain’s Leonardo da Vinci.
The remarkable collection contains Hooke’s minutes of early meetings of the Royal Society, taken while he was curator of experiments and then secretary of the national academy of science, between 1661 and 1692.
They record many of the scientist’s own experiments and others conducted by figures such as Sir Isaac Newton and Sir Christopher Wren, as well as the disputes and rivalries that arose among the founding fathers of British science.
Hooke’s achievements included Hooke’s law of elasticity, Hooke’s universal joint, and discoveries in microscopy including the cellular structure of plants. He invented the iris diaphragm in cameras, the balance wheel in watches, and coined the word 'cell'.