#52: What the poet does

Crochet urchins, audible tattoos, and the chasing of the cheese. It’s all happening here.

FIRST LEAVES by FLORA McLACHLAN


Lovely Linky Bits

Thoughtful reads and so forth.

Reimagining the Cosmos
“We’re thrust into this world on this rock that’s orbiting a nondescript star in the outskirts of an ordinary galaxy. Wow. I mean, can you imagine being thrust into a more bizarre and strange reality than that? And what we’ve been doing for thousands of years is just trying to piece by piece get some understanding of where we came from, where the universe came from, and where it’s all going. So, to me, that is not distinct from what the poet does or what the philosopher does or what the great writer does or the composer does. They just do it in a different language.”
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The Hero of Central Park
“Olmsted’s transition from scribe to landscape architect was improvised. He got himself hired as the New York City park superintendent before anybody had any idea what the Park itself might look like. (He was given the job because he was seen as being above or outside politics.) Calvert Vaux approached him about collaborating on a plan for the Park. Vaux was a trained architect, and he taught Olmsted how to draw plans. They worked together, nights and weekends, for several months in 1858. The plan they submitted was easily the most original in the competition, and won hands down.”
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Understanding the Limitations of Maps
“We have seen before that the map is not the territory — that the description of the thing is not the thing itself. Maps can be exceptionally useful. For instance, we can leverage the experiences of others to help us navigate through territories that are, to us, new and unknown. We just have to understand and respect the inherent limitations of maps whose territories may have changed. We have to put some work into really seeing what the maps can show us.”
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Curiosities & Delights

Some things to be glad about.

Portraits of payphones.
Things are just better with googly eyes.
Singapore has giant crochet urchins.
Some non-bird songs.
And some audible tattoos.
The evolution of gas station architecture.
Visothkakvei’s intricate notebook doodles.
Collected daily routines of creative people.
Chasing cheese is kind of a big deal in Gloucestershire.
“I’ve been scratching my head over these squirrels since 1992,” says Brian Arbogast.

Moving Pictures

Video treats upon which to press play.

It’s whirlicote. Whirlicote.
Tiny tilt-shift Chicago.
Navigating by the stars.
The same character for sixty years.
And actually, Mars doesn’t look all that comfy.