#57: It’s so enigmatic

Slime music, ghost radio, a very handsome fossil, and the writing shed of Dahl.


Lovely Linky Bits

Thoughtful reads and so forth.

Henri Matisse: The Lost Interview
“Before working I used to take a walk I walked in my garden. Before working in my studio I look at the flowers, a tree, a form of branch. I am enchanted by flowers, by a combination of lines. When I return, I am [well] nourished by that and I make something else, something completely different. This criticism that I work in my studio, that doesn’t matter. It is the result that counts. When I am very much criticized by a painter, I’ll say to him, put your work beside mine and we will see.”

My Buddy: Patti Smith Remembers Sam Shepard
“We had our routine: Awake. Prepare for the day. Have coffee, a little grub. Set to work, writing. Then a break, outside, to sit in the Adirondack chairs and look at the land. We didn’t have to talk then, and that is real friendship. Never uncomfortable with silence, which, in its welcome form, is yet an extension of conversation. We knew each other for such a long time. Our ways could not be defined or dismissed with a few words describing a careless youth. We were friends; good or bad, we were just ourselves.”

The Ghostly Radio Station That No One Claims to Run
“Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for the last three-and-a-half decades, it’s been broadcasting a dull, monotonous tone. Every few seconds it’s joined by a second sound, like some ghostly ship sounding its foghorn. Then the drone continues.
Once or twice a week, a man or woman will read out some words in Russian, such as “dinghy” or “farming specialist”. And that’s it. Anyone, anywhere in the world can listen in, simply by tuning a radio to the frequency 4625 kHz.
It’s so enigmatic, it’s as if it was designed with conspiracy theorists in mind.”

Curiosities & Delights

Some things to be glad about.

Roald Dahl’s tiny writing shed.
An especially handsome fossil.
Doorways of India.
And some beautiful bricks.
Sixty-nine alternatives to regards.
How to do many useful things.
Revisiting former world record holders.
All the pretty brains.
Sweet, sweet slime music.
And narwhal songs.

Moving Pictures

Video treats upon which to press play.

An ode to envy.
Haunting sculptures beneath the sea.
Fifty hours of nature’s soundscapes.
Twenty-one days from egg to bee.
And half a minute of horses and rainbow.