#64: The sound of an inked brush on a page

Peephole cinema, hums of the earth, oversized mascots, etc.


Lovely Linky Bits

Thoughtful reads and so forth.

‘Who is the Queen?’
and Other Ways to Get Talking to Strangers

“Around that time, on a flight from New York, I found myself in a three-person row with two men. I immediately put on my headphones and stared straight ahead. Don’t talk to me, I’m not here. And it seemed to work, because they turned to each other instead. Pretty soon, they were exchanging barbecue recipes, then pouring out their souls and showing each other pictures on their phones. By the time we touched down at Heathrow, one had invited the other to his birthday party that Friday.
This was baffling to me. If that’s what had come of a six-hour flight, how much was I missing by ignoring the dozens, if not hundreds, of strangers I saw every day?”

What Happens When We Reach the Limits of Science?
“But I think science will hit the buffers at some point. There are two reasons why this might happen. The optimistic one is that we clean up and codify certain areas (such as atomic physics) to the point that there’s no more to say. A second, more worrying possibility is that we’ll reach the limits of what our brains can grasp. There might be concepts, crucial to a full understanding of physical reality, that we aren’t aware of, any more than a monkey comprehends Darwinism or meteorology. Some insights might have to await a post-human intelligence.”

The Songs of Trees:
A Biologist’s Lyrical Ode to How Relationships Weave the Fabric of Life

“We hear the rain not through silent falling water but in the many translations delivered by objects that the rain encounters. Like any language, especially one with so much to pour out and so many waiting interpreters, the sky’s linguistic foundations are expressed in an exuberance of form: downpours turn tin roofs into sheets of screaming vibration; rain smatters onto the wings of hundreds of bats, each drop shattering, then falling into the river below the bats’ skimming flight; heavy-misted clouds sag into treetops and dampen leaves without a drop falling, their touch producing the sound of an inked brush on a page.”

Curiosities & Delights

Some things to be glad about.

San Francisco’s peephole cinema.
Pondering the earth’s hums.
The many canvases of Monet.
A handy decision dice for wiser choices.
Pterosaur eggs and a duck dinosaur.
New Zealand school seeks student.
Oversized mascots get stuck a lot.
Ten time capsule rooms.
And a very tiny island.

Moving Pictures

Video treats upon which to press play.

The Humans of New York video series.
Thailand’s railway market.
Motoi Yamamoto’s salt labyrinths.
Decoding the Ripley Scroll.
And a very impressive Microsoft Excel artist.