9 august 2008

It's been a while since I last looked at him.

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11 august 2008

Don't forget to read the sizzling new edition of Peter Parasol. It's just out.

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12 august 2008

Thanks to the prodigious biological event represented by the discovery of electromagnetic waves, each individual finds himself henceforth (actively and passively) simultaneously present, over land and sea, in every corner of the earth.

Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man

She was everywhere at once!
Streaking along high monster towers in instants, sizzling between high poles where small glass knobs sat like crystal-green birds holding the wires in their non-conductive beaks, branching in four directions, eight secondary directions, finding towns, hamlets, cities, racing on to farms, ranches, haciendas, she descended gently like a widely filamented spider web upon a thousand square miles of desert . . .
. . . She spilled out swiftly into rooms where life was rising from a slap on a naked child's back, into rooms where life was leaving bodies like the light fading from an electric bulb . . . she was in every town, every room, making light-patterns over hundreds of miles of land; seeing, hearing, everything . . .

Ray Bradbury, Powerhouse

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13 august 2008


This is how I like my scientists:  exuberant, euphoric, bearded, unconcerned with Old World considerations or restraints. This is what I'll be showing my students in the years to come: what science does; what humans do. Because this is the space age, and we're here to GO.

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14 august 2008

* * *   bhikku is off to Al-Andalus; Herr Doktor Professor Freidegg is all agog to walk the streets of the home town of Maimonides and Averroes;  the History Dept are keen to visit the place Hadrian grew up in;  the rest of us would like to see wild vultures and eat tapas among moorish, morisco and mudéjar architectures.  Back later on  * * *

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If my discoveries are other people's commonplaces I cannot help it - for me they retain a momentous freshness.

- Elizabeth Bowen