This is what I came home to today.
→ ”He proceeded to sort of talk about some very clandestine part of WW2…
He seemed to have expert knowledge of exactly the sort of noise that they make so I just sort of didn’t push the subject any further, I just said ”Well you obviously know what to do, Christopher, so I’m sure you’ll do it great” and he did.”
Honesty, the time between lies and the smiles of truth,
Integrity to carry the frivolity of individuality
A conspiracy in maintaining a refinement of presentation while trying for containment of outbursts
Calling for attention in a world where retention is short and memories are influenced by a balance of give and take
Shaking in the moment of doubt
Crippled by clouds of best practice and mixed messages of enactments while we are all on the front line of ideologies
Terminated by practicalities when we question our worth, throwing trajectories by any means as a way to maintain the consistency of inconsistence
And we are lost
Feeble beings attempting to attain what remains of a natural existence
When all that resists us are constraints of mortality, incomplete within a matrix of theories to assign meaning while fighting for a freedom from limitations
Those restrictions are conflicted by greater purpose and an urge to nurse a multi-dimensional universe beyond ourselves as individuals
The symbols of self-empowerment, a detriment to productivity when we gauge our successes from mobility within the cyclical embodiment of posterityLights dimming, seeing suns setting on seas of sediment, thinning lines surround sentiment for the unlikelihood of existence, hoping for an instant when we collectively feel that unifying burst of connectivity, the universal indication that all we can make of this is joy.
Have you heard of Ban Bossy? It’s the new initiative from Lean In and the Girl Scouts that’s trying to ban “bossy” and similar words that are used to bring down girls that are ambitious, take risks, and speak up. By changing the way we treat girls who lead, hopefully our generation will someday see more women in leadership roles.
OUT OF THE CORNER OF MY Y EYE I JUST MISTOOK ANOTHER STUDENT FOR A TRASH CAN AND THREW MY TRASH AT HER THIS IS THE MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT OF MY LIFE
but not as embarrassing as getting mistaken for a trashcan
photos of butterfly and moth wings taken by linden gledhil at seven to ten times life size.
"evolution is written on the wings of butterflies" - charles darwin
Seeing the microscopic wonder that is a butterfly’s wing always makes me think of Vladimir Nabokov, author and lepidopterist (and not necessarily in that order).
You’ll want to check out Nabokov’s butterfly sketches, whimsical fantasy species presented as gifts to his wife. And don’t miss his gorgeous butterfly-inspired poem, “On Discovering a Butterfly”.
Finally, don’t miss this great video from Smarter Every Day in which Destin goes full microscope on some butterfly scales. Beautiful stuff:
Every Person With Political Power
Carl Sagan guided the maiden voyage of Cosmos a generation ago. He was the most successful science communicator of the 20th century, but he was first and foremost a scientist. Carl contributed enormously to our knowledge of the planets. He correctly predicted the existence of methane lakes on Saturn’s giant moon Titan. He showed that the atmosphere of the early Earth must have contained powerful greenhouse gasses. He was the first to understand that seasonal changes on Mars were due to wind-blown dust. Carl was a pioneer in the search for extraterrestrial life and intelligence. He played a leading role in every major spacecraft mission to explore the solar system during the first 40 years of the space age.
Raise your hand if you think the best part of the new Cosmos were the amazing shots of Carl Sagan’s life and work.
I love you Neil, but so many Carl feels.