13 8 / 2014
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
Use your notebook as a canvas today. Craft a picture that is “felt rather than seen.”
What a lovely idea!
02 8 / 2014
"He does not despise real woods because he has read of enchanted woods: the reading makes all real woods a little enchanted. This is a special kind of longing. The boy reading the fairy-tale desires and is happy in the very fact of desiring."
C.S. Lewis (via petrarchan)
I really love this. I think it’s true about all stories, and the empathy they can generate for people and the world we live in. Plus, of course, one has to be looking, at least a little, for the magic, or one overlooks it entirely—in woods, in books, in museums, anywhere.
29 7 / 2014
i’m bored while doing my latin homework i am this close to translating the opening monologue to star trek into classical latin someone stop me quick
caelum. finito terminalis. is cursus est de commissi navistella. sui legatio quintus-annus - munduses ignotus novus exploro. lux nova et cultus novus sequor. cedo audacius quatenus homonis aput iit.
I have a serious problem.
There are days I really miss my Latin classes…
29 7 / 2014
I always appreciate it when my writers’ group offers up a prompt that makes you consider a new perspective. This week’s best prompt was to write from the point of view of “someone who works at an airport.”
“Logan Airport, Terminal A at night” by Alan Myles. Creative Commons, click for source
At the Info Desk (Logan Airport, 10 pm)
by Meg Winikates
Departures, arrivals, wheels up, wheels down,
28 7 / 2014
“Prufrock” Collage by Serena Epstein, click for source
In high school I had a chemistry teacher who had once taught literature, and he had a tendency to quote “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” at inexplicable times (usually when despairing over the state of our latest test grades). I still hear “I grow old, I grow old, I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled and walk along the beach”…
24 7 / 2014
C-3PO: “You will therefore be taken to the Dune Sea and cast into the pit of Carkoon, the nesting place of the all-powerful sarlacc.”
C-3PO: “In his belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering, as you are slowly digested over a thousand years.”
It was twenty years ago that I came into possession of that protocol droid. I was its fourteenth owner, although it would not disclose any information on the thirteen previous ones. By the time it entered my possession its body’s brass plating was almost as thin and timid as its AI. For the first year after I purchased this tarnished, golden droid from the district auction, this memory recall occurred without warning, at first daily, then weekly, then, for some reason, scarcely at all.
Owing to this unpredictable glitch, I was never able to make use of the C-3PO unit as a translator or a cultural mediator, not that I ever really needed it considering the advancement of modern neural AI embeds. But C-3PO’s terror, its obsession stuck with me.
It’s a fool’s errand to project free will or desire upon even the most sentient of droids, but there was something about this recall, its intensity, its pain… its fear, so unlike anything I had ever heard uttered in digital voice, that called like a Siren to my curiosity. Never could I have imagined how a droid so distressed would guide my journeys.
What did it mean? What is the “sarlacc” this droid spoke of?
Historic records from the time of the Galactic Rebellion are sadly incomplete thanks to the Great Cyberwar, but even a child would turn rapt at the mention of the legendary Han Solo, and from that very first mention I knew I must uncover more.
What I, an interplanetary naturalist, have observed in my lifetime of exploration and study, may top the list of “horrible ways to die in the known universe”, this thousand-year psychotorture, this eon of agony. I present here my natural observations of the sarlacc.
Natural history + Star Wars geekery = a really excellent example of interdisciplinary learning. (Plus I now know way more about sea anemones and antlions than I did before.)
23 7 / 2014