Thursday, November 30, 2006

Impressions and beauty

Several impressions from today:

--Drove home from work in a flurry of white tonight; the season’s first snowfall. Holiday lights from houses along the way sparkle in the growing dusk.

--An article sent to me by a friend about the Antikythera Mechanism, sometimes called the world's first computer. About 100 years ago, according to an article by John Noble Wilford, "pieces of a strange mechanism with bronze gears and dials were recovered from an ancient shipwreck off the coast of Greece. Historians of science concluded that this was an instrument that calculated and illustrated astronomical information, particularly phases of the Moon and planetary motions, in the second century B.C."

--An article on MSNBC: "Déjà vu is commonly described as the feeling of having seen something before. In fact, some scientists have long thought that one type of the phenomenon occurs when the image of a scene through one eye arrives at the brain before the image from the other eye. But researchers have now found a blind man who experiences déjà vu through smell, hearing and touch."

--C writes a poem to a friend that carries the image of a luminescent painting by Samuel Palmer, and the phrase, Truth I could almost live without, but not Beauty... (Tom Meyer)

And I scan through my photos, write this blog, and continue the search…

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