11 august 2008
12 august 2008
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
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.
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 * * *