What are the Odds?

January 26, 2008

In the 19th century, Edgar Allan Poe wrote a book called “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.” It was about four survivors of a shipwreck who were in an open boat for many days before they decided to kill and eat the cabin boy whose name was Richard Parker. Some years later, in 1884, the yawl, Mignonette, foundered, with only four survivors, who were in an open boat for many days. Eventually the three senior members of the crew killed and ate the cabin boy. The name of the cabin boy was Richard Parker.

The rest of them are equally creepy.

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Fly Me to the Moon

August 9, 2006


A 757 flying across a full moon, lit up by the morning sun. Cool, eh?


Wow

June 19, 2006

Check out Cosmotions for some of the coolest time-lapse gifs ever.


You Weren’t Doing Anything Important, Anyway

June 13, 2006

At a cool blog, The Voice of the Munkey, I came across a site where you can create your own Picasso. You can see my piece of crap here.


"A Rainbow of Fire."

June 8, 2006

Look at his circumhorizon arc (or rainbow). It looks like a painting.


Yes, Tricia, There Really Are Dragons

May 31, 2006


You are looking at the skull of Dracorex hogwartsia (Dragon King of Hogwarts. Yes, in honor of Harry Potter), a newly discovered dinosaur that lived 66 million years ago in what is now South Dakota. I’ll bet she was real cuddly.

In other news:

  • Scientists grow artificial penis in lab. What else do you need to know? All I know is that I can live the rest of my life without reading “penis disfigurement,” “penis cancer” and “penis trauma” in the same penis story. Penis.
  • Looking for a new religion? ” . . . the Hieros Gamos ritual is said to have evolved into a highly developed spiritual discipline which enabled a man to attain “gnosis”, or direct knowledge of the Divine, through the ritualized sexual union with a woman, who has been specially trained as a priestess for this purpose. The theory is based on the philosophy that a man is fundamentally incomplete and can only reach godhood by “marrying” the feminine principle in a spiritual and physical manner, which supposedly triggers an altered state of consciousness at the moment of climax.”

Oy.


Leonardo’s Dragon

May 23, 2006


I came across this quote from Leonardo DaVinci’s “How to Make an Imaginary Animal Appear Real”:

If therefore you wish to make one of your imagined animals appear natural—let us suppose it to be a dragon—take for its head that of a mastiff or setter, for its eyes those of a cat, for its ears those of a porcupine, for its nose that of a greyhound, with the eyebrows of a lion, the temples of an old cock, and the neck of a water tortoise.

Something about that passage had a familiar ring to it, and I finally figured out why:

And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon (Revelation. 9: 7-11).

Does one illuminate the other? I shall have to ponder this . . .