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In Egypt’s sandy silence, all alone,
Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws
The only shadow that the Desert knows:—
“I am great OZYMANDIAS,” saith the stone,
“The King of Kings; this mighty City shows
“The wonders of my hand.”— The City’s gone,—
Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose
The site of this forgotten Babylon.

We wonder,—and some Hunter may express
Wonder like ours, when thro’ the wilderness
Where London stood, holding the Wolf in chace,
He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess
What powerful but unrecorded race
Once dwelt in that annihilated place

Horace Smith, 1818, On a Stupendous Leg of Granite, Discovered Standing by Itself in the Deserts of Egypt, with the Inscription Inserted Below

[composed December 27, 1817 during a sonnet-writing competition inspired by Diodorus Siculus (Book 1, Chapter 47) with Percy Bysshe Shelley (who wrote “Ozymandias” as a result)]


Totally Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Our Windows Into Solar Panels →

The sun is the original energy source for all fuel sources anyway - it pushed carbon out of the atmosphere and underground, it creates wind, it heats the water in traditional solar panels - so this iteration effectively cuts out the middle man matter.

"Ultimately, we want to make solar harvesting surfaces that you do not even know are there."

You know, just like regular organic matter does!


The causa sui (a self-caused cause) is the best self-contradiction that has been conceived so far, it is a sort of rape and perversion of logic; but the extravagant pride of man has managed to entangle itself profoundly and frightfully with just this nonsense. The desire for “freedom of the will” in the superlative metaphysical sense, which still holds sway, unfortunately, in the minds of the half-educated; the desire to bear the entire and ultimate responsibility for one’s actions oneself, and to absolve God, the world, ancestors, chance, and society involves nothing less than to be precisely this causa sui and, with more than Munchhausen’s audacity, to pull oneself up into existence by the hair, out of the swamps of nothingness.

— Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Part One, section 21, (Walter Kaufman translation)


twoguns:

lunchboxrecords:

RIP Reflection Sound recording. A Charlotte treasure lost.
R.E.M. cut 1983’s “Murmur” and 1984’s “Reckoning” at Reflection’s Central Avenue location, where the studio has resided since the early 1970s. Others who recorded there include The Eagles’ Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh, Joe Cocker, Buddy Guy, Aaron Neville, the Dixie Chicks, Hootie & The Blowfish, Mary J. Blige, Ben Folds Five, Don Dixon, and Southern Culture on the Skids. #progress #needmorecondos

Oh man, RIP.
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twoguns:

lunchboxrecords:

RIP Reflection Sound recording. A Charlotte treasure lost.

R.E.M. cut 1983’s “Murmur” and 1984’s “Reckoning” at Reflection’s Central Avenue location, where the studio has resided since the early 1970s. Others who recorded there include The Eagles’ Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh, Joe Cocker, Buddy Guy, Aaron Neville, the Dixie Chicks, Hootie & The Blowfish, Mary J. Blige, Ben Folds Five, Don Dixon, and Southern Culture on the Skids. #progress #needmorecondos

Oh man, RIP.


archiemcphee:

Some things are so awesomely enormous that it’s difficult to grasp just how big they are until they’re put into a more relatable perspective. Today, thanks to Belgian amateur astronomer Michel (@quark1972), we get to appreciate the size of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (aka the rubber ducky comet).
This is the comet that the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft reached on August 6, 2014 after a ten year, five month and four day-long journey nearly 4 million miles into space. The Rosetta will now spend the next two years studying the comet, including the deployment of a lander, the Philae, down to the comet’s surface.
Head over to the ESA website to learn lots more about this amazing mission.
[via io9]
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archiemcphee:

Some things are so awesomely enormous that it’s difficult to grasp just how big they are until they’re put into a more relatable perspective. Today, thanks to Belgian amateur astronomer Michel (@quark1972), we get to appreciate the size of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (aka the rubber ducky comet).

This is the comet that the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft reached on August 6, 2014 after a ten year, five month and four day-long journey nearly 4 million miles into space. The Rosetta will now spend the next two years studying the comet, including the deployment of a lander, the Philae, down to the comet’s surface.

Head over to the ESA website to learn lots more about this amazing mission.

[via io9]


Do you mind even a little that you are still addicted to people-pleasing, and are still putting everyone else’s needs and laundry and career ahead of your creative, spiritual life? Giving all your life force away, to “help” and impress.

— Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life