What Do You See?

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Vision

is the art of seeing

what is invisible to others.

Jonathan Swift

Pounce!

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Change your life today.

Don’t gamble on the future,

act now,

without delay.

Simone de Beauvoir 

Silent Sunday

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Illumination

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Illumination,

enlightening the understanding

by the sun of reason

which will dispell the clouds

of superstition and of prejudice.

– Adam Weishaupt

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination. Playing with the filters on my new camera 🙂

Flower Power

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Spathiphyllum leaves.

As the sun makes ice melt,

kindness causes

misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility

to evaporate.

Albert Schweitzer

Magnificent World

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The moment one gives close attention

to anything, even a blade of grass

it becomes a mysterious, awesome,

indescribably magnificent

world in itself.

Henry Miller

The Secret Of Scientific Research – What They (Normally) Don’t Tell You

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The height of the trees were not deemed important as it would require standing in middle of a freeway to measure.
-Ian Smith ‏@EcologIan

1. Choosing A Methodology

Statistical advice was integral to the initial experimental design, but we decided the advice led to too much work.

– David C Logan ‏@angerstusson

Selected to use open data for analysis because we didn’t manage to negotiate access to potentially more useful sources.

– Muki Haklay ‏@mhaklay

A Northern blot was run instead of realtime QPCR because the PI is old and does not trust results unless he sees a band.

– Adriana Heguy ‏@AdrianaHeguy

Continue reading The Secret Of Scientific Research – What They (Normally) Don’t Tell You

O Where Are You Going?

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O do you imagine, said fearer to farer,

That dusk will delay on your path to the pass,

Your diligent looking discover the lacking,

Your footsteps feel from granite to grass?

– W.H. Auden

O Where Are You Going.

No Idle Gold

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No idle gold – since this fine sun, my friend,

Is no mean miser, but doth freely spend.

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No precious stones – since these green mornings show,

Without a charge, their pearls where’er I go.

William Henry Davies

A Plain Life.

Beauty

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Beauty is but a flower

Which wrinkles will devour;

Brightness falls from the air;

Queens have died young and fair.

Thomas Nashe

A Litany in Time of Plague.

The Listeners

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Tell them I came, and no one answered,

That I kept my word, he said.

Never the least stir made the listeners,

Though every word he spake

Fell echoing through the shadowiness of the still house

From the one man left awake:

Ay, they heard his foot upon the stirrup,

And the sound of iron on stone,

And how the silence surged softly backward,

When the plunging hoofs were gone.

Walter De La Mare

The Listeners.

Sunlight on the Garden

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The sunlight on the garden

Hardens and grows cold,

We cannot cage the minute

Within its nets of gold;

When all is told

We cannot beg for pardon.

Louis Macneice

The Sunlight on the Garden.

Tread Softly

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Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,

Enwrought with golden and silver light,

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths

Of night and light and the half-light,

I would spread the cloths under your feet:

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;

I have spread my dreams under your feet;

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

W.B. Yeats

Ineffable

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When you notice a cat in profound meditation,

The reason, I tell you, is always the same:

His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation

Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:

His ineffable effable

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Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

T.S. Eliot

Start off the year on a bit of nonsense: The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter…

Happy New Year

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What’s in a name? that which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet.

– Shakespeare

I wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year. And of course what this particular rose is named for: Peace.

Forget Not Yet

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Forget not yet, forget not this,

How long ago hath been and is

The mind that never meant amiss

Forget not yet.

– Sir Thomas Wyatt

Golden Scales

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How doth the little crocodile

Improve his shining tail,

And pour the waters of the Nile

On every golden scale!

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How cheerfully he seems to grin

How neatly spreads his claws,

And welcomes little fishes in,

With gently smiling jaws!

– Lewis Carroll

Traveler’s Night Song

Ăśber allen Gipfeln

Ist Ruh,

In allen Wipfeln

SpĂĽrest du

Kaum einen Hauch;

Die Vögelein schweigen im Walde.

Warte nur, balde

Ruhest du auch.

– Goethe

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Over mountain peaks

Silence tarries;

In the tree-tops

No breath carries

To you.

Birds in the forest are still.

Wait, for you will

Soon sleep too.

Perhaps Goethe’s most famous poem. First reading it in school, I wasn’t impressed. A year or so later, I was gripped by it’s icy imagery.

Star Light

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Star light, star bright,

The first star I see tonight;

I wish I may, I wish I might,

Have the wish I wish tonight.

Coat of Many Colours

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I met in the street a very poor young man

who was in love.

His hat was old, his coat worn,

his cloak was out at the elbows,

the water passed through his shoes,

and the stars through his soul.

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J’ai rencontré dans la rue un jeune homme très pauvre

qui aimait.

Son chapeau était vieux, son habit était usé;

il avait les coudes troués;

l’eau passait à travers ses souliers

et les astres à travers son âme.

– Victor Hugo

‘Tis the Season

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The holiday season. You could smell it in the air. The spices, the cakes, and the candy. Wrapping paper crackled and tinsel sparkled. There was a general air of anticipation and fun mixed in with frantic holiday shopping. Everyone was awash with mulled wine, goodwill, and charity.

Not everyone was happy, to be sure. Jody and Fred spent the days huddled together in wordless misery. Nobody had told them, but they knew.

One of them would be for the pot.

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A bit of a downer for a holiday? So how do I turn that round? Well, maybe Jody and Fred will follow this example.

Naughty or Nice?

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How far that little candle throws his beams!

So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

Shakespeare

While others are anxiously wondering whether they made the “nice” list, Olaf is hoping for a chat with the reindeer. He knows he’s been good all year.

A Very Merry Christmas from Olaf, Bertie and myself.

Surprise

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The moments of happiness we enjoy

take us by surprise.

It is not that we seize them,

but that they seize us.

Ashley Montagu

Another craft project from Cloudsofcolour: DIY Doodle-stones. Go for a walk, pick up some stones, wash, and decorate with waterproof ink. Nice as decorations or small personal gifts. And it’s great fun to look at a stone, and try to see who’s hiding in it.

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise.

From the Depths

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A ragged urchin, aimless and alone,

Loitered about that vacancy; a bird

Flew up to safety from his well-aimed stone:

That girls are raped, that two boys knife a third,

Were axioms to him, who’d never heard

Of any world where promises were kept,

Or one could weep because another wept.

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The thin-lipped armourer,

Hephaestos, hobbled away,

Thetis of the shining breasts

Cried out in dismay

At what the god had wrought

To please her son, the strong

Iron-hearted man-slaying Achilles

Who would not live long.

– W.H. Auden

From The Shield of Achilles.

I’m on holiday, and away from the net. I’ve scheduled some posts, mostly poetry. I hope you recognise some old favourites, or discover new ones.

Where Waters Smoothest Run

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Where waters smoothest run,

there deepest are the fords,

The dial stirs, yet none perceives it move;

The firmest faith is found in fewest words,

The turtles do not sing, and yet they love.

Edward Dyer

A Silent Love.