September 9th, 2014

owl things considered

speaking of snow

i know enough about the transmission of viewpoints to know that it isn't nearly so much the strength of the viewpoint as the strength of the source of the viewpoint that matters. i'm used to having minority viewpoints on a lot of things (including, often, fairly trivial things). i'm not an evangelist. but setting aside that it doesn't fit my overall personality, that's more about recognizing the futility in advance. so it's always nice when someone with a larger voice espouses my viewpoint. both as validation of my viewpoint and the much greater potential it might actually foster adherents.

this one (like, as i say, many) is pretty trivial. but it matters to me, and, i'm glad to david schoenfield at espn. baseball is a terrific outdoor sport, but it is, in a meaningful way at its essence, a warm weather, snow-free sport that shouldn't be played (at the mlb level) in november. brisk days. not chilly. it's easy to dismiss. who cares? i do. david does too.
faithful and mad

lace cage

the fifth line, divided, shows birds in the fields, which it will be advantageous to seize and destroy. in that case there will be no error.

the future is embodied in hexagram 49 - ko (revolution): what takes place is believed in only after it has been accomplished. there will be great progress and success. advantage will come from being firm and correct. in that case, occasion for repentance will disappear.

in your public life...

words that embody things that may be a part of you are "birth, city, idiot, moon, risk, rose, shark, shield, sleep, snare, vaccine, wood".

words that embody people or things in your periphery are "alchemy, biology, challenge, chameleon, clown, creation, destruction, emerald, endurance, falsehood, father, fiction, freemasonry, glass, guitar, guru, helix, indigo, jaguar, juxtaposition, killer, kiss, library, loop, lyric, master, matrix, mentor, muse, night, pentacle, revenge, ripple, rodent, rune, scholar, science, script, silence, silver, skunk, soul, spin, storm, teeth, tequila, touch, victim, violence, water, work".

in your private life...

words that embody your presence are "descendant, ivory, memory, mystic, parasite, revival, success, summer, talisman, treaty, unity, virus, winter".

words that embody the people or things that you interact with are "crystal, oblivion, potency, prophet, sentinel, sunset, tyrant, waterfall, whisper".

words that embody the causes of your circumstances are "ice".

words that embody people or things in your periphery are "constitution".

the card at the lower left, represents the first decision along your path. woman of science, when reversed: overly-methodical approach to a problem. looking outside yourself for answers that can only be found within. being confused by the facts and failing to see the truth. refusing counsel. dogmatic reliance on deduction over induction. shunning personal involvement.

the card to the far left represents the first false path that may lead you astray. two of painting (balance): a choice regarding something tangible or physical. body-awareness is a key factor; hang in there. balance as a dynamic force. using interaction and negotiation to keep energy flowing. stretching your abilities to bridge a gap or to reconcile differences.

the card in the middle represents the second decision along your path. reversal, when reversed: inability to look at the situation in a new way or from a different perspective. flailing about and getting lost in the search for solutions. undue reliance on the unconventional. inability to accept losses or reversals. unwillingness to withstand a difficult or uncomfortable position.

the card at the lower right represents the second false path that may lead you astray. angel of science: "quis basin demonstret?". floating in the realm of pure or abstract thought. objective, unemotional, and unbiased thinking. mental speculation, exploration, meditation. a brilliant insight bursting through. stimulus to organize or systematize. precision and clarity of vision.

the card at the top represents one possible mask of your true destination. woman of music: "loud & more loud the living music floats upon the air". desire for beauty, grace, and tranquility in your surroundings. tuning in to the emotions and needs of people around you. psychic abilities. using your talents and charm to best effect. finding benefit in solitude and dreams. uninhibited exploration and expression of ideas and feeling.
goat of the sea beef

(no subject)

i try to sleep, but still my eyelids beat
against the image of the tower that bore
me high aloft, as if thru heaven's door
i watched the world from god's unshaken seat.
i would go back and breathe with quickened sense
the tunnel's strong hot breath of powdered steel;
but at the ferries i should leave the tense
dark air behind, and i should mount and be
one among many who are thrilled to feel
the first keen sea-breath from the open sea.


so the beautiful madame rabourdin was to be, within an hour, the arbiter of her husband's fate, and no power on earth could warn her of the importance of her replies, or give her the least hint to guard her conduct and compose her voice. moreover, in addition to her mischances, she believed herself certain of success, never dreaming that rabourdin was undermined in all directions by the secret sapping of the mollusks.

act iii. scene ii. picardy. fields near cressi.
[enter two french men; a woman and two little children meet them, and other citizens.]

well met, my masters: how now? what's the news? and wherefore are ye laden thus with stuff? what, is it quarter day that you remove, and carry bag and baggage too?

quarter day? aye, and quartering day, i fear.

much to his disappointment, bobby had been taken duck-hunting by his old friend, mr. kincaid. next morning, however, orde told carroll his stay would be short and that his day would be occupied.

"i'd take old prince and get some air," he advised. "you're too much indoors. get some friend and drive around. it's fine and blowy out, and you'll get some colour in your cheeks."

after breakfast carroll accompanied her husband to the front door. when they opened it a blast of air rushed in, whirling some dead leaves with it.

"i guess the fine weather's over," said orde, looking up at the sky.

gallia’s winter was caused by her immense distance from the source of all light and heat, and the cold was consequently destined to go on steadily increasing until it reached the limit ascertained by fourier to be the normal temperature of the realms of space. *9

with the over-clouding of the heavens there arose a violent tempest; but although the wind raged with an almost inconceivable fury, it was unaccompanied by either snow or rain. its effect upon the burning curtain that covered the aperture of the central hall was very remarkable. so far from there being any likelihood of the fire being extinguished by the vehemence of the current of air, the hurricane seemed rather to act as a ventilator, which fanned the flame into greater activity, and the utmost care was necessary to avoid being burnt by the fragments of lava that were drifted into the interior of the grotto. more than once the curtain itself was rifted entirely asunder, but only to close up again immediately after allowing a momentary draught of cold air to penetrate the hall in a way that was refreshing and rather advantageous than otherwise.

on the 4th of april, after an absence of about four days, the new satellite, to ben zoof’s great satisfaction, made its reappearance in a crescent form, a circumstance that seemed to justify the anticipation that henceforward it would continue to make a periodic revolution every fortnight.

the crust of ice and snow was far too stout for the beaks of the strongest birds to penetrate, and accordingly large swarms had left the island, and, following the human population, had taken refuge on the volcanic promontory; not that there the barren shore had anything in the way of nourishment to offer them, but their instinct impelled them to haunt now the very habitations which formerly they would have shunned.
his other eye followed the long back of a tall, not very young girl, who passed up to a distant table looking perfectly sightless and altogether unapproachable. she seemed to be a habitual customer.

[9] see zoological remarks to capt. back's expedition, by dr. richardson. he says, "the subsoil north of latitude 56 degs. is perpetually frozen, the thaw on the coast not penetrating above three feet, and at bear lake, in latitude 64 degs., not more than twenty inches. the frozen substratum does not of itself destroy vegetation, for forests flourish on the surface, at a distance from the coast."
faithful and mad

(no subject)

the harvest moon, ever so slightly diminished from totality, was magnificently amber in the eastern sky tonight.


the online fortune cookie i occasionally munch on says: you already know the answer to the questions lingering inside your head.


and beyond questions, the other things lingering in one's head make their way out into the ether and piecemeal into one's surroundings. one senses a thing on the horizon just before it reaches the eye of the beholder.